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The best from iCast 2015

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GoPro HERO4 Session

GoPro invented the POV (Point of View) camera when they came out with their first GoPro Hero. Since then, they've reinvented their camera serval times making it smaller, lighter and more powerful each time. GoPros are made to be worn or placed in places you can't put a traditional camera. The new GoPro HERO4 Session is the lightest, smallest and least invasive POV camera ever. And it's waterproof without a housing! For more info, click here.

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LiveTarget Hollow Body Sunfish

Wow. Just look at this thing. Built on the frame of a hollow bodied frog, this bait is said to have an awesome walking action and will move the topwater game forward by finally giving anglers a bream/bluegill/sunfish body style bait to throw in situations where we've previously had to target fish with a hollow bodied frog painted to look like a sunfish. For more info, click here.

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Humminbird Helix 7

Side imaging isn't new to the market. Neither is GPS. Nor traditional sonar or Down Imagining. So what makes the new Helix 7 so special? PRICE POINT! Finally, a unit with all this for under $700 including the Side Imagining transducer. For more info, click here.

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New Lures From iCast 2015

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Terminator Walking Frog

Elite Series pro Ott DeFoe had a hand in making this one. I heard about it a few weeks ago and have been itching to get my hands on one. From what I hear it has a solid hook, soft body and natural color schemes. And as most of you know, I'm a sucker for a good frog bite. For more info, click here.

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Storm Arashi Deep 18 and 25

After watching Brandon Palaniuk catch a couple big ones on the Arashi Deep prototype in the Lake Havasu Elite, my interests definitely peaked in these new baits. The best part about this crankbait, the floating line tie that auto corrects the bait so it always runs true. The most frustrating thing when you're fishing a deep crankbait bite is having to 'tune' a new crankbait after breaking off one you had running just right. With these baits, they should run true every time. I look forward to putting them to the test! For more info, click here.

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Z-Man Project Z ChatterBait

Z-Man invented a whole new style of bait with their Original ChatterBait. Since then, they've not only taken the praise but also the constructive criticism of their fans and pros and have re-invented the best vibrating jig on the market in the new Project Z ChatterBait. A strong hook, great trailer keeper and most importantly an improved line tie. This one has been out for a few months, but still one of my favorite new baits of the year. For more info, click here.

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Strike King 8xd Crankbait

Strike King changed what most people thought about crankbiat fishing when they introduced their oversized behemoth of a crankbait, the 10XD. Jumping from its much smaller predecessor, the 6XD, the 10XD was off-putting for some some people. Although the 10XD has the ability to trigger bites from a whole new set of fish, working the bait is about like arm day at the gym times a hundred. Seeing the need for a larger profile bait, but one that would be considerably easier to reel, Strike King filled the gap with the 8XD. Built to dive 20 plus feet deep, the 8XD provides a big meal with a not so demanding work load. For more info on the Strike King 8XD, click here.

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Gambler Burner Craw

Gambler has come out with one of the most versatile soft plastics in quite a while with their new Burner Craw. I've used this bait as a trailer on swim jigs, flipping jigs, football jigs and ChatterBaits. I've also swam this bait with a light weight, pitched it on a light weight, punched the bait in thick vegetation and almost anything else you can think of. The bait may look like several others at first glance, but what it lacks in instant awe power, it makes up for in durability, color selection and action. A great choice of colors and it's versatility makes the Burner Craw one of my favorite new baits of 2015 so far. For more information, click here.

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Livingston Lures Walking Boss Part II

Big wake baits catch big fish. Big bass get big by being smart. Anytime someone tries something new (like Livingston's sound technology) to target big bass, I've got to give it  a try. I'm interested in seeing what the Walking Boss has to offer to this style of big bass stalking. For more info, click here.

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Missile Jigs Ike's Mini Flip

I've always been a fan of compact, durable jigs for flipping and pitching around shallow cover. Unfortunately I've had a hard time finding such a jig... until recently. This jig is basically a old school bitsy bug on steroids. A solid construction, strong hook and great choice in color schemes makes this one of my favorite baits of the year so far. I've also used this jig to fish brush and rock in deeper water and have been pleased with the versatility of the jig in that respect. Ike and Missile Jigs definitely hit one out of the park with this one. For more information on Ike's Mini Flip, click here.

