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Slamming salmon: mid-summer chinook action on Lake Ontario

Image Via: Patrick Walsh

A reel contest

What's better for slamming Lake Ontario's chinook, level-wind or single-action reels?

Two different reels
Bob Sexton

With the Toronto skyline in the distance, two reels sit at the ready. On the left is a Shimano Tekota connected to a Dipsy diver, which brought the bait down to roughly 60 feet. On the right is the Islander TR3 connected to a downrigger. One of the big differences between a level-wind and a single-action trolling reel is the amount of line you can retrieve with each turn of the handle. With the former, it’s usually 5, 6 or 7 to 1 ratio. With a single-action reel, it’s a 1:1 ratio, as the name implies. As well, single-actions have the drag and paddle handles on the side, which can translate into some serious knuckle busting if you’re not paying attention when a fish takes off on a run.

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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