Release, Reduce, Rebuild Sticker
The Fisherman Magazine has always been at the forefront of conservation both in print and in our actions, and in October we began the 3R’s of Striped Bass campaign. Defined as RELEASE properly, REDUCE mortality, and REBUILD striped bass, the concept of the 3R’s is something that all of us, regardless of which angling category we fall into, should be able to get behind. Purchase a sticker today and not only do your part to show support for the rebuilding of the striped bass stock, but help to fund additional satellite tags as part of the ongoing efforts in the Northeast Striped Bass Study.
VAN STAAL VR 50B SPINNING REEL
The ultimate gift for the light tackle angler who spends time chasing inshore gamefish like stripers, false albacore and bluefish here in the Northeast, and bonefish, tarpon, permit and redfish during forays down south. New for 2020 is the VR 50B, the B signifying its black finish. Weighing in at just 8.9 ounces, it can easily handle any light tackle, inshore fishing situation you encounter here or wherever your fishing travel takes you. Suggested retail is $489.00.
DAIWA SALTIST BACK BAY LT SPINNING REEL
Here’s the perfect reel for the angler who enjoys using light tackle for gamesters like stripers, blues, weakfish, fluke and false albacore. Ideal for back-bay applications, the Saltist Back Bay LT reel features Daiwa’s HARDBODYZ design, which utilizes an aluminum metal alloy for maximum strength and minimal weight. The Magsealed main shaft uses a magnetic oil that repels intrusion from saltwater, and the machined aluminum alloy DigiGear™ assures smooth performance. Available in 3000 and 4000 sizes and ideal for 8- to 15-pound test braided lines. Retails for $199.99.
G. LOOMIS IMX-PRO BLUE SERIES RODS
The series includes four spinning and six baitcasting high-performance models for inshore and light-duty offshore situations. Featuring G. Loomis’ Multi-Taper Technology, which focuses on weight, balance, sensitivity and action, the IMX-PRO Blue rods deliver exceptionally high strength-to-weight ratios with unique actions designed primarily for Northeast saltwater fisheries. From fluke to tuna, there is a rod in the lineup that will do the job. All feature full cork front and rear grips, Fuji reel seats and Fuji’s new durable Fazlite K-Frame guides designed for use with braided line and corrosion resistance. MSRP ranges from $350 $385.
ST. CROIX AVID SURF SERIES
These new Avid Surf Series rods would be a welcomed addition to any surfcaster’s arsenal. Featuring a new stealthy charcoal finish on a high modulus SC graphite woven blank, Fuji K-Series tangle-free, Alconite guides with Alconite rings and corrosion resistant frames, and a double locking Fuji reel seat, these rods set a new standard for rods in their price range. Comes in seven spinning and three casting models from 7 to 12 feet. Prices range from $250 to $400.
OKUMA ROCKAWAY LONG CAST
Okuma has been slowly becoming a staple in the long-cast spinning surf fishing world, and the new Rockaway is the lightest amongst the family of reels. Built on a 6000-size reel platform, it features a lightweight graphite body, rotor and side plates giving you a truly corrosion-resistant reel for the harsh surf environment and weighed-in at just 17 ounces. With 5 total stainless steel ball bearings and a quick-set anti-reverse, you will have no problem battling from the edge of the water. The 5.3:1 gear ratio brings in 40.9 inches of line per turn of the rigid metal handle, and the spool will hold roughly 375 yards of 12-pound mono or 50-pound braid, and all of this will only set you back a mere $89.95.
LAMIGLAS TRIFLEX INSHORE V2
Building upon the extremely popular Tri-Flex series of rods, Lamiglas packs a load of great features and upgrades into the new Inshore V2 Series. Beginning with the guides, they feature Fuji’s Corrosion Control guide frames for increased corrosion resistance. All rods in the Tri-Flex Inshore V2 series feature CFX Carbon Fiber Composite Grips with a buffed matte finish that is comfortable, easy to grip, and impervious to UV breakdown ensuring years of reliable service. The blanks feature a beautiful matte finish produced by a new, ultra-thin and ultra-sleek blank coating, which not only sheds weight when compared to a standard gloss finish, but also adds an edgy, more modern look and feel. The Lamiglas Tri-Flex Inshore V2 series now includes six conventional and four spinning models in lengths from 6’8” to 7’6” with an MSRP of $299.
MAXEL RAGE LEVER DRAG
If you’re looking for a high-end conventional reel perfect for deep-drop fishing in the larger sizes, or slow-pitch jigging in the smaller reels, then the Maxel Rage Lever Drag is a great fit for you! Each of the 11 different models features high speed/high torque 6.2:1 retrieve ratios, a dual clutch bearing for instant anti-reverse, 9 sealed stainless steel ball bearings, cold forged aluminum spool, carbon drag, which delivers smooth performance even when wet and they are backed by a 1-year limited warranty. On the outside, these reels are more than ready to stand up to the saltwater environment with a heavy-duty anodizing for long-term corrosion protection, and the recessed stainless steel reel seat sits low on the rod providing improved comfort when battling large gamefish. Depending on the model and color (black/gold, purple/black, black/gray and gold/gunmetal), it costs between $485 and $885.
