4 Things You Didn’t Know About Electric Fishing Reels

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Electric Fishing Reels

Fishing equipment hasn’t changed much over the decades. Almost everything has stayed manual. But reels don’t have to be manual.

Those muscles get tired every time you have to reel the fishing line in. Your hands can cramp from turning the handle over and over. You can try something new and different.

This is where electric fishing reels come in. They’re not used often and that’s because they’re misunderstood. Or newer fishermen don’t even know they exist.

You’re here to learn 4 things you didn’t know about electric fishing reels. So, let’s get started.

1. They’re Easy to Use

Electric fishing reels are so easy to use it’s ridiculous. Anyone can fish with an electric reel, from newbies to the disabled to the pros.

The biggest bonus to using an electric reel is that you don’t have to crank an uncomfortable handle.

We’ve all been there where we’ve been out fishing all day and we’ve moved spots. We had to reel in several times. Maybe the water is even rough and choppy.

Now, you’ve tired your arms and they’re sore. And if you’re using an older reel, the crank isn’t ergonomic. Your hands are spent too.

You don’t have to worry about any of this when it comes to using an electric reel. You hit a button and your line is on its’ way to you while you fight against the fish.

It gives you more muscle strength to fight instead of using all the strength for cranking.

2. They’re Faster

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Another benefit of using an electric reel is that they’re faster. Their retrieval speed rate is higher than a manual reel.

Since you’re not cranking the reel in, you’re saving yourself tons of time. If you want to reel the fishing line in to move to another spot, you’re good with the touch of a button.

The speed is fast and consistent. Otherwise, you’d be waiting for an eternity to get all of your fishing line back.

The only issue with such a line retrieval system is that the cheaper models can end up tangling the line.

3. There’s More Accuracy

An electric reel has an electric line counter. These types of line counters are more advanced than manual line counters. You can even calibrate them as needed.

An advanced system that you can calibrate? That screams higher accuracy. And it delivers that great precision.

It will give you a readout of the depth of your line so you know what’s going on at all times.

It’s also perfect for trolling since that’s what they were created for. It will help you keep your bait moving constantly. You can find where the fish are hiding at with this feature.

Better yet, an electric line counter has depth memory. After you’ve reeled in your line, it keeps that spot in the memory. When you cast out again, you can set your bait to go right back to that spot.

Some of the reels also have jig settings. Instead of having to mess with the movement of the bait, you pick a setting. It will jig your bait around for you, so you can sit back and relax.

4. They Have a Superior Drag System

The drag system on any reel is important and more so on an electric reel. A drag system controls the amount of line your reel dispenses. And it controls what speed it comes out.

The drag system on any electric reel is almost always superior to any manual fishing reel. The stopping power is phenomenal. And the automatic line handling is easy to use.

This drag system does all the work for you to make your job bringing in fish easy. You can even catch the big deep-sea fish easier. The larger, the better.

The only struggle you’ll have to deal with is fighting for control against the fish. The drag system does the rest.

When the set drag isn’t right, you can either lose a fish or even snap your fishing line.

Our Favorite Electric Reel

Daiwa Tanacom 1000 Power Assist Reel

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  • The Daiwa Tanacom 1000 Power Assist Reel was made for deep drop fishing.
  • The digital LCD screen reads out in English.
  • To use it, you attach it to your rod. Connect the fully charged battery. Reset the reel’s system.
  • It has an oversized line guide aperture to fix any knots.
  • It’s a sealed drag system. The max drag is 48.
  • There are jigging features to move your bait for you.
  • It has a line counter with depth memory.
  • It includes a variable-speed power level control.
  • The line capacity is 30/700 and 40/500.
  • It even has a handle for manual cranking. If you decide you’d rather use a manual, you don’t have to switch reels.
  • The line per handle turn is 16.5 inches.
  • It’s a washable design. Yes, you can wash this electric fishing reel when it needs it.
  • The gear ratio is 2.3:1.
  • There are 4 ball bearings.
  • It weighs 53 ounces.
  • The electric reel is a 12-volt system.


Electric fishing reels are underutilized. You don’t have to spend extra time and extra muscle to reel your fishing line every time.

The benefits of using an electric reel are numerous. Some fishermen will sing the reel’s praises. But don’t get us wrong, there are disadvantages to using an electric reel. It’s all about preference. But if you’re ready to try something new, don’t be afraid to try out an electric reel.

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Roy Ericson

Roy Ericson started fishing when he was just a boy, like many of us did. He spent far too much time on the piers not being able to catch anything, until his uncle brought him deep sea fishing, out to the lakes of Michigan, where he lived, and to the various ponds in neighboring states. He’s been all over, caught over 400 different species of fish, and doesn’t believe you should embellish your stories. He’s just here to teach you about his absolute favorite thing in the world: fishing.