Pro's Pointer #7: baitcasting combo

BISMARCK, N.D. - Not every baitcasting reel has one but Johnnie Candle says if you fish with a bottom bouncer you should have it.

MWC World Walleye Champion and ND Fishing Hall of Famer Johnnie Candle:

"When I'm fishing a bottom bouncer, I'm using a baitcasting combo and the rod actually has little to do with the presentation. It's all about the reel and more importantly one aspect of the reel and that's flippin' switch.

Without a flippin' switch, we depress the thumb bar to let line off the reel and then we have to switch hands and turn the handle to stop that line. Hopefully the bottom bouncer is right where we want it and this provides a lot of opportunities for what we call in the business a "professional overrun."

You might refer to it as a backlash but when we turn the flippin' switch on we are now provided with one hand operation. I press the thumb bar to let mine out and when I let go of the thumb bar the reel stops instantly leaving the bottom bouncer right where I want it and virtually eliminating the opportunity for a backlash.

You might not think this is a big deal but if you ever get the chance to fish with a lure that has a flippin' switch you should try it. I think you'll like it. I'm Johnnie Candle and that's this weeks Pro's Pointer."

Next Week, Johnnie will be behind the wheel of his boat as it's heading toward the trailer.