Joslin: Gift suggestions for those fishing addicts in your lives

By 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.

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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 joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or visit www.joejoslinoutdoors.com