When I received a package in the mail the other day, it was pretty obvious that my old friend, Doug Hannon, had been using his workshop and his genius brain to develop something unique and much needed for anglers. For readers who might not recognize Doug’s name, he is better known as the “The Bass Professor,” and was the inventor of the weedless trolling motor propeller, which revolutionized the trolling motor industry. Hannon is also an award-winning author and photographer, has had hundreds of articles published in outdoor magazines, and has appeared on an internationally syndicated TV show for more than 15 years. His catch record of more than 800 bass over 10 pounds qualifies him to be considered as the world’s greatest authority on bass fishing.

WaveCastReelDoug Hannon’s latest invention, however, will solve problems that have aggravated spin fishermen since open-faced spinning reels first appeared nearly a hundred years ago. The Hannon-designed “WaveCast System” not only looks different from any other reel, but also performs like no other reel. The WaveCast reel completely eliminates the common possibility of a loop in the spool that leads to tangled line, and it is estimated that more than 10% of spinning casts form a loop that most times lead to a tangled spool and birdnest snarls.

“My new spinning reel is simply the best-performing reel that you will ever own,” said Hannon. “The WaveCast eliminates tangles, snatchback, and birdnests that are common with all other spinning reels. Whether you fish freshwater or saltwater, use mono or super-braid lines, you’ll have more time to catch fish because you’ll no longer have to spend the time and frustration untangling line on your spools,” continued Hannon.”

“With my WaveCast reel,” stated Hannon, “you’ll have the ability to cast up to 30% farther than traditional spinning reels, due to low friction as the line comes off the spool. And, since it does not offload loops, it can be filled to a higher capacity, guaranteeing even longer casts.”

HannonThe Bass Professor, Doug Hannon, lands one of his many over 10 pound largemouth bassThe unique, patented “wave” design works by allowing the line to skip from peak to peak on each “wave” on the spool. Loops lie harmlessly down between the waves and never engage the line during the casts, completely eliminating common line problems. The new design does not allow a loop to flow backward onto the spool, keeping it secure and tight against the spool face until it leaves, unnoticed, in normal sequence of the cast.

Doug Hannon’s new WaveCast System represents the first significant improvement in spinning reel design in more than 50 years. This new reel could forever change and improve the sport of fishing in both fresh and saltwater.

The WaveCast System was first shown at the February Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Alabama, and is now available online. Visit or call 407-957-9885 to learn more about this unique new reel. As Doug say, “Catch the wave and be a part of the revolution!”

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