G&F Editor's Choice: Best Rod and Reel for 2019
By: Dr. Todd Kuhn - April 29, 2019
Baitcasting reels are marvels of mechanical engineering.
These diminutive machines manage a vast array of baits, from petite plastics to slammer swimbaits on a wide variety of lines. They do so while remaining nearly bulletproof, and capable of weathering harsh use under demanding conditions.
Likewise, contemporary casting rods benefit from decades of material science advancements. Their blanks are engineered supramolecularly: resins and carbon fibers are amalgamated on a nanotechnology level.
Their componentry is equally impressive, as it is virtually indestructible – yet it remains unimaginably light. Together, these casting implements are capable of launching lures to impressive distances while delivering crisp sensitivity.
Game & Fish sent our gear experts into the briny marshes of Louisiana where the crew tested the latest bass gear against the largest and hardest-fighting redfish in North America.
After days of exhaustive testing (somebody had to do it, right?), we reached these conclusions.
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