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followed us for the past year or so, you've noticed that we
are engaged in production of several of our own exclusive
design products. All have been of good quality and value
since we've eliminated one or two levels of "markup" being
the manufacturer or direct designer and producer ourselves.
As well, the designs typically represent our own experience
with existing products, thoughts of how to do 'em better
based upon our experience or those of our clients.
Check out our new SOFT TAKO...further down
Knife Jig is a piece of fishing art, very nice shape with
broad belly, narrower towards the head with a very durable
finish. The jigs are rigged at the nose with both a split
ring and welded ring. All you need to do is attach a good
quality assist hook, which we naturally offer.
The shapes are
excellent, but so too are the colors. Useful ones that cover
the range you'll need for your fishing under varying
conditions and destinations. We stock this jig in two sizes,
160 and 190 grams (5.64 and 6.7 ounces, and 5" and 6"
This is a weight
rear shape providing a bit faster drop with a little
less flutter than our Knife. It has with excellent flash
on the drop and while jigged.
The shapes are
excellent, but so too are the colors. Useful ones that
cover the range you'll need for your fishing under
varying conditions and destinations. We stock this jig
in four sizes now, with the addition of a 350 gm size.
Lures are available in 100, 150, 250 and 350 gm sizes
(3.5 oz, 5.3 oz, 8.8 oz and 12.35 oz). The lures are rigged with both
split rings and solid rings on the nose. All you need to
do is attach a good quality assist hook and you're set
for some great deep water action.
NEW SIZE -
We've added a heavier 350 gm (12.3 oz) size to the line
up for deep water jigging.
For those who follow
some of the boards, or even search some nameless auction
website, you might find these vaguely familiar, like a
7 Seas jig that has been sold for something like $30
or more. Please do compare what we are offering, and get
'em before their price gets bumped up. They are on an
introductory special! We're trying to get the word
out about what we're doing with our line of lures,
they are a dandy value.
Illuminata has been one of our best selling and best producing lures
since it's introduction in late 2010. We've made some improvements and
added some new flavors for our most recent production. Our Illuminata takes the knife jig
to a different plane by adding even more fish
attraction to the mix. This lure offers a
great shape for vertical jigging, offers a wonderful flutter, and with
the light stick option you get noticed at depths other lures simply
won't. Further for the guys hitting the jigs at night, these have the
ability of turning on a bite like no other lure. These new and well proven lures
have a space in the body where you can add a
small light stick to further attract a bite.
For deep water fishing, this additional
attraction will ensure that your jig gets
noticed, it will make a difference in your
catch rate. The lures have luminescent bellies, but
there's nothing like the green glow of an
internal light stick to really turn on an
otherwise lethargic predator.
Each lure comes
with three long lived light sticks, and we
have additional light sticks available at a
very attractive price. One thing you'll
appreciate, these top quality light sticks
will glow for up to 12 hours time! (And in all
honesty, we've had some glow for two days!) Our Illuminata lures are available in two sizes,
100 and 200 grams (3.5 & 7
Of course the lures are thru-wired for strength and security. They also
have a welded ring attached to a split ring at the nose for easy
rigging. Each lure comes with THREE lightsticks.
Ultimate Assist Hooks New Products
stepped up the designs, and added four more
styles of assist hooks to now provide a VERY
extensive assortment of quality assist hooks
for deep water jigging. Our first assist
hooks used a very good quality Mustad hook.
For our Ultimate series of assists we've
taken things to a different level, and we've
got something no one else has considered
providing anglers. All hooks are rigged on
180# Dynema braid, and supplied 3 rigs per
Our new Assist hooks
use two different versions of hooks both
made by VMC.
The first more traditional design uses their
7262BN super strong tuna hook, a black nickel 4X hook from their
Ultimate Performance series of saltwater
hooks. These are made from Vanadium steel -
25% stronger than carbon steel. It has a
forged short shank, with a needle cone point
which is reversed, offering greater
penetration with less opportunity to cut
it's way out of a fish's mouth. It's a step
up from the Mustad, which is also an
excellent hook. In this style of hook we run
3 sizes, 2/0, 4/0 and 6/0 in both standard
and, for extra attraction, luminescent
form. Both styles are available in long and
short lengths, 5.6 and 8 centimeters (2.2
and 3.15 inches respectively).
second style of hook features VMC's 8382TR
series hooks. These are larger hooks,
running 6/0, 8/0 and 10/0 sizes! This is a
red tin coated Circle Hook, again of forged
design and 3X strength. It's made with
Vanadium steel, reversed cone-cut point to
ensure perfect penetration beyond the barb
of the hook. The red coating provides extra
attraction. So, why a circle? There are a
few reasons, and surprisingly no one else is
providing this style of hook that I'm aware
of. Circle hooks were most commonly used in
the commercial fishing industry. Their great
benefits being that fish are hooked at the
corner of the mouth so there's less chance
of pulling the hook out during an extended
struggle or fight. Fish tend to set the hook
themselves as they move away from the bait
or lure. Rather than a fish "spitting" a
hook, they end up hooking themselves - and
stay on the hook. If the fish grabs
the lure on the upswing of the rod, while
jigging, yes you could indeed pull the hook
away from the fish, but if the fish targets
your lure on the drop, they'll set the hook
themselves and stay hooked even at greater
depths. That's the reason commercial guys
use 'em. There are reasons to run a J style
hook, AND there are reasons to run circles.
