Electric Reel for Rockfish - Your Thoughts?

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  1. geofish

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    Rockfish Fishing.......

    100 fathoms = 600 feet

    lots of cranking......

    Electric reels. Anyone use them? Any recommendations?

    Wussy or Not-Wussy?
     
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  2. Bird334

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    My kids just rockfish with me all day on a boat, if they can handle it you can.
     
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    I was on a full day trip to the Coronado islands recently and one of the guys I was talking to was a deckhand on a 6 pack out of Channel Islands sport fishing... he said they had been fishing deep and many of their customers were using electric reels... he even described one (I wanna say g-loomis) that the butt of the rod was the battery... when it died the guy would unscrew the butt, pull out another one and screw it in be good to go.
    I’ve never used one just thought that sounded kinda cool
     
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  4. geofish

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    They’re young and gotta put in some cranks.....

    I don’t have as many cranks left in my life as I’m getting the Senior Discount at I-Hop......

    That said, if you only have a few hours like my last trip, you wanna get em up, reset and back down.....

    Trust me, I’ve put in my time..........

    If you think your kids can crank all day 20-32 Oz of weight and two fish all day long from 600 feet without pooping out.....I may take that bet....

    I watched my wife and 21 yo Niece take turns taking a nap in the cabin.... My niece is a Cow-Girl from Bishop used to shucking hay bales for mules all day long.....
     
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    It was 12 ounce weights, , but I agree with you that you should save as many cranks as you can
     
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  6. William Ritchie

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    I have a good buddy that made a forked , rubber hose padded bit for a cordless drill motor . He just holds it to the side of the reel with 1 hand and thumbs the line with the other . Brings a couple extra batteries just in case . Seems to have enough torque to spin a 4/0 Penn . Particularly on the dry drops with no fish . Might be worth a try . Add , The forked bit simply sraddles the crank handle . WR
     
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    I don't see an issue with picking up a used one from Japan. Especially if you are going to be fishing the new deeper areas that are allowed now.
    Some of the older deep drop shimano and daiwas are around $150-300 shipped from Japan. Some of the new ones are $300+.
     
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    For some reason I thought electric reels were illegal but maybe I'm mistaken.
     
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    "Except for models designed for sport use" is the language I think? Or close?
     
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    Of course Werfless is right. I guess I have always read it wrong.

    28.70. Weight, Power Driven Gurdies or Power Driven Winches.

    (a) No sinker or weight weighing more than four pounds, nor any power-driven gurdy or power-driven winch, may be used in any ocean waters or saltwater bays north of Point Arguello. This regulation does not apply to:

    (1) Power gurdies or power winches used solely for handling crab nets or traps;

    (2) The use of downriggers where the downrigger line is not used as a fishing line but is attached to the fishing line by a breakaway line; or

    (3) The use of electric fishing reels manufactured for sport fishing use.
     
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    This has been the topic of discussion between my buddy and I the last couple years fishing deep at the 9. We need electric reels he says.. I’m still on the fence.. I know it’s not considered cheating, but for some reason, I just have a problem with it..
     
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    I’m thinking 1-2 more trips of relentless grinding from 4-500ft. Deep and I’ll stop having a problem with it all together. Would be kinda nice to push a button.
     
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    This is interesting William. I’m trying to envision this in my head. I’d definitely give it a go if I knew how it was all put together. ( Now I’m running potential ways of going about this through my head ) lol.
     
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    I will see if I can Get my bud to send a picture . It just looks like a small flat pitch fork with no teeth in the middle . over the 1/4 " round stock he used he put thin rubber tubing as to not marr the reel handle . The U shape fits over the crank of the reel so it hits the handle on both arms . But of rod in crotch fore end on rail , right hand operating drill motor left steady and thumbing the line . Actually more simple to see it operate than explain . Milwaukee cordless I believe . WR
     
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    When I used to fish the 9 there were a lot of boats there, you could hear the reels ever once in a while. I used a longer handle on a I believe a large Daiwa, worked. I tried stainless wire for a while, it worked great your line didn’t have a large bow in it. My friend and I fished commercial for a year or 2, we would fish 600+ft with 50 and 100 hook rigs. We had a Honda motor with a capstan to reduce the rpms, it was a lot easier than cranking. By the I still have have the rod and reel if any one is interested, $100
     
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    Is your friend named MacGyver by any chance
     
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    I wonder if a right-angle drill would be less cumbersome?

    Butch
     
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    It is indeed a right angle drill . WR
     
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    I’ll let you all know what I think on my next trip......stay tuned...... 49E02E76-1044-45FE-9219-C6B48E4651BE.jpeg
     
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    Shimano, need I say more.
     
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