Fishing is a great way to get out in nature, relax, and hopefully catch a fish or two. But the constant reeling in and out, especially if you’re using a spinner, can get a little monotonous. And when you do land a fish, you’re battling to reel that thing in with a lot of tension on your arm and hand. Maybe this guy was thinking the same thing and thought there might be an easier, funner way to fish. So what he decided to do was think outside of the box and motorize his reel with a power drill.
The First Fishing Poles
Could this powered fishing reel catch on and be the next development in the history of fishing poles? Only time will tell. Of course, the first fishing rods were nothing more than wood attached to some string with some kind of hook attached to the end. Interestingly, there’s a 4th century account of a Chinese fishing rod that was made of bamboo attached to a silk line and a hook fashioned from a needle. And they actually used rice for bait. Who knew that fish like the taste of rice?
Another ancient predecessor to the fish hooks of today was known as a gorge, which was a piece of bone, wood, or stone about an inch long and pointed at both ends. The gorge, which was attached to a line, would be covered with bait. Then when a fish swallowed it, a quick pull would sink the gorge into the fish’s mouth.
Modern Improvements to the Fishing Pole
The Industrial Revolution brought about many improvements, and one of them was to the fishing pole. With textile spinning machines, a variety of fishing lines could be made quickly. Rods also began to be fashioned from wood that was lighter in weight than traditional rods. Later, in 1918, the first steel rod was introduced. The problem was, though, that they were too heavy for most fishermen’s liking. But in the 1940s, the fiberglass rod came along, followed by boron and graphite rods in the early 60s.
Compared to the fishing rod, the reel has a much shorter history, although it still dates back to 1650. They improved over the next 100 years, leading up to the invention of the Nottingham Reel in the 18th century. This rod was ideal for letting bait drift out into currents, as its wide drum design allowed the line to spool out freely.
A major problem with these early reels though was that the longer lines would get tangled easily. This problem would be solved in the late 19th century when the first regulator came out, allowing for even spooling. Then in the 1930s, the fixed-spool reel was invented, which led to many anglers favoring the spin-casting method.
As you probably know, there are so many reel options out there today. Here is some basic info on the main types.
- Fly Reel: A single-action reel, the fly reel works by pulling line off the reel with one hand, and casting out with the other.
- Baitcasting Reel: The baitcasting reel is a multiplying reel, which means that it has a geared revolving spool that allows for multiple revolutions with each crank. The baitcasting reels of today are usually made of stainless steel, aluminum, or a composite material.
- Fixed-spool Reel: Also known as a spinning reel, the fixed spool reel releases line in coils from the non-rotation edge of the spool.
- Centripin Reel: This reel has a spool that’s large in diameter and is attached to a large rod (12-17 feet). The centripin reel is great for long-distance casting because the line is drawn off from the momentum of the rotating reel.
- Conventional Reel: Similar to the multiplying baitcasting reel is the conventional reel. There are two types—star-drag and lever-drag. Unlike star-drag reels, lever-drag reels don’t require you to put it into free spool by using a lever.
- Spincast Reel: Like a fixed-spool reel, the line of a spincast reel is thrown from a fixed spool. Though great for beginners, the fixed-spool reel is the more popular choice today.
- Underspin Reel: This is a type of spincast reel that’s attached beneath the rod. It has a lever that you hold and then release to cast.
A New Development?
The fishing device is simply a reel attached to a power drill, which acts as a rod as well. Do you think this could be the next development in fishing, or is it just a novelty? See how it actually works and decide for yourself.