I've recently taken up fishing. I'm awful. I live in a city where I can literally go fishing 365 days a year for salmon, trout, ling or halibut. Fortunately, I've adopted a strictly "catch no fish" policy so that when I come home empty handed (like today), I have a good excuse.
I have a spin reel and a mooching reel. I've used both with equal "success" (although I hooked my only salmon with the moocher on a kayak). Any other fisherpeople on babble?