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Gift #2 for the Bass Angler Rube in your life!

In my mind, Item #2 is a can’t miss for any bass fishing person you know.  Shimano released their newest version of the highly regarded Curado baitcasting reel.  The newest version is the Curado200E7.  All reviews I have read have been showering praise for this sweet little green reel.  I believe it won best in show at ICAST show this past fall and many other awards!

The new Shimano 200E’s are smaller than 100’s with the capacity of a 200 series with an all Aluminum Frame. It has Lightweight Graphite Sideplates (Aluminum Handle Side on 300 sizes) and a Recessed Reel Foot. Listed below are more features found in the Shimano 200E series

  • High Efficiency Gearing (HEG)
  • Super Free Bearing Supported Pinion Gear System (SF)
  • A7075 Aluminum Magnumlite Spool
  • Dartainium Drag
  • 7 Bearings • 1 S A-RB BB • 5 Shielded Stainless Steel BB • 1 A-RB Roller Clutch Bearing
  • Variable Brake System (VBS) with Reduced Mass Hub
  • Super Stopper II
  • Assist Stopper
  • Drilled Handle Shank
  • Septon PV Power Grips (SV on 300 sizes)
  • Cold Forged AL Drag Star with Clicking Adjustment
  • Titanium IP Line Guide
  • 1/8 Turn Easy Access Attached Sideplate
  • Metal Cast Control Knob
  • Double Anodized Spool and Handle
  • Disengaging Levelwind System
  • QuickFire II Clutch Bar
  • Made in Japan

Model Retrieve Per Crank (in) Capacity Test/yd Max Drag (lb) Ball Bearing Gear Ratio Weight (oz)
CU200E7 Right 30 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 11.0 5 7.0:1 7.6

I held on the other night at Cabela’s, it was hard to leave the store with out it, but I thought it would be best to see if I get one for my birthday or Christmas.  If I don’t, my friend at Bass Tackle Depot will be hearing from me and I will order it ASAP, maybe a couple of them!!!  Im summary, this reel is super smooth, very light and very tough, what more could you ask for???

If this reel is slight out of your budget, check out the very stout Shimano Citica E, its an awesome reel as well, for a few bucks less!

To see the rest of the gift ideas, click on the “Gifts for Bass Fishing Rubes” link on the left sidebar.

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Gift #1 for the Bass Angler Rube in your life!

2 years ago, I made a gift list for bass anglers before Christmas.  It was also a list I shared with my family as gift ideas for myself.  So I though I would revisit this and try to sprinkle in 10-12 gift ideas for the bass fisher people in your life.  It may give you ideas to buy others or maybe send links of items that you like as hints to people who may be shopping for you.  Since Black Friday is quickly approaching, I thought it was time to start this series.  If you are like me, let the wife & kids head to the mall and I will start my christmas shopping online and avoid the crowds.

So here is idea #1:
The Booyah Flipstah
I first say this in my Bassmaster magazine.  They said it was a Bass ProShops exclusive, so I head out to to get more info.

”The Booyah Flipstah will take your casting skills to a whole new level. Whether you’re a beginner or tournament angler, the Flipstah is a must for every fisherman.”
Alton Jones
2008 Bassmaster Classic Champion

The Booyah Flipstah Casting Simulator Game combines the fun of playing an interactive video game with a real-life simulation of on-the-water casting. The Booyah Flipstah is a great way to hone your flippin’ and pitching skills while having tons of fun with the entire family. You can play three different games with up to four players each right in the comfort of your living room! The Booyah Flipstah includes a foldable lake mat, four light up targets, light up dock, two magnetic jigs, two movable stump obstacles, LED scoreboard and wireless remote.

This is an elctronic casting game / trainer.  It looks to have a timer and multiple angler option.  So this would be great for fishing familys, kids and even to bring to your bass club meetings for a little winter fishing fun!

To find it, go to and search “Flipstah”

Check back for more ideas between now and the week of Christmas.

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Gift Guide for a Bass Fishing Rube!

Hey All:
This entry has a two-fold purpose.  Its a wish list for myself as my birthday and christmas is right around the corner and at the same time its serves as good reference for anyone shopping for the sportsman in their life.

#1. Good RainGear – I would like to get this  in the Jacket and Bib, I found out the hard way down at Patoka that my raingear had outlived is usefulness.

