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Complete list of all current ICAST 2014 coverage
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Glide Week : Riding the S-Wave!
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Abu Garcia Raises the Speed Bar with their Rocket!
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Daiwa’s Steez EX 100XS offers a Deadly Combination of Both Speed and Precision
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First look inside the new Curado I baitcaster
 


 


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Big Baits and Peashooters: Fishing With B.A.S.S. Pro Angler Shaw Grigsby

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The Big, Beefy, EVX 861XH Rod from Okuma Hunting for a Big Bite with the Lunkerhunt Swim Bento WTF?!? : Does Daiwa's Steez AGS Deliver As Expected? Get Noticed With the Cheeky Mojo 425 Fly Reel

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ProducTTpreview: The Highly Configurable DRT Klash Swimbait
There are few baits that can inspire anglers to go out and fish as much as a swimbait, and for trophy hunters they are often the tool of choice. The DRT (Division Rebel Tackles) Klash is a big bait that is designed to give unprecedented configuration freedom to swimbait anglers. DRT designed these baits near Lake Biwa Japan...
Interestingly Versatile: MajorCraft America's NANOACE NAC-WJ731M
Our coverage from the 2013 ICAST show teased you with the prospect of Japan-based MajorCraft bringing products to American shores. While it seemed the initial wait would be a short one, various setbacks prevented the company from achieving their goals early on. Fast forward to present day, and we can finally proclaim that the wait is over.
How Low Can Daiwa Go? The Refreshed AIRD Baitcaster
In October of 2013, we wrote about a surprising little cost conscious reel from Daiwa called the Exceler. This $99.99 reel was a very solid performer and a welcome introduction from a company perceived to only truly care about high end product. Well, Daiwa is attacking that perception and price point once again. Here's our take on the re-imaged Daiwa AIRD 100.
An Upside Down Autopsy : Mattlures Dead Stick Trout
Mattlures owner and lure designer Matt Servant draws on his extensive taxidermy background to create some of the most genuine looking soft and hard bodied swimbaits on the market. Today we put one of Mattlures biggest, and quirkiest, swimbaits under the knife in our autopsy of the Mattlures Upside Dead Stick Trout.
The Surprising EXTC726XF EXO Tour from Quantum!
It's no secret that I've enjoyed the product Quantum has produced under their "EXO" line. The casting reels are light, comfortable to palm and have all performed well for me. Quantum is also making fishing rods under this same series name, so we thought it was about time to take a look. Are the rods as inspiring as the reels?
Previewing the New Shimano Zodias Bass Rods
The year is young but Shimano has already been busy both with their own introductions and the big news surrounding the release of the affordable G.Loomis E6X Series. While the E6X has definitely took the majority of the spotlight for the company in terms of new rods there was another series, the Zodias, that also was unveiled at the Classic.
Product Insight : Zillion TWS a.k.a. Tatula Z?
Though the Daiwa Zillion TWS scored well in our official review, something about the reel did not sit right with me - literally. After my very first cast with that reel, from the first moment I wrapped my hand around it, I experienced a sense of deja vu. Thing is, it wasn't TD Zillion deja vu, it was something else.
Get Your Bass Fix With DUO's Realis Vibration 68 G-Fix Crankbaits
Lip-less crankbaits are highly-effective hard baits that should be included in the arsenals of every bass angler. Available in two sizes, DUO's Realis Vibration G-Fix lip-less crankbaits (that's a mouthful!) are some of the most up-to-date offerings. Let's see if they work as good as they look!
The Search For One : Phenix's Maxim Series 7'3" MH
Phenix's new Maxim bass rod series feature blanks made with a carbon rather than paper scrim - a feature that made G.Loomis GLX unique back in the day. Today we put one of these blanks to the test in our review of their Maxim series MAX-73MH casting rod.
Shooting for the World’s Most Efficient Bassin 4-Stroke Combo – Mission Accomplished.
Since the original interview article with Pro Angler Grant Goldbeck and the Allison team we received numerous inquiries on the results of the Allison / Yamaha Project. Tournament anglers were chewing at the bit to know just how efficient was the 4-stroke Yamaha and BasSport.
Megabass's Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Whimey, Bassy Wassy, Sonic Fishing Stick
Well, we saw the prototypes first hand back in 2013 while visiting their factory in Japan. Late last year we finally got to fish these sticks for the first time. Today we bring you our findings. Presenting our review of Megabass's Evoluzion C40 F4.5-610ti Elseil.
Kistler's Refreshed Magnesium TS : The MgMDXH710T Mad Dog
Last year, to celebrate the line's 10 year anniversary, Kistler reintroduced Helium bringing the series back to its Made in the USA origins. This past winter, it was time for another refresh. Introducing our first look at Kistler's re-imaged Magnesium series of rods with our review of the MgMDXH710T Mad Dog.
The Surprising Daiwa Ballistic EX Spinning Reel
Carbon is the new wonder material for fishing reel manufacturers and why not? The material is pervasive in countless other industries from cycling to automotive where stresses and strains structural parts are under far greater loads than that of a fishing reel frame...


