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New fishing equipment for the 2009 season

Another season of open water fishing is fast approaching, and a new fishing season brings new fishing equipment. Throughout the Midwest it's sportshow season, and sportshows are great places to check out the new items of fishing gear. Here are some things you might want to be checking out at the sportshows this year.

If chasing walleyes is your thing, you should check out the new Elite Tech Walleye rods from Fenwick. Each rod is designed for a specific application. If you do a lot of jigging, you'll want to check out the jigging rods: If trolling is what you do the most of, there is a rod built specifically for the type of trolling you do. These rods are built with unique components that provide maximum performance. Each rod is built with a special grip that is more durable than cork and provides increased grip and sensitivity in any condition. Prices on these rods are much less than you'd expect from a rod of this quality.

The new AMP rods from Berkley are designed for maximum sensitivity and durability. They're made from a graphite composite blank, they're tough, and they sell for less than thirty bucks.

Frabill has a new series of Conservation nets. These are designed for folks who want to release their catch, but also want to net their catch quickly and safely. These nets are built to protect the fish's eyes, fins, and external body fluids. Frabill is the leader in net technology and design.

The 700 Series of Humminbird sonar units has been updated to include programmable preset buttons. This feature enables an angler to program favorite views into the unit so you can view that screen immediately. This series of sonar units has lots of features that will enhance your view of the underwater world.

Northland Fishing Tackle is always tweaking their existing products or adding something to their extensive fish-catching line of baits. They have the most complete line of jigs and rigs that a Midwest angler could want. This year they've added the Mr. Walleye Crawler Harness, a spinner rig designed by Mr. Walleye Gary Roach. It incorporates premium quality red hooks and a variety of blade colors. It's going to be a winner.

Sportshows will be a good place to check these items out, but many retail outlets have special events also. Cabela's has their Spring Great Outdoor Days in early March every year. Factory reps are in the various stores and can give a full rundown of all the new products. In addition, fishing and hunting experts do seminars in the stores. This is a great opportunity to learn about fishing techniques and get first-hand information on fishing locations and methods. This is also an outstanding opportunity to get any new equipment you may need at fantastic prices.

Open water fishing isn't far away. Now is the time to get ready to make this your best fishing season ever.

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