ICAST 2020: New Rod-and-Reel Combos

There's more bang for your buck with these fishing combinations.

ICAST 2020: New Rod-and-Reel Combos

 

ICAST 2020: Abu Garcia Virtual Combo

Rod-and-reel combos have always been an economical way to gear up for fishing season. While the saying “you get what you pay for” has certainly applied to combos over the years, manufacturers now offer anglers even more bang for their buck, and the crop of combos coming later this year and into 2021 proves that out.

Daiwa | Compact Travel Kit

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Daiwa Compact Travel Kit

This combo for anglers on the go matches a Daiwa Crossfire 2500 reel to a telescoping rod that features the company’s V-Joint technology, which “eliminates flat spots where the connection points are on multipiece rods.” The rod comes with your choice of a cork or EVA handle. $149.99; daiwa.com

Eagle Claw | EC2.5 Baitcast Combo

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Eagle Claw EC2.5 Baitcast Combo

The newest addition to Eagle Claw’s EC2.5 family of combos is this baitcasting rig, which marries a 6-foot 6-inch medium-heavy fast-action rod with full cork grip and a 6.4:1-ratio reel. The EC2.5 Baitcast Combo will be available in Fall 2020. $89.99; eagleclaw.com

Lew’s | Mach Crush Combo

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Lew’s Mach Crush Combo

Lew’s has “reimagined” its popular Mach Crush combos for 2021 and will offer three baitcasting pairings and two spinning combos. Baitcast combos include both a right- and left-hand 7-foot version and a 7-foot 3-inch offering (right-hand only). The 7-footers are rated as medium-heavy fast-action, while the longer rod is heavy-power fast-action. The casting reel found on all three rods boasts 9+1 bearings and a 7.5:1 retrieve ratio. Spinning combos come in 6-foot 9-inch and 7-foot lengths. The shorter rod is mated to a size-20 reel while the longer rod features a size-30 reel. Both reels feature 10+1 bearings, a 6.2:1 ratio and reversible retrieve. $179.99–$199.99; lews.com


Okuma | Avenger Combos

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Okuma Avenger Combos

Okuma’s economical Avenger spinning reels will be offered in 8 different combos for 2021. The pairings are rated for everything from light freshwater to inshore duties. All rods feature the company’s UFR (Ultimate Flex Reinforcement) technology that’s designed to maximize both toughness and sensitivity. okumafishing.com


Abu Garcia | Virtual Combo

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Abu Garcia Virtual Combo

Introduced at the 2019 ICAST show, Abu Garcia’s Virtual Rod pairs with the Anglr mobile app via Bluetooth and allows anglers to digitally log their catches with the push of a button in the rod’s butt. Now, the company will offer the rod—both spinning and baitcasting versions—with an aesthetically matched Abu Garcia reel. The Virtual Combo won the Rod-and-Reel Combo category in the online ICAST New Product Showcase and is expected to be available in October. $169.99–$189.99; abugarcia.com

Okuma | Convector Combos

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Okuma Convector Combos

The Convector Low Profile Line Counter reel introduced in 2020 will now be available in several combos. A 7-foot 6-inch light-action rod will be available with the choice of the existing 354D- or the new 163D-size Convector Low Profile Line Counter, while 7-foot 10-inch and 8-foot 6-inch rods will come with the 354D-size reel. okumafishing.com

Quantum | Accurist Combos

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Quantum Accurist Combos

Quantum broadens its popular Accurist line of combos with four new additions for 2021: an all-purpose baitcaster (7-foot, medium-heavy power, fast action); a cranking baitcaster, pictured (7-foot, medium power, moderate action); two all-purpose spinning combos (7-foot, medium power, moderate action; 7-foot 2-inch, medium-heavy power, extra-fast action); and a bottom-rigging spinning combo (7-foot, medium-heavy power, fast action). Reels on the baitcast combos feature one-piece aluminum frames, micro-adjust ACS 3.0 cast controls and the company’s Zero Friction pinion design. Spinning reels boast a R.E.D. aluminum unibody design, a ceramic carbon drag system and a NiTi indestructible titanium bail. quantumfishing.com

Shimano | Symetre Spinning Combos

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Shimano Symetre Spinning Combos

