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#10 Offshore Explorer 50-80# Travel Rods Pack 'em at 24
2017 has really been an interesting year for fishermen, some
really great fishing in terms of size caught this year...and
it's not done yet locally or Long Range.
We still have some great fishing on tap and the longer
trips out of San Diego are running into the expected diverse
catches. San Diego boats fishing local are seeing good
yellowfin and yellowtail fishing in addition to your common
bass'n and bottom fishing. Up the coast here in Huntington Beach
there's plenty of yellowtail for the taking, and the bluefin are
still off San Clemente. There are less exotic local catches too,
scratching up bass and bottom fish. Long range, its as one
would hope with wahoo, more
yellowfin and some serious yellowtail coming over the rail. And,
if you find the right kelp paddy add in some dorado, too.
Life is pretty darn good when the fish are cooperative, as they
have been pretty cooperative. Alijos Rocks has shown some wahoo,
but I've not heard much regarding tuna there yet. The tuna are
being caught offshore, on the Ridge and of course Guadalupe
Island. While the typical size at Guadalupe is 100-120 lbs,
there are some fishi'n in the 200 lb range! You won't see that
quality at the Ridge. Our Weekly Specials
reflect what's working and what folks should consider having
available on upcoming trips. In that context, basic
inventory locally is the 20-40# class gear, unless you are
targeting the larger grade bluefin - then be prepared for 60-80
lb. For long range fishing, 40 lb is the basic, with 50#
and 60 being used consistently. If targeting Guadalupe
Island have yourself covered with a good 80# and 60# outfit.
Bring along a 40# outfit for opportunistic fishing along the way
to the island and on the way home. Some will have a heavier rig
available, just in case - there have been 200 pounders around
(in part judging by some of the heads which were retrieved by
anglers who were "sharked").
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.)
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few years ago Avet introduced a new three speed reel,
the feature added to their 80 class reels. Gained was a
lower low, a 1:1 gear capable of pulling stumps, or more
accurately 500 lb plus fish with relative ease. Avet's big gun 80
set new standards for performance in a big game reel of
this size. Going after big black marlin,
or for use as a kite reel targeting huge yellowfin or bluefin tuna, this
is a reel that will inspire confidence and continue to perform for years
and years beyond your expectation. If you are doing some deepwater
swordfishing, an 80 properly rigged is a very good option for your
most serious fishing.
Big Game anglers have something to turn heads!
You can indeed turn a cow size tuna's head with this
beefy brute of a reel once you drop that gear down to
a 1:1 first gear. Over the past few years Avet
expanded upon the 80's with both 50 and 30 class reels
gaining the three speed advantage (faster top gear,
lower low gear, with a mid gear that packs a punch
capable of taming most fish. For folks heading out on a long range
trip of a lifetime, these new reels might be the best
insurance of landing the fish of your dreams.
Avet's 30 & 50 series THREE
SPEEDS offer the same transmission, same gearing as the
80's, same excellent drag and freespool performance as
the firms two speed models. These are robust workhorses. The newer
30 & 50 3 speeds are
available in both the narrow and wide form. Gearing is wonderfully thought out, 4:1,
2:1 and 1:1. So, you've got speed when you need it. A
reasonable low gear at 2 to 1, that's capable of pulling
most fish you'll encounter. And, when things get tough,
when you hook into to big ones, well, just drop her down
to first gear and turn that suckers head and with the
drag level these reels are capable of producing you can
keep the critters head turned your way! WONDERFUL for
anglers, and big time CONGRATULATIONS TO AVET FOR
PRODUCING ANOTHER EXCELLENT TOOL FOR SERIOUS ANGLERS.
PRICE 3 SPEED
Typically 400 yds 80 braid
back & ~100 yds 60# mono top
Typically 500 yds 100 braid
back & ~160 yds 80# mono top
Typically 400 yds 130 braid
back & ~100 yds 80# mono top
Typically 500 yds 130 braid
back & ~200 yds 80# mono top
130lb.: 1500 yds
200lb.: 1000 yds
Typically 500 yds 130 braid
back & ~300 yds 80# mono top
130lb.: 2200 yds
200lb.: 1200 yds
Typically 1000 yds 130 braid
back & ~400 yds 100# mono top
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Name once more, but this time it sticks!
