Report: Bass Open at Smith Lake

Wanted to share a report from the Bass Open on Smith Lake, Alabama. Our final results were not indicative of our practice and how many fish there are to catch there.

We have never fished here before so the information we got was that we will be fishing for spotted bass and the main gear would be of the finesse kind… not our favorite way to fish but we equipped our arsenal with the finest finesse rods that Power Tackle makes: the LPC470-7’,  and for spinning gear, the TVS570-7’4” and the new lighter version, the TVS450-7’3” (coming to website soon).

Beginning practice, we fished finesse most of the first day without much success, so we went back to our preferred style of fishing: jigs, bobble heads and some cranking…success!

Using the new “The One” in 7’6” and in 7’3” we were getting hit on swim jigs, jigs and bobble heads! Nice! Even caught some flipping in flooded timber! When Tim was cranking he picked up the PLM550-7’8”, and even threw a 6” swim bait on this rod!

Of course, as has been the case all this year, first day of tourn was “blessed” by Mother Nature with storms and wind! Tim’s day was a short one and his big fish simply didn’t hit…on the co angler side, my day wasn’t much better, only boating one keeper.

Day two was a different story. Tim had a longer day to fish, stayed true to his style, and the fish came. I caught all largemouth on this day and had a better-than-average day. It was too little too late so the results were not like we wanted but learned a lot.

One of positive from day two: I was forced to fish with a shakeyhead. The PLM470-7’ made it so nice with perfect casting ability. I was able to accurately place my lure right in the juice! Love that rod!

My biggest fish was a #4+. That fish was no problem for this rod! Light and sensitive but surprisingly strong!

Tim put “The One” 7’6” to work and it never failed!

We are so excited about the Pow R Point line of rods. Their light weight, sensitivity and strength make them the kind of equipment you long for when your money is on the line, and they won’t let you down!

On a side note. The new carbon fiber grip. I hadn’t fished with one for any amount our time so I was curious how well I’d like them. Day one was a drencher so we fished wet all day. The new grip never got slick or slimy; it actually helped in the rains. My final takeaway is I don’t want anything else! 

Now that summertime and power fishing time is finally almost here, we are looking forward to getting our hands on another blank we are testing in the same line as “The One” but longer and heavier. Can’t wait to get it here! Stay tuned.



Power Tackle Rods are Fully Customizable

We thought we’d use this page to showcase some of our customized products. Customization is very popular among our repeat customers, and we invite new customers to take advantage of the same wide range of options.

All areas of the rod that can be customized: we can include professionally done company logos, add name labels, and use your specified choice of thread color.

In many cases, we can modify handle lengths. Most like a long handle for making long casts, and some like a shorter handle for close range skipping or flipping. Some people like a specific handle length according to their own size. Our goal is to produce the rod that is best suited to your purpose, so let us know your preference about handle length and we’ll do our best to make it a reality.

We use the drop shot-style hook keeper on our cranking models, but we can add various styles of hook keepers to other models if desired at no extra charge.

You went through the careful thought of selecting the right model for you and picking out your customization options, so you’ll want your finely-crafted rod to last for many years. That’s why we ship every Power Tackle rod with a Rod Armorz rod sleeve for protection during transporting and rough boat rides.

Check out some photos of custom jobs here:

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What Does “Finest Crafstmanship” Mean to Us?

Power Tackle Rods are made with love and care by pro fisherman for pro fisherman. We stand by our claim that our products represent the finest craftsmanship available and every product is backed by our 10-Day Money Back Guarantee.


How do we source our components?

All Power Tackle models have undergone tried and true testing on the lakes for strength, durability, and sensitivity. At the same time, the rods are built for comfort to help anglers through long periods of competitive fishing. We ensure that every component company we deal with is as fanatical about the quality of their products as we are with the building and assembly together of our rods. We believe that the best rod is only as good as its weakest component, so we offer no room for compromise on quality with our suppliers.


How long have we been building rods?

We’ve been building our own rods for quite some time, but have been in business building for others for over 12 years. What started as a project to help our fisherman friends quickly grew into a full-time business, and we’re still growing.


What qualities should anglers look for in a high-dollar rod?

Anglers should pick a manufacturer that never ever compromises on quality, no matter the price of the best components. Our rods use guides that are near indestructible and blanks and seats designed for strength, but which also represent the ultimate in sensitivity. We pride ourselves on second-to-none customer service and ALWAYS encourage new or existing customer to pick up the phone and talk to us. We take the time to listen to your fishing needs and try to suggest and build a rod that you will use for many, many years.


Which Power Tackle Rod is right for you? Check out our offerings today and experience the difference for yourself.


Texas-Made Fishing Rods Through and Through

Power Tackle's texas-made fishing rods win big on the lakes of Texas.
David May with a 10.4 lb bass caught at Texas’ Lake Fork. David was fishing with a Power Tackle PG104.5 7’6″.

Power Tackle Rods aren’t just “Made in America,” they’re “MADE IN TEXAS!”  We put our whole hearts and our love of fishing and this great sport into every one of our Texas-made fishing rods. Texas has a reputation for having the biggest and best, including our world-class bass fishing lakes.  What then goes into real Texas-made fishing rods? For Power Tackle Rods, it’s the professional know-how that comes from fishing all over the state of Texas.

11 years ago, Power Tackle started turning out custom bass rods using the blanks that have evolved over the years.  These rods have been manufactured and tested over the last decade with invaluable guidance from knowledgeable and experienced pros—and, dare we say it—some of the best Texas fishermen ever.

Long-time tournament pros including Tim Reneau, Phil Marks, Keith Combs and Ray Hanselman as well as many other “hammers” have wielded Power Tackle in pursuit of tournament wins across Texas.  We have been evolving in the rod manufacturing business as far back as when Falcon Lake and Lake Amistad were rated as the #1 lakes in the entire country.

As we continue to grow, the #1 lake in the country still remains in Texas: Lake Sam Rayburn!  The Power Tackle wins on these great Texas lakes and many others are very impressive, and represent the realization of our goal as a business: to make great products that withstand the rigors of tournament fishing and the performance demands of the most skilled anglers.

Power Tackle Rods are real Texas-made fishing rods for and by real Texas fishermen!

Each of our products is hand-crafted one at a time with each fisherman it’s destined for in mind.  Power Tackle Rods are fully customizable, from custom thread colors for guide wraps to the inclusion of a company logo or the angler’s name.  We will even cut down a handle to your specified length.


Power Tackle has a New Workshop

Power Tackle recently relocated to a new headquarters in Richland Springs, TX, and we wanted to share some photos of our outfit with you.

These photos show our small work area and assembly stations. Every Power Tackle rod is still built by the owners, which means that every aspect of every rod we sell is handcrafted by pro bass fishermen.

We may not have the largest operation, but our small scale and attention to detail result in products that stand the test of time and bring joy to our customers over and over again.

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