There are a lot of ways to spend our time while waiting for the fishing season to start. One of my favorite is prepping for the upcoming season by checking out the new products that we will be using once the lake thaws. The guys at D&R sports here in Kalamazoo are fisherman that know what we want and when we want it. That’s why they had a seminar a couple nights ago all about the new products they will be stocking for the spring. Let me clue you in on some of the highlights in case you missed it.
Rods: The trends for rods this year are the same as always, lighter and better prices than the year before. Some of the brands they will be stocking at D&R are Duckett, Shimano, Diawa, Quantum and Loomis. The price range for bass rods ranges from below $50 all the way up to $500 so it should be easy to find what you want in a price you can afford. Maybe if you guys show enough interest they will stock your favorite brands also, can you say Denali?
Reels: In the area of fishing reels there have been some major changes. Some companies have changed their models some have added new models. Most have dropped the size and weight of the products to make them easier to handle for a longer period of time. Quantum has made some of the biggest positive changes with the PT spinning reels being almost unrecognizable. I have a PT from last year and it is solid but with the new models for this year I can see one or two new ones of these in my future. In a couple of weeks when the shelves are stocked you will want to spend some time at D&R Sports with some reels in your hand. This year’s new selection will make it hard to resist adding to your collection. With D&R having the biggest selection in the area the only problem might be deciding how many to buy for the next tournament season.
Shallow water anchors: Last year there weren’t too many choices but this year you have many models to choose from. The Power Pole and the Talon will both be available at D&R and at several different price points so this might be the time to upgrade your rig with one or two of these nifty toys, you know you want to. Once you try it you won’t want to be without one.
Electronics: One of the most important electronic gizmo’s that you may want to consider is an alarm for your boat. Whether at home or on the road it’s nice to know if someone is messing with your expensive boat and accessories. Scaring away a potential thief will save you a lot more than an alarm will cost. If you have not upgraded your computers in a while now might be the time. The price on the top new models are still high but for a unit much better than what was available a few years ago the prices might surprise you what you can get for the money. D&R Sports has a great display of many models and brands powered up for you to check out. The staff is excellent at finding one that will fit all of your needs at a price that won’t break the bank.
Hydrowave: For those of you who are not familiar with this it is an underwater speaker that produces the sound of fish feeding. The owner of D&R, Randy VanDam had many stories that convinced me of the effectiveness of the Hyrowave. If that’s not enough most of the elite pros have fitted these on their boats. This is not a gimmick if you want to compete at the highest level you will want this on your boat to. New sounds are being developed so you can tune it to meet your specific needs. The price is easily justified for something that actually calls in feeding fish!!
Lures: New lures have got to be the cheapest and easiest way to keep ahead of the competition. This year you’re going to have a truckload of new things to choose from. Let’s start with spinerbaits. Advantage Baits has some cool laser etched blades that put out more flash than any other you can get. Terminator baits are back and better than ever seeing these on the shelf again is a welcome sight. Of course we would like to see the Assassinator Bait line added and rest assured we are trying. Uncle Josh is back in the game with the meat no skin trailer that’s nice to see. With crankbaits there are so many we will just identify the trends. The quality of cranks just keeps going up, but so does the price. Color or finish seem to be most of what’s new realistic looks being most of that. Other news in finish is the chameleon and the UV tech both of which are very effective. With photo realistic being popular you know River2Sea will be a big player as this is what they have done for a long time. Don’t let the higher price of some of the cranks scare you many have great hooks on them so you save the expense and hassle of changing them. The high end hard baits also tend to run better and suspend better if that’s what you’re looking for. Jackal is a good example of worth the premium price though there are others. As expected the big guys like Berkley and Strike King will take the lion’s share of the market but look for new and smaller company to provide some of the must haves for this season. Tightline UV is one of the ones to watch along with some custom makers.
Randy VanDam did a great job of getting us all excited about the new stuff for the upcoming season and we have only covered a small amount with more still to come. If you are in the Kalamazoo area stop by and see some cool stuff you never know who you might run into there maybe even KVD or JVD. If you want to be sure to meet a pro or two on your visit check the schedule we have heard a lot of the big names in bass fishing will be stopping by for pics and to give you advice that may help you. Tell them Bad Poncho Outdoors sent ya! See you there.