Seigler SGN, SG
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
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
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 -
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
- all reels under the Truth name have this
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
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
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
NEW LGN (narrow) pictured above.
*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.
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They aren't for everyone, but for those who appreciate the
enhancements and have the highest demands, they are reels to die for.
Okuma's Makaira Special Edition Long Range reels take things to
another level in
of specific changes that some in the long range community have
requested. Before getting into that, let me state clearly, the
existing crop of Makaira reels are absolutely state of the art, and
for most of us, myself included, there is little reason to head in the
SE direction. The changes you'll see in the SE series reels appeal
most to fishermen who are uncompromising in terms of
their demands upon gear, guys who regularly head out to tangle with
cow size tuna on the long range boats or aboard a sportfisher off
Puerto Vallarta, those that will benefit most will be our most
dedicated long range
enthusiasts. Those that will benefit least will probably be private
boaters, guys who tend to put on heavy miles on their gear and don't
take the time to maintain 'em regularly. In a lot of ways the SE reels
are custom shop offerings, based upon feedback from some of the most
experienced anglers, guys who jumped on the Makairas early and fished
'em hard on the long range boats in 2010/11. To those, Okuma listened
and responded, showing their sincere interest in building the best
gear possible. The pricing of the SE series reels is a tad higher than
the original Makaira reels, reflecting the change in handle and
bearings used on these pieces. If you are seeking the best freespool
performance, flylining live bait to large grade tuna, this series of
reels will put a smile on your face and very likely result in a
personal best on the boat.
now for what's different on the Special Edition reels, the SE Series
reels feature: - Open Spool Bearings with TSI-301 oil. This increases freespool 2
to 2 1/2 times! - All non-spool bearings feature FULL grease pack for maximum
longevity. - Special Edition Gun Smoke and Black anodizing. - SE reels have a yellowfin tuna etched into the side plate to further
distinguish them from the Golds. - Frames have been machined out for increased clearance between the
spool and cross bars. - Larger Handles, MK-8/10/15 reels will feature MK-20 size handle
knobs for greater leverage. - Larger Handles, MK 20/30 reels use the 50 size arm and knobs. - New LOWER GEARING on the 20/30 size - 1.3:1!!!
And, for folks who own current Gold series reels you have not been
forgotten. If you'd like any of the modifications mentioned above, the
folks at Okuma will update your reel for $29-59 depending upon what
you'd like done.
Get 300 yards of top quality
Gel Spun Braid Spooling at no extra
charge with these innovative
Saltist series spinning reels represent an update of their 2009
product line. Very good update and upgrade, now the reels offer
enhancements which were only available on their most expensive
Saltiga spinners. The Saltist spinners are dedicated saltwater reels
- that's the difference between the new BG's and the Saltist series.
The Saltist reels incorporate the better anti-corrosion CRBB
bearings, and much more.
One step down from the Saltiga
series spinning reels, the Saltists are made for serious saltwater
enthusiasts. They are made for a harsh environment with more
anti-corrosion protection than less expensive reels in the Daiwa
lineup. With the rugged and durable reputation earned by the
Saltist series, these reels offer some impressive features. Fist
among these is the Magsealed main shaft, eliminating saltwater
intrusion. The reels offer a Magsealed line roller and CRBB
corrosion resistant ball bearings for long lasting smoothness and
performance. Beyond the Magsealed main shaft and line roller, these
new reels offer Daiwa's HardBodyz body and side cover - metal with
protective finish. You get the benefits of the light weight Air
Rotor design, Air Bail - tubular stainless for lightweight strength.
Digigear design and dynamic cut aluminum ABS spool. You also gain a
waterproof Carbon ATD drag system!
