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Fishing Rods

The Best Collapsible Fishing Rods for 2024

Buying Guide: What to Look for in the Best Collapsible Rods Quality In the fishing world, it’s easy to divide tackle into two general groups: options that serious anglers should consider, and cheap toys that are going to work once or twice before breaking. If you’re old enough, you’ll remember infomercials for Ron Popeil’s “Pocket […]

Best Fly Fishing Rods Reviewed for 2024: A Rod For Any River

If you’re new to fly fishing or an experienced veteran of everything from brookies to steelhead, it always pays to research the fly rod market. With recent improvements in blank tech, fly rods are getting better and better, easily exceeding the performance of top choices from just a decade ago. If you’re looking for an […]

The Best Flipping and Pitching Rod - Buying Guide and Reviews of the Top Sticks

There are many fishing rods on the market that are great for flipping and pitching. However, some that market themselves as suitable for flipping are less-than-ideal for the job. Given this, we’ve reviewed some of the top options on the market to help you make a wise purchase. We’ve listed our winner, along with the […]

Best Drop Shot Rods for the Money: Our Favorites Reviewed for 2024

Drop shotting is one of the hottest techniques for bass. It offers a subtle, finesse presentation of a worm that largemouth can’t resist. In fact, you can work the edge of a weed bed that’s been hit hard by other anglers and still hook a big one! But because this technique demands a finesse presentation, […]

One Rod To Rule Them All? Best Bass Fishing Rods Reviewed

Bass fishing demands an almost bewildering range of techniques--and the tackle to match. That’s why it’s easy to find dedicated anglers who pack dozens of rods in their boats. But for most of us, spending thousands on rods isn’t in the cards, and especially if you’re new to chasing largemouth bass, you probably need one […]

Bass Fishing Rigs: Rig Like A Tournament Pro

As any bass fishing veteran can attest, an excellent worm rig has won more tournaments than anything else, hands down. And while there’s no one rig to rule them all, with just a handful of tried-and-tested options, you can improve your odds of catching trophy largemouth. Want to learn more? Keep reading! Table of Contents […]

Best Rod and Reel Combos for Bass: Baitcasting and Spinning Options Reviewed

No angler I know doesn’t get excited about a new rod and reel for bass fishing, but with the wealth of options out there and skyrocketing prices, it can be tough to make the right decision - and feel that you got a real bargain. And with inflation biting into everyone’s paycheck, budget-friendly options really […]

The Best Rod Length for Bass Fishing Explained: Technique Specific or Compromise?

As you can probably guess, there’s no one perfect rod length for a bass rod. Instead, the ideal length depends on several factors, specifically your technique. That’s not to say that there aren’t good compromises available for an all-around bass rod, but if you look at the deck of a pro’s boat, you’re going to […]

Best Ultralight Rods That Are Heavy on Fun: 2024's Top Ultralight Rods Reviewed

    Our Top Picks: The St. Croix Premier PS60ULF, The , and The There’s a world of difference between a $200 rod and a $20 alternative, and our top picks reflect that. But from the incredible performance of our premium options to the budget-minded alternatives, all will get the job done and then some. […]

Best Baitcasting Rod and Reel Combos Reviewed

From plastic worms to top-water frogs, much of bass fishing relies on “power” techniques that demand a heavy stiff rod and a reel that can wrench a monster out of thick cover without missing a beat. Tournament pros will have an arsenal of baitcasting rods and reels, each rigged for a specific technique, ready to […]

Best Baitcasting Rods For The Money – 2024 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 Black Friday Deals on Fishing Rods

We've cast our net far and wide to bring you an incredible selection of black friday fishing rod deals. From ultra-lightweight rods perfect for those delicate catches to robust, heavy-duty ones designed for the big game, our deals cover it all. This is your chance to upgrade your fishing arsenal with top-quality rods from leading […]

KastKing’s Speed Demon Pro: A Detailed Review of the Crankbait-Specific Model

Designed and priced to compete with mid-range offerings from the likes of Falcon, St. Croix, and Lew’s, how does the KastKing Speed Demon Pro stack up? Let’s find out! Analysis and Results Blank, power, and action KastKing sent us their crankbait-specific, 7-foot medium/moderate rod. The blank is made from a composite of S-glass and high-modulus […]

The Best Fishing Rods for Beginners: Everything a New Angler Needs

While experienced anglers may chase the latest and greatest tackle, new anglers need a rod that maximizes the performance/price ratio. They’ll often be a bit tougher on their gear as they learn the ropes, so durability matters. But they also appreciate tackle that allows them to experiment with different techniques, whether that’s various styles of […]

Best Fishing Rod for Panfish - Top Options In 2024

Whether you hunt your panfish in open water or in the tangles of downed trees, rod selection is critical to success.  If you’re wondering what makes an ideal panfish rod, look no further. Below, you’ll find out more about how we select our own rods, as well as reviews of some excellent choices. Quick glance […]

Best Salmon Rods: Our Picks for 2024

More often than I would care to admit, I find myself stuck in the middle of the debate over which fish is stronger: salmon or steelhead. The answer, in my opinion, is an easy one, but one I get a lot of hate for. Salmon are the harder fighting of the two by far. Steelheaders […]

Best Ugly Stik Rods for 2024: Unbeatable Durability and Surprising Performance

Shakespeare’s Ugly Stiks have won a hard-earned reputation for nearly unbreakable durability. Priced right, and tough enough for pretty much any situation, these budget-friendly rods deserve a second look. And while they’re certainly not going to give your G. Loomis a run for its money or offer sensitivity that rivals a St. Croix, their fiberglass […]

Best St. Croix Rods for 2024: Among the Very Best Money Can Buy

Longtime readers of USAngler will know that we’re huge fans of St. Croix rods.  The reasons are clear. High quality components and super manufacturing yield rods that are strong and sensitive, and until you’ve fought a personal best with a St. Croix in your hand, you don’t know what you’re missing! If you’re in the […]

Best Fishing Rods for Kids: Excellent Options Reviewed For 2024

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 Fishing Rods Reviewed - Top Rated for 2024

