Introduction: TT Girl Ms. Casey is
back to finish what she started and countdown the remaining products in our 2008 Holiday
Gift Guide. Let's have some more fun...
A Behind the Scenes Look at TackleTour's 2008
Holiday Gift Guide
To view the video in high
quality click on the video and go to You Tube and click on
"watch in high quality"
When we last left off Ms. Casey was sitting on top of
the Lakewood swimbait boxes, and now it is time to delve further into the
category with our picks for the top swimbait rod, reel, and actual big bait
this holiday season.
Ms. Casey is back and she brings
out the big baits
(Dobyns 795ML & 806ML) This one
two punch from Dobyns Rods covers almost the entire range of what a big bait
fisherman may want to toss and have grown to become favorites among the TT
Editors for their extra-soft, castable tips yet stout, hooksetting, backbone
The Dobyns swimbait rods are great
for a wide range of swimbaits, the worst thing about these rods is how difficult
it is to find one this season
the inordinately long handles that mysteriously grow more comfortable the more
you use them and either or both of these sticks will prove invaluable to the big
bait fisherman on your list. Unfortunately this gift like the hottest toy at
Christmas may be a challenge to find. We have seen the rod at a few retailers,
and many e-tailers list the product only to be accompanied with the dreaded
"Sold Out" graphic next to the checkout. If you can find one of these
Daiwa's Luna series are excellent
for tossing swimbaits
Most hard core big bait tossers prefer the Calcutta 300 over the
Daiwa Luna 253. Both reels are close in size, but the advantage the Luna has
over the Calcutta is its availability in both left and right hand retrieve and
it’s about $100 less. For those just breaking into the big bait craze or even
those wanting an entire platoon of big bait reels, the Daiwa Luna 253/253L is
our Holiday Pick recommendation. The Daiwa Luna is available at Tackle Warehouse.
The Luna unlike most round reels
has an external cast control
(Triple Trout) Looking for go-to big bait or one with which to help
your fishing partner build confidence? 22nd Century’s Triple Trout
won our Editor’s Choice award a year and a half ago and not much has changed.
Now with the addition of Performance Tackle
to the e-tail tackle shop scene, availability of these unassuming baits has
joined the modern era. Our favorite size? The seven inch Triple Trout is tough
to beat for all-day castability with tackle that won’t wear you down.
The Triple Trout is one of the
original swimbaits, and is still among one of the best... plainly put it is a
big fish catching machine