When I think of the Tournament Pro G, I think of it as being “the standard”. When I fish my friends’ reels that aren’t Lew’s reels, I constantly compare them to my TPG1HL’s. Casting is second to none. There’s no imitation – the Tournament Pro G really is my favorite reel of ALL TIME.
Whoa…hold on a second. Better than the old Shimano Curados or some of the original mark makers? Absolutely, but don’t forget Lew’s is on the list of original bass fishing brands. The company has spread like wildfire and continues to increase market share through Do Outdoors and Lynn Reeves, CEO of Lew’s. Want to know how they’ve continued building this brand? Tremendous products and unbeatable customer service.
So engineers, what’s the big deal? Aren’t all reels pretty much the same? Not really when you look at each frame, handle, and chosen internal parts. While casting distance really isn’t matched, I’d also put Lew’s up there as one of the most durable brands. Take those features and then come to the market with the speed keeper and the dial line indicator, and you can now see that Lew’s is further advancing the production line. These two features set the reel apart from any other reel that you can buy over the counter or online.
The newly engineered frame says goodbye to flex but is comfortable enough to palm for reduced fatigue. There are far too many reels on the market that perform flawlessly, but are either too heavy or too wide to palm. Why not have all the innovative engineering coupled with the ease of control? To me, the Tournament Pro G is the choice for those of us who demand to feel the difference.
So how did this reel impact my fishing in 2016? I wanted to let you know that I recently was awarded the “Biggest Largemouth” award from The Spokane Bass Club for the 2016 season. I caught the 6.61-pound largemouth on the Strike King Rage Blade, 17-pound Seaguar Invizx Fluorocarbon and the Lew’s Tournament Pro G. When it comes to landing those big fish, there’s no choice but to play them at the boat. Unless you’re winding in with braid, the reel soaks up a large majority of stress and has to function at 100%. The drag system comes into play and together with the rod, absorbs the energy directly up the line. If you’re spending in the upwards of $200 for a reel, be sure to take a good hard look at the Lew’s Tournament Pro G.
And if you’re still unsure and are in the Spokane area, take mine for a cast or two.