2017 Holiday Gift Guide
(Part 2): Enthusiast Tackle and Lures
Introduction: We return in part 2 of this year's Holiday Gift
Guide with some of the most exciting product categories, the flagship products
we drool over in the Enthusiast range as well as the complete spectrum of lures.
Enthusiast Casting Reel : Shimano Metanium MGL
Enthusiast Casting Reel (Shimano Metanium MGL): When Shimano Japan re-imaged the
Metanium back in 2013, we couldn't get Cal to stop talking about the reel. Then, not more than three short years after, Shimano Japan went and refined the reel further with the Metanium MGL inserting that same, lightweight, high performing spool that made the Chronarch MGL Cal's current go to low profile baitcasting reel. Of course, what makes the Chronarch MGL fall a little short is its composite frame and sideplates. In a world where magnesium reels are growing more rare, you get none of that compromise with Metanium MGL. What's more, Shimano is still importing this JDM reel for sale in the USDM making it an easy choice for our Enthusiast Casting Reel pick in this year's Gift Guide. Shimano's Metanium MGL is available at
TackleWarehouse for $419.99.
Enthusiast Casting Rod : G.Loomis Conquest
Enthusiast Casting Rod
Is this rod a domestic or is it JDM? The answer is both! The Shimano G.Loomis
Conquest is a hybrid of sorts, a joint development of both teams.
The Conquest is the
highest end rod in the G.Loomis lineup and blends proven rod design and beloved
MBR actions with Shimano's cutting-edge Spiral-X technology which virtually
eliminates unwanted blank twists. The result is a rod that delivers NRX level
sensitivity with increased casting accuracy and fighting power.
The added benefit of incorporating
SpiralX/Hi-Power materials and technology into a G.Loomis rod is a backbone that
just will not quit. The Conquest puts the hurt on fish with quick hooksets and
even more leverage under load. Finishing off these rods are Fuji Torzite guides
and premium quality ergonomically sculpted cork grips. As with so many other
Enthusiast Grade products the Conquest rods do cost a pretty penny at $649-$674
dollars each, which may seem like a lot but certainly will not deter enthusiasts
from fishing the new G.Loomis halo offering. The entire range of Conquest rods
are now available at
Enthusiast Swimbait Rod : Megabass of America F10-711X Onager
Enthusiast Swimbait Rod (Megabass Destroyer Onager): Ownage is Onager and we continue to feel that way about our Enthusiast Swimbait Rod pick,
Megabass of America's Destroyer F10-711X Onager. If the enthusiast on your list (or you) covet high end, performance, and styling, it's really difficult to deny the allure of Megabass.
If the enthusiast on your list (or you) also enjoys throwing big baits and they don't already have this stick then the Onager makes the perfect gift for 2017. Need more incentive? How about an Enthusiast level big bait stick for under $450?
Megabass of America's Destroyer F10-711X Onager retails for $425 at
Enthusiast Spinning Reel : Stella FI
Enthusiast Spinning Reel (Shimano Stella FI):
While you can put a Conquest reel on the Conquest rod if you are looking for an
Enthusiast Grade spinning reel the Shimano Stella FI is pretty much as good as
it gets. The Stella FI has stood the test of time and delivers all the best
technologies that Shimano offers in spinning including a micro module gear and
the S-Drive system that enables the handle to screw directly into the drive gear
for pure power transfer and no back play. The Core Protect finish gives the a
premium look while ensuring it keeps contaminants out of the reel's inner
workings, even when used in brackish and saltwater applications. With the
refinement of a fine Swiss watch the Stella FI 2000 will set you back
$789 dollars. Worth it? Let's just say it is hard to fish
anything else once you have had a chance to catch a fish on a Stella FI.
Enthusiast Spinning Rod : Megabass Addermine
Enthusiast Spinning Rod (Megabass Destroyer Addermine): Zander somehow wrestled away review duties of Megabass of America's Destroyer F3.5-611XS Addermine away from Cal. What we've discovered is that Zander can be a little slow sometimes in sharing his results. Only because he enjoys being thorough - as in thoroughly enjoying his fishing time with this new stick. Judging from Zander's enthusiasm, we're pretty certain the finesse angler on your list will feel the same, so we've made it our pick for this year's Enthusiast Spinning Rod. Megabass of America's Destroyer F3.5-611XS Addermine can be found at TackleWarehouse for $399.99.
Enthusiast Hardbait : Megabass of America I Jack
Enthusiast Hardbait (Megabass I Jack): The Megabass I Jack has been out for a couple of years now but we didn't have the opportunity to throw the bait until this past year. Not to give anything away for the bait's pending review but that very first day we threw it was quite the eye opener. After that initial day, there wasn't a fishing trip over the summer where either Zander or Cal did not have the bait tied on - and quite often, both did. If you're looking for something unique and all together un-intuitive, yet very effective for that very selective angler on your list, get them an I Jack for Megabass of America. It retails for $19.99 at
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