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Posted by zeth on June 2, 2017
Back then, one reel stood out from the pack and it’s my brand of choice to this day.
There are many important things to look for when buying a new reel/s. One of the most important for most of us is value. You see, I simply do not see the need to spend hundreds of dollars on a reel. Even as a tournament fisherman I value quality, durability and value over a gizmo or gadget and an ounce or two.
Over the years technology trickles down into the lower price point models. There are a few reel manufacturers that have been around for a long time and this time has allowed their top of the line technology to trickle down to their base model reels. These are the reels that offer the best value, are generally the most durable and high quality enough to use competitively. I find these reels to generally come in at about $150 dollar price range regardless of brand. However, you do get more with Quantum. Look for sales and you can save even more. I would be hesitant to go any lower in price range unless necessary. At this price range you will get the best bang for your buck and will have a very hard time outgrowing the reel. Since reels in this price range tend to be more durable, you will have your self a reel that should last many years.
My reels of choice are manufactured by Quantum. I use a Quantum Energy PT reel in either bait casting or spinning for just about all of my fishing unless I need a specialty reel for cranking, swim baits etc.
The Quantum Energy PT reels are loaded with trickle down technology and great features. Let me go over a few key features.
|Quantum Energy PT – A Baitcasting||Quantum Energy PTi Spinning|
|11 PT™ bearings||11 PT™ bearings|
|Strong aluminum body and gear-side cover||Aluminum frame and side cover|
|CentriMag™ dual cast control||Hybrid RazorRotor™ Design|
|Continuous Anti-Reverse™||CSC™ carbon-fiber, stainless steel and ceramic drag system|
|PT™ ceramic drag system||NiTi™ indestructible bail system|
|Flippin Switch™||Continuous Anti-Reverse™|
|Aluminum PT™ main gear and drive shaft||Double-anodized MaxCastII™ spool|
|Laser etched EVA handles||Aluminum main shaft|
|Spool click tension knob||Spare braid spool|
All of the above features make a great reel.
For more Quantum features visit the technology page.
I’m sure you will do your research before making a purchase so I will not get to much further into details. Let me tell you my one favorite feature other than the overall durability.
I love the Flippin Switch™. I do not always use it but when the fish are active and the bite is good I turn it on. Once you are used to it, this feature allows you to set the hook immediately without having to engage the spool first. That feature alone means more fish in your boat and maybe more money won.
That all being said, I highly recommend you get online and order yourself a Quantum Energy PT reel from Tackle Warehouse. And while you are at it make sure to check out the Quantum Fishing website so you can read more about all of their great products.
Zeth Kinnett – Fish On & Keep Dreaming!
Posted by zeth on June 2, 2017
Put more Bass in the boat with this innovative wacky hook design from CHT Tackle. This wacky hook design has been on the market for a while now but really without much coverage. I have been using this design since last spring and wanted to share it with you.
These double pronged wacky hooks simply out perform all others for the wacky rig technique. I know I have had plenty of Bass come off with the standard single finesse style hook typically used for a wacky rig setup. With this unique design you have double the chances of your fish staying put.
Four options allow you to fish your wacky rig in just about any situation. All the four options come with a 1 or 1/0 hook. The hooks also come in weedless and non weedless. I was skeptical at first of the weedless design but after putting it to use over the past few months I must say that it is effective at reducing hangups in the weeds. Both the weedless and non weedless come in two orientations. One so you can wacky rig with your bait perpendicular to the hooks for your traditional presentation or horizontal for a weighted presentation. In clear water I will use a nail weight in the middle of a Keitech Salty Core when I want a faster fall. This allows me to not have a jig head visible to weary fish.
Increase the lifespan of your soft plastics by using the CHT Tackle hooks. Because you are not having to put your hook through the middle of your stick bait you will not have to worry so much about it tearing apart when you catch a fish. The CHT Tackle hooks come with an o-ring which fits standard size stick baits. You can go to O-rings USA to order some smaller sized o-rings for the 4.5” Keitech Salty Core stickbaits.
If you are interested you can get them at my favorite tackle supplier, Tackle Warehouse. I highly recommend you give CHT Tackle a try. I can almost guarantee you will save yourself some money and increase your hookup ratio.
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Zeth Kinnett – Fish On & Keep Dreaming!
Posted by zeth on June 2, 2017
Freedom Tackle is Revolutionary
Freedom Tackle is a company you may have heard of recently. They’re gaining in popularity and for good reason.
My experience with Freedom Tackle lures has been nothing short of spectacular. Before I get into the details of what makes every single one of Freedom Tackle’s lures so amazing and versatile, let me just run on a bit.
You know I can’t recall how I even first came across Freedom Tackle lures. When I first went on to their website I was immediately intrigued. You see I am always looking for something that will give me that extra edge or something different. As a co-angler I firmly believe that I have to be throwing something different from the next angler, especially something different from my boater. I think the key to out fishing and winning lies in throwing something the bass have not yet seen and something realistic. Now this may just be a confidence thing for me as confidence is a major part of fishing. I happen to have more confidence in lures that look and act more like the real thing.
