Sunday, April 22, 2012

Skyrocket Hydrowave


I found this picture from Fletcher Shryock.  It is his Hydrowave, I thought it was cool and wanted to share it.  You have to admit it has to look good on his Ranger boat.  Skyrocket has had slow start to the season on the Elites but I think in time we will see how good he really is.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Berkley Mini Line Spooler Review


Putting new line on your reel can be a challenge unless you have the right tool.  It might even take two people.  You can buy expensive devices to help spool your line.  However if you are a weekend angler and on a budget the money you spend on a device to help fill your reels might be better spent on new line or even lures.

Berkley has introduced their new “Mini Line Spooler” which allows you to fill your reels with new line on your own.  The “Mini Line Spooler” is light weight and easy to use.  It stores easily in a tackle bag or even in a storage compartment in a bass boat.

The line spooler is easy to use.  It has four openings that fit’s over any rod.  You clamp the line spooler over your rod, and then use the thread handle to attach a spool of your favorite fishing line to the “Mini Line spooler”.  This thread’s into the “Mini Line Spooler” and in doing so snugs the line spooler to your rod.  It did not nick or scratch any of the rods I tried it on, even though I was worried about that.  You then run your fishing line thru your line guide and tie it on to your reel like you normally would, and begin spooling your reel.   

It works with small spools of line.  The packaging leads you to believe that it will work with bigger spools of line as well.  I could not make the bigger spool work with it.  I used it on a bait caster and it worked well.  I also tried it on a spinning reel but got lots of line twist.  Not all rods are the same and you may have to play with the line spooler to get it to stay put on your rod.

The “Mini Line Spooler” is fairly inexpensive.  You can find it at Wal-Mart for about $5.  Cabala also carries it but it is $7.99.  It’s easy to use and works well.  Overall if you have trouble with filling line on your boat or on the road it is a good buy.  However, if you are going to be filling a lot of reels at one sitting or using large bulk line spools I would suggest a more expensive unit.

For the money and convenience I would give the Berkley “Mini Line Spooler” 7 out of 10.  Like I stated if you are looking to spool all your rods and plan on using bulk line I would give it a 2 out of 10.  Over all I would say it is a 5 out of 10.  If you like trying new things pick it up, if you have a good system for lining rods you don’t need this.