STAR RODS PLASMA II
Star has taken the ever-popular Plasma rod series and given it a fresh look and made some component changes to create the new series, Plasma II. Plasma II rods are still built with two types of multi-directional graphite layers leading to a reinforced graphite butt weave, all held together with Duratech technology and built with Fuji SK2 reel seats and Fuji K-Series Alconite guides. The series includes rods specifically built for inshore spinning with split grips, boat spinning and conventional, stand-up conventional and jigging spinning and conventional for a total of 32 different models to fill all of your angling needs. The MSRP ranges from $199.95 to $329.95.
SHIMANO SPEEDMASTER II
Combining the benefits of speed with a 5.7:1 high gear, and the power from a 3.1:1 low gear, Shimano adds to its two-speed line-up with the new SpeedMaster 12II and 16II lever drag reels. As anglers have gravitated to using thinner diameter, yet heavier pound test braids and still have plenty of spool capacity to battle big fish, Shimano designed the new SpeedMaster II reels to be capable of holding up to 400 yards of 65-test PowerPro on the 12II and 450 yards of 80-pound PowerPro on the SpeedMaster 16II. Both models feature many of Shimano’s industry-standard-setting features as Hagane body for durability and rigidity, S-Compact body design for comfort, Super Free Spool for exceptional castability, CoreProtect to provide water residence to the internals and more. The 12II retails for $249.99, and the $259.99.
TSUNAMI CARBON SHIELD II
With rods that cover everything from inshore fluke spin rods to musky style rods for deep-water tog or live bait stripers to rods that will launch big poppers and spooks for trophy stripers, the Tsunami Carbon Shield II series includes 23 different models to cover just about everything the inshore saltwater angler will encounter. All models feature premium Grade A cork grips, ALPS tangle-free guides, IM7 carbon fiber blanks with D16 Nanotech construction, anodized aluminum reel seats with stainless steel hoods and custom locking rings and choice of two different brilliant blue finishes. Prices range from $109.99 to $169.99 depending on model.
QUANTUM PT RELIANCE ROD & REEL
For a well-priced rod and reel combo that won’t let you down, the new Quantum PT Reliance combo can help you battle with both the fish and the elements. With water tight, fully-sealed and maintenance-free design that shields the reel’s bearings, gears and other critical components, the durable, aluminum-bodied PT Reliance spinning reel pairs nicely with the graphite rod for peak performance on the inshore grounds ($119.99 to $139.99). Keep an eye out for the Quantum PT Reliance reels (and rod/reel combos) in shops this holiday season.
PENN FATHOM II
The Fathom II (FTHII15SDCS) is the new conventional surfcasting reel from PENN, which features a live spindle and external magnetic cast control knob for long distance casting. Metal body and side plates provide durability especially when maxing out the drag at 30 pounds. The main gear is machine cut bronze with a hardened stainless-steel pinion and comes with a system of 6 stainless steel shielded ball bearings and an anti-reverse bearing; Fast Access Side Plate provides easy maintenance at home or on the beach. Retails $249.95.
TONY MAJA MOJO ROD
Tony Maja Bunker spoons used in conjunction with the Tony Maja Bunker Spoon Rod leads to bigger striped bass! With the introduction of the Magic Maja Mojos (up to 24 ounces), striper fishermen have been boating more bass to go with larger fish! Now, just in time for the holidays, Tony has introduced the Tony Maja Custom Mojo Rod designed for the task of magically trolling those mojos for better success. A one-piece, 6-1/2-footer built on a specially designed graphite composite blank, it’s a must add to your striper trolling arsenal at $179.99.
CENTURY F=MA SHORT STICK FLY RODS
For the fly fisherman in your life, Century is now offering their new Graphene infused F=MA Short Stick” in 3 models: 7’6” 1pc #9-11 Hybrid glass/carbon blend; 7’10” 1pc #9-11 full carbon; 7’6” 3pc #6-8 slim diameter full carbon. These true fast action rods work well with both triangle tapers and long belly lines. The short Stick F=MA Fly Rods are capable of shooting an incredible distance. These rods are perfect for boat, kayak, and jetty fishing for everything from bass to albacore, and salmon to tarpon. They feature Titan titanium stripping guides, REC titanium running guides, carbon double locking nut reel seats and super grade cork grip and fighting butt. MSRP of $776.
ACCURATE BV VALIANT
The California-built Boss Valiant (BV-300) by Accurate is super lightweight (9.9 ounces) and comfortable enough to use all day, yet strong enough (25 pounds of drag) to handle the most stubborn inshore and midrange species. The BV-300 offers 6:1 gear ratio and 32 inches of line retrieve with each crank of the handle, but it’s the unique design of the handle matched with the gear ratio of the patented TwinDrag system that provides the ability to crank through the rod almost as if you’re toggling between speeds. Well-priced at $399.
ABU GARCIA BEAST X
Might be tough thinking of just any new reel for that angler who has everything, but a lower profile selection from Abu Garcia could be unique enough for under $200. The Abu Garcia Revo Beast X Baitcasting Reels specialize in big baits and big fish (24 pounds of drag on a Carbon Matrix Hybrid Drag System). The Revo Beast X features X2-Craftic alloy frame and sideplate, complete with Magtrax braking system for highly tunable cast control; it’s a comfortably perfect selection for all-day fluke or sea bass in a low profile package at around $180.
AVET RAPTOR SERIES
Avet Reels is pleased to announce that they are now offering the SXJ 6/4 Raptor through HX Raptor series in a “non MC” model, that is without the Magic Cast Control System. For those who prefer the straight up classic design and function of the American-made Avet without the adjustable magnetic anti-backlash cast control system, the new models are available in right hand silver only as of this holiday season and are $40 less retail than the traditional Avet MC Raptor models.
GRUNDÉNS BUOY X
Grundens, long known as a leader in fishing foul weather gear, recently partnered with Gore-Tex to produce a line of jackets and bibs built with Gore-Tex’s waterproof breathable technology. The flagship products in this line are the new Buoy X Gore-Tex jacket and bib. Utilizing Gore-Tex 3-layer laminate, the 150-denier face fabric is treated with C6 DWR for maximum water beading performance and avoids wet-out that can be created by contamination. The result is the burliest Gore-Tex garments ever produced for the fishing industry. The jacket includes neoprene shingled cuffs and dual zippered storage pockets among other fishing-centric features. The jacket will be available in three colors and retails for $479. The bibs utilize Grundéns famous adjustable suspenders, a Grundéns removable belt, and water diversion system at the front lower closure. Available in two colors, the bibs will retail for $449.
Back by popular demand, Stormr’s most popular colorway, Safety Orange, is back! The Typhoon Jacket was the first product introduced by Stormr back in 2011 and was unlike any other rain jacket on the market when it was developed. Mariners, commercial and recreational fishermen, professional anglers and hunters all recognized the Typhoon Jacket’s benefits and its reputation as the warmest, most comfortable and functional foul weather jacket available. Whether you find yourself working the late-night tides in the surf, inshore reefs and rockpiles or deep-water canyons, this top is a great choice to keep you warm and dry. With an MSRP of $199.95, be sure to check it out at your local Stormr dealer.
WHITE WATER LIFE MONTAUK OUTERWEAR
The Montauk 1/4 zip pullover features soft brushed poly spandex and side venting for a great hand feel and just the right amount of stretch. Great for a harbor walk, out to dinner or a round of golf when a long sleeve top is needed. Embroidered logo on left chest, silicone logo on back neck and lock-in-place zipper. Available in sizes from SM to XXXL in light blue, navy or pale grey. Retails for $64. Check out the complete lineup of White Water Life Outerware and Performance Apparel online.
SIMMS G-4Z PRO STOCKINGFOOT WADERS
Looking for a top of the line wader for that special angler? Simms G-4 and G4Z Pro Stockingfoot Waders are the most durable and technically advanced waders the company has ever manufactured. They feature a 5-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric that bolsters durability and enhances breathability by 25 percent. The Z model includes a YKK® waterproof center-front zipper to make getting in and out of your waders a breeze and providing optimal ventilation. Plush hand-warming pockets will keep your hands fishable in the coldest weather. The MSRP on the G4Z is $849.95. The G4 Pro shares the same features as the G4Z, minus the front zipper. It retails for about $100 less.
XTRATUF LEATHER DECK BOOT
These ankle high, 100 percent waterproof deck boats feature the same XTRATUF non-marking, slip resistant Chevron outsole of other deck boots in their lineup. A 100 percent waterproof breathable membrane and molded EVA insole provide added comfort for long days in the cockpit and on shore. They are lightweight and easy to slip on and off. Available in half sizes in taupe, black or brown. They retail for $125.
NOREAST’R PERFORMANCE HOODIE
The NOREAST’R performance hoodie is made of tightly knitted high performance fabrics and features water repelling technology to keep you dry when the weather takes a turn for the worse. It is lightweight and breathable with ultra-soft fleece lining for added comfort; new pill-resistant design so you won’t get fuzz balls, no matter how hard you fish. A front kangaroo pocket gives you a place to keep your hands warm in between bites; perfect for those early morning trips. Look for the new camo mahi style this holiday season in XS to 3XL ($60).
GILL TRANSIT BACKPACK
GILL’s new Transit Backpack is the perfect accompaniment for beach or boat. Its 25-liter capacity is just the right size for comfortably wearing along banks or stowing inside the bunk, with waterproof tarpaulin fabric offering plenty of protection from the elements. A main compartment features a padded laptop sleeve and a pair of internal zippered pockets. Think of Gill’s Transit Backpack like the ultimate, waterproof fishing organizer for freshwater or salt. MSRP $85.
HUK COLDFRONT ICON X
From the Huk Coldfront family is the new IconX Performance Shirt, terrific as a heavy first or light second layer on those crisp winter mornings, stylish enough to wear while gathered around the fire with family and friends this season. Available in long-sleeve, quarter zip and hoodie ($55/60/65), the hollow core warming fibers trap heat and actively warm the body. Features a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating to repel water and stains, and the four-way stretch will be appreciated following that big, holiday meal as well.