That's my opinion, and based upon user
feedback we'll see if my thoughts play out.
I believe that when we are talking tuna
jigging, the benefits of the circles will
make themselves quite apparent. Like the
Black Nickel design mentioned above, these
hooks are available two ways: luminescent
dressed and standard undressed form, and in
both short and long lengths. The "dressed"
hooks are SUPER, and frankly they are so
darn good I'd bet you dollars to donuts that
they'll get bit by themselves, they are that
While ordering please note the hooks are
available in both luminescent "dressed" and
standard form, in two length options.
CharkBait's SOFT Tako
Soft Bodied Octopus
for Jigging and Cast/Retrieve use
here we go again with a unique lure sure to
bring joy to fishermen and fish on the deck!
We're happy to introduce our new Toro Tamer
SOFT TAKO lures just in time for the
summer season. We have these unique lures
produced in four sizes and five color
patterns. The lures are priced right, and they
will offer anglers something that fish haven't
seen much of, but something that's a tasty
treat for all species of fish, OCTOPUS!
How to fish 'em: First
thing, make use of some good scent like
Sauce, Uni-Butter, Pro Cure, Smelly Jelly. All
these things can make a difference in how long
the fish will accept an imitation bait and
they all are effective in this regard.
Consider how an octopus moves, and mimic that
action. There are times an octopus will slowly
creep along the bottom, and there are times
they are fired up and in flight moving pretty
darn quickly to get away from another
predator. So, in reality you can fish these
lures a few different ways. We experimented
fishing them as we would a knife jig
vertically and we also fished 'em as we would
a swim bait, and I have to say we got bit both
ways. If the water was cooler, we found
greater success fishing 'em slow along the
bottom, and that makes sense too. So, please
try different things, vary your presentation
and make use of a good scent or squid strip on
the lure. If you spend the time, you will be
The new lures are
available in some very attractive colors,
Orange, Purple Haze, DEEP Purple, White and
Chartreuse. The come in four weights, 24 gm
(.85 oz), 46 gm (1.6 oz), 85 gm (~3 oz)
110 gm (4 oz) weights, with lengths of 90,
110, 130 and 150 mm.
All lures feature a
double hook arrangement, with both single and
treble hooks rigged for sure hookups.
Got a quick report from one of the guys who
fished 'em the week they arrived. As you can
see, the calico bass inhaled the critter:
Its always a blast
talking to you at the shop John. Here are
those pics of my bass on the orange soft
Tako. Hopefully I will have more to send you
over this weekend. Ill be in later this week
to get some more of these awesome and unique
baits. Thanks again. -Andrew G.
are catching calico bass like crazy guys, well
worth jumping on 'em!
Slash jig can be fished a couple ways, for great
effect. For our long range fishermen, it's a
GREAT wahoo lure. For deepwater enthusiasts it's
a deep water tuna jig with excellent action on
the drop and wind. Having said that, the thing
casts great and we rig it properly with a higher
quality Mustad hook and a ball bearing swivel
(ours even points the right way...) attached
with welded rings. Our colors and finish are top
quality. While it will bring in wahoo when they
are around, don't be afraid to jig it for tuna
and yellowtail. If your fishing trip heads to
Alijos you've got a great wahoo lure, but if it
shifts gears and moves to Cedros fine, you've
got the right lure for yellowtail. If instead
you hit the banks for rockfish, you've still got
an effective lure on your hands. One lure, fits
a few applications, and a few different styles
Our slash bait is
available in FIVE sizes: 80 gm, 2.8 oz, 5" 100 gm, 3.5 oz, 5 1/2"
150 gm, 5.29 oz, 6 1/2" 300 gm, 10.6 oz /180mm, 7" 400 gm, 14.11 oz /200mm, 8"
lure can be fished several ways, cast and
retrieve, vertical yo-yo style jigging,
and speed jigging. There is a very slight
curve to the lure, allowing a bit more
action on the drop and as the lure is
bounced up. It's important to keep a good
contact on the lure if you're fishing
yo-yo style for a couple reasons. First,
you won't know you've been bitten unless
you've got contact with the lure, secondly
the lure can foul itself if you don't
offer some control of its accent or
Based upon client feedback, we've expanded
this series of lures. Now we have two new
LARGE size jigs to add to the assortment.
