2015 Holiday Gift Guide Part 1:
Ring in the Holidays with New Reel, Rods, and Baits
Finesse Spinning Reel (Shimano Stradic FK):
Shimano's new HAGANE reel design comfort is all about smoother more reliable
performance for the lifespan of the reel. The company seeks to achieve this
through HAGANE concept design with advanced gearing design, efficient power
transmissions (X-Ship) and very rigid reel body to bring it all together.
This season the Stradic Series got a major upgrade by leveraging HAGANE
design making it an extremely durable and refined reel at and around the 200
dollar price point.
Finesse Spinning Reel : Shimano Stradic FK -
While Stradic reels have been known for their workhorse
performance in the past these new Stradic reels feel right at home fishing
even ultra lightweight lures and lines, allowing for consistent casts and
plenty of winding power all while protecting light lines. The Stradic FK
reels are available in sizes ranging from 1000 to 5000 at
TackleWarehouse for $199-$229 dollars, a great deal for a
durable reel that can handle a wide spectrum of spinning applications.
Finesse Spinning Rod :
Daiwa Steez SVF AGS - $529.99 - $549.99 at TackleWarehouse and
Hi's Tackle Box
Finesse Spinning Rod (Daiwa Steez SVF AGS): Daiwa's Steez SVF SGS spinning rod makes it on our buy list two years in a row. Is it no wonder it made our Ultimate Enthusiast Award list this past year? Available in three different models to suit a variety of needs, you're bound to find a Steez SVF AGS rod suit that tackle buff on your list. Daiwa's Steez SVF AGS sticks retail for between $529.99 to $549.99 and are available right now through
Hi's Tackle Box.
Finesse Casting Reel : Shimano Casitas 150
baitcaster - $119 at
Finesse Casting Reel (Shimano Casitas): For
many anglers fishing finesse means employing an ultra high end reel but the
Shimano Casitas proves you can do it effectively on a budget. Easily
overlooked in the Shimano lineup the Casitas looks and feels more compact
than it's more expensive siblings like the Citica and Chornarch, and yet in
may ways this reel has an even more compact and ergonomic footprint. The
Casitas reminds us of a cost-down Alderbaran, and while it may not have that
level of refinement, it does deliver quality line handling with the Shimano
SVS Infinity cast control system matched with the S3D stable spool design.
The Casitas is also reasonably light at only 6.7oz., making it easy to pair
up with most finesse casting rods. The biggest problem with the Casitas?
Getting your hands on one this holiday. The reel has been so popular that in
many places it is already on backorder, which is no surprise considering it
retails for only $119 dollars at retailers like
Finesse Casting Rod : Shimano Zodias ZDS1610ML- $189.99 at TackleWarehouse and
Hi's Tackle Box
Finesse Casting Rod (Shimano Zodias ZDS1610ML): Perhaps that finesse angler on your list prefers casting rods to spinning? We have you covered there as well. Not nearly as premium in price point as the spinning rod on our list, matched with the right reel, Shimano's Zodias ZDS1610ML has a light enough tip for some finesse applications and has enthusiast appeal with its contemporary styling as well. Priced at $189.99 through
TackleWarehouse and Hi's Tackle Box, just about any stick in the Zodias family is worth a look.
Finesse Hardbait : Lucky Craft Screwpointer 80, 90, & 95- $11.99 - $16.99 at
Finesse Hardbait (Lucky Craft Screwpointer): The finesse prop bait craze has really taken off in recent years and this past season, Lucky Craft joined in the fun. Their Screwpointer bait is available in three different sizes and of course, is available in the typical Lucky Craft array of colors. You can find them priced between $11.99 - $16.99 at
Freshwater Soft Plastic : Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket - $5.99 at TackleWarehouse
Freshwater Soft Plastic (Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket): Thinking about ways to get more life out of your wacky rig setups? Reaction Innovation's new Pocket Rocket just may be the ticket. This new soft plastic bait from RI can best be described as a soft
plastic stick bait with a waistline. Secured around this waist, the Pocket Rocket is sure to dance in the water with an added rhythm not found in traditional baits of this type. They retail for $5.99 a pack at
Finesse Soft Plastic : Missile Baits Drop Craw - $3.99 at TackleWarehouse and
Hi's Tackle Box
Finesse Soft Plastic (Missile Baits Drop Craw): Craw
imitation baits are among our favorites when fishing for Mr. Greenback and his brown and spotted cousins, but we've been unaware of the availability of baits of this style when finesse fishing - until now. Missile Baits' own Drop Craw is a very promising little finesse bait we hope to discover more about in the coming year. Keiko thinks they work better as
earrings. Either way, the Drop Craw is available
TackleWarehouse and Hi's Tackle Box for $3.99 a pack.
Terminal Tackle : Gamakatsu G-Finesse Wacky Head - $6.99 - $7.29
at TackleWarehouse and
Hi's Tackle Box
Terminal Tackle (Gamakatsu G-Finesse Wacky Head) : A promising new wacky head to go along with the new wacky bait from Reaction Innovations is Gamakatsu's G-Finesse Wacky head. Featuring a nickel/titanium weedguard so you can fish it closer to cover and a recessed line tie, this stealthy little jig head can help you fish your wacky rig in spots that were difficult with other
terminal tackle solutions. You can find the G-Finesse Wacky Jig Heads at
TackleWarehouse and Hi's Tackle Box.