There are two kinds of fisherman...those that are
minimalists and carry only the tackle they absolutely need, use the same rod and
reel for multiple applications day in and day out...and then there are those
with an arsenal of rods, reels, and always sport the latest ammunition of lures.
TackleTour.com is the tackle review site for everyone! Whether you are looking
for the one reel that can do it all, or the latest and greatest in tackle
technology TackleTour has your answers and recommendations, so when you are in
the field all you need to worry about are..... the fish!
TackleTour.com is a 100% independent site that
offers a real look at the best products, from the hundreds of tackle
manufacturers that now compete for the anglers business. Over the last few years
TackleTour has grown and evolved into a full fledged online magazine as well as
a considerable community of anglers that not only "talk tackle" but share their
passion for the sport through a constant dialogue on our ever growing T3 forum.
It doesn't matter if you are a tournament pro, a weekend warrior, or a
newbie...Welcome to TackleTour, the "Anglers Source for Tackle News and
On January 1st, 2008 TackleTour introduced a
updated review rating system
with a more detailed, more accurate, more representative appraisal system.
Details of this updated rating system values and what they represent can be
Alex "Zander" Mei -Editor in Chief
Favorite quote: "Happiness is not a destination, it is a way
Favorite Fish: Largemouth Bass
To say Zander is obsessed with equipment would be an understatement. Whether
it is fishing, simply exploring the outdoors, or driving cars... Zander enjoys tinkering with, analyzing,
and of course...buying the latest gear. Fishing since he was only 7
years old he has always been fascinated by the evolution in both fishing
applications and the tackle designed to address the ever-changing
requirements of all types of anglers. This drove Zander to found TackleTour in November 1999,
with the purpose of delivering the latest tackle news and reviews to
everyday anglers who, just like him, believe that fishing, and the tackle that make
it possible, are a lot more then just a hobby...but rather a true
Dennis "Cal" Shew
- Managing Editor
Favorite quote: "Save your money, settle for the best..."
Favorite Fish: Peacock Bass
A photographer, world
traveler, and of course, avid fisherman, Cal's perspective on life is to
never accept mediocrity. Life is too short, and time on the water is too
precious to endure that which is sub-standard. We talk to TT members all the
time who ask about a product's worth. Cal's reply is to never question
worth, but rather covet the value and connection you place on everything
around you. Save your money, settle for the best your budget allows, and
savor the enhanced life experience.
Paul "Wolbugger" Wolter
Favorite Quote: "There he is!!!"
Favorite Fish: Tarpon
Watercraft: Bass Cat Boats
Paul grew up in the
San Francisco bay area and
was obsessed with both fly and conventional fishing by age 12. He always
enjoyed chasing a variety of local species from Bass to Lingcod using a
variety of methods. In his teenage years, he started taking a particular
interest in using and learning about high end tackle. Constantly buying,
selling, and upgrading his gear, he is a self-proclaimed "tackle nut" for
the long term! Moving to
in 2002, Paul became engrossed in shallow water sight fishing, with a
particular interest in Snook. With that said, he misses the more temperate
weather and varied geography of
California and hopes to move back in the near future. In
addition to fishing, Paul's interests include hiking, working out, and the
automotive world. Being an avid reader of Tackle Tour for years, Paul is
excited to be able to contribute!
Jack "JIP" Ip -
Favorite quote: "Its Huuuuuuuuuge!" - JIP
Favorite Fish: Cabezon
Watercraft: Boston Whaler
TackleTour's resident photography expert, JIP enjoys a variety of outdoor
activities (hiking, biking, camping, photography) ...especially those that
give him the opportunity to fish in exciting new waters. JIP eagerly awaits
each and every trip out into the ocean as he pursues a complete assortment
of inshore and offshore species. Wherever there is a salmon, rockfish, or
tuna to be caught you can be sure that JIP is at the helm of the team
just because JIP's first love is fighting hard hitting saltwater fish doesn't mean
he doesn't do a fair share of Bass fishing as well, and can often be found
in Bay Area lakes relentlessly tossing a Spinnerbait from a variety of
inflatables. In fact, the only time he spends indoors is swapping stories
with other anglers while moderating the TT forum.
~ Mark "EZbass" Lassagne
Favorite Fish: Bass
Mark Lassagne is a professional bass angler and a consistent money winner on
the western Bassmaster and EverStart tournament trails. Not only does he
spend 150+ days a year on the water, Mark has been a guest speaker on
several radio shows including, Bass Radio weekly, Mighty 690, 1150 Extra
sports, Foothills Outdoors, Sep Hendrickson show, On the Water and ESPN
Radio. He has guided two separate Bass Pro Shops outdoor world TV shows.
Along with being a featured speaker for ISE and Fred hall shows he has
several published articles in Bass West USA, Bassin, Fish Sniffer, Contra
Costa Times, Ca Fish and Game, FLW Outdoors, Fishing and Hunting News, Field
& Stream and a monthly column in Rabid Angler. Mark draws upon his
extensive experience as a professional angler to offer a unique and in depth view on the
latest bass tackle.
Leogrande -Contributing Editor
Favorite Quote: "Don't let your kid be the one that got away. Take a kid
Favorite Fish: Largemouth Bass
Watercraft: Legend Bass Boats
Leogrande lives for competing. He’s competed in many sports throughout his
life. Starting with BMX racing, H.S. baseball, H.S. basketball, College and
Mini-Tour golf and for over 25 years playing football at all levels. Fishing
is his latest passion and he can be found fishing many team and pro am
events on the West Coast. Leo is the former editor of Bass West USA magazine
and has also shot quite a bit of the footage for the Big Bait Posse
video. By trade Leo is a Computer Programmer but has ventured out of that
arena since getting bitten by the bass bug! Currently he also works full
time for MonsterFishingTackle as their web developer.
Jennifer "Jennifly" Wolter
Favorite quote: "Keep Calm and Carry On Fishing."
Favorite Fish: Snook
Watercraft: Native Ultimate Kayak
I grew up in the SF Bay Area and was passionate about fishing at a young
age. I enjoyed fishing many of the nearby mountain rivers and streams for
trout and salmon. Inherently , the transition to saltwater fishing was a
natural one once moving to Florida 12 years ago. Even though I was raised
freshwater fishing, I quickly picked up the knowledge and techniques
necessary to fish successfully in my new home waters. My passion continues
to be fly and light tackle sight fishing especially from my kayak. I'm
privileged to be one of the few female kayak fishing guides in Southwest
Florida. I eat, sleep, and breathe fishing! I'm a gadget junky much like my
brother Paul and am always anxious to get my hands on the latest gear. When
I'm not guiding, I enjoy paddleboarding, swimming, and relaxing on the beach
with a good book.
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forum. Our editors are available on this public board. If you are a
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