Powerful Spinners

ICAST spinning reels

ICAST spinning reels

Capt. Robert RT Trosset of Key West shows off the latest reel from Quantum, the Cabo model.

The 2012 ICAST tackle show is underway in Orlando and the theme so far seems to be innovations in spinning reels. Lightweight designs with powerful drags abound as reel manufacturers keep bringing new models designed specifically for braided line to the market. Where spinning tackle was once thought to be reserved exclusively for light tackle situations and relatively small fish, nowadays more and more huge fish are being landed on spinners. New drag systems capable of handling 50 to 80-pound braid and new rod technology have allowed anglers to aggressively pursue very large fish on spinning tackle once thought too small for the task. It's a brave new world for those who prefer spinning gear.