Tackle Test: Best New Spinning and Baitcasting Rods and Reels for 2013

Tackle Test 2013

Outdoor Life – For a variety of reasons, but due in large part to a limping economy, product innovation in the fishing tackle industry has been somewhat stagnant for the past couple of years. For 2013, however, ingenuity has come roaring back as consumers clamor for cutting-edge gear after the multi-year drought.

As has become tradition, OL once again assembled our motley crew of tackle testers in the marshes of southern Louisiana to challenge rogue redfish and feisty largemouths with the latest and greatest rods and reels that will hit shelves this year.

We cast, pitched, plunked, ripped, cranked, and abused our test field, drilling down to identify each new product’s strengths and weaknesses, while ignoring marketing hype. When we’d exhausted both ourselves and the equipment, we sat down and hammered out the results. Here’s what we found…

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4 Responses to Tackle Test: Best New Spinning and Baitcasting Rods and Reels for 2013

  1. PatriotUSA says:

    Why most of my reels are loaded with Andy of some sort. How did you know?

  2. PatriotUSA says:

    This new fangled tackle is all fine and good and is always interesting to read about. Thanks BC.

    I will stay with PENN reels, spinning and conventional as it is very easy to repair them, do maintenance etc. Some of my Penn’s date back to the late 1940′s and still work like the day the first came outta the box.

    Penn Jigmaster 500 is IMHO the BEST all round ocean reel ever made. I have four of them and have beat them to hell and back. I have 12 different Penn Conventional reels and six Penn spinning reels. Casting is an art unto itself and none of these have anti-backlash stuff. I use my thumb as I was taught by an old deckhand on my first deep sea fishing trip when I was 9 yrs old. Just what I prefer is all.

    Rods I have a mix of all USA made, my favorite is a one piece St. Croix that I use for Steelhead, bass, salmon(unless I am on the coast where the occasional big bruisers lurk) and a very reliable Penn 940 Levelmatic reel. Second to that is my Ambassador 6000 that I ordered direct Abu Garcia with 6:1 gear ratio on another St. Croix rod. All my spinning reels are the Penn 700 series down to the ultralight 714. I have three old Super Quicks that were made in Germany and are outstanding reels..

    Folks always look at me sorta weird when they see my tackle, like I care and they almost always ask me about it.

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