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    First time trolling - spinning reel?

    My husband and I recently got a boat weve been bank fishing salmon all season & had an eye on a used boat husband found, and last weekend pulled the trigger. Sweet! We are boat owners. Spent all week getting the boat ready and gathering trolling supplies (cut plugs, flashers, etc etc). A thought only just occurred to me, a mere 12 hours before we plan our first foray trolling in the Sac River, we only have spinning reels! Wow, little late in the game to think of this, but it happened. Searches in this forum plus google have been a little helpful while also sometimes being contradictory. It seems like the consensus is that it can be done, but its not ideal, but for example, how to set the drag I notice is debated. Im also aware of line twist issues from this forum, and advice on letting line out to let itself untwist. Beyond that, however, Im really wondering if we are setting our selves up for failure? Would those with experience kindly share some wisdom? Any and all advice is appreciated. Thank you so much! I really enjoy the community here and have learned so much since joining.
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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    Spinning reel will work fine. Youll prob want to upgrade at some point as baitcasters are more user friendly for trolling but spinning will work fine in the meantime.
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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nor_Cal_Drifter View Post
    ...baitcasters are more user friendly for trolling but spinning will work fine in the meantime.
    What makes you write that? Backlash and other things has kept me away from baitcasters my entire life and I'll STILL use a spinning reel over a bait caster. No bait casters for me.

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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrotherWilliams View Post
    What makes you write that? Backlash and other things has kept me away from baitcasters my entire life and I'll STILL use a spinning reel over a bait caster. No bait casters for me.
    A few reasons I say that: (1) if all you are doing is pushing a button to release line, backlash is not an issue. Make sure to keep your thumb on the spool and feather the line out. Much easier to just push a button to let line out as opposed to opening and closing a bail. (2) Most casting reels used for Salmon will have a level wind, which means you can count the “passes” of the level wind to determine depth. This is very important when determining distance behind the boat or when you want multiple rods running at the same depth. (3) in my opinion casting reels are much better fish-fighting tools for larger fish (no line twist, easier drag adjustment, better drag, etc.) but I’m sure that could be a matter for debate.
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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nor_Cal_Drifter View Post
    A few reasons I say that: (1) if all you are doing is pushing a button to release line, backlash is not an issue. Make sure to keep your thumb on the spool and feather the line out. Much easier to just push a button to let line out as opposed to opening and closing a bail. (2) Most casting reels used for Salmon will have a level wind, which means you can count the passes of the level wind to determine depth. This is very important when determining distance behind the boat or when you want multiple rods running at the same depth. (3) in my opinion casting reels are much better fish-fighting tools for larger fish (no line twist, easier drag adjustment, better drag, etc.) but Im sure that could be a matter for debate.
    My wife HATES baitcasters. But, not really. She cannot cast with a baitcaster for bassfishing, for example, because she does backlash. However, when it comes to trolling for trout, stripers, salmon, etc. she has no issue dropping the gear into the water and letting out as much line as needed with her thumb controlling the speed. She never backlashes this way and it is so much easier to use than spinning rods for trolling. Just saying.

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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Troutinator View Post
    My wife HATES baitcasters. But, not really. She cannot cast with a baitcaster for bassfishing, for example, because she does backlash. However, when it comes to trolling for trout, stripers, salmon, etc. she has no issue dropping the gear into the water and letting out as much line as needed with her thumb controlling the speed. She never backlashes this way and it is so much easier to use than spinning rods for trolling. Just saying.
    I hate baitcasters. I will NOT use them. Button over a bail? Really? REALLY? No thank you. I can let out line from a spinning reel just fine. I'll be fishing with a guide (but my own rod and reel) and I'm just not worried. I'm mostly a lake/trout guy but I want to catch salmon so I can say I have. Also to have that many lovely salmon fillets in the freezer sort of...arouses me.

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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    Use what ya got. Like NCD mentioned, you can change things out later.
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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    spinning or baitcaster its like ford and chevy matter of personal preference. Both work fine for trolling.

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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    Thanks everyone for the reassurance. Not finding any info online and without much experience, I thought it might be a lost cause!


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    Re: First time trolling - spinning reel?

    I think you're getting the right info. Yes you can troll with the spincasters though the baitcasters are a little more user friendly for that technique. Having said that, don't let having only spincasters keep you from fishing. Just keep reading and watching and you'll figure out what is going to be best for you guys in the long run. Good luck and congrats on the boat.

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