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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...

 For 2017 - and here now - Penn Slammer, Daiwa Saltist, Accurate Valiant, United Composites US GUSA Series. Coming soon - Avet G2 Series


Okuma Andros Series A 2 Speeds
New Product Introduction - FREE SUPER BRAID SPOOLING!

We've now received Andros 5NII, 5II and 12 AND 16 size reels.  The 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!

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.

At 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 amazing.

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.





Dredge Heads

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 skirted 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.

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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 Glow!

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 - and use!






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New VIOLATOR Series!


ProGear 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 models 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.


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Dual Helix

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.




Buy Description Length Line Test Action Price
Tilefish Jr 7'6" 25-40# Extra Fast $297.00
Predator 7'6" 50-80# Fast $320.00
Monster 8 ft 30-60# Moderate $320.00
Tilefish 8 ft 30-60# Extra Fast $320.00
Wahoo 8 ft 50-80# Moderate $320.00
Predator 8 ft 50-80# Fast $320.00
Monster - store pickup only 9 ft 30-60# Moderate $359.00
Monster - store pickup only 10 ft 30-60# Moderate $375.00

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Avet HX Raptor Three Speeds
New Reels - IN STOCK!

New Three Speed Reels

Avet 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)

Model Gear Ratio Weight Capacity
Max Drag @ strike w/freespool Max Drag @ full Price
Three Speed Lever Drag - with harness lugs
HX Raptor
3 Speed
5.4/ 2.4/ and 1.3:1 29.0 500/80# 40 lbs 50 lbs $589.99
HXW Raptor
3 Speed
5.4/ 2.4/ and 1.3:1 32.0 600/100# 40 lbs 50 lbs $599.99


360 view with magnifier for close up views - must have Flash enabled to view.
Standard width HX 3 speed pictured above.




- Select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra/Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 

FREE Mono Spooling, Braid Optional at FREE and/or Reduced Cost
Select your spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.

Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid OR HOLLOW
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 12 OR 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied with selection above!
- SELECT options above, then if you wish additional yardage make your selection below.
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above


Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above - for line tests under 50# we will make use of multiple nail knots and adhesive for the in-line rigging


Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#)$12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#)$18.00
per 100 yards

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