Holiday Buyer's Guide: Best Combos Under $200

Welcome to the 2017 Holiday Buyer's Guide! The purpose of this series is to help anglers like yourself make educated decisions when purchasing tackle. We're kicking it off with a look at your best options for fishing rod/reel combos under $200. 

Shimano Exage Casting Rods-

Exage casting models we recommend...
6'10" Medium: Jerkbaits and small topwater
7'2" Medium Heavy: All-Around Rod for most applications
7'4" Medium Heavy Crankbait: Great cranking rod for all applications
7'6" Heavy: Jigs, Texas Rigs, Flipping

Shimano Exage Spinning Rods-

Exage Spinning Rod Models We Recommend...
7' Medium: Dropshot, Shaky Head, finesse
7' Medium Heavy: Worms, Light Texas Rigs, light reaction

Dobyns Fury Casting Rods-

Fury Casting Models We Recommend...
7' Medium Heavy: All around rod for worms, jigs, Texas, rigs, reaction
7' Medium Heavy Crankbait: All around cranking rod
7'3" Mag Heavy: Frogs, Flipping, Punching
7'9" Medium Heavy Swimbait: Swimbaits up to 8", mostly treble hooks
8' Heavy Swimbait: Large Swimbaits, softbait or hardbait

Dobyns Fury Spinning Rods-

Fury Spinning Models We Recommend...
7' Medium Light: Dropshot, Spybait, Popper, Ned Rig
7' Medium Heavy: Shaky Head, Tube, Worm

Best Casting Reels to Pair with these rods...
Shimano Caenan 150A:
Shimano Casitas 150:
Abu Garcia Orra Winch:

Best Spinning Reels To Pair With These Rods...
Shimano NASCI 2500:
Shimano Sedona FI 2500:
Daiwa Fuego LT 2500D:

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Upcoming Buyer's Guides...

Nov 17- Rain Gear Selection
Nov 20- Jig Fishing
Nov 22- Combos Under $300
Nov 24 (Black Friday)- High End Combos
Nov 27 (Cyber Monday)- Topwater Fishing

Much more to come! Let us know what you want to see and we'll do our best to adapt this Holiday Buyer's Guide Series to your needs.

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Below is a list of standard equipment that we use in the making of all our videos as well as in our personal fishing. These are items that we have tried and tested over time and are confident in recommending to you. 

Sun Mask:
Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:
Horizon Sweater (Water resistant, great for layering):
Anhydrous Rain Jacket:
Anhydrous Rain Bib:

Tools and Equipment...

Humminbird Solix 15 Sonar:
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Favorite life jacket:
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Hero5 Camera:
ElectroSamson Scale:
Promar Net:

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How To Catch Fish On Holiday Weekends

Do you live on a party lake? Is it the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or is your lake just the happening summer place? Tactical Bassin’ breaks down the best way to make the most of the crowds of boats and people and still find those massive summer bass. Don’t let the people keep you away your biggest bass could be hunting that mudline!

Top Fishing Picks for Stocking Stuffers!

The Holiday Buyer's Guide series is finally coming to a close. We've had a blast making these and really appreciate all of your ideas and support along the way! We look forward to doing more of these down the road but for now, enjoy this video on Stocking Stuffer ideas, including a bunch of baits that are on huge sales! 

In this video we choose our 8 favorite lures and accessories that are sure to brighten the day of any bass fisherman when they show up in his stocking! Below are the products shown in this video. Please use the links provided to do your shopping at Tackle Warehouse for these products (or any other item... doesn't actually have to be the item we link to). We appreciate you making it possible for us to continue doing these videos!

Top 8 Products...

1) Basstrix 6" Swimbait: The Basstrix is an amazing swimbait that has proven itself from coast to coast. With the advent of the Keitech the Basstrix's popularity has begun to wain, making them even more effective! 

2) Seaguar Fishing Line: Seaguar AbrazX and InvizX are both great lines! The entire Seaguar product line is included on the Christmas Sale so get huge savings while you can!

3) Lucky Craft RTO Squarebill: We've been talking about this bait for months as its been on a big sale, that sale got even better! Now you can get these baits for nearly 75% off! Its a great crankbait at a great price!

4) Yamamoto Senko: The Senko is a deadly bait! If you're only going to buy one, make it the 5" in Green Pumpking Black Flake. 

5) Keitech Swimbait: The swimbait that has revolutionized the game! If you haven't used them yet, you need to. The 2.8 , 3.8 , and 4.8 sizes are all killers! If you need a color to start with, try "Crystal Shad". 

6) The Whopper Plopper: The Whopper Plopper is the hottest topwater bait on the market! They're hard to get but if you manage to find one, be ready to catch some big bass! Try the 130 size in Monkey Butt or Loon if you have a choice. If you don't, take whatever color you can get!

7) Trokar Hooks: Trokar makes amazing hooks but typically the prices are high to match. They're currently on a huge sale and will save you a fortune! Hint... try the dropshot hooks. 

8) Zoom Super Fluke: The Fluke is a bait that can be fished as a topwater, a slow sinking bait, a trailer, etc. Its incredibly versatile and works on just about every fishery. If you aren't sure what to buy the fisherman in your life, its a guarunteed hit! Try " White Pearl" or "Albino". 

Topwater Fishing Buyer's Guide

With Christmas just around the corner, the Holiday Buyer's Guide continues. Whether you prefer Frog Fishing, Poppers, Buzzbaits, or Walking Baits, we've got you covered! We've got recommendations in every category to help you expand your topwater arsenal this year along with the tips to help you catch more topwater fish! 

December seems like an odd time to talk about topwater fishing but let's face it, we're all dreaming about topwater blow ups anyway! On that note... if you need some inspiration in the dead of Winter watch this video for some insane frog fishing action!

Below is a breakdown of the baits discussed in the video with direct links to see them on Tackle Warehouse. We have even including rod recommendations for the baits. 

Please use these links to purchase these or any other gear. This is the best way to support TacticalBassin without doing anything but your normal shopping. Thank you!