COLUMBIA FORCE XII FLEECE JACKET
Soft, but rugged, lightweight, but warm, this fleece is made with anglers in mind using Omni-Shield, Blood and Guts advanced repellency to keep you dry and the garment clean. Columbia thought of everything when designing this for fishing. Zippered Chest and hand pockets, elastic cuffs, adjustable hood and hem to keep the elements out make it the go to hoody for your fishing adventures.
FITEC EZ-THROW CAST NET
When baits are schooled-up there is just about no better way to fill the livewell than by throwing a cast net, but for many the art of “throwing pancakes” is a difficult one to master. Fear no more as the Fitec EZ Throw takes all the work out of throwing perfect circles, every time thanks to the Accuthrow ring, which is sewn right into the center of the net. This component is thrown like a discus, with the centrifugal force allowing the net to open fully every throw. The EZ-Throw is available in a 4-, 5- and 6-foot-radius net, 3/8-inch mesh and either 1- or 0.75-pound per radius foot for their net’s weight. The MSRP is $34.99 – $44.99 depending on the size of the net.
FRABILL TROPHY HAUL
The Trophy Haul series of nets from Frabill uses cutting-edge technology to bring you the next advancement in fishing nets. A revolutionary handled yoke equalizes pressure to improve balance and remove extra stress. All Trophy Haul nets include conservation netting, Lockdown asymmetrical net design and a MeshGuard hoop, and certain models feature a lighted module for easier nighttime use. The Trophy Haul series comes in multiple hoop sizes and styles including Haul Bear Claw, which is perfect for fishing alone whether on your boat or kayak, the Power Extend, which features a push-button release to increase handle length in one swift action and the Predator for landing the biggest of gamefish. The MSRP ranges from $79.99 – $169.99 depending on model.
Built on the familiar Plano 3600 and 3700 Stowaway footprints, the all-new Edge series takes the concept of tackle storage boxes to the next level. All Edge series feature Duraview crystal-clear lids, revolutionary Rustrictor infused bases, stainless-steel hinge pins, Dri-Loc rubber gaskets, and oversized single-handed latches. The Edge series also features Water Wick—a water-absorbing, rechargeable, desiccant divider—pre-cut vented dividers, and an innovative labeling system. The Edge series comes in 10 different sizes and styles, and ranges in price from $19.99 to $49.99.
UTICA CUTLERY LAKE SLAYER
Utica Cutlery Company has a proud history that dates back to 1910, and they’re still based out of Utica, NY to this day where they have been owned and operated by the same family for three generations making them the oldest continuous same site knife manufacturer in the country. In addition to manufacturing and importing a wide range of pocket, lockback, fixed blade, and liner lock knives, the Lake Slayer series of fixed-blade fillet knives provides a great option for the fisherman. Available in 6-, 7.5- and 9-inch models, all Lake Slayer knives feature 440 stainless steel blades, polypropylene/glass fiber handles with rubber grips and included plastic sheaths. Prices range from $19.99 – $29.99 depending on blade length, or buy all three in a combo set for $75.99.
SKB 7100 TACKLE BOX
For the angler who likes to keep his or her tackle neatly organized, how about the ultimate tackle box? The SKB 7100 features indestructible rotationally molded construction with stainless steel hardware and fasteners. The lid opens 90 degrees or 180 degrees with access through a clear acrylic door. Other features include four storage boxes with dividers, a hanging jig area that can accommodate 40-plus jigs and four rod holders. Its interior measures 20 inches long, 10 inches wide and 15 inches deep. Backed by an unconditional lifetime warranty. Retails for $359.99.
DEXTER RUSSELL SOFGRIP FLEXIBLE FILLET KNIFE
No angler should be without a good fillet knife and the Dexter Russell SOFGRIP Flexible Fillet Knife will take the chore out of filleting and skinning your catch. It’s ultra-sharp out of the package and has just the right amount of flex to glide over bones. The soft rubber grip reduces stress on the hands and wrist, and the blade is manufactured of proprietary DEXSTEEL stain-free high carbon steel. All blades are individually ground and honed. Dexter Russell knives are made in the U.S.A. Prices range from $32 to $37, depending on model.
ENGEL LIVE BAIT DRYBOX/COOLER
Engel has made significant upgrades to their Live Bait Drybox/Coolers; they replaced the standard “hang tray” with an all-new pull net to make bait collection and water change a snap. They also moved the air tube port from the edge of the sidewall up into the lid to allow more of the box capacity to be used while cutting down on overflow splash. Powerful two-speed air pump keeps your insulated Live Bait Drybox/Cooler aerated; plug into your cigarette lighter using 12V adapter to run the pump overnight. Available in 1.75-gallon ($74.99) up to 7.5-gallon ($119.99); live holiday capitones not included!
