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  1. "Life isn't about avoiding the bruises. It's about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it,"

  2. Date:11/17/15Tackle Type:LureManufacturer:SproReviewer:Cal Total Score: 8.88 - BEST VALUE AWARD Introduction: The product arsenal this next manufacturer is vast. From finesse style jerkbaits like the McStick 95 on up to their BBZ-1 swimbaits over to their topwater frog baits like the Bronzeye Shad, Spro makes a lot of popular, high quality baits. The subject of today's review is no different. Here's our look at Spro's Aruku Shad lipless crank! Spro Aruku Shad Specifications TypeLipless CrankLength85 = 3 3/8"75 = 3"65 = 2.5"Weight1 oz5/8 oz1/2 ozColors18HooksGamakatsuMSRP$6.49 - $8.89 Quality/Construction: Spro's Aruku Shad is a very intriguing little lipless crank for the fact it shares a similar profile to a discontinued bait from Japan that carries with it, a cult following - the Riser Back. Spro pacts a lot of detail into this bait from the subtle lateral line and belly bulge to the intricate curves and contours in the bait's profile. Finishes are all first rate and overall craftsmanship of this bait is super clean and precise. The Aruku shad comes with thin wire Gamakatsu trebles. Quality Ratings for Spro Aruku Shad Finish (1-5)Detailing (1-5)Hardware (1-5)Craftsmanship (1-5)TotalPossibleRating (= Tot/Pos * 10)554519209.5 We finally take a walk out on the lake with the Aruku Shad by Spro. Performance: Most of my testing with this bait was on board my Edge Rods 8' Black Widow cranking stick while paired with a Shimano Antares casting reel spooled with 55lb Daiwa Samurai braid topped with a 12lb Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon leader. Check out the aggressive head design. Castability: Any lipless bait tied to the end of this combo is just about unfair and the Aruku shad benefited greatly as it sails through the air accommodating any goal of precision or distance. I only fished the 75 size but it is a very easy bait to throw. Painted swimming fins and an elegant lateral line. Slow and High Speed: The Aruku shad has good action at both high and slow speeds. The bait swims with a tight shimmy in the water that can be felt whether swimming it back fast or slow. Read more http://www.tackletour.com/reviewsproaruku.html
  3. Line manufacturers continually seek to out do one another with what they refer to as the latest and greatest in technological achievements. Nevermind that the majority of the world's fishing lines, like a lot of our products, are made in a handful of factories worldwide. But several years ago, Sunline managed to align themselves with the proprietors of one new technology: A professor at the University of Tokyo Institute of Technology found a way to use plasma, the 4th state of matter, to alter both nylon and fluorocarbon materials in a way that enhances their performance as a fishing line. It all began in 2008, when a professor from the University of Tokyo's Institute of Technology began experimenting with plasma in conjunction with fishing line and found he could improve the line's handling characteristics, resistance to abrasion, and knot strength. Aware of his work, Sunline began working with this professor late in 2009 in an effort to bring to market the next generation in fluorocarbon and nylon fishing lines. Finally, in February of 2013, Sunline debuted the technology they named "P-Ion" at the Osaka Fishing show in Japan. In October 2014, Sunline was awarded patents for the technology in US, Japan, and China, in conjunction with shipping the first P-Ion fishing line, Sunline Fine Float, for the Japanese market. The reception by anglers in Japan? Sunline recorded sales. Sunline is one of many line companies continually pushing the boundaries in search of the next breakthrough. Later that same month, Sunline introduced a new fluorocarbon line made from their new P-Ion technology to a handful of media members at their annual writer's conference held at Lake Eufaula, Georgia. TackleTour received several spools of this line in five different weights and here now is not only the official debut of the product, but the first, full blown review of Sunline's new Assassin Fluorocarbon fishing line enhanced by P-Ion technology. Read more http://www.tackletour.com/reviewsunlineassassinfc.html
