Back in July, 2012 we posted a piece about a reel that garnered a lot of comments – not on the site here but on Facebook and also through direct comments. It seemed a lot of the readers were upset that I had chosen the Zebco Cardinal series reel as the reel of the decade – 1970s.
They wrote in that the French Garcia Mitchell was by far superior than the Swedish reel and how could I think such a dastardly thought. Well, personally I didn’t like the Mitchell and for a couple reasons. For one, on half of them the bail went in the opposite direction of all other reels – which really drove me nuts when I had 30 reels to wind line on at the tackle shop – and two, the Cardinal just seems sleaker and less clanky.
Okay, I’m off my soapbox.
In order to give credit where credit’s due, I tried to find some decent pictures of some of the old Mitchells and couldn’t find any worthy of an article. That is until last week when I acquired a 1973 Garcia Fishing Annual.
At nearly 200 pages in length, the Garcia Fishing Annual was not only a catalog of good produced and/or sold by Garcia, it was half filled with stories on all types of fishing along with tips and tactics from the day’s best anglers. I don’t ever remember seeing one of these books so I feel pretty lucky to have the one I have.
Anyway, looking through the book I came to the Mitchell Series Reels and decided to post about the most popular of that series – the ever-famous 300, the ultra-light 308/408s and the high-speed version of the 300, the 410. The pictures show all the reels’ specifications along with a manufacturers description.
All joking aside, they were great reels of the time, as proof in their sales reflected. They just never sold one to me – just sayin’.