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.

January 20, 2021
Ready to check out a bunch of hot new fishing gear, for the new year? Of course you are! Here are three top picks from our latest round-up. Piscifun Carbon X 1000 We found that the Piscifun Carbon…
January 8, 2021
Thank goodness 2020 is FINALLY over, and now we can move on to 2021 thinking about Chesapeake Bay Fishing, put our freshwater fishing tips to good use, and apply the art of trolling a mixed spread…
December 21, 2020
Anglers could argue all day over what is the best fishing line. I’m a light tackle fisherman, and I only fish with spinning reels. The reels I use are 1000, 2500, or 3000 sizes. When I started…
December 11, 2020
Looking for a Christmas fishing gift for a loved one? These top picks are sure to please, but the holidays are almost here so you'll have to act fast to get 'em under the tree. If you give the…
November 15, 2020
Looking for some holiday gifts for a fisherman who loves hot new fishing gear? Check out these three options, which will make every angler's eyes light up. The Minn Kota Raptor will make it easy to…
September 15, 2020
As you gear up for late season action like big fall stripers on the Chesapeake, fishing for flounder at the coast, or specks in the shallows, you want to make sure you'll have the latest and greatest…
July 26, 2020
We come across some very cool fishing gear every year, and we also come across some utterly weird items that are allegedly designed to catch fish - or, at least to catch fishermen. We thought it…
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…