FISHING & BOATING PRODUCT REVIEWS

Welcome to the Fishing Mad fishing and boating product reviews. Here we road test the very latest line of fishing rods, reels, lures, accessories and more. If your a product manufacturer and would like your item road tested by the team at Fishing Mad then please click here for more details.

Salty Captain Boat Wash Review

Welcome to the Salty Captain Boat Wash Review. I’m quite precious when it comes to the upkeep of my boat and kayak. Maintenance, organisation and cleanliness play a big role in maximising your time out in the water and the longevity of your valued possessions. Salty Captain is a boat […]

Best Trout Lures 2021

Welcome to the Best Trout Lures 2021 article from FishingMad. Trout is a wonderful freshwater fish that are popular to target with lures and soft plastics. The volume of trout lures and soft plastics on the market is very extensive which makes it quite confusing for consumers to understand which […]

Best Redfin Lures 2021

Welcome to the Best Redfin lures 2021 article from FishingMad. Targeting the humble redfin ( English Perch ) is a popular form of fishing. The range of redfin lures and soft plastics on the market is very extensive which makes it quite confusing for consumers to understand which to choose […]

Best Squid Jigs 2021

Welcome to the Best Squid Jigs 2021 article from FishingMad. Targeting squid has become such a popular form of fishing and the range of squid jigs and innovation in recent years is quite remarkable. The volume of squid jigs on the market is very extensive which makes it quite confusing […]

Shimano Stradic SW Review

Shimano Stradic SW Review by FishingMad. I purchased a couple of the new Shimano Stradic SW reels on the day of its release. Already in only a few weeks, I have really put the Shimano Stradic SW through its paces to see what it’s capable of. With many sessions on […]

GoPro mount showdown

Welcome to the GoPro mount showdown a battle between the GoPro head mount vs Chest mount vs BerleyPro action Hat. I’ve been a video blogger since 2016 creating an extensive volume of fishing videos for the FishingMad YouTube channel. I’m a technology enthusiast and have keenly followed advancements in action […]

Daiwa Luvias 21 Airity LT Preview

Welcome to the Daiwa Luvias 21 Airity LT Preview. Daiwa this week has provided a sneak peek into a refresh of the very popular Luvias series of reels. The new take for 2021 has been labelled Luvias 21 Airity. For many anglers, Luvias has been a go-to reel choice for […]

Best Braid Fishing Line 2021

Welcome to the Best Braid fishing line 2021 buyers guide or as we know it braid wars. As consumers, we are spoilt for choice with the endless volume of braid variations available on the market. Different brands, different sizes and different budgets to cater to all skill levels from beginners […]

Abu Garcia Revo ALX

Welcome to the Abu Garcia Revo ALX review. When you think of Abu Garcia you think of quality fishing products at an affordable price point. Smart designs, durability fit for local conditions that will appeal to anglers of different abilities. That brings us to the Revo ALX spin reels. If […]

Daiwa infeet 2020 review

Welcome to the Daiwa infeet 2020 review. The new infeet spin rods by Daiwa have arrived ( November 2020 ) building upon the success and contemporary design of the Infeet 18 models. The new Infeet 20 rods look stylish and feel fantastic. Smart design choices and clever technology advancements in […]

Daiwa SOL 3 Review

Welcome to the Daiwa SOL 3 Review. Now, these reels have been around for a while initially released back in November 2017. In fact, it was the first of Daiwa’s reels to be released with LT technology. The reason why were reviewing these reels in 2020 is major fishing retailers […]

Sea-Doo fish pro 2021

Welcome to the Sea-Doo fish pro 2021 review. The Fish pro jet skis have been a welcome change to recreational fishing in recent years. The world’s first purpose-built fishing jet ski was initially released in 2019 with the original 155 model and the refreshed 170 version released in 2020. The […]

Daiwa bait junkie review

Daiwa bait junkie review. It’s great to see a fishing powerhouse like Daiwa branch out into new areas. Daiwa has an established reputation for making an amazing range of fishing rods, reels and lures and we welcome the venture into soft plastics which they have labelled as Bait junkie. BECOME […]

