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Old 07-04-2017, 05:59 AM
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Why do Urban Land Based Anglers use Bait-Casters

I'm a landbased fisho and I've found myself wanting a baitcaster - but it has nothing to do with suitability - they just look cool and they are heaps of fun to play with.

They're completely useless in amounst the terrain I fish - over hanging branches and other bankside structure that limit my back cast, make them a dumb choice for the distances I want to achieve.

The instant you introduce casting from the deck of a boat to tight structure - a baitcaster makes complete sense - but for you blokes who use them land based - be honest - do you just use them because they look cool and are fun to use
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:08 AM
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Yeah, I played with them Breaming for years because they were different......and because i invested a few hundred dollars in one as a kid knowing it was the wrong setup but stuck with it. Shits of things.
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:38 AM
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Yeah, I played with them Breaming for years because they were different......and because i invested a few hundred dollars in one as a kid knowing it was the wrong setup but stuck with it. Shits of things.
When I got the smallest Shimano Calcutta many years ago............................................... ..............pause.................. I've got to go find that photo - that photo is way back in the archives so it may take a while
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:03 AM
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When I got the smallest Shimano Calcutta many years ago............................................... ..............pause.................. I've got to go find that photo - that photo is way back in the archives so it may take a while
One of these? Calcutta 50

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Im still a huge fan of the BC gear, just got a Tatula CT and now bought a shallow BF spool and can cast 2 gr effortlessly with 8lb line.

I did buy a proper BF rod which is 7 feet long, however its more in the flick than the long swooping lob cast... Which I still do with the room around me.

I just find BC gear more of a purist fishing than using a spinning reel and rod, as its more skill and what I started lure fishing on... God I still have my original reel an old Bantam Crestfire 200B - that used to cast the original plastic 48mm scorpions across the canals and that was well before any real 'quality' spin gear was widely available back in 1999 circa.

Shimano Bantam Crestfire 200B - 20100901.JPG

To boot I still have some original Shimano Black Label 'Rex Hunt' edition rods, one being a 1-3kg and the other a 2-5kg rod.

Rex Hunt Black Lable '1pc Light Baitcast' - 20100901.JPG
Rex Hunt Black Lable '1pc Magnum Med Baitcast' - 20100901.JPG

One day I will get around to re-wrapping them with some Fuji semi-micro guides and relive the 14 year old's canal bashing dream with it all again.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:10 AM
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Aah fugg it - it cant find it - but it was an old shot of me with a calcutta hanging off the back of my bike inside a pvc pipe that was duct taped to the bike frame.

But during the week I entertained the idea of using a bait caster land based - all I ran into was limitations - casting distance sucked - and I couldnt even cast from spots with limited back swing

I've watched my spin reels do what bait casters can only dream of in enclosed spaces - and those enclosed spaces just happen to be where the fish live.

I whole heartedly understand the urge to use a bait caster - they're freakin sweet and can do amazing things with heavier lures where back casts arent restricted

But they suck balls in alot of lanbased scenarios

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Old 07-04-2017, 07:20 AM
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I just find BC gear more of a purist fishing than using a spinning reel and rod, as its more skill and what I started lure fishing on...
Yeah thats the honest answer I wish more people would give - I'd take it a step further and say -Every cast I can make with a baitcaster can be made with a spin reel - but the reverse is far from true.

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Old 07-04-2017, 07:23 AM
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One of these? Calcutta 50

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Nah it was one of the silver 100's -

What weight did the old 50's claim to be able to cast effectively?
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:29 AM
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What weight did the old 50's claim to be able to cast effectively?
About 3/5ths of FA. But reality struck when the Japs filled the spool bearings with grease...

I still manage pretty well with a standard spool and Platypus Classic nylon casting Atomic shads - I think they're about 3.2 gr?
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:39 AM
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About 3/5ths of FA. But reality struck when the Japs filled the spool bearings with grease...

I still manage pretty well with a standard spool and Platypus Classic nylon casting Atomic shads - I think they're about 3.2 gr?
Ok - sounds good - now how many grams do you reckon you'd need to "bow and arrow" your way out of this
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:54 AM
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I know there are guys doing sling shot casts and some other weird techniques.

Just depends on skills
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I know there are guys doing sling shot casts and some other weird techniques.

Just depends on skills
...and the weight of the lure
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Old 07-04-2017, 09:48 AM
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BC is strictly for poofs!

Id rather take lessons in painting pvc pipe, pilfering fence pailings and making decorative wall art than lessons on casting upsidedown.

Love the egg beater.
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:18 PM
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BC is strictly for poofs!

Id rather take lessons in painting pvc pipe, pilfering fence pailings and making decorative wall art than lessons on casting upsidedown.

Love the egg beater.
I think finger painting inside a cave might be more your speed
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:32 PM
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Its all art right?
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:11 PM
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Geez, Rex Hunt, a blast from the past..... yibiddy bloody yibbida!
At least he made us look more intelligent on Wildfish!

The other benefit on a BC is that when your trophy fish is about to brick you and the panic scale hits 11+ you can clamp the thumb down and pray!
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