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Abu Garcia Snags Top Ranking in Game and Fish Readers’ Choice Awards

Friday, February 24, 2017 10:41
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Kennesaw, GA (Ammoland.Com) — Fishing-gear manufacturer Abu Garcia cornered both the Favorite Baitcasting Reel and Favorite Baitcasting Rod categories in the most recent Game & Fish Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.

Ranger Boats also took two categories: Favorite Bass Boat and Favorite Aluminum Boat. The Ranger Z185 dominated the Bass Boat category with the nod from more than half of all voters. And the metal RT198p solidly edged out Alumacrafts’ Trophy 185 31.0 percent to 20.9 percent.

More than 2,300 readers voted for the latest fishing gear in 12 categories, from rods and reels to sunglasses and coolers. Complete results of the voting are in the March issue of Game & Fish Magazines, on newsstands now. Award trophies will be presented to winners at the 2017 ICAST show in Orlando.

An Abu Garcia rod or reel has won at least one category in each Readers’ Choice Award since its inception in 2012.

“It’s obvious that Game & Fish readers appreciate the attention to detail, advanced technology, and on-the-water performance of today’s ABU low profile and spinning reels,” said Hunter Cole of Pure Fishing, Abu Garcia’s parent company.

Abu’s Revo ALX had a dominant showing this year and topped Shimano’s new Caenan 150 by a vote of 36.5 percent to 23.2 percent. Quantum’s Smoke Speed Freak took third with 15.1 percent of the vote.

In the spinning categories, Shakespeare’s Ugly Stik took Favorite Spinning Rod and Shimano’s NASCI 2500 was selected as Favorite Spinning Reel.

A majority of the respondents considered themselves expert or advanced bass anglers. They fish about 50 days each year, according to survey results. More than 1 in 5 fished more than 75 days, with 220 anglers fishing more than 180 days. More than a third of respondents reported catching more than 75 fish, while 21 percent caught a boat-swamping 200 or more. The average was 100 fish.

Most fished in lakes and reservoirs (81.3 percent), while 59.2 percent fished in rivers and streams. Anglers who primarily fish in saltwater add up to 24.4 percent, and about 10 percent float their boat in the Great Lakes exclusively.

Game & Fish conducts two gear-related surveys each year: one for fishing and one for hunting. Voting in the hunting survey begins soon. To be considered “new,” the products must have been introduced in the last three years. The magazine then queries a large sampling of readers, subscribers and e-newsletter recipients to determine favorite picks.

Manufacturers can e-mail nominees, plus one high-resolution photo of the product, to john.geiger@outdoorsg.com. Be alerted to future votes by signing up for an e-newsletter at gafmag.com.

Winners in each category:

FAVORITE SPINNING ROD

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite

46.3%

RUNNERS-UP

St. Croix Bass X

16.0%

  1. Loomis E6X Walleye

12.1%

FAVORITE SPINNING REEL

Shimano NASCI 2500

35.3%

RUNNERS-UP

Abu Garcia Revo STX

26.2%

Quantum Throttle TH30

17.1%

FAVORITE BAITCASTING ROD

Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0

24.0% (statistical tie)

RUNNERS-UP

St. Croix Bass X

22.6%

Quantum Smoke

13.4%

FAVORITE BAITCASTING REEL

Abu Garcia Revo ALX

36.5%

RUNNERS-UP

Shimano Caenan 150

23.2%

Quantum Smoke Speed Freak

15.1%

FAVORITE CRANKBAIT

Rapala Shadow Rap Shad

63.7%

RUNNERS-UP

Berkley Digger

10.0%

Cabela’s Mean Eye Square Bill

9.5%

FAVORITE FISHFINDER-GPS

Humminbird Helix 10SI

42.7%

RUNNERS-UP

Lowrance Elite 7 Ti

37.0%

Garmin Striker 7sv

19.3%

FAVORITE GEAR BAG

Cabela’s Versa Tuff

48.8%

RUNNERS-UP

Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad

25.0%

Plano Series-A

10.3%

FAVORITE COOLER

YETI Flip

53.1%

RUNNERS-UP

Cabela’s Polar Cap 40

38.0%

Canyon Prospector 103

8.9%

FAVORITE SUNGLASSES

Costa Rafael

33.4%

RUNNERS-UP

WileyX Boss

25.6%

Viscious Vision Smoke Venom

15.7%

FAVORITE BASS BOAT

Ranger Z185

50.2%

RUNNERS-UP

Nitro Z18

24.2%

Triton 21TrX

17.6%

FAVORITE ALUMINUM BOAT

Ranger RT198p

31.0%

RUNNERS-UP

Alumacraft Trophy 185

20.9%

G3 Sportsman 19

13.7 %

FAVORITE MID-RANGE OUTBOARD

Mercury 115 FourStroke

41.9%

RUNNERS UP

Yamaha VMAX SHO 115

22.7%

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.

20.6%

About Game & Fish Magazine

Game & Fish is a nationally distributed magazine with more than 400,000 monthly subscribers and newsstand sales, and a monthly readership of 6.4 million, according to a Media Market Research study.

About Outdoor Sportsman Group – Integrated Media

As a premier destination for the most avid outdoors enthusiasts, Outdoor Sportsman Group’s Integrated Media division is widely recognized for its strong special-interest multichannel brands, with 15 leading magazines – including Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo, In-Fisherman, North American Whitetail, Game & Fish – that reach more than 29 million readers. Its network of 19 websites, including BassFan.com, attract more than 82 million annual unique visitors, and hundreds of TV episodes of original branded hunting, sport shooting and fishing programming that airs on Outdoor Sportsman Group’s broadcast entities. Visit http://outdoorsg.com for more information. #AdventureToGo

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    Ughh. Not my choice after using their stuff.

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