-Mag Sealed line
roller and main shaft
-HardBodyz - body and side cover
-Lightweight Air Rotor design
-Air Bail - tubular stainless for light
-DigiGear digital gear design - oversized for
greater cranking power and longer wear
-Dynamic Cut Aluminum ABS Spool
-Waterproof Carbon ATD Drag System
And, as you can see on the picture right, an
anti-slip track for use of braided lines.
No one knows more about
building rail rods than Randy Penny, he's the guy behind the 2x4's
and other rods which revolutionized the
SoCal's long range
sportfishing scene. Peter Williams and his son originally
the designs for the UC rail rods in 2012. Randy added a couple new
wrinkles to the patterns once he took the helm of UC, and of course
applied his magic to the creation of factory built rail rods. These are
composite designs incorporating a lot of material given their
intended application. Dual Helix carbon fiber build, longitudinally
oriented Fiberglass, heavy Fuji triple footed guides, 3M rail pad
over the grip (protection plus non-slip feature), triple wrapped,
etc. All come with gimbals and cap. These are the real deal, not
some offshore product mimicking, imitating, pretending, and falling short.
(Sorry Blackhole - can't get over hearing their "rail rod"
literally BLOW UP at the Fred Hall Show last year when some long
rangers put manufacturers through a 50# dead lift. Some failed, some
could lift the load, but only one firm's rods excelled with plenty
of pulling power beyond the testing...UC. Sounded like a
gun going off when the BH rod exploded).
UC literally owns the rail rod business these
other firm is as well recognized, and for those in the know they
are the only choice for a true rail rod
designed to harvest cow
sized tuna. The rods are made here in SoCal, the guys making
them are the most experienced in the business, and their unique
blank designs are quite easily the best in the business. Demand
is greater than supply, and we've unfortunately had some
lingering backorders. The positive is that NOW UC IS PRODUCING
IN REALISTIC QUANTITIES. They doubled their mandrills, so they
can now double their output of finished rods and blanks. We'll
have all of our backorders cleared this week, and we doubled
down on a new order to back up our Weekly Special's focus this
week. Reality says that we'll probably generate some backorders
now, but the silver lining is that Randy is already working on
our next order of rods and they'll be finished up over the next
couple weeks. So, rather than order and wait 4-6 weeks for
completion, this time it should be much faster for your delivery
- probably within 2 weeks. If you have a trip leaving sooner,
let us know and we'll try to get yours moved to the front of the
line. One thing for sure, demand is indeed greater than supply.
But, our supply is better than any other dealers' given our
proximity to UC and the history behind our support of the line
and the fellow who owns it.
Here's a very nice popper, larger 195mm size
(7.7") with 111 gm (3.9 oz) weight. Almost as
large as the big ToroTamer 200 mm, a bit less
weight but still a great size for most tuna we
target. There are some things that make
this lure unique, some things we like a lot.
These lures have one BIG mouth, are thru wired
(the only way we offer poppers...), offer heavy
5/0 trebles, and have a swivel on the nose.
Nicely make, great finishes and they are
available in a realistic size for casting long
distances - even with conventional gear rather
than spinning reels. Very nice indeed!
pattern put a smile on my face for sure.
Darn thing looks just like a lizardfish, a
prized halibut bait if there ever was one.
Back a few years ago that was a target of
mine, the CA State record for lizards...and
the color pattern as well as huge mouth
mimic that fish very well. Next time
there's a great halibut surface bite this
one becomes a go-to lure! Okay, maybe no
'but expected on a surface bite, but most
other pelagics are not going to be
discriminating against the lowly
lizard...they will gobble this as readily as
a mack or sardine pattern! (it just looks
cuter, like my lizardfish)
Hard to Find Iron - Wonderful to Fish And, a new name too!
Could be the Hottest Surface Iron Made!
In 2016 these new jigs got a lot of play,
especially those near our San Diego shop.* They're
made in the San Diego area, and the small company behind them
can only supply a few shops, luckily we're one of 'em. Over 2016
not been able to keep the jigs in stock at either our shops.
