Pain from repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and elbow tendonitis may force some anglers to quit fishing. However, a new product created by a Long Island fisherman may get them back on the water.
The Leverage King weighs 6 ounces and is mounted onto the handle of a spinning, casting or surf rod. Its padded cradle creates a rest for the forearm, allowing the angler to apply more power to fight fish while preventing injury.
Capt. Michael Macaluso, the inventor and an avid angler since childhood, said Leverage King keeps the angler's wrist straight so work is done with the arm muscles, not wrist tendons. The product works for both left- and right-handed anglers.
Macaluso has invited medical authorities to use the product. Sports medicine specialist Dr. Richard Istrico of Howard Beach, N.Y., said using Leverage King reduces pressure in critical areas of the wrist that can cause and aggravate repetitive stress injuries.
The product also eliminates the need for a fighting belt or harness and keeps the angler from having to prop the rod under an arm or on the abdomen, Macaluso said. Leverage King has successfully been used to hook and land striped bass, tuna, bluefish, bonito, flounder, tautog, cod, blackfish, king mackerel, amberjack and grouper.
"Our motto is 'Bend the rod, not your wrist,' " he said.
The product can be used for jigging, too. Bass anglers have reported that Leverage King helps their pitching and flipping techniques. Macaluso predicted the product would prove useful to crappie and bluegill anglers who fish with long rods over many hours.
Macaluso markets the new device through his company, Mic-Mac Products, Inc., using a network of tackle retailers and a web site, www.leverageking.com. Suggested retail price is $24.95 and the product comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee.
For more information about Leverage King, contact Mic-Mac Products, Inc., 30-05 Whitestone Expressway, Flushing, N.Y., 11354; (866) 564-2622, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.leverageking.com.