Shimano Saragosa 2021 review

Welcome to the new Shimano Saragosa 2021 review. The Shimano Saragosa is widely accepted as a favourite saltwater reel offering great affordability, reliability, and durability. A high performing saltwater reel without the expensive price point. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 7 years since the last release of the […]

best spinning rods 2021

Welcome to the best spinning rods 2021 buyers guide. As consumers, we are spoilt for choice with the endless volume of high-end spin rods available on the market. Different brands, different sizes and different budgets to cater to all skill levels from beginners through to tournament anglers. I have been […]

Berkley Reveal 2020 Products

Welcome to the Berkley Reveal 2020 Products. Berkley this week has announced some new and exciting additions to its product range. They will be showcasing these products by revealing a new product release every 24 hours on their website. Spoiler alert some of these products are already being advertised by […]

Best spinning reels 2021

Welcome to the best spinning reels 2021. In this article, we summarise our favourite spinning reels on the fishing market. Covering a whole range of different classes from the elite Stella and Exist to entry-level Siennas. Spanning a wide variety of budgets, brands, and applications. The range of reels on […]

New Shimano Vanford 2020 replaces the iconic Stradic CI4+

It’s a bold move by Shimano who has released the New Shimano Vanford 2020 spin reel and retired an old Aussie favourite. That’s right the new Shimano Vanford spin reels will replace the popular Stradic Ci4+ reels. The Vanford has taken the looks and feel of the iconic Stradic Ci4+ […]

Shimano Zodias 2020 Review

Shimano Zodias 2020 Review. The new Zodias rods have finally arrived, part of Shimano’s highly regarded JDM series. Popular with anglers and designed for fishing with lures and soft plastics for a whole range of local fish species. The older model Zodias rods released in 2015 were popular, so what’s […]

Trident Tackle Whiting Rigs Product Review

Trident Tackle Whiting Rigs Review. I love fishing products. In fact, you could say I’m a fishing gear and accessories junkie. I love following the advancements in coming fishing technology, reading about new gear, buying new gear and testing new gear. BECOME A FISHINGMAD MEMBER  Gain access to DETAILED FISHING […]

Daiwa Luvias 20 review

Welcome to the Daiwa Luvias 20 review. The Daiwa Luvias range of reels is synonymous with ultralight fishing over the past decade. For many anglers including weekend warriors, serious fishos and tournament anglers this reel has been a go-to choice for bream and trout fishing. Lightweight stylish design and reasonable […]

GoPro 8 Fishing review

Welcome to the GoPro 8 Fishing review. September and October have become synonymous time periods for new GoPro releases so here is our GoPro 8 Hero review. After months of speculations and product teasers on October the 1st 2019, the new GoPro 8 was finally released. I have been a […]

Strike Pro Bob N Spoon Product Review

Strike Pro Bob n Spoon Review. What can I say I love fishing gear? I’m fascinated by the subtle technology and design changes to take all sorts of fishing gear to the next level. Every now and again you a get pleasant and unexpected surprise a positive reaction to something […]

Pontoon 21 Paco Spoon Product Review

In recent years metal spoons have become one of my first choices when selecting a lure for freshwater fishing. It’s surprising because when I first started using metal spoons I doubted them greatly. Sure they looked flash but on first tests, I thought they really lacked genuine movement and action […]

Rui Squid Jig Review | Great priced squid jigs

Rui Squid jig review. The explosion of squid jigs on the market in recent years is mind-blowing. With so many variations of squid jigs available with different features, sizes, weights, styles, colours and costs. There are squid jigs with rattles, UV glow, reflective cloth, shiny foils and 3D imitations mimicking […]