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 2024

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 Swimbait Rods - 2024 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 Telescoping Rods Reviewed - Big Fun in a Small Package

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 […]

The Best JerkBait Rods - Buying Guide and Reviews of Our Favorites

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! […]

Best Spinning Rods for 2024 - 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 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 […]

Best Rod and Reel Combos Reviewed: Top Options in 2024

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 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 […]

The Best Travel Rods Reviewed: Real Performance for Serious Fishermen

Anglers who travel a lot and want to get some fishing in or who need to pack rods in carry-on luggage know that real fishing tackle that meets their needs is in short supply. Yes, you can opt for some of the products that promise performance - Plussino comes to mind - and you’ll see […]

Best Crankbait Rods Reviewed For 2024

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 Trolling Rod and Reel Combos: Walleye, Salmon, and Pelagic Options Reviewed

Rod and reel combos can offer tremendous value for the money, and they can take a lot of the guesswork of rod and reel choice out of the fishing equation for less experienced anglers. Both of those are great things. But the wrong combo will cost you far more money than it’s worth, or worse […]

Best Trolling Rods for Every Species: 2024 Reviews and Buying Guide

There’s no one “best” trolling rod, and which tackle is a good choice largely depends on the species you’re chasing. For instance, a great spider rod for crappie isn’t going to do you much good for walleye, and an excellent walleye rod will simply fail under the stress of a tuna. If you’re wondering what […]

Best Panfish Reels - Your Top Choices in 2024

The ultralight tackle you use for fishing panfish turns each of these little fish into whales, adding to the addictive excitement angling for this species offers. In fact, just one afternoon catching these speckled devils will have you as hooked as they will be! And the good news is that reels for crappie doesn’t need […]

Sensitive Strength: The Best Rods for Fishing a Ned Rig Reviewed

The Ned rig is a fantastic finesse presentation for bass. But unlike worm fishing, a stout rod and heavy line are counter-productive with a light Ned head and a small trailer. Instead, you want finesse tackle - and that means reaching or an entirely different kind of “bass rod.” If that idea leaves you feeling […]

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 […]

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. […]

Best Saltwater Fishing Rods Reviewed

Table of Contents (clickable)1 Best Saltwater Fishing Rods1.1 Saltwater rod for surf fishing1.2 Offshore saltwater rod1.3 Inshore saltwater spinning rod1.4 Fishing Rod and reel combo for saltwater 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 […]

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 Line Counter Reels Reviewed In 2024: Precision Trolling

Modern precision trolling requires accurate knowledge of line length and boat speed. This allows you to target specific depths where fish are feeding, leading to impressive results. However, it can be complex and requires specialized equipment like trolling rods, planer boards, and line counter reels. If you want to enhance your trolling skills for walleye, […]

Best Reels for Pitching and Flipping: Bass Dragging, Hard Fighting, Ultra-Fast Options for 2024

Flipping and pitching a Texas-rigged soft plastic is as integral to bass fishing as fireworks are to the 4th of July. And whether you prefer a Punch rig, a Jika rig, a Tokyo rig, or stick with the tied and true, there’s simply no question that pitching and flipping a fat worm, Senko, or creature […]

Best Bass Fishing Reels: Our Favorites Reviewed

To the uninitiated, one reel is pretty much like another. But for bass anglers, the differences are critically important--and easy to recognize. As any old hand on the lake can explain, the wrong reel will cripple your casts, hobble your retrieves, and have you spending more time clearing bird’s nests than fishing. But which manufacturers […]

Best Spinning Reel For Bass: Spin-in a Largemouth

While baitcasting reels dominate the tournament scene, plenty of anglers already know that good spinning reels are more than up to the task for largemouth.  And if you just don’t care for baitcasting reels, shy away from buying new rods to fit them, or want a one-rod solution to all your fishing, a spinning reel […]

Bass Fishing Rigs: Rig Like A Tournament Pro

As any bass fishing veteran can attest, an excellent worm rig has won more tournaments than anything else, hands down. And while there’s no one rig to rule them all, with just a handful of tried-and-tested options, you can improve your odds of catching trophy largemouth. Want to learn more? Keep reading! Table of Contents […]

Best Rod and Reel Combos for Bass: Baitcasting and Spinning Options Reviewed

No angler I know doesn’t get excited about a new rod and reel for bass fishing, but with the wealth of options out there and skyrocketing prices, it can be tough to make the right decision - and feel that you got a real bargain. And with inflation biting into everyone’s paycheck, budget-friendly options really […]

Best Shimano Spinning Reels Reviewed for 2024

Buying Guide: What You Should Look for in a Shimano Spinning Reel Body On smaller reels, you’re not going to notice body rigidity because the forces involved just aren’t powerful enough to put common materials to the test. But as you turn to inshore and offshore fishing, those forces grow substantially. The body of a […]

Is the Penn Authority the Ultimate Reel? Exclusive Review Reveals Why It Might Just Be the Last Reel You'll Ever Need!

Analysis The Authority is Penn’s flagship reel. If you’re looking for the best Penn has to offer, your search is over. Sizes Available in sizes ranging from 2500 to 10500, the Authority is a no-holds-barred inshore and offshore spinning reel that can give even the best conventional reels a run for their money, especially in […]

Best Baitcasting Reels Reviewed - Top Choices for 2024

After careful research, field testing, and detailed comparison, we’ve put together an unbeatable resource to help you find the best baitcasting reel for the money! Quick look at the best baitcasting reels on the market today:   Abu Garcia Revo SX REVO4 SX-HS Awesome casting Excellent drag with a very heavy maximum Excellent capacity Incredible […]

Uncovered: The Surprising Truth About the Shimano Sedona FI - Is It Really the Best Budget Reel?
The Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel - Too Good to Be True? Our Exclusive Review Tells All

Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel Review Shimano’s Vanford series of spinning reels are designed around the needs of inshore anglers chasing specks, reds, flounder, blues, and the like, as well as freshwater fishermen who need a reels capable of handling everything from nasty pike to finesse largemouth applications to panfish. Specifications Sizes: 500, 1000, 2500, 3000, […]

Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel Reviewed

Analysis and Results 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 sites, but do they have […]

Penn’s Upgraded Battle III Reviewed: How Does It Stack Up Against the Competition

Analysis & Results Specifications Body Not all reel bodies are built for hard fights, and if there’s one thing that you can trust about the Battle III, it’s that it lives up to its name. Manufactured with an all-metal body, the Battle III is stiff, tough, and durable. While aluminum weighs more than carbon fiber […]

Daiwa BG Reviewed: Everything You Want in an Inshore or Surf-casting Reel

Analysis and Results Whether your passion is chasing reds in a moving tide or casting for snook from the shore, you need a reel that delivers the goods in gusty winds and hard fights. And as smooth casting as your favorite baitcaster might be, your best bet is almost always a great spinning reel. It’s […]

Is the Shimano Sustain FJ the Ultimate Secret Weapon for Big Fish? Find Out In This Review!

