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October 14, 2013

Fishing with Electric Reels

Electrify Your Kites and Teasers to Improve Your Efficiency

Add-Ons

You don’t have to use a stand-alone electric reel to have the power. Companies such as Fish Winch, Hooker Electric, Dolphin Electreel, Elec-Tra-Mate and Lindgren-Pitman convert Penn, Daiwa and Shimano conventional reels into electrics.

They are often used as a power-assist option when deep-drop fishing, but there’s no reason one couldn’t be used to handle kites or dredges.

In general, it’s easier to control a kite with a lever-drag reel, especially when letting line out. The Hooker Electric Kite Reel attaches to Shimano Tiagra 20 or 30 reels.

“All of our reels use a brushless motor system,” says Trista Evans, vice president of Hooker Electric. “You don’t lose any torque or drag from the Shimano Tiagra reel.”

Next up for Hooker Electric is a detachable drive.

“You can take your motor off the reel and reel manually,” explains Evans. “If you don’t want to hand-crank anymore, just pop it back on, and push the button.”

Contacts

Daiwa

Cypress, California

562-375-6800

daiwa.com/reel

Elec-Tra-Mate

Greensboro, North Carolina

336-273-9101

elec-tra-mate.com

Fish Winch

Wilmington, North Carolina

910-470 -2888

fishwinch.com

Hooker Electric

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

954-530-6908

hookerelectric.com

Kristal Fishing

Miami, Florida

561-629-0884

kristalreels.com

Lindgren-Pitman

Pompano Beach, Florida

954-943-4243

lindgren-pitman.com