Favorite_tackle3I’ve learned to view all surveys with a grain of salt, as they say, but they certainly can give an idea of trends. Southwick Associates, who specialize in surveying anglers and hunters on various things with which we’re obviously concerned, collected responses of 11,544 anglers on the favorite fish species and tackle in the U.S. I’m not surprised at the results in many cases, but a couple threw me.

See if you think the responses really reflect products and fish that anglers prefer most. Here are the results:

Favorite_tackle6 * Top freshwater species: bass (60.4% of all freshwater anglers)

  • Top saltwater species: striped bass and redfish/red drum (a tie, each with over 30% of all saltwater anglers)

  • Top rod brand: Shakespeare Ugly Stik (19.9% of all purchases)

  • Top reel brand: Shimano (21.9% of all purchases)

  • Top fly rod brand: Orvis (19.5% of all purchases)

  • Top fishing line brand: Berkley (Trilene, Fireline, Big Game and Vanish (45% of all purchases)

  • Top hard bait brand: Rapala (24.0% of all purchases)

  • Top soft bait brand: Zoom (15.4% of all purchases)

  • Top spinnerbait brand: Strike King (21.5% of all purchases)

  • Top electronics: Lowrance (over 34% of all radio, GPS and fish finder purchases)

  • Top tackle box brand: Plano (43.0% of all purchases)

  • Top fishing knife brand: Rapala (35.9% of all purchases)