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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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With 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… [Continue Reading]

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With 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.… [Continue Reading]

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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…]

Daiwa Tatula Type-R Casting Reel, Contender or Pretender?

IMG_2584For any of you who are considering adding a new reel to your arsenal and are thinking in terms of trying a product that is designed utilizing, “outside the box” engineering, the Daiwa Tatula 100 Type-R Casting Reel should be on your list of serious contenders. [Read more…]

Fish Big and Shallow with the Jackall Kawashi Mikey 140

jackall-kawashi-mikey-140One of the trends that we’ve chronicled over the last few years in new fishing equipment introductions is that while rods and reels have been on a steady path to become smaller and lighter, hard bodied lures are becoming larger and heavier.

The Jackall Kawashi Mikey 140 has been around for a couple of years now and could be considered one of those baits that was a catalyst in the early days of this trend. [Read more…]

The Strike King Rage Tail DB Structure Bug, the Best Rage Tail Yet?

IMG_2602Every lure manufacturer has their own version of a creature bait. Some are better than others in our opinion but we are always willing to try a new entrant in this crowded segment.

Why? Cause they catch fish!

The new Strike King Rage Tail DB Structure Bug, (DB being short for Denny Brauer) is the subject of our review today. [Read more…]

Koppers’ LIVETARGET Yearling Baitball Walking Bait

IMG_2530In our humble opinion, top-water bassin’ has to be one of the most exciting ways to catch fish there is.

To see a follow, then the strike and within a split second, feel the weight of the fish … man, there’s nothing quite like it.

You may know the company Koppers’ LIVETARGET for their hollow body frogs which, like all their baits, are produced using ultra-realistic paint schemes to complement the engineering behind the lure. [Read more…]