  4. Concept Series (TCS) Mat Daddy Rod and Reel Combo What is it: Casting Rod – 7’11” H Fast Action Mat Daddy Rod, TCS-C-711H, line 15 lb. to 65 lb., lure ¼ to 2oz, 1 pc rod with 12+Tip guides, weighs 5.5 oz. Reel – Helios TCS Reel, HTC-266V, 8BB + 1RB, 6.6:1 gear Ratio. This rod is a 5.5oz lightweight rod made for flipping into heavy cover with big baits to catch big bass. This setup delivers. The rod is made from 30-Ton carbon and has an EVA split grip and EVA fore grip. The reel seats are not exposed which keeps dirt and debris and out. It has hard aluminum oxide guide inserts and Alps stainless steel guide frames. The guides are medium micro guides, not super-small micro guides and it features an added flipping guide which improves accuracy and distance. The extra guide allows you to pull line from in front of this it and back which keeps the line clear of the reel handle. Many times when flipping the line will catch the reel handle. This extra guide prevents this issue from happening. The extra guide also helps with support and strength. When fighting a big fish in heavy cover it helps displace weight throughout the rod so there is no weak spot. With flipping sticks, your weakest point is from your last guide to your reel and with this extra guide you get extra support. The extra long rear grip adds leverage and improves casting distance. Some anglers may not prefer the added length, but I found it helpful. Plus, the hook keeper is far enough up on the split grip so you’re not grabbing hooks when reaching for it while it is inside a rod locker. The rods’ sensitivity is great. I was able to feel every bump my lure made plus it has big power to stay loaded to get bass out of heavy cover. I like the balance and coming in with a weight of 5 ½ ounces I did not get tired fishing with it. This reel is extremely light and built with a rigid diecast aluminum frame and side plates. It has corrosion resistant coating and an aluminum anodized spool. It features heavy duty aluminum gears and shafts, a multi disk carbonite drag system, stainless steel bearing drive system, quick set anti-reverse roller bearing and a new light weight 7-position velocity control system. You would think this would be a heavy reel but it has a total weight of 6.3 ounces. The adjustable braking system is located under the left side plate and changes can be made easily. To make changes simply hold the reel in your right hand and rotate the left side plate counterclockwise about 1/8th of a turn front area of the plate down and rear area upward. You then turn the outside edge counterclockwise to increase and clockwise to decrease. Adjustments are easy and take no time at all accomplish. It has a click spool tension knob to adjust the friction on the spool shaft to control backlashes. The low profile fits my hand and and feels great. It performed well and looked great paired with the Mat Daddy TCS rod. I think this rod and reel combo is perfectly balanced. I was able to cast-flip with accuracy and with the light weight I’m able to use it all day long. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good combo for fun fishing or tournament fishing. This combo is designed for flipping, but Okuma and Scott Martin also state it can be used with big swimbaits and A-Rigs. Simply put, this my new, number one flipping stick. http://www.bassresource.com/fishing_lures/tcs-mat-daddy-helios-review.html
  5. Sorry, I'm NOT a quitter

  6. Introduction: It's been some time since we've taken a look at Pfleuger's baitcasting reels. A company's whose stated tradition is to provide the best bang for your buck recently re-imaged one of their long standing low profile reels. We managed to get our hands on one recently, and here now is our review of Pfleuger's Patriarch baitcasting reel. Pfleuger Patriarch Baitcasting Reel Specifications Line Capacity - Rated12/145Line Capacity - Spool Volume13.9 cm3Retrieve Ratio7.17.9 (right hand only)Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated14"-28"15.5"-31"Weight6.4 ozSpool Weight17 gHandle Length85 mmBearings10+1Bearings per Knob2 bearingsLevelwind Bearings2 bearingsTested Max Drag~16.5 lbsOriginMade in KoreaMSRP$199 Introducing the Pfleuger's refreshed Patriarch. Quality/Construction: Pfleuger's Patriarch low profile baitcasting reel features a stealthy two tone paint job with a matte black finish on the interior frame and a dark blue paint on the sideplates. Tolerances are very tight and clean between all body parts. There's a tiny bit of wiggle on the handle back and forth as well as into and away from the reel and the knobs also have a tiny bit of play in them. Quality Ratings for Pfleuger Patriarch Baitcasting Reel Finish (1-5)Frame & Sideplate Tolerance (1-5)Handle Tolerance (1-5)Knob Tolerance (1-5)Total PossibleRating (= Tot/Pos * 10)553316208.0Performance: I spooled the Patriarch with 12lb Stren Original monofilament and mounted it on the discontinued Lamiglas Excel II 735 for some action on Lake Berryessa, CA. The Patriarch comes standard with an 85 mm long handle. Retrieve: The Patriarch is available in two retrieve ratios, 7.1:1 and 7.9:1 although the latter is available in right hand retrieve only. It has a nice, 85 millimeter handle that when cranked under load reveals a connected, grindy kind of feel. There's also an audible component to that grind that belies the reel's price point. Performance Ratings for Pfleuger Patriarch Baitcasting Reel Retrieve (1-5)Drag (1-5)Power (1-5)Casting Range (1-5)Brakes (1-5)TotalPossibleRating (= Tot/Pos * 10)3434317256.8Drag: We strapped the Patriarch up to The Machine to see how its drag performed under controlled conditions and as you can see in its Sweet Drag Performance Chart below, the reel fared quite well. Max drag peaked out at just over sixteen pounds and while erratic at lockdown, the peaks and valleys were not as dramatic as we've seen with other reels. At lower settings, the reel's drag performed very smooth and consistently. Read More http://www.tackletour.com/reviewpfleugerpatriarchcast.html
