Shimano Vanford Spinning Reels are designed for added sensitivity when using finesse tactics. Thy are constructed with Shimano’s lightweight yet rigid CI4+ body, quick response MangumLite rotor (which provides up to 48% less rotational inertia for quick responses), and MicroModule II advanced smoothness gear which allows for precise bait movements. The Vanford lineup offers 7 sizes for ultralight and ice-fishing, panfish, trout, bass and walleye, with larger sizes for inshore saltwater species like stripers, blues, albies, and bonito. To further improve an angler’s odds with pressured, finicky fish, the LongStroke Spool on the Vanford allows for increased casting distance.
Available August 2020, with a price range of $230 to $240.
Okuma Psycho Stick bass rods feature light and responsive blanks are made from 46-ton, low resin carbon feat with top-notch components including Fuji KW-concept angled guide frames as well as Fuji Sic guide inserts with deep pressed frames. The SeaGuide injected carbon reel seat and rear grip is minimal. The double locking screw down carbon hood design keeps your reel firmly in place. Okuma says the rods are “coming soon” and will cost $220 to $240.
Daiwa Tatula 300 baitcast reels are large reels for throwing big bass baits. Perfect for outsized, deep-diving crankbaits, Alabama rigs, and big swimbaits. The T-Wing System levelwind allows for less resistance on the line, allowing farther casts. Besides the aluminum frame, the Tatula 300 also features an aluminum side plate. Comfort is enhanced with Soft Touch handle knobs and a large 110mm heavy cranking power handle. The Tatula 300 will cost $270.
Okuma Serrano baitcast reels have a lightweight, corrosion-resistant graphite body and side plates with a new, more compact body, that fits nicely in the palm. The Serrano features a stainless steel bearing drive system for long, smooth casting and the Quick-Set anti-reverse bearing for solid hook sets. The externally adjustable magnetic cast control system helps to slow the spool in conditions that call for extra control and finesse. The double paddle aluminum swept handle arm has comfortable handle knobs developed from golf grip material. Available in 6.5:1 and 7.2:1 gear ratios, the Serrano will cost $90.
Daiwa Rebellion Rods include eight casting rods, three cranking rods, three spinning rods and five unique travel rods. The rods are built around the advanced blank design incorporating Daiwa’s HVF Carbon Technology. That creates a smaller lighter, more rigid blank. The X-45 Bias construction provides strength and prevents twisting. A strong grip on the rod is from durable EVA Handle. All models feature Daiwa’s Braiding-X technology to prevent torsion caused by casting and hooksets, to dramatically improve power, operability and sensitivity. The Rebellion rods feature Daiwa’s Air Sensor reel seat which is built using a carbon fiber material to maximize sensitivity and power, while reducing overall weight. The Rebellion rods have an MSRP of $200.
Abu Garcia Virtual Rod and Combo digitally logs catches. Paired with the Anglr app via Bluetooth from a smartphone, a simple click of the button integrated into the butt of the rod records a catch with the location, weather, and water data, and documents it in a personal and private logbook. This groundbreaking new setup will be available soon at a price of $130.
The newly redesigned Shimano Zodias rods couple a hollow Carbon Monocoque Grip into a CI4+ reel seat to achieve up to 130% more sensitivity than conventionally constructed rods, ultimately transmitting vibration from underwater structure, lure action or bites into the palm of an angler’s hand. Shimano’s Hi-Power X lies at the heart of Zodias and benefits anglers by increasing the transfer of energy through the rod for enhanced accuracy and casting distance as well as reduced blank twist for better control when fighting fish. The new Zodias rods will cost between $200 and $220.
G. Loomis IMX-PRO Bass series sought to provide a specific rod for every technique and situation that bass anglers encounter. This year, 10 new rods will be joining the IMX-PRO lineup with models to specifically use with swimbaits, bladed jig baits, Ned rigs, lipless crankbaits, and when working ledges. As with all G. Loomis rods, these new additions to IMX-PRO bass series are handcrafted in Woodland, Washington USA. The new rods will be available this fall with a suggested retail of $345 to $355.