As more anglers experience the excitement and gastronomic benefits of deep-dropping to bottomfish, tackle just had to evolve. Daiwa introduced its Dendoh Style Power-Assist tackle at ICAST, and jaws started dropping as well.
Daiwa designed a system of electric reels, rods and braided line to give anglers an easy introduction to this fishing style. The reels operate on 12 volts DC and either attach to the boat's power supply or run off a portable marine battery. The four reel styles and sizes feature instant control of winding speed, a digital readout that measures line out and distance retrieved, programmable auto-stop to halt retrieve when the bait reaches the surface, and a manual winding option.
The Marine Power MP3000 lever-drag model holds 1,000 yards of 150-pound-test braid; the Tanacom Bull TB1000 functions as a deep-drop reel (to 1,100 feet) or a speedy kite reel and includes a programmable jigging function. The Seaborg SB300FB casts jigs and large baits or drops to depths of about 400 feet, and the Seaborg SB500Fe features interchangeable compact batteries and can drop baits to depths of 800 feet.
Daiwa recommends the use of its new Saltiga Boat braided line with these reels. Reels retail from $599.95 to $2,999.95. (For more information on the rest of the system, see the rod category.)