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Joslin: Gift suggestions for those fishing addicts in your lives

Last Modified: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 8:40 PM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Hello, anglers!

I thought I would pass on some new fishing product information as Christmas is again in the wings and it is time to start thinking seriously about selecting gifts for those fishing addicts in our lives.

Most serious anglers love to stay on top of the latest technology in every aspect of fishing, but especially when it comes to reels.

The choice of reels is a very important factor when it comes to putting together the tools that are necessary to consistently make a dent in the fishing population. One of the top brands of reels on the market for the past 40-50 years is Abu Garcia. I have been using these reels for 30-plus years, and the many choices and quality workmanship for their products have never been better than today.

There are also other quality reels out there, but I am the most familiar with Abu Garcia.

Many anglers, especially experienced anglers, are difficult to gift. The Revo Series is one of the best selling and highest-rated reels available. I will mention three of them as there are 10 in the baitcast series and four Revos in the spinning reel series.

The first is the Revo S, which was redesigned from last year and weighs 7.62 ounces, which is 1.09 ounces less than the earlier, already light-weight model. Retailing at $129.95, it also has a sharp new pearl color and is smooth casting with line capacity of 145 yards with 12-pound test.

Another is the Revo STX, which is their best seller ,and it also was recently upgraded from the original weight of 8.90 ounces to the new reel which only weighs 6.46 ounces. That’s an amazing decrease of 2.44 ounces. I have both reels, the original as well as the upgrade and the difference is very significant, especially when you have a long day of fishing.

The new STX holds the same amount of line as the older model at 145 yards of 12-pound test and the price is unchanged at $199.95.

The final reel is the flagship of the Revo Series, the MGX, which is every fresh-water angler’s dream reel weighing only 5.4 ounces. One of the most technical reels ever designed, the MGX line capacity is 115 yards of 12-pound test, the reel is very smooth, quiet, super strong and light as a feather. It will spoil you, but it is not cheap at $349.95.

I will offer three quality reels next week with price tags under $100.

Lake Conditions

The lake level at midweek was at 168 feet with one generator running from 4-6:30 p.m. weekdays. Water temperatures are from 67-72 degrees with all of the lake having good water quality with some stained conditions on the north half and lots of clear water down south.

Bass Report

We are catching fish with both a good shallow pattern as well as deep patterns. In low-light situations we are using Stanley’s Vibrashaft double willow spinnerbaits and are hitting grassy points. We are also using Norton’s Triple Wing buzzbait over the grass as well as along the outside edges.

Some mornings and late afternoons topwater poppers and chuggers also do really well on quality bass. We have had the best results with a slow presentation and frequent pauses.

We also continue to use a lot of soft plastics with a Texas-rigged Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper (6.25 inches) and Trick Worms our top choices. A Bottom Hopper in Shady Watermelon Candy has been a very good choice. We are also using Power Lizards and Stanley Wedge Hogs on our Carolina rigs.

DD22s are working on suspended bass in the 18-30 feet depths and we are also using a drop-shot with Bottom Hopper Jrs. (4.75-inch) in depths of 25-40 feet. A jigging spoon is also getting some action along major creeks and main lake points.

Crappie Reports

Crappie guide Noe Garcia called and said he is catching some really nice slabs in the 18-to-25-foot depths using live shiners and jigs.

Yellow bass are hitting in some of the major creeks with some of them hand size. They fillet easily and are very good eating.


Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. His column appears Thursdays. Contact him at 463-3848 or or visit

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