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Fishing Rods

November 21st, 2020
Best Surf Fishing Rods Reviewed: Casting From The Beach

Surf casting rods are unlike anything else on the angling market, and they’re built to deliver the long casts, unimpeachable strength, and rugged durability surf anglers demand. Do you know what separates the best from the rest? Looking for a great rod at a price that won’t break the bank? Keep reading! Here's a quick […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Spinnerbait Rod - Buying Guide and Reviews For 2020

Finding a good spinnerbait rod is an essential part of having a well-rounded fishing gear collection. The spinnerbait is the most versatile lure in the vast selection an angler has, as it can be fished in virtually any type of water condition or any season of the year. It’s been the go-to fishing method of […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Baitcasting Rods For The Money – 2020 Reviews & Buying Guide

When you’re after big bass, pike, or muskie, you need the best baitcasting rod with plenty of backbone, excellent guides to protect your line, and the ability to throw heavy lures on the strongest lines you can buy. That’s just as true if you’re on the hunt for catfish, monster walleye, or lake trout. Baitcasting […]

November 3rd, 2020
Best Ultralight Rods That Are Heavy on Fun: Top Ultralight Rods Reviewed

Catching perch, crappie, trout, and bass on an ultralight will put a smile on your face every time. When you hear your drag start to complain and you know you’ve got a fight on your hands, there’s an adrenaline rush that only comes with light tackle. If you’d like to give ultralight a try, we’d […]

November 2nd, 2020
Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Spinning Rod Review

Bass Pro’s Micro Lite spinning rod is an excellent value, delivering lots of performance at a reasonable price point. If you’re in the market for a new ultralight rod, you could do a lot worse than this, even if you’re willing to spend big bucks, you might not do as well with a pricier model. […]

October 23rd, 2020
Best Saltwater Rod and Reel Combos Reviewed

If you’re anything like us, the pull of the salt has you by the heartstrings. And if you need a new rod and reel, a great combo can get you on the water quickly. At their best, combos offer excellent reels matched to equally nice rods, but it can be hard to know which of […]

October 23rd, 2020
Best Inshore Spinning Rods Reviewed For 2020

Between challenging weather; long, rough rides; and big, mean fish, inshore anglers put their tackle to the test. And the right choice for an inshore rod can mean the difference between a memorable catch and a disappointing failure. From sight-casting to reds to throwing live bait specks or flounder in a channel, a good inshore […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Spinning Rods - 2020 Buying Guide and Reviews

Talk to any experienced angler, and you’ll quickly realize that the right rod plays a huge role in their success. In fact, a good rod, quality line, an excellent reel, and the right lures are nearly as important as raw skill and know-how. But there’s an old adage about lures that applies to rods as […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Rod and Reel Combos Reviewed

The best rod and reel combo delivers all the performance you need at a price you’ll love. Awesome as a quick way to get you into the action, plenty of anglers opt for a combo to save time and money. Not sure about which might be right for you? Keep reading! Related: Best saltwater rod […]

October 12th, 2020
UglyStik Elite Casting Rod Reviewed

Shakespeare’s UglyStik has built a reputation for bomb-proof toughness, and if you’ve ever felt the heart-wrenching pain of a broken rod, you can understand just how important that can be. They also price their rods for the rest of us, putting them within easy reach of the vast majority of anglers. But inexpensive rods often […]

October 12th, 2020
Big Fun in a Small Package: Best Telescoping Rods Reviewed

Telescopic rods offer maximum portability. They’re an awesome choice if you want to keep your fishing gear in the trunk of your car, pack a rod on a hike to a stream, or bring your rod on your next flight. While probably not the equal of a conventional rod, they’re much easier to store and […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Crankbait Rods Reviewed For 2020

Sneak a peek into any bass angler’s tackle box, and you’ll find crankbaits. Yes, soft plastics might have the edge, but there’s no denying that crankbaits are deadly on largemouth, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t throw them. That said, I know quite a few folks who’ve missed a nice fish or two by […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Fishing Rods for Kids: Excellent Options Reviewed

