TIPS FISHING TERMINOLOGY Posted Mar 17, 2000 By: wfn Baitcast Reel/Rod A type of reel and accompanying rod. The spool of the reel is perpendicular to the rod. The reel sits on top of the rod, which requires a different style of handle than what is used on spinning rods, and often incorporates a molded trigger type grip that helps the angler get a secure hold on the rod. Baitcast reels are good for handling heavy lines, and are often used with line in the 15-65lb range. These reels also allow for greater control of the speed that the line comes off the reel by using a thumb to slow down the spool during a cast. These reels are known for causing terrible birdnests for anglers that do not slow the spool down with their thumb when casting into the wind or when the lure hits the water. Most baitcast reel have adjustments that add resistance to the free spool, but a skilled thumb is usually still required to cast successfully. Baitcast rods and reels are usually used for pitching and flipping due to the precise control possible when thumbing the spool, and the ability to manage heavy lines.