I like doing unconventional things. I try them in the hope that it pays off and I can have another feather in my cap. After plenty of discussions with Josh and Brad Sissins, it was decided that I would try my hand at using baitcast gear for bream. Overkill I hear you say, well to fish the spinning fluorocarbon that I have become accustom to using, along with beefing up the line class has meant there is a limit on how well a spin reel will hold the line, add to this equation the limited ability that I possess and it has certainly been a challenge!
A spin reel is great due to its simplicity, accuracy and useability but once you start using 6lb and above on small spin reels, the line can often have a mind of its own. Using quality fluorocarbons help and I have found that the new Daiwa Brave has reduced my mishaps but lately I have wanted to entertain the idea of running heavier line classes without losing the accuracy and useability for nasty structure.
With limited experience in baitcasters, I dove in the deep end and got myself a T3, spooled it with 6lb Brave spinning fluorocarbon and have been using this with improving success. The T3 has worked out a great option due to the T-Wing, compensating for the novice operator and helping with my casting.
Although I have some experience with this type of gear when I spent a week in PNG chasing Black Bass, that was casting 30-60 grams lures, compared to fishing for bream where lures range from 3-6 grams. I am still getting a bit of back lash but with persistence, I now have the ability to fish fluorocarbon, in heavier line classes, around nastier structure.