NOW AVAILABLE IN MULTI-COLORS
First, why do people call these
I may know. I know that this style
of yo-yo fishing dates back to the Spanish colonization of the Americas and
it was a convenient way to fish from a boat or shore. The angler can apply a
significant amount of pressure (drag) to the rim of the spool with minimum
effort, and it is very simple to cast far without the risk of birdnesting.
So back in the 70s as the American tourists with their big boats and big
Fin-Nors traveled the Caribbean waters, they started referring to the local
yo-yos as Cuban Fin-Nors, and it stuck.
You see these everywhere in Cuba and
other Caribbean countries. The locals call the yo-yos or also carrete de
mano (hand reel). I know of people that have been using these yo-yos all
their lives and are very capable fishermen. It is an old and venerable way
of fishing. Santiago, the old man in Hemingway’s novel, makes use of one
(although he is seen fighting the fish mano-a-mano in the old Spencer Tracy
version). So they work. I’ve use them many times when I was younger and it
was my method of choice fishing around the Miami bridges and wrecks.
Catching a nice snapper on one of these is a lot of fun and you can feel
every single move and pull.
The most popular use now a days is
for wrapping rigs and keeping them neatly stored (see picture), I
understand that these are also used for ice fishing up north and we had a
juggler come in a get a dozen of them (luckily he did not juggle them inside
the store), and just last week a golf pro picked up a bunch to use them in
some sort of training. A frined uses them to wrap Christmas lights after the
season so they do not get tangled. So the potential is there.
OK so we do not expect you to drop
your rods and reels and pick up yo-yo fishing, but you may find a handful of
uses for them. With multi-color options, you can become even more creative.
The Cuban Fin-Nors are available in
eight colors and two sizes. They are all equally popular.
Available in Green, Burgundy, Orange and Gold.