Product Review: Camera Jig

Product Review: Camera Jig

Date: 7/18/2016
Product type: Action Camera Accessory
Manufacturer: TeamFishco
Reviewer: Exist To Fish
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Several options to list here. The jig includes a line release option to use like a downrigger and light tackle. You can add weights, floats and or leaders as required to gain the optimal filming perspective. The multi position bow shackles can be moved as required to find your desired view.

 

 

 

 

Introduction:

The Newly patented FishEye™ Camera Jig™ is designed for direct attachment to fishing line to put your camera into your fishing action. Standard 1/4″x20 tripod style adapter receives all underwater HD style cameras. Hardware includes line release for down rigger style attachment of line and three [3] SS bow shackles for multiple attachment points. Record fishing action, bottom structures, in water hull inspections, fouled anchors, and more!

 

 

(Camera Jig) Specifications
Type Action Camera Accessory
Length 6 x 1 x 5
Weight 2.6 oz
Material ABS plastic
Hooks NA
Colors Black
Origin USA
MSRP 89.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

Very durable one piece design constructed of ABS plastic. All components are stainless steel and of high quality!

 

Quality Ratings for (Camera Jig)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 4 4 16 20 8

 

 

Performance:

Puts your underwater HD Camera into the Fishing Action. Use your rod, reel and bait while trolling, drifting or anchored to film what you’ve been missing. Catch All The Action!

 

Performance Ratings (Camera Jig)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 4 4 4 20 25 8

 

Features/Design:

Several options to list here. The jig includes a line release option to use like a downrigger and light tackle. You can add weights, floats and or leaders as required to gain the optimal filming perspective. The multi position bow shackles can be moved as required to find your desired view.

Feature /Design   Ratings (Camera Jig
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 4 2 14 18 7.8

 

 

Application: 

 

The camera jig has several uses. Simply attach your action camera and start recording your favorite bottom structure, the fish you are targeting, the underwater action of your lure. The list goes on and on. This puts your camera right in the action to gain a perspective that is very difficult to obtain otherwise.

(Camera Jig) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 8
Performance 8
Price 8
Features 8
Design (Ergonomics) 8
Application 8
Total Score 8
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

 

The fisheye camera Jig allows you to put your underwater HD camera right into your fishing action. Mount your camera onto the camera Jig and connect it directly to your rod and reel. The patented design allows the camera to always point to the bait or lure. A standard, multi tension line release is included to allow the Jig and camera to act as a downrigger and for light line applications. Additional weights and floats can be added to vary the Orientation and position of the camera off the bottom. Works with all makes and models of underwater camera using a standard 1/4 inch x 29 tripod adapter and locknut. Stainless steel marine grade bow shackles allow for multiple connection points and angle changes. Downrigger line release included.

 

 

 

Product Review: Tuck N Tackle

Product Review: Tuck N Tackle

Date: 7/5/2016
Product type: Two Piece Rod Transportation System
Manufacturer: Tuck N Tackle
Reviewer: Exist To Fish

 

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Introduction:

Rod transport has never been so safe, snug and efficient. Protect the tips of your rod, while preventing your line from knotting. Tuck N Tackle utilizes tension to give anglers a smart solution that takes seconds to secure.

 

 

(Two Piece Rod Transportation System) Specifications
Type Fish Rod transportation
Length 1×2”
Weight Very Lightweight
Material Plastic
Hooks NA
Colors Black
Origin USA
MSRP 14.99 USD

 

 

 

Quality/Construction:

Tuck N Tackle is designed to cover the tips of the rod during transport to protect against them from damage. Once the tips get damaged, the rod will rarely function the same. Tuck N Tackle is the only product designed to use  line tension to maintain proper system alignment, keeping the line free from detrimental contact. Other products put unwanted stress on the line which can lead to damage. Due to the amount of tension that the Tuck N Tackle is built to allow, the line avoids the risk of loosening. A loose line results in knotting or bunching at the reel point.

Quality Ratings for (Two Piece Rod Transportation System)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 4 4 16 20 8

 

 

Performance:

Tuck N Tackle allows you to transport your two-piece fishing rod at half length without removing your tackle. The best part is the simplicity. The cap and clip use the tension of the fishing line to hold the system securely in place. Tuck N Tackle is made in the USA, molded for rugged outdoor use with high-grade, durable plastics.

