Conventional reels are great for bottom fishing and trolling. I prefer them myself. You can cast as far with the proper setup as with a spinning reel. Many fishermen are using spinning reels for jigging but conventional reels work well too. I like the drag set up on conventionals better than spinning. Nothing beats a lever drag. You always know exactly where you are with thebdrag tension. It is important to set the drags properly using a drag scale. Then you won't lose fish due to broken lines.