Savage Gear 1DFR Salt series fishing rods

Welcome to the Savage Gear 1DFR fishing rod series review. I have been using the range of 1DFR fishing rods exclusively since their release into the Australian market. These fishing rods released by Savage Gear is part of their new Savage Salt series of products. The range of rods fit […]

sea-doo fish pro review 2020 – A word class fishing jet ski

Welcome to the sea-doo fish pro review 2020. The personal watercraft fishing scene has exploded in recent years. Kayak fishing has grown in popularity and so has Jet Ski fishing. The combination of fishing and a fun day out zipping on the water is very appealing. I have watched with […]

Reedy’s Rigz – Paternoster Rig

Reedy’s rigz in recent years has become an increasingly popular product synonymous with local snapper fishing. What is Reedy’s Rigz exactly? Quality pre-made snapper rigs that you simply tie to your mainline, then attach a sinker of weight choice. It couldn’t be any easier for targeting snapper available in a […]

Savage Gear Stealth Spinning Reels

It’s been a big year for Savage Gear who cement itself in the Australian market as a key fishing product manufacturer. Recently the team at Savage Gear released their new range of spinning reels custom built to suit tough Aussie conditions. A welcomed change from Savage Gear who already have […]

Nories Wasaby Metal Spoon Review

Metal spoons have been around for a while now, but there has been a recent explosion of new types, brands models and colours. Therefore spoons are a trending product growing in popularity particularly for freshwater anglers. Increased sales would testify to this. In comes the Nories wasaby, a heavy jigging […]

Savage Gear LRF Fishing Rods Review

If you enjoy fishing with light tackle then you’re going to love this news. Savage Gear has released a new product line of fishing rods labelled LRF. Curious what LRF stands for Light Range Fishing and this will be apparent the first time you hold one. Why? because of their […]

Bullet Lures Review

Bullet lures have grown with immense popularity over the last couple of years. With a moderate price tag and exciting colour range this simple hard body lure has rapidly built a large following by local Victorians, Particularly throughout social media. Designed with freshwater species in mind the range of Bullet […]

Zman GrubZ review by FishingMad

Zman GrubZ is synonymous with soft plastic fishing in Victoria. The Zman GrubZ range essentially is a soft plastic with a thin curl tail and that has a great wriggling action as it descends which is irresistible to a wide range of fish species. They look lifelike and are very […]

Spikebait maggots with a difference

Spikebait maggots with a difference Road testing a bait with a difference from a supplier with an ambitious vision in the aussie market Were testing bait which is something a little bit different the usual road testing of rods, reels, and lures. The team at Spikebait Australia were very keen […]

Insanity Tackle Mini Vibe Review

Insanity Tackle Mini Vibe Review The team at Insanity Tackle have been busy designing their latest lure labelled the Insanity Tackle ‘Mini Vibe’. Wayne Dubois AKA “Mr Freshwater” has sent FishingMad a full range of the Mini Vibe catalogue for road test. If your unaware Wayne is one of Australia’s […]

Zman – Swim SlimZ

Has there ever been a lure as simple yet as effective as the Zman Slim SwimZ. It’s a downsized swimbait that simply imitates a minnow with a brilliant paddle tail action. This 2.5 inch soft plastic does much of the work and produces great results without you adding much action. These […]

Native Watercraft Slayer fishing Kayak

I’ve owned a native watercraft slayer fishing kayak ( Slayer 10 propel ) now for several years. I have hit the water countless time with it so I’ve had plenty of time to assess this fishing vessel overall performance, stability and affordability. You can see Native Watercraft kayak videos here. […]

Berkley Big eye blades

At a great price point, these blades have a great action that allow you to target several species. But how do they compare to the more expensive blades on the market

Cranka Crab

This first crab to take the market by storm. A huge reputation as one of the best bream lures ever designed and proven success in the ABT does the crab offer value for money?

Strike pro hummer vibe

A beautiful looking vibe, and in many respects a very undervalued product. In the right conditions this is a great choice.

FG Wizz Knot Tool

A tool designed by Ray Fewell to provide anglers hands free ability to tie the thin and strong FG knot. A very useful product that will greatly assist when tying leaders to main line

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