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Hookey

I really enjoy using those mini "baitcaster type" reels and use them on all my ice rigs. A light rod and a mini reel are extremely sensitive and help detect light biters. Should a big fish strike you will be amazed how they increase your odds of landing them.

I set my drag extremely light and press my thumb on the spool to apply drag this way you can instantly apply and remove any amount of drag instantly. Spinning reels only give you one setting for drag and it can be tough to adjust the drag when the fight is on.

I have landed some pretty big slimers on light line and a ultra light rod as a result of having unlimited and instant control of the drag.

These reels are pretty cheap pick one up and give it a try.

Just remember to keep a small amount of thumb pressure on the spool when stripping line out to lower the bait. This will avoid overrunning the spool. (birds nest)

Also remember to keep firm pressure on the spool when setting the hook then the game is on !

Landing a big fish on a light rod and a mini casting reel is a blast ! Give one a try, once you get used to it you may not ever go back to using a spinning reel.

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