If there’s a little angler in your family, you’re probably counting the days until they catch their first fish. But if you’ve searched the shelves for a kids’ rod that’s more than a cheap toy, you’ve probably come away frustrated. And if you did pull the trigger on one of these toys, you know all […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Saltwater Fishing Rods Reviewed For 2020

Best Saltwater Fishing Rods Saltwater rod for surf fishing Surf fishing demands a long rod that can cast like a dream, as well as an extra-long handle clad in shrink tubing to provide a no-slip grip. Built for big fish and large spinning reels, expect medium-heavy powered rods made of fiberglass composite. Amazon Length: 11’ Action/power: medium-heavy/moderately […]

October 12th, 2020
The Best JerkBait Rod - Buying Guide and Reviews

One of the most fun and rewarding ways to catch bass is by fishing with jerkbaits. If you want to get into this awesome technique and land more fish, you’ll need to ensure you have the proper equipment for the job. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the best jerkbait rods for angling! […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Swimbait Rods - 2020 Reviews & Buying Guide

You don’t want to use just any rod when going out and casting swimbaits, as they can be quite hefty! You’ll need to make sure your rod is strong enough to handle casting and retrieving such a large lure. The weight of a swimbait can range from minuscule to 8 ounces or more, and if […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Fishing Rods Reviewed 2020

Need a good fishing rod but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find an exhaustive list of the best fishing rods for any situation, freshwater or saltwater. After careful research, field testing, and detailed comparison, we’ve put together an unbeatable resource to help you make the best choice for your […]

Fishing Reels

November 21st, 2020
Best Baitcasting Reels Reviewed

Quick look at the best baitcasting reels on the market today: Best Baitcasting Reels Reviewed Weight: 6.4 oz. Bearings: 11 Material: Aluminum body with C45 carbon sideplates Max drag: 20 lbs. Capacity: 12/120 Gear ratio: 7.5:1/ 31” Lew’s Tournament Pro LFS has been winning fans on the water for quite a while now, and just […]

November 21st, 2020
Abu Garcia Revo SX Review

The Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel offers a great option even for more experienced anglers who are looking for an effective way to battle fish of all shapes and sizes. This reel has a durable carbon body that means that you will be able to keep using it for many years to come without […]

November 21st, 2020
Abu Garcia Pro Max Review

The Abu Garcia Black Max Low Profile Reel has a uniquely durable construction that is perfect for reeling in the big fish. This reel offers a number of impressive features that you will want to know about before deciding whether or not to purchase it. Abu Garcia Pro Max Reviewed Some of the features of […]

November 21st, 2020
Pflueger President Spinning Reel Review

The Pflueger is known for their extensive range of products with truly innovative designs and painstaking detail. The technology behind the President Spinning Reel is truly impressive, and there are quite a few different things about it that make it unique. Because of the body of this reel is made purely of graphite, you can […]

November 21st, 2020
Penn Battle II Spinning Reel Review

The Battle II spinning reel are priced quite reasonably and have a lot to offer, especially for those who tend to do freshwater fishing. You will find that these reels are very sturdy and have soft touch knobs for easy and comfortable handling and retrieval. The anti-reverse and smooth drag features that this reels boast […]

November 21st, 2020
Best Saltwater Fishing Reels: Inshore and Offshore 2020 Buying Guide

Saltwater anglers need reels they can rely on to take a beating and deliver the goods in a hard fight. And whether you fish inshore for reds and specks or chase sailfish and sharks in the blue water, a good reel is essential. If you’re looking for a quality saltwater fishing reel, we’ve got you […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Spincast Reels Reviewed: Quality Alternatives to Baitcasting and Spinning Reels

The best spincast reel is simple and more than up to the task of bluegill, crappie, perch, catfish, walleye, trout, bass, specks, reds, and most pike. Better yet, they're affordable and well made! If you’re looking for the best spincast reel, want to give one a try, or are thinking about where to get one […]

November 16th, 2020
Best KastKing Reels Reviewed - Can KastKing Compete with the Big-Names?

