For cats- round baitcasters out of the boat. Fishing stripers/hybrids.....in tailwaters, then it's the big spinning reels. I have them on 11' St croix surf rods. I was using #16 Mega Drag reels, but I got a #20 this year too. I have a few 7'-8 1/2 & 10' surf rods too, and use a #12 & # 8 Ahabs on those.
I'm running small spinning reels with crankbaits for walleyes on 7' rods trolling here. Vertical jigging...it's a round reel too, an old Pro Max. I do have one low profile, it was my 1st baitcaster, a Diawa PS5BB, smooth as can be, took me forever to get the hang of it. Actually learned on an Abu 6500 with heavy weight, then the smaller reel was easy.
Here's a little channel cat on my jigging rig. It's from last winter.
I finally got the reels I wanted. I have 4 of these Shimano CT700 reels and 2 of the Abu 7000C4 LeverDrag reels. That gives me 6 nice outfits for the big kitty cats. I'll be doing some horse trading on some other reels I won't be needing. Haven't decided yet, have to give my son & his buddies first shot on them. (Some Quantums)
My opinion is because you have a beefier drag, more line capacity, and it will hold larger diameter(heavier) lines. An added feature is that if you break off alot of line, you still have alot left. I've never encountered that .....yet, but you have that backup if it does.
would be spinning reels as i fish most of the year in streams for smallies..but for flatheads its ONLY big round baitcasters for me too..mostly my Calcutta 700's and Quantum Big Irons(410, 420 & 430CX).
For smallies, whitebass and everything else small i go with my Shimano Stradic(2002 & 2003 model), Shimano Ultegra(japan version of stradic), Bio Master(japan version of Sustain) and last Daiwa Emblem Z, X & S.
Since i also only fish rivers and streams and DONT fish for largemouths, i dont use those low profile baitcasters.
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