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Fishing Rods

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 […]

Best Spinning Rods - 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 […]

Best Fishing Rods for Kids: Excellent Options Reviewed For 2021

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 […]

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 […]

Best Baitcasting Rods For The Money – 2021 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 […]

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 […]

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! Quick glance at the […]

Best Inshore Spinning Rods Reviewed

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

Best Fishing Rods Reviewed

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 […]

Best Spinnerbait Rod - Buying Guide and Reviews For 2021

Finding the right rod for spinnerbait fishing can be a bit tricky, as you need to look for certain actions, power, and materials. Don't worry, we're here to help. Below, you’ll find a complete buying guide, as well as reviews of the top spinnerbait rods. Quick glance at the best spinnerbait rods on the market: […]

Best Crankbait Rods Reviewed For 2021

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 […]

Best Swimbait Rods - 2021 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 […]

Best Saltwater Fishing Rods Reviewed

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Fishing Reels

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 […]

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 […]

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! Quick glance at the […]

Pflueger President XT Review: Is It a Worthy Upgrade?

Related: Best Spinning Reels Pfleuger is a name trusted by many, many anglers, and I’ve met folks on the water that won’t buy anything else. So when the company announced an improved version of the famous President spinning reel, we had to have a look! Is the Pflueger President XT everything it’s advertised to be? […]

Pflueger President Reel Review: Quite Possibly America's Favorite Spinning Reel

Fish any lake, pond, or river in America, and chances are, you’ll see a Pflueger reel in the hands of an angler. And their likely choice? The President. What explains the perennial, nationwide popularity of this reel when so many others have local or trendy followings? Precision and performance. Let’s get down to the brass […]

Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel Review

Related: Best Spinning Reels, Best Ultralight Spinning Reels Okuma advertises its Ceymar series as budget-friendly spinning reels whose performance outpaces their price. Sometimes seen as “Shimano killers,” the Ceymar lineup is supposed to be so good that it can compete with reels costing twice, even three times, as much. Pflueger’s President is clearly in Okuma’s […]

Penn Spinfisher VI Reel Review: Penn’s All-Arounder for the Salt

Related: Best Saltwater Fishing Reels There’s no question about Penn’s dominance in the salt, and there’s simply no brand out there with a better reputation, more fans, or more excellent products for inshore and offshore anglers. Like pretty much everyone else, we like Penn’s reels a lot, and we count the Battle II and Slammer […]

Penn Slammer III Review: The Best Spinning Reel for Big Saltwater Species

Related: Best Saltwater Fishing Reels If there’s a name every saltwater angler respects, it’s Penn. Known for no-nonsense performance and durability, everyone from surfcasters to marlin chasers is aware that Penn sets the performance bar against which everything else is compared. And in my experience, most contenders fail. Is the Penn Slammer III really that […]

Best Ultralight Spinning Reel - Buying Guide and Reviews For 2021

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Bass Pro Micro Lite Elite Spinning Reel Review

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, […]

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 […]

Best Saltwater Fishing Reels: Inshore and Offshore 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fishing Line

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fishing Bait & Lures

Types Of Fishing Lures: Common Kinds of Lures Explained

Fishing lures come in an incredible range of shapes, sizes, designs, and materials. For anglers new to the sport, the ins and outs of lure choice can be confusing to the point of mystery. We get that! With so many options available, it’s really hard to know what each one is, does, and works for. […]

Rapala’s Shadow Rap: A Simply Deadly Jerkbait Reviewed

Related: Best Jerkbaits, Best Fishing Lures Rapala’s Shadow Rap: Specifications Rapala offers the Shadow Rap in four distinct variations. Two body styles are available: the slender, elongated minnow - just going by the moniker “Rap” - and the taller, more ovoid shad. These two bodies can be had with the standard jerkbait lip or a […]