HUCK PERFORMANCE BUCKET
To say it’s a better mouse trap is an understatement. They thought of every possible short fall of a typical utility bucket and dramatically reinvented the bucket. A HUCK performance bucket is constructed of a proprietary blend of performance polymers known as SpryTech, specially formulated for extreme strength and durability, yet light weight and with uncommon resistance to wear, temperature and chemicals. The walls twice as thick, handle and bulkheads are six times as thick. It’s virtually indestructible and also has unique Grippin’ Feet™ – made by Vibram® which prevent skidding, let you spray underneath and double as handles. Made in the USA.
P-LINE CXX X-TRA STRONG
For the trout fishermen on your list, they’re going to love you for the P-Line CXX X-Tra Strong, particularly moss green favored by salmon and steelhead anglers for the stealthy, translucent color. Tournament anglers and guides prefer CXX because of its abrasion resistance and high strength to diameter ratio; and being a copolymer line it stretches less than mono and allows for better stream presentation in that you can fish a bowed line, almost like fishing a fly. Available in 300-yard spools of 6- to 15-pound test from $9.99 to $10.99.
EAGLE CLAW LAZER SHARP HOOK KIT
Tired of that same old chewy chocolate sampler? Try the Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Saltwater Hook Kit, the sampler preferred by anglers everywhere. Hook kits include circle hooks, Kahle hooks and standard j hooks, some of the very best-selling hooks in the Eagle Claw line. Each Lazer Sharp Saltwater Hook Kit comes with 61 hooks ranging in size from 1/0 to 5/0 and retails for about $11.95. And unlike the cliché box of chocolates, you can try one and put it back, and try again.
GAMAKATSU 3604XX INLINE CIRCLE HOOK
To comply with current and impending angling regulations for species like striped bass, Gamakatsu redesigned and reinforced their most popular circle hook. The new Gamakatsu 3604XX Inline 4X Strong Circle Hook is built for the toughest battles in the deep sea. The straight eye, NS black finish and inline point (not offset) complies with the new rules, but doesn’t reduce the hook’s effectiveness. This is quickly becoming the “go-to” hook for everything from eels to chunk baits and more. Heavy up your rods, reels and line, because the 4X strong circle hook is built to take a beating and come back looking for more. The 3604XX is available in sizes 1/0 through 10/0 and in both standard and bulk packs.
SIONYX’S AURORA SPORT ACTION CAMERA
SiOnyx’s Aurora Sport Action Camera enhances your nighttime awareness with true color night vision that allows you to capture all the excitement in near moonless starlight! Seeing at night in color has its advantages especially if when boating and you need to identify colors of navigational markers and obstructions as Aurora Sport shows what’s in front of you! Being on the wrong side can be the difference between grounding on a sandbar or worse. SiOnyx’s compact color night vision camera also allows you to record video in 720p and capture the night fishing action in a whole new way. At just under 8 ounces and sized to fit comfortably in one hand for easy operation, the SiOnyx Aurora packs a lot of features into a compact package. There’s no other action camera available with the low light sensitivity performance of Aurora at its affordable price point of less than $400 MSRP.
BERKLEY X9 BRAID
Berkley X9 (eight-strand with a core) braid is one of the thinnest braids on the market today; in fact the 20-pound X9 comes in at .007” diameter compared to .009” on some of the other leading braids in the market. A subtle difference for sure, but it can be a difference maker in terms of strength vs. weight required for presentation. Fishing a much thinner line without compromising breaking strength when jigging tautog or bucktailing fluke, that’s a gift worth giving! From 6- to 100-pound test available in dark green, flame green and crystal white.
VMC BLADED HYBRID TREBLE
Hot on the heels of a ‘Best of’ win for the Terminal Tackle category at ICAST 2019, the VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble adds flash and vibration to your favorite lure to help trigger that big bite by attaching a resin-sealed swivel and Willow blade to the base of the hook. Primarily designed for freshwater lures with a black nickel plating and in sizes 2, 4, 6 and 8, inshore saltwater anglers targeting gamefish like striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and speedsters like false albacore and bonito are surely to reap the benefits of this hook/blade combo. Available in packs of two hooks with a retail of $5.99, these hooks are sure to give you an edge over the competition.
FISHBITES BOB’S YOUR UNCLE SCENTED STRIPS
It’s got a crazy name, but considering who is making it, the results will be crazy-good! Bob’s Your Uncle Scented Strips are a new product from a very familiar name: Fishbites. It’s their answer to the now extinct—yet extremely popular—pork rind bait, but with a high-tech, hydrogel twisty-twist. Infused with Fishbites proven flavoring and scent technology, they add needed dimensions to your favorite jig or rig. Made right here in the USA, each package of 8 baits will only set you back $8.99.
Whether you spool a reel, or use it to make pre-tied leaders, no other line can match the strength of Maxima Chameleon. For decades, anglers across the globe have trusted Maxima Chameleon to deliver unparalleled abrasion resistance, knot strength, tensile strength and toughness when the fight’s on, perfect for the northeast saltwater environment. Like its namesake, Chameleon, this line has a unique formulation that enables it to change color hues to match the surrounding water and light conditions. Wherever brute strength is needed or rugged conditions are the norm, Maxima Chameleon excels. Available in 17-yard leader wheels to 3300-yard service spools, and from 1- to 60-pound test.
