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#1 
Okuma

Coronado CDX Spinning Reels
2018 New Models!
#2  
Accurate
NEW Valiant 500N & 500
single and two speed
 
New Models!
#3    
Okuma

Makaira Spinning Reels
New Models - Free Rigging!
#4  
Seigler
NEW Name, same reels, and that's great!
 
New Models!
#5
Ahi Assassin

Boat Rods -
Nano Helix

Specially Priced!
#6
Offshore Explorer

Packs a punch at only 24 Inches!

Save $40!
#7
Grander

Dredge Heads
Troll'n for Success!
#8
Ahi
Cedar Plugs
New ICAST Introduction!
#9  
Zuker

Trolling Lures
Tuna Trollers!
#10  
HiSeas

Quattro Fluorocarbon Leader
Quality meets Value!

7/16/2017
Made it back from ICAST, and was happily surprised to see a new series of Okuma reels waiting for me. First off, the new Coronado CDX baitfeeders arrived (2 of the 4 models). Here's a wonderful $200+ reel you can grab for about half that price, it's worth 2 bills and once you play with one you'll agree. While Penn was introducing pink handles on a "new" spinning reel series, Okuma came out with some good gear for everyone...ah, but that's another story.  There were indeed some highlights from the show, I posted info on the CharkBoard which may be of interest to you. (Click to see ICAST Intros). I listed the new cedar plugs from Ahi last week but this week we'll receive the additional flavors which are quite unique and will be VERY well received, no doubt. I'm just waiting on images, so I'll do an update to this page next week to show off the new goods as they arrive.  We also received a good shot of Seiglers while I was away. Overall, wonderful show and I felt like a kid in a candy store. There were some concerning undercurrents prevalent at the show, which deserve to be shared. I'll do so, but give me a bit of time to stew and play catch up... 

Next week I'll be hanging out at our San Diego shop for a few days. One of our HB managers and the SD shop manager will both be on a Red Rooster charter this week.

Thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials!  

Great Stuff,
Mark Smith

(The Weekly Specials are updated (surprise!) Weekly! Usually its a Sunday Morning exercise, but...
things can change with little or no warning as a result of local fishing conditions,
or wife's directive.)


FREE Fed Ex GROUND SHIPPING*
* for orders over $150 (one package, MOST rods carry a surcharge of $15-20) within USA.  AK and HI via USPS included so long as your order can fit in a standard size flat rate box - otherwise there will be a charge).  Oversize items, like lobster nets, rods and International orders will carry a shipping charge which we'll quote you prior to actual billing.

*Standard Size and Weight Orders over $150 are shipped FREE!  Orders less than $150 are billed for shipping. Rods & Blanks, given their extra length, will have an added cost of up to $20 - this is a change for 2015 due to increased shipping charges from FedEx and UPS, packaging costs also increased this year for longer boxes. Upon placing your order you'll receive an immediate confirmation via email. You are not billed at that time, the confirming email may not reflect oversize or overweight charges or other issues requiring direct contact. We process orders manually, preferring to have a human actually check things over and contact you should there be questions. Within 24 hours of placing your order you will receive a follow-up email confirmation and final  invoice (pdf doc) reflecting your total charges (Monday-Friday). You are not billed until we actually send you your final invoice.  Orders shipped to CA addresses will have California Sales Taxes applied, out of state orders are tax free. During the ordering process you can select expedited shipping if required. The Free Shipping offer applies to ONE standard size/weight box going to ONE address. Orders requiring more than one box will have additional shipping fees for the second box. *(One standard sized and weight box, within USA. If the order requires multiple shipping cartons then there will be increased shipping costs. Within the USA we usually ship via Federal Express ground. International, and oversize/weight items will be billed for shipping and you will be sent an emailed invoice reflecting total charges prior to actual billing. We will not ship without you having had a chance to review the invoice). Hawaii and Alaska shipping will be accomplished using USPS Priority service, and our standard shipping cost policy will apply unless the item ordered does not fit in their standard size boxes. If additional shipping fees are required we will contact you).


Special #1

Okuma CORONADO CDX
2018 Introduction
- Here Now!
 

First time I saw this reel, felt it, I was thinking $200-300. I was very wrong, Okuma is aggressive in building their share of the sportfishing reel business. These new reels are a bargain, but I'll hold off on the particulars for a bit as we go over what's so darn trick about these new reels.

