Electric Fishing Reels History

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Tired of cranking in deepwater bottom fishing, founder and inventor P.T. Huffman decided there had to be an easier way to bring in fish.

For more than 40 years Electric Fishing Reel Systems, Inc., has taken the work out of fishing so anglers can have more fun! With Elec-Tra-Mate®, all kinds of fishermen young, old, expert, novice, even the physically challenged can get the full enjoyment of fighting a fish. Whether it’s Alaskan Halibut or a string of Snapper in the Florida Keys, Elec-Tra-Mate® takes the work out of bringing them up.

P.T. Huffman

The leading electric drive for Penn Reels, Elec-Tra-Mate® lets the fisherman enjoy all the action without the tiresome cranking. First produced in 1970, Electric Fishing Reel Systems, Inc. currently offers twenty-eight different Elec-Tra-Mate® models designed exclusively for forty-eight different Penn®, Fin-Nor, and Shimano Reels, ranging from small lightweight models for the 450 SSg Spinning Reel and 320 Gti Level wind Reel to large 130 International big game reels. Charter skippers across the world use Elec-Tra-Mate® to make fishing more enjoyable for their customers. They depend on Elec-Tra-Mate® to make fishing more enjoyable for their customers and they depend on Elec-Tra-Mate’s proven reliability.

After developing an electric reeling mechanism for personal use in the 1960′s, Huffman discovered that many charter and party boat captains were interested in a similar device. What started as a solution to his problem, soon became a business opportunity. In 1970, Huffman started Electric Fishing Reel Systems, Inc. and produced his first electric fishing reel drive. In 1974, realizing demand was growing faster than Electric Fishing Reel Systems, Inc. could produce product, Huffman invested in GE Lexan injection molding technology which increased manufacturing capabilities at his North Carolina factory.
The durable plastic composite housing is 80% lighter and four times more impact resistant than aluminum. Elec-Tra-Mates won’t chip, rust, or corrode, even under the harshest saltwater conditions. However, in keeping with our goal to continue increasing the quality of our products, when GE developed a new higher tech plastic material which is impervious to the effects of sun, gas, oil, grease, and chemicals, the use of GE Lexan® was discontinued and this new space age material is now used. Elec-Tra-Mates are designed to operate on 12 Volt auto or marine batteries and a small Portable Battery Pack is even available for the smaller models! A powerful sealed permanent magnet motor provides higher pulling power and smooth efficient operation at low amperage drain. All you need to do is set your drag depending on line weight and fishing conditions and let Elec-Tra-Mate® do all the work. A push button switch (or optional toggle switch) on the Elec-Tra-Mate® operates the drive system, or a special waterproof remote switch can be used for disabled anglers.

Today, Elec-Tra-Mates are used by anglers all over the world for bottom fishing, trolling and kite fishing. They’re also ideal for pulling in teaser or dredge when trolling, keeping the crew free to concentrate on the fishing action. Although fishing is Elec-Tra-Mates forte, current president Carl T. Huffman, has seen several other unique applications for Elec-Tra-Mate®. We’ve seen them used to take well samples by chemical and petroleum companies, the National Marine Weather Service has used Elec-Tra-Mates for retrieving weather balloons, and a number of states are using Elec-Tra-Mates to tag and measure fish for research. Designed with the physically challenged angler in mind, in 2000, the Model 450-PTH was introduced as the world’s most powerful electric spinning reel drive designed to power the Penn® 4500SS, 5500SS, 450 SSg, and 550 SSg spinning reels.

In 2002, the world’s first and only patented electric teaser reel was introduced for big game marlin fishing. The TEEZER Reel is available in both electric and manual models. The latest addition to the Elec-Tra-Mate® line is a powerful New series of Commercial drives for Pen® International, Fin-Nor Santiago, and Shimano® Tiagra Reels which feature all metal construction, all gear drive, and the world’s most powerful 12 Volt DC motor to ever be put on a fishing reel. Easy to service and maintain, every Elec-Tra-Mate® product is built completely in the company’s North Carolina factory, and comes with a one-year factory warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Electric Fishing Reel Systems, Inc. believes customer service is a top priority and in most instances, offers a 24-hour service turnaround on repairs should they ever be needed.

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Electric Fishing Reels History