Does everybody prefer to throw hard jerkbaits on a baitcasting rod or spinning rod? I'm trying to decide which is better/easier. I've been throwing them on a baitcast rod but seem to be getting fatigued/sore in my forearm easily. What do you think??
i like to throw them on a spinning set up because i am right handed and i hold a spinning rod in my right hand. i cant get the same action i want when trying to work the lure when using baitcasting because i hold the rod with my left hand.
i was thinking of getting a left hand retrieve baitcasting reel so i could hold the rod in my right hand. this is something you may want to look into.
I think there are some advantages to both. Baitcasters allow heavier line, which allow you to lose less fish. Spinning gear allow the bait to get deeper. Maybe try switching to a rod with more give in the tip for your baitcast set-up.
I throw jerkbaits (one of my favorite ways to catch smallies) with spinning gear exclusively. I do reel baitcasters left handed so that is not my reasoning here.
I like to use spinning rods because of the ease of casting in the wind, a large diameter spool on a spinning reel will out cast a baitcaster in the wind. AND the large diameter spool has bigger drag washers in it (if you dont backreel).
QUOTE(John Maniaci @ May 12 2004, 04:30 PM)I do reel baitcasters left handed so that is not my reasoning here.
I think you and me are the only ones that have this right
For the most part I use this rule of thumb
Moving or horizontal presentations = baitcaster
Vertical or finesse = spinning
However topwater and jerbaits are the exception to the rule. I like spinning rods for my jerkbaits. I find it easier to give the bait action. I'm sure some Southern boys would disagree with me. Your hand is "overtop" the rod and reel with a spinning set-up and it is easier to give the rod that downward stroke (no pun intended). I also barely move my left hand to reel, its all in the down stroke of the rod. Just make sure you get a stiff enough rod, otherwise you will kill the action of the bait.
I thought I better say someithing before DRP got on me.
Baitcasting, I use a Castaway Surface Bait 6 1/2 (sb66) and a Castaway Jerk and Twitch 6 1/2(jt66) when I use a larger bait or one that is harder to get to jump and slice. The jerk and twitch is a little heavier. I also find it important to use flourocarbon line.
I use left-handed baitcasters when doing lots of twitchs and jerks with a jerkbait. Spinning feels a little better to hold and can cast a little farther with some jerkbaits, but I've had a terrrible time with twisted line because of all the slack you take up in the past that wasn't worth the difference. I might try fireline on a spinning rod this year just to see if those In-Fisherman guys are on to something. Fireline can explode on a spinning reel too sometimes though.
For my big bass long ripping technique and with larger jerkbaits, I use a 7-foot crankbait rod with my standard right-hand retrieve reel just because I've always thrown my crankbaits that way and use it for both.
Sometimes I use Vanish flouro and sometimes I use Trilene XL. Rarely, I use Trilene XT (usually because I want it real high in the water).
I am suprised to hear that most of you are throwing jerkbaits on spinning gear. I'll have to give it a shot. Are you guys mainly using 8 lb test? What is your favorite type of jerkbait? I used Smithwick Rogue with good success last year but I bought a few Lucky Craft and one Team Daiwa to try for this year.