Spinning Rod Vs Baitcasting Setup (Fishing Rod Basics)

Jan 08, 2020 1 Comments Fishing Tips

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This video breaks down the basics of spinning rod setups vs a baitcasting rod and reel combo! Both of these setups have a time and place, but this is how Benjamin uses both setups to be effective on the water and catch more fish using both a spinning rod and baitcasting setup

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What is going on everyone, my name is Benjamin Nowak with MONSTERBASS.  Today's video we're going to talk about the differences in a spinning rod and reel setup versus a bait casting combo; where each is going to shine, the techniques both are going to handle and how you can use both in your arsenal to be most effective on the water. For this video, we're going to start with the spinning rod, because of the two, this is by far the easier technique or easier setup to learn how to use. The reason for that is the way the line comes off the spool and the way that you cast this setup. So if you're just getting into bass fishing, start with the spinning rod and reel. It's going to be easier to use and you're going to have a lot less headaches when you're starting to get out there on the water.

Now for the sake of this video, I want you to think of the spinning rod and reel as better for handling the lighter baits, lighter line, more finesse applications and the bait casting set up for heavier line, heavier baits, heavier cover applications. That's really the differences and the way that I'm using these setups, the spinning rods going to handle that lighter line a lot better.

For the spinning rod, I'm never going over 20 pound test braid or 12 pound fluorocarbon on my spinning reel. If you go over that, you're going to notice that that line is going to want to jump off your spool. That's going to cause you a lot of issues as opposed to a baitcasting setup where I'm using heavier line - never less than 10 pound test fluorocarbon and never less than 30 pound test braid. It's going to manage that heavier line a lot more effectively because of the way that it comes off the spool. You're just going to notice that the heavier line is really going to shine with the bait casting setup. So lighter line on the spinning rod - baitcasting setup, heavier line.

Now typically the blanks on the market of the spinning rod are going to handle lighter baits more effectively. The way that the bend of the rod is, the powers that spinning rods are typically built in are just built for lighter bait applications. Typically I'm using a medium light or a medium power rod.  You can go up to a medium heavier for efficient around heavier cover situations - typically fishing light jig or a light Texas rig around light grass. That's really the heaviest that I’ll go, but where the spinning rod is going to shine is in the lighter baits due to more sensitivity. The reason that it's so effective with light baits is because of the way that the guides are set up on the rod, the down facing guides.

What that means is your line is always in contact with the guide, so if a bass bites your bait, it's going to transmit it up the line. Your line's going to be touching your guide, which is going to send it into the rod and you're going to feel it a lot more effectively, much more sensitive setup than a bait casting setup. Yes, you'll have a little bit of line contact, but because the guides are facing upwards, that line is not always going to be in contact with the guides, so you're going to lose sensitivity. So spinning rods are more sensitive, better for lighter line, lighter bait situations - baitcasting rods, less sensitive, better for heavier cover, heavier applications when you just need to have that horsepower to get the fish out of that cover.

Also, the way that the reels are built are built differently to handle those different techniques, right?  Like this is built with a lot bigger gears. Bigger drag meant to horse fish out of cover and pull fish away from heavy cover with big baits as opposed to a spinning rod in real setup where you're typically having a lighter, smaller spool, lighter drag system. So when you hook a fish, that fish is going to be able to pull drag and they're going to be able to fight you a lot more effectively.

So spinning rod reel, lighter line, lighter baits, lighter, more finesse applications, a casting rod, heavier line, heavier baits, heavier cover situations.

So this is my basic breakdown of the two setups. You guys decide, what do you want to be fishing? Are you fishing heavy jig? Are you fishing a big crank bait? If so, I would go with a bait casting setup. Are you fishing a Ned rig? A wacky rig, a light Texas rig, Senko go with a spinning rod, and that's just the basic breakdown.

If you guys have any questions or comments, please let me know on the chemist section below, I'd be happy to answer each of those personally. And if you're not already, please hit subscribe to the MONSTERBASS channel. It'll let you know and even post more videos just like this one here. As always, thank you guys for watching. Take care. I'll catch you guys next time.

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