2013 Readers' Choice Fishing Awards

2013 Readers' Choice Fishing Awards

We know that many of our readers are hard-core bass anglers. So we weren't surprised by the passionate responses we received to the recent online survey for our annual fishing Readers' Choice Awards.

In the survey, we asked readers to select their favorite bass-fishing products — all introduced within the past three years — from a list of items in various categories. You responded by flooding us with answers, comments and opinions concerning your favorite gear.

Here are the winners, as chosen by you, our readers. We've included some of the comments that you submitted, as well as other interesting information from the survey. The winning gear companies will receive special recognition at the ICAST industry trade show in July. — John Geiger, gear editor

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REALLY?

Besides asking you about your fav tackle, we were also curious about you.

If you can be believed — you are fishermen after all — you fish a lot! Don't worry, we won't tell your wives. In fact, on average you spend nearly 40 days a year on the water. More than a full month a year. Nice.

And when it comes to catching, some of you are really excelling: more than a third catch more than 50 bass a year. We figure you're only counting the ones over minimum size, of course.

About half of you consider yourself Intermediate anglers (52 percent). But 40 percent of you think of yourselves as Advanced.

The 3 Top lures you use most often are No. 3, Spinnerbaits, No. 2, Crankbaits, and No. 1, Artificial Worms.

Most fish mono/copolymers (64 percent); about half fish fluoro (47 percent), and a good amount fish braid (38 percent). — John Geiger

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