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Seaspin USA Enters the Market with the Bruko, a Soft Plastic Stick Bait
The retail battlefield over soft plastic baits is real. There are countless worms, craws, creatures, lizards from which to choose: scented plastics, no-scent plastics, plastics infused with salt, hand pours, machine pours, even plastics firm and soft. Well, you get the idea...
Megabass's MagDraft Soft Bodied Swimbait
Megabass is spitting out baits and new iterations of baits faster than we can keep up. Case in point? The MagDraft is a bait Megabass introduced just two to three years ago and last year at ICAST, they introduced a new bait with the same basic profile, but with a different action in the MagSlow. So before we can check out latter, we need to finish up with the former.
Kistler's ZBone LEXF Spinning Rod, the LEXF-2MS-70
During the Fall of 2016, we shared with you our thoughts on a Search for one Candidate from Kistler Custom Rods Zbone series, the LEXF-3MH-70. Representing what can be achieved when you combine a minimal build with top end components and a Made in the USA pedigree, that stick won our Editor's Choice Award. Today we take a look a the singular spinning rod from this same flagship lineup.
Crank It Up : Spro's John Crews Little John 50
If there's one genre of crankbait I like to throw the most, it has to be a shallow runner like the squarebill or flat sided crank. Running the banks, firing at visible targets and cranking in shallow water is therapy for those of us with short attention spans.
Abu Garcia's Villain 2.0 Continues to Impress
In this age where the anti-hero is gaining more popularity on the silver screen Abu Garcia was perhaps ahead of the curve with the villainous naming of their freshwater bass rod series. We've already told you about the newly revamped Villain 2.0 series with our review of the VC70-6 casting rod. Today we take a look at the gentler side of Villain with our review of their VS610-4 spinning rod.
Rapala's Shadow Rap Sequel - the Shad
Early in 2016 we shared with you an exciting new rip bait from Rapala USA, the Shadow Rap. A few months after we published that review, Rapala announced their new Shadow Rap Shad. A bait with the same spirit as the original only with a shad profile instead of a minnow and a slightly different swimming action. How different is this bait? Let's take a look.
Labels Shmabels - Phenix's 7'-4" Glass Cranking Rod
In today's bass fishing marketplace, the glass cranking rod is an endangered species. More common is the tech hybrid, part glass, part graphite cranking stick, and of course there are the all graphite cranking rods built with moderate tapers.
First Look Inside the New, all ALUMINUM Daiwa Steez A TW 1016 Baitcasting Reel
As usual, word about Daiwa's planned introductions for this year broke out at the Japan fishing tackle shows held in January and February and the only question was, which of these products, if any, would make it to the US...
First Look Inside the Tank that is the New Shimano Tranx 300 Baitcaster
Power Anglers rejoice, the new smaller 300 and 400 Shimano Tranx low profile reels have finally arrived. Originally designed for tackling fish like tuna, musky, and stripers, the Tranx 500HG and 500PG reels offered anglers a reel that could hold up to both big baits and big fish.
13 Fishing's Aggressively Priced One 3 Origin Reels
13 Fishing's Official Classic Release included a new entry lineup with a clever play on their 13 brand; Meet the new "ONE 3" reels. These new baitcasters are instantly recognizable alongside 13 Fishing's higher end offerings and are designed to provide anglers with high quality low-profile reels at exceptional price points.
A Classic is Reborn : G.Loomis's MBR842C GLX
Back when bass fishing was full of more independently thinking anglers, G.Loomis set the industry standard with their Mag Bass series, or in the brand vernacular “MBR”. At ICAST 2016, the manufacturer turned back their product clock by renewing, revising, and updating their neglected, under appreciated, and ultimately most versatile bass fishing lineup.
What Makes Molix's SS Shad a Special Swimmer?
Paddle tail swimbaits are by now, quite ubiquitous. Just about every soft bait manufacturer of any size has their interpretation of this staple. Some have more than one or even two! So how can a manufacturer with their sights set on bringing their own version to market distinguish themselves from the masses?
Respect YoDaddy, Big Bite Bait's Surprising Little Creature Bait
BASS Elite Series pro Russ Lane is a veteran of the tour and knows, as any other veteran does, that you have to have a solid flipping, pitching, punching game if you're going to survive. Today, we take a look at his signature series flipping, pitching, punching bait by Big Bite Baits, the YoDaddy.

