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.”
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