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Best Drop-shot Rod
With help from Bassmaster Elite pro Brandon Palaniuk, Alpha Angler has created an exceptional spinning rod for drop-shotting. The 6’10” DSR is heavier than most drop-shot rods, making it perfect for the half-ounce weights anglers prefer for big bass down deep. Built around a high-modulus graphite blank, the DSR has three stainless-steel Fuji choker guides and five Recoil guides, ensuring your line (and leader knot) cast smoothly.
Alpha Angler, (208) 659-7697; www.alphaangler.com