Now back to our regularly scheduled blog subject…
So I’ve been having an internal debate with myself and would like to get the opinion of other anglers.
I have been using spinning reels all of my fishing career and had decided last year that it was time to start learning on a baitcast reel. I had heard it was more accurate and more fun to use. But because I am used to spinning reels, I was looking for a left-handed baitcaster.
For those of you not familiar, you generally reel with your left hand on a spinning reel even if you’re right-handed as I am. The reason is, you can use your dominant hand to cast with and not have to switch hands to begin reeling. This is especially important when a fish strikes right after your cast. You can be ready to set the hook and reel him in immediately. I was expecting that the same would hold true for a baitcaster. But there are predominantly right-handed reeling baitcasters sold at retailers. It’s actually quite hard to find a left-handed baitcaster reel.
I searched high and low and found a left-handed baitcaster I liked, but wasn’t ready to buy just yet. It was late-summer and I wanted to get some time practicing with the reel before going out with it since they have a reputation of creating huge tangles if you don’t know what you are doing. I didn’t want to buy it, get my practice, and have the season end when I was ready.
Then, my brother, who had just learned on a baitcaster last summer, gave me a baitcast reel for Christmas. It was right-handed. He had been looking for a left-handed baitcaster as well, but ended up with a right-handed one and said it felt more natural. He said he tried left-handed baitcasters and they made his shoulder wiggle when using it. Ever since then, I’ve been debating whether I should use a left-handed or right-handed reel.
I have tried both and don’t have the same complaint about the shoulder wiggle that my brother does. But I’m wondering if I’m going to be bothered by casting, then switching hands to reel if I use a right-handed version.
Obviously, this doesn’t seem to be a big deal to most anglers given the number of right-handed baitcasters out on the market.
So I defer to my more experienced readers. Does casting with your right-hand, then reeling with your left seem less natural with a baitcaster than a spinning reel? Does switching hands after a cast cause any problems with missed strikes? Which version do you recommend? Please leave a comment with your thoughts. Thanx!
[Update: I settled on using a right-handed baitcaster and wrote a post about my experiences with it.]