Saturday, September 2, 2017

New Electric Spinning Reel From FishWinch

Handicapped Outdoors
FishWinch Spinning
3 years ago, I wrote an article on Electric Fishing Reels that is still the most popular article from this blog...ever!  At the time, the great people from FishWinch were the leaders in large, open water, deep water, baitcasting style reels.  These are reels that you use to land stuff like trucks, submarines, know just your typical day on the ocean.  Well, the great news for us is that they have taken their expertise from the big water and delivered on a design for the masses who love freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing.

The FishWinch Spinning reel uses custom components to deliver a high-quality, uncumbersome design that is light-weight, efficient and tough.  It is designed to handle anything in freshwater as well as some of your favorite inshore fish species like Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and Snook.
The design is simple and effective.  The aluminum casing houses the motor on one side and the battery on the other while also doing the best job possible at keeping the corrosive salt-water out.  They went out of their way to make sure there are no running cables along the butt of the rod to get you tangled up.  It is the closest to the feel of a regular rod and reel experience you will ever have.  The only cable runs from the reel to the power button which zip-ties to the rod.

The reels are Shimano Syncopate 4000 which gives you more versatility in going from freshwater to inshore saltwater environment.  When you purchase a reel, everything is all set up on arrival.  All you have to do is add your line of choice be it mono, braid or fluorocarbon.

FishWinch Spinning
The reel comes in three different speeds which are named the 65, 80 and 95 for three different fishing scenarios.  The lowest speed is for crank baits and swim baits.  The fastest speed is for spinnerbaits and other lures that require a super quick retrieve rate.

A better way to understand the different speeds is to think in terms of turns of the handle.  The 65 complete one handle turn per second.  The 80 completes 1.25 turns per second and the 95 turns the handle at 1.5 turns per second.

FishWinch Spinning
A good rule of thumb to remember is you can always slow the retrieve down of a quicker reel by simply staggering the touch of the power button.  But, you can never add speed to a slower reel.  A truly serious fisherman likes to have a rod with everything set to only do one application like crank baits (slow speeds) and a separate rod for fast fishing with spinner baits.

What type of battery does this use? 9 volt Lithium battery is recommended.  Lithium batteries run with the same power throughout the life of the battery and then dies suddenly.  Standard 9 volts will work but you will see a gradual decline in performance and power.  Rechargeable also is not recommended as they rarely last as long as they are supposed to.

Line capacity is standard Mono 8/240, 10/200 and 12/160.  Of course, braided line is also welcomed on this reel.  At $299.00, this is an excellent Christmas present selection!


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