2019 Shimano Antares 70 Reel Review

The New Antares 70 is Shimano's latest flagship reel. We took it out on Clearlake and put it to the test against some BIG bass! How did it do? Is it worth the money? Let's find out!

The key features of the reel are a smaller, streamlined, Magnesium Hagane body. MGL Spool III for reduced inertia and amazing performance, even with light baits. X-Ship and Micro Module Gearing give the reel that buttery smooth feel and SVS Infinity Braking makes quick adjustments a breeze.

What does all of this mean to you? It means that you're about to pick up the smoothest casting reel you've ever experienced. It will cast light baits with ease but turn around and throw heavy baits a country mile. If you're looking for a top of the line reel that will make fishing even more FUN this is as far as you'll ever need to look!

We have been blessed to purchase a variety of nice equipment over the years and no other reel has had the smoothness and feel of this Antares. In the video we said pre-ordering was available (and it is) but as of this writing there are actually a handful in stock at the link below!

Shimano Antares 70: http://bit.ly/2Vz0TRx

We recognize that a reel of this caliber isn't for every angler. There are anglers with all kinds of needs and budgets. With that in mind here are a handful of our best "bang for the buck" casting reels at a variety of price points.

Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Curado 200 K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

SLX: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

The Bait you saw catching all the fish in this video is an LV-500 in "Ghost Minnow" color with upgraded hardware.

Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Gamakatsu EWG Size 4 Treble: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

Owner Size 3 Hyperwire Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX


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Top Rod & Reel Combos For Dock Fishing!

Skipping docks and overhanging cover is easy with the right equipment! Tim shows the 4 combos and the baits he uses for dock fishing. From Senkos to swimbaits to jigs, this is the information you need to improve your dock fishing this year. 

Tim covers the spectrum with 4 rods and can adapt to changing conditions on the fly. From giant bass suspended in the water column to small bucks at the base of pilings, Tim has a method for effectively targeting those fish. 

Combo #1: Weightless Worm...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 852: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Rod #2- Loomis GLX 852: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O
Modern Reel- Daiwa Exist 2500: http://bit.ly/2JCa79E
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
Strike King Shim -E- Stick: http://bit.ly/2vXqewr
Yamamoto 5" Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Wacky Saddle: http://bit.ly/2xnYcJo
Mosquito Hook (Size 1): http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR

Combo #2: Weighted Worm...
Rod- 6'10" Expride Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT: http://bit.ly/2zrq4id
Line- 10 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
6" Robo Straight Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2asZyH3
Owner Block Head Jig: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Combo #3: Glide Bait...
Rod- IMX Pro 904: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
S-Waver 168 (Bluegill or Light Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Gan Craft 178: http://bit.ly/2d5l48K

Combo #4: Soft Swimbait...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 795: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO
Line- 65 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Osprey 6" Tournament Talon: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0
(TW Shad, Reverse Hitch, Bluegill)

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How To Set Your Drag For Swimbaits, Crankbaits, and Jerkbaits

Here's how to adjust your drag for a variety of baits so nothing goes wrong when that BIG BASS finally bites! Each bait requires a little different drag setting but we make it simple so anyone can adjust their gear quickly and accurately. 

Adjusting your drag is the last thing on most angler's minds. Your drag was either set months ago and you just haven't changed it, or maybe you backed it off last trip and forgot to tighten it back up. Either way, you could be headed for heartache! These quick tips are going to change the way you look at the drag on your reel. Its no longer a mundane part of your fishing day, its a key component to successfully landing every fish that bites!

The Gear We Use For Swimbaits...

Large Treble Hook Baits- Dobyns 806 Heavy: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX
Large Jig Hook Baits- Dobyns 807: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX
10"+ Swimbaits- Dobyns Champion 908: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX
Budget Rod- FURY 806H: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Discounted Swimbait Rod (1 left as of this posting): http://bit.ly/2emaKYZ

Low Profile Reel- Shimano Tranx 300: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
High End Round Reel- Shimano Conquest 300: http://bit.ly/2kheVEq
All around Round Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B: http://bit.ly/2b6NX0d
Budget Round Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO

Crankbait Gear...

GIANT Crankbaits- Dobyns 805CB: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V
Deep Diving Crankbaits- Shimano Curado 7'6": http://bit.ly/2zCjAtd
Mid Divers- St. Croix Legend Tournament 7'6" Moderate: http://bit.ly/2bPOSpx
Squarebill/Lipless Crank- E6X 845CBR: http://bit.ly/2giKvEy

Crankbait Reels:
Deep Diving Crankbaits- Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Mid-Depth Cranks- Chronarch 150 MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
High-End Squarebills- Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Squarebills and Lipless Cranks- Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt

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