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Tackle Week 2015: The Year’s Best New Rods and Reels

Rapala's Classic Moocher

2015's Best New Tackle

Fantastic New Hardware for Baitcasting, Spinning, Mooching and Ice Angling

The massive International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades Show (or ICAST) is like Disney World for anglers, and not just because it was held in Orlando, Florida. After checking out a dizzying array of gear, these are my picks for the year’s best new rods and reel. Also see a round-up of new accessories, and the year’s best new baits.

Best Reel

Revo Beast
Revo Beast

Revo Beast

Named ICAST’s Best Freshwater Reel, the Beast is designed for heavy-duty techniques, such as casting big swimbaits, Alabama rigs, Carolina rigs and punchin’ baits. Everything about this Abu Garcia reel is big and easy to use, including the handles and star drag system that lets you dial up an amazing 22 pounds of fish-tiring resistance. Featuring eight bearings, as well as a tuneable magnetic and centrifugal braking system, the Beast may have been developed for big bass, but I have no doubt it will also work well for muskies, pike and lake trout.

More Info: Abu Garcia, (519) 750-0100

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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