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2012 Holiday Gift Guide  Part 1- Reels, Rods and Line for Both the Naughty and Nice (continued)

Stick : G.Loomis GLX Cranking Series - Completely redesigned and utilizing the company's new split grip layout the GLX cranking rods are designed to be light, sensitive and still able to deliver that soft parabolic action that keeps fish pinned on treble hooks. These rods make use of a new proprietary reel seat and Fuji Titanium SIC guides. We have been fishing with these rods since ICAST and they continue to impress both in terms of feel and the ability to load up nicely to control fish.


For Cranking enthusiasts G.Loomis has completely redesigned the GLX


New and improved the GLX cranking sticks are a great choice for that angler on your list that is addicted to tossing hardbaits. Tackle Warehouse has all the models in stock and whether you are looking for a light crankbait rod to toss 1/8 ounce rattle baits to mammoth deep divers there is sure to be a rod that meets your needs. If your giving this rod to someone for the holidays that person must have been very "good" this year as these rods represent a significant investment at $375-$450 each, but when it comes to cranking sticks these rods are just about as good as they get.


Daiwa's Lexa 300 delivers excellent swimbait performance with both plenty of capacity and stopping power


Swimbait Reel : Daiwa Lexa 300 - One of the biggest releases this past ICAST came from Daiwa with the introduction of the new Lexa Series which is designed to provide anglers with a whole lot of performance for a very reasonable price. While not the most flashy reels the Lexa reels are built to last and come loaded with a lot of the features that makes Daiwa so popular including aluminum construction, magforce cast control and the company's carbon fiber ultimate tournament drag. The 300 size has exceptional line capacity and is not only an ideal swimbait reel but has the muscle to tackle everything from largemouth to Peacock Bass. Available now these reels come with either a 6.3:1 or a fast 7.1:1 retrieve and weigh 10.5oz. for only $199.99 which is 50 dollars less than the Shimano Curado 300E which weighs the same and is only available in a 6.2:1 retrieve ratio.   


The E21 Wild Black Carrot Stix feel light and crisp and retail for only $129-$139 dollars


Swimbait Rod : E21 Wild Black Carrot Stix - No we didn't pick the E21 Wild Black rods just because they are Xmas colors, these interesting looking rods feature 30 ton blanks that feel very lightweight (8% lighter than the original Wild Carrot Stix) yet are able to handle plenty of weight. They feel crisp and the use of Micro Guides only adds to the sensitivity of these rods. There are a few options in the series that are swimbait capable but if your looking to toss the big stuff check out the 8'0" XXH which is capable of slinging baits up to 5oz. in weight. The Wild Black rods come backed with a Lifetime Warranty and retail for only $129-$139 dollars at Tackle Warehouse.


The Shimano Calcutta 400D delivers plenty of capacity and durability for the harsh saltwater environments (and your a lot less likely to need to change those cast settings than on a freshwater model)

Saltwater Reel : Shimano Calcutta 400D - As much grief as we gave the Calcutta D in our recent Product Insight piece, one thing remains true, despite the lack of access to the casting brakes, the saltwater sized reels have performed impressively out on the water. The new, compact design of the Calcutta D is sure to win folks over who have a phobia against round reels and the larger sizes not only make a wonderful option for those tossing big baits in freshwater, but they make excellent all purpose reels in saltwater angling as well.  Whether you’re dropping down for inshore rock cod, casting from the surf for striper, or out on the flats in pursuit of any variety of Gulf species, the new Calcutta D is worthy of consideration, and is available now at Hi's Tackle Box.

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