Will light fishing line work well with a casting reel?

I was wondering if a casting reel would still be able to maintain a good distance with lighter fishing line. I’m talking around 10 lb. or so.

And what is the main difference(s) between a casting and spinning rod/reel. Thank you.

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7 thoughts on “Will light fishing line work well with a casting reel?

  1. To make the line “heavier” my dad always uses a sinker. He never puts more than a 10 lb test on my line when I’m fishing because I only bluegill fish. He doesn’t like wasting his ‘tougher’ line.

    Spinning reels to use for light baits.. They’re great for people who’ve been fishing for a long time and know how to cast without tangling. I always have trouble with them getting tangled up around the guards, though. My dad always calls them “open” reels meaning you can see the line as you fish.

    Casting reels are easier for you to use if you have trouble with tangling lines and hitting trees (the novice fisher). My dad always calls those “closed” They’re easier to use than the spinning reels. I recommend those for children as well. They sell cute ones for kids at fishing stores with cartoons on them, I have one I bluegill fish with.

    You can search images on yahoo or google for casting reel then spinning reel to get the difference by image.

    Hope this helps. My dad is a HUGE fisher.

  2. Lets not confuse the different “casting” reels. Spincast and baitcast reels are NOT the same thing! I’m gonna talk baitcasters here. I generally don’t use light line on casting reels. Light line is much more manageable with spinning gear. Actually 10 lbs. is not too light for casting reels but, I would suggest 12 lb. test being the minimum. Casting reels act more like a “winch” which is why they are great for power fishing. They generally have more drag power and are better for handling heavier weights, lures, lines, and fish. Spinning gear is great for finesse tactics but, handle big fish well too. There are some finesse casting reels designed to handle lighter line as well as 50 size (and bigger) spinning reels that can handle big line well. You should be ok with 10 lb. line on your baitcaster so long as you’re used to using a casting reel.

  3. Really its not the line wieght you would worry about.It the lure weight you should worry about.

  4. bryceh12321,

    There is actually two kinds of casting reels – spin casting & bait casting. I’ll start out with spin casting. Most spin casting reels have a very small line capacity compared to most bait casting and spinning reels. That’s why when someone is using a spin casting reel for say carp or catfish, they should have 10 or 12 lb. main line and a leader of say 30 lb. line. So you can get good casting distance. So, in my conclusion, lighter lines, compared to heavier lines work very well on spin casting reels.

    Now, let’s go to the other casting reels, the bait casters. These are very hard to master. Light lines DO NOT work well with bait casting reels. Although you can use them, you’re chance of backlash will increase dramatically. I advise NO one to use under 12 lb. on these reels. If you do just don’t come crying to me if you get back lashed all to hell. But i normally use 14-17 lb.

  5. if you are referring to a revolving spool bait caster, yes, of course light line will work just great.
    it will have to be at least of a minimum quality so the tolerances are close. you can’t have any gaps between the frame and spool the line can get caught in which happens with some lesser quality reels.
    l use baitcasters almost exclusively with 8lb mono working the best for me. l get better casting distance with the lighter lines and my home lake isn’t so full of trees and brush that l need heavier stuff to winch them in.
    l have tried 6lb but have settled on no less than 8lb presently.
    you should have no problems at all with 10lb line. just use a good quality such as maxima or sufix “siege” nylon mono.

  6. it’s the control you have to stop the line from coming out. A spinning reel allows for more control, whereas the casting reel is basically push the button and cast. I would use 8lb line for an all around. Keep in mind fish can see that stuff! I found my answer at this site under fishing tips.

  7. If you are referring to baitcasting reels, you may actually increase your casting distance based on two factors – the quality of the reel and your skill with a baitcasting reel. Lighter line will have less resistance (friction) therefore increasing distance. High quality reels will have closer tolerances – light line will jam between the spool and frame on inexpensive reels – and better bearings on the spool, allowing it to turn freely. Your skill will also determine your casting distance. Since you are using a light line, it’s assumed you are planning to use light lures (1/4 oz or less). Baitcasters are prone to backlash easier with light lures, so your control of the reel is critical.

    So give it a try – it may or may not work with your reel or your skill.

    The main difference between a spinning and baitcasting reel is the a spinning reel uses a fixed spool and line is cast and wound on AROUND the spool. A baitcaster uses a revolving spool to cast and wind the line in-line with its axle. Both are available in an extreme range of quality (and price). A high quality reel of either type, with practice, can afford the user very good control of casting.

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