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Master the water: Top rods and reels for 2024

Make 2024 the year to step up to a new rod and reel combo and be surprised at the variety of features.

So, you’ve filled your fishing rod rack? No matter, simply buy another rack, and load that baby up with some of 2024’s remarkable sticks.

No joke: Reels and rods are better than ever, so make 2024 the year to step up to a new combo and be surprised at the variety of features – from tight gear ratios to rod blanks built from space-age materials.

Choose one of these rigs out and get after some early-season crappies or river walleyes.


A do-it-all reel, the Regal LT is great for anything from panfish to bass, attractively priced, yet bursting with features and technology.

The Regal LT advanced ZAION V body is lighter, stronger, and more rigid than traditional composite graphite and Daiwa’s cornerstone Airdrive Rotor fosters a lighter rotation – simply meaning this reel is easier to spin. Anglers also will benefit from the Regal LT tough Digigear, specialty gears that are large, smooth, and durable.

Another key feature is the Advanced Tournament Drag, which uses an improved drag grease that exhibits a low viscosity at rest yet becomes more viscous immediately after drag start up, making it smooth from initial hook-up.

Check out more products from Daiwa.

St. Croix

The new Physyx has an innovative rear-trigger design that enhances casting accuracy when hunting fish on live sonar and comes in 25 technique-focused spinning and casting models with SCIV+ hybrid carbon fiber blanks (iAct Glass blanks on select reaction-bait models).

The rods offer a rare combination of sensitivity, power, and energy on the water.

Physyx includes next-generation molded carbon fiber Trigon handles with high-tactile TPU-molded inserts, molded carbon fiber Dynamix reel seats, and rigid titanium guides. Made in Wisconsin, they have all the top St. Croix technologies and are backed by a 15-year warranty.

Check out more rods from St. Croix.


If you like custom rods that you can tailor to your needs, then the Kraemer X-11 ZR applies to you. It promises sensitivity via the North Fork Composites X-Ray blanks, which is an elite material that very few rod companies deploy because of the cost but its quickness and response is worth the price.

Blank diameters are greatly reduced, shedding mass, and creating a rod with an amazing power-to-weight ratio. Then you can add to this a set of American Tackle TI Forged Titanium Framed micro guides, the KCR handle of choice from cork, slim graphite, woven carbon, or one-piece full carbon fiber.


Shimano’s state-of-the-art Hagane Gear technology lies at the heart of the redesigned Sedona FJ spinning reel, giving it a step up from other reels in its price range.

The gearing provides long-lasting smoothness and durability for assured resilience even after several watery battles. The Sedona FJ series features Shimano’s SilentDrive technology to remove unnecessary noise and vibration while creating a quieter and smoother reeling experience. Sedona FJ’s enhanced spool design features Shimano’s Propulsion Line Management System for increased casting performance, while G-Free Body technology shifts the reel’s center of gravity closer to the rod for better balance and less fatigue during long days on the water.

Check out more products from Shimano.


Designed to meet the demands of even the most dedicated anglers, X-Series Bass Rods are sure to be welcomed into the bass fishing circles.

They feature the latest technology and highest quality materials and are constructed with a light yet responsive 46-ton Toray carbon blank, that provides exceptional sensitivity and strength. The blank is reinforced with Okuma’s proprietary UXR: Ultimate X Reinforced Multi-Directional Fiber Technology, which significantly enhances its durability and responsiveness.

As for reels, the Inspira ISX’s body is constructed using Okuma’s diecast aluminum Torsion Control Armor technology. Compared to traditional single side designs, TCA uses a double arm design to offer higher torsion and flex resistance under heavy pressure.

This in turn makes the Inspira ISX stronger, extremely rigid, and keeps your internals in perfect alignment. It also boasts Okuma’s Proprietary Flite Drive system that enhances gear stability and smoothness along with 8BB+1RB stainless steel bearings ensures ultimate smoothness.

See more products from Okuma.


Combining infinitely smooth operation and long-lasting durability, SEVIIN’s new GS Series consists of five versatile spinning reels in five sizes with lightweight and rigid carbon bodies, side plates, and rotors.

Spools, handles, and key accent components are lightweight aluminum. The reels feature a 6+1 SS bearing system, a micro-adjustable stacked carbon drag, rock-solid instant anti-reverse, and S-Curve design for longer casts and fewer line management issues, even with lighter, finesse-size lines.


Trika rods are engineered for unsurpassed hyper-sensitivity, castability, and fish-fighting power with a unique composition and construction of the rod blanks.

Every Trika rod is made using a blend of materials never used in the fishing industry resulting in a proprietary composition that significantly reduces weight and increases sensitivity, while retaining maximum strength and durability.

The rods feature the finest components available, including Fuji Alconite K-Guides, Fuji Titanium SiC tips, lightweight yet rugged custom carbon fiber reel seats, and ergonomic grips to reduce fatigue.

The rods are sold exclusively online through the company’s website which helps keep the price affordable.

Abu Garcia

Gone are the days of losing fish because you can’t catch up. The new and improved Abu Garcia Revo Rocket spinning reel features a blistering fast 7.6:1 gear ratio which is unusual to find in today’s spinning reels.

It features an asymmetrical X-Craftic alloy body design, that gives anglers a more compact, lightweight body. It also features a new AMG2 gear system, that is 17% larger than the previous generation, allowing for extra gear strength and the ability to create the Rocket’s extreme gear ratio.

See more products from Abu Garcia.


The technologically advanced MG12 baitcaster is meticulously crafted with a lightweight magnesium body, offering exceptional performance at only 4.8 ounces.

The deep spool design holds more line than other reels in its class while the Auto-adjustment Magnetic Braking system virtually eliminates backlashes and maximizes casting distance.

The low-profile design is a joy for casting while a 7.5:1 gear ratio burns line in making it great for buzzbaits, lipless cranks, and everything in between.

See more products from KastKing.


The World Class series provides picky anglers with 62 technique-specific rods to meet their specialized needs.

Focusing on the importance of weight, balance, and sensitivity, World Class rods are crafted from ultra-premium materials combined with a blend of high modulus graphite and Fenwick’s proprietary reinforcing resin, providing perfect actions for each application.

Designed for performance, Fenwick has skillfully crafted the lightest weight blank possible without disrupting sensitivity or responsiveness. 

See more products from Fenwick.

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