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An Exclusive, TackleWarehouse Search For One Candidate!
Last spring, we shared with you our findings on the TackleWarehouse exclusive, Daiwa DX Bass rod cranking stick - a full graphite rod with a moderate taper tailored for moving baits. Today, we share with you the Search for One candidate in this lineup. Here now is our look at the DXB731MHFB from Daiwa.
Stay Afloat With Amphibia Hydra Sunglasses
There's a bunch of choices out there as far as eyewear goes, and Amphibia offers some quality solutions with some great added features... like the ability to float! Let's find out what their Hydra glasses are made of!

TT Interview: Pro Angler Aaron Martens and DUO Head Masahiro Adachi Talk About the New Partnership
His competitors often say, arguably, that Aaron is among the best tournament anglers on the Bassmaster tour. So it is really no surprise why he would grab the interest of high profile Japanese Lure Company like DUO.

A Better Jig? NuTech's Lures are Designed Not to Hang Up 
NuTech didn't take the easy route to create differentiated jigs, and turned to physics to create their lineup of signature baits, which are designed to resist snags better so you can put the jigs right over the structure, in front of more fish, with the goal of driving more strikes.
The Stuff of Wonder, Graphene Infused G-Rods
It is rare that a new rod company offers something really unique to show us at ICAST but that is exactly what happened when we came across G-Rods at ICAST. The young rod company was at the show touting their use of graphene, a “wonder material” that I had heard of being used in semiconductors and Li-ion batteries before, but never before within a fishing rod.
It’s all about the Journey – The Shimano Stella FI Spinning Reel
If the idea of spending nearly 800 dollars on a spinning reel seems like madness then you might want to stop reading right now. The Stella is designed for anglers that want, no… demand, the very best that the fishing industry has to offer, and are willing to pay for it. If the price tag still hasn’t scared you off then join us on the journey to assess this halo reel.

Abu Garcia Blends Flagship Status with Big Bait Aspirations
We were pretty excited when we caught wind that Abu Garcia was introducing their coveted Fantasista line to the North American market several years ago at ICAST. Originally designed for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), this series is known for aggressive styling and high end components.

Looking Lively! Live Target's Threadfin Shad Swimbait
My local waters don't contain any true lunkers, so fishing smaller swimbaits really has a lot of appeal. Speaking of appeal, Live Target's new line of swimbaits has a ton of it. These are offered up in a variety of forage imitations, one of them being my usual favorite: the threadfin shad. As many anglers know, looks are one thing and performance can be another...

Is Fenwick's New Flagship Really World Class?
When Pure Fishing negotiated exclusive rights to 3M's Powerlux resin material, many wondered what the company had in store. We can answer that question in part today with a look at Fenwick's new World Class series of rods that are built with blanks featuring this nano-resin material from 3M.
America's Best Selling Reel?
There is perhaps a no more iconic fishing reel than the spincast. This reel, targeted at the novice angler as a transitional tool between spinning and casting is the go to reel on a countless number of rod and reel combo packages for children up to 12 years old. For those who never outgrow the simplicity of this style reel, Zebco makes an adult version with a full on brushed aluminum shell.

Fishing Jigz with the Z Man BatwingZ Trailers
Jigs are one of my absolute favorite baits to throw. I've paired my jigs up with several types of trailers over the years, but they don't always last very long or stay on the hook very well. From a durability standpoint, the Z Man BatwingZ trailers look like they should have no problems withstanding a lot of abuse. I grabbed some new jigs and a bag of these trailers and hit the water to find out for myself!

The Ludicrous PowerRay, a Fishing Drone that Uses Sonar and 4K Video to Catch Fish
It was just a matter time before the drones conquered the seas and this CES PowerVision, a robotics company and maker of consumer drones, introduced the PowerRay submersible at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The company boldly states that the PowerRay underwater robot brings “ground-breaking features designed to revolutionize freshwater, saltwater, or ice fishing for today’s recreational fishing enthusiasts and casual hobbyists.”
Phenix Rods Goes High End With K2
Phenix fans have been clamoring for the company to build a series of high end sticks based on their K2 blanks that are sold to the public but hadn't been available from the company as a fully built rod until about 2015. We managed to get our hands on one of these coveted sticks and here now is our look at the TX-713C K2 from Phenix Rods.


