The ‘Dab’ Or The ‘Ping’?

Old-fashioned reels are the subject for the Dorset Bard this month, as he extols his love of a certain model that’s been a regular in his armoury since 1989!

When I started out in match fishing, the rod and line ruled and if they were fl oat fishing, the majority of anglers would either ‘dab’ or ‘ping’ before they cast out! I know what you’re thinking… “What’s the idiot talking about this month?”

Well, unlike today there wasn’t a massive choice of reels available and I reckon in a competition around 90 per cent of the field would be using either a Frenchmanufactured Mitchell Match or one of the Swedish Abu closedfaced models, the 501, 503, 505, 506, 506M or the bigger 507. I’d go as far as to say that during the 1970s and 1980s everyone who match fished would have, at some point in time, owned one if not more of these reels! Continue reading