Do you prefer conventional or spinning reel for surf fishing?

+3 votes
asked Apr 27, 2017 in Saltwater Fishing by dwnc (1,254 points)
#conventional, #reel, #spinning

7 Answers

+4 votes
answered Apr 28, 2017 by thunnus69 (385 points)
For consistency it's hard to beat a spinning reel.  The line peels off the spool without any spool drag each time it's casted.  Same can't be said for conventional casting reels where thumb pressure, salt, debris, and even lubrication breakdown can greatly effect casting.  If there is no level wind on a conventional reel that may pose a problem as well where as with spinning outfits there's no need to level wind.  Casting distance has always been a hot topic between spinning vs. conventional guys.  I think the nod goes to "well prepared and maintained" conventional reels.  The "slap" that occurs as line peels off a spinning reel and "slaps" against the guides creates friction and reduces efficiency.  It's a difficult if not impossible process to engineer from happening.  Conventional reels peel line off straight with minimal drag on guide surfaces.
+2 votes
answered May 8, 2017 by westy1nc (25 points)
I prefer bait casters for everything except surf.  For surf I use #spinning exclusively.  I I find it to be much easier to control with a big rod.
+2 votes
answered Aug 15, 2017 by yakfishnick (320 points)
I use spinning reels for all my surf fishing. Shimano Baitrunners in the 3500 and 4500 sizes for fishing bait and Penn Conflicts in the 3000 and 4000 for plugs.
commented Aug 16, 2017 by dwnc (1,254 points)
I've got a fishing buddy who uses the Shimano baitrunners and loves them
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answered Apr 27, 2017 by cquade7 (3,269 points)
To best honest I have always loved my spinning reels, I think it all is in personal preference. I have always used spinning and have had great luck with them, what do you use?
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answered May 2, 2017 by alwaysdiving (780 points)
I agree with personal preference, but definitely love spinning reels for ease and simplicity.
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answered May 25, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
Spinning tends to be the reel of choice by most for surf given the extra long casting needed. I have not tried anything different so not much to compare. What works for you is the best choice.
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answered Oct 18, 2017 by Cronnie40 (228 points)
Spinners for surf casting
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