Fishing Gear and Fishing Tackle Reviews

Fishing gear and fishing tackle reviews, tests, and articles including fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing lures, fishing line, kayak fishing equipment, and all other types of new fishing gear is covered, as well as tackle maintenance and proper use.

June 5, 2020
Chances are the title anecdote is engrained deep in your subconscious, whether you grew up fishing the Chesapeake Bay or simply visited a local tackle shop while passing through the watershed. For…
April 20, 2020
Whether Chesapeake Bay fishing is your favorite way to wet a line, offshore trolling is your main gig, or you think nothing beats chasing smallmouth bass in small streams, you surely have a tacklebox…
February 4, 2020
Between the winter freshwater bite, shots at tautog, and a hard-water fishing trip or two, we Mid-Atlantic anglers have plenty of options for keeping ourselves busy even during the month of February…
January 27, 2020
We’re Spot-Locked in place (see "Charged Up on the Chesapeake," to learn how that little trick works) tossing jigs at the structure 40 or 50 feet off to starboard, catching schoolie stripers on…
January 21, 2020
In case you missed Top Rigs for Tuna Part I last month, we discussed constructing a bird/green machine tuna rig. That rig utterly destroys the tuna, but even so, the number-one top trolled bait on…
January 7, 2020
The new Topwater rooftop rod box from Yakima enables you to store up to eight fully rigged rods up to eight feet in length. The plastic Carbonite shell protects your gear from the elements and the…
December 28, 2019
Anglers are notorious when it comes to trying to build better fish-catching rigs, including those they drop back behind the boat when setting a mixed spread for offshore fishing. It seems we’re never…
December 16, 2019
Christmas is right around the corner, so you'd better act fast if you don't yet have a gift for the beloved angler in your family - here are three great ideas from our New Gear section that might fit…
November 1, 2019
Sure, we all hear about new electronics like high-tech side-looking fishfinders, 3-D views of what lays beneath the boat, and the amazing resolution of down-scanners. Just about everyone’s been…
October 11, 2019
I had the opportunity to field test Shimano’s new surf reel, the SpeedMaster 14000XTC matched to the Shimano Speed Master 10’6” SPMS106MH2 surf rod, which is rated as medium-heavy with moderate…
September 3, 2019
You got a glimpse of the ICAST award-winners when we published Hot New Fishing Gear - ICAST 2019 Best of Show Winners, and we took a closer look at the Ghost Drag, Deeper Shoreline Fishfinder, and…
August 15, 2019
A few weeks back we told you about some of the hot new fishing gear ICAST "Best of Show" award winners, but there was so much cool new stuff we barely scratched the surface. Here are three more must-…
July 27, 2019
Every year at in Orlando, Florida at ICAST, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, the latest fishing gear from the industry's top manufacturers is displayed and voted on at the…
July 22, 2019
With the ICAST fishing tackle trade show now over there's about to be a flood of new fishing gear hitting the market. But this summer we found some stuff before the show that shouldn't get lost in…
April 26, 2019
I’m not ashamed to admit it: I cried, I bawled like a baby, I caterwauled like a child, and I wailed like a wimp the day a gust of wind blew a car door closed on four of my favorite jigging rods. In…
April 13, 2019
We knew a Raymarine Element review was in order as soon as we had the chance to play with one of these new fishfinder/chartplotter units at the Miami International Boat Show. What do they have to…
March 28, 2019
Last month in Gearing Up Part I: Choosing the Ideal Ultralight we looked at one end of the spectrum and this month, we're heading to the opposite end as we consider the best trolling gear. Using the…
March 26, 2019
The Bait Up mini minnow bucket is ideal for kayak fishing, especially in cold weather. Minnow Bucket for Kayak Fishing If you’ve ever fished with live bait, then you’ve surely fumbled around…