Every fisherman has his favorite style of reel based on the type of fish he is after. Many anglers choose between using a spinning reel or a baitcaster when on the water. There are, however, pros and cons to using each style of reel based on specific situations.
When anglers are faced with clear water conditions, they must use lighter line and smaller lures in order to get the fish to strike. Spinning reels hold the advantage in this particular situation because they can cast light lures and line with ease. This is due to the low friction of the reel design.
Fishing for big fish around obstacles such as stumps and weeds demands the use of heavy line and lures. Baitcasting reels are suited for these situations because they can hold more of the heavier line on the spool, and can cast the bigger lures with greater accuracy.
Anglers that troll lures in to find fish need reels that hold a lot of line and won't twist. Baitcasting reels shine in this application due to their deep spool design, which allows for hundreds of yard of line to be put on the reel. Also, these reels will not add line twist due to the rotating spool and guide bar that lays the line evenly on the reel.
Along the coastal areas of the East Coast, surf fishing is a popular sport. It takes a special reel to cast beyond the oncoming surf and present a lure where the fish are feeding. Spinning reels are the first choice for this scene as they can cast lures 50 to 75 yards without a backlash or tangle.