(They were sold under a different tradename
until this year). Frankly,
our San Diego shop would sell through
the inventory before we could bring our share up north.
Supply has not
kept pace with demand. And, that surprised me despite
the push from Eric, Manager at our San Diego shop to "get 'em in here
FAST!" I had a hard time with the price, darn expensive
even if these jigs very well made jigs. The rational I guess is
simply that for the dedicated iron tossers, they might very well
buy a half dozen jigs, and then find 2 that are perfect
swimmers. In the case of these irons, every one of 'em swims
right, and it's guaranteed.
jigs, all CNC made, all made
to swim perfectly - guaranteed by the manufacturer. Again, these
are CNC made, each is exactly the same so they really should all
swim well. That's really key to iron, not all are the same, not
all swim as well as expected. That's a function of manufacture.
As one would expect, a sand cast jig will vary more than
something CNC'd. Unlike some jigs, Tady for instance, the
are entirely made here in the USA. A good deal of time went into
their design, and it shows. I want you to look at the images
closely. Note the way the jigs are ground for their rings, also
the nose and the hips. You will note one sharp side, one softer
and the hips are not even. This stuff is not done for fun, the
jigs are made to swim perfectly and what they've done in design
ensures that they have a great kick. These are almost like
tossing a Tady C - anyone can fish 'em, easy to make 'em swim on
the surface, surefire swimmers, each and every one of them. But,
they gain the mass of a 45 for longer casts and better kick.
Weight of the jigs is 3.45 oz, 98 grams. Price for these jigs is
$35, we offer them for $30. Good luck finding these jigs
let alone finding 'em for a better price.
Click on the images and you can see a
few of the unique things done in creating these jigs.
Note the way the jigs are made, the machining of the
area where the hook or ring goes resulting in MORE SWING
& action. The jigs are not smooth, they have texture
which adds a bit of drag in the water when you wind
quickly - more attention getting action.
check - demand has outpaced supply on these lures. We
were only able to offer these jigs on-line once or twice in
2016, in late fall, as Weekly Specials. There simply wasn't
sufficient supply to post them on our website, the inventory we
received was only available at our shops - and that was very
limited. Almost all
arriving stock has gone to fill backorders. At present we do
have some inventory, it will not last and I honestly think we'll
have sold out of these jigs before folks note that they are
posted here this week. So, anticipate a backorder as we get
later in the week, plan on a
back order towards the end of the week. But at least you'll get yours and we're not keeping
this jig a secret from our on-line visitors any longer. For 2017
the manufacturer tells us that he will do a better job supplying
these jigs. Our manager from the San Diego shop actually put him
in contact with another machinist, another machine shop to CNC
the jigs. So, we probably have an inside track for supply this
year. Understand, these jigs are all made from machining
aluminum, not cast pot metal or zinc, nor are they imported in
mass from China - they are made here in the USA, one at a time. The process takes time,
machining time, and that was the problem in 2016 - only so many
could be made. They still have high cost given their production,
but every single one of them swim right and swim better than
competing surface irons, and they won't break if they slam
against the deck.
Superior Brass Construction - Super
Value 2 Pack Offer
The Wahoo Ripper was based on the
original Spanyid Raider lure, the original
not the copy
which is available in the States now. The original lure was
made from brass, a much more expensive metal than steel
and their model numbers (125 & 200) referred to their
weight in grams.
The new raiders are made of steel, about 20% less
weight, and they simply can't
match the effectiveness, the faster sink rate, of the
brass models. The steel copies also are running darn
close to $20 per lure. ToroTamer's lures run a tad less
for a more expensive construction, and this week you get
an even better opportunity to add a few of these great
lures to your tackle box. Lures feature a very sharp, very
strong single hook. Great lure in
either chrome or gold finish, that's a certainty. This
week's offer gets you two lures for a special price. For wahoo, it's a great
lure and proven to perform, it will also catch you some
tuna and yellowtail - especially in the chrome version.
