One thing my dad never got rid of was his fishing gear. From the time he was a kid he kept all his gear. One piece in particular caught my attention one day as I was “shopping” his fishing gear. My dad had a Mitchell 308 reel in it’s original box with the manual in perfect condition. When I saw it I knew I wanted to try it out. So I asked and my dad let me take it. I believe I am the only one who is allowed to “shop” my dad’s fishing gear. Well, I have to ask, he just gives lures to the grandkids! But that is what all good grandpas should do. Ok, back to the Mitchell 308. After my dad told me to take it, I got home and put it with all my other fishing gear in the basement and there it sat for some time.
Then my family and I were going to my dad’s lake house and I thought it would be great surprise to restring the reel and put it on a pole for my dad to use. I spooled it with 6 pound Trilene XL line and attached it to a 2 piece medium action G Loomis rod. It was the perfect combination. My dad was surprised to see it and even more excited to use it. The only problem was, we both loved it and wanted to use it. We caught a lot of Crappie, Bluegill, and perch with this setup. We mostly trolled around 16 to 18 feet of water with a jig setup.
If you have never owned one of these reels I would recommend you get one and use it, don’t let it sit on your shelf! You can score cool gear like this on eBay or your local Craigslist. Vintage fishing gear is cool to look at but even cooler to use. I plan on trying to find a period correct rod to pair with this reel. If you know of a good rod to use please let myself and other readers know in the comments section! Enjoy the pictures!