Analysis If you’re in the market for an incredible reel that’s just as capable inshore as it is when you’re fishing for pike, muskie, or trophy cats, Shimano’s Sustain FJ might be the right choice for you. A completely redesigned reel, this new Sustain is simply amazing, and if I were looking for an absolutely […]

The Shimano Stella SW Review - Is This the Most Powerful Reel Ever Made

Analysis Shimano’s reels offer legendary performance, but unless you’re willing to reach deep, deep into your pockets, you’ll never know the best they can offer. “Unbeatable.” “Unbelievable.” “Amazing.” Those are words that you’ll hear to describe their Stella SW line-up. And every word is true. Put simply, this is the absolute best spinning reel for […]

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

Analysis and Results 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 III among […]

Penn’s Slammer IV Review: The King of Saltwater Spinning Reels

Analysis and Results What’s the difference between the Slammer III and Slammer IV? The Slammer III debuted to much fanfare, winning the coveted iCast 2016 award for Best Saltwater Reel. It quickly won the hearts of inshore and offshore anglers for its run-stopping power, amazing drag systems, massive capacity, and rugged durability. In 2021, Penn […]

The Best Penn Spinning Reels for 2024

Long-time readers of USAngler will know that we’re big fans of Penn’s spinning reels, and from the affordable Battle III to no-holds-barred Authority, exceptional performance is the norm. If you’re a saltwater angler looking for the best spinning reels to wrangle specks, redfish, stripers, snook, and even large, pelagic species like tarpon, sailfish, and shark, […]

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 Black Friday Deals on Fishing Reels

We've cast our net far and wide to bring you an incredible selection of black friday fishing reel deals. From ultra-lightweight rods perfect for those delicate catches to robust, heavy-duty ones designed for the big game, our deals cover it all. This is your chance to upgrade your fishing arsenal with top-quality reels from leading […]

KastKing’s MegaJaws Elite: Detailed Review and Comparison to Shimano, Daiwa, and Lews

Analysis and Results Body KastKing manufactures the MegaJaws Elite from die-cast aluminum, adding a carbon-fiber swing side to access its guts. And while I’m certain there’s plenty of machining between the die and the water, casting aluminum is much more cost-effective than machining it from a solid lump of metal. That helps keep performance high […]

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

Analysis and Results 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 […]

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

Analysis and Results 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 good? Let’s […]

Pflueger President XT Review: Is It a Worthy Upgrade?

Analysis and Results 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? Is […]

Best KastKing Reels Reviewed 2024 - 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 […]

Best Reels for Salmon Fishing: Our Picks for Salmon Fishing Success in 2024

As anglers, we all understand the importance of having quality gear. The case could be made that no matter what you’re chasing, your chances of success can depend greatly on that gear's ability to perform - and perform well. Perhaps none is more important than when fishing for salmon. Too often, I witness utter disappointment […]

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. […]

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 Ultralight Spinning Reel - Buying Guide and Reviews For 2024

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 […]

The Best Okuma Spinning Reels for 2024

Okuma is well known for affordable performance, and their spinning reels have proven themselves the world over. Recently, the company has ventured into the high-end as well, offering reels that are designed to compete with the best that Penn, Daiwa, and Shimano have to offer. Have they succeeded? Are Okuma reels at more moderate price […]

The Best Daiwa Spinning Reels for 2024 - Tested and Reviewed

Daiwa is legendary for its tech, offering feather-weight reels with rigid monocoque bodies and smooth, powerful drags. And from hard fighting snook to tournament-winning bass, massive grouper to thick-bodied slabs, there’s a Daiwa reel that’s just perfect for your next fishing adventure. If you’re in the market for a new reel, we’re here to help. […]

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 […]

Best Crankbait Reels Reviewed: When Slower is Better!

Take a look at new baitcasting reels these days, and you'll see that high speed is all the rage.  That’s great if you’re working a worm all day and need to pick it up quickly to cast again. But for crankbaits, slower is better - and slow, high-torque reels are in relatively short supply. Here […]

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 Electric Fishing Reels

When you’re fishing offshore in deep water, chasing daytime sailfish in 1500 feet of water, or just working deep for tuna or halibut, retrieving heavy sinkers all day can become a real chore.  And fighting fish by hand from that kind of depth is exhausting, to say the least. Enter the electric fishing reel, equipped […]

Best Underspin Reels: Top Reels For New Anglers

For anglers new to the sport, occasional fishermen, and children just starting their fishing journey, underspin - or “triggerspin” reels as they’re sometimes called - are a great option. Easier to use than spinning reels and much less demanding than baitcasting reels, underspin reels pair with spinning tackle, allowing you to throw light lures on […]

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, […]

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 Bass Fishing Line: Braid, Mono, and Fluorocarbon Compared

Largemouth are America’s #1 game fish for a reason, and the heart-pounding excitement of fighting your first 10-pounder will hook you for life! But with increased fishing pressure, busier lives, and less time to spend on the water than we’d like, tackle choice is critical to make the most of every opportunity. And among the […]

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 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 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 for . Here's a quick glance of the best fluorocarbon fishing line on the market today: Related: Best Fishing […]

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 […]