We sold out of these lures in the very popular gold/pink
pattern months ago, but now we are up to speed and have
a very good opportunity for you. Get two brass Wahoo
Rippers one in chrome the other gold both with the
popular pink prism finish for a deal that's a super
value. With each selection below you'll get two
lures, one in chrome and one in gold finish, both with
pink prism. You'll be saving a good chunk of
change on this offer.
Fishing the lure: These cast like a bullet, for good
reason. Longer casts give you more time to entice a
bite. You can "fish the slide" but most will try to
cover as much water as possible through casting and
retrieving. Make use of a reel with high speed gearing.
The Cedros from Okuma, #1 special this week covers that
well with a 6:1 retrieve rate. Cast the lure out, and
allow it to sink - some wait for the lure to reach a 45
degree angle, I'll often count down to 20 and begin a
fast retrieve. You don't do much beyond winding, and
wind fast! Wind through the bite, don't stop or get
fancy, don't pump and wind. Don't do a darn thing beyond
staying in front of your fish and winding like the
dickens until the 'hoo is gaffed and on the boat!
Please do compare these to the current STEEL Raider jigs
which are on the market. They're trying to get about $20
each for those, and they are of a much cheaper
production material which won't prove as productive...
is best, but it's expensive.
pictured left was taken on the Eclipse out of Mission
Bay last year. The
lures get bit, cast well, drop quickly given brass
construction, and hold up over time.
Surf Explorer has been updated for 2013 with introduction of a
new heavier 30-50# class rod. This is in addition to the
updated 8-12#, 15-20# and 25-30# class for both spinning and
conventional reel use. These are very light and rather exotic travel rods
designed for surf
fishing enthusiasts. Certainly it has additional applications,
but it's made for walking the beach and opportunistic fishing.
The rod is a four piece design, using the European Spigot
ferrule connections. It's 2.7 meters in length, almost 9 feet,
and now comes in a hard case for safe transport and storage. The rod can handle lure
weights of 20-100 grams. It's graphite and fiberglass constructed
for lightness, sensitivity and long term use. The guides are
lightweight, but capable of handling
Spectra lines. The handle
section is a bit long, in keeping with it's intended
application, and you can adjust the positioning of your reel to
optimize balance - easily moving the reel forward or back on the
rod on the spinning rods. The conventional rods feature a
trigger grip - these do not allow the adjustment feature. The Surf
Explorer rods have a
parabolic action allowing them to fish lighter and heavier and still
"feel" right, and now you have more choices for the
test being fished with the additional light and medium action
Lure weights and line
weights: The rods are made to load up best when used as
intended. They are light finesse type rods, not heavy surf rods.
Their bend is fairly parabolic, do just fine with braided lines
or mono. Each model is designed to fish their intended line test
- and this really should be specified in terms of drag load,
that's a more meaningful specification and predicts the bend of
the rod better. So, plan to set your drag at 25-30% of the line
test intended for the rod and you will enjoy the benefits of a
properly tuned rod/reel match. Lure weight varies by model, the
lightest rod matching up with lure weights of 1 ounce and under.
The 15-20 does very well up to 1.5 ounces, can push 2. The 25-30
is quite comfortable fishing 3/4 to 3 ounces, with 1-2 being a
very nice range. For the 30-50 1.5 to 4 ounces is a good range.
That model can do a bit higher but you should note how it's
loading up on your casts and adjust accordingly. These rods do
best with someone who has some experience and they travel very,
very well. They are not intended as boat rods, they are inshore
surf rods, and in that arena they represent some of the best
rods ever produced.
- 50-80# - for trolling, jigging, heavy bait
The Offshore Explorer travel rods feature a Pac Bay "uni-butt" style all aluminum aft sections.
Specifically, this is a Pac Bay Channel Lock Aluminum Butt. These trolling
oriented stand-up rods are four
piece, 6 1/2 feet in length. It's perfect for fishing 50-80# applications. With the Pac Bay butts,
they're great for trolling duty. You can drag lures, feathers,
lipped divers effortlessly.
