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Portable Line Spooling Machine

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Spool up your Fishing Line Correctly.

Jan 9, 2008
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Pros:Easy to use, lines perfectly every time.

Cons:Thats another $25 you cant spend on lures.

The Bottom Line: It is very important to line the reel correctly whether you are a tournament fisherman or a weekend warrior. When landing that lunker depends on your line, don't take chances.


I fish a lot of Bass tournaments all over the United States. The one thing a tournament angler can not fool around with is his fishing line. I re-spool my reels just about every time out on the water and definitely before every tournament. There is too much at stake to risk all thousands of dollars over $5 worth of line. The smallest nick or abrasion can ruin an anglers day if the line is broken and the fish is lost. One thing many anglers, tournament or weekend warriors, overlook is the importance of putting the line on the reel correctly. That is why I purchased the Berkley Line Spooling machine.

------------------- What is it?----------------------

This is a very simple design hardly worthy of the name machine. This product aids fishermen is loading their reels with fishing line. It makes lining up a reel easy and speedy. I first scoffed at this product when I saw other anglers using it thinking the $25 could be better spent elsewhere but then I got to thinking about how often I re-spool and how sometimes it is difficult to do alone without someone holding the spool on a pencil and keeping pressure on the spool. That is how I used to spool up. When doing it alone you have to be very careful not to put it on the wrong way for the line will twist and fly off of the reel every chance it gets. This machine takes away all of those issues and makes it easy.

------------------- How to use it:----------------------

No it is not battery operated, you still have to turn the handle on the reel. The first step in the process is loading the station with the spool of choice. This is a breeze, just slide the spool on the shaft followed by the spool keeper. This is similar to weights at a gym, slide them on the bar followed by a keeper just on a minuscule scale. Then lock in the reel you want to use, connect the two together and start cranking until it is at the desired level. You can leave the spool on the machine and switch reels at any time and changing reels on the machine is just as easy as changing reels on a rod.

------------------- Is it worth it?----------------------

This question is totally dependent to you. For me it is well worth it. I change lines more often then some folks change their bloomers. This machine ensures that the line gets put on correctly and tightly. It makes lining up very simple and quick, which is important if I am lining seven to ten reels at a time. My friends who line up once a year use their own or borrow mine.

------------------- A couple spooling tips:----------------------

These are just a few things I learned from the millions of feet of line I have spooled up over the years. Don’t put too much line on a reel. Over spooling will cause the line to jump off of the reel every chance it gets causing snags and messes. On baitcasters and spinning outfits I like to leave about an eighth of an inch of room under full capacity. This will ensure that the line comes off of the spool correctly. Make sure when you are spooling that the line goes on the reel taut and tightly in a uniform fashion. That is the best part about this product is that it will do it for you. If you don’t then you will have loose line then tight line and the casts will create backlashes, a baitcaster nightmare. You might also get loops inside of the reel which will weaken the line considerably. Last tip is to make sure the line goes on the reel in the same fashion as it comes off of the spool. This will prevent the line from twisting like crazy when slackened. You can check this during the spooling process by pulling off some loose line and laying it on the floor. If the line stays flat you are golden, if it twists flip the spool and take the line off in the opposite direction.

------------------- Price and Availability:----------------------

I paid $26 from Bass Pro Shops. Berkley is a popular name in fishing products and you can find this at most major sporting goods stores and just about every online fishing store.

©smallmouth 2008 Take a Kid Fishing

--------------------------------------FISHING LINES-----------------------------------------------------
Berkley Trilene XTBerkley Trilene XLSpiderwire Super MonoSpiderwire Stealth Line

--------------------------------------------REELS--------------------------------------------------------
Abu Garcia:Ambassadeur 4600C3Ambassadeur 6500 C3C4 series Reels
Cardinal 500 Spinning ReelAmbassadeur Revo SX-HSAmbassadeur Revo S
Shimano: Curado CU-200B5 Curado CU-200B
Quantum: Energy PT Baitcaster Kinetic PTi Spinning Reel


Recommend this product? Yes


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