How To Fish A Jerkbait

In clear water, there’s probably no lure as effective as a jerkbait. That’s a strong claim, and we need to back it up. Because jerkbaits mimic the movement of injured baitfish, when fished right, they trigger a primal reaction in bass. And as pros like Kevin VanDam will tell you, they’ll come farther to hit […]

Best Jerkbaits Reviewed: Top Picks for 2021

Jerkbaits are known for their pre-spawn and late fall magic, and in cool, clear water, they’re probably without equal. Popular on the tournament trail even in warmer water when bass are schooling and actively feeding on masses of baitfish, jerkbaits are a staple every angler should learn to fish well. If you’re not sure which […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Fishing Accessories

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 […]

Best Inflatable Fishing Boats: 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 […]

Best Fishing Watches Reviewed: 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 […]

Best Minnow Bucket: Top Choices Reviewed

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 […]

Best Fishing Coolers Compared and Reviewed: 2021 Buying Guide

If you’re in the market for a fishing 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 fishing coolers are a breathtaking initial expense that makes long term financial sense. Spend a little more now, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best Gifts for Fishermen in 2021

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 […]

Fishing Gifts for Dad in 2021

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best Fishing Bobbers for Every Application

I’ve caught coolers full of fish under a simple red and white fishing bobber, tossing my worms and hooks into the shallow water of a bluegill spawning bed. And legions of crappie have succumbed to the allure of the minnows thrashing beneath my slip floats. If you’re reading this, my guess is that you’ve had […]

Best VHF Marine Radios Reviewed

If you’re in the market for a VHF radio, we’ve got you covered. Here, you’ll find a complete buying guide, as well as reviews of some of the top handheld and fixed mount VHF radios. Best Handheld VHF Radios Uniden MHS335BT - Best Budget Handheld VHF Radio ICOM IC-M93D Standard Horizon HX890 - Best Handheld VHF […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best Fillet Knives for Anglers Reviewed: Sharp, Flexible, and Secure in Your Hand

A good fillet knife is an essential tool for cleaning fish. Sharp, flexible, and secure in your hand, these long, thin knives make quick work of producing fillets for your table, and no serious angler doesn’t have at least one ready to go. But do you know what separates the best from the rest? If […]

Best Survival Fishing Kits Reviewed (and Instructions for Assembling Your Own!)

Survival is something to take seriously. Whether you get lost on a long hike, get turned around in the woods while hunting, or find yourself without power or a grocery store after a hurricane, being prepared matters. Fishing is among the most energy-efficient ways to feed yourself in the wild, and a good survival fishing […]

Best Fishing Carts in 2021: Gear Transportation Made Easy

If you find yourself struggling to bring all your gear from your vehicle to the water, you probably need a fishing cart. Designed around the needs of anglers, a good fishing cart can bear the burden of a full cooler, a few chairs, and all your tackle and bait. Ideal for anglers who fish from […]

Best Fish Grippers: 2021 Buying Guide & Reviews

A fish gripper is the ideal tool for handling medium to large fish, and for many anglers, it’s an essential piece of gear. In contrast to fish like largemouth bass, which are safe to lip by hand, species like muskie and pike, as well as saltwater favorites like bluefish and barracuda, sport a mouth full […]

Best Fish Scalers for 2021

I’ll bet there’s not an angler reading this who hasn’t used a big spoon or a butter knife to scale a fish. We’ve all been there, and it’s pretty much universally accepted that a good scaler is faster and does a better job. They offer better abrasive surfaces, handles designed for the task, and simply […]

Best Humminbird Fish Finders Reviewed: Endless Innovation and High-End Performance

The pride of Eufaula, Alabama, Humminbird is now a name synonymous with high-end angling electronics. Offering some of the most full-featured units money can buy, you can count legions of pros on the tournament circuit and full-time fishing skippers as fans. But with a startling array of fish finders on offer, which one is the […]