Denali Goes on the Offensive with Their New Attax Series
The ninety to one hundred twenty dollar ($90 - $120) bass rod space is a hotly contested market. Each year, more and more manufacturers either introduce more lines priced within this range or refine pre-existing lines to stay competitive. This past year at ICAST, Denali was one such manufacturer going on the offensive to take on this segment of the market...

Crank It Up! : Storm's Arashi Squarebill Crank
Several years ago, Storm put their name back in the minds of bass anglers with the debut of their new Arashi line of baits. Headlining this debut was their new squarebill featuring a self tuning line tie eliminating the need to dial in your bait now and then to be sure it was swimming true. Here now, finally is our look at the Arashi Squarebill Crankbait.

Cutters with the Tenacity of a Pitbull
If you fish with braided line at all, you likely share in the frustration of finding a reliable tool to cut it with. The issue is obvious since every tool that has a cutting jaw or snip associated with it usually clearly states that it can cut braid. Don't get us wrong - most of these tools can. But quite often, this new found, easy braid cutting tool last for just a few trips, then it's back to square one...
An Easier to Fish Schooling Bait - The PDL Rig
The problem with most A-Rigs is that they require more setup time, take extra effort to fish, and are even banned from most tournaments. A company from Spain, Longas Baits, has created an innovative new take on the bait-ball concept with a new hybrid style swimbait called the PDL rig. 
Creature Fever : Huddleston's Huddlebug
Rarely does a manufacturer's name become synonymous with a single one of their products, but when you speak the name, "Huddleston" in bass fishing circles, any bass angler worth the salt in their Senko is going to think of an eight (8) inch soft plastic trout swimbait, but did you know they also make a crawfish imitator bait?
[kroe-nark] : Casting Reel ... 1. must have
To say I had high expectations of the Chronarch MGL would be a little off the mark. I didn't expect the this reel to do well. I knew it would. Was this confidence in Shimano warranted? Let's find out.
Enigma Fishing's Search For One Candidate, the EAM73MB-M
Enigma Fishing continues to make strides in the market thanks in large part to their headline pro Aaron Martens. In the Spring of 2016, we shared with you our score of the Enigma EAM610-DS-ML-S spinning rod - a stick we found to be a good performer for the price, but one we wished had just a tad more sensitivity. Today we look at the Search For One candidate in this lineup, the EAM73MB-M casting rod.
A "Game Changer" from G-Rods?
Up until now G-Rods have been pretty exclusive, and getting your hands on a Pro Bass rod was both somewhat challenging and expensive. To expand their reach G-Rods is now introducing their more aggressively priced "Game Changer" Series, which is designed for mainstream anglers.
An Exclusive, TackleWarehouse Search For One Candidate!
Last spring, we shared with you our findings on the TackleWarehouse exclusive, Daiwa DX Bass rod cranking stick - a full graphite rod with a moderate taper tailored for moving baits. Today, we share with you the Search for One candidate in this lineup. Here now is our look at the DXB731MHFB from Daiwa.
Stay Afloat With Amphibia Hydra Sunglasses
There's a bunch of choices out there as far as eyewear goes, and Amphibia offers some quality solutions with some great added features... like the ability to float! Let's find out what their Hydra glasses are made of!

TT Interview: Pro Angler Aaron Martens and DUO Head Masahiro Adachi Talk About the New Partnership
His competitors often say, arguably, that Aaron is among the best tournament anglers on the Bassmaster tour. So it is really no surprise why he would grab the interest of high profile Japanese Lure Company like DUO.

A Better Jig? NuTech's Lures are Designed Not to Hang Up 
NuTech didn't take the easy route to create differentiated jigs, and turned to physics to create their lineup of signature baits, which are designed to resist snags better so you can put the jigs right over the structure, in front of more fish, with the goal of driving more strikes.