Bass Pro Shops XPS Gore-Tex Extreme Rainwear Jacket for Men

Bass Pro Shops XPS Gore-Tex Extreme Rainwear Jacket for Men

We’ve combined our experience with durable, super long-lasting comfort to GORE-TEX’s own reputation with innovative materials to produce the most technologically superior rainwear on the market today! Our XPS Extreme Rainwear features revolutionary GORE-TEX’s XCR fabric – the lightest, most breathable and waterproof protection possible. No more bulk. No more uncomfortable overheating. XPS? GORE-TEX? Extreme Rainwear Jacket: Combines XCR technology and 3-layer GORE-TEX for top performance and ultra-comfort. Styled after the best mountaineering parkas, this one features a double storm flap, 3-way adjustable hood, pit zips and a zip-in zip-out system that allows you to add layers as you need them. Imported. XPS GORE-TEX Extreme Rainwear Pants sold separately and can be found through item search with item number 38-865-175

#2. Buy this ProductShimano Symetre 2500 Front Drag This is a necessity if you are planning to start dabbling with Flourocarbon lines.  2000 size and smaller reels, just cause problems with flourocarbon.

#3. Buy this ProductShimano Castaic SF, in my opinion this is the finest pitchin’ & flippin’ reel made and I don’t believe they make it anymore, I would like to get a couple more while they are still available.

#4. Buy this ProductReel Grip Handle Grips – these are a great little perk for someone who already has a ton of fishing stuff.  Makes the real grips a little more comfortable and easier to grip when wet.  Great stocking stuffer for a few reals.  They come in a ton of color schemes, from Camo, blue, red and even Pink!!

#5. Buy this ProductXTools Grip N Weigh Electronic Scale – as far as I can tell, this is the best bargain for scales.  Very durable, waterproof and it even floats.   I am in serious need of a good scale……

#6.Buy this ProductGambler Cane Toad – these are great little lures and must for any serious anglers tackle box.  I think the Cane Toad is the best of the best when it comes to swimming toads.  Better than the Zoom Ultravibe Horny Toad, Stanley Ribbit Frog, Yum Buzz Frog and all the rest.

#7. Bass Pro Shops Lure Wraps – great necessity for any time you have a lure with treble hooks tied on.  Protects against tangles, snags in your carpet and especially your seats.  In the long run, it’s a time saver and a safety thing.  If you are a non-boater, this will save you from being the guy who snags a seat in your boater’s brand new bass boat

#8. Gift Cards to a local sporting goods store or one of the great online store likes  or  They can always find something they need with a nice Gift Card.  They will appreciate a gift card over something they do not need.

#9.  Under Amor Cold Gear – This would be great for those early spring and late fall outings, some matching leggings would be beneficial as well.  XL tops and L bottoms.

Under Armour ColdGear Mock Turtleneck for Men

Under Armour ColdGear Mock Turtleneck for Men

Under Armour: The Advantage is Undeniable.? ,,For every kind of weather, and in every environment, Under Armour apparel delivers maximum comfort! ,,,, ColdGear?: for when it’s cold. Your first and most important line of defense against the cold — just because you have to hunt in the cold doesn’t mean you have to hunt cold. ColdGear is ideal as a cold weather base layer for warmth without bulk. Made from a double-sided fabric that wicks moisture from the skin and circulates body heat, it’s perfect for the working-and-waiting transitions the outdoorsman faces. Built in a compression fit to keep you warm and dry without weighing you down. Machine wash. Imported. Under Armour? ColdGear? Leggings sold separately and can be found through item search at item number 38-794-391-02

#10. Buy this ProductPower Pro Braided Line – it seems as though they have come with a new ‘Phantom Red’ product.  I would really like to try this line in some 40#, 50# & 65#.  I am a big fan of Cajun Red Lightning Line, so this is a logical step for me.

I may add to this list, so check back.  Also I’ll add a few other small items here on the bottom.
Sudoko Puzzle Book – Travel a lot and its a good distraction on the plane or in the passenger seat.
Minnesota Vikings Visor – I need a good Vikings Visor to sport on Sundays
Bass Fishing DVD’s – always a good bet
Bass Fishing  Wall Calender 2007

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