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High-Tech Fishing Gear

To help you catch the big one this year

Those fish won't even know what hit them.     Photo: Andy Bowlin/Getty Images

Fishing season is about to go into full sprint across the U.S., and so are the fish. This new high-tech fishing equipment—from a lure that changes colors to a new kayak with a better tackle-management system—can improve your chances of catching them. 

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    Smartbaits Clever Crank Mini 40 ($14)

    Designed to help you catch more fish this season, these lures change colors depending on water temperature. Drop it into deep water, and the Clever Crank changes from silver to blood red. If you troll in the shallows, it will quickly turn back to silver.

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    Sufix 832 Advanced Superline (Starting at $24)

    This new line wraps seven Dyneema fibers around one GORE Performance strand, and it has 32 weaves per inch. The result? One of the strongest, most durable small diameter braids on the market.

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    Bass Pro Shops Muskie Angler Rod (Starting at $130)

    The synthetic fibers used in this muskie rod are the stick’s main selling point. Known as Technora, the material is similar to Kevlar, making it exceptionally strong and durable. The new foam grips were designed to give you a firm, comfortable grasp on the rod when casting or retrieving.

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    Columbia Airgill Chill Zero ($130)

    No, this fishing gear isn’t meant to be stored in a tackle box. Instead, the new fishing shirt from Columbia is designed to keep you cool no matter what. The fabric has UPF-30 sun protection and Columbia’s Omni-Freeze Zero technology, which reacts with your sweat to lower the temperature of the material and keep you cool on hot days.

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    Hobie Cat Mirage Pro Angler 14 Kayak ($2,999)

    This kayak is guaranteed to help anglers land prizes of every fin, stripe, and color—at least according to the company. The seat has mesh pockets to store your gear, and there’s a tackle-management system with pivoting storage for two medium-size Plano boxes (included). There’s a plate on the underside of the kayak for adding a transducer and mount to install a Lowrance fish-finder.

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    WaveSpin Legend 250 ($140)

    While many fishing reels claim to offer a “tangle-free” design, the WaveSpin Legend 250 actually delivers on that promise. This 9.5-ounce reel uses a patented spooling mechanism to make sure the line casts and spools perfectly each time. Plus, the orange and silver design stands out from traditional all-black reels.

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    Sperry Top-Sider Shock Light 2 Shoes (Starting at $90)

    These new boat shoes feature anti-vibration technology. The soles use a neat system that reduces vibrations caused by the boat’s engine by up to 30 percent. The 6.7-ounce shoes also have a no-slip outsole that provides more grip on the deck while you fish.

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