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.

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…
March 5, 2019
Have you ever spooled up a reel with braid, and then become flummoxed when it spun freely around the spool? Yep, it’s happened to us too. So like most folks, we figured the braid had been put on too…
February 24, 2019
You wouldn’t troll in the Chesapeake with the same rod you use for bigeye tuna fishing, and you wouldn’t fish in a stream with the same rod you’d use for tautog fishing, so why do so many anglers…
February 13, 2019
How to Make Your Fishing Boat Better: A FishTalk Actually-Helpful-Not-Just-Annoying (we promise!) Special Advertising Section, including a Way to Reduce Rocking and Rolling Underway. If you want to…
February 7, 2019
When we went to Angler’s Sport Center to shoot some video recently, we spent some time focused on finding the five best fishing lures made by local companies – and then realized that we’d fished with…
February 5, 2019
When it comes to fishing reels everyone has their own favorites, but we set out to pick the 10 best reels you can buy today. Is your number-one pick on the list? Let’s find out. But before we dig…
January 17, 2019
Okay, we’ll admit that among all the different sorts of fishing gear out there, landing nets probably come in dead last for generating awe, inspiring gasps, or creating those must-have yearnings. But…
January 10, 2019
You say you've read Five Tips for Choosing a New Fishfinder, you've picked out a new unit, you have a boat sitting in the driveway, and you want to be able to see those stripers from 1000 yards away…
December 27, 2018
The winter winds are howling, snow is piling up in drifts, sub-zero temperatures have made it almost impossible to fish. Almost. Naturally, you would be out there anyway. But something has forced you…
December 5, 2018
Any list of the five best fishing lures of all time must include: Bucktails Spoons Soft Plastic Jigs Marabou Jigs Topwater Plugs If you want to start a brawl, try bad-mouthing Old Bay in a…