Best Fishing Line For Baitcaster

Fishing with a baitcaster might be more challenging than you think, especially for people new to this practice. Luckily there are ways to make it more digestible and easier for beginners and one of the factors that makes a big difference is the type of fishing line being used. Newbies aside, experienced fishermen will also […]

Fishing Bait & Lures

Best Square Bill Crankbaits Reviewed: The Ultimate Pre-spawn and Early Fall Lure

When bass are actively feeding on crawfish in transition zones pre-spawn, or when they’re keyed in on shad and bluegill in the fall, it’s very hard to beat a squarebill crankbait. Designed for a tight wobble that imitates the writhing wriggle of a small fish, they excite the eyes, ears, and lateral line of bass […]

Best Winter Bass Fishing Lures: What to Use to Make your Winter a Successful One

Cold weather can bring out the worst in fishing. Baitfish get lethargic; food sources that were prominent in the warm weather months are now all but non-existent; bass simply turn off. So it stands to reason that bass anglers do the same thing, hanging up the rods in favor of the guns and leaving the […]

Best Soft Plastics for Bass: Must-Have Baits for 2024

Which plastics are best for bass fishing? There’s no simple answer to that question. With plastics that can cover any fishing situation, on any lake or river, anytime of the year, it would be impossible to narrow it down to just a few. But here we are, trying to do just that. Whether chasing smallmouth […]

Best Swimbaits for Bass: Soft- and Hard-Body Options Reviewed

Ask tournament winners anywhere in the country, and they’ll tell you that swimbaits are nothing short of deadly. Nearly every bass angler I know loves a soft plastic swimbait, but despite that, hard-bodied swimbaits don’t get the love they deserve, even when summer gives way to fall. The reasons are pretty clear: soft-plastic swimbaits work […]

The Best Flies for Bass: Options Small- and Largemouth Can’t Resist!

While trout are far more often the target of fly anglers, chasing small- and largemouth bass is a heart-pounding adventure not to be missed! On the upper James River, I lofted tiny poppers to smallies all morning, and they savaged chartreuse, black, and white offerings until they were left legless and wingless. And largemouth have […]

How To Jig For Bass: The Next Generation of Jigs Explained 

If you think jigging for largemouth bass involves a naked lead head and a curly-tailed grub, you’re behind the times! Undoubtedly effective year ‘round, jigging works wherever you find bass suspended in the water column or hunting near the bottom. It’s also an excellent tactic for teasing a hard strike from heavy cover. But there’s […]

Hook Size For Bass: Picking the Right Hook Size for Bass

Hook sizing can be confusing, and for new anglers, there’s certainly a temptation to assume that big bass demand massive hooks. But an oversized hook is almost never a good idea, and from poor action to spooked fish and missed strikes, a hook that’s too large just won’t work very well. Too small isn’t good […]

Best Color Whopper Plopper for Every Condition

As bass anglers, we all have boxes dedicated to the lures we know are going to catch us fish. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, poppers: the choices are endless. But what about the Whopper Plopper? While nothing new to the bass scene, it’s often a lure we see missing from our fellow bass angler’s tackle bags. As […]

Winter Bass Fishing: Tips for Catching Bass in Cold Weather

Winter: time to get the bass gear packed up and the boat winterized. Bass fishing is, after all, a warm water sport. Or is it? Maybe it’s not the most lucrative time of year to be chasing bass, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. In fact, with a huge drop in - or […]

Spoon Fishing For Bass: A Guide To Fishing An Underutilized Lure

I’m willing to bet that a peek into any angler’s tackle box is going to reveal something we all have in common: the spoon. Our fathers fished with them, our grandfathers fished with them, and our great-grandfathers fished with them. There’s a reason these lures have survived the test of time since their inception in […]

The Best Lures for Bank Fishing Salmon: Our Top Picks for Shore Salmon Success

I’ve always had an affinity for river fishing. There are a few moments from my younger years that could contribute to that but none more so than salmon fishing. The idea of catching trophy fish without the need for a boat, in rivers that were practically right in my backyard, fascinated me. The more time […]

The Best Lures for Perch: Awesome Options for the Spring, Summer, and Fall

In the northern half of the US, spring and fall signal prime perch fishing, attracting legions of anglers to the water. And while not as popular as crappie or bluegill where the water warms quickly in spring, in colder climates, the yellow perch is the undisputed king of panfish. We’ve written about perch fishing before, […]

Mastering Pre-Spawn Bass Fishing: Tips, Techniques, and Secrets

Pre-spawn fishing is a real challenge for plenty of anglers, and the reasons are all too clear. Cool water temperatures may have woken largemouth from their winter’s torpor, but they’re still far from lively until the water warms to near the magic 55-degree mark. Even the big bass, hungry as they bare, will be finicky, […]

Best Jig Rods for Bass: Our Favorites for 2024 Reviewed

Flipping, casting, swimming, dragging--jigs can do it all! It’s no surprise, then, that they’re a popular choice for largemouth, especially in high summer when the vegetation gets thick. Because you can run jigs in weedless versions, and because they’re ideal for pitching into nearly impenetrable cover, they let you fish places that other lure choices […]

Best Spinnerbaits for Bass - Color, Vibration, and Flash

Spinnerbaits are special. Not only do they offer nearly endless options for customization, but with the right know-how, they can also be the ultimate tool in a bass angler’s tacklebox. But to new anglers and old-hands alike, they can be a high mystery, and from blade shapes to color combos, there’s a lot to learn […]

Best Live Bait For Bass: Alive and Kicking

Never underestimate using live bait for bass. You’re not going to see many live crawfish or shiners on the tournament circuit, but that’s not because they don’t work. In virtually every tournament, live bait is illegal, to say nothing of the endorsement issue! The truth is that live bait works as well or better than […]

Best Lures For Bass: Exploring The Best Options

There’s no one lure or technique that can catch largemouth day-in and day-out. That’s a simple fact. Instead, seasoned anglers know that they need a variety of lures to consistently fill their livewells, and you’ll find that their tackle boxes and bags are packed with any number of options, each geared to a different situation, […]

Bass Fishing Rigs: Rig Like A Tournament Pro

As any bass fishing veteran can attest, an excellent worm rig has won more tournaments than anything else, hands down. And while there’s no one rig to rule them all, with just a handful of tried-and-tested options, you can improve your odds of catching trophy largemouth. Want to learn more? Keep reading! Table of Contents […]

