Tyler this is my take on BC vs Spinning for pier casting. I find if I am casting for hours I prefer a bait caster but never for pier fishing. Accuracy is not an issue on the pier so cross that off the list. Bait caster rules for minimal line twist but if you use a good inline swivel to attach a good fluorocarbon leader 12” in length minimizes the twist. Windy days bait casters just plain out suck on a unsheltered pier. Line capacity on a bait caster designed to cast all day doesn’t work for me in a pier situation. Cast it out far, get a salmon on and you better hope he doesn’t want to go home or you run the risk of getting spooled. You can’t chase from shore. If I use a high capacity reel my arms and wrists just pay the price. As for line weight if use anything less than 20 braid or 12 mono and hook a big salmon with a heavy drag the line will dig into the spool. I love bait casters and use them regularly but for salmon pier fishing I prefer a spinning reel. As for wind knots I don’t have any issues unless it is below freezing and the braid type absorbs water. There are braids or super lines that don’t absorb water if your intention is to fish below the freezing mark. Another tip on braid or super lines. When your line is finally ready to change just reverse it so the fresh line on the bottom of your spool is now on top. The majority of line on your reel never gets used. Again this is my opinion for pier fishing not any other type.