Ahhh… the age-old angler debate… spinning vs. casting gear. When it comes to fishing equipment, it’s a lot more complicated than simply picking up any old rod and reel and attaching whatever lure you’ve got lying around. Maybe that’s okay for the novice fisherman, but we Lucky anglers can do way better than that!
If you’ve been following LTB for a while, you already know that nobody works harder to help you fish better, and today’s lesson is no exception. In a new “Quick Tackle Tips” video from Scot Arganbright, he covers the main difference between spinning gear and casting gear, and which equipment you should use in various situations on the water.
Let’s get to it!
1) Spinning Gear
First off, spinning gear is great when you’re finesse fishing. In other words, if you’re throwing lighter tackle (like a plastic worm) and trying to be methodical with your overall presentation, a spinning rod and reel will be your BFF. With spinning gear, you’ll get max casting distance and be able to slowly maneuver your bait through the water without spooking the hungry bass.
2) Casting Gear
Next up, you’ve got casting gear. A casting rod and reel are a great option if you’re throwing more substantial baits on heavy line, because they’ve got the extra backbone you’ll need to work your lure through aquatic vegetation, grass, and cover, set the hook hard, and then wrangle your bite back to the boat. Typically, jigs and crankbaits work best on casting gear.
Although old school anglers may think spinning gear is for beginners, that’s not true. It really just depends on the situation you’re in! The basic rule of thumb is this; if you’re using a light lure and light line, choose spinning gear. But if you’re using a heavy lure and heavy line, opt for casting gear. And if your goal is to become a well-rounded angler, make sure you’ve got both options in your boat!