Some great new
gear was previewed at ICAST 2016, and orders
were placed. Stay tuned, as the new gear arrives
it will be posted here...
2017 - and here now - Penn Slammer, Daiwa
Saltist, Accurate Valiant, United Composites
US GUSA Series. Coming soon - Avet G2 Series
Series A 2 Speeds
- FREE SUPER BRAID SPOOLING!
now received Andros 5NII, 5II and 12 AND 16 size
previous model Andros 2 speeds were superb,
I well know having purchased both the 5 and
5N myself. I fished the crap out of 'em over
the past 2 or 3 years, they were my go to
reels for their line class - fishing these
for 20-40 lb test lines (40-50 lb braid as
backing). The new reels go my own previous
generation reels a few steps better, pricing
dropped, cosmetics in my mind improved,
construction got beefed up a bit, oh, did I
mention the price dropped. The first one I
bought cost $399...the new ones $319! No
buyers remorse here, I love those reels, but
no doubt the new versions are even better.
The first of this new series to arrive were
the 5's, followed shortly after with the 12 and 16 sizes. The 12S -
high speed was delayed...for over a year's time. Finally, all
models are now available!
Andros 12SII IS NOW AVAILABLE!
And, now the 2016 ICAST introduced 12 2 speed NARROW
(only available in high speed S form).
The full Andros lineup for 2017
16, 12, 12N, 5, 5N
Pictured above, new 2017 12II and 12NII
What's New for 2016? Okuma Metaloid
Reels Two New Lefty Options...
and now the 12NII!!
ICAST INTRODUCTION - Here's one we were
very excited about, actually a few more than one. In the Metaloid
Series there are three sizes, 5 narrow, 5 and 12. The 5II and 12II
are now available in lefty form as well as standard right hand
retrieve. The new series offers a rigid 1
piece frame and left sideplate, 6061 T6 Machined aluminum frame and
sideplates. The reels are cold forged (not machined - same process as
the infamous bike makers $500 models...), type 2 anodized. The spools
are made from machined aluminum. They feature a corrosion resistant
coating process as well as the anodizing for dealing with saltwater
corrosion issues. All reels in the series offer 4 ball bearings and
best of all they offer 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gears!.
The drag system benefits from Cal's drag grease and Carbonite drag
washer. All models offer a clicker, and the freespool performance is
simply amazing. The price is very aggressive, definitely puts all
other manufacturers on notice. There's even more to talk about,
handle, arm construction... Bottom line, these are some excellent
reels and their price point, their value, construction (my gosh
helical gears!) simply sets new standards for the fishing reel market.
ICAST 2015 Okuma showed off two new color variations to the Metaloid
line. These are now in stock for the 5II and 12II - the 5NII is not
available in colored form - only black and silver.
Add to all this great stuff one more thing that beats
all other manufacturers: THREE YEAR WARRANTY - FROM A REAL COMPANY
THAT STANDS BEHIND IT'S PRODUCTS.
Several years ago we introduced our clients to the Makaira series of
reels. We were the first one's to discover just how good they were and
we took the time to try to educate folks, to erase old prejudices and
give 'em a try. We were proved very right. We also explained to folks
that Okuma is the sleeping giant in reel production, and to expect
great things from them. They have proven their point, and now they are
entering a new level of dominance with this series of popularly priced reels. No reel manufacturer is anywhere near this aggressive in terms
of value and performance, and three year warranty included...simply
For 2016 Okuma is producing two Metaloid reels in
lefty form, the 5II and the 12II. These are only available in black
& silver - no other color options.
For 2017, ICAST introduction, the
new 12N II speed is a piece we've wanted to see
since we first played with the Metaloid series
reels. The 12N is like an Avet JX in terms of size,
or a Newell 332 for those with a memory. Perfect
size, good line capacity using 50-60# braid as a
backing and fishing the piece as your 40-50# needs
require. For what it's worth, the new reels
came into our stock the day I came back from our
five day Red Rooster charter - 2016. If you watch
the video of that trip you'll see one of the guys,
probably more than one, fishing the smaller Metaloid
5II for bluefin tuna ranging from about 75-100 lbs.
For the 12N, bump that fish weight up a bit, it's a
very capable reel, and now two years after it's
first introduction we can also say it's a reliable
fish catcher that's also a rather incredible value.
12N pictured in black and silver bottom right image.
I got pretty darn excited to find these lures
at ICAST 2016. The Dredge Heads offer fishermen a very productive
lure, made to save a bit of time and improve your productive time
fishing. While most East Coast and Gulf Coast fishermen use
baits with their rigged lures, that style of fishing is rarely used
on the West Coast. Reasons for this include our local live bait
access. There are plenty of fishermen who attract a bite with
trolled lures, but really try to use bait for actual hooking of
targeted fish. Dropping back a mack is common practice for billfish.
