What new tackle has everyone purchased (or going to) for next season? I do a lot of "shopping" through out the year and buy tackle whenever i get the itch, but i try to do most of my buying during winter to help fight that cabin fever thing. My latest purchase was the new 2003 Shimano Stradic, i like the look of the new one a lot more than my 2002 white stradic. I also have my sights on some more Japanese reels..once you use these reels you'll find it hard to buy American ones anymore. There are 3 major branches of the Shimano line..Japan, U.K. & America..from what ive been told they consider it "dishonorable" to put out better quality tackle in any one of the other markets , than they put out in the HOME market of Japan...ive also heard that the lowest quality tackle is aimed at the US market with the UK market being better than ours...yup! If anyone in here really enjoys GREAT tackle and loves shimano stuff, check out the Japanese market..you'd be surprised to see how much better thier stuff is..i have many of the Japanese reels and will agree! If anyone fishes tournys and uses thier tackle a lot and depends on the best there is and is interested in checking out some of these reels...give me a shout and i'll give ya some links. As for new Rods i have a few ordered already, they just released the new St. Croix rods for 2003 with some real nice new rods in thier line up. Other than that its just the same old thing..restock my hooks and pour lots of sinkers.