 
 
Double the Protection? Simms ProDry Gloves
With Simms when you hear the word “ProDry” then you know these garments represent the top of the line offering from the popular fishing apparel brand. Designed to pair with the company’s other premium foul weather gear garments the ProDry gloves are designed to keep you fishing contentedly in even the most adverse cold, windy, and wet conditions.
Shimano Japan's New Gateway JDM Reel
Shimano has been on a tear of late introducing new, budget friendly reels like the $99.99 Caenan and $79.99 Caius. When I first heard about the new Casitas, I confused it with the discontinued Castaic thinking this new reel was a reintroduction model of the former flipping reel. It wasn't until Zander had his USDM model out on a few trips before it clicked in my head that this was an entirely new model inserted between the Citica and Caenan.
MB Levante Part 2 : Stinger Shot
The most popular model for Megabass in spinning is their F3-610S spec - give or take an inch or two in length. Of course, throw in that infamous stinger tip and you approach the spec of their most coveted spinning rod the Hedgehog Evoluzion. One would expect that in the Levante lineup, a standard F3-610S like the former Aaron Martens Limited would be enough, wouldn't it?
Kistler's New Feel N Reel Hybrid Cranking Series
Seemingly on the hunt continuously for new and innovative materials to incorporate into their fishing rods, Kistler Custom Rods was at it again at ICAST 2016 where they introduced us to their latest "Feel and Reel" series of sticks within their KLX lineup. These new rods are built from a blank made of S2 Glass and T800 graphite.
TackleTour Autopsy: How does the Rapala Tube Scale Measure Up?
While more and more anglers are moving towards digital scales due to their accuracy and ease of use they are also prone to their own challenges and limitations, including having to rely on batteries. That is exactly where traditional handheld scales like the Rapala Tube Scale come in to play.
Abu Garcia's Ring Leader, the Villain 2
Abu Garcia has worked hard in recent years delivering stylish, high performing fishing rods at value prices. Today, we take a look at a series of rods from this manufacturer that sits near the top of their product offering. Reintroduced at ICAST 2015, Villain 2 features a blank made from 40 ton graphite all in a rod for only $199! Here's our review of the Villain 2 VC70-6.
Organized Arsenal with the KastKing Rod Rack
If you are like most anglers you probably started out with one or two rod combos and as your passion for fishing grew so did your collection. It really doesn’t take long for most anglers, especially bass fishermen, to accumulate such a large collection of rods that it starts getting hard to keep everything organized. Eposeidon’s Kastking brand tackles rod organization and storage with their aluminum rod racks...
St. Croix Ups the Travel Gear Ante with Legend Trek

If there's one little niche missing in the fishing market, it's the availability of multi-piece, higher end fishing rods for travel. Don't get me wrong, there are choices, but I've yet to find an enthusiast worthy choice in terms of quality, components, and aesthetic. I mentioned this in conversation with St. Croix's president, Paul Schluter, and he asked me if I've seen their Legend Trek series. I had not.

Light on Weight, but not on Performance, the STORMR NANO Foul Weather Gear
STORMR, the garment company that is best known for their neoprene based foul weather has expanded their offerings with new garments that are both more lightweight and packable, yet are still designed to be an effective shield from the elements. The new Nano shell jacket and pants are designed to be a lighter more affordable option for anglers...
Cranking It Up with Abu Garcia's Orra Winch
My personal go-to, low profile cranking reel over the last few years has been Abu Garcia's Revo Winch. But this reel retails for $199.99 - a price while not out of the realm of affordability is still beyond the budget of many crankbait enthusiasts. Abu recognizes this obstacle and has chosen to address it head on with their new, $99 Orra Winch - another counterpart to an established Revo classic.
Evergreen International's Light Cavalry CLCC-71H
Earlier this year, we introduced you to an Enthusiast worthy travel rod in St. Croix's Legend Trek LTC76HF. Of course, there are those who won't consider a stick, no matter how worthy, "enthusiast" grade unless it's made for the Japanese market. We were able to hunt down a multi-piece stick made by the one and only Evergreen International, so here now is a close look at their Combat Stick, Light Cavalry CLCC-71H.
Stay On Top With Storm's Arashi Top Walker
I've certainly wasted money ordering unfamiliar baits in the past only to be disappointed by their on-the-water performance. Storm's Arashi Top Walker was one of these new-to-me baits, and it was one that I was eager to put to the test. How could I not get excited about testing a surface bait?! 


