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Lew’s Custom Black Baitcast Wins ICAST Best Rod and Reel Combo

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Gone are the days where quality rods and reels must be purchased separately to build a high-end combo that is suitable for the serious weekend angler or the touring tournament pro. Lew’s has answered the call with the new Team Lew’s Custom Black LFS Baitcast Combo, offering the highest quality combo available in today’s market. To back this up this claim, the Custom Black Baitcast Combo was awarded “Best Rod & Reel Combo” in the 2018 ICAST New Product Showcase, marking the 5th consecutive year Lew’s has topped a category in the annual “Best Of” competition at the ICAST New Product Showcase.

Built on the popular LFS (Lighter, Faster, Stronger) platform, the new Custom Black baitcast reel features a one-piece aluminum frame with graphite side plates, a premium 10-bearing system with stainless steel double shielded bearings, as well as high strength solid brass Speed Gears to provide a perfect combination of lightness, smoothness and strength. More importantly though, is the incorporation of the new P2 Super Pinion Gear which provides precise alignment and solid stability, which results in a smoother operation and extended gear life for the reel.

The new Team Lew’s Custom Black LFS Baitcast Reel also features a 95MM bowed aluminum handle with Winn® Dri-Tac knobs for an extremely comfortable and compact reel handle and the popular Speed Keeper® hook keeper keeps baits secure and at the ready at all times.

Paired with the Custom Black LFS, the new Custom Black Speed Stick® features a one-piece HM50 Tour Grade graphite blank with Nanotechnology which sports American Tackle Microwave guide with Nanolite inserts for less wind knots and longer casts. Just above the Winn® Dri-Tac split grip is the new Lew’s exclusive VTR System (Vibration Transfer Ring), which provides direct contact with the rod blank to transfer vibration directly to the angler’s hands.

The new Team Lew’s Custom Black LFS baitcast combo is offered in either 7’ medium or 7’3” medium heavy power Custom Black rods, paired with either a right or left handed 7.5:1 gear ratio Custom Black reel at $279.99 MSRP for the full combo.

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