POWERPRO MOON SHINE
With a special process making it glow when illuminated by a black light, the new PowerPro Moon Shine braid benefits both anglers fishing at night to avoid the summer heat, and the fish they are pursuing. Using Super8Slick V2 braid as its core, you know it’s up to the task when battling large gamefish. Plus the new braid also has applications for other anglers, including any nighttime action when targeting catfish, muskie trolling and surfcasting, and it can be used during the day for those who prefer an easy-to-see high-visibility braid. Moon Shine is available in 8- to 80-pound test and in 150- and 300-yard spools with and MSRP starting at just $20.99.
SPRO PRIME MINI SNAP
Small, compact, “paperclip-style” snaps have become all the rage in recent years with many companies slapping their name on a generic shape that has become the standard design. When Spro set out to make their own clip several years ago, they sought to provide an improved shape, and that’s just what they’ve done with the Spro Prime Mini Snap. Available in three sizes (0=10#, 1=15#, 2=20#, 4=30#), this is the perfect snap for everything from freshwater to light saltwater. Small enough to blend right into the lure yet strong enough to withstand the saltwater environment, the Prime Mini Snap will likely become a staple to false albacore fishermen, among others, in short order. Packages of 6 pieces retail for just $4.35.
SUFIX 832 ADVANCED SUPERLINE
In a market that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds each day, Sufix 832 Advanced Superline is the strongest, most durable small diameter braid on the market. R8 Precision Braiding and fiber technology provides superior strength, roundness and line consistency. 832 Advanced Superline is comprised of 8 fibers and 32 weaves (pics) per inch. GORE Performance Fibers improve abrasion resistance, increase casting distance and accuracy, and reduce line vibration. HMPE fibers provide high strength and sensitivity, hydrophobic water-repellent protection and small diameter. Whether you fish freshwater or salt, cast spinning or conventional gear, Suffix 832 Advanced Superline is the perfect choice. Available in six colors (camo, ghost, hi-vis yellow, lo-vis green, neon lime and coastal camo), 6- to 80-pound test, and spools from 150 to 3500 yards.
SEAGUAR SMACKDOWN FLASH GREEN BRAID
Here’s a line that any angler looking for a quality braided line will appreciate finding in his or her stocking. Seaguar Smackdown Flash Green Braid is super thin compared to other lines in its class and is the perfect for situations where you must rely on your line for bite recognition. Its blend of eight individual fibers features a tight weave and rounded surface that allows for longer casts and less drag in the water. Available from 10- to 30-pound test in 150-yard spools. Retails for $22 to $26.
AFW MIGHTY-MINI SNAP/SWIVELS
If you are looking for stocking stuffers, how about dropping a couple of packs of American Fishing Wire Mighty-Mini swivels or snap swivels into the stocking. They are made from 100 percent stainless steel and are three times stronger than snaps and swivels of similar size. That makes them less visible to wary gamefish, yet powerful enough to withstand the toughest battles. Packs of swivels range from $4 to $15 for packs of 5 and 50. Packs of size 3 snap swivels range from $4 to $21 for packs of 4 and 50.
OWNER INLINE CIRCLE HOOKS
Circle hooks are becoming mandatory in many tournaments and for species such as striped bass. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently voted to make circle hooks mandatory when bait fishing for striped bass by 2021. Owner’s series of inline circle hooks addresses all of these requirements. Their 5114T Tournament Mutu Light, 5179 SSW In-line Circle and 5174 Tournament Mutu all feature a super sharp hangnail point and a corrosion resistant black chrome finish. Available in sizes up to 9/0. Prices range from $4 to $7 for small packs.
MUSTAD DEMON WIDE GAP CIRCLE HOOKS
Circle hooks will likely be mandated for bait fishing for striped bass in the very near future so now is the time to be gearing up for these regulatory changes. Mustad’s Demon Wide Gap Inline Circle Hooks (39948NP-BN) allow for better hook sets due to the wider space between the hook’s Opti-Angle needle point and the shank. These hooks are chemically sharpened for easy penetration and solid hookups. They feature a black nickel finish and come in sizes 3/0 to 10/0 in packs ranging from 4 to 25. Price varies according to size. A 25 pack of 7/0s retails for about $16.
Outside the Tackle Box
OLD TOWN TOPWATER 120 PDL
Launched earlier this year, the Old Town Topwater 120 PDL is a total fishing package in a compact, nimble format and is equally at home for the experienced kayak angler as it is for one new to the sport. Building upon the extremely popular Topwater 106 PDL, this 12-foot version expands the fishing options both fresh and salt and takes it to another level. Designed for an unmatched kayak fishing experience, the Topwater 120 PDL comes equipped with the award-winning PDL Drive system. Maintenance-free and saltwater-ready, the PDL Drive system provides anglers hands-free control with the ability to pedal forward and reverse instantly. Thoughtful on-board tackle and rod storage, three flush mount rodholders, a universal transducer mount, built-in paddle storage, and a non-slip EVA foam deck ensure big fishing performance in a compact package. Get into this kayak fishing machine for just $2,149.99.