 

No Flash, No Frills, Just Protection : S1 Series Stormsuit by Frabill
While Simms, Gill, Huk, Underarmour, Stormr, and others are making a big splash in the bass market with their high-tech fabrics and eye-catching color schemes, one company has been quietly producing rain gear for fishermen for almost eighty (80) years with little to no fanfare. Frabill's suits won't cost you an arm and a leg but they will keep them warm, dry, and comfortable. Here's our look at their F1 Series storm suit.
Hydrowave - Fact or Fiction?
Last Fall, I spent some time on the water with BASS Elite Series Pro, Jeff Kriet. It had been a tough bite all week - as it usually is when you get a bunch of media members out on the water at the same time - and that morning was none too different. I noticed Kriet had a Hydrowave unit on his boat so I asked him to turn it on to which he replied, he was just about to do that.
Fenwick's Elite Tech Entry to Our Search For One... the ETB69MH-FC
Late last year I shared a little nostalgia with a look at Fenwick's Elite Tech spinning rod, the ETB69M-MFS. A stick that turned out to be a good all purpose choice for those who prefer spinning gear to casting. Today, we take a look at that stick's counterpart in the casting side. Let's see how the ETB69MH-FC suits in our Search for One campaign.
Shimano’s Sleek Curado 70 Baitcaster - Smaller, Faster, and Better
For over two decades the Curado has been the baitcaster series that has defined Shimano’s baitcaster lineup. There may be more refined and more expensive low profile Shimano reels, and many more affordably priced options within the company’s lineup, but there are none that have found their way into the hands of so many anglers.
Gear Up With the 3D Shine Glide From Savage Gear
With their unique actions, glide baits have really caught fire in recent years and are responsible for some pretty epic days of bass fishing. While the 3D Shine Glide looks outstanding at first glance, we set out to see if it's truly worthy of taking up real estate in your tackle box!

Kistler's New Flagship ZBone LEXF Casting Rod
Once only available as a custom, made to order rod, the ZBone is now available in several stock builds. For our review, we're taking a closer look at their Search for One candidate in the LEXF-3MH-70, a seven foot (7'-0") stick built on a North Fork Composites HM Graphite blank.

Cranking It Up with Megabass's Orochi XX Swingfire
On our trip with Megabass of America back to their factory in Japan in 2013, we bore witness to the design process involving pro-staff and factory designers - their STW program. One of the items on the drawing board at that time was a cranking stick for the Orochi XX series of rods...
TackleTour Tournament Interview : Chad Pipkens
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 Chad Pipkens, BASS Elite Series Pro. Chad Pipkens's sponsors include Damiki Fishing, Powell Rods, Poor Boys Baits, Costa Sunglasses, Yamaha, Skeeter, Sunline, Gamakatsu, Douglas J Companies.
The Search for One Spinning Rod? Daiwa's TDS-701MXS
Earlier we saw Daiwa break the $100 price threshold in a bass rod with the TDS-701-MHXB casting rod. A stick that turned out to be a solid performer at a more than reasonable price. Today, we take a look at one of that stick's siblings, the 7' medium powered TDS-701MXS. Does Daiwa deliver the same type of performance in the spinning interpretation of this line? Let's find out.
Delivering Performance Over Features : Abu Garcia's Silver MAX
Abu Garcia's MAX line of casting reels are designed to deliver the "maximum" amount of value for more than reasonable prices. Featuring similar a similar profile to the company's other two low profile casting reel families (Orra and REVO), MAX is stripped down in refinement, but how is the performance?
Shimano's JDM-esque Zodias 172MH
Though they are a recognized leader in fishing reels, and their JDM rod offerings are highly coveted, Shimano has had to fight hard to gain recognition from enthusiasts in the North American market with their bass rods. In an attempt to rectify this situation, the manufacturer imported their JDM line, Expride, and last year, they introduced a new series of rods with an even more JDM feel - Zodias.
Topwater Action with the Live Target Sunfish
As someone who loves throwing frog-style baits, the Live Target Sunfish series of baits really caught my attention. Although these are topwater sunfish imitators, they can be used just like one of my favorite offerings—the hollow-body frog. That's a great thing! 
The Search for One: The 13 Fishing Archangel is the Very Definition of a Halo Product
With a name like “Archangel” it was pretty clear where 13 Fishing intended to position this rod series. The Archangel rods were introduced two seasons ago as the flagship rod line of the fast growing tackle company, and one of the first rods to implement the Fuji Torzite guides.


 

 

 

 

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