Among the big names in fishing, KastKing stands out, as their entry-level pricing puts good reels within reach of pretty much anyone. And they haven’t ignored the mid-priced segment, either, developing quite a few reels for mid-market. So, you may be wondering what are the best KastKing reels? Let’s find out! Best KastKing Spinning Reels […]

November 3rd, 2020
Reel Review: Bass Pro’s Micro Lite Elite Spinning Reel

Line capacity: 6 lb./150 yds (mono) Bearings: 6 + 1 roller bearing Gear ratio: 5.2:1 Weight: 6.2 oz. Maximum drag: 6 lbs. Bass Pro’s Micro Lite Elite spinning reel is a real winner in its price range. And while it may not compete with the absolute best ultralight reels that brands like Shimano can offer, […]

October 24th, 2020
Best Fishing Reels for Any Situation - Reviews and Buying Guide

Need a good reel but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find an exhaustive list of the best fishing reels for any situation, freshwater or saltwater. After careful research, field testing, and detailed comparison, we’ve put together an unbeatable resource to help you make the best choice for your needs. […]

October 23rd, 2020
Best Inshore Spinning Reels: Ready for Hard Fights and Big Fish

While there are tons of spinning reels on the market, very few are designed for the salt, and fewer still are available in sizes that can handle bull reds or small sharks. For that kind of performance, the pickings get pretty slim, and only a handful of companies really offer the goods. If you’re an […]

October 23rd, 2020
Best Spinning Reels to Cover All Your Bases: Our Favorite Ultralight, Light, and Medium Reels Reviewed

Looking for the best spinning reel that can help you slay slabs? Or do you need a bigger reel for bigger fish? There are a few spinning reel options that can cover all your bases in a single line-up, and today, we’ll be discussing them. And as always, we’re here to help you make the […]

October 12th, 2020
Shimano Curado 200 HGK Reel Review

Line capacity: 30/190, 50/120, 65/80 (braid) Bearings: 6 + 1 roller bearing Gear ratio: 7.4:1 Weight: 7.6 oz. Maximum drag: 11 lbs. Shimano’s baitcasting reels are among the best options for serious anglers, and their legendary performance has been putting--and keeping!--smiles on faces for generations. But with new upgrades, the Curado line is even better […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Conventional Reels Reviewed - Big Reels for Big Water

Designed for massive fish and ferocious fights, you can think of conventional reels as baitcasters on steroids. With easy-to-access drag levers, capacious spools, and tough gearing, they’re built for the big stuff. Not sure what makes a conventional reel superior for offshore fishing or trolling on the Great Lakes? Curious about which models are the […]

October 12th, 2020
Shimano Curado K Reel Review

With legions of devoted fans and plenty of advertising hype, we ask the question on your mind: does the Shimano Curado K really live up to its reputation? The simple answer is yes. The Shimano Curado K is probably the best reel at its price point, and it may just be the best reel you […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Ultralight Spinning Reel - Buying Guide and Reviews For 2020

At USAngler, we’re big ultralight fans, and much of the time, this is the fishing gear we reach for first. If you’re in the market for an ultralight setup, need to replace your worn reel, or just curious about dipping your toes in the ultralight water, keep reading. Below, you’ll find an in-depth discussion of […]

Fishing Line

November 21st, 2020
Best Fishing Line for Spinning Reels: Braid, Mono, and Fluorocarbon

From wind-bucking casts to bomb-proof durability, heavy surf-casting models to tiny ultralights, more and more anglers are recognizing the advantages of spinning tackle.  Built tough enough for the likes of shark and marlin, perfectly at home when fighting catfish or pike, and ideal for panfish of all kinds, spinning reels are up to any job--and […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Braided Fishing Lines Reviewed: Greater Strength, Longer Casts, More Sensitivity

Braided fishing line quickly caught anglers’ attention when they were first introduced to the sport, and their popularity hasn’t waned since then. In fact, it’s easy to find fishermen who swear by braid, and its many favorable characteristics make it an ideal choice for a variety of situations and techniques. No one type of line […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Fluorocarbon Fishing Lines Reviewed: Using Fluorocarbon as a Main Line

