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  • “Light” bait caster recommendation?

     john updated 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 6 Posts
  • john

    June 14, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Hi all, know people ask for recommendations frequently so apologize for the repeat…

    Very experienced in spin gear but have never touched a baitcaster. Have started doing a lot of smallie fishing in deeper water, with bigger baits and bigger fish. Looking for a combo that would be good for maybe 10lb test, I normally fish much lighter than that but realize I should probably fish a little heavier, so yea if anyone has any recommendations it would be beyond appreciated. Thanks!

  • BaitFinesseEmpire

    June 14, 2021 at 1:50 am

    If you’re looking to get your first baitcaster setup…
    A MH rod 6’6″ to 7’4″, a decent reel, and 12-15lb line or 30lb braid is a good way to go. You’ll have a lot of versatility with that setup. That said if you’re focusing in on lighter lures, say less than 3/8oz total weight down to 1/16oz you may want to look into a bfs setup.

  • __slamallama__

    June 14, 2021 at 1:50 am

    I recently got an expride 7’2″ ML+ and a curado 70 mgl. Filled it with 8lb flouro and it’s a ton of fun. I want to go up to 10-12lb soon though.

    I am like you and usually fish 6lb test mono on light/medium light spinning combos so that bass can offer a bit more of a fight. My new setup is good for baits that need a little more oomph on hook sets or are a bit too heavy for the spinning rods.

    That said I also still have a 7’10” heavy/fast SLX combos for situations that call for more of a pool cue.

  • PrimordialFishingYT

    June 14, 2021 at 1:50 am

    My recommendation is keep the light line to the spinning reels. On my baitcasters I usually use 15 pound Test fluoro or 40 pound test braid for top water. If you wanna use 10lb I’d personally recommend sticking to spinning gear.

  • 5uper5kunk

    June 14, 2021 at 1:50 am

    What’s your budget?

    There are dozens of reels, current production and older ones, that will work for what you want. If you don’t mind buying used you can get some great old reels for not a ton of money.

  • Hodor187

    June 14, 2021 at 1:50 am

    If you are looking for finesse bait casters go to r/bfsfishing

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