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This spincast reel, which we wanted to test, arrived after we’d returned to the frozen North. It’s an inexpensive model with an interesting feature: You can switch it from standard drag to no-slip direct drive. That should appeal to bass and catfishermen who want heel-digging, don’t-give-a-line-inch performance for large fish in nasty quarters. The reel holds 90 yards of 20-pound-test and has a 3.3:1 retrieve. Cost: $19. Contact: South Bend (847-715-1400).

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