To help you decide if fluorocarbon is for you, we’ll discuss fluorocarbon in depth, assess its utility, and recommend the situations in which we think it shines. We’ll also provide reviews of some of our favorites. Here's a quick glance of the best fluorocarbon fishing line on the market today: Related: Best Fishing Line, Best […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Monofilament Fishing Lines Reviewed: Mono is Better Than You Might Think

Humble nylon monofilament has been around for a long time, and chances are, you started fishing with it before you switched to fancier braided lines or fluorocarbon. It’s an unfortunate truth that many anglers now sneer at mono as an inferior product. We’re not convinced that they should, and we’d like to explain why. Nylon […]

October 13th, 2020
Best Fishing Line - Monofilament vs. Fluorocarbon vs. Braid

Anglers ourselves, we want answers to the same questions you do. Questions like what’s the best fishing line? How do mono, fluorocarbon, and braid stack up against one another? Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the various kinds of lines is complicated, and it’s not made any easier by advertising copy and myth. What exactly […]

Fishing Bait & Lures

November 16th, 2020
Lily Pad Madness: Best Topwater Frog Lures Reviewed

Some of the most exciting bass fishing of my life has happened around lily pads. I’ve worked a clear Heddon Torpedo into a ferocious leaping strike. I’ve pulled a across pads and into the water with deadly results. But nothing I’ve tried matched the awesome attraction of a frog or the heart-stopping moment when a […]

November 2nd, 2020
Best Fishing Lures: 21 Lures Every Angler Should Own

If you’ve ever seen a professional angler’s tackle boxes and bags, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the sport is really about collecting as many lures as you can. But take a closer look, and you’ll find that most are variations on a few simple themes. And while that pro may have every color, pattern, […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Lipless Crankbaits: Explanation and Reviews of Our Favorites

Whether you target cool-weather bass or hunt walleyes in the weeds on nasty, cold mornings, a lipless crankbait deserves serious consideration. Best in water less than 10 feet deep, lipless crankbaits are a go-to option when the fish are shallow, combining enticing action with a vegetation-forgiving design. But these excellent crankbaits demand a technique all […]

Fishing Accessories

October 11th, 2020
Power When You Need It: Best On-Board Battery Chargers Reviewed

Rods, reels, line, and lures may be sexy, but the humble battery charger keeps you fishing, day after day. Designed to provide the power you need to stay in the game, they’re an essential tool that every angler quickly learns to respect and appreciate. Most bass boats come with a charger and the option of […]

October 12th, 2020
Get a Grip: The Best Fishing Pliers for Freshwater and Saltwater Reviewed

Every time I’ve forgotten my fishing pliers, I’ve regretted it immediately. Pliers are an essential angling tool, and the range of tasks for which they’re perfect is almost endless. Need to clip hard-to-cut line? Check. Need to remove a deeply embedded hook or mash a few split shot? Check and check. Need to clip a […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Headlamps for Fishing: Light Up the Darkness and Land More Fish

If you’re an angler, there undoubtedly has been a time on the water when you’ve regretted not bringing a light to illuminate your environment. Be it in the dusk or the dark of night, or early in the morning before sunrise, a headlamp is an essential piece of gear that should always be brought along. […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Fish Hook Removers Reviewed: Options for Every Angler

Sometimes, removing a hook can be simple, and it’s easy to pluck it right out. But when you’ve really buried a single hook, need to pull a treble hook free, or have a hook set too deep to reach with your fingers, the right tool is essential. And anytime you’re dealing with big, bad fish […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Inflatable Fishing Boats: 2020 Buying Guide and Reviews

If you want to get out onto the water, but don’t have a truck or trailer, you might consider an inflatable fishing boat. They’re also great for anglers on a tight budget, or for people who fish on lakes that limit engine horsepower. Far from pool toys, the most capable designs are used by special […]

