Iâve never been the type of angler to tweak and modify my bass fishing reels. I know a bunch of people who change every bearing, lubricate them with whale tearsâor whateverâand spend a a lot of money trying to make their reels perform the best they possibly can. Heck, itâs a rare sight to see me even clean one of my reels. To each their own, but personally, Iâd rather just go fishing.
I will say, however, that I recently discovered the Lewâs Double Power Handle and have absolutely loved it for flipping and pitching. Itâs basically a beefed-up, aftermarket handle that replaces the original handles to offer more leverage and better control of the fish. After using it for several fishing trips, Iâm already making plans to order six or seven more.
Hereâs what I like most about it:
- They give me more control
- Easy to install
- Reasonably priced
They have made a difference in my hookup ratio
Iâve briefly discussed the concept and viability of oversized reel handles in the past and was graced with some âcolorfulâ emails and comments. Some said I wasnât a ârealâ fisherman if I couldnât grip a regular reel handle while others seemed to believe I had weak, childlike gripping strength. Lovely.
But here are some common issues the Lewâs Double Power Handle has fixed for me.
- Rain and wet handsâ Wet hands can be a major issue when youâre setting the hook, especially with bottom-contact techniques that require an aggressive hookset. This handle features two really big EVA grips that donât allow my hands to slip whatsoever. Plastic, rubber and cork grips tend to cause my hand to slip off the grip and bust my knuckles on the drag star, so Iâm a huge fan of these foam grips. Whether itâs raining or Iâm handling a bunch of fish, itâs made a noticeable difference
- Leverageâ This handle is a bit longer than the original handle that came on my Speed Spool LFS Series Casting Reel, which gives me a more leverage when Iâm wrenching on a fish in thick cover. Iâm not a math or science guy, so I canât exactly quantify how much it helps, so I am strictly speaking from my personal experience. Iâve caught bass up to 6 pounds with this handle so far and Iâve felt very âin controlâ with each fish catch.
- Bulldog âemâ I donât mess around with hooksets when Iâm flipping and pitching because Iâm trying to get the fish away from any obstructions as quickly as possible. The giant grips on this handle allow me to use my entire right handâif necessaryâto yank a big bass over the cross beam of a dock, a big grass mat or a thick laydown.
- I can find the gripsâ This is another thing that happens to everyone, regardless of your skill level. Youâre dragging a jig, you feel a big thump and for some reason you fumble for a split-second when âfindingâ your handles before setting the hook. By the time you catch up to the fish, sheâs either swimming directly at you or tangled up in cover. These extended handle and large grips, however, have made it easier to set the hook firmly at a secondâs notice.
Easy to install
Iâve said it before and Iâll say it againâ sometimes I just want to go fishing. If given a choice between tinkering with a reel for an hour or going fishing, Iâm headed to the lake. So when I first found out about the Lewâs Double Power Handle, I was curious as to whether itâd be too much of a headache to deal with.
I actually timed my installation of this handle and it took a grand total of 4 minutes. It comes with all of the parts youâll need including the handle washer, handle nut, handle nut retainer and handle nut retainer screw. All youâll need is a small flat-head screwdriver and a 10-millimeter wrench. For your reference, I numbered the simple process in the photo above.
Once installed, it fits excellently and you wonât notice any âplayâ in the reel. Iâve made hundreds of pitches and flips along with several hooksets and it performs wonderfully.
I think itâs reasonably priced
I totally understand that âreasonableâ is a relative term but I think $39.99 is an awesome deal for this handle. Iâve really started gravitating towards large, oversized handles for all of my bottom-contact techniques lately and for the advantages this handle gives me, Iâll pay this price all day long. When you pair this handle with a $99 Lewâs Speed Spool LFS Series Casting Reel, itâs hard to find a better or more affordable flipping and pitching setup.
I donât get caught up in the aesthetics of bass fishing, but for what itâs worth, everyone loves the look of these handles. Iâll have all the fancy electronics and gear in my boat and what do people ask me about more than anything? The big handles on my reels.
Itâll take some getting used to
In my experience with the Double Power Handle, most people either love it or hate itâ there doesnât seem to be much in-between. When I first started using oversized handles, it felt very different than what I was used to, but I fell in love after the first hookset. Now I have a hard time using anything else. So give it a chance and I truly believe it will make a big difference in your power fishing game.
If you like to drag worms or pitch and flip shallow cover, I consider the Lewâs Double Power Handle a very worthy investment. Itâs well-priced, hassle-free and gives you a lot of control when youâre fighting big fish.