 

Performance Ratings (Two Piece Rod Transportation System)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 4 4 4 25 8

 

Features/Design:

Tuck N Tackle was primarily designed for safe and efficient, half-length transport of a single two-piece rod. To protect from damage caused by rods and lines rubbing against each other and minimizes the space needed for transportation and storing.

Feature /Design   Ratings (Two Piece Rod Transportation System)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 4 2 14 18 7.8

 

 

Application: 

With your drag set to medium, simply attach the hook to one of the guide mounts on the top half of the rod. Separate the top half and place the cap on the bottom half of the rod. Swing the top half like a clock arm around and insert the top half into the second hole. Allow the drag to hold both halves in the cap. Use the clip to attach the tip top of the rod to the handle. You’re ready to transport safely and with ease.

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(Two Piece Rod Transportation System) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   8
Performance   8
Price   8
Features   8
Design (Ergonomics)   7.8
Application   8
Total Score 7.9
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

Tuck N Tackle has been created as a solution for anglers who have limited time and don’t have extra space for transporting full length rods. Mission accomplished. This is a great little item for the angler on the go!

Product Review: LFT Magic Shad

Product Review: LFT Magic Shad

Date: 11/3/15
Product type: LFT “Magic Shad”
Manufacturer: Lake Fork Trophy Lures
Reviewer: Jamie Wilson

 

 

 

 

I, for one, love fishing soft plastics. Tubes, stickworms, grubs and paddle tails all have their time and place and so do shad/minnow/baitfish bodied plastics known as fluke style baits. The subtle realistic action can turn heads during the toughest of bites in the colder months and cold fronts alike. They can also be used in the dog days of summer and in a variety of situations as well, which makes this style of bait a well-rounded choice. The LFT “Magic Shad” is salt and garlic impregnated with a unique spade shaped tail that creates a great fluttering, vibrating action even on the fall. Seven staple color choices, along with durability, will make for many good days on the water ahead.

 

 

 

(Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”) Specifications
Type Soft plastic shad/minnow body
Length 5”
Weight N/A
Material Plastic (Garlic and salt impregnated)
Hooks N/A
Colors 7 colors in this line
Origin Texas, United States
MSRP $5.49 U.S funds (8/pack)

 

 

The LFT “Magic Shad” stands eye to eye with the top fluke style baits on the market. The detail, craftsmanship and color choices are true selling features, along with quality plastic of course. These are top shelf, top flight all the way.

 

Quality Ratings for (Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
N/A 5 N/A 5 10 10 10

 

The LFT “Magic Shad” gets top performance marks from me. Being a salt impregnated plastic, these baits are heavy and aerodynamic which contributes to long and precise casts even when rigged weightless. Also, the LFT “Magic Shad” is garlic infused, which entices the fish to bite and hold on much longer, allowing for higher hook-up percentages. The “Magic Shad” has a molded hook slot allowing for ease of rigging. This slot conceals the hook point making a weedless/snag-free presentation which is great for fishing in heavy cover or structure like docks, rocks or laydowns. Easy to rig, simple to use with its fluttering, vibrating action both on the twitch and on the pause, along with durability, make the “Magic Shad” a sought after staple in any Bass anglers arsenal.

 

 

Performance Ratings (Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 5 5 5 24 25 9.5

 

Obviously, these baits are weightless soft plastics so it’s up to you to add weight in the form of a jig head or a bullet sinker/wide gap hook as needed. The subtle realism shines either way. As far as the range of sizes, the LFT “Magic Shad” comes in 5” only. I myself favor that length but adding a 3” version for neutral, finicky bass or possibly a 7” version for giant Bass or other fish of a larger variety might be something to consider. But really, the 5” version is perfect for all around Bass hunting and spring Pike of the north.

 

Feature /Design   Ratings (Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 5 1 15 18 9

 

 

The LFT “Magic Shad” can be used in a variety of situations from open water schools of smallmouth chasing bait to territorial largemouth sitting under overhanging trees or docks. One of my favorite ways to present the “Magic Shad” is to rig them weightless/weedless, to be skipped under fallen tree limbs, old wooden docks, into dock cribs and undercut banks along river/creek channels. The durability and realism makes this a fabulous choice for these situations.

