Turkey season is winding down in most parts of the country, which means the attention now turns to fishing. Even though some fishermen began to get excited following the Bassmaster Classic in February, it’s not until warm weather shows up that the rest of us start to gear up for a highly anticipated spring and summer fishing season. This time of year also means that anglers are gearing up with new products that companies have released for the year. With so many to choose from, I came up with five new and exciting products that I feel are must-haves for this year.
Strike King J Lee Comeback Jig
A comeback is best described as “coming from behind to take the win.” For that to happen in a bass tournament, a few critical components must be present, one of which is the right bait. The world saw this scenario play out in grand fashion as Mossy Oak Fishing pro Jordan Lee came from way behind to eventually win the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. Jordan had all of the right components, including the bait. And, you can have it too with the all-new J-Lee Comeback Jig.
“Over the years I’ve come to rely on a stand-up style jig with a round rubber skirt to get big bites. When paired with the right trailer, that jig has a profile that bigger bass can’t resist,” said back-to-back 2017/2018 Bassmaster Classic Champion, Jordan Lee. “We took every possible detail into account when we designed and built the Comeback Jig. From the head, to the line tie, to the hook, to the skirt, this is the best version of this jig I’ve ever thrown. It is the perfect tool to catch big bass and maybe stage the comeback you’ve always dreamed of.”
The J-Lee Comeback Jig comes in 4 sizes (3/8, ½, ¾ & 1 oz.) and 6 round rubber skirt colors. You will be able to find it at your favorite retailer early this fall.
Retails for $5.99
For more information, visit www.strikeking.com
Lews Mach Crush Spin Combo
Lews is known for creating lighter, faster, and stronger fishing equipment, and The Mach Crush Speed Spin is another example of that. It features a strong, lightweight aluminum body, stainless steel main shaft and solid brass pinion gear. Its high-end performance comes from a premium 11-bearing system with Zero-Reverse, one-way clutch bearing. External screws are stainless steel. The reel’s innovative skeletal rotor is lightweight high-strength C40 carbon with stainless steel bail wire and S-curve oscillation system. The combo rod features a premium IM8 one-piece graphite blank constructed using Lew’s proprietary Nano technology. Rod guides are the award-winning American Tackle Airwave guide system that reduces line slap and increases casting distance. The Mach Crush Spin Combo also comes with the popular Winn grips on the handle for a good grip no matter the weather conditions or how big a bass that one is reeling in.
The Mach Crush Spin Combo is the perfect set-up for catching smallmouth on the rivers or catching those big largemouth on the lakes. No matter the conditions, reeling in the next trophy will be a breeze.
Retails for $159.99
For more information, visit www.lews.com.
Plano KVD Signature Tackle Bag (3600)
The serious fisherman is known for having an array of different baits and lures, such as spinnerbaits and crankbaits of different colors and sizes. However, it doesn’t do any good if they’re not organized, so that finding them quickly when the big ones are biting is a breeze. The new KVD Signature Tackle Bags from Plano are ideal for keeping all the necessities organized as well as protected.
Some of the great features include:
- Molded top holds one StowAway secured by elastic bungee for quick release
- TPE coating surrounds bag with water-resistant protection
- Utili-Tackle Rail System includes 34 accessory attachment points, plus tie-down slots
- Waterproof base with elevated, rubber feet
- MOLLE attachment points offer additional storage options
- Waterproof pocket specially sized for cell phone, wallet, etc.
- Sturdy pliers holder
- Bright red interior improves visibility in low light
- Large, mesh back pocket and compartmentalized front pocket
- Includes Four 3600 Series StowAway Utility Boxes
- Also available in a 3700 series
The 3600 retails for $64.99
For more information, visit www.planomolding.com.
Huk Elements Icon 1/4 Zip
It’s no secret that one of the most popular choices of apparel for fishermen is the Huk brand. Huk is the maker of comfortable, effective and stylish looking gear that fishing enthusiast have come to love. With the release of the Mossy Oak Elements Agua fishing pattern, Huk has continued to impress with one of the most popular fishing shirts, the Huk ICON, which is now available in four Elements Agua colors. This comfortable, rugged, sun-blocking +30 UPF quarter-zip not only looks great but is built from state-of-the-art fabrics, durable poly-knit construction and the most advanced materials for protection against the elements. The Huk Elements Icon ¼ Zip is the perfect garment for all types of anglers.
- Sun Protection
- Superior Breathability
- Stretch Mesh Under-Arm & Side Back
- Stain Release
- Moisture Transport
- Sizing: S-3XL
- Body: 90% Polyester 10% Spandex
- Mesh Back: 100% Polyester
Retails for $54.99
For more information, visit www.hukgear.com.
Rapala 50lb High Contrast Digital Scale
Anglers are not exactly known for being accurate when it comes to recounting how big a fish really is. However, Rapala has made it easy to get the story straight, whether a weekend fisherman just wanting to know how big the catch is or a tournament angler striving for every ounce. This quick and easy scale will do the job. With several features, it’s hard to pick just one that is the standout feature. The reverse image LCD illuminated screen makes reading the light text on dark background easy, even on bright, sunny days. The directional pad operation offers familiar and intuitive navigation through the menu options. Quick reference for min. & max. bin & total weight. The Rapala digital scale is packed with must-have features and a fish friendly gripper to secure your catch. Runs on 2 AAA batteries (not included).
- Reverse Image LCD for Enhanced Viewing
- Directional Pad Operation
- 8 Storage Locations
- Choose lb./oz., decimal lbs. or kg.
- Tare Weight
- Memory Back-Up
Retails for $39.99
For more information, visit www.rapala.com.