Tackle Reviews

New Fishing Gear for 2021

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This is the most comprehensive list of new freshwater fishing tackle for 2021. We’ll be adding to the gallery, as well, but here are more than 350 new pieces of fishing gear for you to consider for your fishing in 2021. From shallow-water anchors to new soft plastic lures, this is the most thorough look you will find online of the new freshwater fishing tackle for fall 2020 and spring 2021.

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Minn Kota Raptor Shallow Water Anchors

Raptor is the only shallow water anchor to feature Active Anchoring™ and Auto-Bottom Mode™, which enable these shallow-water anchors to automatically monitor the water and bottom conditions to keep the boat anchored firmly in place no matter what the fishing situation. 

Minn Kota’s new Raptor shallow-water anchor will be offered in 8- and 10-foot lengths as well as a variety of options and colors. Raptor models will be available mid-July from authorized Minn Kota retailers starting at $1,499.99 up to 1,899.99. Minn Kota’s shallow water anchors are backed by a comprehensive 5-year warranty plus a lifetime warranty on the spike for years of reliability anglers can count on. 

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Old Town Sportsman Line of Kayaks

Meet the Old Town Sportsman Line – seven boats, three ways to travel, one passion. Old Town leverages 122-years of boat building innovation with something for every active water-lover. There are two powered by AutopilotTM, 3 made to pedal and 2 made for paddling. 

The flagship model in the Old Town Sportsman Line is the exciting, all-new AutopilotTM, a state of the art fishing kayak that delivers the ultimate hands-free fishing experience. Available in two sizes, the Old Town Sportsman AutopilotTM 136 & 120 use fully integrated Minn Kota 45 lb thrust saltwater-safe motors with GPS Spot-Lock virtual anchoring to put the craft exactly where you want it. Controlled with the touch of your thumb using the iPilot remote, your hands remain free to catch fish. In varying tide, current, or wind conditions the Old Town Sportsman AutopilotTM 136 & 120 will change the way you fish from a kayak. 

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Humminbird CoastMaster US Coastal Card

The new CoastMaster chart arms coastal anglers with the very latest information to identify key fish-holding areas by providing accurate spot soundings, depth contours, points of interest, and navigational aids to ensure safe navigation. Anglers will also be able to monitor fishing conditions with a predictive tides and currents tool that offers details about the speed and direction of currents and the direction and height of tides precisely for the vessel’s location. Additionally, multiple depth highlight ranges enable captains to clearly identify productive depth ranges or shallow hazard areas, and a water level offset feature allows for the adjustment of depth contours and shorelines to match current water levels. 

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Rapala OG 6 Slim

See the Rapala OG 6 Slim underwater action video here.

From a passion of bait building as a childhood hobby, to customizing lures as a professional angler, the OG Series is born of the sawdust from Ott DeFoe’s garage. The Rapala Slim is a balsa, flat-sided bait with a medium wobble and tight side-to-side action. The lightweight circuit board lip is extremely thin yet delivers the right action and attitude no matter how you fish it. Weighs 1/2-ounce, measures 2 3/4 inches long, dives to 6 feet, has a pair of No. 3 VMC Hybrid Trebles and comes in 14 colors. MSRP: $10.99

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Rapala DT Color Additions

Straight from the boxes of the Rapala pro staff, five new colors – Big Shad, Chartreuse Rootbeer Craw, Citrus Shad, Green Gizzard Shad and Rootbeer Craw. All 5 colors will be on the DT4, 6, 10, 14 and 16. The non-craw colors will also be on the DT20. 

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Terminator Pro Series Spinnerbait

See the Terminator Pro Series Spinnerbait underwater action video here.

Designed hand-in-hand with 2019 Bassmaster Classic champ Ott DeFoe, the Pro Series Spinnerbaits use 17-7 stainless steel and the perfect ultra-fine wire that results in the perfect balance of strength and vibration. This lineup has a blade/color combination to match the conditions no matter when or where across the country. 31 colors/blade combinations in 3/8- and 1/2-ounce models, custom hand-tied skirts, oversized eye, tight grip trailer keeper and a premium VMC hook make this and outstanding spinnerbait. 

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Terminator HD Swim Jig

The HD Swim Jig features a hydrodynamic head, crafted to swim through the heaviest cover. It features an oversized 3D eye, premium banded silicone full skirt, VMC Hybrid 5/0 wide gap hook, tight grip trailer keeper and a nylon weed guard. Available in 12 colors and 2 sizes – 3/8-and 1/2-ounce. 

PREORDER HERE

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Rapala Performance Hoodie with Neck Gaiter

The best way to stay cool and comfortable on and off the water, the new Performance Hoodie offers style combined with function. Offering a built-in neck gaiter, under arm mesh ventilation, UPF 50+ UV sun protection and moisture-wicking performance. Each features a dye-sublimation Rapala logo and technical pattern. Made with 88% polyester and 12% spandex fabric and available in sizes XS – 3XL. 

MSRP: $40.99

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Rapala Rap-V

See the Rap-V Blade underwater action video here.

The new Rap-V Blade is the perfect balance of metal, plastic and Rapala expertise. This extremely versatile bait produces instant vibration on the lift or retrieve. Weighs in at 1/2-ounce, measures 2 1/2 inches long and has VMC No. 4 double hook and a No. 6 treble. 

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Rapala X-Rap Prop Color Additions

More new Rapala colors, straight from the best pros on the planet – Florida Gold and Black Chrome Orange. 

MSRP: $12.99

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Storm Arashi Swimmer

The Arashi Swimmer is a multi-jointed bait that delivers a life-like swimming action over a wide range of retrieve speeds. It has a moderate sink rate (ROF-8, .8ft/sec) that creates a stable action at faster retrieve speeds while still allowing the lure to remain in the strike zone when paused or twitched. Swiveling hooks increase catch ratio by eliminating leverage against the lure body. Weighs 2 3/16 ounces, measures 7 inches, comes with a pair of VMC 1/0 trebles and comes in 9 colors. 

MSRP: $37.99

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Storm Arashi Vibe Color Additions

Inspired colors from the Bassmaster Classic champion Ott DeFoe! A pair of colors that are must-haves, one of which (Classic Craw) helped Ott win the 2019 Bassmaster Classic! Fluorescent Red Craw rounds out the new colors, for now. 

MSRP: $7.99

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Storm Largo Shad

The swimbait you’ve been hearing about is finally here. Made famous by Jacob Wheeler, the Largo Shad has the perfect body roll and exaggerated tail swing. The incredibly long lasting and durable Largo Shad comes in a 3- and 4-inch, 16 colors and 6 of those are brand new colors inspired by Wheeler. 7 baits per pack in the 3-inch and 6 per pack in the 4-inch. 

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VMC Treble Size Extensions

All of the pros’ favorites – Bladed Treble, Hybrid Treble and Hybrid Short Shank Treble are all available in sizes 3 and 5. 

MSRP: Bladed $6.79 and Hybrids $3.99

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VMC Crossover Pliers

These pliers paired with the Crossover Rings will take wacky/Neko rigging to the next level! No more fussing with O-rings that don’t fit properly or watching your plastics fly off while a fish jumps. These pliers are made of a lightweight and durable plastic and feature dual compartments in the handle for extra ring storage. Simply slide the ring onto the closed jaws, compress handle to stretch ring, slide your plastic into the ring and depress the pliers to leave a snug ring wherever preferred. 

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