Category Archives: Tackle/Gear Reviews & Guides

We review and spotlight fishing tackle and related outdoor gear to arm you with the information you need to help you make an educated buying decision. You’ll also find here well-researched and comprehensive buyers’ guides on a wide range of fishing equipment and products so that you will have a clear understanding of what qualities and features are most important for a particular type of gear.

angler fishing for muskie in a canoe

10 Best Musky Rods for Different Budgets, Skill Levels and Situations

They say a craftsman is only as good as his tools. The same could be said for a musky fisherman and his rods. All the knowledge, effort and best lures in the world won’t mean a thing if your rod can’t hold up. That being said, here are my 10 ...
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top 10 musky lures

Top 10 All-Time Best Musky Lures and Personal Observations

Ugh, it happened again! You just spent four grueling hours on the water, and you got shut out. Again. At this point you are probably thinking, are these the fish of 10,000 casts or 100,000? The problem could be the equipment you’re using. The following are my top 10 musky ...
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gear list for ice fishing

Gear Checklist, Recommendations and Tips for Your Ice Fishing Adventure

Winter does two things for anglers. It either drives them inside for sixth months and forces them to count down until spring or it pulls them from their warm home to the nearest ice. Ice fishing has never been for the faint of heart. Getting up early, finding a spot ...
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orvis encounter best fly rod combo for beginners

Review of the Orvis Encounter – Best Beginner Fly Rod Combo

Breaking Down the Orvis Encounter Fly Rod Outfit (My Personal Encounter) Key Reel Features:
  • Large Arbor
  • Comes with 150 yards of Weight Forward line
  • Disc Drag System
  • Click Drag Knob
  • Composite Plastic
Key Rod Features:
  • Graphite
  • 4-Piece
  • Cordura Case
  • 32 inches when broken down
  • Medium to Fast ...
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surf fishing wagon on beach

Surf Fishing Cart Buyer’s Guide and Editor’s Top Picks

Surf fishing is a fantastic way to relax, spend time alone or with friends and family, enjoy the great outdoors and have a terrific time while doing it. Those who take the hobby seriously also know that it can be a huge inconvenience trying to get your gear to your ...
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maintenance-free trolling motor battery

Best Trolling Motor Batteries: Ultimate Guide and Top Picks

A trolling motor is an invaluable piece of equipment for anglers using a boat, yet the best trolling motors are only as good as the batteries used to power them! With a good trolling motor battery, you get to use the motor for longer and can even use it to ...
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spinning reel and rod on jetty

5 Best Inshore Spinning Reels – Guide and Review of Top Picks

Whether you live on the coast of the Carolinas, are planning a vacation to Hawaii, or are finally taking that Alaskan fishing trip, inshore fishing is a great compromise between deep-sea fishing (and all its expensive equipment) and freshwater fishing (with its limited seasons and species). However, there are some ...
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bass angler holding fish, rod and reel

Best Spinning Reels for Bass: 7 Top Picks for Your Money

Spinning reels are one of the most popular choices when it comes to bass fishing. There are many very good (and expensive) reels on the market today but, luckily for some of us anglers, there are many wallet-friendly reels that are high quality at a great price. Choosing one can ...
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fillet knife and salmon on cutting board

Making the Cut: Ultimate Guide to the Best Fillet Knives for Fish

To many, a knife is a tool used for cutting, shearing, slicing among other similar functions – a simple tool for a simple task, right?. Nothing is ever so simple, however, in life. There are all sorts of different knives for all kinds of unique applications. This guide will focus ...
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best sit on top fishing kayaks for beginners

These Top 10 Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayaks Won’t Break the Bank

For generations, kayaks have been the vessel of choice for fishermen, straight back to the Native peoples on the Bering Sea in Alaska. They even hunted seals from the light boats! So, as the fishing season ramps up, a kayak just might be next on your list for ways to ...
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best spinning reels for surf fishing at beach

6 Surf Spinning Reels That Need to Be on Your Short List

The 6 surf fishing spinning reels presented here are neither the most expensive nor are they considered budget reels for surf anglers. They are, however, reasonably affordable, especially given their top-notch quality and host of high-end features often found in much more expensive saltwater spinning surf reels. These surf spinning ...
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fly fisherman trying out fly rod combo

5 Fly Rod Combos That Hit the Quality/Value Sweet Spot

As the spring season approaches, it’s time to grab a fly rod and get out on your favorite river or flat. If you’re new to fly fishing, buying a high-quality fly rod and reel can be expensive. Luckily, there’s an easier and more cost-effective way to purchase the gear you ...
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