Sunday, March 10, 2013

These were the top fishing equipment purchases made last year

Southwick Associates’ announced the brands and products anglers purchased most frequently in 2012. This list has been compiled from the 15,819 internet-based surveys completed by anglers who volunteered to participate last year in polls.
  • Top rod brand: Shakespeare --- Top reel brand: Shimano --- Top combo brand: Shakespeare --- Top fishing line brand: Berkley Trilene, PowerPro --- Top hard bait brand: Rapala --- Top soft bait brand: Berkley Gulp, Zoom --- Top spinnerbait brand: Strike King --- Top jig brand: Strike King --- Top hook brand: Gamakatsu --- Top swivel brand:  Eagle Claw --- Top rigs brand: Eagle Claw --- Top bobber brand: Thill --- Top fly rod brand: Sage --- Top fly reels brand: Cabelas --- Top fly combo brand: Cabelas --- Top fly line brand: Scientific Angler (3M) --- Top fly leader brand: Rio --- Top fish finder brand: Lowrance, Humminbird --- Top tackle box brand: Plano --- Top landing net brand: Frabill --- Top fishing knife brand: Rapala 
  • Largemouth bass remain the number one targeted species of freshwater fish, with 55% of fishing activity targeting largemouth bass, followed by pan fish (38%) and smallmouth bass (25%).
* Saltwater anglers were more varied, with 31% of trips targeting redfish/red drum, followed by flounder (25%), and striped bass (19%). Please note these refer to species targeted on trips and not the number of fish actually caught.

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