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Complete list of all current ICAST 2014 coverage
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Glide Week : Riding the S-Wave!
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Abu Garcia Raises the Speed Bar with their Rocket!
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Daiwa’s Steez EX 100XS offers a Deadly Combination of Both Speed and Precision
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First look inside the new Curado I baitcaster
 


 


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TackleTour Tournament Interview : Bryan Thrift
In our continuing series of interviews, we're sitting down with different pros and going through their tackle selections for each day of our tourney, one at a time. Today, we sit down with Bryan Thrift, FLW Pro.
The L-O-U-S SKT Magnum from Lucky Craft
Well, now the "lure-of-unusual-size" (L-O-U-S) syndrome has crept into other types of baits as well. Most notably over the past year has been the emergence of L-O-U-S crankbaits. Leading that charge is non-other than Lucky Craft. Here now is our look at the SKT Magnum MR & DR series of crankbaits.
Megabass's Destroyer X7 Aaron Martens 71!
By all accounts, Megabass's strategy of introducing in an entirely new audience to the experience of their product with the debut of their "budget" series, the Orochi Double X over two years ago was a success. However, established fans were less than enthused. Last year, the company addressed these fans and upped the ante with a revamp of their base destroyer line...
Job Done - Accurate's Redesigned Piranha Extra Lite Pliers
One of the most useful tools an angler can own is a trusty pair of pliers. While some anglers are perfectly content to pull out a pair of long nose pliers from their toolboxes at home there are manufacturers that design pliers specifically for fishing applications. One such offering is the Piranha Extra Lite Pliers from Accurate...
Energy to Burn: Quantum Energy E100 SPTA
Before I was given the chance to test the Energy E100 SPTA, how many Quantum baitcasters have I owned? Try none! While I owned and fished a few of their saltwater spinning reels several years ago, their baitcasting reels just never found their way into my arsenal. Although not immediately new to the market, the latest Energy PT reels are totally new to me and I was really curious to finally get one out on the water.
Go Light or Go Home: The Okuma Helios HS-CM-701M
When Okuma came out with their Helios lineup of mini-guide rods, they were touted as being the lightest Okuma has ever offered. I jokingly thought “Okay, maybe their lightest bass rod weighs 4.5 ounces and now they will offer one at 4.4 ounces.” This idea quickly evacuated my mind when I first held a few of these sticks and saw their published weights...
2014 Holiday Gift Guide Part 3 : Wrap it Up and Put a Bow on It
It is time to wrap up our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and in our third and final installment Ms. Casey returns to highlight our picks in the line, terminal tackle, electronics, and apparel categories.
2014 Holiday Gift Guide Part 2 : Swimbait Gear, Enthusiast Tackle and Value Picks
We pick right up where we left off with this season's picks in the swimbait, enthusiast and value categories. Whether you are looking for that piece of tackle for that enthusiast angler on your list or a reel and a rod that delivers plenty of bang for the buck we have you covered.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide : Freshwater and Saltwater Reels, Rods and Baits.
Whether you are looking for that perfect gift for that special angler in your life, or getting ready to splurge on a well deserved piece of tackle for yourself, tis the season to refresh that tackle box, and this year we lured Ms. Casey out of retirement to help highlight our picks in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Bring on the tackle!

Wintertime Bass Fishing with the Live Target Crappie Lipless Cranks
Got the wintertime bass blues? Finding those quality bites harder and harder to come by? Maybe it is time to put away some of those wide wobble crankbaits and reach for a good old fashioned lipless crank. Only in the case of the Live Target Crappie calling this bait "old fashioned" might not be accurate.
Finesse at the Entry Level: Abu Garcia's Revo S20 Spinning Reel
Abu Garcia's moderately-priced Revo SX20 is a pleasing reel to look at. The first obvious resemblance that came to mind is that it looks similar to my Shimano Stradic Ci4+. The body is comprised of an X-Craftic alloy frame and C6 carbon body for reduced weight and added corrosion protection.
A Proven Concept, the 13 Fishing "C" Series Low Profile Baitcaster
Now 13 Fishing is challenging naysayers once again with the introduction of high-end low profile baitcasters with their Concept Series. We have already taken a close look at the entry level Concept A and today we put the higher end Concept C through the paces.
Shooting For The World’s Most Efficient 4-stroke Combo In Professional Bass Fishing : Pro Grant Goldbeck and Yamaha’s Prostaff Manager, David Ittner
Earlier this year BASSMASTER broke the story when Yamaha and ultra-performance boat company Allison teamed up.  Bassmaster Elite Pro Grant Goldbeck was assigned to captain the ship while Yamaha’s SHO 225 became the power plant...
2014 Lake Eufaula, GA Outdoor Writer's Conference
Sitting right on the border of Alabama and Georgia is a 46,000 acre gem of a lake called Walter F. George, or in some circles, Lake Eufaula (not to be confused with the lake in Oklahoma of the same name).
A Look Behind the Steel Door of D&J Plastics, Inc.
If you're a bass fisherman, you're no stranger to soft plastic baits. It is arguably, the number one selling bait category in the industry. We were recently afforded the opportunity to tour the factory of one of the largest OEM soft plastic bait factories in the US. Located in what has become the soft plastic bait capital of the country...


