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Shimano has been introducing several new rods over the course of the last couple of years. One that may have been a little lost in the shuffle is the new Shimano Crucial. This series has been around for some time but last season it too was targeted for an upgrade. Why? To make it lighter,… [Continue Reading]

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  So what do you do when somebody claims to have come up with a new product in a particular niche that they claim is “revolutionary” to the market? I suppose the only practical thing to do is satisfy your curiosity by testing it against something that you have used and are confident in. In… [Continue Reading]

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So you’ve been thinking in terms of getting a couple new rods to replace some older ones that are in need of being decommissioned. One of the newer sticks that you may not have considered is the Daiwa Tatula. Specifically the TAT721MHRB 7’2” MH. This medium heavy rated rod is one that packs a lot… [Continue Reading]

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The New Shimano Crucial, a Fan Favorite Upgraded

Shimano has been introducing several new rods over the course of the last couple of years. One that may have been a little lost in the shuffle is the new Shimano Crucial. This series has been around for some time but last season it too was targeted for an upgrade.

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Why? To make it lighter, stronger and more sensitive all while keeping in mind that this series is already well known and respected particularly at its price point.

So it begs the question, exactly how will they accomplish these goals? [Read more…]

Bassmaster Elite Results: Martens Flips the Bird for the Win

Aaron-Martens-wins-Bassmaster-Elite-Series-Lake-HavasuLake Havasu City, Az— Aaron Martens took “matching the hatch” to a whole new level this weekend.

The Elite Series made a stop at Lake Havasu, but it was a unique approach that took Martens to the podium.

“I’ve caught them in California, and had them spit up full-grown blackbirds,” Martens said.

Indeed, many people were skeptical at the approach, but you can’t argue with the result. Martens brought home his first B.A.S.S. trophy since 2012, along with the $100,000 dollar pay day and the ticket to the Classic.

Whether you’re buying or selling the bird technique, it certainly worked. [Read more…]

Rage Fish Attractants Liquid Mayhem

 

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So what do you do when somebody claims to have come up with a new product in a particular niche that they claim is “revolutionary” to the market?

I suppose the only practical thing to do is satisfy your curiosity by testing it against something that you have used and are confident in.

In this case, it’s all about the smell – or more appropriately in the bass fishing world – the scent. Rage Fish Attractants has come up with their newest innovation named Liquid Mayhem. We ran across this last year and have been using it since. [Read more…]

Hometown Boy Justin Lucas Takes Home Elite Series Win On Sacramento River

Justin-Lucas-Bassmaster-Elite-SeriesSacremento, CA—The Bassmaster Elite series strolled back into our lives over the weekend, and it was a young local who took top prize.

Described by Bassmaster.com as a “California native turned Alabama Elite Series pro,” Justin Lucas bested number 2 finisher Aaron Martens by almost 2 pounds to hold on and bring home the trophy. It was just his 23rd B.A.S.S event.

“For about 17 years, I’ve been dreaming of doing something like this. It’s cool. It’s just super cool,” he would say after the win. [Read more…]

Daiwa’s Tatula 721MHRB Casting Rod

Tatula RodsSo you’ve been thinking in terms of getting a couple new rods to replace some older ones that are in need of being decommissioned.

One of the newer sticks that you may not have considered is the Daiwa Tatula. Specifically the TAT721MHRB 7’2” MH. This medium heavy rated rod is one that packs a lot of features into an affordable price. [Read more…]

The Livingston Lures School Master, Not Your Run of the Mill Jerkbait

IMG_2663With the water starting to warm, we wanted to spotlight one more jerkbait before we put them away in favor of other lures.

The new Livingston Lures School Master is one of the latest generation of baits from Livingston.

The School Master is a lipless, hard-bodied jerkbait that, like all the newest offerings from Livingston employs their EBS (Electronic Baitfish Sounds) Multi-Touch Technology. We reviewed a couple of this company’s first widely available baits a few years ago. Back then, they emitted one sound. Today, there are four different modes built into every bait that carries the EBSMT designation. [Read more…]

HI-SEAS Grand Slam Fluorocarbon Coated Line

WithIMG_2588 spring here you’re probably doing some of the same things that we are in terms of making an inventory for tasks that need to get done before the fishing season gets into high gear.

One of those tasks for us is always inspecting line and replacing any that has seen a lot of duty.

Of course this inevitably leads to the question of what to replace it, do we enough on hand as well as is it time to try something new? [Read more…]

Skeet Reese Makes it Happen on Guntersville

Skeet Reese wins on GuntersvilleGuntersville, AL— Only time will tell how this Elite Series event will be remembered.

Either it will be the incredible charge by Skeet Reese to take home the trophy, or the equally incredible final day fall that saw Mike Iaconelli move from atop the leaderboard all the way down to a 12th place finish. [Read more…]

The New Shimano Curado I, Back to the Future

IMG_2641There are lots of reels out there that have gone through more than one or a few incarnations with as many if not more opinions on which is or was the best version.

The Shimano Curado 200 I Casting Reel is the latest version of a storied name in casting reels. [Read more…]

The Rapala Shadow Rap, can it live up to the hype?

IMG_2670I don’t know what y’all have been doing with this cold weather but I know what we’ve been doing, fishin!

As is typical for the early part of the year, jerkbaits have been one of those genre’s of baits that have seen a lot of action the last couple of months.

The new Rapala Shadow Rap has been one in particular that we have focused on. [Read more…]