Steve Kite, founder of Chattanooga Fishing Guides, has been an angler for as long as he can remember. He started the company after noticing the amount of people drawn to the place he loved so much: Chickamauga Lake, known for its vast amount of fish. Kite's most memorable catch there was during a Chattanooga Bass Association Tournament in which he caught five different bass all over 32 pounds.
Want to hook the fisherman or woman in your life this holiday? Here, Kite recommends some products and shares what is on his own wish list, sure to help your loved ones reel in their own big catch.
Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3
Utilizing this 12-inch touch screen, anglers can easily see what is beneath them and locate fish. Compatible with the most expansive selection of cartography, the Gen3 uses enhanced charts for freshwater and coastal regions across the U.S. It is easy to operate, durable, and well worth the money, Kite says. $2,249
Lew's Speed Spool
With a wide variety of different speed spools from Lew's, options abound. Kite has up to 17 of these spools and recommends getting "whatever fits your pocketbook." Any one you pick is sure to be durable and very smooth, allowing you to make long casts, he says.
$25-$300, depending on the spool
This single rig lets you catch multiple fish at once without moving your rod. Kite says it is designed especially for states like Tennessee that don't allow more than two hooks on a wire. The Deuce Rig has three wires with two blades on each wire. With a snap for each of your hooked lures, it is a must have for your tackle box.
Custom rod from Yank-Um Custom Tackle
This Chattanooga company makes custom rods that are at the top of Kite's wish list. The rods have a good feel to them and a lifetime warranty, he says. Yank-Um makes its rods with top of the line materials, ensuring optimal quality for your casting needs.