Can You Put a Spincast Reel on a Baitcaster?

If you are a novice in the world of fishing, it can be challenging to figure out what kind of equipment you should use. To fish successfully, you want to make sure you are using the right combinations of equipment as well. For example, you want to make sure that you are using reels and rods compatible with one another.

You can put a spincast reel on a baitcaster. Both reels go with casting rods, although the ones made for spincast reels are typically shorter. It is essentially the same type of reel, although beginners would likely have an easier time using the shorter rod made explicitly for the spincast reel.

If you are interested in learning more about fishing reels and rods, read on. You might find information that will help you decide on the right equipment for your next fishing trip.

Different Types of Fishing Reels

There are three primary types of fishing reels that you can use. These would be spinning, spincast, and baitcasting reels. Each of these has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Spinning Reels

A spinning reel includes a spool located in an orientation parallel to the rod’s main axis. These are supposed to hang under the rod when you are using them in contrast to other types of reels, which sit on top of the rod. 

The fishing line is wrapped around the spool of the reel. It moves over a power roller before it goes up through the guides of the rod. When you are reeling in the line, the spool will rotate as you are turning the handle.

Spincast Reels

Spincast reels are a lot like spinning reels. The main difference is that they include a plastic cover fitted on top. Additionally, the spool is on the top of the rod, rather than under it as it is on the spinning rod. There is a small hole located at the front of the reel; this is where the line comes out.

They are similar to spinning reels in that they include a spool that is parallel to the rod’s axis. However, they are different in that they are easier to use. All you need to do is press a button on the reel, which will allow the line to start unspooling.

Spincast reels also do not get tangled as easily as spinning reels often do because of the plastic cover that goes over the line. Because of this, it makes spincast reels an excellent option for beginners, including children.

Baitcasting Reels

Baitcasting reels can be said to fall into a class of their own compared to the other two primary types of reels. Similar to the spincast reel, the spool is oriented on top of the rod. However, this spool is perpendicular to the rod rather than parallel.

While you are casting the line of a baitcasting reel, you will need to use a lure that is heavy enough to really pull on your free line. This is because the spool will spin while you are casting. You also need to adjust the line correctly.

It takes a higher level of skill to ensure that it stops spinning when the lure makes contact with the water. If you cannot do this, the reel will just keep turning, which can create a lot of tangling.

The spool is typically smaller than the spools that you would use on spinning and spincast reels. This means that you can typically bring the line back more rapidly. Additionally, the free-spinning of this type of reel gives you a large amount of control over the accuracy in your casting.

Different Types of Fishing Rods

There are two primary types of fishing rods to which you can fit the fishing reels. Casting rods are made for spincast and baitcast reels, while spinning rods are made to be used with spinning reels.

Casting Rods

Casting rods have reel seats that will put the reel above the rod. Additionally, all of the guides in the rod are facing upwards, towards the sky. This way, when you catch a big fish, you will not risk pulling the eyelets off of your rod. The weight of the fish will push the line down onto the eyelets and rod blank.

Typically, casting rods that are specifically designed for baitcasting reels have more extensive rod guides and are longer. The more easily matched ones with spincast reels generally have smaller rod guides and shorter casting rods.

Spinning Rods

Spinning rods will hold spinning reels underneath the rod, and the rod guides will face downwards, towards the water. This makes it somewhat risky to try to catch a very big fish, since the line’s force will be pushing in the opposite direction of the rod blank and could end up yanking an eyelet off of your rod.

Putting a Spinning Reel on a Baitcaster

Although it is somewhat controversial, it is possible to put a spinning reel on a baitcaster. The casting rod contains many guides through which you will weave the line, and they are located on top. Thus, this type of rod is designed to catch heavier fish, since the weight of the fish will put less pressure on the tip of the rod.

The guides on a spinning rod are located on the bottom of the rod. This makes these types of rods more suited for catching lighter fish.

Meaning, if you use a spinning reel on a baitcasting rod, you will basically be using the casting rod upside down. You can still do it, but you may want to avoid catching very large fish, since this could end up breaking your rod. Using the rod in this manner defeats the ability of the rod to handle heavier catches.

Putting a Spincast Reel on a Baitcaster

There are some reasons why you might want to use a spincast reel on a baitcaster. The longer rod will give you more leverage and the ability to catch fish from a further distance. Baitcasting rods also have larger rod guides, which can typically handle heavy lines that is typical of the corresponding reels very well.

Because you are using a casting rod for both types of reels, the difference is not as pronounced as when you are using a spinning reel with a casting rod. However, there are still some problems that could emerge with this combination.

Generally, spincast reels are filled with a lighter line than the typical heavy line of baitcast reels. You can use one of these reels with a baitcasting rod, but it could create some casting difficulties. Unless you are at a fairly advanced level, you might have trouble aiming the line where you want it to go.

Additionally, the relatively light line might not support the weight of a heavy fish you would catch.


If you want to try putting a spincast reel on a baitcaster, you can see if it works for you. It is not generally a recommended combination, but if you want the power that comes with the longer rod, it may be worth a try. Theoretically, you can even put a spinning reel on a baitcaster, so the spincast reel is certainly a possibility.

It is important that you realize that different rod or reel combinations are going to lead to different results. You can try them and see if they work for you, but also heed popular advice on the topic.

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