I had to have Freedom Tackle lures so I visited my favorite online dealer Tackle Warehouse and placed an order. I might own nearly $1000 in Freedom Tackle lures now. That’s saying a lot. Why would I spend a grand on these things? Well let me tell you why.
I like versatile and utilitarian things whether it is lures or some other gadget. Generally if something is utilitarian it is not attractive. We will leave that to Freedom Tackle’s competitors. Freedom Tackle has succeeded in creating the most versatile lures ever made while maintaining a high level of aesthetics. The finish and detailing is like non-other with a holographic finish, realistic 3-d hologram eyes, raised gill plates, realistic coloring and the list goes on.
Lets talk a little more about versatility here. Lets say I’m fishing as a co-angler and I’m limited to the rods I can bring etc. I may be throwing a Freedom Hydra with a Keitech Fat Impact on an Owner hook. That’s one setup I use often with a few tweaks I won’t disclose. But what happens when I discover that the 5.8” swimbait is too big? I have to stop and retie or use up another rod. Well, with the Freedom Tackle system you simply unhook your hook and downsize to a new hook and smaller swimbait without retying. Especially useful when I have cold fingers. The other great thing is I am not stuck with whatever hooks the manufacturer uses. I can always use my trusty Owner hooks in any size, shape and color I want. It’s such an amazing system you can switch between swimbaits, creature baits, worms, weedless, non-weedless etc. all without ever retying. It’s so handy as a co-angler.
Freedom Tackle 1/4oz Hydra, Owner J Light Hook, Keitech Swing Impact 4″ – Crystal Shad. Photo: Zeth Kinnett
Hooking up. Yeah let’s talk about hook-up ratio. With a typical jig a fish is able to generate leverage and this can do two things. One it can tear a larger hole in the fish’s mouth. Two the hook can then slip out! No one wants a lost fish when money is on the line and especially if it’s a trophy fish. With the Freedom Tackle system your hook of choice is able to swing freely behind the head keeping the fish from getting much leverage. This feature alone makes these worth buying.
Not all swinging hook designs are equal. I won’t go naming any other brands but I will tell you that Freedom Tackle has a unique patented design, which improves your hook-up ratio. Standard free swinging hook designs have one major drawback. A fish is able to come up to your lure and when they go to inhale the lure, swat at it etc, they can blow the hook over away from them. You might feel this through your rod but when you go to swing and there’s nothing there you’re not going to be happy. The Freedom Tackle design while allowing for a more free movement also keeps the hook from blowing over.
Brass is touted for being loud under water. And so what Freedom Tackle has done is integrated a hollow echo brass chamber into their lures. This generates more fish attracting sound when knocked against cover. Inside the brass chamber is a 300lb. Wire where you attach your hook. These things are strong to boot. They’re the total package.
More lifelike action triggers more strikes. We all know this. The Hydra Jig for example has a unique hydrodynamic head design, which generates a side-side minnow action. This enhanced movement will generate more strikes and put more fish in your livewell than many other swim jigs on the market.
As you can see there’s so much to like about Freedom Tackle lures. I can go on for pages about them, don’t worry I won’t. I just wanted to spread the word and share one of my favorite lures with everyone else out there. Maybe I’m doing myself in by spreading the word but for myself, fishing isn’t just about winning competitions. Fishing is a part of who I am and what makes me happy and I can share that with you and improve your angling success then that also makes me happy to know others are out there sharing in my love and passion as well.
Currently they have a total of six designs on the market with everything from jig heads to spinnerbaits and the Freedom Minnow. I have been in communication with Freedom Tackle and they say they are working to develop a 3/8 oz. size for the lures. I’m eagerly waiting, as this is one my favorite sizes. I’m also looking forward to more spinnerbait weights and colors. All in due time I suppose. I’m pretty busy as it is trying to figure out the hundreds of possibilities I can rig up with Freedom Tackle lures.
I highly recommend you head over to Freedom Tackle to look at their rigging. Wow! Look at all of those ways to rig just one lure. All day you can fish from shallow to deep finesse to reaction without ever retying. Fish On & Keep Dreaming!
Posted by admin on May 26, 2017
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Posted by admin on July 25, 2015
You are a great angler. You just won your Thursday Night Derby and finished in the top-10 of your local club’s AOY standings this year. Even more, you’ve caught a dozen bass in the double-digits. Good for you. Good for your sponsors? Not so much.
Sorry if that sounds a bit harsh. But the fact of the matter is, bass fishing companies and potential sponsors get hundreds of letters, phone calls and emails stating similar accolades. Yes, being a good stick gets you into the game, but helping (proving) you can move product is what makes potential sponsors take note, and more importantly, make room for you on their roster. > read more