Tools of the Trade – Baitcaster or Spinning Reel?

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Baitcaster or spinning reel? Research as much as you like and you’ll find that many anglers have used both but prefer one type over the other. Mechanically speaking, reels, both baitcasting and spinning, have their advantages and disadvantages.

Spinning reels are designed with a stationary spool and a rotating line-winding mechanism which is great for low-torque situations and therefore perfect for light angling—typically fish less than fifteen pounds.

Baitcasters have line running directly off a fixed rotating spool—much more torque and therefore excellent for fishing in deep cover situations and when using bigger baits for bigger fish.

To truly cover as many fishing situations as possible though, an angler definitely benefits from knowing how to use both.

Pete Bowman

Pete, one of the most revered and popular anglers in the nation, has a tremendous love for the game… the fishing game. Pete’s vast knowledge of angling and ability to articulate it to audiences worldwide has endeared him to his fans who still see Pete as just “ONE OF THE BOYS”. Pete is also an accomplished and published outdoor writer and photographer as well as a sought-after speaker. In 2012 another of Pete’s ultimate fishing career highlights occurred when he was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame, something he never thought would happen. A Canadian fishing icon.

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