Cosmetically, the new Coronado follows the design theme of Okuma's best - their Makaira spinning reels. They are indeed nice looking reels but the beauty is more than skin deep. These are bait feeder design reels, the Azores offer non-baitfeeding type operation with some similar benefits as the Coronado. So, skip down to the Azores if this feature does nothing for you. But, if you want the bait operation benefit of a baitfeeder, this is the piece for you.

FEATURES:

  • On/Off auto trip bait feeding system

  • DFD - precision dual force drag system

  • Carbonite drag washers

  • Heavy duty brass DFD and spool shaft stabilizer

  • 4HPB + 1 RB corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings

  • Quick-set anti-reverse bearing - zero back play in handle

  • CRC corrosion-resistant coating process

  • Machined aluminum screw in handle system

  • Slow oscillation system for improved line lay

  • Corrosion resistant graphite body and rotor

  • CFR - cyclonic flow rotor technology

  • Hydro Block water tight drag seal

  • Machined aluminum 2 tone anodized spool with LCS lip

  • Heavy duty solid aluminum bait wire

  • RESII - computer balanced rotor equalizing system

  • 1 year warranty

Okuma's baitfeeding syhstem allows anglers to disengage their spinning reel spool and allow bait to run freely. The baitfeeding system incorporates a secondary micro-adjustable drag system at the rear of the reel to allow for precise adjustment of the spool for bait control. In order to disengage this system, simply turn the handle. The on/off lever on the rear of the reel will automatically disengage the baitfeeding system so you can fight your fish with the main drag system. Pretty clever I'd say. The drag adjustment is also located at the rear of the reel. Check the 3D image to see those details.  Operation of the reel is direct, simple, ergonomic and very functionally laid out for intuitive use at a high performance level. No doubt these are very nice reels to own, and no doubt they are not Makairas which cost many multiples of the price of the Coronado CDX. But, make no mistake, these are very capable reels with performance well above what other manufacturers offer anywhere near their price.

Model Gear Ratio Bearings Weight
in ounces
Line Retrieve
per crank
Max Drag Mono Capacity Braid Capacity Price
CDX-55 4.4:1 4HPB*1RB 19.4 32.5" 28 lbs 325yds/12# 350/30* $99.99
CDX-60 4.4:1 4HPB-1RB 19.8 34.1" 26.9 385/12 290/50* $99.99
CDX-65 4.9:1 4HPB-1RB 29.0 41.7" 33.7 320/20 315/60-65 $119.99
CDX-80 4.9:1 4HPB-1RB 30.1 45.4" 37.5 300+/30 390/60-65 $119.99

* should be close on the numbers for the 55/60, have not received or spooled up the two smaller sizes yet...the 65/80 are here first.

 

Qty:   
FREE Mono Spooling, Braid Optional at 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 MFG/Type
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Mono Test for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Rigging Style
Casting - mono on top, Bottom fishing Spectra top, select hollow rigging here if required.
300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied as option
- SELECT above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional In-Line  Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds Toro Tamer 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards $18.00
per 100 yards

 


Special #2
ACURATE Valiant
-New Micro Reels with Mega POWER!

ICAST Introduction - 600/600N/600NN sizes coming soon...

Accurate's newest fishing reel is the Valiant, a very interesting micro small model with mega power. Overseas Micro-Jigging has become a popular method for catching fish. Small jigs, fished vertically on rods with VERY light action can produce a catch when other methods won't do squat. In areas that have been "fished out" folks are catching fish they'd have missed without this method employed. Whether or not that's a positive step in overfished waters is not the point, the method is important and useful even in abundant waters, and the innovations in fishing technology used can be applied to different applications. In Mico-Jigging the fisherman works very small jigs, similar to how one should fish knife jigs (and similar iron) on parabolic rods matched to the jig weight for best action. Then, once hooked up the angler points the rod directly at the fish and uses the reel's power to crank in the fish. There's a certain amount of finesse and a certain measure of raw power employed in fishing this method. All the stress of the fight is handled by the reel, not the rod. Here, rather than Asia, micro-jigging may not become the rage, however the concept of taking larger fish on smaller gear is something we have all learned to love, and no doubt Accurate wrote the book on that pursuit.  Taking that style of fishing, dropping down to much lighter jigs and rods is what folks are doing in this new method of catching fish. Having a reel small enough to balance out on the rod and yet powerful enough to fight the fish is the key. Power is critical, and the new Valiant from Accurate combines superior power to exceptionally light weight - 9.9 ounces!

