Always Be Ready to Fish
Cabuya Handlines and Fishing Gear
Old is New
The name “Cabuya” (ka Boo yah) comes from the Taino word for a thin line or string used for fishing. These lines were employed with hooks and lures made from bone and turtle shell to catch fish. Handline fishing is that simple.
This method of fishing long predates any sort of rod and reel and still today feeds millions of people around the world. It is a direct connection to the fish. Without the buffer of rod and reel every twitch, every strike, is communicated directly to your hands. There is no mechanical drag between you and the fight. This is the bare knuckle boxing of fishing.
Cabuya Casting Handlines add a little convenience to this ancient practice by keeping one’s line neatly organized yet ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. The unique features of the Cabuya allows the line to strip off the end of the reel for long casts even with light lures. Not only are they super convenient for backpackers, pilots, paddlers, and survival fishing, Cabuya Casting Handlines are perfect for young children - even us older ones.
Cabuya Tips and Tricks
Casting your Cabuya
Casting your handline will take a little practice. The wooden ball that comes attached to your line is for this purpose. It's great fun if you have a cat.
Simply hold the Cabuya in one hand and swing the ball around in the other and throw in an underhand toss. Make sure you are pointing the Cabuya towards where you want to cast so that the line can strip off the end of the reel.
To keep the line from unwinding prematurely or if you want to stop your cast in mid air press your index finger against the windings to pin the line.