  7. There are a lot lures that dive and wobble aggressively but how many have embedded electronics that emulate the sound of baitfish in the water? That is exactly what Livingston lures are able to do, and we decided it was high time to put one of their unique baits under the knife to see just what makes them “howl.” We decided to cut open the Livingston Lures Howeller, the crankbait that Pro Angler Randy Howell credited with helping him win the 2014 Bassmaster Classic title. The Livingston Lures Howeller Dream Master Classic is a medium diving crankbait that is 2-1/2” in length, weighs in at 5/8oz. and has a reinforced lip that enables the bait to dive down to ten feet. When you first look at the bait it looks straightforward enough and is can easily be mistaken for just another run of the mill hard bodied crank. At rest the bait floats to the surface and sits evenly Shake the bait and you can hear an internal rattle within the bait, but that is far from the only sound that this lure is capable of emitting. This bait features the company’s EBS (Electronic Baitfish Sound) technology which is an internal electronic acoustic system that emulates the natural sound of a panicked baitfish. Read More http://www.tackletour.com/autopsylivingstonhoweller.html
  8. You know, sometimes, it takes a little outside perspective or question to make you stop and think about how you do things and why. For example, I recently posted a picture on Facebook with all my rods pushed into a corner. My fans asked, “How do you use so many rods?” Well, for one thing, I look at fishing rods as the tools I use to do my job. That job might change a lot from one lake to the next, or even within the course of a day on the water. That’s the easy answer for why I have so many rods. But I think there’s more to the explanation. There are some rods that get used every time I go fishing, but there are also some that get used only a little bit. They’re all important, but knowing how to manage these tools is an important part of becoming an efficient angler. Here’s a good way of looking at it: I can remember when my house was being built, the contractor had a whole truck full of tools. He mostly used the same Skil saw, but when he came to a particular kind of cut, he’d go to his truck and pull out a specialized saw to make the cut. Read More http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/christie-matching-rods-techniques
  9. On the heels of Helix 5 and the ICAST 2015 “Best of Electronics” award-winning Helix 7, Humminbird brings anglers and boaters new supersized units with unprecedented functionality. Enter the new Helix 9, Helix 10 and Helix 12 Chirp. The big brothers of the compact-format Helix 5 and 7, the new units are exceptionally bright, making them easily readable in direct sunlight — even while wearing sunglasses. “One of the most common requests by anglers is to be able to see the screen better and we’ve answered their call,” said Jeff Kolodzinski, Humminbird Brand Manager. But that’s not where their powerful performance stops. The Helix 9, 10, and 12 Chirp offer the full range of Humminbird Imaging technologies like patented Side-, Down- and 360 Imaging compatibility making fish finding a lot more about the finding. One of the biggest Helix advancements is that the new models are Ethernet capable, allowing them to share waypoints and sonar across the network. “You want to have a unit right where you fish, so it’s really an advantage to be able to run more than one unit on the boat while sharing data across the network,” Kolodzinski continued. Many anglers have one on the console and one on the bow. Anglers can now see the same waypoints, sonar and other data on both units and be in the know, wherever they are in the boat. Ethernet networking also brings compatibility with Minn Kota iPilot Link for the ultimate in boat positioning and fishing navigation. Even better, anglers can now go where no map has ever been with one-of-a-kind, patent-pending AutoChart Live technology, which allows anglers to make their own maps in real-time, no PC, server or Cloud connection required. Internal memory will store up to eight hours of mapping data, or add an optional ZeroLine SD card for years of recording and the ability to share map data with a buddy. Read More http://www.bassmaster.com/gear/humminbird-helix-family-expansion