For 2017/18 Accurate further develops the Valiant project with more sizes.  At ICAST 2017 Accurate introduced the 600 family sizes at ICAST 7/12/17.  The Valiants are indeed the future for Accurate - the most innovative reel they've built since the original Boss Twin Drags. Do not expect to see any changes to the Dauntless or Fury series, but the Valiant may very well replace the BX series.

(Weight: V300-9.9 oz, V400 14.1oz, V400II 15.65oz, V500N 14.4 oz, V500NII 15.9 oz, V500 16.25 oz V500II 17.6 oz)

Valiant pricing ranges from $399 to $599 depending upon model and gearing. Please use the drop down ordering menu below to view models and pricing.

Specifications:

  • Patented Twin Drag Desigh

  • 6061 T6 Aluminum construction

  • Anodized for increased corrosion resistance

  • Smooth, easy find cam stop strike position

  • 300 size holds 300+ yds of 30# super braid

  • 400 size holds 300+ yds of 50# braid

  • 500N 300 yds, 50# braid, 500 size 450-500 yds 50# braid

  • Lever drag recessed ergonomic thumb plate

  • 6:1 gear ratio

  • 32 inch line retrieve per crank

  • Precision cut stainless steel gears

  • New design handle arm for increased torque and power

  • 2 Anti-Reverse bearings with SEALED washers to prevent corrosion

  • Sleeved Spool for improved freespool performance

  • Manufacturer's stated drag measured at strike  20 lbs.

The 300 size does not have a reel clamp nor a clicker, all larger sized reels come with a clamp and a strong and loud clicker.  ICAST introduction of the 600 series - reels will be here by Aug.1 - preorders taken below...


Valiant 300 & 400 2 speed


Single Speed and Two Speed Valiant 400

 Two speed Valiant 400 below (magnifier Flash lower)


(Requires Flash)

500 Size
Accurate is very much committed to these new innovative reels, the most unique product series Accurate has designed. This is their future, smaller, lighter, taking full advantage of super braid lines in all their forms. High drag, low mass, fishing comfort, from a smooth performer. Note, Accurate also offers a full two year warranty with included factory service!
All models have a clicker, and all come with reel clamp. Pics below...


500N Two Speed

500 Two Speed

500N II 360 degree with magnification
(Requires Flash)

500 Single Speed with magnification
(Requires Flash)

The 500 sized Valiant's work well with 50# braid, offering 350+ yards on the narrow and 450+ on the standard width reels. Depending upon the braid used, hollow verses solid, 8 or more strands verses 4, it's possible to gain capacity. The upgrade lines (we include those options at no additional charge) move the reels into the 400 and 500 yard mark (100% braid 12 or 16 strand hollow-core or 8 strand solid). For most casting applications, it's best to work with a leader of 50 yards or greater (certainly cover your casting distance).

Spooling - I hope we're not intimidating you with all the options, but folks tend to rig up Accurate reels in several  ways and we try to accommodate all applications. We include up to 300 yards of Braid/Spectra at no additional charge along with your mono topshot (if required) - that's the standard configuration. You can also select "solid" or hollow core Braid/Spectra and increase your line as desired by 100 yard increments by making use of the Optional sections below.

Offer includes FREE BRAID RIGGING - Both hollow core 12 and 16 strand or "solid" 4 and 8 strand lines.

Valiant pricing ranges from $399 to $599 depending upon model and gearing. Please use the drop down ordering menu below to view models and pricing.

 
Qty:    Click for Pricing
LEFT HAND RETRIEVE - Specify if you'd like the reel converted, no additional charge, just an additional wait of up to 2 weeks and one cent just because I can't figure out how to make the script work.... $00.01


FREE Offer - YOU HAVE CHOICES WITH CHARKBAIT

Pick your FREE OFFER OR DISCOUNT
Select Free Drag Scale, Lure Assortment or Free Braid*
We'll adjust your final invoice price when we prepare your order if you select the Braid.   (*300 yds braid n/c with selection)
Braid Spooling
- select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 

- NO CHARGE selections in blue fields below
- Option in RED at increased costs
Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid OR HOLLOW
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied free
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select 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

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

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
 
 

 

Made in America, and very proud of it!

FREE SHIPPING + FREE Braid or FREE PREMIUM PLIERS!


Okuma Makaira Spinning Reels
NOW IN STOCK!

First Introduced at 2016 ICAST - now finally here!