 
 
Sneak Up On Your Quarry With The Denali Kovert K863WJ Rod
Here at TackleTour we have published full reviews of their Jadewood and Noirwood models, but now it's time for us to pick apart the K863WJ Kovert rod to see if it's worthy of a spot on the front deck of your bass boat.
Move More Water with the PR-Labs Venom
We take a look at PR-Lab’s newest series of lures, the Genetic Metamorphosis Series, which makes use of a flow through design to create increased water turbulence. Does this relatively unknown company have what it takes with these new baits to make a big splash? Let’s find out.
TackleTour Autopsy: Picking Apart the Baitball
The Live Target Baitball Series delivers a new class of hardbaits for anglers based on the idea that predatory fish will target baitballs. These lures are more than just a few baitfish painted on a profile of a hardbait and we break out the tools to pick this bait apart to the core.
Imperfectly Perfect, the Little Creeper All American Sunfish
With an emphasis on unique design and custom quality the company’s soft bodied All American Sunfish has also become somewhat of a sleeper bait employed by both swimbait fans and pro-anglers looking to capitalize on a bluegill imitator. 
Save face with the Sungaiter from Simms
With such a huge selection of sun-protective clothing available these days, it's easier than ever to block out the sun's harmful UV rays. The Sungaiter from Simms is one such product, designed to protect your face and neck under the most extreme conditions.
Getting Salty on a Budget: RIO Mainstream Saltwater WF8F Fly Line
Nowadays, a top-notch line can run you up around eighty bucks, and there are some specialized offerings that cost even more! With a price like that for such a relatively basic fishing necessity, it's no mystery why many people shy away from taking up fly fishing. Thankfully, there are some excellent products currently available that won't break the bank.
Finesse at the Entry Level: Abu Garcia's Revo S20 Spinning Reel
Now spanning several levels of pricing and performance, the Revo family continues to enjoy epic popularity. In this review we dissect the entry- level Revo spinning reel—the S20 model—to see if it has mean performance that exceeds its friendly price tag.
The Search for One : Shimano/Jackall's Biwako Versatile X
Introducing our first look at the new joint venture Poison Glorious like from Shimano and Jackall. Here's our look at the 173MH Biwako (Lake Biwa) Versatile X.

The Return of Kistler's Carbon Steel Line
Building rods domestically comes with higher costs making it difficult to produce a competitive stick in the very hotly contested $80 - $120 price point. Enter the new Carbon Steel rods from Kistler. Sourced from overseas to keep costs down, these rods share the same bare Z-Bone aesthetic as their existing lineups.

Power Up With Gary Yamamoto Chikara Crankbaits
There's a lot to consider when purchasing a new crankbait. Its size, coloration, wobble, and depth range are just a few aspects one must weigh. It can be challenging for a company to design baits that tick all the boxes, but the gang over at Gary Yamamoto baits believes they have done just that with their new Chikara line of crankbaits.


 

Quantum's First Magnesium Framed Reel, the Tour Mg!
There was a point in time, several years ago, when someone showed me a reel from Quantum, my first thought before even handling the reel was "heavy". Well, at ICAST 2013, Quantum impressed me with what I found hard to believe was their very first foray into a reel made of this material. Here now is our look at Quantum's Tour Mg!

Get a “Trigger Happy” Grip on your Casting and Spinning Rigs
Have you ever been fishing all day and started to feel your fingers and hands get worn down by gripping the trigger on your rod too tightly? To address this issue a company called THCG (Trigger Happy Comfort Grips) has introduced a patent pending product that is designed to be an easy to deploy solution.
Flipping Week : Zombie or Immortal? Dee Thomas's Signature Series Flipping Rod
From the popular, to the obscure, to the new, we now bring you to the somewhat rare entry in TT's Flipping Week. Zombie's Dee Thomas edition of their Immortal 76 is a limited edition, limited production stick made to the exacting specifications of the father of flipping himself, Dee Thomas.

Flipping Week : Orochi Double X Aaron Martens Special!
Just because this series is the lowest price offerings from Megabass, we’ve quickly found out that sacrifices were not made in terms of performance. Here now is our take on yet another rod in this series, the F8-79XX Aaron Martens Flipping Special.

Flipping Week : Gary Loomis Shows his Edge for Flipping
Edge Rod's Flip 787-1 has the rare pedigree of being a fishing rod made in the USA. With the ease of heading overseas to procure OEM product, each year witnesses an increasing number of rod companies emerging in the bass fishing market. There are a few companies bucking this trend and Edge Rods, out of Woodland, Washington is one of them.
Flipping Week : Phenix Rods Mocks the Demon
Phenix's rise into the mainstream of bass angler's fishing rod consciousness has been quite astonishing. Their combination of value plus performance in several lines has really changed expectations. In particular, the Recon 2 series has been a favorite amongst TT Editors for the fusion of JDM styling together with attractive price points. No where is this more evident than in the company's entry to flipping week.
Flipping Week : iRod's Bub Tosh Punch Rod!
We've gathered a handful of rods from the popular, to the obscure, to the new, to the rare, all to be featured in our first ever Flipping Week! First up, we take a look at one of the most affordable, yet hard to get flipping sticks on the market to day. Introducing our look at iRod's IRG7114P-H, aka, Bub's Punch Rod.
Pro Angler Bryan Thrift Catches Air with Damiki’s New Frog
We head to Clear Lake to go fishing with FLW Pro Angler Bryan Thrift and the Damiki team to check out the latest and greatest lures that the team has to offer, which includes the exciting new Air Frog. Bryan helped design the Air Frog, which is a plastic toad style bait that floats...
Goin' for a Walk with the Jackall Iobee Frog
Despite the popularity of hollow-body frogs, a lot of anglers get frustrated with them at times because they can be difficult to walk. It takes different tackle and a much different cadence to master one of these baits compared to, say, a Zara Spook. Jackall's Iobee frog is made to ease this burden a bit, as it's designed for effortless walking action. So, will the Iobee indeed walk, or flop?


 

 

 

 

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