LOWRANCE HALO20+ AND HALO20
For the boating angler that has just about everything but radar, the new HALO20+ and HALO20 radars from Lowrance are affordable, compact, pulse compression radome units that are perfectly designed for smaller fishing boats. Both provide excellent detection with unrivalled short-range performance, while HALO20+ features the fastest RPM rotation on the market, VelocityTrack™, Dual Range operation and can detect targets from a greater distance than HALO20 and delivers a full 360-degree sweep every second. The HALO20 is the perfect radar solution for more budget-conscious buyers with smaller fishing boats. The HALO20+ is priced at $2,199, the HALO20 at $1,699.
SEA EAGLE® FISHSUP 126
For the angler who likes to think outside the box, the inflatable Sea Eagle FishSUP™ 126 will elevate his or her fishing to a whole new level. This incredibly stable, bow to stern tapered, swallowtail inflatable stand up paddleboard provides a stealthy approach into waters that boats cannot go, providing that extra edge over other anglers. Designed specifically for fishermen, the removable transom gives you the ability to run it with an electric motor. Measuring 12 feet, 6 inches, it deflates to an easily portable 9x19x52 inches. Starts at $799.
FURUNO FM4800 & FM4850 VHF RADIOS
Furuno’s multi-function FM4800 and 4850 are the perfect gift for any boating angler. They feature a built-in Class D DSC, GPS receiver, AIS receiver, and simplified loudhailer with intercom, making them “multi-tool” electronics that offer a host of useful features. The FM4800 and 4850 are 25W VHFs with built-in DSC and GPS receivers that can be used as a backup source of GPS positioning for other onboard electronics when shared via a network link. These Furuno VHFs boast an IP68 waterproof standard, the highest rating for this class of marine electronics. Go to Furuno’s website to see the many features of these compact units.
HUMMINBIRD HELIX G-3 / G3-N
Want to help your loved one catch more fish next season? The HELIX G3/G3N family consists of five screen sizes (7-inch, new 8-inch, 9-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch), with each size offering three CHIRPing sonar model options – GPS 2D sonar, MEGA Down Imaging®, and MEGA Side Imaging+. All models allow users to download software updates via Bluetooth when available and come with a manufacturer’s warranty. The new units are compatible with Humminbird LakeMaster® charts, SmartStrike™ and Navionics® + and HotMaps TM Platinum+. Prices range from $500 to $1,999 depending on unit.
FUJI SLIM SIC GUNMETAL GUIDES
For those planning on building that new rod this winter, Fuji Slim SiC Gunmetal Guides feature a slimmer SiC ring, Corrosion Control and Gunmetal finish. The Gunmetal’s satin sheen sets it apart from the Gunsmoke finish. The new, slimmer SiC ring provides about 10 percent more inside diameter and a tiny bit less weight, and the finished rods will rival any for a high-end look that’s both corrosion resistant and has one of Fuji’s best rings, all at about the same price as the original Gunsmoke/SiC. The silvery sheen of Slim SiC combined with the satin finish of the Gunmetal color allows for a lot of attractive winding options.
GLOBAL FISH MOUNTS STRIPER MOUNT
So you got that 50-inch striper this year but opted to let her go and let her grow; you deserve some recognition for that! Global Fish Mounts can provide a realistic fish mount of a striped bass from 22 inches ($225) on up to that trophy catch of 50 inches ($497.50). With a fired enamel glass eye, your friends will be staring down that fish of a lifetime in the living room for years to come while hearing you spin the yarn of the big that got away only because you chose to set her free.
HOBIE MIRAGE PASSPORT 12
Building on the wildly successful launch of the Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 earlier this year, Hobie is proud to introduce the new Mirage Passport 12 for 2020, a longer, larger and more fishing-centric Passport. Powered by the original MirageDrive Classic with ST Fins, this highly manageable 12-foot pedal kayak takes kayak anglers where they need to go. MirageDrive performance for hands-free propulsion, with Rudder Control providing fingertip steering that easily deploys and stows. The new Hobie Mirage Passport 12 is available now at Hobie authorized dealers at an introductory MSRP of $1,599 (excluding taxes and shipping).
MUD HOLE MHX SURF ROD KIT
For the “do-it-yourselfer” (or DIY guy to be), Mud Hole Tackle offers a variety of saltwater rod building kits to handle whatever our local waters throw our way. Consider for example Mud Hole’s MHX Surf Rod kits ($196 to $206) which come with high intermediate modulus blanks from 9 to 10 feet in length (two-piece) and precision components, including typhoon ring lock guides by American Tackle and Fuji graphite reel seats. Cork tape, EVA foam grips and a black vinyl butt cap round out the handle. Every kit includes how-to DVD (though thread, epoxy and tools are extra).
MINN KOTA MICRO-REMOTE
Minn Kota’s i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link give users full command of their trolling motor. There are times when an angler wants simplified, compact control, which is when the waterproof and lightweight Micro-Remote comes in handy for popular functions such as speed, steering, Spot-Lock and Advanced AutoPilot uses. Minn Kota’s i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link can learn multiple remotes, so both the standard remote and $99.99 Micro Remote can be used together should both captain and crew wanted tandem access.
