Shimano Calcutta D coming to the US market

The leaks keep coming as ICAST 2012 looms on the horizon. This past weekend Tackle Warehouse debuted a pre order page for the Shimano Calcutta D.  After last years (insert opinionated adjective here) ICAST showing many die hard bass anglers are hoping for a strong showing from the tackle giant in 2012. After debut of a new Antares and Calcutta in Osaka back in February the obvious question became "Will...

Revamped Revos Revealed

With the recent price restructuring of Abu Garcias second generation Revo line up it was only a matter of time before leaks of the newest gear would hit the web.  This past weekend the guys at thehookuptackle.com let the cat out of the bag taking preorders for the Gen 3 Revos.  Looks like a new Premier, STX, SX, and Winch will make their debut this summer.  This generation...

A Quantum Smoke Spinning Reel?

I've been fishing the 2011 Quantum smoke SL100HPT reel on a 6'6" mh smoke rod a lot lately.  Namely to cross compare it to another combo I've thoroughly enjoyed the 2009 TE100HPT with a 6'6'mh Quantum Superlite rod. The general form factor between the two is the same but the lower weight of the reel and the crisper response of the smoke rod is definitively noticeable. Whilst cruising...

Another New Curado?

Unless you have been living under a rock these past two weeks (or out bass fishing).  It should be apparent that Shimano is making way for some new gear with the clearance of numerous rods reels in anticipation of new releases next month at ICAST 2011.  Perhaps whats most interesting is a possible revamp to the fairly new Curado E Platform.  Word on the street is that there...

Abu Garcia’s lightest Revo Ever: The Revo MGX

This past week Abu Garcia leaked details pertaining to the USDM version of the Revo MGX that was first spotted at the Osaka 2011 fishing show. This new Revo due to hit the market later this year will weigh in at 5.4 ounces placing it in direct competition with the much emulated Daiwa Steez and the lightweight Shimano Core 50mg7. A combination of a new frame material Abu...

The T3 1016 H TW: Daiwa’s Next Generation Baitcast Reel

Daiwa is a company that always pushes the envelope when it comes to fishing reel design. Progressive aesthetics, performance, ergonomics and durability all come to mind when thinking of their top end product offerings. The latest buzz by the company pertains to the new Daiwa T31016H TW. Debuting as a prototype at Osaka 2011, this reel features numerous design enhancements sure to please a number of enthusiast bass...

The 2009 Daiwa Fuego-A Spinning Reel

Initial Impressions: The most revolutionary feature of the new Daiwa Fuego spinning reel is the Zaion frame material – similar to inexpensive graphite frames in regards to weight and corrosion resistance but more similar to aluminum in terms of strength and resistance to flex. The Zaion material lends the reel a distinctly “warm” feel compared to metal – similar to a Pfleuger President with a lighter spool. The...

The 2009 Quantum Energy PT Part 2: On the water impressions

After having the chance to get this reel out on the water I must say that the new 2009 Energy PT is a winner. I fished this reel on a number of different rods throwing numerous baits from ranging from frogs, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, worms, cranks and jigs. The following are a few of my comments pertaining to this reel's updated feature set. Castability and the new "V" spool If you...

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