October 12th, 2020
Trolling in the Deep? Best Downriggers Explained and Our Favorites Reviewed

Whether you prefer the excitement of summer lake trout, the thrill of deep-running walleye, or the adrenaline rush of monster kokanee, there’s no better way to troll than a downrigger. Originally designed for commercial fishing, downriggers are now a popular technique for sport fishermen on large, deep lakes in the northern U.S and southern Canada […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Fishing Knives Reviewed: Finding The Right Knife

I’ve never gone fishing and not needed a knife. From line to rope, cutting bait to cleaning fish, a knife is essential gear for an angler, and indeed, any outdoorsmen. And whether you fish, hunt, camp, or hike, a good blade is a trusted companion and a thoroughly useful tool. In this article, I’ll review […]

October 12th, 2020
Buck 112 Slim Pro Knife Review

Overall length: 7.25” Closed length: 4.25” Blade length: 3” Blade thickness: .12” Handle material: micarta Blade material: S30V Blade grind: hollow, with Buck’s Edge 2X geometry Locking mechanism: lockback Weight: 2.6 ounces The Basics series is essentially a modernization of the time-honored 110 and 112. Originally designed to offer something akin to the performance of […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Marine Battery - Dual Use, Starting, and Deep Cycle Batteries Explained and Reviewed

Ever been on the water and had your trolling motor die? Worse still, ever been miles from the boat ramp, tried to start your outboard, and got nothing? That’s a heart-sinking feeling you only need to experience once to learn to take batteries seriously! Marine batteries can be tricky business, and if you don’t know […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Fishing Sunglasses Reviewed - Stylish Safety in the Sun

From bright sun to errant hooks, fishing is harder on your eyes than the price of a new boat. If you’ve taken to the water without sunglasses, you know exactly what we mean. And as any optometrist can tell you, it’s unwise in the extreme to neglect quality eye protection, and plenty of ER doctors […]

October 12th, 2020
Best Underwater Fishing Camera Reviewed - “Eyes-On” Angling

However awesome your flasher or fishfinder, there’s nothing like actually seeing the fish you’re after. And from species identification to indications of behavior, live video is an impressive tool to enhance your angling prowess. Indeed, plenty of hard-water anglers already know that “eyes-on” fishing will improve your success. But finding what you need isn't exactly […]

October 23rd, 2020
Best Fishing Nets: Making Sure You Land The Big Ones

Hooking and fighting are only the first steps in catching a fish - landing them is the difference between a memorable morning and the one that got away. Fishing nets are pretty much essential tools for avid anglers. They allow you to scoop a fish from the water much easier than you can with your […]

October 24th, 2020
Fishing Gifts for Dad

Need to find a present for the man who means everything - and who has everything? That’s a tough order, but we’ve got you covered with a list of fishing gifts for dad that are sure to put a smile on your father's face. Fishing Gifts For Dad Under $10 When a hungry fish hits […]

October 24th, 2020
Best Gifts for Fishermen

Have an angler in your life for whom you need a gift? Unsure what to get them? If you're looking for ideas for fishing Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, or just something creative for any occasion, we’d be delighted to help! Below, you’ll find a list of the best fishing gifts that run from inexpensive to […]

October 24th, 2020
Best Minnow Bucket: Top Choices Reviewed For 2020

Whether you chase slabs with minnows, toss shad to big cats, or throw shrimp to reds, you know that hot weather and live bait don’t mix. And to keep your expensive or hard-won bait at its best, you need a the best bait bucket that can provide hours--perhaps even days--of cool, aerated water. Unfortunately, bait […]

October 24th, 2020
Best Fishing Coolers Compared and Reviewed: 2020 Buying Guide

If you’re in the market for a new cooler, you’re probably asking if the premium price tags on high-end coolers are worth it. The answer is probably yes. With durability that promises decades of all-season performance, premium coolers are a breathtaking initial expense that makes long term financial sense. Spend a little more now, and […]

