Baitcasting

Baitcasting

As the name implies, baitcasting involves casting a baited hook. Baitcasting is a versatile form of fishing, in many ways is identical to spin casting, and has an equal number of fans. In fact, there is a lively, longstanding, ongoing debate among anglers as to which is better, and when. Historically, baitcasting is more closely associated with freshwater fishing, especially in rivers, but a growing number of saltwater anglers now prefer this technique. Whether fishing in tidal or freshwater, baitcasting is a good choice when using heavier lures and lines.
Baitcasting Terminal Gear

The use of bait is the most obvious distinguishing feature of baitcasting. Weights are also usually used to help with casting the line, and swivels are also used – as in spincasting – to help prevent the line from spinning and twisting.

Baitcasting Line

Fishing-Line

Baitcasting rods are very similar to spin casting rods, but are usually more flexible at the tip, making it easier for the angler to see when a fish bites. Baitcasting rods also tend to have more and smaller “guides” – the hoops the line goes through – as the fishing line rests on top of the rod and comes straight off the spool.

Baitcasting Rod

Baitcasting rods are very similar to spin casting rods, but are usually more flexible at the tip, making it easier for the angler to see when a fish bites. Baitcasting rods also tend to have more and smaller “guides” – the hoops the line goes through – as the fishing line rests on top of the rod and comes straight off the spool.

Baitcasting Reel

Baitcasting reels are mounted on top of the fishing rod. The spool is visible, and is perpendicular to the fishing rod, so that the line itself always remains parallel to the rod. This means the spool must rotate during casting, which prevents the line from being cast as easily as a spinning reel – where the line comes off easily in coils. Many anglers feel that slower casting provides more precision and control, but many baitcasting reels have a “zero drag” setting to allow for easier casting, plus a ratio gear to allow for faster retrieval of the line. Baitcasting reels also typically allow for heavier lines than spinning reels.

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