The 7 Best Products at Pitman Creek’s Fall Show

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — On Sunday, Shane Lehew and Randy Haynes won the Pitman Creek Cup bass tournament on Douglas Lake. On Monday, the fun and camaraderie combined with business on the floor of the Pitman Creek Wholesale Fall Show. Dealer orders and Best of Show honors were the order of the day.

Seven categories and Overall Best of Show were voted upon by the hundreds of dealers in attendance. Recognition here has become highly coveted since all voters are retailers and all are in the freshwater bass fishing market.

1. The Shimano Curado K, the latest edition of Shimano’s legendary baitcasting reel was the winner in the Reel category.

2. Daiwa’s Tatula Elite lineup of technique-specific casting and spinning rods won for Best Rod.

3. In the Line category, Sunline’s Crank FC, a fluorocarbon designed specifically for crankbaiting, took top honors.

4. Among Hard Baits, the SPRO Rk Crawler—their latest medium-diving crankbait— was the winner.

5. The top new Soft Bait was the Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig, a versatile creature-type bait suitable for a variety of popular riggings.

6. In Terminal Tackle, the Jethro Baits Stop-Itz claimed the trophy. The Stop-Itz is a weight peg that’s specially-designed for the heavy sinkers popular with the punching technique.

7. Best Accessory was the Winn Reel Grip Sleeves, an ergonomic addition to the handles of spinning, casting and spincasting reels that add comfort and prevent the hand slippage that can result in lost fish.

Overall Best of Show honors went to the Shimano Curado K. The Curado K was also the only winner here to take Best of Show honors at ICAST three months ago. The variance between winners may reflect the difference between voting groups and markets. At ICAST, many or even most of the voters are media and not necessarily focused on bass tackle. At the Pitman Creek show, all voters are dealers and all do business in the bass market. Naturally, the two groups view new products differently—the media is looking for a story while dealers are trying to make a sale.