Pro’s Picks: The Ultimate Fishing Rig
Armed with nothing more than a burning question and a 140 character limit, I took to twitter to question some of today’s top professional and semi-pro anglers, all in the name of getting the low down on their go to gear. I asked each angler what they would take on a fishing trip if they only had time to grab one rod, reel, line, and lure before leaving. They got no details on what kind of body of water they’d be fishing, how they’d be fishing, or even what species of fish they’d be fishing for, but that didn’t stop many of them from coming right back at me with a quick response. Proof, in my book at least, that every pro and semi-pro angler alike has an all-around, any situation, any species, ultimate fishing rig.
Here are the top 10 responses I received from professional and semi-pro anglers when asked what one rod, reel, line, and lure they would go to if it was the only gear they could grab:
KARL KALONKA, host and producer of Extreme Angler TV, a Canadian fishing show that airs on WFN.
@greggodden stcroix legend xtreme 6'3" M; ardent reel, gamma 8 lb fluoro, strike king zeros for this am's tackle
— KARL KALONKA (@EXTREMEANGLERTV) August 16, 2013
OTT DEFOE, 2011 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year and Bassmaster All-Star Champion, Ott is a force to be reckoned with on the Bassmaster Elite tour.
@greggodden I would take a Fenwick Aetos 7'6" heavy, Revo MGX 20lb Trilene fluorocarbon with a Terminator jig in black and blue.
— Ott DeFoe (@OttDeFoe) August 14, 2013
CHRIS MURPHY, Bassmaster and Walmart BFL tournament regular, Chris is sponsored by Denali Rods and Optimum Baits.
@greggodden easy, Denali Rosewood finesse spinning rod, 12 pound test fluoro, and a green pumpkin Senko on a 4/0 hook
— Chris Murphy (@MurphAngler) August 14, 2013
MARK HORDYK, semi-pro tournament regular sponsored by Imperium Baits and Tackle Junky Jigs.
— mark hordyk (@marktimothy7) August 19, 2013
RANDY HOWELL, 12-time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier, 2013 Bassmaster Northern Open #1 Winner, and feared tournament angler sponsored by Daiwa Rods.
@greggodden I'd say a Daiwa spinning rod and reel with braid & a pack of green pumpkin/watermelon laminate senkos. Try em wacky style first.
— Randy Howell (@theRandyHowell) August 17, 2013
JASON CHRISTIE, Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tournament angler, sponsored by Cherokee and Rayovac.
@greggodden Jason Christie Falcon frog rod, Lew's super duty 7:1, 50lb braid, Booyah black poppin' pad crasher
— Jason Christie (@christiefishing) September 5, 2013
TIMMY HORTON, 2000 Bassmaster Angler of the Year, one of ESPN’s 35 Greatest Anglers, pro angling legend, and Bass Pro Shop sponsored angler.
— Timmy Horton (@TimmyHortonBass) September 5, 2013
SAM RANKIN, semi-pro tournament angler from Southern Ontario sponsored by Denali Rods.
@greggodden Thanks for thinking of me Greg. I would take a Denali Shaky Head rod, Ardent Forge reel, McCoy braid, and my favourite – a tube
— Sam Rankin (@SamRankinFishin) September 5, 2013
JOHN GODWIN, avid angler, outdoorsman, and star of the hit A&E TV series Duck Dynasty.
@greggodden duck commander series BnM, spinning, roadrunner with bobby garland baby shad
— John Godwin (@GodwintheWalrus) September 5, 2013
DANIEL SOWA, amateur youth tournament angler sponsored by Denali Rods, Gambler Lures, and Eco Pro Tungsten.
@greggodden Denali Jadewood 7'11 XH teamed up with a Lew's Speed Spool and 80lb. Gamma Torque braid. My lure of choice would have to be a
— Daniel Sowa (@SowaFishing) September 5, 2013
@greggodden Gambler Lures 3/4oz. Jigzilla in dirty melon with a Gambler Lures Mega Daddy also in dirty melon. It's definitely my confidence
— Daniel Sowa (@SowaFishing) September 5, 2013
KEVIN HAWK, professional Bassmaster Angler, 2010 Forrest Wood Cup Championship winner, and Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits sponsored pro.
@greggodden I'd have to take a 704 Air iRod, Abu Garcia Revo SX, 17lb Seaguar InvisX and a 3/4oz 4×4 football jig.
— Kevin Hawk (@hawkfishing) September 7, 2013
There you have it, the ultimate fishing rigs of 10 of today’s top professional and semi-pro anglers.
Stay tuned for another edition of Pro’s Picks, coming soon!
About Greg Godden
PR and Social Media Marketing Specialist and Writer by trade; Greg Godden is an avid angler, WFN Ambassador, and father of one. A proud weekend warrior and self-professed gear junkie, Greg is a dedicated shore angler based in Montreal, Quebec who loves researching hot new lures and techniques while putting them to the shore fishing test.
For more, follow @GregGodden on Twitter.
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