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Best New Baitcasting Rods & Reels for 2022

Our Tackle Test team reviewed 12 rods and 12 reels to determine the Editor's Choice and Great Buy winners.

Best New Baitcasting Rods & Reels for 2022

Tackle Test 2022 baitcasters: (left to right top row) Shimano Curado MGL 150HG, Kistler Series 1, Quantum Smoke X, 13 Fishing Concept Z2, Fitzgerald FX8, Academy Tac-40; (middle row) Profishiency Krazy, Dobyns Maverick, Abu Garcia Jordan Lee, Abu Garcia Max Pro; (bottom row) Duckett Jacob Wheeler, Lew’s BB1 Pro. (Photo by Brad Richardson)

These new baitcasting rods and reels made quite an impression on the Tackle Test 2022 team, which battled Florida largemouth bass at Bienville Outdoors to review the year’s best gear.

Tackle Test 2022 Winners

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