NorCal Underwater Hunters

NorCal Underwater Hunters Discussion => Hunting Techniques => Topic started by: rlg239 on April 05, 2016, 10:39:05 PM

Title: floatline vs reel
Post by: rlg239 on April 05, 2016, 10:39:05 PM
Hey all,
I feel like this is something that may vary depending on what depth, visibility and area you are working but what are the pros and cons of flatline over reel and vise versa for CenCal-NorCal? Under what conditions would you switch and why? If this is a stupid question feel free to ream me but I have been contemplating and trying both. Hopefully guys with far more experience wouldn't mind weighing in.
Title: Re: floatline vs reel
Post by: DG on April 05, 2016, 11:09:28 PM
Seems like more experience divers go with reels.  A lot more freedom moving around.  Might try if I lived where visibility was more like so cal but I don't. 

I like dragging my float line around so others can see my general location.  I love the option to drop my gun if it gets tangled or caught in kelp.  I haven't tried a reel yet but am so used to just dropping my gun that I think if I went with a reel I would lose a gun the same day.

Title: Re: floatline vs reel
Post by: Rob102 on April 05, 2016, 11:10:24 PM
All of my pipe guns have reels. Any gun for reef hunting should have a reel if you are skilled/careful enough not to drown yourself in your own line.

I also have a spectra loop with a small tuna clip on the handles of my guns so I can attach a Floatline if it's murky or if I'm using it to mark holes or as an abalone marker.

It's not an either/or thing. You should be set up for whatever conditions you are diving in.
Title: Re: floatline vs reel
Post by: MATT MATTISON on April 06, 2016, 07:50:48 AM
Rob summed it spot on !!!!!