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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Outdoor Life reviews 2010 fishing gear

February 24, 2010 at 03:11 PM

Here is Outdoor Life’s annual review of tackle for 2010.

REELS:
• Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice / Spinning Reel
SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 25000F
Price: $200
“The CI4 cast farther and with less effort that other spinners.”

• Outdoor Life Great Buy / Spinning Reel:
ABU GARCIA SORON SX40
    Price: $100
“This reel is a no-nonsense workhorse with a wallet-friendly pricetag.”

• Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice / Bait-Casting Reel:
SHIMANO CORE 50MG7
Price: $370
“Blends durability, function and comfort at a great price.”

• Outdoor Life Great Buy/ Bait-Casting Reel:
QUANTUM ENERGY PT SS
Price: $230
“The best value among the bait-casters.”

RODS:
• Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice / Spinning Rod:
ST. CROIX AVID PEARL
Price: $180
“Rod flexure is uniform, and sensitivity increases as vibration is transferred from tip to handle more efficiently.”

• Outdoor Life Great Buy / Spinning Rod:
LAMIGLAS XL702S
    Price: $100
“It flicked nearly microscopic jigs with nimble accuracy.”

• Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice / Bait-Casting Rod:
QUANTUM TOUR KVD
Price: $200
“Super-strong, yet light and sensitive.”

• Outdoor Life Great Buy/ Bait-Casting Rod:
OKUMA C3-C-661M
Price: $150
“Capable of transmitting the slightest ticks at bait.”

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