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Rapala Report

CrushCity™ Freeloader™ by RapalaCrushCity™ Freeloader™ by Rapala

True to its name, the CrushCity™ Freeloader™ by Rapala has moved into Jacob Wheeler’s tackle box and won’t move out.

Before the lure was even released to the public, Wheeler used it as part of his winning strategy at a Bass Pro Tour event on Alabama’s heavily pressured Lake Guntersville. That same week, Minnesota angler Adam Rasmussen employed it to win a Bassmaster Open on nearby Wheeler Lake. This “Freeloader” quickly earned its keep.

Collaborating with Wheeler, the product engineers at Rapala sought to create the ultimate chatterbait/spinnerbait trailer bait. It can be used as a vibrating jig trailer, alone as a swimbait, or for countless other traditional and novel soft plastic presentations.

Abu Garcia Report

Abu Garcia Zenon X Spinning ReelAbu Garcia Zenon X Spinning Reel

Abu Garcia has added a new model to the Zenon spinning selection with the Zenon X.

This new model fills the gap by offering the flexibility to fish lightweight finesse style baits while also providing the power to handle heavier baits when needed.

Building upon the success of the original Zenon spinning reel, the Zenon X features the same efficient asymmetric aluminum frame, combined with an oversized AMG2 machined aluminum gear system that delivers the perfect balance of weight, performance and durability.

“This new addition to the Zenon spinning reel lineup is a game-changer for freshwater anglers,” said Andrew Wheeler, Director of Freshwater at Abu Garcia. “The Zenon X combines lightweight design, durable construction and precision engineering to deliver a reel that excels in finesse fishing techniques while offering the versatility to handle heavier baits with ease. It’s the ultimate tool for passionate anglers seeking exceptional performance on the water.”

• Asymmetric one piece aluminum gear box design delivers a compact reel design that is ultra-lightweight
• Air fin spool design helps reduce weight
• V-Rotor design reduces start up inertia
• Carbon handle and co-molded handle knob
• AMG2 fully machined aluminum main gear gives unparalleled smoothness and durability
• 9+1 HPCR bearing system
• Rocket line management system
• Mid-arbor spool design
• 6.2:1 gear ratio
• Weight: 2000 – 6.0-ounces • 2500MS – 6.5-ounces • 3000MS – 6.6-ounces • 3500MS – 6.8-ounces
Suggested retail is $299.95.

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Lew’s Report

Lew's Custom Lite SS Spinning ReelLew's Custom Lite SS Spinning Reel

Lew’s introduced the Custom Lite SS at the 2024 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Ok.

The 200 size Custom Lite SS Spinning Reel fits in perfectly with the lightweight design and smooth drag offered in the rest of the series, but specifically excels in situations where one would normally use backing tied to a braided main line.

Tailored for finesse applications, the innovative shallow spool design of the Custom Lite SS Spinning Reel strategically reduces line capacity to eliminate line waste and the need for backing, especially when using braided line. The Custom Lite SS is engineered with a feather light Tanso Tech frame and skeletal rotor, weighing only 6.7 oz. for lightweight strength and increased sensitivity. Within the reel lies a precision-machined aluminum gear and a hybrid carbon drag system for steady power and ultra-smooth operation.

“With braided line being such a must in finesse fishing, the Custom Lite SS is so perfect! It's just unnecessary to have that much line on a spool plus it makes it lighter – combine that with the all-around smoothness! You just can't go wrong with it,” says Mark Zona.

The reel will sell at retail level for $159.99.

Gamakatsu Report

Gamakatsu Nano Alpha HookGamakatsu Nano Alpha Hook

Gamakatsu has announced a proprietary new finish for their most popular hook styles.

In the ever-evolving world of fishing tackle, Gamakatsu has once again raised the bar with their latest innovation: the Nano Alpha finish. Representing a paradigm shift in hook performance, these hooks are a testament to Gamakatsu's commitment to excellence. The Nano Alpha Hooks offer anglers a plethora of advantages, including slicker performance and enhanced corrosion resistance.

Key Features of the New Nano Alpha Hook Technology:

2X Better Hook Penetration: The Nano Alpha Hooks boast an exceptionally smooth surface which increases penetration by two times over standard plated hooks. That allows these hooks to penetrate quicker and farther than standard finishes, delivering higher landing ratios for fish of all species.

4X Better Corrosion Resistance: The Nano Alpha coating technology provides superior corrosion resistance over standard hook plating. This coating not only prolongs the life of the hooks but also ensures they maintain their peak performance in both freshwater and saltwater environments. It prevents rust and corrosion four times better from developing on hooks particularly on the points which quickly dulls hooks.

For more information, please visit WWW.GAMAKATSU.COM