The new Makaira Spinning Reels will put some much deserved heat into the high end spinning reel marketplace.  These new reels have some other manufacturers worried. Okuma focuses on the four D's, design, drive, drag and durability as core performance elements. That's the underlying design philosophy behind all new models coming from this giant. The new Makaira spinning reels are built from the ground up to be the toughest, most durable spinning reels an angler can own. They are constructed from the finest and strongest materials available. Just as the Makaira conventional reels turned the industry on it's head, so too will these new spinning reels, for good reason:

- Forged aluminum machine cut body/sideplates
- Forged aluminum machine cut Cyclonc Flow rotor
- Forged stainless steel main gear for power and strength
- Oversized 17-4 grade stainless steel spool shaft - less flex
- Precision machine cut stainless steel pinion gear
- Hydro Sealed Body and Dual Force Drag system for maximum protection
- Carbonite high output drag with Cal's drag grease on full DFD
- Customized Pre-set drag system, works like a lever drag reel
- 9HPB - 1 RB all corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings
- Dual anti-reverse system for maximum strength and reliability
- Quick-Set stainless steel German anti-reverse roller bearing
- CRC corrosion-resistant coating process
- Machined aluminum 2 tone anodized spool with LCS lip
- Machined aluminum screw in handle arm for added strength
- Right and Left hand models use different handles, greater security and strength, for user flexibility
- Heavy duty, solid aluminum bail wire with manual trip
- Machined aluminum handle knob: custom options will be available

- Last but not least, Makaira Spinning reels are backed by a 5 year limited warranty!

Those are some serious features, and they don't tell the full story about these all machined aluminum framed, sideplate, rotor, spool beasts. These are powerful spinning reels like none other on the market - they are more like tanks than coffee grinders! Okuma took the fine points of their industry leading Makaira conventional reels and put 'em on a spinning! The Makaira drag system is unique, takes advantage of the complete surface area of the carbon fiber drag washers; making full contact with the carbon washers for maximum efficiency and drag output. The DFD (dual force drag concept) applies pressure to both sides of the spool in order to maximize use of the available surface area. Enlarging the working surfaces of the drag system dramatically improves heat dissipation. These reels are engineered to withstand the harshest conditions the ocean can offer. Makaira spinning reels have 23 different oil retaining o-rings and gaskets, water tight, all the internal mechanisms are sealed and protected from salt. The result is the best-of-the-best when it comes to big game fishing reels.

The spools are made for braid, non-slip (however we'll still treat the spool as we normally do to ensure no-slipping). Note the "pre-set" for the drag system at the top of the spool, similar to conventional leverdrags. Also, these reels are available for left OR right hand retrieve. All one really needs to do to change is to order the alternate handle and swap sides for the crank cover - easy and strong. (Unlike inexpensive reels that allow for an easy change, there's an inherent weakness which Okuma avoids in their design.)
 
Model Gear Ratio Weight Capacity
Mono
Capacity
bRAID
Max Drag @ full Bearings Line Retrieve Price
MK-20000LS 5.8:1 32.5 oz* 330/30# 500/65#
400/80#
66 lbs 9HPB+1RB 51.6" $799.99
MK-30000LS 5.8:1 36.7 oz* 360/50# 700/80#
57
0/100#
66 lbs 9HPB+1RB 65.7 $879.99

*They didn't try to make 'em light, they made 'em strong!

Qty:   

FREE SHIPPING + FREE Hi Quality Super BRAID

- 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 - 100% PE Super Braid (not Kevlar)
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
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

$20.00

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

$20.00

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
 

View Your Shopping Cart

FREE SHIPPING and HIGH QUALITY SUPER BRAID SPOOLING - including spliceable hollow-core options!


Special #4

Seigler Reels
-
New Name once more, but this time it sticks!

Seigler SGN, SG (small game) & LG (large game) Reels

Whatever they are called, Seigler, Truth or Release, these reels are unique, showing the innovative spirit of their designers and their attention to quality. Their first and smallest reel is the SG. This little powerhouse packs a punch turning 30 pounds of drag! It's certainly made for fishing the new super braided lines, holding 300+ yards of 50# or 400 yds of 40# braid. Many will load up 300 yds of 30-40# and top off with mono.  Their drag element is made from carbon fiber, "wet" drag for smoothness of operation. The reels feature BOCA BEARINGS, ceramic bearings with rubber seals on the spool and stainless bearings with stainless steel shields for the rest of the 7 bearings used on these fine reels. Oh, I should note that these are high quality bearings ABEC 5 class, not your basic cheap Chinese bearings that are prone to failure. The reels are light in weight, coming in at 13.5 ounces (12 oz w/o arm), and they feature quick but powerful 6:1 gearing.

