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  • Very experienced fisherman looking to get into bait casting

     john updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 14 Posts
  • john

    Member
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Hey everyone. So i am not new to fishing at all, I’ve been fishing all my life for bass, but unlike most people, i never made the attempt to try bait casting reels. I feel in love with spinning reels and have a large collection of them, but recently a friend and myself have made the decision to try some bait casting. So my question, when it comes to buying a bait casting reel i clearly have a lot to learn, so is it worth buying a lower end reel and learning on that or should i buy a higher end reel, (specifically the Shimano Curado 150 DC). Spinning reels are very simple no matter what the price range but is a baitcaster the same? Any tips or advice would be helpful. Thanks

  • nathan_42069

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I have the abu garcia promax. nothing special, but pretty solid. you don’t need top of the line to learn

  • Altruistic_Can_1352

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I feel this , so much.

  • bosch1357

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    If you are already in to fishing, then I would just go with the higher end stuff. You know it will get used. If you are anything like me, you will eventually upgrade anyways. Might as well just start there. They should be easier to learn on also. I fish curados and tatulas. Both awesome reels. I do have a curado dc and I love using it, but I don’t know if it is all that necessary.

  • PrimordialFishingYT

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    My opinion is a higher end baitcaster is worth the investment, I’ve tried lower end Lews and not had luck with them. I have my personal preference now of the sixgill hamarr reel and that’s a higher end reel that I could use all the time. My friend has a higher end lews ive tried and it’s a great reel. So my opinion is the higher end the better.

  • TheeIronSwan

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I feel you buddy I fish bass in Canada bc so I only have like 3 months to fish them always used a spin rod ( other than fly fishing my whole life) but I bought a lews baitcaster and spent z few hours in the yard and I cannot believe the feel for the bite . It’s worth taking the time, it’s so fun p.s I feel baitcaster is the hardest fishing I have learned, I feel it’s way more technical than fly fishing

  • leperzoo

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I made the jump last week after 20+ years of using spinning reels exclusively. I bought a Lew’s classic pro at dick’s for $60 bucks on Thursday and was fishing chatterbaits and catching fish on Saturday. I had read the Abu Garcia Revo X was an awesome beginner baitcaster but I didn’t want drop $100 on something I might not figure out. I started out with a 1/2 oz sinker in the yard. Don’t put super expensive line on it right away but don’t cheap out too much either. Good luck!

  • Hodor187

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    If you are serious about trying to learn a bait caster buy a good one. They are easier to learn on and as you get better you will be able to appreciate the finer tolerances. Worst case scenario you can sell it and get most of your money back vs throwing a cheap one in the trash.

  • RedLion40

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Whatever you get make sure you’re fishing with no spool tension and your brakes on about 60% to 70%. After doing that the brand won’t even matter. I set up my reels like that and my clients. Best performance possible. I never have to touch my spool tension knob just the brakes if it gets windy.

  • GiveMeHatzNao

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Braid and flourocarbon leader will make your life so much better, 20lb to 14lb respectively would be a great all rounder setup for a fisherman used to spinning tackle.

  • TEXASlefty88

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Abu Garcia black max, you can get a rod/reel combo pretty cheap now in days. I paid 80/90$ probably 3yrs ago and just seen them for 40$ at Walmart. I still use my first one to this day and never have had an issue.

  • octtight

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    IMO no, you don’t need to buy something like the Curado 150 DC. I learned how to use a baitcaster on an old one I picked up at a garage sale then graduated to more expensive ones when I got into tournament fishing.

  • theFiyyaman

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I would buy a cheap bait caster to start. I gave up on the bait cast because I just found it to hard to cast without a backlash or birds nest. I know…I don’t know what I’m doing. But removing a birds nest when the fish are biting is frustrating

  • xfugitx

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I would spend at least $100 or more. Mine are all Japanese made Shimanos. It’s not hard at all if you use 14lb line, you can go 12lb but it gets harder to control and below 12 impossible. Use right control if backlash on beginning of cast and left control if backlash inflight/end of cast and start out with something like a 3/8oz spinner bait. Do this and you’ll be casting farther than a spinning reel in a couple of hours

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