 

(Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   9
Performance   9
Price   10
Features   9
Design (Ergonomics)   10
Application   10
Total Score 57
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

As mentioned, I believe that fluke style baits are a true staple in Bass fishing. The unique features that the LFT “Magic Shad” offers, such as salt and garlic infusion and its spade shaped, action tail really sets it apart. Great action and ergonomics, along with its diverse application properties make this bait a fish catching machine. To be honest, the effectiveness of this bait reinvigorated my love, and more importantly, my overall confidence in fishing this style of bait. Also, the price is absolutely fair which is a good thing, because I think I’ll be putting in a rather large order in very soon, and so should you.

 

Jamie Wilson- Exist To Fish Canada Lead Writer/Editor

Jamie Wilson- Exist To Fish Canada Lead Writer/Editor

Product Review: Beaver’s Baits Regular Baby Beaver

Product Review: Beaver’s Baits Regular Baby Beaver

Date: 6/15/2016
Product type: Beaver Imitation
Manufacturer: Beaver’s Baits
Reviewer: Exist To Fish

 

 

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The Baby beaver comes in two sizes, The Baby Beaver is 12″ long and weighs 3.5 ounces (dry weight) and uses 6/0 hooks. The Baby Beaver XL is 14.5″ long and weighs 6 ounces (dry weight) and uses 8/0 hooks. Both sizes are available in 5 standard color patterns

 

 

Introduction:

Ok folks.. At first glance this may seem like a novelty bait. But we are here to tell you that these are absolute BIG MUSKIE MAGNETS!   Each bait is hand crafted to absolute perfection. Not only are you getting a one of a kind bait but a product that will last and catch a lot of fish

 

 

(Regular Baby Beaver) Specifications
Type Baby Beaver Imitation (muskies)
Length 12”
Weight 6oz
Material Rubber and Hair
Hooks 8/0 Mustad Treble
Colors 5 Standard (custom colors available)
Origin USA
MSRP $44.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

The Baby beaver comes in two sizes, The Baby Beaver is 12″ long and weighs 3.5 ounces (dry weight) and uses 6/0 hooks.  The Baby Beaver XL is 14.5″ long and weighs 6 ounces (dry weight) and uses 8/0 hooks. Both sizes are available in 5 standard color patterns.  The Baby Beaver is constructed of plastic with .051 wire molded into each body piece. Each body piece is hand tied with deer hair and connected together with split rings. The rubber tail is molded onto the hook and is attached to the bait with a split ring making it replaceable. The blade attachment (sold separately) clips onto the front eyelet of the bait, turning the Baby Beaver into a buck tail with a little attitude…it can be easily removed to go back to the natural swimming action of the Bait. Also available separately, are replacement rubber tails. At some point a little more detail in the head and face on the bait would be ideal.. Maybe more definition of the eyes..

 

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The Baby Beaver is constructed of plastic with .051 wire molded into each body piece. Each body piece is hand tied with deer hair and connected together with split rings. The rubber tail is molded onto the hook and is attached to the bait with a split ring making it replaceable.

Quality Ratings for (Regular Baby Beaver)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 5 5 18 20 9

 

 

Performance:

We have only had this bait for a short time but the fish landed and interest received has been outstanding!! They don’t just east it. They try to kill it!

 

Performance Ratings (Regular Baby Beaver)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 5 25 25 10

 

Features/Design:

The Baby Beaver is a unique blend of rubber and hair providing a swimming action during retrieve that is an almost irresistible target for a hungry Musky. The body is a 3 pieces and segmented to really provide a nice fluid swimming action in the water.  Not to mention the free floating body segments absorb a lot of head shake shock landing more fish in the net.

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Feature /Design   Ratings (Regular Baby Beaver)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 3 18 18 10

 

 

Application: 

You can fish this fast, slow, deep shallow, straight retrieve, erratic pulsing retrieve.. It really is an all situation product that will not leave my rod all season long.

 

(Regular Baby Beaver) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 10
Performance 10
Price 10
Features 9
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 10
Total Score 9.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

If you don’t have one.. You better get one.. because you are missing out on the next big thing in Muskie fishing!

 

 

 

Product Review: Simple Fishing’s Aggressive Box

Product Review: Simple Fishing’s Aggressive Box

Date: 6/13/2016
Product type: Random Lure of The Month
Manufacturer: Simple Fishing
Reviewer: Exist To Fish
   

 

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Live Target Frog, Super Striper Bucktail Jig, Impulse Reactionary Baits, Wahoo Spinnerbait, Whizkers Pickeral rig=MSRP of 25$!!