SG/SGN - note the uniquely stepped spool on the SGN SG/LGN - skinnier and taller than the SG

There are some unique characteristics present on these reels well worth drawing your attention to before purchase, so you'll understand their approach. First off, if you are a spool spinner you will note that the reels spool does not demonstrate super long freespool when you first break it out of the box. That's not a function of crappy bearings or design, that's a function of the lubrication within the bearings. Within a VERY short time you'll note that these things spin like tops, and keep on spinning. They must be broken in, some of the lubrication will spread and ease out, allowing better freespool. I'm sure Alan Tani will offer an immediate fix for this should it be something someone would want, or you can simply clean the bearing of some of the lubrication. For my taste, I'll just fish the reel and allow nature to take it's course. With the bearings supplied, trust that the reel will spin very well and cast exceptionally. On production after 2015, the spools spin far more freely fresh out of the box. Not sure what they did, but now

There are some nice machining features you'll note, the frame for instance is "bowed" meaning there's more clearance should you not level your line properly in the excitement of reeling in a good fish. The reel foot is uniquely wonderful in my opinion, it's very much knurled/contoured - not a flat piece of aluminum - so it provides a much better fit on most rods as it contours around the reel seat smoothly. You'll also note that the reel does not appear to be ported for water drainage. Well, that's not quite so, actually the entire gear case provides drainage without vacuum with adequate clearance running it's entire length at the base. Uniquely the preset has click stops, detents throughout its range. For 2016 (current) production, all reels now feature a strike position on the lever - nice! The gears are made from Stainless Steel, and they too will wear and become even smoother over time. ***For 2015 Release updated the LG series reels to include a strike button! That's good news for many of us. The SG also incorporates the feature - all reels under the Truth name have this feature now.

Seigler reels carry a LIFETIME WARRANTY, that's another unique feature in the fishing industry. They will handle any fishing related product failure for a $20 bill - to cover return shipping and insurance. Product failure is not an option.

The SGN - The skinny version of the very popular SG.
The SG - Small Game reel is now everything we'd hoped for. Many upgrades from the first production, much more refined, nicer machining...all the things you'd expect from a company committed to bringing fishermen excellent tools for better fishing.
The LGN above, a great reel for both private boat trolling, jigging and casting. The LGN could well be one of the best reels made for use on a jig stick tossing iron long distances.

 

NEW LGN (narrow) pictured above.
SGN ~350/30# 25# 6:1 12 oz 38"/TURN $250
SG ~300/50# 25# 6:1 13.2 oz 38"/TURN $275
LGN ~500/60# 35# 6:1 17 42" $325
LG ~500/80# 35# 6:1 20.2 42" $400
*L - lefty version available (right hand retrieve)
Reels are available in gunmetal with red or gunmetal with blue. They are also manufactured in gunmetal with silver.

FREE MONO SPOOLING, FREE SHIPPING!

Qty:   
Color (Reels now come with gunmetal body and choice of spool, handle color)
Specify Lefty or standard Right hand retrieve  
 
Braid/Spectra Spooling
- select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 

- NO CHARGE selections in blue fields below
- Option in RED at increased costs
Braid MFG/Type
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied per above selections
- If you require additional line spooled please select options below.
we will bill for only the additional amount you select 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

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

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 12 or 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $20.00
per 100 yards

FREE SHIPPING

Made in America, and very proud of it!


Special #5

Ahi Assassin Long Range Bait & Jig Rods
Nano Helix

This is the newest series of rods in the Ahi Assassin Series of rods from Toro Tamer. These rods were designed for what most folks do on the long range boats, fishing bait and iron. Casting is a key part of their typical use and these rods excel at that! Their action differs from the Jigging rods VERY parabolic bend. These rods have a much more progressive action - meaning they are lighter at the tip for flinging a bait but unlike many rods of this type they don't shut off "at the shoulders" or 3/4 of the length of the rod. They have a progressive bend, light at the tip and then gradually providing more lift and backbone through the mid section of the rod. Given the moderate and more predictable bend through the middle area of the rod, they load up very well and are excellent for use with braided lines. They're not as parabolic as the Ahi Assassin jigging rods, so you do have more direct pulling power, whether to set a hook or put some added pressure on a fish to turn it's head your way. Great for braid with shorter toppers, but with enough lift and power to turn a fish and keep it under control.

