Spinning Reel Size Selection for Bass

Most avid bass anglers have a pile of casting reels, but spinning equipment needs to be in your arsenal for finesse applications and smallmouth fishing, especially on northern waters like the Great Lakes. But choosing the right spinning reel can be tricky considering common sizes from 1500 up to 4000. Bassmaster pro Josh Douglas nailed it when he says, “Minnesotan’s are born with a spinning rod in hand.” So take it from a guy with that upbringing that has traveled the touring circuit – Josh’s recommendations factor in line twist, handling, casting distance and fishing fighting power.

Comments

johnnymohani says:

what rod size do you recommend? I’m stuck between a 6.6 and 7 ft? Also are 2 piece rods Ok?

Fishin with Gup says:

I primarily fish with spinning rods

Kimberlie Ayala says:

Que lago en Minnesota me recomiendas para pescar bass

Jimmy D says:

I love spinning reels I can’t get usto baitcasters so I use them only for pitching and flipping …..but other then that I use my spinning reels for everything

J F says:

Hi nice tip here! i got my daiwa theory 3000 on my mh rod and its a perfect match. now i want to ask your reccomendation of reel size for my ML rod (2.13m 3 to 10g cast weight)

Wild Dolphins says:

shimano stradic ci4+ 3000 or twinpower 3000?

Anime4 Mii says:

For me I use 4000 size for all specie fishes even small to large but I might return it just to get 5000 for more line and power

Getting penn pursuit ii 5000 and I dont really care of weight im a man, man with strength!

I want to go 1 rod 1 reel thats it, no need to buy secondary

Carter Cox says:

Is 4000 too big for bass fishing?

xXDr.MAYHEM says:

what setup do you use

M CommissoJr says:

not good enough reasons to go bigger for me. my 2500 Sahara does just fine

Seb0495 says:

Josh, how do you spool up the 3012 for bass? Would you put backing on if you were using a 150m spool of 8-strand PE 0.6/0.8 braid? Cheers, Seb

michael lee says:

What type of rod is with this set up or what would you recommend? Thanks in advance!

Wild Dolphins says:

shimano stradic ci4+ 3000 or twinpower 3000?

Randy Nunez says:

Seriously 700 bucks! COM ON MAN, think of your audience.

vince orr albert says:

My daiwa pixy and aldebaran throws as far if not more as a spinning reel and is way lighter.

HassamFarms says:

Always will bring my spinning rods even in fall when I’m mostly using heavy luers just in case the baitcaster get screwed up its extra insurance lol

Moises Calderon says:

im deciding between a 3000 and a 4000 size penn pursuit, which one do you recommend?

Larry Moffatt says:

Hey Josh: Your advice validates my own preferences (I use Okuma Trio 30S and 40S – meaning 3000 and 4000 size high speed – I’ve measured them to be 30″ of line recovery per turn)

Fishin with Gup says:

First one

Outdoors Guy says:

So 3000-4000 for really application, speaking my language. What I wanted to hear from a pro.

Chief Broseff says:

Is a 30 different from a 3000? I have a 30 and it looks WAAAAY smaller.

Dr. Dead Drift says:

Give the onions to them? What?

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