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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile fishing the other day at our usual Ft. Lauderdale (Florida) area haunts; spillways, canals and a golf club that Alex belongs to, we started at sun-up fishing the latter. It holds big largemouth bass in its estuarine connected lake system. Alex landed a beauty of about 7- to 8-pounds within minutes. I noticed she had a new beautiful new reel that seemed to bring the beast to bay in seconds. Questioned, she said it was a a Lamson Speedster 4.

It’s pitched as a super-high retrieve rate reel with a narrower spool, inboard mounted handle, and an outer diameter significantly larger than other large arbor reels.

The Lamson Speedster.

The Lamson Speedster.

She suggested I take it for a spin so on our next stop, I did. In a few minutes I hooked-up with a 3- to 4-pound snake-head just above the spillway and had it on the grass in what seemed like a two turns, but of course it wasn’t. Wow, is this ever the way to go, I said. She laughed and agreed wholeheartedly.

She said: “The narrow spool prevents line barreling and the added circumference and inboard handle help improve the retrieve rate.”

In the makers parlance:

Classic Waterworks Lamson styling and attention to detail, and you have what the name implies: A Hotrod of a reel. These reels are very lightweight for their diameter. They have instantly become incredibly popular for any fishery where a hooked fish can run at you. They’re made to pick up a lot of line in a hurry.


As you would expect, retrieve rates are dependent on how full each spool is loaded with backing and line:

The Speedster we used was rated @ a retrieve line of 13-14-inches per turn.

Alex said her S4 Speedster 3.5 was a WF9 that had 200 yards of 20-pound backing. It weighs, she said, less than 6 ounces and has a diameter of 4.4 inches.

[information] Format: Super Arbor
Materials: Machined 6061 Aluminum, stainless steel
Finish: Hard Alox

Lamson Waterworks website – click here […]

Cost: $349 with a spare spool @ $170

Customer Service Tel: 1-800-435-9374
Customer Service Tel. Outside US: 1-208-726-1513
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