 
 

TackleTour Tournament Interview : Dean Rojas
In our continuing series of interviews, we're sitting down with different pros and going through their tackle selections for each day of our tourney, one at a time. Today, we sit down with Bassmaster Elite Series Angler Dean Rojas.

TT Shootout : Zillion TWS vs Chronarch CI4+
We've reviewed the Chronarch CI4+ and we've reviewed the Zillion TWS. Nothing gets the collective juices of the TackleTour readership flowing more than a good old fashioned, all scores barred, head to head, specification to specification, performance metric to performance metric comparison.

Fishing a Grand Slam with G.Loomis E6X Rods at La Perla Ranch
When I got the call a few months back from the Shimano team to check out some new pre-release “gear” ahead of the Classic my interest was already peaked, but when we found out we were heading to Laredo Texas to fish the new products I knew I was in for an experience.

Daiwa Re-Images Their Stalwart : Zillion TWS
So how does the new, Zillion stack up against history, the competition, and its place in Daiwa's lineup? We've taken it apart, put it back together, fished it, and tested it against it's own family and the competition. In this three part series, we bring you the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly behind Daiwa's new, Zillion TWS.
A G.Loomis Rod Under 200 dollars? Meet the E6X Series
G.Loomis has long been heralded by anglers as a premium brand and while their rods have found homes on the boats and rod racks of so many enthusiast anglers they have also been out of reach for many due to price. That is all about to change as G.Loomis prepares to introduce their most affordable rods to date, the new E6X Series...
Shimano Continues Their Roll : Chronarch CI4+
Carbon framed reels are the next big thing. We've already seen a handful of carbon framed spinning reels produced, but now low profile baitcasting reels are being made from this same material. Manufacturers can match or even better the weight of these reels compared to magnesium counterparts and bring them in for a lower price.
The Mother of All Tackle Autopsies - Cutting Open a 400 Dollar Swimbait!
While this bait could easily belong in a tackle collectors safe the tackle junkie within us beckons us to explore this lure further. What exactly does that mean? It is time to dissect this Mother! Welcome to what is definitely the “Mother” of all tackle autopsies as we put this bait under the blade.
For Those On The Go –  Mission Athletecare SPF 30+ Is A No Muss, No Fuss Sunscreen Stick
Mission's No Sting SPF 30 sunscreen facestick offers advanced protection technology in a convenient, grab and go form designed to make it easy for anglers to apply while out in the field.
Repel the Rain with the Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket
While it's easy to prepare if you know exactly what to expect, there are many instances where a chance of showers later in the day means that bringing along some packable rain gear—like the Columbia Hydrotech Packable Rain Jacket—will be a smart decision.
TackleTour Tournament Interview : Mike McClelland
In our continuing series of interviews, we're sitting down with different pros and going through their tackle selections for each day of our tourney, one at a time. Today, we sit down with Bassmaster Elite Series Angler Mike McClelland.
The Yeti Roadie Cooler is made to Travel
For many anglers it was Yeti that introduced them to the idea of a premium cooler. Though the company has only been around since 2006 the brand has already become a common sight on the decks of boats and in the beds of trucks from coast to coast. We take a look at Yeti’s most compact cooler, the Roadie 20, to see just how this high-end cooler stacks up.


