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Top Must-Have Fishing Gear for Lake Travis

Feb 27, 2018 | Family Fun on the Lake | 0 comments

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The vote for the 2018 top must-have fishing gear for Lake Travis is in! We followed the pros, hung out with the local fisherman and read up on the latest reviews to give you the lowdown. Then, we couldn’t resist spending a couple hours wandering around the Bass Pro Shop. It’s easy to get lost in that place! At least… that’s what I tell my wife anyway.

Every fisherman dreams of the moment when the line gets that massive strike, your reel squeals, and beer goes flying as you hold on for dear life – hoping the mother of all Largemouth Bass doesn’t get away. And I’m no exception.

When you’re scouting large game fish like the Largemouth or Striped Bass, Blue, Channel and Flathead Catfish predominant to Lake Travis; your gear matters – in more ways than one! Sensitivity, responsiveness, distance and reliability are not optional. Most bass fisherman swear by the superb handling of baitcaster reels. For a decent one, plan to spend between $77 – $160.

Top Baitcasters

  • Abu Garcia Revo SX Low-Profile
  • Shimano 200IHG Curado
  • Lews Speed Spool SSG1SH

Spinning reels have earned their place with renowned finesse, front-end drag, trigger mechanisms, construction and the convenience of quick change spools. These reels will run between $58 – $230

Top Spinning Reels

  • Shimano Stradic CI4
  • Pflueger President XT  SP35X
  • Shimano Spirex FG series

What’s in Your Box?

Out of the millions of lures for bass and catfish, it’s hard to know where to begin. Surely, my lure collection must rival my power tool wish list. But if you want the latest bass success, the only power tools you’ll need are these top-choice lures.


BiCO Original Lead Free

Strike King Tour Grade Football


Jackall Kaera Frog

Lunkerhunt Lunker

Soft Baits

Yamamoto Senko

Zoom Super Speed Craw


River2Sea S- Waver

Megabass Grand Siglett


Spro John Crews Little John MD

Booyah Flex II

Top Water

Zara Spooks

Storm Arashi Cover Pop


Double Willow Leaf Spinnerbait w/metal flake blades

Z-Man Chatterbait


Rapala Shadow Rap

Rapala Ripstop

Catfish Hunting

Hunting catfish in Lake Travis? Stinkbait is the go-to deadliest when you’re targeting large quantities of 1-3 pounders. However, for large Channel or Flathead Catfish, cut bait works great. For Blue Catfish, cut bait like Shad – or any other oily legal bait fish  –  is the top bait source year round. Flathead can’t resist live bait fish like Bluegill or Perch when used in moving water or trolling.

Top 3 Catfish Rigs

  • Slip Sinker Rig

  • Santee Cooper Rig

  • Slip Bobber Rig 

Finding the ‘Big One’

Having the right fishing gear is half the battle. But optimizing your ability to find where the fish are takes skill and a Garmin Striker 7SV. Priced from $375, this fish-finder will help you; view, map and navigate out points, rocky underwater ledges, channel banks and docks where they hide.

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