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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 Reviews."  

 

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 found here.
 

 

~ Alex "Zander" Mei -Editor in Chief
Favorite quote: "Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life."

Favorite Fish: Largemouth Bass
Watercraft: Triton

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 passion.
 
~ Dennis "Cal" Shew - Managing Editor
Favorite quote: "Save your money, settle for the best..."

Favorite Fish: Peacock Bass
Watercraft: Skeeter

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  - Contributing Editor
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 south Florida 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 - Forums Management
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 Whaler. But 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 -Contributing Editor

Favorite Fish: Bass
Watercraft: Skeeter

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.
 

~ Tom "Leo" Leogrande -Contributing Editor
Favorite Quote: "Don't let your kid be the one that got away. Take a kid fishing!" -Zebco
 
Favorite Fish: Largemouth Bass

Watercraft: Legend Bass Boats

Tom “Leo” 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  -Contributing Editor
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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