Line counter Reels

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by duckalot, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. duckalot

    duckalot Well-Known Member

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    Can you cast line counter reels with out tearing them up, or are they just made for letting line out in a Trolling situation? I am mainly referring to the cheaper ones like the Cabelas or Okuma reels.
     
  2. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Good question. I have often wondered if you could cast them well.
     

  3. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    Rob, you might want to present that question to Steve Brown. He fishes with the line counter reels quite a bit. I recently bought a Abu 6500LC, but won't be using it much in a casting situation.
     
  4. alton

    alton New Member

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    Great question. I was wondering basically the same thing because I only bank fish and I would assume a line counter would give you an accurate read on casting distance.
     
  5. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure the line counter reels are intended more for trolling or drift fishing, not casting.
     
  6. duckbuster

    duckbuster New Member

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    I have two Daiwa Accudepth 47LC line counters but use them for drifting on the Mississippi, not casting. But, I have casted them before but not very far maybe 40'-50'. They seemed to do o.k.
     
  7. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Shoot why would you not be able to cast them? There the same reel as a non line counter model. They just have a line counter on them.
     
  8. insanedrifter

    insanedrifter New Member

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    I have used okuma magna 30dx reels for 4 years now and have no problem casting them 60-70 feet. They are mounted on catfish safari bluecat rods with 30lb mega braid. I use these for drifting.
     
  9. DaveHufford

    DaveHufford New Member

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    I have three Okuma Magda's that I cast. A three ounce weight, on a Magda 20 and Whuppin Stik, will do 170ft. The line counters do not seem to be a problem. Using these setups for 4 years now.
     
  10. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    i own two Cabela's DMG-30's depth master gold,and in the owner's manual it says for max casting distance back off on the casting control knob on the right side . so i guess it is alright to cast them as they are telling how to. hope this helps
     
  11. whisker hunter

    whisker hunter New Member

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    Trolling reels generally have stronger gearing and drag setups to survive the punishment trolling can put on a reel.Casting with them doesn't hurt them just may not cast as far.