REVIEW: Daiwa Tatula 100 Baitcasting Reel

Daiwa introduced the redesigned Tatula 100 at ICAST 2018 and users of the previous subtypes of the Tatula rejoiced. Dropping some weight and height, the 100 promised to be a perfect reel for smaller handed anglers and anglers looking for an easily palmed, finesse reel. Last week we talked about the Daiwa CR80 which shares similar height and weight as the Continue Reading

My Picks: $100 Casting and Spinning Reels

You’ve got about $100 for a new casting or spinning reel but which one should you buy? Lots of companies are vying for your business but which ones are a good investment? Which ones can I narrow it down to? I’ve tested a lot of reels, both casting reels and spinning reels. Some I really like. Some I don’t. If Continue Reading

Fishing Reel Rankings for 2016

Spending time at outdoor shows, tackle shops, and making a few too many purchases has allowed me to play with a lot of different reels this year. Some are pretty new and some have been around for more than a year. I wanted to make two lists. The first will have all the fishing reel rankings in order. The second Continue Reading

EVERYMAN Recommended Casting Rods Under $70

In this installment of the EVERYMAN Series, we are bringing you two casting rods for under $70. I recently came across a couple of casting rods that are not in every big box store and wanted to try them out. What happened was a pleasant surprise. EVERYMAN is not just about price but also about quality. These two rods are from Continue Reading

Best Spinning Rods Under $50 – EVERYMAN

In this installment of the EVERYMAN Series, we are bringing you two spinning rods for under $50. I know what you’re thinking. Sure, anyone can go by the cheapy Tournament Choice or Cherrywood spinning rods for $25 to $40 but those aren’t the ones we are talking about. EVERYMAN is not just about price but also about quality. These two Continue Reading

The Flip Side

Sometimes things just click and go better than expected.  For example, I was surprised when I received a call from the VA gamefish tagging program saying I won an award.  It turns out I tagged the second most spadefish in 2012. Humbled to be in this group After looking through my records, I ended up with 60 tagged spades (caught Continue Reading

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