The new 300 and 400 gram sizes are perfect
for dealing with better grade tuna when
they're holding deep. Of course they'll
also do a number on yellowtail and wahoo
if you need to go down to get 'em. Given
the deeper water application, we've added
our Illuminata feature, the new LARGE size
jigs have a recess for use of a 4.5mm
light stick. Go deep, get noticed and
Jigs for deep water are effective, super
effective lures. Their shape allows for a nice
swim on the drop, and they'll take a wide
range of gamefish - a very wide range. Some
use them to great effect on tuna, yellowtail,
and of course there's no rockfish that won't
jump on 'em, same for ling cod. We've made our
Banana jigs in three finishes, chrome, gold
and luminescent glow, and they're available in
five sizes: 60 gm / 2.1oz /4", 100 gm / 3.5
oz / 5", 200 gm / 7 oz /6", 300 gm / 10.6 oz / 6 1/2",
400 gm /
14.1 ounces / 7".
Compared to similar lures on the
market, we've upgraded the hooks used on our
jigs. We run a single Mustad hook on the
smallest size and 3X Mustad black chrome
trebles on the larger sizes. All hooks are
attached by way of split ring, and we add a
swivel to the nose of the lure to deal with
line twist. Nice lures folks, I'm sure you'll
agree the first time you see 'em and even more
certain once you fish 'em. Given they're our
own production, the pricing is very user
friendly, as well.
For our long range
anglers, or those on the East Coast targeting
larger grade tuna, consider rigging up the
200, 300, or 400 gm size lures with single
hooks of appropriate strength. Certainly the
go-to lure color in this regard, for those
times when the fish are holding deep, is the
luminescent banana, though the chrome or gold
will prove effective in their own right. The lumo is a
personal favorite of mine, however.
We offer single hook rigging as an option
below. This makes a very effective alternative
to a Salas PL68.
On our most recent
production we've discontinued the chrome and
gold colored jigs. These are now available
on closeout. The Lumo models are what we'll
maintain going forward. They've proven very
effective on this side of the sea for folks
targeting a wide range of bottom fish, but
also TUNA, BIG LONG RANGE TUNA. The Lumo
model imitates a squid, and that's something
the fish love to munch when available.
That's probably why we had such a huge
demand for these jigs in the 200 and 300
sizes last fall and summer. On the new production of
the Lumo/Glow Banana Jigs we made a couple
changes to the hook placement, moving the
hooks to the heavy side of the jig for the
300 and 400 gm sizes. This will result in
less tangles on a deeper drop. The image at
the top of this section shows that change in
rigging. For the smaller sizes hook
placement stays put on the lighter side of
the jig allowing for better casting and
- As good as our new lures
are, in all honesty, these lights can make them even more
effective as we have discovered ourselves, and from the
feedback we've received from folks purchasing an Esca
light. They are truly effective, they will make any
deepwater jig more productive, even ours.
ESCA I first came across this product at
ICAST several years ago. I was very much interested, but at that point
there was no way for me to bring the piece into this country. They're
based in Norway, and it would have been a pain in the keester to import
'em. I've been following them ever since, and fishing the sample they
provided me. They also had some growing to do, earn their USA patent...
We are now pleased to be able to offer this unique product to our
clients. The Esca fish attractor utilizes light and electro-magnetic
influences to attract gamefish. It can improve the performance of all
lures, imitates natures own lure lights, and adds life to lures and
bait. While the piece can be used as a lure, it truly shines best by
treating it as an attractor. Our first batch of Esca's will have a
treble hook attached, but in the future the hook will go away. Probably
half or more folks who purchase these devices will discard the hook
anyway and rig them to their own preference based upon specific
are four different styles/types of Esca attractors. The devices emit
either green or blue light, and that light is either a constant fade
or blinking/strobe. They are powered by saltwater itself, and will
work for up to 100 hours of fishing time - no batteries involved.
The best use for the Esca device is to use them as an add-on to your
existing lures. They have proven very successful for folks targeting
swordfish, all types of deeper water rockfish, and most recently
billfish. (They were used in several tournaments last year to great
effect) The Esca replicates the wavelength, intensity and frequency
of light emitted by different types of fish and plankton - the
manufacturer refers to this as the "pulse of life!" They also create
an electromagnetic field that triggers the hunting instincts in
fish. Fish will bite, and bite harder! The Esca will improve the
visibility of your lures and tackle, improving your odds at getting
Esca attractors weigh 7 grams.
They can be used by themselves as a small jig, but they are really
best used together with spinners, jigs, iron, and bait. You can rig
them inside soft bodied squid skirts, inline, with deep diving lures
and with trolling lures.
You-TubeEsca on You-Tube
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