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Find the “Do It All” Rod and Reel Combo That Works for You

Let’s face the facts – some of us can’t justify buying a rod and reel for every species and situation. Combos for stream trout, crappie, bass, salmon and steelhead, walleye, pike and muskie just don’t fit into the budget of many anglers. Saltwater fishing presents the same with surf, inshore and offshore species. So what do we do if we can only have one or two combos for all our fishing adventures?

Combo Fish

Working for FishUSA for the past 9+ years has given me the opportunity to acquire more fishing tackle than I probably need, but I do still have that one “do it all” combo that I love. My setup consists of my trusty 6’ 6” St. Croix Eyecon in medium-light and my Shimano Symetre 2500 spinning reel, spooled with 6 lb. monofilament. This combo has proven itself many times over for our smaller Pennsylvania largemouth/black bass, big Lake Erie smallmouth and perch, along with inland crappie and small- to medium-sized pike and walleye. Small trout and large steelhead are the only exceptions.

The key to figuring out what setup is right for you is simple. Ask yourself “What species do I fish for?” and “What techniques do I use the most?” A 6’ 6” medium-light combo probably isn’t the right rod and reel for the angler who only fishes for channel cats, just as a 7’ 0” medium-heavy baitcast combo isn’t ideal for a person fishing a local creek for stocked rainbows.

I often see people fishing with undersized or over-sized gear. They usually don’t understand what tackle they need. Having the right-sized rod and reel makes a day on the water all the more enjoyable. Whenever the staff at FishUSA helps a customer looking for that one “do it all” combo, we always ask what target species they are after, what techniques they use and what waters they plan to fish. This way we can help the customer get the best tackle possible so they have the best fishing experiences possible.

Tight Line,

Jay Prazer, FishUSA Staff

What is Copolymer Fishing Line?

When most of us think about fishing line, tried and true monofilament comes to mind. Tough braided lines and stealthy fluorocarbon are also very popular. But another type of line is also in the mix and is definitely a line for anglers to consider:

Copolymer is a type of fishing line that blends a core material, such as standard nylon monofilament, with an outer coating of another material, such as fluorocarbon. In copolymer line, like Yo-Zuri’s Hybrid, the supple nylon core aids in manageability and flexibility, just like a monofilament line. In the case of Yo-Zuri’s Hybrid line, its fluorocarbon outside is stiff and durable, which aids in abrasion resistance. As you can imagine, copolymer line gives us anglers another option, and ups the chances of landing more fish in certain situations.

Due to the slightly stiffer qualities of copolymer, this line really shines when spooled on casting reels and medium- to large-sized spinning reels. The added abrasion resistance is great for fishing in and around cover, and is very popular with anglers targeting bass, pike and a wide variety of saltwater species. As a copolymer, Yo-Zuri Hydrid line is 100% waterproof and offers UV resistance, giving this line a much longer lifetime than standard monofilament alone.

FishUSA Staff,

Jay Prazer

New Berkley Trilene Transoptic Monofilament Line

Berkley has always been a leader in fishing line technology and this year’s offering is no different.

Trilene Transoptic features a proprietary transition technology which is activated by UV light. Transoptic changes from clear to gold in sunlight and overcast conditions. UV light begins to filter out the farther down the water column it goes, causing this line to return to its clear color after a few feet of water depth. This color changing line is the perfect answer More...

Selecting an Inline Planer Board

Inline planer boards were invented years ago, but their popularity has blossomed over the past decade. While most popular on “big water” they have found use nearly anywhere anglers troll. As their popularity grew, many manufacturers started producing them, and now there are plenty of models for the angler to choose from.

Inline boards are designed to take the trolled lure to the side of the boat where the lure can be presented to fish that have not been spooked by the boat. Planer boards also allow anglers to troll many more lines without tangling. While most inline planer boards are very versatile, some are particularly useful in certain situations.

For fishing inland lakes with fairly light lures for smaller fish; mini boards such as the Church TX-12 are excellent. They do not pull as hard as the larger boards and allow the angler to use lighter rods as well. Although these boards More...

Choosing the Proper Bait for Spring Trout Fishing

In many states, the opening day of Trout Season is one of the true signs of Spring. Every Spring millions of anglers from 3 to 93 participate across the country. Some anglers fish hard from the opening bell till dark, whereas others seem just happy being outside and watching the spectacle. In many areas of the country, trout fishing is brought by the stocking truck, where millions of browns, rainbows and brook trout are released into streams, lakes and rivers by the States and fishing clubs. Because these trout have lived nearly all of their lives in a hatchery, their diet is much different than their wild cousins. Stocked trout also seem to tolerate angler pressure much better and will feed in the same conditions that would send a wild trout scurrying for the nearest rock.

Just because the stocked trout are not that selective doesn’t mean that they are always easy to catch, particularly when they have been hooked and lost (or released) a time or two. By selecting the proper hardware, processed or natural bait, and presenting it in the proper manner, catching these trout will More...