With many anglers still digging out of snow from one of the harshest winters in recent memory, it’s hard to think about and prepare for the upcoming fishing season. Nevertheless, here we are, early March, and the call of spring fishing is right in front of us. Getting out on the water will be exciting and rewarding, and here to help you for this upcoming season is some of the best new fishing gear this year. Each item can be found on Amazon and is linked for your convenience.
Best New Fishing Gear
The Shimano 201 I Curado Baitcast Reel performs well and is a great value. It’s incredibly smooth on both the retrieve and the cast, and doesn’t backlash as much as many other reels this year. It’s a no-frills workhorse that conforms to your hands and provides a thoroughly enjoyable fishing experience. Easy to set and easy to use, the Curado I series is a no-brainer. Find it on Amazon.
Noise, noise, and more noise. And fish. That’s what the Pompadour produces on the retrieve. Equipped with two large metal wings that spread out during the retrieve, this lure alerts any and all predatory fish where you’re fishing. A small metal propeller situated on the tail of the Pompadour adds to the commotion, making this lure irresistible from great distances. This Aussie lure comes in many different paint schemes and can be used on all varieties of species. Find it on Amazon.
Finally, a St. Croix rod without breaking the bank. The Avid X comes in nine casting models, ensuring there’s one available for any angler. This rod is light, giving you more time with it without being tired. And can it cast; this thing launches lures at great distances. Aided by an innovative design; tapering the guide heights down the blank, this rocket launcher will get your lure in all the hard to reach places. Extra sensitive to enhance the fighting action of a big bass on the line. Find it on Amazon.
If you’re looking for a precise casting fly rod for your next bonefish or tarpon run, think of the Sage 890-4. This rod can get you distance, but it’s made for accuracy within the 25-75 foot range. Kind of like Tom Brady. A quick load, a snap back of the line head on a back cast and putting your fly on the bullseye is what this rod can do for you. For sniper like accuracy, stick with the Salt rod. Find it on Amazon.
Lightweight, high tech and extremely versatile, these pliers will be the only ones you’ll ever need. And with its jaws and cutter blades guaranteed for life, you’ll truly never need another pair. It’s I-beam arms are made from Type II anodized aluminum alloy, which give it its characteristic toughness in a nice lightweight package. Its jaws are versatile for any application and its tungsten carbide cutters are ultra sharp, cutting through 100-pound shock tippet with ease. Really, these pliers will be your last pliers purchase. Find it on Amazon.
More and more anglers today are picking up GoPro’s and videotaping their trips to put up on YouTube and other social media. I actually bought a hat with a camera mount attached to the brim so I could screw in my Flip camera back in the day. Now, with GoPro’s dominating the ultra-portable video camera market, anglers are looking for anything they can find to mount their GoPro’s and catch all the action. The Sportsman mount is meant for fishing rods, gaffs, anything you can really think of. And it’s designed for quick release if you need to quickly change where it’s mounted. A fantastic accessory put out by GoPro for all. Find it on Amazon.
Fenwick makes high quality rods. We all know that. But this particular line is made for bass, and we have to say, it’s very impressive. Light enough to let you really feel all the action and strong enough to direct the larger bass out of cover. The spinning reel has a hidden handle made from TAC and EVA that is super comfortable, too. Unlike most other Fenwick rods, the Elite Tech Bass is affordable, and a really good option for bass anglers everywhere. Find it on Amazon.