As is our nature, we seek to produce
our own gear and bring better values to our clients. Here's another case
in point. There are a few sources for tools that fit the needs of
fishermen, we are working with what I consider to be the best and most
innovative. They are the same source Okuma and PLine used for their
tools. Like our other CharkBait products, we're not trying to build in
distributor or dealer profit margins - we're the direct source and skip several stages of
middlemen in the supply chain. This means we can improve the quality
offered and the price folks need to pay for our products. We're very
proud to introduce Toro Tamer CharkBait tools.
Plier is available in red and gunmetal anodized finish.
Our CharkJaw Pliers are available in three
styles. We have a standard Multi-Function Cut and Grip model
which is made from aircraft quality machined aluminum. They are made
on a CNC machine for precise tolerances. The cutting jaws can deal
with braided line or mono just fine. They are made from a high
quality Tungston Carbide for long life. The Jaws are
replaceable, and we stock the parts. For the jaws on all our pliers
we use quality STAINLESS STEEL, instead of the carbon steel
which is what's used by PLine and Okuma for their products. The jaws
are replaceable. The tools are anodized for the perfect balance of
hardness, durability and appearance. All tools are spring loaded.
Unique to our Multi-Function pliers, we also have added a non-slip
rubber handle material to provide a comfortable and secure grip. All pliers come with a sheath and
lanyard. Compare this to other products costing $49 and then look
more closely to our upgraded features such as the grips, and the
stainless steel jaws.
Our Multi-Function Crimp, Cut, Grip and Split Ring
Tool (Multi-Plier) is a personal favorite of mine. This tool should be
considered an essential by any angler. It does so many things, and does
them very well. It's of the same design as our standard upgraded pliers,
but use a very innovative set of jaws that cover crimping, swaging,
split rings and provides good grip for extracting hooks or other needs.
Again, these jaws are made from Stainless Steel and the cutters are made
from Tungston Carbide, and you've got the same nice non-slip grips. This
product compares to other pliers costing $49 or more - but I doubt
you'll find the same match of function and materials from any source.
The Multi-Plier is available in both
gunmetal and red anodized finish.
The Power Plier is available in a striking
silver and red anodized finish.
To round out our selection of pliers we
have an upgrade Power Plier. This piece is a bit more meaty, 8" in
length verses 7 to 7 1/2" and it's a bit more robust in design. The
cutting jaws are in-line for added power on this model. The
competing value of this product is darn close to $100 from other
|We also produce a very handy tool for
dealing with Gel Spun PE Line (meaning Spectra, Dyneema and other Super Braided lines). Our Toro Tamer CharkChopper Cutter is made from Stainless Steel, mirror polished
with a treated cutting edge for durability. It's also spring loaded
for easy one handed operation. The jaws are robust, and there is a
safety latch. Also, a soft grip handle is provided for secure use
and comfort. These are a quality product you'd expect to pay $15-18
or so. We're doing a bit better than than that and ours are nicer.
new Fish-N-Grip is the nicest of it's type on the market in our humble
opinion. The Grip is available in red and blue, and offers some
significant advantages verses others which have been on the market prior
to this point. First off, the grip is kinder to the fish. After all, one
reason for owning something like this is to practice catch and release.
That release doesn't do you much good if you've mangled up the fish's
mouth or torn up the lips! (That would be one disadvantage of the Rapala
product). Our Grip-N-Scales are also nicer in quality than any that have
been on the market for under $100, the materials are better and they
function better (that's a direct comparison to the Evolution products
which are inferior in every respect). Our handle material is made from an
excellent tacky rubber, so you have superior security when the piece is in
your hands. The Fish-N_Grips also have a zero adjustment so you can be
sure the scale feature is accurate over time given it's a spring device
(which we prefer for saltwater use verses an electronic digital scale).
Given that we are bringing these to you directly, the value is very much
stronger than any other such device.
One note, these products
have a range of measurement going up to 44 lb. They are not suitable for
weighing fish under 5 lb in my estimation. If you are most concerned about
weight of the smaller catches, then I'd recommend our 25 lb. Drag Scale
which is listed below this model.
Tamer Drag Scales
While we refer to 'em as Drag
Scales, others simply know 'em as a scale. Like other spring scales of
this type, we make use of a tell-tale so you know how high the weight was
when there's no more pressure on the scale - the marker stays at the
maximum setting. What we do differently on both our 25 lb and 50 lb scale
is to provide both weight measurements AND drag measurements for
appropriate line tests. This is the key. I'd like to say it was all my
idea, but its something we learned here through the efforts of another
companies product. However, they went out of business and with that so too
did a very useful feature. We brought that feature back - and it's what
sets this spring scale apart from others. It takes the guesswork out of
the equation for a fellow trying to set their drag properly, and quickly.
And, like our Fish-N-Grip product above, you can "zero" the scale
accurately so it's going to last even when the spring changes over time.