These new rods also incorporate the new Nano Helix design technology, Nano Resins coupled with Helix wrapping of the carbon fiber material. These are some of the strongest rods you'll ever pull on, and their weight is light at their level of strength and backbone. The guides used are triple footed with high quality materials, made for serious pressure, made for the use of the newer braided lines, and with these guides you won't run into catastrophic insert failure with cracks or popped out rings. They are a better quality guide made by Sea Guide. The reel seat is also made by Sea Guide, and it's metal with a dual lock down! The rods also come with a metal (not plastic) gimbal. The components are of high quality and cost, consistent with the advanced technology incorporated in the blank design.

At present there are two rods available in this series both overbuilt in terms of guides and blank design, the Topwater 30 and Topwater 50. The 30 will fish 25-40 lb lines, and the 50 will handle 40-60 lb test very nicely with 50 being perfection for a person fishing aggressively with appropriate drag settings of 25% to 33% of the line test.

Rods come with gimbal butt cap and fabric rod sleeve.


Notice the smooth transition at the EVA foam grip to the rod

Dual Lock Down featured on the metal reel seat
Buy Description Price SALE
ToroTamer Ahi Assassin Topwater 30*
7 feet length, Conventional guides,
20-40lbs, rods come with a fabric cover
$199.99 $159.64
ToroTamer Ahi Assassin Topwater 50*
7 feet length, Conventional guides,
40-60 lbs
, rods come with a fabric cover
$219.99 $173.42

*Limited availability

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Special #6

OFFSHORE EXPLORER TRAVEL RODS
- for jigging, casting & bait
clearance - SAVE $40!

OFFSHORE EXPLORER 15-25 & 20-40 NANO 4 PIECE TRAVEL ROD

Our newest effort in travel rod design for 2016, two models available in both spinning and conventional reel format made for fishing 15 to 40 lb lines. The new rods feature use of Nano Resins and carbon fiber for durable, high strength fishing success. These new 7 foot  rods travel at only 24 inches in their hard case (with protective soft case, too). Toro Tamer's newest rods are nice casters, made for that application. They belong in your hands rather than a boat's rod holders. But, they do come with gimbals and protective cap should you need to make use of a rod belt or boat's rod holder.

The newest Toro Tamer Offshore Explorer is a casting rod, not really intended as a trolling piece like the heavier models we produce. The piece does well casting, jigging and one can swim a live bait quite nicely, too. The guides are "spectra safe" meaning they can deal with even the cheaper super braids without failure or premature wear. Reel seats are appropriately sized for most all models of fishing reel a person would use on a rod designed for the line classes intended.   

7 foot length, travel at 24 inches, Nano resins, carbon fiber, hard case, spinning or conventional guides, 15 to 40# line test application, moderate to fast actions...very nice, indeed.

Buy Description Price SPECIAL
Toro Tamer Offshore Explorer Nano 15-25 Conventional Guides $179.95 $139.99
Toro Tamer Offshore Explorer Nano 15-25 Spinning Guides $179.95 $139.99
Toro Tamer Offshore Explorer Nano 20-40 Spinning Guides $189.95 $149.99

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Special #7

Grander Tackle
Dredge Heads

I got pretty darn excited to find these lures at ICAST 2016, will be equally curions about what this company brings us for 2017... 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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Description Price
Grander Dredge Head - black head with purple and silver skirt $24.95
Grander Dredge Head - silver head with blue and silver skirt $24.95
Grander Dredge Head -silver head with pink and silver skirt $24.95
Grander Dredge Head - silver head with green and silver skirt $24.95

 


 Special #8

Ahi
NEW ICAST Introduction!

Ahi will be showing off a new line of Cedar plugs at ICAST this week, we've already received the first two models of what will become several lures in the series. These are made the way they're supposed to be made, out of cedar not pine... They include an appropriate 10/0 needle eye Mustad hook, as they should be rather than some no-name brand. They also come rigged on 130 lb Fluorocarbon leader, and that's a rather nice surprise. So, we have a very nicely produced staple, a bread and butter lure made and rigged appropriately. Perhaps not revolutionary or totally unique (until the additional models arrive), but these are darn good lures and best of all THEY ARE A VALUE. We stock both the single lures and chains, and both are the best value and best produced cedar plugs I've come across in years.

The Cedar Plug chains come rigged the same way as the 6 inch singles, except there are three four inch plugs in front of the 6" w/hook trailer.

