Merwin: Do You Own Some Best-Sellers?

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My old pal Rob Southwick has just released his annual compilation of best-selling fishing brands as determined by his Angler Survey.

Based on more than 20,000 survey responses during 2008, here are the brands and items that were the top sellers in their respective categories last year. Check the list to see if you were following the herd in 2008, or were you a more independent-minded consumer?

Price doesn't seem to have much bearing on best-seller status. Rapalas are premium-priced hardbaits, for example, while Ugly Stiks are low- priced rods. It seems fishermen are most willing to buy according to what works, as opposed to marketing hype or trends in fishing fashion. Check the list to see....

Top rod brand: Shakespeare Ugly Stik (14.3% of all purchases)
Top reel brand: Shimano (21.9% of all purchases)
Top rod and reel combo brand: Shakespeare (24.9% of all purchases)
Top fly rod brand: Sage (10.8% of all purchases)
Top fishing line brand: Berkley (Trilene, Fireline, Big Game, Vanish
(35.8% of all purchases)
Top hardbait brand: Rapala (21.7% of all purchases)
Top softbait brand: Zoom (17.9% of all purchases)
Top spinnerbait brand: Strike King (22.4% of all purchases)
Top sinker brand: Bullet Weights (18.2% of all purchases)
Top fly line brand: Scientific Anglers (23.4% of all purchases)
Top fly brand: Orvis (9.8% of all purchases)
Top GPS or radio brand: Lowrance (40.9% of all purchases)
Top tackle box brand: Plano (44.9% of all purchases)
Top fishing knife brand: Rapala (33.3% of all purchases)