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Rapala Shadow Rap

One of the biggest players in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, the new Shadow Rap is a finely tuned jerkbait. Right out of the box it's ready to go. Seeing Mike Iaconelli and Randall Tharp catch key fish in the Classic on this thing is all the confidence I need. For more info on the Shadow Wrap, click here.

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Z-Man Project Z Swim Jig

I've always been a big fan of the Z-Man ChatterBait so I'm excited to see Z-Man coming out with other baits like their new swim jig. Most people don't know this, but Z-Man actually manufactures the skirts for a large portion of the other tackle companies that produce spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, swim jigs and punch skirts. Having a vast knowledge of the skirt market and knowing that these swim jigs are a part of the Z-Man Project Z initiative, which calls on the input of pros like Luke Clausen, David Walker and Stephen Browning, have me very interested in this new bait.

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Storm Arashi Top Walker

There seems to be a dozen new topwater bait ever year. The same can be said for crankbaits. Most of the time, not much sets new baits apart in either of those categories. That wasn't the case when the Storm Arashi crankbait series came out. The ingenuity used to set those baits apart have me curious as to what Brandon Palaniuk and Storm have put into this one. One thing that sticks out right away, the back end is weighted for longer casts. Ready to get my hands on one of these to see what else the Top Walker has to offer. For more info, click here.

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New Reels

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Shimano Citica I Series

The Citica and Curado from Shimano have been two benchmark reels when it comes to quality and price. The all new Shimano Citica I Series looks to be another step forward in an already fantastic product. For more information, click here.

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Quantum Smoke 100 Reels

Quantum improved upon their original Smoke Series of reels by re-working the entire build as well as introducing an 8.1:1 gear ratio reel. For more info, click here.

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Daiwa Tatula Tactical  Casting Reels

I've only had the pleasure of using a couple of Daiwa's reels, but this one will likely add to that number soon. A quality reel for a reasonable price with a name like Daiwa behind it, this one deserves a little more research. For more info, click here.

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New Rods

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Abu Garcia Ike Series Rods

After purchasing one of Ike's Delay Series (made for reaction baits) and one of Ike's Power Series Rods (made for power fishing) I was instantly hooked. Not only do the rods perform but they also look sharp and come in at a price point that is very reasonable ($129.00-$149.00). I put the 7'2" Medium Heavy Power Rod to work immediately with a jig and fished everything from a square bill to Series 5 XD on Ike's 7'0 Medium Delay Series Rod. Caught multiple fish as was very pleased with both. I've since purchased Ike's 7-10 Medium Heavy Delay for larger crankbaits and plan to buy more in the future. For more information on Ike's new line of rods, click here for more on Ike's Power Series. Click here for more on Ike's Delay Series.

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Fitzgerald Rods Stunner HD Series

Fitzgerald Rods emerged a few years back in Florida where the company quickly took hold of the market for custom-built flipping sticks capable of plucking giant Florida bass from thick matted vegetation. With the winner of nearly every BFL, EverStart and Open held in Florida holding a Fitzgerald Rods flipping stick, it became obvious that there was something to this rod. Fans of the flipping stick sampled other custom made fishing rods in the Fitzgerald lineup and quickly a brand took hold. High demand for rods and the desire for a more competitive price point led Trevor Fitzgerald to investigate the option of having a line of production rods. In an effort not to comprise quality for convience, the Stunner HD Series was born: a solid rod built with the best components and made available for a competitive price. I've sampled several of these rods already and I'm very pleased. For more info on Fitzgerald Rods Stunner HD Series, click here.

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Daiwa Zillion Rods

The choice of many of today's top pros, Daiwa has always put out top notch gear. With anglers like Ish Monroe and Randy Howell to help develop products, you can rest assure that these rods are tournament tested and ready to put to work. For more info, click here.

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New Fishing Line

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Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon

Sunline seems to always be one step ahead in the fluorocarbon game. Now they've invented an entirely new way (P-ion coating) to make their fluorocarbon cast even better. As a member of the media, I was sent a sample of the new Assassin FC a week ago. Rigged up 12 pound test on a big crankbait rod and it really does sail.

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