Dang - that is one heck of a haul, or even series of catches. Nicely done! Haven't been back ice fishing since my Alaska days but a post like this just reminds me of how much I need to get back to it. Save a few in the lake for the rest of us!
Why is the baitcasting reel so good? For one thing, using a best fishing kayak seriously increase the length of your cast. "If you can see it, you can cast to it" may be an exaggeration, but not by much.