SAVAGE GEAR 3D SWIM SQUID
To produce the 3D Swim Squid, the crew at Savage Gear scanned a fresh squid on a computer and made the patterns from it producing a level of realism and likeness unmatched on the market today. But these lures have more than just a fancy exterior, the guts are built strong to withstand vicious strikes and lengthy battles from huge predatory fish. The 3D Swim Squid is not only a dead-ringer for the real thing, it can be rigged to swim in two different directions with line ties at each end of the body to simulate different actions. The lure is available in four different sizes and six colors to cover everything from fluke to tuna, and to match your local squid. The 3D Swim Squid retails from $13.99 to $19.99 depending on size.
RAPALA SKITTER V
Is there any more exciting a way to catch a fish than with a topwater lure? We think not and the Rapala Skitter V is a new take on the classic walk-the-dog style lure. This topwater bait features an exclusive design that radically alters the action of the lure with a V-hull body design combined with tail-weighted balance. This allows the lure to cut quickly with the snap of the rod, ending with a soft, long glide on slack line. Sure to drive that false albacore or striped bass just as crazy as it will a pike or largemouth bass, both the 4-inch ($10.49) and the 5.25-inch ($11.49) sizes are available in a dozen fishy and eye-catching colors.
FISH LAB MAD EEL
Fish Lab Tackle is fast becoming known for high quality baits and their lifelike swimming actions. With the introduction of their Mad Eel line of soft plastic swimbaits at this summer’s ICAST Show, they have added to their growing reputation in a big way. Available in three sizes, 7, 7-1/2 and 8 inches, the Mad Eel is a search bait that can be jigged or cast, and the heavyweight heads allow them to get down deep where gamefish do most of their feeding, even in heavy current. They are the perfect choice when bluefin tuna or striped bass are feeding on sand eels. Packaged with one head and two bodies, Mad Eel baits retail from $9.99 to $13.99.
YO-ZURI 3D INSHORE TWITCH BAIT
If you are looking for a hard bait to match forage fish like peanut bunker, you need look no further than YO-ZURI’s 3D Inshore Twitch Bait. Four different sizes of the 3D Twitch Bait allow you to effectively work that 1- to 3-foot zone. More importantly, the deep-bodied shape closely mirrors the shape of peanut bunker, and those four sizes, ranging from 2-3/4 inches to 5-1/4 inches make it easy to match the hatch. The 3D Inshore Twitch Bait is a slow sinking lipless hard bait featuring Yo-Zuri’s patented 3D prism finish with an internal hologram sheet and a durable ABS Resin body. Available in fourteen real life color patterns. Retails for $8.99.
OCEAN BORN LURES – BAND OF ANGLERS
Here are a couple of plugs that would be a great addition to any angler’s stocking who likes to cast for stripers, blues or tuna. Band of Anglers is led by world famous angler and lure designer Patrick Sebile, and his Ocean Born line of lures are designed to survive tough battles with ocean going gamefish. The Flying Popper with its unique ribbed underbelly measures 5-1/2 inches and is available in 2-ounce Floating, 2-3/4-ounce Sinking and a 4-ounce Super Long Distance. The Flying Pencil is 6-1/3 inches and available in a 2-1/2 ounce Floater, 3-ounce Sinking and a Super Long Distance 4-1/2-ounce model. Prices range from $17 to $22.
BERKLEY FUSION 19 SWIMBAIT JIGHEADS
Berkley Fusion 19 just added a new series of undressed jigheads to their existing lineup of flat bottom bucktails. Like the Berkley Bucktail, the Fusion 19 Swimbait Jig Head offers a flat bottom for that realistic look while the jig is at rest. Available in several colors and weights to 1 ounce, they boast a stainless barb protruding from a leaded collar to keep Gulp and other plastics in their place. When the barb and leaded collar is manually cut off, toggers have found the Berkley Fusion 19 jighead leans forward yielding keeping more of the hook out of the rocks while increasing hook up ratios. Retails for $5.99-$6.99.
Costa’s most advanced performance frame to date, Diego (starting at $199) frames feature vented spring hinge system to maximize airflow and enhance fit, while the innovative sweat management channels ensure all day comfort. With capability poured into every detail, it’s the next evolution of performance. For ladies, the WaterWoman (starting at $189) offers a medium fit with angled temples and seamlessly integrated Hydrolite accents. Available in four new frame colors – matte shadow tortoise, shiny palm tortoise, shiny wahoo and shiny blond crystal – the new frame style offers elegance coupled with performance for days on the water.
UNSINKABLE POLARIZED – VAPOR 3.0
A set of polarized sunglasses that will practically last forever? Now that’s a great gift in the $99- to $159-range from the folks at Unsinkable Polarized. Made from a proprietary material called VaporLite, Unsinkable Polarized sunglasses are 20% lighter, which allows them to float; if they do float away or the dog eats it, Unsinkable Polarized also offers a one-time loss replacement! Try the Vapor 3.0, a super comfortable wrap-around available with Core polarized lens ($99) or higher end Blue Mirror ($159) built in multiple layers for more saturated color acuity and impact resistance.