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Old 11-18-2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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How does everyone fish with electric reels? What I am wanting to know is how you fight the fish with electrics. Do everyone just leave them in the rod holder and hold the button down or do you need to pump and wind like you would on a convential outfit. We are taking my friends dad over the edge Saturday and just want to make sure we can give him a shot at a nice snapper or grouper.

When he comes he is typically the mingo man as this is what we set him up with. But he wants a big fish so we are going to try and get him one.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:53 AM   #2
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Some people will hold them while others just leave them in the holders. The Daiwas are nice because they give you the option of fishing with the electric motor or just cranking manually as usual. Sometimes its nice to have the option especially if you are just checking your bait.
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I like to set the hook with the manual crank then let the motor do the rest of the work
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Mingo fishing 101 with electric reel.

Small circle hooks and rod with some bow are key. Make 5-10 hook rig with 12-20ounces of led at bottom. Drop to the bottom, push the button till line is tight, as soon as rod bends with fish bites, push the button a little, more bites, push the button more, after about 20 seconds, push button until up to surface.

Leave rod in rod holder the whole time. That setup gets heavy real fast if electing to hold by hand.

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We use the larger Diawa electrics that are really too large and cumbersome to fish by hand, we fish them on short bent butt reels and leave them in the rod holders. No body misses fishing with them by hand or wants to even try it, so just leave them in the rod holders. The fun and sport is in finding them not the battle. (we are fishing deep 6-800' or more)
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We got a great deal on a electric from Jim T that is extremely light. It doesn't weigh any more than a 6/0 penn senator. Might primary concerns are hitting the button on a big fish that is taking drag. I assume if it takes drag let off the button. I just did not know how the electrics handle bigger fish.
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We also use the bent butt rods and leave them in the rod holder.
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