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ICAST 2014 | Lew’s

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Lew’s Team Lew’s Lite Baitcasting Reel

Lew’s has really stormed the recreational fishing market the last 4 years and they are again raising the bar with incredibly high end reels but without the ridiculous prices. This reel weighs 5.7 ounces but it didn’t sacrifice quality or their well-known smoothness in this reel. We’ve already fished with it and it casts wonderfully, is silky smooth on the retrieve and handles big bass well. It’s a joy to fish with all day on a light rod. It retails for $239, has 11 ball bearings and a C45 Carbon side plate.

Lew’s Custom Speed Sticks

These new rods are a throwback to their early 70s cosmetics with 2014 advances in rod building technology. High quality HM60 blanks, 25 models to choose from in freshwater and 6 more in inshore models, ergonomic eva grips, quality guides and a very affordable price at $129.99. The larger rods longer than 7-foot, 4-inches will price out at $149.99. They are light, sensitive and fish really well so far in our testing.

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Lew’s Tournament Lite

The Lew’s Tournament Lite features a carbon fiber composition to create a very light reel at an affordable price point of $179.99. The C45 carbon frame and side plates give it light weight without sacrificing much rigidity or durability. It will come in 6.4:1 in both left and right hand models and a 7:1 in right. It has a 6-pin ACB as well as a dial magnetic brake to get it fine tuned.

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Extending the Super Duty line is the new 8:1 gear ratio reel.  This reel takes up an impressive 35 inches per handle turn we are told. We fished it some with big magnum flutter spoons and when a bass bit on slack line, we were able to catch up with them quick and get a good hookset.

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Lew’s Tournament Pro HP Speed Spin  

This reel features a larger wider spool, with 9 ball bearings, C45 Carbon frame and side plate as well the Zero Reverse system for smooth operation throughout. It will retail for $99.99 and come in 200, 300 and 400 sizes in 5.6: and 6:1 gear ratios. The largest  size takes up an amazing 46 inches of line per handle turn.

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Lew’s Tournament MB Speed Spool

This $139.99 reel features Lew’s new one-piece LFS aluminum frame and weighs a mere 6.7 ounces. The new LFS frame makes the reel a bit smaller profile but still with the multi-setting braking system with both magnetic and centrifugal brakes. It has a 14-pound drag and 10-ball bearings making it a great reel under $150.

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Mr. Crappie Slab Daddy Baitcasting Reel

Wally Marshall provided input for the new bait caster aimed directly at crappie anglers who are employing new and evolving techniques for catching crappie like trolling, long lining, pulling crankbaits and more where bait casters can have an advantage over spinning reels. This reel is 7 ounces, 6.2:1 gear ratio and retails for $39.99.

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David Fritt’s Perfect Crankbait Rod

Cranking legend David Fritts said these $90 rods have the perfect amount of glass and graphite for his noted technique of cranking. They feature four different rods in the line for 6 feet, 6 inches to 7 feet, 6 inches with 42-million modulus graphite blanks, cork handles with stainless steal guides and aluminum inserts. A lot of rod for under $100.

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Lew’s American Hero Baitcasting Combo

These armed-forces inspired $90 combos offer 3 models – a 6-foot, 6-inch MH rod with 6.4:1 gear ratio, 5-ball bearing graphite composite reel, a 6-foot, 10-inch MH rod with a 7.1:1 ratio, 5-ball bearing reel or a 7-foot MH Rod with 6.4:1 reel.

 

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