Welcome To MiStinger Fishing

MiStinger Fishing is your go to source for fishing related information. 

We strive to provide the most in-depth reviews and guides on reels, rods, lines, lures tackle, and so much more. 

You’re getting real reviews and expert guides straight from the pros.

MiStinger Fishing strive to make your game better!

Hey there, my name is Sean – MiStinger Fishing is my site. I’m located here in the US but I’ve been fortunate enough to catch bass in the UK, barracuda in Australia, trout here at home and carp on the Danube delta. 

If I’m not fishing, or talking about fishing, then….I’m probably asleep or watching fishing competitions on TV.


You just can't match seeing your float bob about on a summers dawn morning, with the mist coming in off the lake as all of the wildlife wakes around you - this is actually what I would call heaven! Whether you're looking for a baitcasting reel as a beginner (or a cheap one under $100) or you're looking to catch a big tough musky (which requires a gear that can handle them) we have all in depth guides on specific reels (including crankbait reels) covered so you can have confidence your reel meets your fishing need. You may also be on the look out for a trout spinning reel too.

For a lot of us float fishing was the first way we caught a fish, it certainly was for me anyway. And for those of you who like float fishing (or even for the match fishing enthusiasts), we've pulled together a comprehensive list of the best float fishing reels and fly fishing reels available on the market today. One of my favourite reels is the Daiwa Spinning Reel. If you're looking for a Shimano spinning reel thought, we also have you covered. Looking for more of a spincast reel? Yup, got you there too! Need something for Bass? You guessed it - we have a guide all around the best spinning reels for bass fishing. Need something for catfishing? How about a catfishing reel.

Don't be fooled into thinking the best reel for you has to cost you the earth. There are some absolute gems in our review articles, especially these spinning reels (and these spinning reels under $50), that really won't cost you a fortune! Here you can take a look at an absolute classic that is still a big favorite among the fishing fraternity. 

Did we mention that we love saltwater fishing? WE DO! But it's important to have a great saltwater spinning reel to ensure you can enjoy it to the max. If you're looking for more traditional sea fishing reels, then we have a great article covering surf fishing reels - we also cover surf rod and reel combos too.

If you're looking for a challange, then you should check out Bow Fishing! It's incredible! But you'll need a special bowfishing reel first. Another challenging fish is tune - and you'll need a tuna fishing reel.


If you're looking for a new fishing rod you're in the right place. A fishing rod is a long, flexible rod used by us fishermen to catch fish. In the simplest form, a fishing rod is a basic stick or pole attached to a line ending in a hook - previously known as an angle, hence the term angling! Fun fact for you there.

The length of a rod can vary between 2 and 20 feet or between 0.5 and 6 m. To attract the fish, bait or lures are impaled on one or more hooks attached to the line. The line is generally stored on a reel which reduces tangles and assists in landing a fish. 

There are also different rods for different types of fishing. These can include:

Historically rods are manufactured from bamboo, while modern rods are usually made from fibreglass or carbon fibre. The modern material makes rods much lighter in weight. Fishing rods are used in both recreational fishing and competitive casting (including travel finishing rods.)

Rods can come in many sizes, actions, lengths and configurations, all of which is dictated by what size of fish you are looking to use it to catch - small, medium or large. Right down to ultralight spinning or swimbait rods.  Or what type of water fresh or salt water environments. But whatever rod you're looking for we have you covered with our in depth posts here at mistinger.com. Oh and before you leave, check out our Tenkara Rods post.


fishing apparel

Apparel! We know that when you're fishing you need to stay warm, keep try and generally be comfortable!

We know.. we have been there! Based on this we have reviewed and rated a ton of different fishing apparel items. Some of our top picks are below:


fishing accessories

Accessories! Ok there are literally hundreds - maybe thousands of different fishing accessories on the market. 

Everything from fishing lines, to pliers, to scales and even fish finders!

We have pretty much used them all (well a good chunk of them). Based on this, here are some of our top picks below:

  • best braided fishing lines
  • best wading boots
  • best fishing pliers
  • best rain gear for fishing
  • best gifts for fishermen
  • best fish finders
  • best fish finders under 200
  • best fish scales
  • best fluorocarbon fishing lines
  • best fishing line for spinning reels
  • best fishing hooks
  • best crab traps
  • best fishing drone
  • best side imaging fish finders
  • best fish finders under 300
  • best fishing headlamps
  • best fishing coolers
  • best fishing watches
  • best fishing bobbers
  • best cast nets
  • best bass fishing line
  • best fishing rod holders
  • best wading staff
  • best fishing carts
  • best underwater fishing lights
  • best fishing chairs
  • best fly fishing lines
  • best trolling motors


fishing lures

Lures! What's the point going fishing to just sit there without catching anything.

Key to this is having the right type of lure. How do we know? Because we have spent countless hours both at sea and on the side of rivers fishing.

Based on this, we feel qualified to bring you some of our favourite lure reviews below:


ice fishing

Ice Fishing! Some love it, some hate it! But what you can't argue with - you need some special gear to tackle it. 

We have spend many great trips in the ice - have have caught some monster fish! We love it!

Here are a few of our top pick ice fishing gear reviews: