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Kickin' and Swimmin' With the Shockwave From Missile Baits
As one of the most likeable and successful guys on tour, John founded Missile Baits in 2011 in hopes of bringing anglers quality, well-thought-out tackle that will stack the odds in their favor. Being a huge soft-plastic fisherman but never having thrown anything from Missile Baits, I was amped to try their Shockwave paddle tails on some of my local waters.
Is the Smaller Vibration X Worthy of Its "Jr." Title?
Back in 2006 we took a look at Megabass's lipless crank offering, the Vibration X. Late in 2014 we learned of the new, Jr. sized Vibration X so we thought we'd take a fresh look at this bait and see how the Jr. size stacks up against the recent influx of lipless baits on our decks.
Cranking It Up with Quantum and KVD!
If there's one technique that comes to mind when speaking of Kevin VanDam (KVD), BASS Elite Series Pro, it's crankbaits. KVD's reputation is for fishing hard and fishing fast with moving baits and there's no better moving bait than a crank. So what's KVD's take on a cranking stick? We take a look with our review of the TourKVD TKVD7106MB (7'10" Medium Heavy, Moderate Action) Cranking Stick.

Bring Up the Lunkers With Gan Craft's S-Caper Topwater
You can't ignore the prevalence of big baits in bass fishing. With the explosion of swimbait fishing in the last 10 years or so, many baits—not just swimbaits—have grown to much larger sizes. Topwaters are no exception, as a large number of them are now available on store shelves in super-sized varieties.

Can the Brenious Hold up to Fresh as Well as Salt?
The term "bait finesse" is easing its way into the consciousness of North American bass fishermen with each passing year. The concept of making finesse presentation with bait casting gear is nothing new to bass anglers in Japan, but it's taking a long time to grab hold outside of that country...
Syncing Up with the Original : Bill Lewis's Rat-L-Trap
Bill Lewis's Rat-L-Trap has been around since the late 1960's. One of the original, if not the original lipless bait, it remains a staple amongst bass fisherman when reaching for cranks with no lips. We recently took to the water with a bunch of Original Rat-L-Traps and several of the variants. Here's how the bait looks to us!

Cranking It Up with Phenix's X13 Composite Cranker
Phenix rods has really dominated our coverage of late. They continue to pump out good value rods with high end components at very competitive prices. When we were looking for sticks with which to throw our LOUS crankbaits, we knew we had to see what Phenix has cooking in this department. Here now is our look at the Phenix X13 cranking stick.

Livingston’s Crank is a Real “Howeller”
There are a lot lures that dive and wobble aggressively but how many have embedded electronics that emulate the sound of baitfish in the water? That is exactly what Livingston lures are able to do, and we decided it was high time to put one of their unique baits under the knife to see just what makes them “howl.”

Shake, Rattle, and Shimmy with Lucky Craft's RTO-Crank
Lucky Craft is one lure company not lacking for variety. Their selection in lipless baits alone can be quite daunting - although the LV500 remains one of our favorites. An ICAST or two ago, Takahiro Omori, 2004 Bassmaster Classic Champion, showed us his signature series LV RTO and we finally had a chance to try the bait out on the water!

Get Her Covered - A Premium Windshield Cover for Your Truck or SUV
The mercury hit 105 today and the inside of our truck is so hot you couldn't touch the steering wheel. This only happens a few times before you say “we gotta do something about this!” That's when I found the “Get Her Covered” windshield cover which is an attractive nylon cover that fits over the windshield and front door windows protecting the truck's interior
Okuma Aims high with the Helios Air Baitcaster
This familiar looking reel is built off the original popular Helios Series but cranks things up by utilizing magnesium to effectively go on a diet. This lightweight reel weighs in at only 5.7 ounces and is designed to be a top notch performer while still remaining surprisingly affordable.

Daiwa's Travel Series : The Ardito 763
Do you have a bucket list of fish species you'd like to catch? Do the fish on that list of yours live in exotic waters across the globe? Do you cringe at the thought of taking your favorite sticks with you on the plane never knowing their condition upon arrival? Do you find yourself searching fruitlessly for quality, multi-piece, fishing rods, to use as your dedicated travel gear?

The Ultimate Conquest - by Shimano Japan
Low profile reels change shape and evolve with every passing year. What's considered small and comfortable one year can be obsolete in the matter of three to five. Round reels on the other hand are much more enduring. After all, there's not much you can do to change the shape of round. Most bass fisherman are familiar with Shimano's USDM flagship round reel, the Calcutta, but how many are aware of that reel's JDM counterpart, the Conquest?
Cranking It Up with Dobyns Rods's 806CB!|
Fresh off of our Editor's Choice Awards podium, Dobyns Rods makes another foray into our review archives with a stick built especially for the new, LOUS Syndrome hitting tackle store pegboards everywhere. The subject of today's review is touted in many bass angling circles as being THE stick for baits like Strike King's 10XD. Here now is our look at Dobyns Rods 806CB.

Creating a RUCKUS With Fresh New Designs, River2Sea
From jigs, to punch weights, to glide baits, to drop shot weights, River2Sea products are a staple in our utility boxes when out on the water testing tackle. Today we get to write about one of their products. Introducing a relatively new lipless crank, the River2Sea Ruckus!
Dobyns Rods Cranks It Up with a Search For One Candidate!
It's been five short years since we've taken a look at a Dobyns Rods cranking stick. Five long years, since Zander made away with my 704CB Glass. So when I recently heard about a new stick in this sub-lineup within the Champion series, a 7'6" medium heavy powered graphite cranking rod, I was intrigued.
New Tackle Warehouse Exclusives from Daiwa!
The new Steez XT and Tatula XT rod lineups introduced at ICAST 2015. But As if that wasn't enough, the manufacturer has been working closely with e-tail giant, TackleWarehouse, to bring an entirely different budget friendly lineup to be sold exclusively at their store.
Saving the Best for Last? 13 Fishing's Rods Redefine Performance and Value
It has been a little over a month since ICAST 2015 and while it would have been impossible to cover everything that the show had to offer we crammed as much as we could into the last four weeks. It's finally time to get back to our review schedule but before we do that we had to write about 13 Fishing one more time, and cover the company's new rod offerings.
Halco's New Fast Moving Baits for Big Fish
Halco continues to be a leading provider of lures for top of the food chain species. The Australian lure company had a busy year, moving into a larger custom built new head office and warehousing facility, their third move in 64 years. One of the big benefits of the move to the new facility is that it is located only 100 meters away from the saltwater.
Pike and Beyond with Scandinavian Lures from Westin
The first ever Westin lure was created by the late Ingvar Westin, a skilled toolmaker who wanted to create a "toy" for his children back in 1952. He carved a fish which wriggled and rolled, and since it looked like an oversized pike lure he called it "Jatte" which is the Swedish word for "giant." It wasn't long before this toy caught the attention of local Pike anglers...
Cutting-Edge Rods and Reels from Hardy
When strolling the aisles of the IFTD show, there are a lot of “must visit” booths. Hardy is one of those. With a long history in the fly fishing marketplace, the legendary brand is always improving and innovating. We met up with the good folks at Hardy to see what's on the horizon!

Redington Keeps You Dry and Comfy
Redington may best be known for their affordable fly rods and reels, but they also make some great waders and apparel for men, women, and children. We've long been fans of their gear, and this year they brought out some new items to keep things interesting. Let's dive in and see what Redington had on hand at this year's IFTD show!

Ardent Introduces Blue Marlin Saltwater Spinning Reels to the Americas
Unless you are a die hard saltwater angler chances are that you haven't heard of Blue Marlin, but now Ardent is helping change that. The brand has roots going all the way back to 1955 but now the brand is looking to enter the global stage with a new flagship spinning reel...

Weego Offers Portable Power for Anglers on the Go!
Just about every boat owner has dealt with it at one time or another, dead batteries and a truck or boat that just doesn't have enough juice to crank the engine. A young company called Weego offers a simple solution for today's outdoor enthusiasts, portable power, in the form of compact jump starters and battery packs.
Two New Rod Series' From Aleka Sports
At this year's IFTD show we had the pleasure of meeting the guys at Aleka Sports. We had previously seen snippets of the brand here and there, but never had the opportunity to handle any of their gear. Aleka was on hand at the show to not just show off current product offerings, but to showcase two brand new families of wallet-friendly rods.


Halo Fishing Refines Their Rods with Series II Offerings
Halo Fishing is a rod company that focuses on delivering quality rods at very reasonable prices for anglers. Their rods do not shy away from the spotlight and feature striking colors that scream fun. This ICAST the team at Halo introduced three new Series II rod lines starting with a redesign of their popular Twilite rods.
Cortland Guides the Way to Fly Fishing Success With Technical New Lines
As one of the “big” flyline companies, Cortland is constantly tinkering and listening to user feedback to stay on the cutting edge of fly line design. This year, Cortland showed us what they've come up with since we visited them at the last IFTD show!
Livingston Lures Brings the Tech With Their Connected Lures
When it comes to infusing technology into lures one company stands apart, Livingston, which offers "smart baits" that are able to emit natural sounds to call fish in and trigger instinctual strikes. This ICAST the company took this technology to the next level with new lure designs and the world's first app controlled smart bait.

Are You Ready For New Rods From Redington?
Fly-fishing can be a frighteningly expensive sport, but thankfully there are some companies out there that make it accessible for people without stratospheric budgets. Redington is just such a brand. Featuring a mix of very affordable to modestly-priced offerings, Redington is well-known within fly-fishing for bringing great quality at great prices.

New Premium Fly Rods From Thomas & Thomas
Thomas & Thomas, or as people affectionately call “T&T”, is well-known for producing some of the finest-crafted rods around. Having never met up with the folks at T&T, we were anxious to meet them and see what they had in store for IFTD 2015. Let's take a peek at their latest offerings!
Time to get Savage with the Award Winning Hard Shrimp
Savage Gear brought their A-Game to ICAST once again and introduced a plethora of new baits. There were high expectations after last year's win in the soft bait category with the 3D Crab and they met that challenge head on with a back to back to win!
Cheeky Unveils New Fly Reels and.......Spinning Reels?!
If someone is using a Cheeky reel you'll likely recognize it instantly. Most of their reels exhibit bright, bold color schemes that are easy to identify from a mile away. At the IFTD show this year, they brought out not only fresh fly reels, but a couple of colorful new products from outside the realm of fly fishing as well!
New Fly Rods and Reels From Douglas Outdoors
Last year we visited the folks at Douglas to take a peek at what this new company had to offer on both the conventional and fly-fishing side of things. Although still a very fresh brand within the industry, Douglas is rolling out quite an array of new products—especially considering the company's young age. Here's a tour through the fly-fishing lineup of what's coming from Douglas.
Simms Introduces New ProDry Foul Weather Gear and Covers Anglers from Hood to Toe
When it comes to angling apparel Simms still sets the benchmark in terms of high performance gear, and this ICAST the company is seeking to raise the bar once again with a complete redesign of their popular ProDry foul weather jacket and bib, and a complete range of new gear designed for the discriminating fisherman, or woman.
Impact Your Fly Fishing Success With New Rods and Reels From TFO
Currently, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) offers over 20 different categories of fly rods for everything from tiny brook trout to brawling marlin. What's a company to do when they already offer a mind-blowing array of rods? Release more new stuff, of course! This year, TFO has once again shaken up both their rod and reel product lines. Let's take a look!
New Fly Reels From 3-Tand!
Unfortunately, we missed out on visiting the guys at 3-Tand at the 2014 IFTD show. This new company took home the award for “Best Fly Fishing Reel” at that event, and we wondered what they had up their sleeves for this year. While walking the aisles we made sure to swing by and have a look for ourselves!
Majorcraft Unveils Some Majorly Exciting New Rods!
Although our recent review of their WJ731M model was a good one, some people have expressed disappointment that Majorcraft's much-sought-after JDM offerings aren't readily available here in the states. Much to the delight of us and probably a lot of our readers, the wait finally appears to be coming to an end for at least one of these series' of rods!
Nichols Goes Big With Ben Parker Spoons and a Rod Designed to Handle these Magnum Baits
Nichols Lures has been supplying quality lures since 1989 and offers a wide range of hardbaits and terminal tackle products. This ICAST the company branched out into new territory by introducing application specific rods designed to offer something unique for bass anglers.
Spooltek Gets More Bass Friendly With a Smaller Size
Spooltek was one of the more interesting companies we visited at last year's ICAST show. Their unique swimbaits, with hooks that break free from the bait when a fish strikes, showed a lot of promise for cross species application. This year, they demonstrate some of that versatility with new size introductions that are sure to get bass fishermen excited.











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