A Baitcaster Designed Specifically for Skipping and
Pitching -Lew's Unveils Pro SP Reel
Introduction: Lew's already has one of the most encompassing reel lineups
in the industry but the company is always looking for applications where it can
add value. The design team at Lew's worked closely with Pro Angler Andy
Montgomery to create a new reel specifically for skipping and pitching
techniques. Time to meet the new Team Lew’s Pro SP Skipping and Pitching reel.
Lew's unveils the Pro SP, a new reel designed specifically
for skipping applications
Skipping Ahead: Skipping jigs has become one of the most productive fish catching
patterns in the sport of bass fishing. However, along with its potential for
producing giant bites, it has its own unique challenges, starting with the fact
that targeting the most productive spots invites the risk for tremendous
backlashes if the lure strikes a dock post or hits the water prematurely.
With an ultra shallow spool the Pro SP doesn't waste line
and enables more control over short accurate casts
To address this challenges, Lew’s created a specialized spool that holds
40 yards of 20-pound-test Fluorocarbon with its recessed Knot Slot and included
a special “Skipping Zone” in their externally adjustable QuietCast® centrifugal
braking system. The result is a reel that has all the performance of a Lew’s
reel, tuned specifically for skipping where short pinpoint casts are critical,
and to help minimize backlashes when engaging in the technique.
Montgomery, this reel has made a tremendous difference in his ability to make
his namesake skipping presentations. “The spool and braking system of the reel
have revolutionized my ability to skip a jig,” said Montgomery. “It has the
smoothness to make the casts, and the power to get the fish out from under the
docks; it’s absolutely amazing.”
The ACB cast control with more aggressive settings in the
Kevin VanDam, who has also been involved with Montgomery in the testing
process, said the Team Lew’s Pro SP is not a one-dimensional product. “While it
is known as a “skipping reel,” the features make it perfect for any short line
target casting and pitching and flipping application,” said VanDam. “I have used
it for target casting spinnerbaits and Thunder Crickets, and it makes it easy to
be aggressive with casts without fear of backlashing.”
The compact new reel is made with an aluminum frame and
gears and weighs in at only 6.0oz.
Pro SP is built on a one-piece aluminum low profile frame, and the spool is a
32mm shallow drilled and forged from Duralumim with an integrated knot slot to
secure your line in place.
The aluminum handle is 95mm and the drag star is
constructed from anodized aluminum
gearing is hard anodized aluminum and the reel comes loaded with 9
double-shielded stainless steel bearings and a Zero Reverse one way clutch
bearing. This reel will be available with a brisk 8.3:1 gear ratio in both right
and left hand retrieve, and weighs in at a light 6.0 ounces.
The Pro SP features a 8.3:1 gear ratio and will come in
both right and left hand retrieve
Pro SP gets very application specific, and fans of skipping techniques will be
able to purchase the reel for $199.99 in the beginning of Fall.