The scales are made from aluminum
with stainless steel. You can use the product for weighing your catch or
setting your drag. However, we made the scales with drag setting in mind.
It's a good quality product, but like anything that may be used in
saltwater, a bit of preventative maintenance will ensure it's long term
|It's easy to set your drag with this scale. There
are markings on both sides of the scale. On the right is the weight,
on the left you'll see two measures one in red, the other blue. Red
is for 25% blue for 33% and the numbers indicate the line test being
fished. So, for 30# line you'll see two optimum drag measurements
indicating the appropriate level for your line test depending upon
your preferences. Again, it is recommended that you set your drag
properly to get the most performance from your reel. Lever drag
reels are wonderful to own, but you are blowing it if you don't set
your drag properly to maximize your reels performance. This scale
helps you accomplish that better than any other on the market, and
the value is better since it's direct from us to you - without
middleman in the supply chain.
CharkBait Fighting Belts
Here's another excellent new product, a
CharkBait exclusive rod belt of superior
design. Our new rod belts are made from
aircraft quality aluminum and feature a
floating gimbal for secure comfort when
fighting a fish - no matter the angle ahead of
you, jigging, far out, or tight to the boat.
Nice design, and great comfort too, since our
fighting belts use a 4"
wide strap for added back support. The large
metal plate and soft foam pad protect the angler
from bruising during a hard battle with larger
grade fish. I used a prototype on our 4 and 8
day charters last year, and frankly loved the
new belt. It's a very nice product, and since
we're directly involved with the production
and import, the value is better than any other
retailer can achieve. If you do some
comparison shopping, you might want to compare
what we are offering to Alutecnos Dolce Vita
belt - ours is more comfortable, has a
supportive back strap, and we are offering it
for a much better value (noting that other
folks sell the Alutecnos for about $140!)
of hard to tell from the picture to the right,
with my wife displaying the belt, but the
gimbal receiver allows the rod to stay secure
whether the rod
is pointing up or out: that's security, and
You would expect this
belt to sell for over $100, not here, and there's no better value
and no better product on the market for
anywhere near that price. Given the integral
supportive belt, this product will fit anglers
with waists up to 40-42" - no more. The
receiver will handle rods with a butt diameter
of up to 1.5" no more.
Our rod belts
are available in Blue, Black, Silver, Gunsmoke and of
course our distinctive Red! And, ours come in
a nice mesh storage bag for safe keeping when
they are not being used. The bag allows for
water evaporation, as well as protection for
the rod belt. The bag and belt have our name
proudly posted, no doubt an advertising
gimmick designed to let folks know where you
got the piece. But, that's one reason the
price is so darn reasonable! Really, if you are
an average sized guy or gal, fishing tackle up
o 60#, I think you are going to love the belt.
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been working with Spectra for a long time, catering to our
long range fishing clientele. Hollow rigging, we've done our
share, and we've also done our part in helping folks learn
the craft with several videos posted on our
YouTube channel, as well. Over the years folks have
asked us to make wind-ons for them, and we've done so but
never posted that as an option available from our on-line
storefront. That's changed, we're now offering custom
wind-on leaders to our clients.
The nice thing about
growing over the years is that we have built a solid staff
of professionals, guys and gals that have some excellent
skills and love to fish. With that growth, we have in-house
expertise in making custom leaders for the most demanding
fishing situations in the world. And, you have more options
in terms of the materials used for your wind-on leaders,
with selections in Fluorocarbon: Seaguar Premier, Seaguar
Blue Label, Momoi, Yo-Zuri, Blackwater and Hi Seas Quatro.
We use Jerry Brown Spectra for our leaders, in 60, 80, 100,
130 and 200 pound tests, the appropriate tests are used
based upon your leader test. Wind-on lengths are a standard
25 feet with fluorocarbon or monofilament lines. We can also
custom make other lengths of mono or fluorocarbon, but
please note the delivery time may be a bit higher.
these are not commercially made wind-ons, they are more
expensive and I'll suggest better made, with more care and
with better materials. They will not fail, and we guarantee
that fact under reasonable use - for larger quality fish. We
also sell the Momoi factory made wind-ons, and these are a
better value in terms of price. But, if you want the best
product made, it is our intent to build it for you as a
We also offer some pre-made more
economical wind-on leaders, made with JB Spectra and Hi Seas Mono or
Quatro multi color Fluorocarbon leader.
Two new items from us, not necessarily
the most creative or revolutionary products we've ever come
up with, but nonetheless they are useful and they are a bit
different than what's available from others.
