Best Smallmouth Bass Rod: Crucial Bass Spinning Jerkbait

Best Smallmouth Bass Rod: Crucial Bass Spinning Jerkbait
Carbon X

Unlike American anglers, Canadians tend to favour spinning gear over baitcasters to present jerkbaits. It’s a reflection, in part, of our preference for using smaller lures to entice smallmouth bass. Acknowledging this, Shimano designed the Crucial Bass Spinning Jerkbait Rod, quite possibly the first technique-specific spinning rod of its kind. Built around a superb IM-10 graphite blank, it features premium Fuji Alconite Guides and an inner-body carbon sleeve for the reel seat. More Info: Shimano

Best Walleye Rods: Walleye Tournament

Best Walleye Rods: Walleye Tournament
Carbon X

Good news for walleye anglers: Rapala has custom-designed a series of eight walleye-specific, state-of-the-art rods for Canada’s most popular fish. The sticks come in sizes ranging from a six-foot spinning rod ideal for vertical jigging to a 7' 2" medium-heavy baitcasting rod perfect for bottom-bouncing spinner rigs. My favourite is the 7' 2" medium-heavy spinning rod—it’s just the ticket for casting big soft-plastic swimbaits for giant walleye. Each rod features Fuji K-series guides mounted on high-quality HM-65 graphite blanks. More Info: Normark Canada

Best Fishing Rod Innovation: Carbon X Rods

Best Fishing Rod Innovation: Carbon X Rods
Carbon X

By putting two to six inches more of high-performance modulus graphite blank in front of your hand, as opposed to behind the reel seat, Carbon X Casting and Spinning Rods promise longer, more accurate casts and improved fish-fighting capabilities. Compare a seven-foot Carbon X Casting Rod with a 7' 3" rod from another manufacturer, for example, and you’ll find four more inches of rod in front of your hand thanks to the Action Forward Design. And with the shorter overall blank, the rods are 25 per cent lighter than other sticks. More Info: Carbon X

Best Bottom Bouncer: Slick Stick

Best Bottom Bouncer: Slick Stick
Carbon X

This foot-long, super-sensitive, stainless steel rod is unquestionably the most snag-resistant bottom bouncer ever made, enabling you to fearlessly troll where no angler has dared troll before. And with its free-spinning Roller Swivel, the bouncer will never tangle around your line during windy or wavy conditions, or in the midst of sharp turns. The free-sliding snap, meanwhile, lets you change bouncer weights without having to cut and retie your line. More Info: Northland Tackle