Pro's Picks: The Ultimate Fishing Rig by Greg Godden

Pro’s Picks: The Ultimate Fishing Rig

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013   11:23 PM  | GearWFN Community

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.

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.

CHRIS MURPHY, Bassmaster and Walmart BFL tournament regular, Chris is sponsored by Denali Rods and Optimum Baits.

MARK HORDYK, semi-pro tournament regular sponsored by Imperium Baits and Tackle Junky Jigs.

RANDY HOWELL, 12-time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier, 2013 Bassmaster Northern Open #1 Winner, and feared tournament angler sponsored by Daiwa Rods.

JASON CHRISTIE, Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tournament angler, sponsored by Cherokee and Rayovac.

TIMMY HORTON, 2000 Bassmaster Angler of the Year, one of ESPN’s 35 Greatest Anglers, pro angling legend, and Bass Pro Shop sponsored angler.

SAM RANKIN, semi-pro tournament angler from Southern Ontario sponsored by Denali Rods.

JOHN GODWIN, avid angler, outdoorsman, and star of the hit A&E TV series Duck Dynasty.

DANIEL SOWA, amateur youth tournament angler sponsored by Denali Rods, Gambler Lures, and Eco Pro Tungsten.

KEVIN HAWK, professional Bassmaster Angler, 2010 Forrest Wood Cup Championship winner, and Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits sponsored pro.

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.

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