One of the most common questions newbie anglers find difficult to get their heads around is the difference between conventional and baitcasting reels. This is understandable as the two reels have many similarities. To the unpracticed eye, there are no noticeable differences between the two.
To veteran anglers though, the differences between the two are obvious as the differences between night and day. As a matter of fact, experienced anglers use these differences to decide what type of reel to use for either salt or freshwater fishing.
While both of them might look similar, they differ markedly from spinning reels. Basically, baitcasting and conventional reels (known collectively as non-spinning reels) are designed either for vertical fishing or to be cast.