2007 Fishing Gear Buyer’s Guide: Baitcasting Gear

Pflueger Summit

Pflueger Summit
$160 · 800-334-9105 · pfluegerfishing.com It fits in your palm when youユre retrieving line, but this lightweight, low-profile baitcaster still has plenty of power to handle the largest bass or walleye. There are 10 bearings, an oversize aluminum main gear giving a 7.1:1 retrieve, a combination magnetic-centrifugal spool brake, and dual soft-touch handle knobs. At only 7.8 ounces, the reel holds 100 yards of 12-pound mono.

Bass Pro Shops Prolite Finesse

Bass Pro Shops Prolite Finesse
$100 · 800-227-7776 · basspro.com Another new lightweight, low-profile reel, the Finesse combines a wiffle-style spool with dual cast controls to make lighter lures easy to cast. At 7.9 ounces, the eight-bearing reel retrieves 28 inches of line per handle turn and carries 110 yards of 10-pound mono. A special lube port allows the reelユs gearing to be lubricated without disassembly.

Shakespeare Synergy

Shakespeare Synergy
$25 · 800-334-9105 · shakespeare-fishing.com Itユs amazing to find a fully functional, ¿¿low-profile baitcaster for a street price this low. The Synergyユs spool, frame, and side plates are molded graphite composite. Thereユs one ball bearing plus anti-reverse and a magnetic cast control. The 71レ2-ounce reel has a 5.1:1 gear ratio and comes spooled with 100 yards of 12-pound Shakespeare mono.

Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris

Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris ¿¿Signature Series
$160 ¿¿ 877-227-7776 ¿¿ basspro.com Included in this series are Trigger baitcasting rods, my favorites this season. Built with ultra-high ¿¿85-million-modulus graphite, the rods feel light, yet have enough tip flex for easy casting and plenty of butt power for fighting fish. Seven casting and eight spinning models are available.

Quantum Alliance

Quantum Alliance
$50-“$70 · 800-588-9030 · quantumfishing.com Seventeen casting and 10 spinning models form this lineup of affordable graphite rods from Quantum. All have Fuji reel seats and Fuji Concept ¿¿aluminum-oxide guides, top-of-the-line components not usually found at this price range. The ALC661M 6-foot 6-inch baitcaster shown is rated for 1レ4- to 3レ4-ounce lures.

Lamiglas Kayak

Lamiglas Kayak
$200 · 800-325-9436 · lamiglas.com More and more people are getting into kayak fishing in fresh- and saltwater, and Lamiglas is the first to come out with a rod series specifically for these anglers. The four graphite casting and three spinning models, each at 7 feet 6 inches, are long enough to reach around the end of your ユyak during a fish fight. Shorter rear and longer foregrips make them easier to use when seated.