In the end, as long as the bass gets in the boat, the tackle is fairly irrelevant.
In the bass world, it seems like if you’re not using a baitcasting combo, you’re not really bass fishing (or you’re not the real deal). These days I feel like firing big lures on heavy line with stiff rods and reels that could winch in an ATV is the macho thing to do, or at least to talk about around other anglers. But does your outfit of choice really make that much difference? I don’t think so. In the end, as long as the bass gets in the boat, the tackle is fairly irrelevant.
A lot of anglers force themselves to use a rod/reel/lure combo that’s outside of their comfort zone in order to blend in with the crowd. This is stupid, because outfit selection should be based on the presentation and situation at hand, not what your friends use or your favorite bass pro promotes. The fact is that successful anglers are equally adept with both spinning and baitcasting setups. Many bass fishermen unfortunately overlook the most positive functional attributes of each kind of rod and reel, consequently making inappropriate choices just because they want an outfit that they think is a “bass outfit.”