 

 

 

Introduction:

Simple Fishing is Canada’s top monthly fishing lure subscription box. Simple Fishing is the only fishing subscription service to offer a choice based on your skill level. Perfect if you are just starting out or an advanced angler.  They have something for you. Random Lure of the Month-Aggressive is a great way to discover new and exciting lures that help you become a better angler. With each monthly shipment you can expect top quality brand name lures like Berkley, Rapala, Luhr Thompson and so much more.

 

 

 

 

(Aggressive Box) Specifications
Type Aggressive Box
Length NA
Weight NA
Material NA
Hooks NA
Colors NA
Origin NA
MSRP $25.00 CAN (cost for customer $13.33/month 1yr membership)

 

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Quality/Construction:

 

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality products that were included in our June box! Hi end, name branded tackle that was half the retail cost.

Quality Ratings for (Aggressive Box)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
19 20 9.5

 

 

Performance:

Included in the box are several baits that can be used to target multiple species of fish at all levels of the water column. Topwater, live bait rigging, drop shot plastics, straight retrieve spinnerbait and a reaction type ripping jig. You will catch fish on these. Period.

 

Performance Ratings (Aggressive Box)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
24 25 9.6

 

Features/Design:

All of the products contained within the June Aggressive box are of high quality and value. Each with a different application design to help you catch fish!

Feature /Design   Ratings (Aggressive Box)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
        13 13 10

 

 

Application: As indicated above the products supplied are designed to allow the user to catch fish in any given situation. It would appear as though a great deal of thought has gone in to selecting the contents and the user will not be disappointed!

 

 

(Aggressive Box) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   9.5
Performance   9.6
Price   9.5
Features   9.6
Design (Ergonomics)   9.5
Application   10
Total Score 9.6
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion: Simple Fishing has provided an affordable avenue to give fishing a try as well as a less expensive option for those currently involved in the sport. What a fantastic concept! Exist To Fish Approved!!

 

 

PICK A PLAN

Aggressive or Youth Plans. And length- Monthly, 3 Month, 6 Month or Yearly Plans

WAIT FOR YOUR BOX

Youth and Aggressive ship out on the 10th of each month. Canada Post states 6-10 business days for delivery. (Within Canada)

GO FISHING

Try out your new gear and share with us on Instagram. Tag @simplefishing.ca in your photos for a chance to win free lures!

THEN WAIT FOR NEXT MONTH AND DO IT ALL AGAIN!

Product Review: Nifty Fifty Spinner

Product Review: Nifty Fifty Spinner

Date: 6/9/2016
Product type: Inline Spinner
Manufacturer: Upscale Lures
Reviewer: Exist To Fish

 

 

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Introduction:

Blending the lines between beauty and brawn Upscale Lures has put together something that any angler can appreciate.

(Nifty Fifty Spinner) Specifications
Type Inline Spinner
Length 5.5 inches
Weight 1.2 oz
Material Silicone glitter skirt
Hooks Gamakatsu 1/0 2X strong
Colors Many
Origin USA
MSRP 9.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

To insure the appearance they have used a very durable paint on the body, clevis and beads that other lure makers often miss. Something to note when determining value!

Quality Ratings for (Nifty Fifty Spinner)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 4 4 17 20 8.5

 

 

Performance:

This little bait has been hand made from the bottom up to have the strength to withstand the crushing blows from Muskie and pike along with the finesse to entice monster bass..

 

Performance Ratings (Nifty Fifty Spinner)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 5 25 25 10

 

Features/Design:

Equipped with a heavy set split ring and a Gamakatsu 1/0 2X strong, extremely sharp hook, you’ll be ready for anything! It will attract even the most finicky of fish with the silicone glitter skirt that is more lifelike than flashabou. We would really like to see this bait in a 9 or 10” model.

 

Feature /Design   Ratings (Nifty Fifty Spinner)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 4 2 16 18 8.9

 

 

Application: 

This is a great size for finicky early season Northern Pike or Muskie but we also had some BIG smallmouth Bass show interest during testing. This could be used to target a variety of species.

 

(Nifty Fifty Spinner) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   8.5
Performance   10
Price   9
Features   8.9
Design (Ergonomics)   8.9
Application   9
Total Score 9
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

 

We would definitely recommend this product as an entry level Pike or Muskie Angler. While the bait is small in comparison to other bucktail manufacturers it does still entice those predatory fish to strike. Tie one on and try yourself

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