Archive for the ‘Fishing Tackle Reviews’ Category

The 8-Weight Debate

Monday, February 25th, 2008

8-weights.jpgSix and 7-weights are all the rage, and 9 and 10-weights have a growing share of proponents among the striped bass and tarpon gang, but the venerable 8-weight is still the staple rod among anglers who fish the skinny salt. Check out this comparison test by good folks over at Yellowstone Angler, who whipped the air madly for days to come up with their verdict. Controversial? Yes. The last word in evaluating rod quality and performance? Well, no. But the guys who did the testing are an accomplished bunch, the criteria for assessing each rod is impressive in its scope, and the detailed analysis (including dissenting opinions) makes for a solid resource for anyone considering a new rod purchase. Oh, and if you’re looking for a specialty rod for targeting smaller inshore species, check out their recent 5-weight shootout, as well.

Review: MirrOlure MirrOminnow

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

From time to time, we’ll put a new angling-related product through its paces and share an opinion about its quality, appeal and performance. This review addresses a hot new lure from a respected manufacturer.


MirrOlure (L&S Bait) is a Florida-based company that has produced quality lures for decades. One of their latest offerings – the 19MR, or “MirrOminnow” – is a slim, streamlined lure designed to loosely mimic any number of small bait fish that are favored snacks for coastal gamefish. I recently tested one on a trip far down into the Glades.