Gear alert

Looking for a fishing rod and reel combo for a young angler? The Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Youth Combo was recently awarded top kids’ rig at the ICAST — International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades — show in Las Vegas. Available in either a spinning or spincast (push button) model, the GX2’s recommended price is $39.95. Widely available beginning September. More at

Dennis Anderson