Best Worms for Bass Fishing: Top 5 Options

For many bass fanatics, fishing for largemouth means fishing with worms. And while we don’t really know why bass are so attracted to the fluttering, erratic motion of a soft plastic worm, we do know that among the legion of techniques and lures employed by bass anglers, soft plastic worms may be the most deadly. […]

Bass Fishing with Live and Artificial Worms Explained - Nightcrawlers vs Soft Plastics

Worms and fishing are as closely associated as bluffing and poker, and whether you choose the latest soft plastic or a massive nightcrawler, both can produce trophy bass. The key is good technique and a proper rig. We’re here to help, and whether you’re just getting started or would like a refresher, we’ve got you […]

Best Poppers for Bass: Catch Bass With Topwater Magic

In bass fishing, soft plastics and spinnerbaits seem to get all the love. Now, there’s no denying their effectiveness, just as there’s no doubting the reasons behind their popularity.  But when topwater is king, the humble popper is hard to beat. One of the oldest lures out there, the popper has earned its place in […]

Good Vibrations: Lures to Trigger a Largemouth’s Lateral Line

Bass are sight predators, which explains why they grow faster and larger in habitats where visibility is good. But that doesn’t mean that their other finely-tuned senses aren’t important. Even in clear water, bass rely on senses like hearing to alert them to potential prey and predators, especially when confronted by sounds behind or below […]

Best Crankbaits for Bass: The Tournament-Tested Pro Picks

I don’t know a bass fisherman who doesn’t have a few dozen crankbaits in their arsenal. Properly worked, they’re among the most productive options out there, especially when you need to cover a lot of water quickly. And while there are hundreds of crankbaits on the market, if you take a peek at the lure […]

How To Catch Spotted Bass - Identification, Techniques and Lures

While the vast majority of American anglers are familiar with the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), far fewer know about its cousin, the spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus). Endemic to the deep south, these fish are relatively easy to mistake for either large or smallmouth bass, as they resemble both to a striking degree. But these hard-fighting […]

How to Rig and Fish a Senko: Top 5 Techniques

While soft plastics like Rage Tail Craws, Brush Hogs, and Flukes are popular, the Senko is legendary. When the bass aren’t biting and the pressure’s on, more anglers reach for a Senko than anything else. The reason is simple: for finesse techniques, there’s probably no more effective soft plastic than a Senko. And while no […]

The Best Senko Colors to Catch More Bass

Every fisherman I know has a preference about everything from fish finders, outboards, lines, hooks, rods, reels, and just about anything else you can imagine. I know guys who hate circle hooks and despise braid, and I’ve seen fights started about who makes the best boats.  But if there’s one thing bass anglers everywhere can […]

Best Chatterbait Trailers: How to Pick The Right One for You

Chatterbaits are one of the most exciting lures you can throw for bass, rivaling topwater for hard hits. But as we’ve discussed before, most anglers don’t like them because they’ve really never learned to work them properly. Ron Davis, who helped design the very first chatterbait, thinks that "A very small percentage of the people […]

Best Smallmouth Bass Lures - What You Should be Fishing with in 2024

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a casual weekender - or you fall somewhere in between - versatility is a big part of a successful day on the water. Having a variety of lures on hand is important no matter what you might be fishing for, but with a smallmouth bass’ willingness to eat anything, […]

Best Bait For Smallmouth Bass: Tips for a Successful 2024

All too often, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass are lumped into the same category. That’s understandable, considering they’re from the same family, but sharing those family bloodlines is where the similarities often stop. A lot of baits used for either fish can be overlapped, and what catches one will often catch the other. But successful […]

Best Bait For Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass are America’s favorite game fish by a mile, and it’s no surprise that new anglers are introduced to the sport every day.  And with the array of options you can find on shelves at Bass Pro or your local tackle shop, bait choice can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know what to throw […]

The Best Bass Fishing Lures for Ponds: Go-tos For Catching More Bass in Small Water

When I was younger, there was this local pond my buddy and I used to fish any chance we got. There could be a number of reasons why this particular pond had so many bass in it, but it didn’t matter to us. We had somewhere we could go, five minutes from home, and catch […]

Minnow Fishing for Largemouth Bass: So Effective, It’s Almost Like Cheating!

Post-spawn, and all summer and fall, largemouth bass will predominantly feed on minnows and shad. Present in huge numbers, they offer a plentiful, reliable food source that bass just can’t pass up. That’s one reason that lures that imitate small fish are so effective: they’re matching the hatch by mimicking a natural prey item that’s […]

Best Rapala For Bass: A Guide To Selecting Rapala Lures For Bass 

The year is 1936, and with a chunk of cork in his hand, fisherman Lauri Rapala is about to set the scene for what is quite possibly the greatest fishing story ever told, carving a lure that, unknown to him at the time, would change the fishing world forever. The crude lure made from cork […]

Best Rat Lures For Bass: A Guide to The Best Rat Lures for Landing Lunker Bass

Trends in fishing come and go. Yes, some show up and take us all by surprise and really do end up being the next big thing, but many get their fifteen minutes of fame and fizzle out, becoming nothing more than a ‘remember that’ story. Case in point: the rat. Ok, the rat hasn’t lost […]

Best Bass Lures For Shore Fishing: Our Picks For Shore Fishing Success

These days, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the hype that is bass fishing. After all, bass are the most popular sport fish in the country. With that hype comes the idea of needing the best of the best. The fastest boat, the pinpoint electronics, the endless trays of lures: all things […]

Best Spring Bass Lures: Our Picks For Spring Success

Spring is quickly approaching. Is there any better time to be chasing big bass? Sure, some might argue that fall can be more productive. But considering most of us have been cooped up for several weeks, it’s easy to see why spring can be our favorite time of the year. We’re back on the water, […]

Best Lures For Night Fishing Bass: Buying Guide and Reviews of Our Favorites

The dog days of summer. The sun is hot, and the bass are nowhere to be found. Hot summer days can make for some tough fishing. So when the fish have tucked themselves into heavy cover, or gone in search of cooler, deeper water, what can we do to turn our luck from bad to […]

Best Lures For White Bass: Our Picks For White Bass Success

There are some things in fishing that can leave me scratching my head, wondering how, or better yet, why? Like the time I sat on the river bank and watched someone reel in more than one migrating salmon using a marshmallow as bait. Or the time I was handed a lure made of nothing more […]

Largemouth Bass Lure Selection: Water Temperature Matters Most!

