Details. Numbers. That’s what I want to see. The industry isÂ doing greatÂ in some areas, and still doing terrible in others. Here’s some examples.
Baits: Getting much better here. When I open a catalog or view a company’s website, I can now find all sorts of information. Weight of a bait has always been there, but lots more stuffÂ has been added over the years. For example, with most spinnerbaits,Â they now post things like the size of the front and rear blade used. With crankbaits, I can get weight, length, approximate running depth, and hook size – all great info to have!
Reels: Another thumbs up, here. On most any model in the catalog, you can find out number of bearings, overall weight, line capacity for both mono and braid,Â gear ratio, and line recovery (IPT – inches per turn). Some are now evenÂ doing maximum drag pressure stats.Â Again, a huge improvement over the years and great info for shopping and comparing. Two thumbs up!
Line: Here we start going downhill. About all we get is pound test, and I hate to say it, but it’s all bogus for the most part. There is no standardization in the industry. Mono is so underrated compared to its labeled strength, it’s not even funny.Â Braid seems to largely be labeled by its knot strength, not it’s overall strength like mono, and fluorocarbonÂ appears to fall somewhere in the middle.Â You can barely even find line diameter listings for comparison sake. Hey, but at least they list the yards on the spool halfway accurately. Lots of work to do here, IMHO.
Rods: A mixed bag , here.Â On the good side, they get the length, the number of pieces and the number of guides right. Not sure if that is saying much. You also frequently get lure weight, line weight and action, though we all know these are just guidelines. Again, no objective standard for comparisons, which would be nice. One thing they could easily add, and that I think everyone would love to see butÂ must still beÂ some big secret…rod weights.Â Manufacturers can weigh every size and model reelÂ they make to the tenth of an ounce, why not rod manufacturers?
Electronics: Ending on a positive note, we’re getting lots of good stats here. Display size, pixel counts, cone angle, power output, even in-dash frame mount size. Lots more specifics in the write-ups, so no qualms here.
Alright – rant over. Any pet peeves amongst the readership? Anything you’re not getting you’d like to see? Let’s hear it!