Every fisherman knows the joy of trying out a new rod. With new technology emerging each year, there is always something to look forward to and 2016 is no different. Let’s take a look at a few of the top picks from Field & Stream to help you choose which rods to add to your fishing gear selection this year.
If you are fishing for bass, you won’t find anything better than this heavy-action rod. Not only does its great flexibility and long length allow for an excellent cast, it is top of its class for sensitivity, allowing the most subtle nibbles and pulls to easily be felt through the rod. This rod also has all the power you need to reel in your big catch! Loomis rods tend to be a bit pricy, but as the Best of the Test winner for this year, you’re sure to appreciate the sensitivity and appeal when unhooking your great catches.
No. 8 Tackle Hellbent Aramid
Perfect for the bass fisherman looking for a great value, this $70 spinning rod rivaled some of the more expensive rods that Field & Stream tested when it came to performance. It may not be the top-of-the-line, but the Hellbent Aramid still has good sensitivity, a great cast and a fast-action tip. Other excellent features include stainless-steel guides, a full premium-cork grip and a cork reel seat. If you are ready for a new rod, but don’t have a ton a cash lying around, give this rod a try!
St. Croix Mojo Cat
This 7-foot medium-heavy casting rod has all the muscle you need to hook that first catfish of the season. At $160, this model is a good combination of value and features. Boasting power and flexibility, the Mojo Cat has a graphite and S-glass blended construction, and includes a premium cork handle with Kigan Master Hand 3D guides. For St. Croix’s first attempt at a catfish-specific rod, the Mojo Cat did an excellent job of hooking the editors at the magazine.
B’n’M Fishing Silver Cat Magnum Bumping
If you are searching for an even better value, you should give this $79 rod a try. Built for bumping, this lightweight, sensitive rod will do great whether drifting down a river or fishing from a bank. Made from high-density carbon and fiberglass with stainless-steel Dyna-Flow guides, this rod gives you versatility for your catfishing needs. Plus, for less than $80, you can’t beat the price!
With your new rod in hand, it’s time to get out on the water and start fishing. Meadow Brook Game Farm is the perfect venue to fish for bass, catfish, blue gill or crappie. Our 10-acre lake holds plenty of fish for you to hunt while leisurely enjoying the outdoors. For more information on fishing at Meadow Brook Game Farm, or to learn more about booking a hunting trip this fall, call us today at 615-888-2411.