They feature EVA ringed fore grips for
added security and comfort. The guides are rated for Spectra, and
the rod’s unique gimbaled screw together construction is extremely
solid. Unlike other "ferrule" rods, these screw together within a
ferrule, so they twice
reinforce their strength and proper alignment of
strong and forgiving fiberglass blanks. This unique connection
feature also makes it easier to take the rods apart after a long
day’s fishing. For our most recent production a hard case in
included rather than the soft case of previous models, and the rods
action has also been improved.
Tamer's four piece travel rods are
sure to be welcomed by the serious angler looking for
travel-friendly fishing rods capable of landing larger fish.
Fishing from a panga or sportfisher? These rods are perfect
for your needs. Finally there’s a serious saltwater travel rod that
can stand on its own merits as a functional alternative to one-piece
designs. And, as far as traveling with a quality rod is concerned,
these pack down into their 24 inch case! That's very airline
friendly and even fits into most suitcases if you don't want to
carry them along onboard the aircraft to stow in the overhead bin.
components being used, and you'll get the
picture. These rods are a value, and there's
nothing like them on the market in terms of
dealing with larger fish and functional troll
duty. Let me restate this, since I've done
some homework for you. You can find some heavy
tackle offshore custom travel rods, at prices
of over $1000. The one's I've seen do not
compare favorably to what we are offering with
our own Saltwater Travel Rods, which are
designed for boat use. If you travel to your
fishing destinations or just like being
prepared for opportunities to hop on other
folks boats, our new saltwater travel rods
will be favored companions on any trip
offshore. Order yours now!
there are three basic types available.
Most light duty rods use a simple direct,
blank-over-blank design. One hollow piece fits into the other
hollow section, lengthening the rod in sections with differing
diameter. For strength, it's best to have the tip sections going
over the base pieces of the rod (tip over butt) rather than
skinnier sections fitting into the larger sections (tip into
butt). We use this connecting style for our multi-piece light line
and surf-casting rods, our Inshore Explorer.
The European Spigot Ferrule
design is an enhancement of the blank over blank design, and is
used in the Surf Explorer Series of rods as well as Okuma's
Nomad and Xpress Series rods. In this system the pieces of the
rod are joined by way of a solid insert in one end section,
fitting into a hollow receiving section. One potential weakness of
the standard ferrule connection is strengthend since the "spigot"
provides increased reinforcement at the joints of the rod.
On our heavier tackle uni-butt style
boat rods we use a unique Gimbaled Ferrule system with
metal caps for added security of connection and alignment of the
rod. You'll find this feature on our Offshore Explorer Series
These are available exclusively in the 50-80#
application, Offshore Explorer from Toro Tamer.
And, a few words from
one of the lucky folks that purchased one of
these innovative rods:
Hey Mark, I thought
you would like a report on one of your products. I recently went on
the Royal Polaris Seeker Rods long range trip (Sept 17-24, 2016).
I recently purchased
several on your travel rods and ended up taking the ToroTamer
Offshore Explorer 50-80 lbs rod on the trip. I had paired it with a
Avet LX6/3 2 speed loaded with 80 pounds of Jerry Brown hollow core
and 80 pound flora (the reel was one I already had). Charkbait was
the only company I found offering heavy travel rods.
Well on the last day I
hooked up with a big yellowfin which took a big run and came very
close to spooling me. Using the back bone of the rod we manage to
get the fish turned and started fighting it in. I realized early
that the reel was under sized for the fight but the rod felt great.
I was concerned of flat spots and not being able to get a good arch
pressure on the fish, other had concerns about the rod. after over
an hour I brought the fish to the gaff. The fish weighted in at 123
pounds and it won 1st for the largest fish jackpot. The rod got a
lot of attention. It preformed not different than the one piece
rods I was using.
Being in Houston TX
means I have to travel for trips like this. Also I like the
concept of having the break down rods to carry back and forth to the
boat down on the coast.
I stopped by the shop
after we got back from the trip with Grant Hieshima and decided to
upgrade the reel I using to the new Avet HX5/2 MC Raptor for next
years trip and here in the GOM.
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