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· Pitchin' Fool
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I back reel too

But speaking to a guy who fishes Erie a lot for those monster smallies, there is no way and no how one can BACKREEL fast enough to control a 5lb smallie surging back and forth after you hook him.

Using the drag efficiently to control a fighting fish and taking your time , takes some skills likewise backreeling.

Guess there is a reason for the drag to be on reels....

Maybe WNYBassman and RobJ can come on and tell us how they reel in those big smallies....

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