Product Reviews

April 15th, 2014

Reviewing the Shimano Curado 200 I Casting Reel

Shimano Curado 200 I Casting Reel on Tackle Center

Shimano released its newly redesigned Curado model, the 200 I Series casting reel, at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.  Following all the Classic buzz, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.  And let me tell you, the Shimano Curado 200 I did not disappoint.  I gladly will join the …

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March 27th, 2014

The Nose Knows: Reviewing the Keitech Swing Impact FAT

Keitech Swing Impact FAT on Tackle Center

As the market is consistently flooded with soft plastic swimbaits, it can be difficult to tell the winners from the losers.  So when one comes along that genuinely sets itself apart from the pack, it tends to peak my interest.  As was the case with the Keitech Swing Impact FAT. …

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January 9th, 2014

More than a Mouthful: Reviewing the Berkley Havoc Hawk Hawg

Berkley Havoc Hawk Hawg on Tackle Center

The bass fishing industry has seen no shortage of soft plastic creature baits in its time, and perhaps none is more ubiquitous than the “hog”-style creature bait.  As a result, anglers are understandably dubious when it comes to believing manufacturer’s claims about what sets their soft plastics apart.  However, Berkley …

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Pro Tips

April 9th, 2014

Take Five: 5 Best Prespawn Bass Lures

Jewel Bait Eakins Flip'n Finesse Jig on Tackle Center

Ask a hundred anglers what their favorite prespawn bass bait is, and you’ll get a hundred different answers.  Prespawn bass are somewhat unpredictable, sometimes holding tight to cover, seeking shelter among rocks and branches, and other times wandering with no clear destination.  Deciphering these patterns can be a challenge, but …

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February 27th, 2014

Shallow Diving Crankbaits: Power Fishing for Prespawn Bass

Shallow Diving Crankbaits

With their large size, stout bills, and swaying treble hooks, shallow diving crankbaits don’t always inspire beginners with the greatest confidence while fishing structure for prespawn bass.  But picking apart rock and wood can be a shallow diver’s greatest strength when fish are hanging tight to cover.  Don’t let their …

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February 5th, 2014

Deep Water Spinnerbaits for Winter Bass

Strike King Bottom Dweller Spinnerbait on Tackle Center

Many anglers overlook deep water spinnerbaits for winter bass, opting instead for a jigging spoon or deep diving crankbait.  But the slow roll of a large spinnerbait can be just the trick you need to get those suspended bass biting when water temperatures are bottoming out. 1. Think big When …

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