October 26th, 2020
Best Trolling Motors: Buying Guide & Reviews

If there’s a must-have item for your boat, it’s a trolling motor. An excellent trolling motor is the ideal way to navigate tricky situations, creep up on fish without spooking them with a loud outboard, and stay in position when pushed by tide, wind, or current. It’s also a great option for stealthy trolling. Moreover, […]

October 26th, 2020
Best Trolling Motor Battery: Dedicated Batteries To Keep You Moving

To get the most from your trolling motor, you need reliable, powerful batteries. Unfortunately, battery tech is confusing, and unless you really do your homework, you’ll shortchange your motor and yourself. Let’s clear up some confusion right away: while dual-use batteries can power a trolling motor, you won’t get the performance from them that you […]

October 27th, 2020
Best Fishing Canoes Reviewed: Solo, Tandem, and Square-Sterns Compared

While bass boats may dominate your local lake on the weekends, legions of anglers are discovering the advantages of fishing from a canoe. Not only can you access water far too shallow for larger boats, hitting spots that hold unpressured fish, but you can also save tens of thousands of dollars by skipping the huge […]

November 3rd, 2020
Best Fish Finder for the Money: Humminbird vs. Garmin vs. Lowrance:

If there’s a fishing accessory worth investing in, it’s a top-of-the-line fish finder. With powerful sonar, precise electronics, and a crisp display, you won’t be guessing about what’s under your hull--you’ll know. And from structure to cover to the fish themselves, you’ll have the information you need to keep your livewell full. After careful research, […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Fishing Watches Reviewed For 2020: Time and Tide on Your Wrist

Some anglers lean toward minimalism, looking for a purity of experience that draws them into a deeper connection to nature. Think about fans of tenkara, for instance. But others are gear hounds, looking for tech that can help them catch more fish, more easily, and in greater comfort. Among them, you’ll find anglers looking for […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Fishing Scales Reviewed: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Without a scale to weigh your fish, you’re just guessing. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about angling over the years, it’s that “educated guesses” tend to grow with each telling. Yes, I’ve known a few people who could assess a bass to within a few ounces just by eye, but they’ve been rarer […]

November 16th, 2020
Best Tackle Box, Backpack, and Bags: Be An Organized Angler

My grandfather’s tackle box was always a mess. He’d manage to find what he was looking for, though, often beneath a tangle of old line, a few steel leaders, and pliers so caked with rust that even a thorough soaking in WD-40 wouldn’t get them moving again. Much of it had to do with the […]

November 21st, 2020
Best Fish Fillet Knife

As an angler, your catch is considered your reward. Although I generally sportfish on a catch and release basis, sometimes I will take a keep a few fish to filet and eat with friends and family. If you are going to take a fish home to eat, nothing is more important than ensuring you get […]

November 22nd, 2020
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Fishing Deals 2020

Here is a list of the best black friday deals for fishing in 2020: Save up to 65% this Black Friday at Bass Pro Shops! RED HOT DEALS over 25% Savings are in Red. Best Black Friday Cyber Monday Fishing Rod Deals 13 Fishing FATE Black Generation 2 Casting Rod: 40% Savings on this great rod,  […]

Fishing Apparel

October 12th, 2020
Best Rain Gear for Fishing Reviewed For 2020

Die-hard anglers know that foul weather can mean great fishing, and a little rain and wind won’t keep them off the water. They do this with the help of the best rain gear for fishing But to make the most of the action a front can bring with it, you need outerwear that can shed […]

October 24th, 2020
Best Fishing Hats Reviewed: Protecting More Than Just Your Eyes

A good fishing hat does more than keep the sun out of your eyes. It also offers protection for your face, neck, and ears, helping to lower your risk of skin cancer. More and more anglers are aware of the long-term effects of not shielding their skin from the sun, and a simple hat with […]

November 2nd, 2020
Best Fishing Shoes: Your Top Options For All Situations

Footwear doesn’t get much press in the angling world, but if you’ve ever suffered through a day of cold, wet feet or taken a spill when you lost your footing, you know the value of the right shoes for fishing. Have you been looking for a new pair of fishing shoes? We’d love to help! […]

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