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REVIEW: Doug Hannon WaveSpin DH3000 Reel

This review started with the purchase of this spinning reel on 7/3/11. I bought a spinning reel for throwing weightless worms and drop shotting for bass.  After fishing with the reel for almost a month a terrible thing happened.  I was out in my kayak, fishing at my local lake when I heard a “kerplunk”. As I turned to see what had made the noise I saw my new rod […]

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Surf to Summit Dry Bags

Dry Bag (Medium and Small) Manufacturer: Surf to Summit MSRP: $18.99, $20.99, $23.99 Surf to Summit may be known for their top of the line kayak seats, but they also make dry bags (among many other kayaking accessories). Their dry bags come in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large. All of which are available at HOOK 1. This summer I put the Small and Medium sized bags through their paces […]

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Mad Frog Liberator Mini

Manufacturer: Mad Frog Gear Manufacturer Part No: MiniL MSRP: $34.99 I use the Mad Frog Liberator Mini on several kayaks to deploy my transducer. I had seen this product for a while, but didn’t think it would work like I wanted it to so I hesitated on buying it. I ended up buying one on a whim, and installed it in minutes (5-10). I took it on the water and […]

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Sea-Dog SD Cable Outlet

Manufacturer: Sea-Dog Manufacturer Part No: SD Cable MSRP: 8.99 The Sea Dog Cable Outlet is a good plug to use to power your 12 volt electronics. I use them for powering my fish finders. I recommend using dielectric grease on the brass connections, and 16-18AWG stranded wire. I also recommend applying a coat of Goop or Lexell to seal the plug to the hull of the kayak the ensure no water enters the hull, […]

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GEAR REVIEW: Yak Catch Fish Bag

As a conservation minded angler, I now release the vast majority of the keepable fish I catch.  But sometimes I target a species that isn’t being overfished nor in serious decline.  Plus, there’s always something special about harvesting food for yourself and/or your family (as long it’s done responsibly). For a while I just put the fish I caught on a stringer and tied it off to the side of […]

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Yo-Zuri Headquarters

I recently had the chance to go to Stuart to visit the Yo-Zuri headquarters and do some fishing with a friend of mine, Jimmy Nelson, the host of extreme fishing adventures.   After a tour of the facility we sat down to learn about Yo-Zuri’s new lure selection for 2011. One lure that I was not familiar with is the Edge Trembler which is a subsurface twitch bait that has […]

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"Reel" Winners for 2011

I was out in my kayak for a few hours yesterday, and along with catching a bunch of smallmouth and largemouth bass, I was thinking how fast the summer is going. Even though I’m looking forward to some great fall fishing, we all know what comes after that in Wisconsin. Since early May I’ve been on the water quite a few days chasing bass using a number of outstanding reels […]