2016 Freshwater Guide

Reels
Quantum Icon PT

Quantum Icon PT

This competitively priced baitcaster features 11 bearings, an external adjustable casting control, and ceramic, multi-disc drag control.

Abu Garcia Revo MGX

Abu Garcia Revo MGX

Made with a one-piece magnesium gear box, the Revo MGX spinning reel is extremely lightweight. The machined aluminum gears provide durability and smoothness, and the Rocket line management system and spool lip design improve casting distance while reducing wind knots.

Daiwa SV 103

Daiwa SV 103

$300; daiwa.com

The solid aluminum frame and side plate give the Daiwa SV 103 Series serious cranking power for getting bass out of structure and into the boat. The free-floating aluminum alloy spool starts faster and spins longer, which allows for longer casts.

Shimano Stradic FK

Shimano Stradic FK

Shimano has updated the popular Stradic series to include the new Hagane gear and bodies, which improve durability and smoothness. A sleek body design provides better weight balance for less fatigue.

Ardent Apex Grand

Ardent Apex Grand

Delivering the performance, strength and comfort needed for tournament-level fishing, the Ardent Apex Grande baitcasting reels were designed with the help of Bassmaster Elite Series pros. Anchored by a lightweight, high-strength aluminum frame, the Apex Grande is loaded with 13 ball bearings for top-level smoothness.

Okuma RTX 30S

Okuma RTX-30S

Long-strand carbon fiber framing makes the RTX- 35S ultra lightweight at 6.6 ounces, while premium aluminum gears and a 6.0:1 gear ratio give the reel cranking power and a fast retrieve.

Rods

Daiwa Tatula – XT

$100-$150; daiwa.com

Daiwa Tatula-XT
Tatula XT incorporates a higher-modulus carbon graphite construction consisting of a greater volume of fibers and less resin, which keeps the rod lightweight and increases sensitivity. Available in a number of specialized models, including flipping, frogging, and cranking.

Abu Garcia Villain 2.0

Abu Garcia Villain 2.0
Built on a premium graphite blank, the Villain 2.0 increases strength by using a carbon V-wrap process that adds a distinctive look while increasing strength. Strong titanium frame micro guides ensure excellent performance and balance, and the addition of a high-quality Fuji reel seat finishes off this lightweight bass rod. It’s available in both spinning and baitcasting models.

Scott Martin Tournament Concept TCS

$140-$150; okumafishing.com

Scott Martin Tournament Concept TCS
All Scott Martin TCS rods are built on 30-ton carbon fiber blanks. Each rod in the series has been designed for a specific tournament fishing application, from jigs and worms to crankbaiting.

St. Croix Legend Elite

$370-$500; stcroixrods.com

St. Croix Legend Elite
St. Croix’s flagship series has been completely redesigned from butt to tip for 2016. Each blank reinforced with super-high modulus graphite in the lower section and built with new Fuji Torzite guides with solid-titanium frames. The result is a rod with incredible balance and sensitivity. It is available in a wide range of spinning, casting, and steelhead models.

Ice Fishing
Strike Master Lazer Lite Auger

Strike Master Lazer Lite Auger

Built on a premiere small-engine platform, this 2-stroke auger runs smooth, clean, and quiet, with speed that defies its compact size. Enjoy power and portability with a fast-cutting 6-inch auger.

Clam-Outdoors Kenai Pro Thermal Ice Shelter

Clam Outdoors Kenai Pro Thermal Ice Shelter

Stay mobile on the ice without sacrificing warmth. The Kenai Pro traps heat without using heavy, bulky fabrics, and it sets up (and packs down) in an instant. A front access door allows easy in and out.

K Drill Electric Ice Auger System

K-Drill Electric Ice Auger System

At only 10 pounds, the K-Drill System gives you the ice-cutting power of a gas auger. Paired with an appropriate 18-volt, hightorque drill (fitted with a lithium ion battery), it can drill 20 holes through 24 inches of ice on a single battery charge.

Frabill Fin-S Pro 24-inch Ultra Light Combo

Frabill Fin-S Pro 24-inch Ultra Light Combo
Jigging adds a fun new dimension to catching fish through the ice and helps pass the time while waiting for your tipup flags to fly. Panfish are the primary targets on frozen ponds throughout the Northeast, making sensitive combos like the Frabill Fin-S Pro 24-inch Ultra Light ideal.

18-inch Avid Glass Ice Rod

18-inch Avid Glass Ice Rod
The Avid Glass is great fun to fish, with its strong but flexible blank of premium, solid glass that makes panfish bites easy to detect. A carbon handle transfers energy and vibrations, making it ultra-sensitive.

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