Baitfeeders in UK Compared to USA
Holy...hopefully links are ok. Just browse through the pages. I realize there aren't that many manufacturers but the smaller baitfeeders sure would be nice over here too (more selection that is).
Also, Has anyone tried the bigger Browning Reels? This one looks pretty good.
Thoughts? I wish they would consider Catfish/baitfeeder types of fishing just as much of a market as the UK does for its Carp.
Shimano used to make a 2500 baitrunner. Occassionally you will see one on ebay. They take carp fishing in Europe seriously and have a ton of gadjets for no tension for light bites and bite indicators.
If you ever get a chance watch english match fishing on the WFN channel you can see all the specialized european specialty gear in action.
Originally Posted by keepitsimple
Heck Zebco even has a spinning baitfeeder ...on the UK site. Wow.
this is just my theory but lets see if you agree. bass fishing and just about any other fish you can throw lures at dominated the american market and with that philosphy american reel companies consider bait fishing a "niche" market. now when you take a step back and look you can see similarities in different markets crossing over for example great lakes salmon fishing resembles offshore marlin fishing, bass fishing resembles saltwater red drum fishing, and by and large catfishing resemble saltwater surf fishing and since i live in DE i can tell you that from here down to NC is mainly bait fishing but if you go to NJ or down to FL they use lures a lot more than we do. same thing with catfish and carp here are 2 fish that routinely grow to over 20lbs, are in at least 48 out of 50 states and get less attention than muskies or pike which are in what maybe 20 out of 50 states not counting cananda, but since they can be caught on lures more attention. when is the last time you watched bill dance or roland martin use live minnows for crappie? how often do they go bass fishing with live shiners? maybe once a year. our market is boat fishing and lure driven hense the limited options of baitrunner reels here. even when they do offer them with the exception of the shimano "D" models they generally only have 3 models in their line up. to them "there is no money in live bait" think about it how much bait can you get for say 15 dollars? i can get a lot of bait with that money or 1 hydrodynamicly engineered jimmy houston endorsed plug and then just when you think you have the perfect lure you have to get it in several sizes and colors and you don't need a baitrunner reel for them (even though when i throwing metal at bluefish i use a 4500B)
ifitswims i agree i love those shows just for the fact they are fishing from the bank and to me that takes far more skill than just planting some dope in a boat with enough electronics in it to tract the space shuttle and whats his excuse if he can't catch a fish? if you're on the bank you're only as good as the amout of water you can cover and then for them to have the versitility to go from fish specie to another without hesitation is amazing to me. ok i'm stepping down off my soapbox now...rant over.