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    I agree with a number of the posts above in that the time involved in switching hands is minimal because the bait is in the air anyway. I am a righty, but have learned to fly cast with both "hands". I fish traditional spinning gear and switch to right handed baitcasters without a problem. However, I also own two left handed baitcasters which I prefer for certain techniques. There are days when I switch between spinning gear, right handed BCs, and left handed BCS. Occasionally I reach for the reel handle on the wrong side, but much less often than you would expect. It really boils down to what is comfortable and works for you!

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    I also have to take issue with the Bassmaster side bar. The hand switch after the cast is inconsequential as noted by several first hand accounts above and I will add mine. I don't baitcast much (currently not at all, but I have in the past) but it did not take me long to figure out how to switch hands and thumbs at the end of the cast and start retrieving as soon as the lure hit the water. The switch during the next cast is sub-second and probably under half a second. I would have to be generous to say it's a 5% hit in efficiency. Again, just to be clear, I am debating what Bassmaster magazine had to say, not appangler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish Whisperer View Post
    I hope you didn't take my post the wrong way, it was simply a joke. However, I am indeed left handed and wouldn't have it any other way! This is a good post. As a lefty, I often wondered why all the "standard" equipment was setup to require a righty to switch hands.
    By no means was i referring to you man. I just saw a few posts that seemed rather heated. The main reason why i actually post on this board is you see a lot of discussions but not a lot of arguing and peeing contest. As a matter of fact i don't know if i have ever even read one on here. That why i like NCangler so much and post here instead of just reading. Awhile back i was reading on KayakBassFishing and there was like a four page full blown argument on the A-rig between to guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OptiMystic View Post
    I also have to take issue with the Bassmaster side bar. The hand switch after the cast is inconsequential as noted by several first hand accounts above and I will add mine. I don't baitcast much (currently not at all, but I have in the past) but it did not take me long to figure out how to switch hands and thumbs at the end of the cast and start retrieving as soon as the lure hit the water. The switch during the next cast is sub-second and probably under half a second. I would have to be generous to say it's a 5% hit in efficiency. Again, just to be clear, I am debating what Bassmaster magazine had to say, not appangler.
    Yeah i agree it may be a little high after paying more attention when fishing, I wish there was actual way to test and see how many more cast a day you would get.

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    The best fishing partner I had was my cousin, he is a lefty. We could both get on the front casting deck and hit the same target but from different angels and never be in each others way. Well maybe the time he knocked a easy 5 pounder off my line with the net..

    I cast spinning with my right an retrieve with my left, I think it has something to do with the wider rotation of the reel handle. I've tried others left handed casting reels and it just wasn't comfortable. I would get out of sink trying to reel it back. Easier for a old dog to continue what he does best, sleep on the porch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack in N.C. View Post
    yes I can also keep a buzzer on top and switch hands......Jim will correct me if i am wrong but i do believe more cast equals more fish as he has "noticed" how many times I cast.....I dont want have a left handed baitcaster....dont need it.....mack
    Verified. Also, to add to one of my earlier posts, after I had posted I went outside and made a few casts, to see what I was unconsciously doing to enable me to begin the retrieve as the bait landed. I found that I often finish the "thumbing" with my left hand. It might help that I have a long handled baitcasting rod, and I already use two hands to cast (pendulum style), so my left hand is already right there. When I make the switch, I am palming the reel before the lure hits the water, and my left thumb just finishes the braking as I engage the handle.

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    I use left handed reels BECAUSE I'm right handed...majorly so!

    I make better and stronger hook sets with my right arm, have much better rod control when fighting the fish with my right arm and it definitely gives me more casts and less chance of missing fish than when I used right hand retrieves.

    Ive been using them now for about 25 years and won't look back.
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    I'm interested to know how other guys that switch hands are gripping the rod while your working the bait... Are you guys holding the rod like you cast it (just with the other hand), or gripping it another way? I did the same thing as Jimsnores, tried my switch this morning and it's very fluid, almost part of the cast itself but now I'm concerned I'm doing it wrong. I grip the reel moreso than the rod to work the bait for a better hold and two fingers on the blank. It's working for me but is this bad form?




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    Lol, I guess we are all on the same page today. I actually drug the kayak to the river today to see what I actually do (didn't need an excuse, but hey I took it anyway). I too make the switch as soon as the lure is peeling line off the reel. It took a nano second to make the switch and is very much just a part of my cast, probably why I had to actually go do it and couldn't figure it out in my head, lol. I would venture to say that it does not effect my CPH (casts per hour) at all.

    I also keep the butt of the rod against my body in constant preparation for that hookset. I try to do as much rod work from this position as I can as well. Interesting thread!
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    Funny thing about that "Casts Per Hour" - in this thread you find a few people referencing arm weariness as a reason for sometimes switching. So the physical limit based on what we can take sets the bar a lot lower than how many are possible based purely on minimum times between splash downs.
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    I'm amphibious and can cast with either hand.

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    I'm starting to feel bad about the time I spend just sitting and contemplating the universe without casting at all ; )
    Also make me think about my own speed when fishing. I prefer to fish a little on the fast side. Sometimes you need to be slow. I have a hard time mustering enough patience to fish a weightless senko even on days when I see it is working for someone else. If I could just make myself take 20 seconds to switch hands then maybe my efficiency would tank but my catch rate increase?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stukayakfish View Post
    I'm starting to feel bad about the time I spend just sitting and contemplating the universe without casting at all ; )
    Also make me think about my own speed when fishing. I prefer to fish a little on the fast side. Sometimes you need to be slow. I have a hard time mustering enough patience to fish a weightless senko even on days when I see it is working for someone else. If I could just make myself take 20 seconds to switch hands then maybe my efficiency would tank but my catch rate increase?
    I wanted to make the same comment, but waited to see when someone picked up on the idea. It's not the number of casts that matter. It's the time the lure is in the strike zone. For some techniques, such as flipping, the two are the same, ie more flips = more time in the strike zone. Senko or fluke, it may be a case of less casts = more time in the strike zone. Live bait under a float, if you are fishing in the right spot and right depth = max time in the strike zone.

    Think about it!

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    I guess I could have been clearer in my post in that my primary reason for keeping the rod in my right hand is fish and lure control. I agree with Stu that speed is not always the priority.

    Fatigue is not much of an issue for me until I get to the 4th or 5th day of a tournament event and then, it's much better for me to have my right arm controlling things.

    I've been fishing bass tournaments for about 28 years and have built up pretty good endurance over that time.

    The main thing to all of this...just fish!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nardvt89 View Post
    I'm amphibious and can cast with either hand.

    - Cozell McQueen. NCSU. 1983
    I thought is was charls shacklefordwho said that???....anyway its really funny and alot of people dont know the history behind that......about onnce a month since the early eighties , a espn anouncer will say "amphibious" but doesnt reference the school or player......i always chuckle.........
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