Our RodWraps are an upgrade from the
StickJackets we've carried for several years. We've made
ours a bit larger in
diameter so that they will accommodate larger saltwater
guides, even larger spinning guides. The StickJackets were
really made for freshwater use, sized accordingly but we
used their spinning models for our application. Now we've
got 'em made our way. We've reinforced the
top with a leatherette end piece and metal grommet which can
be used to hang rods, and we've increased the diameter to
allow your rods, even those using larger AFTCO wind-on
roller guides or larger size spinning guides to fit. The
Wraps are about 5 feet in length, will extend down the rod
into the handle material of most rods. They are not made to
cover the entire rod, only that portion it's designed to
protect - the blank, the finish, the guides.
wraps are all that I've been using now for the past few
years. I like the fact that I can use them for storage
protection, travel protection as well as leave 'em on the
rods on the boat. They are breathable and they don't absorb
moisture. So, they help me protect my rods when they're
bundled up once the fishing is over. On most long range
trips out of San Diego, you move your rods onto the boat and
off the boat all bundled up. They may stay that way
overnight on the boat as well. For a cloth sock, that's no
good. So, you can write off any protection of the rod. With
these things you do get that protection when you need it
most. I even leave them on my rods when I get home. I'll
spray off the rod wraps while still on the rod, loosening
any accumulated saltwater in the process. Then I'll take off
the wraps, clean the rods more thoroughly and allow them to
dry. Use of a cleaner like Penn's Rod and Reel cleaner for
that, and you've got things in great shape for your next
trip and your gear will stay in new condition.
The other product we have for rod
organization are our CharkWraps. These are great for
bundling your rods together for transport or storage. You
can secure up to a half dozen rods with these things. Nice
thing about ours verses some others, they are made from a
softer foam/rubber material so they'll never scratch up your
rods. Unlike some similar products I've seen, we made it a
point to include three different sizes (which makes sense
since you'll use all three at different positions on your
bundled rods from the tip to near the reel seat). So, you
get three straps, all with Velcro through their length to
handle most any size bundle of rods you'll be totting, from
2 to 6 or more rods.
CharkBait Flexible Finger Tape
Our new Flexible Finger
Tape is a surgical grade product, designed to accomplish many things.
It's stretchable, non-absorbent,
self-sticking and long lasting. It will not absorb water and it retains
stretch and adhesion under harsh conditions. We use this tape here at
our shops as a cushion on the reel's spool when loading Spectra. It
provides the line something to dig into, so it's less likely to rotate
on the spool. It's also been used by fishermen for years (though
typically in inferior form) trying to prevent or minimize Spectra cuts
and burns on their thumbs and index fingers while fishing. From our
experience, this is the best product of its type. There are two other
similar products on the market, one from our friends at Izorline,
another from Strikemaster. No knocks against these guys, but our tape is
a heck of a lot better. Ours is thicker, and it has better adhesion.
We've been using and selling this stuff at our shop for years, never
made it available on-line. Well, based upon feedback from folks who have
used it, we're now selling the product. We package the tape, two per
pack. You get one 1 inch by 5 yard AND on two inch by five yard rolls.
Our two pack sells for $4.99. Izorline's single pack goes for $3.50 and
that's for one one inch wide x 5' roll. (Compare 1"x5 yd, verses our
deal 3"x5 yd - three times the Flex Wrap for an extra buck and a half)
The Strikemaster version sells for about $2, and is so much inferior
that it does not warrant discussion. Just like our lures, by cutting out
the middleman, we are able to pass along a significant savings to you.
springs are a very useful item, they help
prevent line damage when your leader or other
line comes in contact with metal. It reduces the
chance of a break-off, simplifies rigging, and
is a basic necessity when rigging up trolling
lures or fishing heavier lines with bait for
larger grade fish. If you are rigging up some
lures, you need 'em. And, if you are heading out
on a long range trip targeting the BIG TUNA,
you'll absolutely need some for use securing
your hooks to your line/leader. A crimp
connection will prove far less bulky and
restrictive than use of the typical heavy San
Diego knot for rigging a hook bait. They have
become a basic long range rigging necessity.
Over the past several years they've become more
and more hard to find. Sevenstrand used to offer
'em, then when they were purchased by Pure
Fishing the product disappeared. That left us
with the old, bulky, plastic type springs which
were a bit of overkill in terms of size and not
as nice to work with. Our springs are made from
stainless steel, for long term durability.
Frankly, I will use these over and over, have
some in my long range bag that I've used for
years now. We sell these 10/pack at $1.99.
CHARKBAIT SPECTRA ADHESIVE!
Here's another GREAT exclusive. In the past
ALL products used as an adhesive for mono/spectra connections have
been two part formulas costing about $25. Two bottles, EXTENDED
drying time, hassles... We learned of another product that
was a one part formula, NO ACTIVATORS REQUIRED. (It
pays to know the right people.)
The new product is FAST DRYING. The CharkBait Adhesive is also
thin, for better penetration through the line. Further, the new
product allows some flex without cracking and flaking-off and it's
designed to work in a marine environment. This is
a major long term benefit. In all ways:
IT'S BETTER, EASIER TO WORK WITH, AND IT'S A
This is not your basic "super-glue," it's a
unique new product that will work in water and retain some
flexibility when used as directed - and that's exactly what you
want for securing PE braided lines. For best long term storage
please keep in the refrigerator or freezer.