Chasing daydreams?

My Daiwa 7HT is at least ten years old. Apart from a new pinion gear, it’s original right down to the bearings and drag washers. Owing to my own stupidity the main gear lost a few teeth last week, so I’m about to pension the old thing off. But what to buy?

All that concerns me in a fishing reel is reasonable performance and build quality, sensible price and decent after-sales service. Unfair and narrow minded as it may be, I also prefer to stick with the long established brands. Abu, Daiwa and Shimano, basically. Other reels are probably just as good. Continue reading “Chasing daydreams?”

Belt and braces magnetic reel set-up


magnet reel controller

The cast control on standard fishing reels usually contains an array of tiny magnets. Since most CT multipliers are adapted from baitcasting reels, the braking force even at minimum setting tends to be heavy-handed for beach fishing. Contrary to common sense, a spool casting light plugs and lures relatively short distances usually needs heavier braking control than the same spool throwing a heavy chunk of lead vast distances. Continue reading “Belt and braces magnetic reel set-up”

Good casting without the fuss and effort

The Easy Cast, or Brighton style as some call it, generates more questions than any other way of casting. Only the pendulum style comes close to being as popular. Even that seems to be dropping back a little, though it remains THE casting method for the more advanced fishermen.

Most fishermen are not and never will be expert casters. It’s not because they are lazy or defeatist. They are simply being realistic. Their only aim is to cast well enough to put baits into fishy territory. Without the time or patience to master a pendulum style, they’re looking for a quick, straightforward solution.

The Easy Cast does exactly what it says on tin: it blends a simple set-up and natural body action with a sweet, forgiving nature. Of all the ways to cast, it is the most tolerant of operator error and tackle mismatch. Get the basics somewhere about right, and a few practice sessions should have you fishing around the 100m mark. Continue reading “Good casting without the fuss and effort”