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Here at iboats, we offer top of the line reels. We carry a large selection of baitcasting fishing reels. These reels are preferred by anglers because they will accommodate heavier line and lures for bigger and stronger fish. They are very common for saltwater fishing due to the tackle being used is typically heavier. We carry reels from brand names such as Penn, Shakespeare, and Pflueger at awesome prices.

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Baitcast How-To's

Spooling a Baitcast Reel

How to Spool a Baitcast Reel (Video)

Here is a video with Casey Davidson showing the proper technique in spooling a baitcast reel.... read more

Video Transcript

Hi. I'm Casey Davidson, product manager with Shakespeare Fishing Company. Today, we're going to show you how to properly spool a baitcast reel.

So today, we're going to be spooling the Shakespeare Agility baitcast reel. And the first thing we want to do is we want to make sure we're putting the appropriate pound test line for what the reel is rated for.

So where we find this information is you want to go ahead and flip your reel over and look right on the back side of the reel. This is what we call the line capacity. This particular reel is rated between 10 and 14 pound test line.

So the next step is attaching your line to your reel. So what I've done is I've taken a yellow string just for demonstration purposes and I have ran it through the lead guide; ran through what we call the line roller which is on the reel that goes back and forth when you spin the handle. I ran the line around the reel, underneath and pulled it through. So basically, just made a circle with the line and ended up here.

Now, I'm going to show you the knot that we used to attach the line to the reel and it's a pretty easy knot. So the first thing you want to do is go ahead and tie at regular overhand knot right here at the end of your line like so. So that's knot number one.

So this is the line that's coming from your line spool. And all you're going to do is tie another overhand knot. The only thing that you need to make sure that you do is make sure that that first knot stays outside of your second knot. So you pull that tight and it should look like this.

So you've got one knot here and you've got a second knot right here on the line and all you're going to do is pull your main line. This knot is going to tighten up on the spool and your second knot is going to slide right underneath. Both the knots are going to tighten up right on your spool.

Then you're going to cut your tag in with a pair of clippers and you're ready to start spooling.

Okay. So now, we've attached the line to the reel and we're ready to start spooling. So, I actually like to enlist the help from a friend when I'm spooling a baitcast reel.

So the first thing I want to do is I want to stick a pen or a pencil right through the spool like so. And I'm going to grab my friend and he's going to hold the spool for me while we wind the reel on here.

So, one thing to remember is you always want the line to come off the top of the spool in this direction because it's going to come through the lead guide and then it's going to wind back on the spool in the same direction. And what I'm going to have him do is just apply a little bit of pressure to the spool as I wind it on there. I'm also going to do the same thing.

So, I'm just going to hold the line right here between my index finger and my thumb and he's just applying pressure to the spool with his hands as I spin it on there. So little bit looser Josh. There we go. And just applying a nice, even pressure to the line as we're spooling it on there.

So, we're all spooled up. All that's left is to thread the line to the rest of your guides, tie on your favorite lure and we're ready to go fishing.

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Casting a Low Profile Baitcast Reel

Fishing 101: How to Cast a Low Profile Baitcast Reel (Video)

Here is a video with Gene Ellison demonstrating and giving explanations on how to cast a low-profile baitcast reel.... read more

Video Transcript

Wherever I travel, wherever I go, the questions that I get asked the most are about how to properly cast with a baitcast reel. It's actually very simple.

The way that you cast with the baitcast reel is number one, when you're holding it, you put your finger on the trigger of the rod just like so. And your thumb is a very important piece. You're going to release the reel right there so I push that in.

But notice my thumb is holding the spool. If I move my thumb, it releases the line and out it goes. So the way that I want to cast this is when I push this in, I want to also have my thumb on the line.

When I make a cast and toss it out, my thumb is going to work on the line like this; to let it out and further the line as it goes. I then want to stop the line with my thumb before the lure hits the water.

Then, once it goes all the way to the bottom, when I turn the crank, it engages the lock so the line won't go out. And now, I can retrieve it by the hopping and jig or by cranking it to return the spinner bait or crank bait.

But that's how you properly cast with a baitcast reel.

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Swordfish Battle with PENN Video

George Poveromo Swordfish Battle with PENN International (Video)

This is an awesome recording of George Poveromo catching a huge Swordfish with a Penn reel. ... read more

Video Transcript

You are all...

Wait, that's up on here, Steve.

Yes, sir. That's the beast.

Remember, you're hooking the fish down 1,700-1,800 feet of water. It's a ways down there and you better save your pranking power and just sort of pace yourself because you're going to need it.

I'm going to go a little low here now.

Yeah, you're going to be fine.

You know, to see George in the harness, I mean, with the raw tip doubled over and just to sit there and fight that, that takes a lot of backbone.

So many people go out there with electric reels and they hook up on the sword, they hit the button, the swordfish comes up. And you have to question yourself, "Where's the sport in that?"

I can understand using electric reel or an electric assist to check the bait when you're bringing up a 10-12 pound sinker from anywhere 1,600-1,900 feet. Now what I want to do is hand crank with a rod and wheel and do it the good old-fashioned way and feel like I've really been in a fight when I bring that swordfish alongside the boat.

There he is.

All right.

He’s right there at the top of the bow, Steve; right there, right at the top. Let's see what's in it. Get on the way, buddy.

Tight, tight, tight.

Got him?


You get out of the way, get your hand out. Hang out, bud.

I remember getting out of the setup, drawing a pair of gloves on, going overboard, grabbing the fish by the bill with Steve, and I remember having that three count with "One, two, three," and pulling this swordfish across the gunwale from March 6.

Come on, who wouldn't want those swordfish, huh?

Go down, I'm loving it. Loving it! This is what it's about.


Look at those colors, purples and greens.

Put it right in the mouth. It's where you want them every time.

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