2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Part 1- Reels, Rods and Line for Both the Naughty and Nice
Rod : Megabass Surf Rod
As gas prices increase, and our favorite bodies of water grow more and more
crowded, anglers are looking for easier ways to get out and enjoy their favorite
past time. The result? More and more anglers are heading to the surf. No,
they’re not changing hobbies, but rather they’re seeking a more serene, laid
back fishing experience.
Looking for something
very special for targeting fish in the Salt? Cina introduces us to the Megabass
And now, thanks to Megabass, you can have your laid back fishing experience, and
fish it with exotic equipment too! The SXX 96M XOR Shadow is a good general
purpose rod built for surf anglers who are casting for distance with plugs up to
an ounce in weight.
Hi's Tackle Box has a great assortment of saltwater rods
including this impressive stick.
The Aldebaran BFS may
be expensive but hey you are an Enthusiast right?
Enthusiast Casting Reel :
Shimano Aldebaran BFS - Perhaps the most hotly contested year to date, we
had long, drawn out debates as to which reel we were going include in our
Enthusiast category this year. It was a classic Daiwa versus Shimano knock ’em
down and drag ‘em out battle until we let Keiko in on the discussion. Her
choice? Shimano’s Aldebaran BFS. Afterall, if Daiwa can offer iteration after
iteration not only of their Zillion platform, but the PX68 as well, then why not
Shimano? All they did was fuse the stealthy cosmetics of the USDM Core 50 with
the increasingly popular “What the Finesse” JDM tuning to create an
inspiring little reel built for light bait applications. Trouble is, acquiring
reels intended for the Japanese domestic market at a palatable price is an ever
increasing battle no thanks to the exchange rate. The best, listed price we
could find on the Aldebaran BFS XG? How about 33,125 JPY? That equates to
roughly $410 before shipping and given the exchange rate at the time of this
writing. Our source?
Fishing Marunouchi in Japan.
Truly a special gift,
the Megabass Black Jungle Super Red Demon
Enthusiast Casting Rod :
Megabass Black Jungle Super Red Demon - There are rods we categorize as
“Enthusiast” and then there are rods that draw raw enthusiasm out of you. Most
tread this category very carefully waiting to pull the trigger only until after
there are published reports on the utility of these high priced pieces of
hardware. Even though this stick has made our recommended buys for the holidays,
there are many who will still wait, unsure as to the reasoning behind our
recommendation. Don’t let this be you. Megabass’s series of Black Jungle rods
not only live up to the hype, but in the case of the F10-76XBJ Super Red Demon
in particular, enough cannot be said about the rod’s versatility. Are you
looking for that “one” special gift for you or your loved one? Have they always
wanted to try a Megabass fishing rod? Did you miss out on the 2007-2008 F8-78DG
Super Destruction? The F10-76XBJ Super Red Demon is a BETTER stick – it’s
lighter, better balanced, more sensitive, more versatile, and more powerful.
Lastly? it’s available –
The Luvito 103 from
Megabass is designed for ultra light line enthusiasts
Enthusiast Spinning Reel :
Megabass Luvito 103 - For the Ultra Light Enthusiast on your list,
Megabass’s Luvito 103 might be a tad large physically, but it is designed around
the use of two to four pound test line. Megabass shrunk the features found on
their larger sized Luvito 256 to make the 103. The only difficulty at this point
is actually finding one available for sale. In true Megabass fashion, these
reels were released in limited quantities and are difficult to source. If you do
find one, expect to pay around $700.
Megabass got all the
votes this season and closes it out in the category with the Hedgehog
Enthusiast Spinning Rod : Megabass F4-69RSDti Hedgehog Evoluzion -
Megabass turns their rod lineup over frequently with most models lasting only
two years before a revision is made or the rod discontinued all together. Such
is the attention span of individuals whose background is driven by design. So
for those rods in their lineup that have stood the test of time and have gone
relatively unchanged for more than a few years, one is to assume something
really special is afoot. We’ve had a love hate relationship with the F4-69RSDti,
okay, mostly hate for the fragile nature of this rod’s tip, but in sharing the
water with Aaron Martens two years ago out on Lake Lanier, we discovered the
Hedgehog Evoluzion is one of his most relied upon tools – especially when drop
shotting. We’ve since acquired another specimen of this stick and this time
around, so far so good. In fact, it’s been so good so far, that it’s made our
2012 Holiday Gift Guide of recommended buys.
Retail price for Megabass’s flag ship spinning stick? $799.
Some hot line choices for the season