February 17, 2015
Thank you to all who voted in our annual Readers' Choice Awards. It was good to hear from you!
More than 2,000 of you voted on the latest new gear in 12 categories, and 12 clear winners emerged.
There were a few surprises. The budget Ugly Stik Elite topped many other spinning rods, include G. Loomis' IMX, which retails for more than $250. Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme dominated the baitcasting category, winning by more than 10 percentage points over Shimano's super-popular Curado. And how about this: A bass wakebait took top honors in a crowded category of baits that included all sorts of options, from crankbaits to artificial worms to inline spinners.
We enjoy seeing the results each year, and hope they give you a good idea what works for other hardcore anglers. If you want to join the voting next time, and be in the running for a prize like the $500 cash card we gave out this year, sign up for our e-newsletter and get in on the action!
Here are your winners for 2015:
Favorite Baitcasting Reel
Favorite Stand-Up Paddleboard
"Humminbird is No. 1 to me because they never stop re-inventing their units. They stand behind them, and they are virtually trouble free. Updates are also free." -Gary Dollins
Garmin GPSMAP 1040xs
"I have one on my Smoker Craft. It pushes my boat really good and I can still troll down to a slow speed of 1.5 mph. It is a 4 stroke, so I don't have to worry about mixing oil." -Ron Croucher