The Stuff of Wonder, Graphene Infused G-Rods
It is rare that a new rod company offers something really unique to show us at ICAST but that is exactly what happened when we came across G-Rods at ICAST. The young rod company was at the show touting their use of graphene, a “wonder material” that I had heard of being used in semiconductors and Li-ion batteries before, but never before within a fishing rod.
It’s all about the Journey – The Shimano Stella FI Spinning Reel
If the idea of spending nearly 800 dollars on a spinning reel seems like madness then you might want to stop reading right now. The Stella is designed for anglers that want, no… demand, the very best that the fishing industry has to offer, and are willing to pay for it. If the price tag still hasn’t scared you off then join us on the journey to assess this halo reel.

Abu Garcia Blends Flagship Status with Big Bait Aspirations
We were pretty excited when we caught wind that Abu Garcia was introducing their coveted Fantasista line to the North American market several years ago at ICAST. Originally designed for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), this series is known for aggressive styling and high end components.

Looking Lively! Live Target's Threadfin Shad Swimbait
My local waters don't contain any true lunkers, so fishing smaller swimbaits really has a lot of appeal. Speaking of appeal, Live Target's new line of swimbaits has a ton of it. These are offered up in a variety of forage imitations, one of them being my usual favorite: the threadfin shad. As many anglers know, looks are one thing and performance can be another...

Is Fenwick's New Flagship Really World Class?
When Pure Fishing negotiated exclusive rights to 3M's Powerlux resin material, many wondered what the company had in store. We can answer that question in part today with a look at Fenwick's new World Class series of rods that are built with blanks featuring this nano-resin material from 3M.
America's Best Selling Reel?
There is perhaps a no more iconic fishing reel than the spincast. This reel, targeted at the novice angler as a transitional tool between spinning and casting is the go to reel on a countless number of rod and reel combo packages for children up to 12 years old. For those who never outgrow the simplicity of this style reel, Zebco makes an adult version with a full on brushed aluminum shell.

Fishing Jigz with the Z Man BatwingZ Trailers
Jigs are one of my absolute favorite baits to throw. I've paired my jigs up with several types of trailers over the years, but they don't always last very long or stay on the hook very well. From a durability standpoint, the Z Man BatwingZ trailers look like they should have no problems withstanding a lot of abuse. I grabbed some new jigs and a bag of these trailers and hit the water to find out for myself!

The Ludicrous PowerRay, a Fishing Drone that Uses Sonar and 4K Video to Catch Fish
It was just a matter time before the drones conquered the seas and this CES PowerVision, a robotics company and maker of consumer drones, introduced the PowerRay submersible at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The company boldly states that the PowerRay underwater robot brings “ground-breaking features designed to revolutionize freshwater, saltwater, or ice fishing for today’s recreational fishing enthusiasts and casual hobbyists.”
Phenix Rods Goes High End With K2
Phenix fans have been clamoring for the company to build a series of high end sticks based on their K2 blanks that are sold to the public but hadn't been available from the company as a fully built rod until about 2015. We managed to get our hands on one of these coveted sticks and here now is our look at the TX-713C K2 from Phenix Rods.
Double the Protection? Simms ProDry Gloves
With Simms when you hear the word “ProDry” then you know these garments represent the top of the line offering from the popular fishing apparel brand. Designed to pair with the company’s other premium foul weather gear garments the ProDry gloves are designed to keep you fishing contentedly in even the most adverse cold, windy, and wet conditions.
Shimano Japan's New Gateway JDM Reel
Shimano has been on a tear of late introducing new, budget friendly reels like the $99.99 Caenan and $79.99 Caius. When I first heard about the new Casitas, I confused it with the discontinued Castaic thinking this new reel was a reintroduction model of the former flipping reel. It wasn't until Zander had his USDM model out on a few trips before it clicked in my head that this was an entirely new model inserted between the Citica and Caenan.
MB Levante Part 2 : Stinger Shot
The most popular model for Megabass in spinning is their F3-610S spec - give or take an inch or two in length. Of course, throw in that infamous stinger tip and you approach the spec of their most coveted spinning rod the Hedgehog Evoluzion. One would expect that in the Levante lineup, a standard F3-610S like the former Aaron Martens Limited would be enough, wouldn't it?
Kistler's New Feel N Reel Hybrid Cranking Series
Seemingly on the hunt continuously for new and innovative materials to incorporate into their fishing rods, Kistler Custom Rods was at it again at ICAST 2016 where they introduced us to their latest "Feel and Reel" series of sticks within their KLX lineup. These new rods are built from a blank made of S2 Glass and T800 graphite.











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