Lefty or righty?!

Deadstockpomp

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So I started fishing years ago using lefty spinners which I still do, lefty small game conventionals which feel comfortable with my right hand (stronger) Controlling the rod and left hand reeling. But now with big game reels I have 3 atd 50s and 2 larger sized valiants which are lefty and are much better to use for me when a harness is not available, or for the initial rod pickup and hook set, or when just using a gimble without being attached to the reels lugs. But I feel like if I’m strapped in I can get maximum cranking power with the right since it is stronger but if I had to stand up fight with a righty without the reel being secure it would be strange. I can do everything lefty with maybe sacrificing a tiny bit of cranking power. Any one ever feel like they can’t figure out if they are lefty, righty, upside down or sideways? Hahaa also to throw out there I write with my left hand throw with my right so I’m pretty good with both hands and I guess that makes it more confusing o_OLOL I’m just trying to think It’s worth it to maybe sell the offshore reels for righties or rock out with the full lefty collection and keep it going
 
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I'm a lefty and use a left handed spinner (crank on right), but on my conventionals and bait casters they are all right handed models (crank on right). Not sure how I would do with a lefty conventional....prob because I suck either way...lol. Prob more depends on what you get used to. I used to shot a basketball left handed but dribbled with my right. Batted right, threw with left...then again I sucked at all that too...but at least I had a good time!
 
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I'm a lefty and use a left handed spinner (crank on right), but on my conventionals and bait casters they are all right handed models (crank on right). Not sure how I would do with a lefty conventional....prob because I suck either way...lol. Prob more depends on what you get used to. I used to shot a basketball left handed but dribbled with my right. Batted right, threw with left...then again I sucked at all that too...but at least I had a good time!
Haha it’s actually like a mind f*** when you sit and think about it. I mostly see people reel right handed crank offshore reels but I was the one guy to get 3 lefty accurate atd50s. You can barely find a picture of one in use online lol. I guess what made me get it lefty is the ability to really have a firm grip on the rod with my dominant hand when out of a harness even tho most of the time it’s in a harness with that size reel. I guess it has pros and cons. My left hand crank seems to get the job done
 
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Righty, Fish Lefty for same reason as you. I cast over right shoulder. No switching hands.

Everyone is different. Sadly not all companies make lefty.....but enough do.
 
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    I can do both. I also skate and snowboard goofy foot but I'm right handed. I also own left and right handed reels but the majority of my reels now are right handed. Got tired of searching for lefty reels plus they were harder to sell in the secondary market.
     
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    One advantage of putting a lefty set up in the rod racks (on my boat) is that most people won't borrow it...if they pick it up, they just look at it .."what the hell?"...hahaha...leftys just roll with it, as we're used to in the right handed world....lol
     
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    Deadstockpomp

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    Mostly I’m talking about offshore reels here, I literally don’t think I’ve seen another lefty besides mine in person or even on any site in use, can’t believe it’s actually that rare
     
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    I'm right-handed. I use lefties for throwing jigs poppers stick baits and also for 20-30 lb bait rigs. 40 lb and up, I use right-handed cranks when there's a possibility of rail rodding. Yo-yo with right crank also.
     
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    I'm ambidextrous and just naturally used my right hand for right handed things like guns and skill saw, in fact the only thing i had a hard time with was throwing darts. Growing up my dad like spinning reels and that is what I used most, when I got my jigmaster and my senator they were right handed, I don't think they made any left handed back then. Anyway I never had a problem going from one type to the other but using the spinning I got used to casting with my right and it always seemed stupid switching hands after casting. About ten years ago I wanted one of those conventional reels that had a 7 to 1 ratio so I bought a left handed one so I wouldn't have to change hands after casting. After using one I will never buy anything else. I still have my jigmaster and senator I bought as a kid and still use them without any problem, but if I ever replace them it would be with a left handed version. I don't have a strength issue with one arm being stronger than the other so it is just a matter of convenience. I love my left handed reels.
     