Water temperature is the single best predictor of which lure, presentation, and technique to pick when bass fishing. Yes, water clarity, barometric pressure, the current prey items, and even the moon phase impact bass behavior, but not nearly as much as how warm (or cold) the water is. That’s because while the “best” lure can […]

The Best Jigs for Bass: Great Options for Every Situation

Search a dozen boats on a score of bass lakes, and you’ll find a jigging rod on every one. The reason is as clear as clean water: jigs work, and the variety they offer in design means that there’s a perfect jig for every situation and season. If you’re looking to stock-up on new jigs, […]

Rapala’s Shadow Rap: A Simply Deadly Jerkbait Reviewed

Analysis and Results 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 longer version that dives deep. The […]

The Best Flies for Panfish: 5 Sure-Fire Options

Panfish are a fly-angling opportunity not to be missed, especially if clear, cold streams are in short supply where you live. Species like crappie or bluegill are more aggressive than your typical trout - and decidedly less wary. As any experienced angler can attest, trout can be particular about which fly pattern they’ll take, turning […]

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 Spoons For Fishing: Options For All Species

Spoons, quite possibly the single lure as old as fishing itself, date all the way back to the 8th century AD. Of course, these were rudimentary versions of what we know today, but there's no doubt that spoons have been catching fish for a very long time. Simplicity and versatility are what make spoons such […]

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, […]

Best Buzzbaits: What You Should Be Throwing in 2024

Too often in fishing, things fall out of popularity. Lures are the biggest victims. Rods, reels, electronics: they all continue to evolve but generally stay consistent as far as what everyone is using. Lures, however, can be a different story. Something comes along that’s rumored or proven to catch lots of fish, and suddenly there […]

Mystery Tackle Box Review: Is MTB Right for You?

Lure selection can be a real challenge no matter what your experience level, but it’s especially bewildering for new anglers. With thousands of choices of style, shape, pattern, and color, it’s tough to know what works and when to throw it. Simplifying these options is critical, as is getting to know what works, when. That’s […]

MonsterBass Box Review: Is the “Most Popular” Subscription Service Right for You?

Fishing subscription boxes are all the rage right now, offering a monthly shipment of tackle direct to your door. But like everything else in the fishing world, you typically get what you pay for, and we have serious questions about whether you’re better off spending your hard-earned money on a mystery or just heading over […]

Best Hooks for Redfish: Style and Size Considered

One of America’s most popular inshore game fish, the red drum is prized as a trophy and as a meal. And one thing is certain: no angler can resist the excitement of catching hard-fighting reds. Often lured into a bite with live bait, hook choice for redfish is critical. Not only must it match the […]

Best Jerkbaits Reviewed: Top Picks for 2024

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 […]

Fishing Accessories

Best Gifts for Fishermen in 2024

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 2024

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. Table of Contents (clickable)1 Fishing Gifts For Dad Under $101.1 1.2 […]

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 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 Fish Scalers for 2024

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 […]

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 2024

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 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 Trolling Motor Battery: Dedicated Batteries To Keep You Moving In 2024

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 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 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 Rods Holders For 2024

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 2024

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 Rod Holders for Bank Fishing: 2022 Reviews and Buying Guide

Whether you fish at night for catfish, casting big circle hooks armed with chicken liver into a quiet lake, or bait tiny hooks with maggots for trout, a good rod holder that holds fast to the bank is essential. Waiting is the name of the game, and most anglers prefer to do that without the […]

Boating Gifts For Dad

The best part of fishing is the anticipation of what's waiting for you on the other end of your line. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, there's always something new to learn about this exciting hobby. And while the thrill of reeling in a big one sure is exciting, we know fishermen also love […]

Best Fishing Carts in 2024: 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 Fishing Knot Tying Tools to Make Angling Easy Again

Knot tying tools become essential for seasoned anglers. As we get older, most of us lose the ability to focus on things up close, a fact you’ll probably notice first when reading a menu or - for anglers - when trying to thread the eye of a hook, lure, or jig.  Arthritis, injuries, age and […]

Best Fishing Line Spoolers and Tools for 2024

Loading a reel with line is an important step that’s easy to do wrong, and unless you’ve got a buddy - and a pencil - to create tension as you wind line on your arbor, you're going to do a bad job with that initial attempt. The solution is a line spooler, a tool that […]

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 […]

Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker 10 Review: A Trunk-Portable Inflatable Fishing Machine

Anglers who want access to the water without the expense and hassle of a traditional boat will be excited to learn about Sea Eagle’s Stealth Stalker 10. This small inflatable is ideal for rivers, lakes, and ponds, easily outperforming Pond Prowlers and other comparable hard-hulled alternatives. Sea Eagle knows what anglers need, and they’ve designed […]

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 […]

Lowrance Ghost Reviewed - Everything You Need To Know

When it comes to fishing electronics, Lowrance is currently the name to beat. From their Elite series to the amazing HDS Live, they’re edging away from Humminbird, and leaving Garmin in the dust. So when Lowrance announced the arrival of a freshwater trolling motor with full networking capability, you can bet we were excited to […]

Minn Kota’s Terrova: How Does it Stack Up Against the Competition?