 

Strike King Hits the TT Jackpot with their 10XD Crank!
Once purview of the Norman DD, Strike King has managed to take hunting for freshwater bass to new depths. Today's lure of choice for those probing those depths? Of course we're talking about Strike King's 10XD.
Topwater Action with the Multi-Talented Jackall Binksy
While the current selection available on today's market is certainly more than sufficient, many folks are constantly on the lookout for something a bit different that may give them an edge on pressured waters. Thankfully, Jackall's new Binksy topwater is precisely that—a versatile, unique bait that flat-out gets bit!
CES 2015 : New High Tech Kit for Outdoor Enthusiasts
In today’s ever connected world it seems like tech is integrated into everything we do, including how we fish and share those experiences. We take a trip to the Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) to check out what hi-tech manufacturers had to offer anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.
TackleTour Tournament Interview : Jeff Kriet
In our continuing series of interviews, we're sitting down with different pros and going through their tackle selections for each day of our tourney, one at a time. Today, we sit down with Jeff Kriet, Bassmaster Elite Series Pro.
Acting on a Wild Hunch with Evergreen International
When it's time to "crank it up", there's nothing more gratifying than pulling out a unique, hard to acquire, and effective bait that your fishing buddies likely do not have. Evergreen International has one such bait that is only hard to acquire because the company is once again re-adjusting their product import strategies.
TackleTour Tournament Interview : Bryan Thrift
In our continuing series of interviews, we're sitting down with different pros and going through their tackle selections for each day of our tourney, one at a time. Today, we sit down with Bryan Thrift, FLW Pro.
The L-O-U-S SKT Magnum from Lucky Craft
Well, now the "lure-of-unusual-size" (L-O-U-S) syndrome has crept into other types of baits as well. Most notably over the past year has been the emergence of L-O-U-S crankbaits. Leading that charge is non-other than Lucky Craft. Here now is our look at the SKT Magnum MR & DR series of crankbaits.
Megabass's Destroyer X7 Aaron Martens 71!
By all accounts, Megabass's strategy of introducing in an entirely new audience to the experience of their product with the debut of their "budget" series, the Orochi Double X over two years ago was a success. However, established fans were less than enthused. Last year, the company addressed these fans and upped the ante with a revamp of their base destroyer line...
Job Done - Accurate's Redesigned Piranha Extra Lite Pliers
One of the most useful tools an angler can own is a trusty pair of pliers. While some anglers are perfectly content to pull out a pair of long nose pliers from their toolboxes at home there are manufacturers that design pliers specifically for fishing applications. One such offering is the Piranha Extra Lite Pliers from Accurate...
Energy to Burn: Quantum Energy E100 SPTA
Before I was given the chance to test the Energy E100 SPTA, how many Quantum baitcasters have I owned? Try none! While I owned and fished a few of their saltwater spinning reels several years ago, their baitcasting reels just never found their way into my arsenal. Although not immediately new to the market, the latest Energy PT reels are totally new to me and I was really curious to finally get one out on the water.
Go Light or Go Home: The Okuma Helios HS-CM-701M
When Okuma came out with their Helios lineup of mini-guide rods, they were touted as being the lightest Okuma has ever offered. I jokingly thought “Okay, maybe their lightest bass rod weighs 4.5 ounces and now they will offer one at 4.4 ounces.” This idea quickly evacuated my mind when I first held a few of these sticks and saw their published weights...
2014 Holiday Gift Guide Part 3 : Wrap it Up and Put a Bow on It
It is time to wrap up our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and in our third and final installment Ms. Casey returns to highlight our picks in the line, terminal tackle, electronics, and apparel categories.


 

 

 

 

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