Best Garmin Fish Finders Reviewed: Options for Every Angler

Garmin, a company known for its GPS know-how, has increasingly turned this experience in the direction of affordable fish finders. And while not in real competition with the high-end electronics offered by competitors like Lowrance and Humminbird, a question remains. Are Garmin’s best fish finders good buys? Let’s get some answers! Below, you’ll find reviews […]

Best Lowrance Fish Finders Reviewed: Top-Notch High-End Angling Electronics

Founded in Joplin, Missouri way back in 1957, Lowrance is no stranger to innovation, bleeding-edge tech, and the needs of hard-core anglers. Offering a complete line of fish finders to match any budget and need, legions of fishermen know they can depend on Lowrance’s powerful electronics to put them on the fish. But which model […]

Bowfishing Tips: Six Effective Tips to Help You Shoot the Fish of Your Dreams

The first few times you hit the water as an archer, you can expect frustration. That’s just the way it is, and unless you’re an unusually seasoned hunter, your first 20, 30, or even 40 shots are going to miss. And that’s if you even see a shootable fish! But there are ways to shorten […]

Best Bowfishing Arrow Points: Sharp, Hard and Grippy Tips

A good point is more than a nice extra on your arrow. It’s essential. And whether you’re trying to stick big, nasty gar or shoot a fat cat, you need plenty of penetration and barbs that hold.  That can be a tall order, and we’d like to help you make the best choice. Below, you’ll […]

Best Bowfishing Line: Stronger Than Steel Cable

The only thing connecting your arrow to your bow is a length of line, and when you hit a monster carp or a big blue cat, you’ll want that slender cable to act like it was made of steel. Suffice it to say that what counts as strong fishing line isn’t even beginning to register […]

Best Bowfishing Arrows Reviewed: Stiff, Straight, and Deadly

As any archer can tell you, a good arrow is an essential part of your bowfishing system. And while a standard bow can get you on the water with few to no modifications, bowfishing arrows are a breed all their own. That can leave even experienced archers at a loss about what to look for, […]

Best Bowfishing Reels for 2021: Reviews and Buying Guide

No fishing bow is complete without a reel, and from simple drums to high-end retrievers, reel choice is critical to a successful hunt. Three options are common - retrievers, spincasters, and drums - and each has strengths and weaknesses.  If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help. Below, you’ll find reviews of […]

Best Bowfishing Bows Reviewed: Hunting Fish in 2021

Bowfishing offers a heart-pounding, adrenaline-fueled rush, turning fishing into something more akin to hunting. And as any aficionado of this rapidly growing sport will tell you, if you haven’t tried it, you really should! It’s easy to get started and tons of fun once you do - but you’ll need to invest in a good […]

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, […]

Best Cast Nets Reviewed: Catching Your Own Live Bait

I was fishing just north of Grande Isle, Louisiana, working a salt flat on the moving tide for reds. I had a live minnow swimming like mad under my Cajun Thunder popping cork, and it was only seconds before a monster bent my rod like I had hooked another boat. That pattern held up all […]

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. […]

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 […]

Best Trolling Motor Battery: Dedicated Batteries To Keep You Moving In 2021

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 […]

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 […]

Deeper Sonar Review: Deeper Start, Pro/Pro+, and CHIRP Reviewed

Fish finder tech has come a long way, and beyond the hull-mounted transducers and consoles common on bass boats and the like, companies like Deeper now offer tiny, portable fish finders that you can cast from the shore or mount via transom to your kayak. Costing ten times less than traditional systems, you might be […]

Best Fishing Chair With Rod Holder - Wild Republic vs. Bass Pro

While folding chairs are a dime a dozen, fishing chairs that incorporate (or include) a rod holder are rarer than honest politicians. After an exhaustive search, we could only find two. But if you’re looking for a portable fishing chair that can double as a rod holder while you watch a bobber, we’ve got you […]

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, […]

