Line Counter Trolling Reels??

We recently had the chance to do some chartered striper fishing on Lake Texoma. The 4 of us were given rigs with the line counter reels and the captain had us each let line out to a different distance to see what depth was working best. After someone hooked up a couple of times at the same distance he had us all use that distance and we all started catching fish.
Now I'm thinking about trying one for trolling here both nearshore and around the river bridges.
I don't want to spend a ton of $$ but don't want a POS either.
Any inputs are appreciated.


  • Reelin Rudy 09Reelin Rudy 09 Posts: 55 Greenhorn
    keep your current gear and buy a hand held line counter.
  • Slug-OSlug-O Posts: 3,017 Captain
    They sell line counters at SZ.
    USCG Licensed and Insured Charter Capt. PRIME TIME CHARTERS 904-591-8906 ICW and Back Waters fishing.
  • JohnHJohnH Posts: 105 Officer
    I gotta ask why you guys recommend an attachment rather than a reel with a built in counter?
    Cost? Reliability? Other?
  • flblueflblue Posts: 216 Deckhand
    I bought a cheap < $20 line counter at Gander Mountain couple of years ago. Has worked fine.
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