Everyone on the water knows the name Minn Kota, and there’s no more trusted manufacturer of trolling motors in the world, period. But with feature-rich options like Garmin’s Force and Lowrance’s Ghost demonstrating the cutting-edge of trolling motor tech, it’s fair to ask if options like the Terrova are still competitive. That’s not an easy […]

Garmin Force Reviewed: A Powerful, Efficient, Silent Motor Featuring Next-Level Control Tech

Anglers looking for a powerful, networked trolling motor are spoiled for choices like never before. Companies like Minn Kota/Humminbird and Lowrance now offer high-tech models with features like spot-lock and auto-navigation, as well as powerful communication with both fish finders and outboards. But let’s not forget about Garmin. Once the dominant name in automotive GPS, […]

Best Batteries for Fishing Electronics: Power Your Gear in 2024

Fish finders need power to run, and most anglers pair these powerful electronics with other juice-hungry options like trolling motors and live wells. When all’s said and done, that means you need a long-running, deep-discharging, fast-recharging battery to keep everything running as it should. On larger boats running big trolling motors, two or three 12V, […]

Sea Eagle FSK16 Reviewed - The Most Capable Inflatable Fishing Boat Money Can Buy

As boat prices rise, gas prices soar, and homes with big garages get more and more expensive, options for anglers who want to access the water are becoming increasingly restricted.  Many of us can’t afford to spend $20,000 on a new bass boat, and fewer still have a place to store one where it won’t […]

Costa Del Mar’s Fantail Pro Review: The Best Fishing Sunglasses Money Can Buy

Costa Del Mar’s Fantail Pro are probably the best fishing sunglasses currently available. They're expensive - yes - but for anglers who see sunglasses that provide superior glare protection and water penetration as fishing tools rather than fashion statements, the Fantail Pro is very, very hard to beat. That’s a strong statement, so let’s back […]

Best Fishing Coolers Compared and Reviewed: 2024 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 Rod Racks For 2024

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 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 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 […]

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 […]

Garmin Striker 4 Review

There’s never been a better time to be on the hunt for fishing electronics than now. The big names - Garmin, Humminbird, and Lowrance - are offering more powerful tech, better screens, more user-friendly controls, and better prices than ever before. And while screens and control heads are growing every year, there are still awesome […]

Best Fishing Backpacks for 2024 Reviewed - Dry Storage and Tackle Organization

From essentials like tackle to a set of clean, dry clothes, tons of anglers rely on a backpack for easy-to-carry storage. And whether you fish the bank, paddle a ‘yak, or jet across the lake in a bass boat, a good backpack is a great addition to your storage options. We’re not new to the […]

Best Jon Boats for Hunting and Fishing: Which Boat is Right for You?

While bass boats dominate big lakes and center consoles rule the salt, the simple jon boat is perhaps the most efficient, effective choice for anglers and hunters who need to navigate shallow water. Built tough and sized right, jon boats are easy to tow, simple to store, and not nearly as expensive as larger fiberglass […]

Best Headlamps for Night 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. […]

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 Table of Contents (clickable)1 The Basics2 Fit and Finish3 Performance3.1 Grip and comfort3.2 Pocket clip3.3 Opening, closing, and locking3.4 Sharpening and care4 Field […]

Best Portable Fishing Boats: 2024 Reviews and Buying Guide

Plenty of anglers need a portable fishing boat that can slip into the bed of a truck with just one or two people doing the heavy lifting is ideal. Kayaks definitely fit the bill, but for some fishermen, that just isn’t what they’re looking for. Instead, most of them want a more or less traditional […]

The Best Electric Fillet Knives for 2024: Complete Reviews and Buying Guide

As a veteran of many fishing camps, I’ve seen countless electric fillet knives in use. Real masters of the electric knife can reduce a red or speck to fillets, skin, and bones in just seconds - provided that the electric knife in question is sharp, powerful, and handy. Arguably superior to a fixed-blade fillet knife, […]

Best Fillet Knife For Saltwater Fish: Freeing Fillets and Cutting Steaks in 2024

Saltwater anglers know that delicious fillets are the ultimate reward offered by species like mackerel, redfish, speckled trout, and tuna, and a high-quality knife is the tool to free these slabs of meat from the ribs of fish. To do that well, a fillet knife needs a long, flexible, sharp blade and a handle that […]

The Best Fishing Multi-tools Reviewed: Our Top Picks For 2024

Whether we’re in a boat or fishing the bank, as anglers, we all understand the importance of quality equipment. It’s part of the reason many of us are compulsive buyers. That equipment isn’t just limited to what we need to catch fish, but the tools required to make our lives easier. From cutting out line […]

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 Reel Grease and Oil for Your Gears and Bearings: 2024 Reviews and Buying Guide

Proper maintenance is essential for your fishing reels. Ask any experienced angler, and they’ll tell you that if you want your reels to last - and perform like they did the day you bought them - the right grease and oil are critical. And while there are still fishermen out there who swear by Vaseline […]

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 Fish Grippers: 2024 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 Float Tubes and Belly Boats for Remote Fishing: 2024 Reviews and Buying Guide

Float tubes, sometimes called belly boats, are specialized fishing platforms that remind me a lot of an inflatable La-Z-Boy.  Ideal for quiet ponds and lakes far from the beaten path, float tubes enable anglers to work the water - not just the shore - no matter how remote their chosen fishing destination. Lightweight and portable, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 Tackle Box, Backpack, and Bags Reviewed in 2024: 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 […]

The Best PFDs for Fishing: 2024 Reviews and Buying Guide

Fishing should be fun, but things can turn deadly serious in an instant. Every year, anglers have accidents that leave them in the water, and without a personal floatation device (PFD) or life jacket, tragedy can be just moments away. PFDs aren’t just a legal requirement; they’re true life savers. Never go out on the […]

Best Fishing Scissors for Cutting Braided Line: Can Anything Beat the Gerber Neat Freak?

If you grew up fishing mono like I did, you probably used nail clippers or your teeth to cut line and trim tag ends. And aside from a few chipped teeth and rusty clippers, you got the job done just fine. But the high-strength braided fishing lines common in bass fishing and in the salt […]

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv Review: Is This the End for Lowrance and Humminbird?

