Hello Anglers. As a pro angler and outdoor
writer, I get to try out a lot of new fishing/outdoor
equipment. Some of it...a lot of it.....
has not worked for me (or for you either
probably), but there are many great new
products on the market that have the potential
of giving the angler yet another slight
edge to catch more fish.
THE WEDGE EDGE: One of the new product
lines is the Wedge Tail Series from Stanley
Jigs, Inc in Huntington,TX. While fishing
a bass tournament on Sam Rayburn last year,
Lonnie Stanley, owner of Stanley Jigs,
pitched me a pack of 6" Wedge Tail
Worms. About mid-morning, my tournament
partner and I had four fish on board and
could not get our last keeper. After about
an hour of trying various baits, I remembered
the pack of Wedge Tails. I rigged one wacky
style and on my third cast a solid 2.5
lb. Rayburn 'chunk' completed our limit.
Since that day I have had a Wedge Tail
plastic on at least one of my rods. During
the past two months(June/July 2003), a
high percentage of the bass we have caught
in our guide service has been on these
My personal favorites are the 4.5 inch
Wedge Tail Lizard (watermelon) and the
6" Wedge Tail Worm (redbug) both rigged
Texas style. The small lizard and the Wedge
Hog are also super on a Carolina rig. The
Wedge Tail Series has a wide variety of
plastics including a complete salt water
and crappie series in addition to the bass
category. On the bass side, some of the
offerings include a 4.5 and a 6 inch lizard,
6 inch Wedge Tail Worm, Wedge Hog (creature
bait/4.5") and a new jerk bait. These
baits are sometimes hard to find but at
least two outlets in The Lakes Area have
them....Ann's Tackle in Jasper, TX and
Toledo Tackle on Highway 6 west of Many,
LA. You might also call Stanley Jigs at
936-876-5713 to find your nearest outlet.
OTHER NEAT STUFF: Abu Garcia is legendary
to quality fishing reels and the new Torno
Series brings this quality to low-profile
design. The Torno Series replaced the Tournament
300 Series which was a quality, smooth
operating low-profile baitcasting reel.
The Torno ,however, is in a different league.
My first experience with a Torno was last
fall when I received a T3006HS which is
one of the up-scaled models, but not the
top of the line. There are five models
ranging from the T3003 (retailed at $84.95)
to the T3006HSI which retails at $159.95.
The T3006HS that I received retails at
$129.95. I put it on a 7' Fenwick MHF HMG/AV
rod and strung it up with 15 lb Big Game
line and a Texas rig. After fishing with
it for several months, here is what I like
about this super new reel. I love the way
it 'sits' or fits in my hand...it is comfortable.
As much as I fish, a comfortable-feeling
reel is mandatory. The reel is quiet, smooth
and very difficult to backlash due to built-in
precision balance and also external magnetic
brakes on the 3004 and 3006 models. I also
recently acquired a couple of the T3006HSI
models which has the 'InfiniSpool' feature
which is basically 'friction free'. This
reel is outstanding for making long casts.
The InfiniSpool feature allows the spool
to spin with a bare minimum of resistance.
With the tension backed off, one can spin
the spool and the spool will spin for thirty
seconds or longer. Unless you put your
thumb on the spool, just simply pressing
the thumbar can cause the spool to turn
unless you set it with some tension.
I found this out the hard way when I spooled
the reel with line and then pressed the
thumbar to get enough line to run through
the guides on my rod. The reel was so free
that it backlashed from simply pressing
the thumbar(freeing the spool) since I
did not have my thumb on the spool. I had
never had that happen with any reel. The
reel weighs in at just 9.1 oz. I have had
absolutely no mechanical problems with
these reels and have put a lot of hours
on them. The gears and drag system works
flawlessly and have done their job on some
really heavy bass. If you need a good low-profile
reel at a competitive price, the Torno
series is definitely worth serious consideration.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated
columnist, tournament angler and pro guide
on Toledo. His sponsors include Lake Area
Marine in Lake Charles, Skeeter/Yamaha,
Pure Fishing, G.T Industries, Stanley Jigs
Inc., TTI Industries and ReAction Lures.
Reach him at 337-463-3848, 409-565-1288