 
Buy Description Price
Ahi 6 Inch Cedar Plug - Rigged $8.99
Ahi 6 Inch Cedar Plug Chain- Rigged $26.99

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 Special #9

Zuker for Tuna

Zuker Grass Skirts Zuker's Grass Skirts may not look like all that much, but they act differently. The lure's body is filled with a coarse nylon material instead of the more traditional feathers. My first reaction to the lure was pure apathy. Frankly, it's not a very attractive bait. That's why I didn't bring it into our stock initially when I first started CharkBait. Boy was I wrong. I began getting a lot of feedback from some of our Northern California clients about it's effectiveness.  So I reluctantly brought them in.  Southern California tuna fishermen who followed the internet heard of their success up the coast, tried 'em, and quickly started boiling on these lures like a bunch of tuna feeding on a bait ball. The green/yellow pattern became a much favored "afternoon" go-to lure.

Grass SkirtsDown deep where it counts, the Zuker "broom" is a beautiful lure. It catches fish! The lure proved it's worth, many times over several seasons, so I'm now stocking them in good supply, and expanding the color selection. The ZG presents a different look and feel to a fish, there may be a different sonic characteristic as well. For some strange reason, this lure was among the most productive trolling lures for albacore tuna the past several seasons. The lure also did very well for the yellowfin that made it up our way. If you don't have any in your trolling pack, be sure to pick a couple up, they are very much worth putting in the water. No questions about it, it's a very good trolling lure, for both albacore and yellowfin tuna.

 

Buy Description Price

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG1 GREEN YELLOW
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG11 BROWN WHITE
$8.99


Zuker Grass Skirt ZG17 ORANGE YELLOW
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG16 GREEN AND BLACK
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG14 PURPLE AND BLACK - silver head
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG14 PURPLE AND BLACK - Amber head
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG7 BLUE AND WHITE - silver head
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG7 BLUE AND WHITE - Blue head
$8.99
Buy Description Price
No Rigging Needed $0.00
Standard Rigging $5.00
Premium Rigging single stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00
Premium Rigging double stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00

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 Zuker's with Flash

Zuker offers an upgraded ZG with Mylar tinsel which makes this great lure even more appealing. Use them in strong sunlight conditions to attract even more attention. The upgrade lures are of limited availability, but we do try to keep them in stock - not always easy.

 

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Description Price
Zuker ZG 8 M -mylar white w/ silver head $9.99
Zuker ZG 7 M -mylar blue/white silver head $9.99
Zuker ZG 7 M -mylar blue/white blue head $9.99
Zuker ZG 1 M -mylar green yellow lime head $9.99
Zuker ZG 17 M -mylar Zukini lime head $9.99
Zuker ZG 11 M -mylar brown and white gold head $9.99
Zuker ZG 14 M -mylar purple and black silver head $9.99
Zuker ZG 14 M -mylar purple and black amber head $9.99
Buy Description Price
No Rigging Needed $0.00
Standard Rigging $5.00
Premium Rigging single stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00
Premium Rigging double stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00

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 Special #10

Quattro Fluorocarbon Leader by HiSeas
(Give these guys a try before buying any more Seaguar...)

  • Hi Seas Quattro 100% Fluorocarbon Leader

Learned about this stuff 8 years back at another ICAST show, and since that time it's been a go-to line for me. Top rated European production (Spain), unique multi-tint process, conservatively rated (meaning it performs at or above rated test) and priced aggressively. Good reasons to try...

Here's a product we think you'll find quite interesting. Hi Seas introduced a Fluorocarbon leader at the 2009 ICAST show in Orlando. Since that time I've been using it as my primary leader material, and we've even included it in some of our long range charter gift bags so that other folks can become introduced to it's benefits.  It's a unique product, unlike anything we've worked with before in Fluorocarbon form. While there have been some colored fluorocarbon leaders that gained some following such as Yo-Zuri's pink leader, our opinion was always that tinting an otherwise invisible line didn't make sense - from an intuitive logic standpoint, why color something that should be invisible in the first place? Well, there's one reason I didn't consider... Your line acts as a transmission cable for light. In strong sunlight the line will conduct that energy and become visible. Hi Seas got around that issue by adding some tint to diffuse the light. But, they went a step further, actually several steps further. This line transitions into FOUR TINTS, breaking up the light transmission and making the line even more invisible to fish. It has a faster sink rate than mono based upon a standard fluorocarbon property relating to it's specific gravity. The material is less visible, and with a transitioning tint it will be less visible under all light conditions. Interesting product, and something we think you'll want to try. I've now been using this leader for over a year, and I have been impressed with it's performance. It's produced tuna for me when other guys didn't get bit. It's especially beneficial in strong sunlight conditions. We've tested the product both from a line test standpoint, diameter to test, and from a "bite" perspective. By all counts this is excellent stuff.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the Hi Seas Quatro price is far more attractive than some of the better known products that are on the market now.  The price advantage is a major consideration, or at least should be given how much fluorocarbon we typically run these days. I tend to run straight braid, then connected to Fluorocarbon leader on many of my own rigs. I'll use an entire spool of the FL line on top of my braid. That's a great way to put the odds in your favor in terms of getting bit, especially when fishing bait. This is my go-to line of choice, price is one consideration, but if it didn't get bit then who cares about price. Well, the stuff does indeed get bit quite well indeed.

