Spinning vs Casting: What’s the Best Fishing Rod?

By David Fialkoff •  Updated: 10/06/21 •  3 min read

Novice anglers often make mistakes when choosing a fishing rod. It’s easy to think there isn’t a difference between spinning and casting rods and either will work for you. This isn’t true.

Learn the difference between the two most common fishing rods and find out which one is best for you.

Spinning Rod

If you have a preference for lighter lures and long casts, the spinning rod is built for you. The first guide of the spinning rod is larger than it is on a casting rod and the reel is located under the rod.

The location of the reel could allow larger fish to pull an eyelet off the rod when it’s fighting. For that reason, this rod comes in a variety of sizes based on the types of fish it can handle.

Shorter and lighter options work well for catching trout or panfish. Medium rods work well for bass. Longer rods with elongated grips for two-handed casting are meant for surfcasting for beautiful saltwater fish.

Casting Rod

Unlike the spinning rod, the casting rod uses a baitcasting reel. This reel provides more accurate casting and greater power. The reel seat places the spincast or baitcasting reel above the rod.

Long rods with straight handles work well for large fish. Short rods and small guides are perfect for beginners.

How to Choose a Fishing Rod

It all depends on your fishing techniques and experience level. Sometimes a casting rod will be the better choice and other times you should use a spinning rod.

For the novices who don’t know their fishing style yet and need some more help, here are a few factors that will help you make the best decision.

Which Is Best?

Casting rods are better for beginners. The shorter rod, smaller guide, and lighter line options are an ideal combination for beginners. Spinning rods work well with bait fishing but can be hard if you’re not experienced.

A baitcasting rod works best with a baitcasting reel but is more difficult to use for novices. Using spincast reels with a casting rod is great for catching trout and other small fish with either bait or lures.

Don’t fear if you’re a beginner and want to give the spinning rod a try. You shouldn’t be afraid of a challenge. If you use it and find you prefer the casting because of its greater power, that’s up to you.

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Spinning rods are great for casting light lures this is because of their design. The spool orientation allows the line to release with minimal resistance. It comes off in big loops and the larger first guide reduces drag.

Go Fishing Now!

Now that you know which fishing rod you want to use, go out there and catch some fish!

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David Fialkoff

David Fialkoff is the founder of Spearfishing.Live, a site that's dedicated to the sport of spearfishing. He is a full-time digital marketer and loves to spend time chasing fish underwater on the weekends.