KILLER COM­BOS

Our picks for the best new species-spe­cific out­fits of 2019

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

1 PAN­FISH/TROUT St. Croix Leg­end Elite Pan­fish/ Abu Gar­cia Elite Max

The Elite Pan­fish might be pricey, but it’s an amaz­ing perch, bluegill, and trout rod. It’s got a per­fectly honed ac­tion for pan­fish and fea­tures high-end Torzite guide rings in ti­ta­nium frames and super-grade cork. Abu Gar­cia’s Elite Max is the per­fect match for the rod. Seven ball bear­ings pro­vide fluid ac­tion, and a smaller spool size is well-suited for lighter lines. rod, $360; reel, $70

2 CATFISH Team Catfish Thun­der­stick/ Penn Spin­fisher VI Live Liner

Team Catfish has added a 12foot heaver to its pop­u­lar Thun­der­stick line. The ex­tended length of the pro­fes­sion­al­grade rod maxes out cast­ing dis­tance and pro­vides supreme con­trol when fight­ing fish.

For cat­fish­ing, a stick like this needs a baitrun­ner, and Penn’s Spin­fisher VI Live Liner of­fers the spool ca­pac­ity, dura­bil­ity, and stop­ping power you’ll need. rod, $90; reel, $180

3 MUSKIES Sav­age Gear Browser/ Shi­mano Cal­cutta Con­quest

Sav­age Gear’s Browser is a beefy swim­bait stick with a per­fect blend of uni­di­rec­tional fibers and a 24-ton car­bon tip sec­tion. This blank de­sign en­ables the Browser to throw the heav­i­est baits around with­out sac­ri­fic­ing feel. With an in­fu­sion of cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies, the Con­quest is the bench­mark reel for the per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity muskies re­quire. rod, $80; reel, $580

4 WALLEYES Okuma Dead-eye Cus­tom/ H2O Ex­press Met­tle

For its ideal mix of sen­si­tiv­ity and re­spon­sive­ness, Okuma’s Dead-eye Clas­sic is our top wall­eye rod choice. The stick fea­tures cus­tom cork and EVA split grips, a he­lix-wrapped blank, and a spe­cial­ized guide train to com­ple­ment a range of wall­eye tech­niques. Pair it with an H20 Ex­press Met­tle for its durable all-alu­minum con­struc­tion and smooth op­er­a­tion. rod, $130; reel, $60

The per­fect rod-and-reel pair­ings for your fa­vorite tar­gets.

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