Armed with the right rod and reel, amazing feats of panfishing are possible. On the flip side, a poorly matched outfit can be cumbersome an inefficient. Thankfully, pan fans have a forest of fine sticks at their disposal, along with an armada of high-performance reels—yielding a wider selection than ever before. To help sift through the choices, we offer this sample of new and noteworthy panfish combos, just in time to gear up for the season ahead.
- berkley-fishing.com, abugarcia.com - Unveiled late last season and just now hitting the water in force, Berkley’s new C-Series includes five models from 9 to 14 feet long, all designed for tightlining and jigging techniques. Each is constructed of 24-Ton 100% Carbon Fiber that’s lightweight and sensitive. Features include an EVA power-grip handle that tapers to a bell shape—to sit securely in rod holders—plus durable, high-vis, solid carbon-fiber tip, titanium oxide guide inserts, and catchy, crappie-scale graphics. For ease of storage and transport, the 9- through 12-footers are two-piece models, while the 14-footer breaks into three sections.
Abu Garcia’s Revo S spinning reel balances well with any of the C-Series options. It’s light and strong, thanks to a one-piece X-Craftic alloy frame, graphite stem, and polymetric body and rotor. Other smart features include a machined-aluminum spool, six stainless-steel bearings plus a roller bearing, Everlast bail and Carbon Matrix hybrid drag.