My first memories of fishing are that of my uncles taking me down to the jetty and rigging up a simple handline from a pop can, hook, line, and sinker. I vividly recall the smell of the water and the little crabs scurrying around the rocks between waves. Sometimes I like to imagine that one of those hermit crabs still has my handline. Those first few fishing trips left me with a life long love of fishing, and in particular, fishing with a handline.
Since then a handline of one sort or another is always to be found in my fishing kit. A few years ago I was introduced to a style of handline that originated in Costa Rica by a good friend, Jack Cohen. His design was sleek and compact yet cast as far, if not farther, than any handline I had tried before. I immediately bought several and added them to all my gear.
Over the course of time Jack stopped making his handlines and passed the torch to me. I’ve done a little bit of modification to Jack’s original design to fit my needs, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, I can now offer them in wood and injection molded varieties. I’m deeply grateful to Jack for giving me such an opportunity to continue developing these handlines as the Cabuya.