Fishing is one of people's favorite pastimes. People love going out on the water, casting their line out and seeing what they can catch. It's something people have enjoyed doing since the 15th century.
However, fishing is only fun when you have the right equipment. Otherwise, it can go from fun to stressful in no time.
When people, particularly the Native Americans, first began fishing several millennia ago, they used only a simple line and hook combination. That gradually evolved into a cane pole with a line and hook attached to it.
We've really advanced since then.
Rods and reels today are insanely advanced. Manufacturers incorporate some of the most innovative and sophisticated materials and technology available into fishing equipment. There are even lures that require batteries to operate properly! All the new advances in rod and reel combos have given anglers a lot of choices.
This often leads to debates over different gear. One of the biggest, most divisive debates is about which reels are better: spinning or baitcast reels. There are plenty of fishermen on both sides of the argument who swear by their favorite picks, but truthfully there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
The trick to picking the right reel is to research both reels' pros and cons and compare them with your own specific fishing needs. Research the two different types online and talk to users of both. See what each reel brings to the table. Make your final decision only after carefully determining which one is right for you.
The main reason so many anglers swear by baitcasters is because of their superior control and excellent precision. These reels are incredibly sensitive and allow fishermen to control the precise amount of inertia and power they need.
However, because they're so precise and sensitive, it takes a really advanced angler to use them effectively. Even when a fisherman is extremely skilled with a ton of experience, using a baitcaster can be a challenge. These types of reels take a ton of practice before they can be used effectively.
Spinning reels are one of the most commonly used reels for fishermen. This is largely because they can be used by anglers of any skill level, including total beginners, with relative ease. They're also great rods for catching some of the most sought-after fish, such as bass, red-fish and crappie.
Spinning reels have a fixed spool sitting beneath the rod. The line is pulled out mostly by the weight of your lure, bait or tackle and has little to do with you or your skill at fishing.
This means they're less precise than baitcasters, and your lure might not always go exactly where you want it, but these reels also don't take as much focus or skill to use. These are typical "cast and reel" reels easily used by anyone.
When it comes to the two reels, there isn't necessarily a "winner." They're both great options for different circumstances. However, there are two main considerations to think about when deciding between the two reels.
The first of these is your skill level. If you're an inexperienced fisherman, you'll probably want to stick with a spinning reel. However, if you're a professional or highly experienced fisherman, you'll be fine with a baitcaster reel.
The second thing to consider is what you're hoping to catch. If you're after big, heavy fish over twelve to fifteen pounds, you're definitely going to need the heavier, more durable baitcaster. If you're fishing for something small to medium size, though, the spinning reel will be fine.
In the end, the choice is yours. Weigh your personal preferences and needs against how much you're willing to spend and what you're hoping to accomplish with the reel and make your choice that way.