spincast vs spinning

Have you chosen the reel for your sports fishing? Anglers often find it challenging to select from spincast vs spinning reels. It is especially true if you are a beginner.

However, it should not be as challenging as it is. So, in this article, I decided to discuss and explain these types of reels.

Read on for more information.

What are fishing reels?

Have you chosen the reel for your sports fishing? Anglers often find it challenging to select from spincast vs spinning reels. It is especially true if you are a beginner.

In today’s generation, reels play an enormous role in the fishing success.

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What is the Importance of reels?

Anglers did not have an easy scheme in fishing from long distance when the advent of the reel was not yet available. That time you only could access the water close to you that made it difficult catching wary species. It made some water parts out of reach.

Now, using these reels, the anglers can easily cast baits and lures even in a long distance by using different casting techniques.

Consequently, it is wiser for fishers to be familiar with the primary purpose of the reels as well as its similarities and differences. It is significant to understand the aspects around these types of the fishing reels: spincast and spinning.

Fishing Reel Types

Many anglers nowadays use spincast and spinning reels.

Although you have the privilege to use the style of reels that you prefer, each of these gives a combination of pros and cons in a particular circumstance.

If you are curious about these types of the reel, check this video.

Spincast Reel

Today, the spincast reel is not anymore as popular as it was before but this type of reel provides an excellent value for anglers and some fishing applications. Mostly, this reel is a spinning reel fitted with a plastic cover. The line surfaces from a mini hole located at the reel’s front.

Similar to the spinning reel, the spincast reel features a spool parallel to the rod axis. This reel never rotates at the time of the cast; instead, the line unspools while the weight of the lure freely pulls. Check out this video on how to re-spool a spincast reel.

The spincast reel, unlike spinning reel, does not easily tangle because of its line covered by a housing that is made from plastic. It simply means that you will only encounter a few technical problems.

Because of the reasons I mentioned above, a spincast reel is usually the best choice for children as well as beginners at all ages.

As a whole, a quality spincast reel rarely malfunctioned. However, this reel suffers from different line problems similar to spinning reels.

Spinning Reel

The spinning reel features a spool that sits parallel to the primary axis of its rod. When in use, it hangs beneath its rod unlike most of the reels that rest at the top while in use.

The line wraps around its spool then, passes over the power roller before it continues to the rod guide. The bail or the metal arm makes the line in place and see to it that it will pass over the roller.

Similar to most of the reels, the spinning spool reel rotates when its handle is turned during reeling in the line. Also, like the spincast reel, the spinning reel is known as multiplier reel because a revolution of its handle makes the spool rotates more than just one time.

Casting with the use of spinning reel requires you to move the bail arm to an up position which is commonly called as opening the bail. It frees the line to unspool. Note that the spool does not spin when casting. Hence, you have to keep the line in place by pulling it using your first finger during your cast preparation.

During the backswing, keep the pressure on the line and at the end of your casting motion, release it. Usually, you can adjust the drag (the amount of resistance on the line) of the spinning reel through the dial located in the spool front.

Most anglers experience twisted line when using the spinning reel. So, when it happens, unspool many yards of the line to flatten it. Afterward, slowly and carefully rewind the line on the spool for it go smoothly.

Now, here’s a tip. A line spooling technique helps limit the line twist that you may experience. However, you can also use a swivel at the end of your line to prevent line twist.

Choose Your Reel Wisely

If you are going to notice, not any of these reels are better than each other. However, they excel in different situations because of their inherent designs.

While unbreakable rules for angling do not exist, you are free to use the style that you prefer. Some are suited in some circumstances better than others.

  • Do you have fishing experience?

If you are an entire beginner angler, using a spincast reel will probably give you success. Nevertheless, if you have a bit of experience already, using a spinning reel is preferable.

  • Do you prefer light or heavy line?

The definition of “light,” as well as “heavy,” differs from angler to another. Both spincast and spinning reels can be considered light.

  • How big is the fish that you target?

If you want to catch pan-fish as well as crappie or trout, you probably need a light line and tackle. So, using spincast or spinning reels would be perfect.

My Choice

In my years of experience, the fishing reel takes me to another level of sports fishing adventure. I started using a spincast reel until I move up to use the spinning reel

Given the points above, there is only one weakness across, and it is line twisting problem.

Spinning reels compared to spincast reel provides easy use for casting. There is no backlash and works well with light lures and lines.

How about you? What type of reel do you prefer? Please share your thoughts by writing your comments below.​​​​​


Hi! I'm Demi and welcome to my blog. Here, I will share everything I know about enjoying and surviving the outdoors. Whether you love to go outdoors, you will find interesting and informational articles on this blog.

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