This Smart Fishing Reel Messages Your Phone When You've Got a Bite

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If you've ever dreamed of hands-free fishing, we have the high-tech product for you. 

The Tackobox Smart Connect fishing reel automatically sends a message to a smartphone when a bite is detected, freeing up anglers to tend to other lines, organize gear, or simply crack a beer and chill out.

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The outdoorsy device features an aluminum spool, a lightweight composite construction, a five-bearing anti-reverse mechanism, and a 4.7:1 gear ratio.

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The detachable rear module is where the magic happens. It houses a Bluetooth unit, a USB-rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 40 hours, and the fish-alerting sensor that transmits a signal to either an Android or Apple smartphone via a free app.

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Alerts can be customized to come in the form of a noise, flashing light or vibration. While the line is being reeled in, the Smart Connect automatically disconnects to prevent unwanted alerts. A button on the reel turns Bluetooth back on.

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The app can monitor up to four Smart Connect reels at once, as well as track weather conditions and GPS coordinates of catches.  

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As New Atlas notes, Tackobox founder Ed Hope previously built a motion-detecting "Smartrod" seven years ago, so we're inclined to believe that his newest creation works well.

The Tackobox Gold Series Smart Connect reel retails for $119 online and at North American Walmart locations.