This post is focused on rounding up some of the best new fishing gear 2020, with updates each month. We also have an ongoing post for new hunting gear, as well. Check back in each month as we update with some of the newest gear on the market.
Best New Fishing Gear 2020 – Rods and Reels
Okuma Longitude Surf Fishing Rod
Constructed of sensitive graphite composite material, these rods feature double-footed stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts, a durable rubber butt cap, stainless steel hooded graphite reel seats with soft touch EVA cushions above and below and non-slip cork wrap butt and fore grips all of which enables sure casting grips in any weather conditions. The Okuma Longitude two-piece rods are available in 8-12-foot lengths.
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99-79.99 www.okumafishingusa.com
St Croix Rods for Kayakers
For kayakers looking for new fishing gear, the St. Croix Mojo Yak rods are designed with them in mind and feature high-sensitive graphite blanks for distance and accurate casting along with the backbone to hoist fish up. Available in spinning and casting models they include Kigan Master Hand 3D guides, a shorter split-handle configuration with Winn polymer grips and a shortened butt for easier casting and better presentation while sitting low to the water.
Suggested Retail Price: $150 – $160 www.stcroixrods.com
Berkley® “Lights the Night” with Illuminated Glowstik Fishing Rods
Berkley® introduces its Glowstik, an illuminated fishing rod designed for anglers fishing in low light or dark conditions.
These battery powered rods feature a fiberglass blank construction with a LED Core illuminating a fiber optic cable running the length of the rod. Sporting stainless steel guides with titanium oxide inserts and rubberized handle, the Glowstik is available in spinning and casting models.
Suggested Retail Rod Price: $79.99 to $89.99 www.purefishing.com
Ugly Stik® Announces New Carbon Rod Technology
The new lightweight Ugly Stik® carbon rods ae crafted of 24-ton graphite, which means they are 37% stronger than other standard graphite rods while still delivering sensitivity and balance. The carbon Ugly Stik® rods include stainless steel guides and WINN® split grips for added comfort and control. The series is available in casting and spinning rods and combos.
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95 to $119.95 www.purefishing.com
Shimano® Stradic CI4+ Spinning Reel
The Stradic CI4+ Spinning Reel offers strength, power, advanced technology and other features in a lightweight rust proof package suitable for both freshwater and saltwater angling. CI4 reinforced carbon fiber construction results in a reel that is significantly stronger and lighter than Shimano’s normal graphite reels. The X-Ship gearing system combined with the cold-forged aluminum Hagana gear insures smooth powerful reeling even under a heavy load.
Suggested Retail Price: $229.00 www.shimano.com
Okuma Reintroduces Cedros Spinning Reels
The Okuma Cedros is lighter, stronger and sleeker than ever and features a rigid and corrosion resistant magnesium and aluminum alloy construction. Available in three classes, 8,000, 10,000 and 14,000, the reels have a precision dual force drag system (44 pounds of pure drag), dual anti-reverse, a manual bail trip function for ultimate reliability, multi-disc drag adjustment and more, making it some of the best fishing gear in 2020.
Suggested Retail Price: $159.00-$179.99 (Depending on size) OkumafishingUSA.com
Best New Fishing Gear 2020 – Tackle
Z-Man’s Adds 5” and 7” Size to DieZel MinnowZ Line
The softness, action and 10X touch ElaZtech® durability of the DieZel Minnow results in a bulletproof lifelike swimbait at all retrieval speeds. It’s molded in hook slot and split dorsal fin provides easy weedless rigging and problem-free hooksets, even when ripping it through grass and other surface cover. Now it is available in a 5” and 7” size in multiple patterns, absolutely making it some of the best new fishing gear in 2020.
Suggested Retail Price: $4.49 (5 pack) www.zmanfishing.com
Livetarget Freestyle Frog Makes Fish Striking Waves
Injected Core Technology™ (ICT) enables the LIVETARGET Freestyle Frog Inner-Core to offer a life-like frog profile, while the soft Exo-Skin gives the lure its tantalizing action on the surface and well as below. The durable and versatile lifelike inner core mimics a swimming or fleeing frog and the lure’s upright V-shaped legs result in strike triggering action. It is available in three sizes and eight colors.
