Moocher reel adds to Abel deep water arsenal
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Anglers fishing coastal and Great Lakes areas for deep water gamefish can now have another weapon in their armoury in the shape of the Moocher reel from Californian company Abel.
As its name suggests, the Moocher is designed specifically for ‘mooching’, a very slow trolling or drifting style of fishing that often involves the raising and lowering of the rod top to bounce the bait on or near sand bars.
The reel is constructed using Abel’s patented ‘smooth as silk’ cork drag system, designed to eliminate stutter or hesitation when playing a fish – a critical factor when hooking halibut, Chinook salmon or powerful lake trout.
“We’ve been prototyping the new reel for the past 12 months with the assistance of both skilled lodge owners and seasoned fishing guides in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia,” said Abel President, Don R. Swanson.
According to Swanson, using the company’s cork drag, fully-machined frame and other components in the Moocher will open up new sales outlets from Alaska down the Pacific Coast.
The reel is fitted with an aluminum milled drag knob purposely designed to meet the demands of the mooching angler. The spool is coupled with counter-balanced aluminum double handles to eliminate the slightest vibration during a fish’s long, high-speed run.
“Machined entirely in the USA from prime grade metals, the Abel Moocher utilises a newly designed, but field test-proven outgoing click mechanism, with an increased audible sound for the angler and a super quick line retrieve,” added Swanson.
Abel Moochers are anodised with a proprietary, quarter-century old system of corrosion-resistant metallurgy. Each reel weighs 14.5oz and has a spool diameter of 4.7 inches and a spool width of one inch.
Moochers are available in black, various solid colors and hand painted fish graphic patterns.
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