Gear Review: New Rods, Jerkbaits, Lipless Crankbaits, Soft Plastics

We just stocked up on a bunch of new equipment that you've got to check out! Rods, softbaits, and hardbaits... here are some of our favorites going into the Spring bass fishing season. We can't be the only guys that love to have brand new gear when the Spring bite rolls around!

We're tackle junkies through and through. Let our sickness save you a lot of headaches and wasted dollars but doing all the experimenting for you. We do the exploring, then share the best of the best with you guys!

Here are some of the new items that really stood out to us...

Dobyns Colt- 7' Medium Heavy Cranking:
Shimano Caenan Reel:

Cashion Rods- 7'4" Medium Heavy:
Shimano Chronarch MGL 7:1 Reel:

Raid Level Vibe BIG:
Raid Level Vibe:
Owner Hyperwire Split Ring Size 2:

Megabass Vision 110 Silent:

Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig:

If you want to try out some new gear this Spring these are all items that we highly recommend. We're trying new gear all the time, the next time something stands out from the crowd we'll bring it to your attention as well. 

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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:
Favorite Pliers:
Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Favorite Wire Cutters:
Favorite life jacket:
Favorite sunglasses:
Hero5 Camera:
ElectroSamson Scale:
Promar Net:

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Top 5 Rods for Kayaks and Other Small Crafts

Kayaks, float tubes, and other small boats present a unique set of challenges for bass fisherman. Unlike the larger bass boats, small crafts require unique gear to fish effectively. From length restrictions to dialing in the actions to account for instability, there are a lot of aspects to consider when purchasing equipment.

Below we break down the top 5 rods that we recommend for an angler that is seriously considering fishing from a tube, kayak, jon boat, etc. These are rods that work for a variety of techniques and won't break the bank. 

With these 5 rods you should be able to throw a dropshot, a frog, and everything in between. 

Rod/Reel Combos...

Spinning Rod - Zodias 7' Medium Light:

Spinning Reel – Shimano Nasci :


Spinning Rod- Dobyns 7' Medium Fury:

Spinning Reel- Shimano Nasci:


Casting Rod- Zodias 7' 2” Medium:

Casting Reel- Shimano Casitas 150:


Casting Rod- Dobyns 7' Medium Heavy Fury:

Casting Reel- Shimano Citica:


Casting Rod- G Loomis E6X 7'1” Heavy:

Casting Reel- Shimano Curado 70:

TacticalBassin's 2017 Rod and Reel Arsenals

We keep receiving requests for a tour of our 2017 rod and reel arsenals. We heard your requests and are excited to share our gear with you! Here is a first person look at the rods and reels we'll be using this year.

Links to our favorite combos...

Rod- Dobyns 742 Champion Extreme HP Spinning:
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4 Spinning 2500:

Rod- Dobyns 783 Spinning: Discountinued
Reel- Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4 Spinning 2500:

Rod- Loomis NRX 852C JWR Casting:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50 HG:

Rod- G Loomis 802C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70:

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I:

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Medium heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I:

Rod- St. Croix Legend Elite 7'6" MH "Big Cranker":
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I:

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C JWR Casting:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL:

Rod- G Loomis GLX 895C JWR Casting:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL:

Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70:

Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 784:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I:

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805CB:
Reel- Abu Garcia Orra Winch:

Rod- Dobyns 746 Champion Extreme HP:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I:

Rod- Daiwa Steez 7' Medium:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:

Rod- G Loomis Swimbait 955:
Reel- Calcutta Conquest:

Rod- G Loomis Swimbait 956:
Reel- Calcutta Conquest:

Rod- Dobyns Swimbait 806H:
Reel- Shimano Curado 300:

Rod- Dobyns Swimbait 908:
Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B:

Custom Rods: Contact Curt via facebook or Instagram @Curtdemerathfishing for custom rods like you see in the video. He can do custom sizes, actions, etc. 

Matt And Tim both LOVE high end bass fishing gear but we know that not everyone can afford to use the best gear on the market. We spent years and years using low end bass fishing rods and have slowly worked our way up. Don't feel pressured to spend outside of your budget but when the time is right, be sure to check out the equipment we use as a point of reference for your own fishing. 

You do not need the top of the line rods and reels to catch more bass but it definitely makes the experience more fun! 

We hope you enjoyed this in depth look at our rod and reel arsenal for 2017. Be sure to check out part 2 as we head over to Tim's garage to check out his awesome rod and reel setups for 2017!