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The Yoyito you have purchased is a labor of love. It is manufactured by family and friends entirely in-house at our Ocala National Forest, North Central Florida production facility. We are proud to be part of a national movement by average citizens to take back manufacturing and produce products again here in the USA.
How to properly hold the Yoyito
Hold the Yoyito by inserting your index, middle, ring and optionally your pinky fingers through the holes in the reel. The back of the reel (the flat side) should rest against the palm of your hand and the front of the reel (the cone) should be pointed towards the opposite hand. The thumb is free to apply pressure to the line -- controlling it and preventing it from unintentionally unspooling.
Right handed vs left handed
The Yoyito is shipped with the line wound clockwise for right handed folks. However, if you are left handed, simply unwind the line by winding it around another object such as a soda can or bottle and rewind it back into the Yoyito counter-clockwise.
Unattended fishing is illegal in some states. In states where unattended fishing is legal there may be requirements that must be followed. Make sure to check your state and local fishing regulations before attempting to fish unattended.
How to cast with the Yoyito
Casting is not really that important. This is not a shooting sport. Fish tend to swim everywhere and find your bait. There is no need to do a 50 yard cast to successfully fish with a hand line. More often than not, just casting a few feet or dropping the line straight down from a dock, bridge, fishing pier or the side of a boat, is more than sufficient to catch fish. But with practice it is possible to cast out the 250 ft of line your Yoyito came equipped with. YouTube is a good place to learn how to cast a hand line.
Retrieving the line
1) Simply wind the line around the Yoyito. At first start by keeping the hand holding the Yoyito static and using your other hand to wind. Once you are comfortable with this method, you can wind faster by moving both hands synchronously and in a circular motion, effectively speeding up the retrieval.
2) Pull the line in hand-over-hand letting it drop loosely and in big loops on the ground. This method is useful when trying to land a big fish that you want to bring it in as quickly as possible. Be aware that this method can cause a person to get tangled in the line and can potentially cause a fall. Once you have removed the fish from the line, wind it back up around the Yoyito for the next cast or to store.
WARNING: Handling the fishing lead bank sinkers (fishing weights) included with this product will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. WASH HANDS AFTER HANDLING. Children should not be allowed to handle the sinkers. If you plan to allow children to use this product, replace the lead sinkers with non-toxic steel fishing weights which are available at most local sporting goods stores. If you believe that anyone has ingested or placed the lead sinkers in their mouth, call the poison control center or seek immediate medical attention. Do not burn, melt, grind, shave or purposefully alter the sinker as this could increase your risk of lead exposure.
WARNING: This product includes circle hooks that are very sharp. Extreme care should be taken when handling these hooks as they can easily pierce flesh and once they are stuck in the flesh. If anyone is injured by a hook, seek immediate medical attention. Embedded hooks should be removed by a medical professional. Remember that all puncture wounds, even though they may not seem serious, have the potential to get infected with bacteria including Tetanus.
WARNING: Casting of the line by swinging it like a cowboy lasso rope should only be done by someone experienced. Swinging a weight at the end of a line creates a great deal of force. Serious bodily harm can result from someone coming into contact with the weight in motion. In addition to the potential damage caused by a moving weight, the hooks attached to the line could cause injury. Be aware that monofilament degrades with use and UV exposure that can eventually weaken it and the line can break during swing casting allowing the weight to travel towards an unintended target. If you decide, despite our warnings, to learn this casting technique, we suggest that you start without any hooks and with the smallest sinker (1⁄4 oz) provided with this kit. Make sure that you wear adequate eye protection and that everyone is standing at a safe distance.
WARNING: The monofilament fishing line included with this product is of 20 lbs or 30 lbs test weight. It was selected specifically to reduce the risk of been pulled into the water if the operator became entangled with the line while a very large fish pulled on the line unexpectedly. There is still a risk of injury or drowning for small bodied persons, children, or elderly people who might not have the necessary strength to break the 20 lbs line with their hands. DO NOT REPLACE THE MONOFILAMENT PROVIDED WITH A HEAVIER TEST WEIGHT LINE AS THIS WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY. WARNING: If a very large fish takes the hook at high speed there is also the risk of the line causing friction burns or cuts to the hands and fingers. Use a glove on the hand handling the line to protect the hand and fingers from injury.
WARNING: Finally, the most dangerous thing associated with the sport of fishing is water itself. It is possible to drown in a few inches of water.
Please visit the CDC website to read about recreational safety at www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/
For more information
If you have any questions regarding this product, suggestions, or simply want to say hi, we'd love to hear from you. Send us email at [email protected]. Check out our website at www.fishinqyoyito.com to see our latest offerings.
Be safe. Make sure that everyone around you is safe. Most of all, enjoy the Yoyito! Don’t be surprised if you start leaving your rods at home. Oh, and please teach a kid how to fish -- they’ll never forget you.