Best Portable Fish Finders for 2021

Plenty of anglers need a portable fish finder. Whether that’s because they fish from the bank or rent a canoe or kayak, they need electronics that are truly portable, not just demountable.  You’ll see recommendations for “portable” units that require drilling to mount or demand an external power source. Neither of these will work for […]

Best Fishing Line Conditioner

If there’s something all anglers learn to hate about nylon monofilament and fluorocarbon, it’s memory. These materials are cursed by physics to “remember” the shapes into which they’ve been formed, and after a while on your reel or on a replacement spool of line, they’ll stick doggedly to those tight rings and bends. The good […]

Best Fishing Rod Racks For 2021

Pretty much every angler I know has more than a few rods. And while leaning them against a wall works for a while, the first time an expensive rod is damaged like that, most folks bite the bullet and buy a quality rack. Reliable storage options abound, but there are lemons out there, too. If […]

Best Fishing Rods Holders For 2021

Anglers across America know that trolling is a fantastic technique to catch fish. Whether you prefer summertime crappie, walleye on the Great Lakes, or offshore salmon, it’s essential to realize that the right rod holder is just as important as proper tackle. But there are at least as many rod holder options out there as […]

Marine Battery Group Size

Selecting a marine battery is typically an expensive proposition, and it’s critical to get the details right. That’s why we’ve spent so much time discussing this topic. One thing you’ll notice is that there are lots of technical specifications to keep in mind: battery types, Amp hours, cold cranking amps, reserve capacity, weights … the […]

Best Marine Battery Boxes: Complete Reviews and Buying Guide for 2021

Marine batteries are a significant investment, and whether we’re talking about a starting battery to crank up your outboard, a dual-use battery that can start your engine and run your electronics, or a dedicated trolling motor battery, you need to know that you can rely on them, 100% of the time. Proper maintenance is critical, […]

Best Fish Culling System: Win More Tournaments

Talk to professional bass anglers, and they’ll tell you that tournaments are won (or lost) through time management. That’s one reason that tournament winners are willing to invest in bigger motors, more powerful electronics, and faster boats.  Anything that saves time gives you those seconds and minutes back to catch fish. And whether that time […]

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Fishing Deals 2021

Here is a list of the best black friday deals for fishing in 2021. Click links and images to see deals: Tackle Direct Tackle Direct Black Friday & Holiday Deals Starts Now! Take 10% Off Orders Over $250 with Code STUFFED10, Plus Free Economy Shipping from 11/25 - 12/1. Exclusions Apply. Take 15% Off Orders […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fishing Apparel

Best Neck Gaiters and Sun Masks For Fishing - [Ultimate Protection]

Of all the hazards anglers face out on the water, the sun is at the top of the list. Repeated sun exposure is a sure-fire invitation for cancer, and a growing number of fishermen who were once cavalier about the dangers of UV radiation are getting serious about protection. And as good as sunscreen is, […]

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 […]

Best Fishing Shoes: Your Top Options For All Situations

Fishing shoes don’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 […]

Best Fishing Pants: Options for Every Climate and Season

Good fishing pants are essential, whether you wear them to protect you from the summer’s sun or the winter’s cold. Tough and easy wearing, the best options provide the protection you need while still being comfortable. And whatever season you wear them in, they need to be able to shrug off stains. That’s a tall […]

Best Fishing Boots for Foul Weather and Slick Decks

Cold weather, salt spray, and bloody decks are a potent combination that demands plenty of protection. Not only does your footwear need to keep you warm, but it also needs to keep you dry and on your feet, rather than your back. That’s a tall order, and not many boots are up to the task. […]

Best Rain Gear for Fishing Reviewed For 2021

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 […]

Best Fishing Bibs for 2021

Whether you’re facing a sudden squall, a punishing wind that’s pushing spray sideways, or waves that are breaking over the deck, foul weather means fishing bibs that doesn’t know the word “quit.” We’ve already covered the boots we’d choose for those conditions, and now it’s time to turn to foul-weather bibs. You may not even […]

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