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    I'm left handed I cast over my left shoulder and crank with my right hand. Don't have to switch hands after casting. I shoot a rifle right handed shoot pool right handed, bow right handed. Left handed crank makes no sense to me. I fish spinners upside down sometimes
     
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    Reminds me of a buddy who was complaining that the handle was on the wrong side. So we switched it when he wasn't looking and he still complained.
     
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    Confused south paw here 1st 8 days lefty 2nd 8 days righty. river fishing water from left use lefty water from the right use righty reel
     
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    If learned with the handle on the right side of a spinner. Then everything is the same :D
     
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    When it comes to cranking. My left hand is a stranger with less control

    Not about brut strength arm man lifts. Winding down loading the rod hurts the fish nowadays
     
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    The Nun's in Catholic school would wack your hand if you were using your left hand, to make you use the right hand, hope there isn't a Nun around.:smash::spank::smash:
     
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    jiggermyster

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    So I started fishing years ago using lefty spinners which I still do, lefty small game conventionals which feel comfortable with my right hand (stronger) Controlling the rod and left hand reeling. But now with big game reels I have 3 atd 50s and 2 larger sized valiants which are lefty and are much better to use for me when a harness is not available, or for the initial rod pickup and hook set, or when just using a gimble without being attached to the reels lugs. But I feel like if I’m strapped in I can get maximum cranking power with the right since it is stronger but if I had to stand up fight with a righty without the reel being secure it would be strange. I can do everything lefty with maybe sacrificing a tiny bit of cranking power. Any one ever feel like they can’t figure out if they are lefty, righty, upside down or sideways? Hahaa also to throw out there I write with my left hand throw with my right so I’m pretty good with both hands and I guess that makes it more confusing o_OLOL I’m just trying to think It’s worth it to maybe sell the offshore reels for righties or rock out with the full lefty collection and keep it going
    I write left. Do most other things (equally poorly) left or right, 'cept kick a football. I try kicking with my left, both feet fly up in the air and I land on my ass.

    I fish left... Left hand pulling, right hand cranking.
    Never fished in a harness, but if I did I can see where I'd rather crank with my left (stronger) arm.

    West coast fishing is primarily yankin' and crankin' or on the rail.
    I want my strong arm putting a bend in the rod. If I'm doing it right, right hand has an easy job putting line on the reel.

    On the rail, I can use my body weight and shoulder to turn the handle with my weaker arm. Still run out of gas, but that's because I'm old.
     
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    If learned with the handle on the right side of a spinner. Then everything is the same :D
    Years ago, dad and I were up in Alaska fishing salmon on the streams.
    Dad was doing ok on on the fly rod but wanted to try spinning reel for a bit.

    I set him up and off he goes. First cast, he flips the rod over so the reel's on top and starts cranking backwards.

    I go over and swap the handle to the other side.

    Next cast, he flips the rod over and cranks backwards... with the other hand.
    I gave up.
     
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    Years ago, dad and I were up in Alaska fishing salmon on the streams.
    Dad was doing ok on on the fly rod but wanted to try spinning reel for a bit.

    I set him up and off he goes. First cast, he flips the rod over so the reel's on top and starts cranking backwards.

    I go over and swap the handle to the other side.

    Next cast, he flips the rod over and cranks backwards... with the other hand.
    I gave up.
    I saw a guy do the same with a spinning rod.
     
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    Having both lefty and righty gear can be an advantage at times. The last couple of months while flat falling for bluefin all night long, I would use a left-handed HXW and a right handed Mak 20. When one arm started to get tired, I would just grab the other rig and keep on fishing. That way the load would be shared between my two arms instead of just annihilating one. At the end of the trip I typically have two very tired arms as opposed to one that feels like it’s ready to fall off. Also, I can fish longer and increase the odds that I will get bit. 😀
     
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