Wednesday, August 14, 2013

South Bend Voltage Spin Reel First Look



South Bend Voltage Spin Fishing Reel
Coming in at only $15 dollars the Southbend Fishing Reel seems to be a quality fishing reel and relatively inexpensive. The first thing to notice is the color. The photo on the shopping page shows the reel a bit more metallic looking but in reality the color is more white.

The reel is also small, capable of holding about 110 yards of fishing line. The bail seems to be of good quality. It snaps in smoothly when you disengage it and snaps right back in when you want to retrieve the line. Overall the reel works smoothly. The line barrel is supported by 4:5:1 bearing system which pulls the line in quickly and effectively when you give a couple of spins on the crank handle.

At $15 dollars this small reel feels like a bargain. Next thing to do is to take to take it out fishing and see how it performs on the lake.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fishing Where the Fish Are

When going fishing it is always important to have the right kind of lure for the fish you are trying to catch. But even the best lure will not produce strikes if you’re fishing in a spot where there is no fish. I did end up catching a nice Largemouth Bass last time out but that’s probably the lesson to take from my latest fishing trip.

The lake I fish at has a good population of lake trout which am always trying to target but they were nowhere to be found. I used the Powerbait Floating Salmon Egg Trout Bait to try to catch one but didn't get a bite all day. After setting up the bottom fishing rig I started with my other fishing tackle. I used everything from Mepps Spinners to Rapala crankbait but nothing seemed to work. The only lure that produced a strike all day was the Southbend Kast-A-Way Fishing Spoon with White Bucktail.

After trying my newer tackle like the wLure Blue Spoon for about an hour and not producing any results I put on the Southbend Kast-A-Way Spoon. First cast produced no results, so I threw the lure back in. Second time also seemed not to produce much until the very end. When the lure was close enough for me to see it a Largemouth Bass striked it. It seemed like the fish was following it for a while and decided to bite it at the very end.

I continued to throw other crankbaits, spinners and spoons for another three hours around that area of the lake but didn't produce any strikes. This area had plenty of rock like features which convinced me that bass and other fish would be lurking around. But I was wrong. A better strategy would have been to fish that area for about an hour and move on to a totally different spot on the lake. One of the hardest things to do when fishing is finding where the fish are. You can have the best lures in your tackle bag, but if the fish ain’t there you’re not catching them. So for next time, cover more ground will be the strategy.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Powerbait Salmon Egg Trout Bait



First Look: Berkley Powerbait Salmon Egg Trout Bait
My initial impression when ordering this online was that the jar was gonna be bigger. But at 1.75 ounces this jar feels more like a sample than real jar of bait. At seven dollars it’s not cheap either. The bait itself has a bright red sort of pink color to it with plenty of little sparkling glitters inside. The glitter should make this bait a lot more visible, specially on sunny days. The bait feels a little like a foamy soft playdough that’s soft to the touch. This trout bait is suppose to imitate salmon eggs and float up so when on the lake I will roll them into nice little balls and put them on my hook. The nice thing about this lure is that I can bottom fish for lake trout without constantly swinging my rod like I do when using spoons and spinners.

The weather is starting to improve and it shouldn’t be long before I head out fishing again. At that time am going to have the opportunity to test this Berkley Powerbait Salmon Egg Trout Bait out and see if it’s any good at catching fish.

Friday, April 5, 2013

New Camo Color Sufix Fishing Line


Rapala announced a new camo color for its Sufix 832 Fishing Line Series. The Sufix 832 Series is already one of the most advanced fishing lines on the market and the new camo color improves an already great product. Sufix camo line is somewhat different than some of the other camo patter lines. Some lines change colors at set distances but the Sufix Camo line sets its pattern at random. This makes the line very effective at blending it self with surrounding weeds, rocks, plants and other water environments. Check out more information about the New Sufix 832 Camo Line and some of its features.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How Much Fish is Left in the Sea

Commercial fishing is depleting out oceans of fish at an alarming rate. Here is an interesting info-graphic based on a UN study showing how much fish is left in the sea.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rapala Mini Fishing Scale

Rapala Mini Fishing Scale

First Look: Rapala Mini Digital Scale
Rapala Mini Digital Fishing Scale is ideal for anyone who’s looking for a small type scale to carry around. It’s small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and the rubber like material feels soft to the touch. Overall the scale looks and feels like it's well made. One thing I noticed though was that the power button is not very responsive. You have to press the button in and hold it for a moment to get the scale to power on. But Rapala did get things right about this scale. The digital numbers are quite big and comfortable to read. The scale also seemed very responsive when something was weighted. So in the end the Rapala Mini Digital Scale is a quality fishing scale that should be a nice fit inside any fisherman’s tackle bag.

Friday, February 22, 2013

New Crankbait Series from Rapala



Rapala has announced it's new line of Crankbaits. They call it the Scatter Rap®. According to Rapala this lure is able to scatter from one side to the next as opposed to just swimming inline when you retrieve the lure. It achieves this thanks to its new curved lip design. All the lures look great and I am sure picking one up when they go up for sale. Check out the Scatter Rap® Series Video above for more. Or check out other great crankbaits from Rapala.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

wLure Affordable Crankbait First Look



It took the wLure brand lipless crankbait about three weeks to arrive from China and now it’s here. The shape and size of this genetic brand crankbait look ok at first glance. There is plenty of little rattling balls inside which make a lot of noise when you shake the lure. I counted eight balls all together. The fishing hooks look solid and they hang down nicely towards the bottom of the crankbait body. The colors are a little washed out, this is due to the translucent body. But overall this inexpensive crankbait seems to be a good deal considering it cost less than two dollars. If it catches some fish come spring then it will be worth it. Check out more details about this crankbait by Clicking Here!

Spring time 2013 Update
After having a chance to take this wLure translucent Crankbait out for a test I cannot recommend it to anyone. The transparent body of this crankbait is very cheap and it breaks easily. On my first cast the lure hit a rock without too much force breaking one of the hook connections and the front of the crankbait. So in the end it's more cost effective to keep the dollar fifty you'll spend on this lure and buy something much more durable.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Commercial for Trigger X Lures


New bass buffet tv commercial for Trigger X Soft Bait Lures. This is pretty funny and it features some great lures from Trigger X like the Trigger X Shrim and the Trigger X Crab .

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fishing Gift Gadget: iPhone Lure Cover

iPhone Fishing Lure Cover

This is a fun little fishing product for you to check out.  It's a hard cover case for an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. It features a bunch of fishing lures on the back panel of the phone. This can make for an interesting gift for any fisherman that's into electronics.