Suggested Retail Price: $9.99 www.livetargetlures.com
Fish at Night with the PowerPro MoonShine Braided Line.
Specifically engineered for night time fishing, the new PowerPro Super8Slick V2 Braided Line MoonShine glows in the dark when illuminated by a blacklight. Made with a core of eight tightly woven 100% spectra fibers the tough Power Pro MoonShine offers a soft super smooth coating that enables long casts with clear visibility. Available in eight to 80 pound test in 150-300 yard spools.
Suggested Retail Price: from $20.99 www.powerpro.com
Tightlines Announces New UV Hy-Brid Craw Bait (79)
The new Tightlines UV Hy-Brid Craw combines striking UV fish grabbing colors, a “Whisker crawl’n” action, is scent specific to a natural crawfish and has a clicking craw sound from a rattle positioned in the craw tail. The result is a flipping and pitching designed bait that provides excellent visibility in murky or dirty water conditions, making it an excellent piece of new fishing gear for spring and summer rainfall.
Suggested Retail Price – $9.99 for a 4 pack www.tightlinesuv.com
New Mepps® Aglia® Bait Series
The Mepps® Aglia® Bait Series combines proven Aglia® fish striking and catching ability with the specific colors and forage patterns of the prey favored by predatory fish.
Offered in 12 airbrushed blade patterns and two-color tail combinations, the Aglia® Bait Series spinners come in sizes #0 – #5 and are available in dressed treble hook, plain treble hook and plain single hook models.
Suggested Retail Price: $4.25 – $8.40 www.mepps.com
Sufix 832 Advanced Superline
Sufix® 832® Advanced Superline® is the strongest, most durable small diameter braid on the market. R8 Precision Braiding and fiber technology provides superior strength, roundness and line consistency. 832 Advanced Superline has 8 fibers and 32 weaves (pics) per inch. GORE® Performance Fibers improve abrasion resistance, casting distance and accuracy and reduce line vibration. HMPE fibers provide high strength & sensitivity, hydrophobic water-repellent protection and small diameter.
Suggested Retail Price: From $16.99 www.rapala.com
Best New Fishing Gear 2020 – Boats
Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman Hybrid Canoe
The Discovery 119 is a stable, lightweight “grab-n-go” watercraft for both anglers and hunters that is easy to handle on and off the water. With an 11’9″ length, a 32.5″ width and a weight of only 56 lbs. OT 119 can float over 350 pounds. The package includes a contoured adjustable kayak-style seat, two rod holders, padded armrests, available in three colors and more.
Suggested Retail Price: $899.00 www.oldtowncanoe.com
Vibe Outdoors to Offer Shearwater™ 125 Kayak
Designed as an angling kayak, the Vibe Shearwater™ 125 is constructed of rotomolded single piece polyethylene and is available in either a pedal, power or paddle model. It weighs in at 72 pounds and is 12’6”long. It features a four position high-low Vibe Summit® Seat with standing perch, eight flush and horizontal rods holders, a removable sealer fish-finder pod with built in transducer and more. Available early this year.
Suggested Base Retail Price: $1,299 www.vibekayaks.com
Garmin Freshwater Force Trolling Motor
The Garmin Force trolling motor sports a powerful efficient brushless motor, which allows anglers to quickly move from drop off to structure in record time with the flexibility that allows anglers to “throttle back” when they need to fish slower and easily stands up to substantial currents. The award winning unit features built in Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearU scanning sonar and integrates with other technologies.
Suggested Retail Price: From $3,099 www.garmin.com/force
Best New Fishing Gear 2020 – Equipment
Mustad Blueline Hero Fishing Pliers
The new lightweight and sturdy spring-loaded Mustad Blueline Hero fishing pliers are made of high quality 420 grade stainless steel with textured jaws to insure a strong and secure hold plus a strong tungsten line cutter. The black Teflon finish eliminates corrosion and rust and the double-molded ergonomic handles provide an enhanced grip and are easy to use ensuring comfort for those long days on the water.
Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 www.mustad-fishing.com
Plano Offers New KevinVanDam Signature Series Tackle Bags
Available in two sizes, the special KVD waterproof fabric tackle tote features a molded top that can hold one StowAway secured by an elastic bungee, 34 accessory attachment points, plus tie-down slots, a pliers holder and room for five (six for larger model) StowAways. Additional features include a large mesh back pocket, a compartmentalized front pocket, an elevated waterproof base, waterproof cell phone pocket and more.
Suggested Retail Price: $69.99-$89.99 www.planomolding.com
Angler’s Best Livewell Buddy® Enables Easy, Pain-Free Fish Retrieval
The Livewell Buddy® is a flexible, floating circular silicone net that allows fish to move freely through circulated water and easily fits in any standard livewell. It can also be attached alongside a boat, canoe or kayak and even tethered to a wading fisherman. It eliminates “fish splash” and “finning” injuries and makes retrieving your catch or baitfish, even the elusive pinfish, easy and safe.
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 www.anglersbest.com
Frabill Nets Give Anglers Leverage Over Trophies
A good fishing net can make or break a day and cost you a trophy. To make sure that doesn’t happen Frabill is offering a new advanced series of nets in three variants, the Standard Trophy Haul, the Power Extend, and the Bear Claw. Constructed from anodized stainless steel each variation is built tough and made to withstand use in both fresh and saltwater.
Suggested Retail Price: $69.99 – $129.99 www.frabill.com
Protect Your Saltwater Lures with the Plano Rustrictor™
If you fish saltwater, you know the importance of washing tackle after every outing but that doesn’t always happen. Now, Plano has a new tackle box that helps prevent neglected lures from rusting away. Once closed the Rustrictor™ box fills up with a Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor vapor, whose ions create a 360° wall of protection and stops rust before it can start.
Suggest Retail Price: $5.99 – $14.99 www.planomolding.com
Yakima Lets You Transport Your Fishing Rods in Simple, Safe and “Ready to Fish” Style
The Yakima ReelDeal™ fishing rod mount securely carries up to 8 fully rigged-up and ready to fish full-length fishing rods of just about any style on your roof rack. The single-button side access makes for quick loading/unloading and the included SKS (Same Key System) locks keep your rods safe and secure. Tool free clamp design allows easy installation and removal.
Suggested Retail Price: $169.99 www.yakima.com
Best New Fishing Gear 2020 – Everything Else
Killerdock Announces Slot Fish Cleaning Station.
The Killerdock Slot fish cleaning station is constructed of strong non-corrosive high grade aluminum followed with a clear SystemXMarine ceramic coating that offers protection from saltwater, UV rays, cleaning solutions and more. The 52” x 24” cutting surface features a two degree slope to drain water, blood and entrails through the rear slots. Includes an accessory tray, knife sharpener and cup holder. Easy two person installation.
Suggested Retail Price: $1,245.00 www.killerdock.com
Take Safety to the Beach with Beachsafe
Beachsafe is a mobile personal safe that features a built-in charger, a solar panel, battery pack, two USB port and a cooling fan all protected by a blue, durable ABS plastic water-resistant case to protect your phone and other belongings from heat, sun, rain, waves and whatever else nature throws at you. It comes with a 3-foot stainless steel securing cable and a 4-digit reprogrammable combination lock.
Suggested Retail Price: $59.99 www.thebeachsafe.com
Fish Monkey Introduced a New Full Finger Wooly Fishing Glove
Fish Monkey has added a full finger wool model to its Wooly series. Offering unmatched fit and comfort, these breathable wool gloves can absorb up 30% of their weight in water without feeling heavy or damp. Because wool in a natural insulator and its fibers wick moisture away keeping your hands warm even when wet.
