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Abu Garcia Diplomat Mooching Reel
Abu Garcia Diplomat Mooching Reel
The Abu Garcia Diplomat Mooching Reel has a large arbor spool design with a fully machined frame. The hard anodized finish provides the protection to stand up in harsh environments and free of corrosion. The Diplomat features two stainless steel HPCR bearings, on/off anti-reverse switch, and Power Disk drag system, all contributing to its strength and delivering a powerful, smooth performance.
Okuma RAW-II Mooching Reel
Okuma RAW-II Mooching Reel
The Okuma RAW-II Mooching Reel brings the elegance and tradition of motor mooching into the modern world of precision design and performance. Constructed on a foundation of 6061-T6 hardened aluminum, the Okuma Raw II Mooching Reel's smooth and powerful multi-disc drag system features Carbonite and stainless steel washers for consistent, long-wearing perfection. Unique in design, the RAW-II's drag system operates as a lever drag, making it easy to reliably tension line when setting downriggers, t...
Shimano Moocher Plus GT Mooching Reel
Shimano Moocher Plus GT Mooching Reel
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Shimano Moocher Plus GT Mooching Reels are direct-drive reels that feature a large capacity spool and a waterproof Dartanium drag for great stopping power and heat dissipation. The non-slip rubber handle grip, metal palming ring, and graphite frame and spool provides durability and a smooth palming surface for extra line control as needed. This reel is great for salmon, trout, and walleye anglers who enjoy the non-casting approach of drop-fishing (mooching).

At a Glance: Mooching Reels

Mooching reels are designed specifically for use with mooching rods. Mooching is a tactic native to the Pacific Northwest where light lines and light terminal tackle rigged with cut bait herring or anchovy are jigged or trolled for chinook and coho salmon. The intention is to have a natural presentation of the preferred forage used as bait, with tackle that puts more of the fight in the hands of the angler, rather than relying on heavy tackle that simply cranks the fish to the boat. Mooching reels are direct-drive, large-arbor reels with strong drags designed specifically for salmon fishing the big rivers of the US Pacific Northwest. They look similar to large fly reels or centerpin reels, but have a large-capacity spool which can hold monofilament, braid or lead core lines for this specialized technique. Despite the 1:1 retrieve ratio, the larger frame and spool enables these reels to take line in quickly with each rotation, making it easier to reel in your catch. Often referred to as “knucklebusters” by veteran moochers, mooching reels offer a unique connection to these large, hard fighting fish that isn’t possible when using conventional reels.

At FishUSA, the available brands of mooching reels are Shimano and Okuma.