Our brothers on the other side of the coast don't rely on bait the
same way, they more often employ a bait within the skirt of a
trolled lure. No doubt the bait gets noticed more by being
and trolled, covers more water, and the targeted gamefish will hit
the bait/lure more aggressively than would be the case if you were
just dragging a skirt around. The Dredge Head makes rigging easy,
helps keep the bait protected, much better for faster speed use, and
adds considerable flash to your offering.
The lures come with three sizes of "sockets"
so you can make use of sardine, mackerel, ballyhoo, etc. They are
easy to rig, just push the plunger through your bait and you're good
to go...don't forget the hook.
Lures come with three sockets to accommodate
different bait sizes.
HYDRO GLOW lights
are the preferred night light for attracting bait,
baitfish, squid, and predatory fish that feed on these
critters. The Hydro Glow lights are the best available for
private boaters, the most recommended fish attracting lights
on the market, and they have been for many years. They are
not the least expensive, but when the full package is
considered, they represent a very worthwhile investment in
fish catching technology. If you are serious about
catching white seabass off the SoCal coast, you need squid.
If you need to "make" squid or other baits, you need a Hydro
There are some benefits with the new lights that
should appeal to a lot of folks. Since they are
basically solid state, they can deal with
natural abuse that's likely to occur on most
boats, they can deal better with some bumping
around that a tube-style light. The lights also
have a proprietary coating on their bright LED's
to help absorb shock and make them waterproof
for use in the water and added durability for
years of hard use. The LED's are also darn
efficient, drawing just 1/2 to 1 amp of juice!
For the private boater, these may be exactly
what you have been wanting to keep on the boat -
is introducing a new update to their reel
line up. The new Violator Series models are
now arriving, the 40 and 50 (and larger 55)
models are at our Huntington Beach shop now.
The 30 and 20 sizes arriving this week.
The second generation of ProGear reels
appear the same to me, except the Kody
Sports label is now gone. So, they are a bit
cleaner in appearance on the sideplate.
I have not gone over the internal changes,
if any. From a feel standpoint, they do seem
a bit more refined, but really the first
generation's machining and feel was spot on
to begin with, new
are simply modestly nicer.
ProGear added a wider version to the
lineup, model 55-2. Pictured above are a
pair of 50's. The other models follow the
previous sizes, same line capacities as with
earlier models. With the V-2 second
generation reels, black has gone away in
favor of blue. So, you have a color choice
of blue OR silver with the new Violator
Series of ProGear reels. Pricing for all
models is $249.
These are the original GUSA designs, dual
helix carbon fiber construction - no 'glass in the mix.
High quality graphite is used in these rods, like the
rest of the UC lineup, but more and no fiberglass used
for these. Hoop strength is created through the dual
helix build, so no compression of the blank when under
load. These are light for their rating verses other
rods, and they are incredibly strong. These are the rods
that built GUSA's reputation for strength and lightness.
In the fall of 2016 United Composites added this series
to their factory wrapped mix as a new series of rods to
complement the Challenger Elite, Swimbait Finatic
and Challenger Platinum series rods. As of this writing
there are only eight different models, old time
favorites being produced. This will expand to include
additional models as time progresses, but what's offered
now are the one's folks have asked to have produced
first (Randy will make the 70H I've requested in
time...dang, that's one of the nicest 30# sticks I ever
fished). The rods are beautifully finished, ALPS dual
lockdown seats, metal gimbals, and metallic blue wraps.
Very nice rods, exceptional is a better way to put it.
Rods are coming into inventory over the
next two weeks, blanks produced and now being wrapped.
Expect delivery to begin 9/26, some models sooner.
has added two new models to their Raptor lineup. Both the HX and HX
Raptor now have a new option, three speeds! Gearing is well thought
out, faster on the top end, powerful in the midrange and a stump
pulling 1/3:1 on the low gear. Raptors represent Avet's best effort,
dual drag, high drag capability, excellent freespool performance for
superior casting, magnetic cast control (on the HX not HXW), harness
lugs, progressive ramp for the lever... Of course, like all Avet
reels the new HX Raptor 3 speeds are made
from machined aluminum, anodized for long term durability, carbon
fiber drag material...
Standard Avets are great reels, the Raptors
take the performance to the next level, and now with three speeds
the versatility increases. The lower low gear will prove a huge
advantage when dealing with a larger fish, and the faster high gear
will improve jigging effectiveness. Reels have just arrived to our
shop, most colors are here now, with some not completed (green,
orange, purple, camo). We have silver, red, blue, black and gunmetal
at present. Gold colored reels have also been completed, will be
arriving later in the week. Reels are in stock now and available for
speedy delivery. (Pictured above HX in blue, HXW in Gunmetal)
Max Drag @
Max Drag @
Three Speed Lever
Drag - with harness lugs
2.4/ and 1.3:1
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Standard width HX 3 speed
and HIGH QUALITY SUPER BRAID SPOOLING -
including spliceable hollow options!
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