Righty Tighty

Baitcasting fishermen: Try a spinning reel on your next inshore trip.

This shoutout goes out to all the righties in the house. Have you ever tried throwing a football or hitting a golf ball left-handed? Even as simple a task as filleting a fish becomes monumentally complex when attempted wrong-handedly. To the casual observer, you look like you’ve been jabbed in the neck with a syringe-full of Novocain.

Fellow righties, let's face facts, our left sides are horribly uncoordinated. Hey, in their defense, they're not to blame. We've spent our entire life doing things right-handed, and aptly so—it's our strong, dominant side.

Now, consider for a moment the finesse baits you insist on throwing on your favorite baitcaster. The same baits whose effectiveness is predicated solely on the precision of their presentation (picking up what I'm stepping in?) If not, read on…

Baitcasters are designed to be held in the left hand and wound with the right. When throwing finesse baits on these sticks, our left hand is assigned to apply the perfect big-fish-twitch or that have-'em-drooling cadence for which it's horribly unqualified (ahem, ever try writing left-handed?).

Next time out, try switching up. For any baits you can throw on a spinning rod—do it. Spinning gear puts the rod in your Ivy-League-educated right hand, leaving the mundane winding chores to our dumber-than-a-stump left.

I'm confident that when you make the switch you'll be stupefied at how many more strikes you get as you now work baits considerably livelier, crisper and cleaner.