Analysis and Results Garmin has largely ceded the mid-range to exceptional options like the Lowrance Elite FS and the Humminbird Helix series, and their own STRIKER series just can’t keep up with these once flagship models. But Garmin’s top-of-the-line ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv is equipped to give the incredible Lowrance’s HDS Live and Humminbird’s Solix a […]

Goldenmate 12V LiFePO4 Battery Review

Analysis and Results Power output Goldenmate produces deep-cycle batteries that are perfect for running trolling motors and other electronics on your boat. But as deep-cycle specific designs, they will not start your outboard.  For that, you need a starting or dual-use battery. Deep-cycle batteries are designed to provide steady, long-lasting power, discharge deeply without damage, […]

Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Fishing Deals for 2024 - Amazing Savings!

*Bookmark this page and visit periodically. We update this page daily with new deals! Black Friday is the perfect time for anglers to snag the best deals on fishing tackle and gear. As the holiday season approaches, we're casting our nets to bring you the most impressive discounts on rods, reels, tackle boxes, and more. […]

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 Spot Lock Trolling Motors: Lowrance, Garmin, Minn Kota, and MotorGuide Compared

Whether you’re fighting an incoming tide in a saltmarsh or just fighting the wind while you unhook and weigh a bass, spot locking trolling motors have proven to be an angler’s best friend time and time again. And from tournament champions to charter captains, weekend anglers to serious amateurs, the advantages of a trolling motor […]

Best Saltwater Trolling Motors for 2022 Reviewed: Maneuvering in the Salt

Saltwater trolling motors take on two very different roles. First, there are trolling motors designed for transom mounting that replace a small gasoline-powered outboard. These are used as primary propulsion for small boats and kayaks, allowing anglers to get to and from their hot spots. Then there are the bow-mounted trolling motors for maneuvering large […]

Best Trolling Motors for Jon Boats: Transom and Bow Mounts for 2024

Jon boats of all sizes can be equipped with trolling motors, though there’s a big difference between a transom-mounted electric motor pushing an 16-foot jon boat and a bow-mounted trolling motor fighting a gentle current to hold a fisherman in place while he casts. Both of these options have a place on the water, solving […]

Best Fishing Drones: Eyes in the Sky and Bait-Dropping Beasts

While drones may seem like an unlikely addition to your fishing arsenal, there are a few situations in which they make a lot of sense. For instance, if you’re fishing inshore or offshore, or indeed on any large body of water, you probably have a few favorite spots marked on GPS.  But what happens when […]

Best Trolling Motors: Buying Guide & Reviews

Whether you're new to or experienced with trolling motors, it pays to do your homework before you pull the trigger on a model that won’t suit your needs or fit your boat. We’d like to help by offering a comprehensive guide to buying the best trolling motor, a few helpful pointers when selecting one, and […]

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 Fishing Life Vests & Jackets Reviewed for 2024

Buying Guide What You Need to Know When Choosing a PFD for Fishing US Coast Guard Certification All the products we’ve reviewed today have been certified by the US Coast Guard as either Type III or Type I personal floatation devices.Never use a PFD that isn’t certified - or isn’t appropriate - for the activity […]

Best Fishing Rod Socks & Sleeves - Keeping Your Rods Safe in 2024

Everything You Need to Know About Fishing Rod Sleeves Why? When you store or transport your fishing rods, they’re at risk of collecting dust, being scratched or chipped, and tangling, especially if they’re too close together. Fishing rod sleeves prevent all three of these issues. They act as an effective dust cover, keeping your tackle […]

Best Fishing Sandals for 2024: Reviews and Buying Guide

Buying Guide: What to Look For in a Good Fishing Sandal? Comfort If you’re thinking about a fishing sandal rather than a shoe or boot, it’s clear that warm weather comfort is at the top of your list. You’ll want a cool-wearing option with plenty of cushion underfoot, especially if you’ll be standing a lot […]

Best Minnow Traps Reviewed for 2024

How We Tested: What to Look for in a Good Minnow Trap Proven metal designs Folks who’ve never actually used a minnow trap will recommend fabric mesh designs. And at a glance, those tightly-woven sides look attractive. They’re ultra-light and often fold down to almost nothing.  What’s not to like? Everything, actually! These mesh designs […]

Best Bug Spray Repellent for Fishing

While fishing when the bite just isn’t happening can be disheartening, trying to cast while covered in a swarm of mosquitos, blackflies, or no-see-ums is downright maddening. I’ve experienced the misery of mosquitos too many times myself, and I know how a bad bug season can drive you right off the water. Windy days can […]

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 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 […]

The Best Dedicated Fish Finder Batteries for 2024: Complete Reviews and Buying Guide

Maybe you’re an avid ice angler, and you need a small, light power source for your flasher. Or perhaps you’re a kayak or inflatable boat fisherman, and you need a battery that can run your fish finder all day without upsetting your trim or wasting precious space. What both of these kinds of anglers have […]

ReelSonar’s iBobber Review: An Affordable Fish Finder for Bank Anglers

For a long time, bank anglers were out of luck for fishing electronics. Even kayak and canoe fishermen could attach a transom- or hull-mounted fish finder and tilt the odds in their favor. But improvements in transducer tech and Bluetooth connectivity have enabled a new generation of tiny, castable fish finders that pair with smart […]

The Best Fly-Fishing Nippers for 2024: Options for Every Budget

Nippers are an essential fly fishing tool. Ideal for cutting tippet, leader, and line, nippers are easy to take for granted until you realize you don’t have them. And while nail clippers can be had for just pennies, well-made nippers are far more effective, by design.  If you’re looking for the best fly-fishing nippers to […]

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 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 Fishing Bibs for 2024

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 […]

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 Rain Gear for Fishing Reviewed - Top Choices for 2024

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 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 Fly Fishing Waders - Hip, Pant, and Chest Waders Reviewed

From icy mountain streams in Colorado to lazy rivers in Arkansas, trout anglers take to the water with waders and fly tackle, looking to land a big one. But to access the water, nothing is as effective as the best wader. Brush-busting, waterproof, and goat-footed on slippery rocks, good waders are essential fly angling gear. […]

The Best Wading Socks for Fly Fishing: 2024 Reviews and Buying Guide

I’m blessed to live pretty close to some of the best trout fishing in the world, and I’ve been tempted a time or two to hit the water without wading socks. On a bright, hot day, I went barefoot with sandals, and even with the sun baking my back, I couldn’t feel anything below my […]