Gear Reviews

Pro Review: MESU’s BuzzeRR and Swim Raptor Jig

by Vance Montgomery – In the 20 years that I’ve been a tournament fisherman, I had the pleasure of putting a lot of very great baits on my line. MESU Bait is a Kansas-based lure manufacturer that i can get behind. Out of their line-up, two lures stand out and are the best I have tied on – the BuzzeRR  and the Swim Raptor Jig. BuzzeRR The BuzzeRR is a fantastic buzz bait that has
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River2Sea Spittin’ Wa

The Spittin’ Wa is one of our favorite dual purpose popper and  walking top water frogs. This hollow bodied, weedless lure  is  easy to throw and quite versatile. The  Spittin’ Wa is great at causing the needed disruption,  getting through heavy vegetation and  working and popping along open water. The cupped popping mouth allows the Spittin’ Wa to spit and chug away leaving
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Dakine Lures

Hawaii-based Dakine Lures offers an array of beautiful handmade multi-purpose lures designed to be jigged, popped, darted and skipped across the water. Constructed of basic clear casting resin, these plugs are small yet heavy so they can be casted far even on a short rod, but sink easily. We tried various techniques to get the best results. Initially working to pop the lure on the surface
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Big Bite Baits 5-inch Flying Squirrels

Designed by professional angler Jeff Kriet, Big Bite Baits 5-inch Flying Squirrels provide excellent results. With a little knowledge of the water your fishing and where to throw, these baits almost made it impossible not to walk away without a catch.  Capable of being fished in numerous ways, we fished this creature bait Texas Rig style and weightless on a wide gap hook, getting some great
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Abu Garcia Vengeance Spinning Rod

Abu Garcia’s Vengeance offers a lightweight, high performance rod at an affordable price. Constructed of 24-ton graphite and featuring a comfortable, high-density split EVA handle, the Vengeance is perfect for those looking for a multi-purpose, medium-heavy freshwater rod.   Measuring 78-inches in length, the Vengeance sports coated guides, which works well for those using braided line
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Siebert Outdoors – Bloody Shad Swim Jig

By Jeremiah T. Bagwell – One of the most effective baits in many conditions year round is the swim jig. There are hundreds of swim jigs on the market. Some of them are good and a lot of them are just garbage that has no business being in anyone’s boat or tackle bag. I have used many different brands and have caught fish on a lot of them but there is one that stands out among the crowd.
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Tournament Angler Danny Caldwell’s Tools of the Trade

By Danny Caldwell – With the overwhelming amount of fishing tackle, gear, apparel, and more in the industry today it’s difficult to get a perspective based solely on how the bait or equipment performs.  With the integrity of an actual product review I have taken the perspective of submitting a review of a few tools, tricks, and tackle I personally use on and off the water. Mapping
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Jack Hooks’ Knotless Hooks

Canton Ohio-based Jack Hooks has without question come up with an interesting concept that can help save time and in some cases the aggravation of tying knots through traditional eye hooks. We can see the use of a knotless hook being especially beneficial for novice anglers, children (tested positive with a six and eight-year old), those suffering from arthritis or physical limitations and
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SPRO Bronzeye Jr. Frog

Company Description: The Rojas Signature Series Bronzeye Jr has a real attitude and is a leaner, meaner version of its big brother. The body has been redesigned to maximize the hook-up ratio and these smaller frogs come standard with a new Gamakatsu Superline 3/0 EWG Double hook. The Rojas Series are available in a whole array of colors to cover any situation. The Bronzeye Jr. can be fished
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Rapala Scatter Rap

  Company Description: The erratic Scatter Rap® perfectly mimics a spooked baitfish fleeing attack. But unlike in nature, this one doesn’t get away. We start with classic balsa body shapes, then add our new Scatter Lip™ to create the most evasive, erratic, aggressive sweeping action ever seen.   EZ Angler Review Rapala put a good amount of marketing behind the pre-launch of the new
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