 

COATESVILLE, PA (June 1, 2009) HI-SEAS introduces new 100% Fluorocarbon, with exclusive Quattro 4-color camouflage technology. There are two ways to reduce fishing line’s visibility underwater. The earliest method was developed by HI-SEAS and remains in use today in their extremely popular nylon monofilament lines Quattro Plus™ and Black Widow™. This ground breaking achievement works the same way a hunter’s camouflage clothing does, by breaking up visual patterns so it blends into the background. It’s a simple principle, but it took HI-SEAS to apply it to the science of fishing line.

The second method for making line less visible to the fish’s eye came about when line was extruded from polyvinylidene fluoride, a material that has a light refraction index similar to that of water. Most early fluorocarbon lines were manufactured from material so stiff and unruly that they were relegated to being used for leader material. The stuff just didn’t cast well and was far too stiff, but bass fishermen discovered that in addition to being less visible to fish, unlike nylon monofilament which tends to float and absorb water, fluorocarbon sank. That was a beneficial property for line when fishing jigs, worms and all kinds of finesse baits. Even in lighter tests, the stuff just didn’t perform well as a running line. That is, until HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon was introduced.

With the introduction of HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon Line three years ago, the company set a new standard for fluorocarbon performance. In one giant leap, HI-SEAS had overcome the problems inherent with other fluorocarbon lines like stiffness, poor knot strength, poor abrasion resistance and less than stellar casting abilities. B.A.S.S. Pro’s like Cliff Pace, Jeff Kriet, Jeff Connella, Andre Moore and Kim Bain Moore all agree that HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon quickly became the standard against which all others are judged. To date, no other fluorocarbon line has matched its superior performance characteristics.

“HI-SEAS has never been a company to rest on its past achievements,” said Mike Shields, VP of Sales and Marketing, “so we’re raising the bar again with the introduction of a revolutionary new line, Quattro Fluorocarbon. By applying our proprietary Quattro coloring process, we’ve added a new level of invisibility to our 100% Fluorocarbon line and leader products. Alternating lengths of scientifically selected colors mask the last remnants of the line’s visual footprint. This product represents the latest in underwater camouflage technology, and it’s available now!”

“As much as I love the original HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon, this new Quattro Fluorocarbon is even smoother and casts further with less effort than their original,” said Cliff Pace. According to on-the-water tests performed by Cliff and other members of the HI-SEAS Pro Staff, they agreed that Quattro Fluorocarbon is the best handling fluorocarbon line yet, while retaining a high degree of abrasion resistance and superior knot strength. Since it disappears so well underwater, our pros were able to increase the line rating they use without sacrificing stealth or fishability.

 

Buy Description Price
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 12# - 0.12" .30mm  Diameter, 25 yards $5.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 15# - 0.14" .35mm Diameter, 25 yards $5.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 20# - 0.16" .40mm Diameter, 25 yards $7.49
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 25# - 0.18" .45mm Diameter, 25 yards $7.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 25# - 0.18" .45mm Diameter, 50 yards $14.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 30# - 0.20" .50mm Diameter, 25 yards $10.69
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 30# - 0.20" .50mm Diameter, 50 yards $18.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 40# - 0.24" .60mm Diameter, 25 yards $13.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 40# - 0.24" .60mm Diameter, 50 yards $23.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 50# - 0.28" .70mm Diameter, 25 yards $15.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 50# - 0.28" .70mm Diameter, 50 yards $27.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 60# - 0.30" .75mm Diameter, 25 yards $17.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 60# - 0.30" .75mm Diameter, 50 yards $31.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 80# - 0.42" .9 mm Diameter, 25 yards $24.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 80# - 0.42" .9 mm Diameter, 50 yards $44.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 100# - 0.47" 1.2mm Diameter, 25 yards $29.99
Hi Seas Quattro FL Camo Leader 130# - 0.47" 1.2mm Diameter, 25 yards $35.99

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