The Symetre combo family includes 14 pairings designed to perform in a wide range of applications, from freshwater to inshore. Rods range in length from 5 feet 6 inches to 7 feet 6 inches and feature stainless steel guide frames with aluminum oxide inserts, making them ideal for fishing with braided line. Reels feature a lightweight graphite body, Shimano’s Propulsion Line Management System, 3+1 bearings and retrieve ratios from 5.0:1 to 6.2:1. $99.99; fish.shimano.com


SteelShad | Premium Rod & Reel Fishing Kit

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: SteelShad Premium Rod & Reel Fishing Kit

This Vermont-based company known best for its blade baits has introduced a combo that includes a 2-piece, 6-foot 6-inch medium-fast rod with cork handle; a 3000-series spinning reel; a spool of 10-pound-test Kimura mono; a 3/8-ounce SteelShad Original Fishing Lure; and even a microfiber towel with belt clip. What more do you need? steelshad.com

Zebco | Roam Telescopic Combos

ICAST Combos
ICAST 2020: Zebco Roam Telescopic Combos

These telescopic pairings (there’s both a spinning and a spincast version) collapse from 6 feet in length to just 18.5 inches. The rods are fiberglass and feature ComfortGrip handles, while the reels boast all-metal gearing and come loaded with Zebco Cajun line (10-pound-test on the spincaster and 8-pound on the spinner). zebec.com

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Lew

Lew's Kevin VanDam Fishing Tools

The bass-fishing legend talks about Lew's new tools with In-Fisherman's Todd Ceisner as part of the 2020 ICAST New Fishing Gear Guide.

Tackle Test 2020: Postcards from Mexico

Tackle Test 2020: Postcards from Mexico

A behind-the-scenes look at our bass-fishing gear reviews from Lake Picachos.

Daiwa J-Fluoro Samurai Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Daiwa J-Fluoro Samurai Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Pro angler Cody Meyer calls Daiwa's J-Fluoro Samurai the best fluorocarbon he's ever fished. Meyer spoke with In-Fisherman associate publisher Todd Ceisner as part of the 2020 ICAST New Fishing Gear Guide.

Rapala OG Slim 6

Rapala OG Slim 6

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic champ Ott Defoe sits down with In-Fisherman Associate Publisher Todd Ceisner, to talk about Rapala's new OG Slim 6 crankbait. The OG Slim 6 will feature a flat-sided, balsa body, and will dive around 6 feet. Featuring a circuit board lip, the OG Slim 6 deflects off of cover better than traditional plastic lips. Offered in 14 colors and available in tackle stores Fall 2020. MSRP $10.99.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

If you haven't looked at the smaller urban lakes in your area, you are missing out on some great bass pond fishing. Bass

Bass Pond Fishing: Catch Lunkers at Small Lakes Near You

Dan Anderson

If you haven't looked at the smaller urban lakes in your area, you are missing out on some...

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers. Striper & Hybrid

3 Deadly Bait Rigs For Stripers

J.B. Kasper

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers.

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near anything that fits in their mouths. Catfish

5 Ways To Catch Catfish on Lures

Keith Sutton - September 16, 2015

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near...

New gear for kids and beginners from the annual fishing trade show. ICAST

New Fishing Gear for Young Anglers — ICAST 2020

Game & Fish Staff - July 16, 2020

New gear for kids and beginners from the annual fishing trade show.

See More Trending Articles

More ICAST

Here is a look at 21 new baitcasting rods unveiled at fishing trade show. ICAST

New Baitcasting Rods from ICAST 2020

Dr. Todd A. Kuhn - July 23, 2020

Here is a look at 21 new baitcasting rods unveiled at fishing trade show.

A quick look at offerings from SPRO for 2020-21. Baits & Lures

New from ICAST: Rattle Little John; Essential Series

Game & Fish Staff - July 13, 2020

A quick look at offerings from SPRO for 2020-21.

Fully customizable, this new tackle storage system can be configured for nearly any use. Other Fishing

New for ICAST: Plano's EDGE Flex Series

Game & Fish Staff - July 06, 2020

Fully customizable, this new tackle storage system can be configured for nearly any use.

Innovation, customization, continue to lead the way in fishing-tackle storage. ICAST

ICAST 2020: New Tackle-Management Systems

Game & Fish Staff - July 16, 2020

Innovation, customization, continue to lead the way in fishing-tackle storage.

See More ICAST

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now