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.
A tool I use and swear by before I even hit the water is the mapping system provided by Angling ‘Technologies. It’s a great system which allows me to check depth contours, depth profiles, weather, boat ramps and docks, coastal depths, topographical maps, and so much more. I’ve used the product for years and really do appreciate the Angling Technologies system because it incorporates many different satellite mapping images onto one website. These mapping image options include Google Maps, Bing Maps, Google Terrain, and more. The use of these maps and info has really allowed me to become a better angler. It has given me a better ability to develop plans and strategies to catch fish on familiar or new bodies of water.
Another tool on the water which is a necessity when using the method of catch and release is the easy to use “hook remover.” Below are images of the hook removers which can be found at almost any tackle shop. Hook removers are easy to use and contribute to a far less damaging hook removal when the hook is deeper in the fish. What is more unique and different from a normal pair of pliers is the end clasp grabs the hook at the point and turns the hook. The turning of the hook point allows the release of the fish much easier and less harsh.
The Handy Dandy Glue and Lighter
Another couple small and necessary tools I use on and off the water are super glue and a lighter. A lighter is a useful tool to slowly and carefully heat and mend soft plastic baits. I use the flame to reheat wear and tear on the plastic baits in order to reuse and cut the cost of new baits. I have also found that using the flame before use of the soft plastic bait; can create a more durable area where I plan to place the hook in the bait. As for the super glue, a small dab of super glue on the eye of the hook and sliding the bait over it, will keep the place of the bait on the hook easier and reinforce the knot.
This review is part of the upcoming EZ Angler Pro Staff Gear Talk section
About Danny Caldwell
Danny is a skilled tournament angler from Monrovia CA. with a knack for shallow water fishing and power fishing with cranksbaits and blades. Danny’s sponsors include:EZ Angler, Kustom Kicker Fish (2K Crew), Watson Industries, Inc,California Snack Foods,CB Baits,Team Fishy. Danny is also a member of Ca Bass Contenders, Orange County Bass Club, and B.A.S.S