LM Reel Clamp With Lanyard/Hook Keeper
A good reel clamp is an essential in my opinion whenever you fish higher than 20 lb lines. I remember going to a fishing seminar a decade or so ago and watching Ronnie Kovac demo a Penn 114 in a trolling application. He had another guy grab the line and pull on it while Ron held onto the bending rod. Suddenly there was a loud noise and BOOM, the reel went flying off the rod. The guys didn’t bother to put on the clamp, the reel’s foot bent under pressure and popped out of the reel seat. Not a good thing during a demo, and a real catastrophe when you’re on a fish.
Here’s the Great Stuff about these Machined Aluminum (and anodized) reel clamps. The six sizes offered will fit virtually every reel on the market (or at least 97% of ’em). The clamps are anodized in black and gold. The gold clamps are made two ways, one matching Penn Internationals and one matching Shimano’s Tiagra line which has a lighter shade of gold. The three larger size clamps feature an eye (shown on the gold clamp above) which is useful with a lanyard or even better as a hook-keep when the line isn’t in the water. You can use your existing reel’s hardware, too! These things are well made, well thought out, priced right and capable of fitting just about every reel you own. They’ll fit Penn, Daiwa, Shimano, Avet, Newell and many reels.
Not sure which one to buy, figure the smaller the better. There is some wiggle-room for your bolt spacing, so more than one size may fit your reel. Size 1 offers 1 1/4-1 1/2″, size 2 @ 1 3/4- 2 1/4″ and size 3 2 to 2 3/4″ – post measurements. There is some overlap, usually best to go small rather than larger than needed.