  10. What is it?Strike King Tour Grade Rage Blade Swim Jig What does it do?The vibrating, swimming jig has a very unique blade and head design that attracts attention while keeping the hook point exposed for increased hookups. What sets it apart?The blade and jig head are molded into one component that causes the jig body to dance vigorously. The company’s testing indicates that the design reduces snags and increases hookup percentages by giving the blade more movement thus being out of the way when a fish eats the bait. The lure comes standard with Gamakatsu hooks and a Perfect Skirt with twin tail trailers to produce a lifelike action. How do I use it?The Rage Blade can work well as an alternative to spinnerbaits when the fish are short striking or following and not eating the lure. This presentation forces the angler to slow down, which keeps the bait in the strike zone longer, and may attract fish that are not as willing to chase a fast-moving horizontal presentation. It’s available in either 1/2- or 3/8-ounce sizes and 8 colors. See StrikeKing.com for more info
  11. I feel guilty having a battle of wits with unarmed people:(

  12. Pro angler Scott Martin, like his father Roland, has competed on the highest levels of tournament angling. Scott’s experiences on the tournament trail and his work with Okuma has resulted in a series of bass rods that simply stand up to the rigors of professional tournament fishing, as well as pass muster with us picky, weekend warrior types. Beet of all, these rods will not break the bank. I cannot imagine being a rod designer, working within those restraints, and thinking of useful features many quality tackle makers ignore. More on that later. I picked out a monster of a stick to review for you guys. It’s an extra heavy power, moderately fast action rod that measures in at nearly eight feet long. It’s called the Mat Daddy. I love the name, though it doesn’t tell the entire the story of this rod. It’s not just a flipping rod, to be sure. It can handle quite a few things thrown at it. The rod is simply a beast. It’s forte is throwing Texas rigged plastics and big jigs into heavy cover – and pulling out big fish. The rod is deceptively light and at times I wondered if it was up to the task. I never felt outgunned, even in bushes, submerged trees, and thick reeds I like to fish. The rod is so light it didn’t feel like I was using a flipping stick. It’s a far cry from the rod I have been using the past few years that weighs as much as a brick. What else can the Okuma Tournament Concept TCS-C-7111XH do? Well, it’s got a moderate fast action, though the tip feels faster when casting. That big flex takes quite a bit of load before it digs in. This helps absorb the shock of a strong hookset on braid line, but still has that “lift and separate” power in reserve to wrench a big fish out of cover. Once under the load of a fish, all that resistance is spread across the blank, keeping the fish pinned, and under control. This is a long rod, and I really felt the leverage and power advantage as I wrestled 4- and 5-pound bass out of thick brush. The length of this rod (7’ 11”) also makes it a bit more difficult to pitch lures. A ½ oz. jig feels like a 3/4oz. bait due to the leverage, which can wear you out over a long day of fishing. Maybe it’s because I’m not accustomed to using such long rods. If long rods are new to you too, it’s something to consider. Read More http://www.bassresource.com/fishing_lures/tcs-cerros-reel.html
  13. by Kyle Wood Walmart FLW Tour pro Mark Daniels Jr. teamed up with Kistler Rods to create his own signature series stick - the Helium 3 MAD series. Daniels grew up fishing the California Detla, so it's no surprise that the MAD is a heavy-power, moderate-action, 7-foot, 11-inch rod designed to haul bass from heavy cover. After watching him put the rod to work over the course of the 2015 season, I decided to take it for a spin myself. A few features stuck out to me. - Great for heavy cover - Versatility - Good looks When Daniels designed this rod he wanted something strong enough to drop big weights through heavy cover but "soft enough" to keep fish buttoned when they got hung up in the vegetation. Without question this rod excels at both. Whether I was fishing thick milfoil, heavy pencil reeds or cattails, this rod had the strength to pull fish out of their hiding spots. It's also light - tipping the scale at just 5 ounces - and extremely sensitive, which made it a breeze to detect even the lightest bites. When it came to setting the hook, a simple lean back was more than enough to drive the hook home. If the fish got buried in the jungle of vegetation, steady pressure kept it buttoned up while I went in after it. Keeping fish hooked was made easier because of the parabolic bend (the rod has even flex throughout the blank), which reduces the odds ripping the hook out of their mouth compared to extra-heavy, extra-fast flipping sticks. On a side note, the rod is built to flip with braid, so if you like to flip big fluorocarbon this rod might not fit your style because the slight stretch of the fluoro combined with the parabolic bend of the rod could provide too much give when setting the hook. Read More http://www.flwfishing.com/tips/2015-10-06-kistler-helium-3-mad-rod-review
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