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After the $9.99 Shadow Raps that finally helped my buddies and me dial in on stubborn bass early this past Spring, my next best tackle purchase is a mobile app - "Knots 3D".   

 

If I only used "Knots 3D" to correctly tie the Uni-to-Uni knot I use for my 12lbs flo leader to Sufix braid, the app would be we'll worth the $2.99.  However, it demonstrates every knot I'll ever need in 3D animation that's completely controllable. 

 

What has been your most helpful tackle purchase in 2015?  

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BPS Stick-O's in Green Pumpkin and Junebug. Owner Twistlock hooks. Lew's HM85 rod.

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Alphas SV. Best 200 dollar reel I've come across all these years chasing slimy green fish.

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My bigbait setup! It has opened my eyes to a whole new way to fish...and catch bigguns

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Keitech Swing Impact 4.8s. I catch so many fish on these it's not even funny

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 I can't say it's the best for big bass because I've only caught one big bass this spring and not on this lure, but this lure sure is fun to use - the Strike King Cut-R worm.  I didn't even buy it, I received a sample pack in my Mystery Tackle Box.  They don't sale them around here so I will have to order more.  I really like that Cut-R lure, a soft stick bait with that tail is cool.  I've been using it a lot and I've been taking with with me while kayak and bank fishing almost every time.  

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Cabela's Fisherman series Jerkbaits and big 6" double jointed swim baits. Both at very reasonable prices and the Jerk baits work great! (I haven't tried the double jointed swim baits yet)

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Texas Tackle O ring pliers.

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I picked spool of Tatsu FC at Tackle Warehouse.  Expensive but great line.  Lures though, Fat Impact from Keitech.

 

My favorite fish related purchase this year has been my inflatable pontoon boat.  It was on sale for $300.  I have seen similar ones go for $650 and up.  I just get in the water and I am off fishing.  It has been great for a few ponds and lakes that you can only use kayaks, canoes, etc. on 

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My new shimano Stradic ci4 1000

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Lews LFS Speed Spool.

 

and next after that, another LEWS LFS Speed Spool. 

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Got a steal of a deal on 25 packs of SK Rodents, God knows I'll need them for how easy they tear up!

Also have been more then impressed with the new line of Zodias rods from Shimano.

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The shadow rap and Bill Lewis Echo were two lures I was excited about this year and they both have produced for me. Also picked up some anglers choice baits and really like the killshot fished on a jig in stained water, can't wait to hit some clear water to fish it on a drop shot.

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My Speed Spool BB1 just arrived. I'm looking forward to getting on the water with it next week. It feels really solid for a $130 reel (on sale at Tackle Warehouse) and it fits my hand surprisingly well. Hopefully I can pick up some bass/walleye on crankbaits and give it a good workout.

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Yamamoto thin senko`s.

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Been trying this year to get into some newer and classic baits that everybody uses that I haven't tried yet. These are all baits/techniques I haven't used before this year:

-Rage Cut'R Worm: Been whacking bass on this all year long 

-Rage Craw: Great bait for a t-rig and trailer.

-Berkley Havoc Pit Boss: Haven't caught a ton of fish on this, but I really like it. 

-Keitech Swing Impact: Great swimbait, I see why everybody loves them. 

-Shakey-heads. LOVE these! Used to think they were a deep-water technique, but been whacking bass on them shallow. 

 

Been getting into chatterbaits also, but have yet to catch a fish on one. 

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Brauer Structure Jig with Havok Pit Boss trailer- it just catches big bass!

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My best purchases this year-

 

Rods+Reels                        

13 ***                      

Shimano Curado I                

Abu Garcia Ike Rods

 

Lures

Swing Impact Fat

BioSpawn Vile Craws

Rage Craw

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Abu Garcia SX3, don't have to much to spend on fishing so this was kind of a splurge for me. I absolutely love it and can easily tell the difference from cheap reels now. Also got into using senkos, have picked up a bunch of those and love them

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