2007 Fishing Gear Buyer’s Guide: Baitcasting Gear
$160 · 800-334-9105 · pfluegerfishing.com It fits in your palm when youï¾•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
$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 reelï¾•s gearing to be lubricated without disassembly.
$25 · 800-334-9105 · shakespeare-fishing.com Itï¾•s amazing to find a fully functional, Â¿Â¿low-profile baitcaster for a street price this low. The Synergyï¾•s spool, frame, and side plates are molded graphite composite. Thereï¾•s one ball bearing plus anti-reverse and a magnetic cast control. The 71ï¾š2-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
$160 ¿¿ 877-227-7776 ¿¿ basspro.com Included in this series are Trigger baitcasting rods, my favorites this season. Built with ultra-high Â¿Â¿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.
$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 Â¿Â¿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 1ï¾š4- to 3ï¾š4-ounce lures.
$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 ï¾•yak during a fish fight. Shorter rear and longer foregrips make them easier to use when seated.