Bass Pro Shops Line Spooling Station
Makes life easier.
I used the station to strip and re-spool two of my Penn reels and had no problem. When I spooled them I set up the station as if I were going to spool a bait caster, set the tension to where the spool would spin and keep tension on the line as if reeling in my line as if I were fishing. Spooled them up nice. The reels were the PENN Pursuit 5000 which I spooled 250yds of Spiderwire 20lb Stealth Glow-Vis Braid (see photo) and 300yds of the same on my PENN Fierce 5000 which I use in combination with my Ugly Stick medium heavy pole. I will definitely be using on a regular basis. Would definitely recommend.
September 11, 2013
I bought this mainly to spool ocean reels. It worked well spooling conventional reels with 30# mono. I used a 1# spool and did need to keep my thumb against the spool for better line tension. Overall I prefer this to a two man operation with a screw driver though the center of the spool.
January 4, 2015
Awful Product - Doesn't Work
Save your money. Don't buy this product. It doesn't work. I tried for 45 minutes to get this thing to work properly and it doesn't. There are so many deficiencies with this product it's hard to even begin. First, the metal frame arm is too long and doesn't allow for a good a good spinning reel to line spool relationship. Second, the line gets tangled around the knobs used to attach the spool to the metal arm. Third, there is absolutely no tension (tightness) in the line - you might as well put the spool on a pencil and do it by hand. Fourth, the metal frame does not anchor tghtly to the plastic base, so it flops around while you are trying to spool the line. Unfortunately, it's not worth paying for the return shipping, so I'm out $20 bucks.
April 6, 2013
I was very excited when I saw these on sale around Christmas time. I picked it up for around $16 which I thought was going to be a very sound investment. When I got home, I found out that the hook sharpener also doubled as a line stripper and I thought that my purchase was even better than I had originally thought. Fast forward 3 months, and coming home after the excitement of buying an awesome rod and reel from BPS, I decided to spool some line on my reel. That's when things went sour. I followed the directions on the back exactly but the orientation it tells you to use for a spinning reel just doesn't work. I used a rubber band on the line, tried to use the spring to increase and decrease tension, but no luck. Even while holding the line between my fingers, there was simply not enough tension on the spool of Trilene to keep the line coming off smoothly. It would always come off too fast and twist around the the tension bolts or shaft. I had to start over 3 times and wasted a bit of line each time because it knotted up on itself. I gave up, attached my reel to my new rod, and got the job done in barely a minute with the spool on the floor. Sadly, this is the only Bass Pro purchase so far that I haven't been happy with.
March 1, 2014