Suggested Retail Price: $19.95- $24.95 fishmonkeygloves.com
New Costa Ocearch® Tuna Alley Angler Sunglasses
Named after the legendary 15-mile stretch of sand cutting through the deep blue Bahamian waters where the Bluefin tuna migrate north, the Ocearch® Tuna Alley sunglasses incorporate integral hinges, a patented vent system, polarized 100% UV protection with different 580 polarized lense options (including mirrors) and has a tough-as-nails rectangular single bridge nylon frame. These lightweight high-tech glasses are the perfect piece of new fishing gear for both salt and freshwater fishing.
Suggested Retail Price: $259.00 www.costadelmar.com
High Performance Footwear Designed for Off-Shore Anglers
The XTRATUF 6 inch Ankle Deck Boot collection is specifically crafted for Off-Shore anglers who have to keep their footing and perform in often less than easy conditions. These lightweight, waterproof slip-on boots incorporate a slip-resistant Chevron outsole, an XPRESSCOOL™ liner for additional comfort, pull-on tabs and weigh approximately 3.16 pounds. They are perfect for use in any marine situation that requires slip resistant footwear.
Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $80.00 xtratuf.com
Hook+Gaff Offers New Rugged Field Watch
Designed for active outdoor enthusiasts, the HG3 Field watch offers a comfortable left-side crown orientation which eliminates the crown uncomfortably digging into the wearer’s wrist. It incorporates a watertight brushed 316L sturdy surgical stainless steel casing, an anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Swiss Super Luminova™ illumination technology the lights the watch hands and hour markers without need for a battery and the interchangeable Cordura® strap.
Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $300.00 www.HookandGaff.com
Outdoor Edge Introduces New Survival Tool
The all-in-one 1.8 ounce ParaSPARK survival bracelet features a 1.3-inch patented sheepsfoot blade and a brightly marked liquid-filled compass. The buckle houses a 110-decibel whistle as well as a fire-starting ferrocerium rod. The large bracelet is hand tied from 17 feet (14.4 feet for the medium bracelet) of reflective black seven-strand nylon paracord plus one strand of wax-coated firecord and a monofilament fishing line.
Suggest Retail Price: $33.99 www.outdooredge.com
White River Knife Company Introduces New Stylish Filet Knife
This hand finished filet knife from White River Knife and Tool is made from heat treated and precision ground CPM25VN steel and the 8 ½ inch blade is honed to a razor sharp edge to make easy work out of the toughest filet task. The Mahi Mahi green G10 ergonomically designed handle provides a no slip hold in wet and even slimy conditions.
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 www.whiteriverknives.com
Bear-Resistant OtterBox Coolers
The Otterbox Venture Coolers are available in three different sizes and will keep ice for up to 10 days (longer for different models). Each cooler can be customized with accessories such as cutting boards, ice packs, cup holders and even “All Terrain” wheels for the 45 and 65 quart models. All Otterbox coolers are certified bear resistant when secured with the locking kit and feature a limited lifetime warranty. Not just designed for fish, anglers can certainly utilize these coolers as new fishing gear, wether they are icing down freshly caught fish or their favorite beverages.
Suggested Retail Price: $195.49 – $382.49 www.otterbox.com
Igloo Introduces New Mission Series Cooler
From the backyard to a spontaneous adventure in the wild, the Mission cooler series was created with all the best features of Igloo’s hard-side coolers in mind. Ultratherm® insulation, along with a silicone rubber lid gasket provides long term ice retention. Other features include a lockable lid, FDA approved food grade liner, oversized heavy duty grab handles and other benefits. Available in 50, 72 and 124 quart sizes.
Suggested Retail Price: $139.99 – $249.99 www.igloocoolers.com
Reliable Portable Power When You Need It
The 37,000 mWh high-grade Lithium-Polymer JumpStart battery is compatible to jump most cars, trucks, SUV’s, boats, ATV’s and other power equipment and can re-charge up to 1,000 times. It also includes a powerful 8W, 330Lumen LED flashlight with 4 modes (low and high beam, SOS and strobe) with a 495 foot reach. Ergonomically designed, the JumpStart is constructed of machined aluminum to withstand rugged use.
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00 www.limitlessinnovations.com