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#1 
Avet

Raptor Series
Power and Casting Performance!
#2  
Okuma

Makaira Spinning Reels
New Models - Free Rigging!
#3    
Okuma

Tesoro
FREE  RIGGING!
#4  
Daiwa

Lexa Series
FREE  RIGGING!
#5
Yo-Zuri
High Speed Vibe

Introductory Priced!
#6
Offshore Explorer

50-80# Travel Rods

Packs at 24 Inches!
#7
ESCA
Going Deep, ESCA lights get you bit
SAVE 50%Special Offer!
#8
SEI
X-Wrench
Tools to go!
#9  
Toro Tamer

Multi-Tools
Specially Priced This Week 1/3 OFF!
#10  
Yellowtail Coffin Nail
Stickbait
Clearance Priced!

2/25/2017 -
Nice range of items of special note this week. Some excellent new reels to show off, heavy duty travel rods, lures and accessory items for anglers, too.   For the reels: Avet's Raptors are proven performers, Makaira spinning reels - which may very well become the standard for spinning as their conventional reels have become, Okuma's Tesoro star drag and Daiwa's very popular Lexa series baitcasters. Two for one on ESCA lights, hard to find item at effectively at half price! Useful tools for folks, both ToroTamer's multi-pliers and SEI's X-Wrench, and two very good lures for your tackle box. Some good stuff, and some dandy values for your consideration...

This week, well it's the calm before the storm at our shops. The Fred Hall Show is rapidly approaching, and as we have for the past four or five years, we'll be staying home and taking show costs directly to in-store mark-downs for our largest sale of the year. Show costs for us were $20K the last time we did the Fred Hall Show, you can imagine what we can do when we put that 20K directly to merchandise mark-downs...  Pretty serious dent in the retail pricing structure.  If you are local to either our Huntington Beach or San Diego shops, you'll want to budget time to drop over. This is a store only event. We'll have some goodies for our Internet clients, no doubt, but this event is store centered - that's where the goods are and where we can do things with a bit more stealth. We'll post more details next week. No quotes over the phone, no sacred cows, just straight ahead clearly noted special prices for those who can visit either of our two shops.  It's coming, March 7-11.

Thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials!

Sincerely,
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 unless stated otherwise.  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

You see a lot of reel companies now competing in a category of reels which Avet created - compact leverdrag two speed reels with high drag capability and excellent casting properties.  Make no mistake, it was Avet that created this category of versatile reels and we fishermen have been benefiting from it ever since. 

Raptors are a more refined, and higher drag capacity series of reels from Avet. These take their whole game up one notch, providing truly big fish capable reels in compact sizes. Their machining is better, their operation better, and their drag capacity much greater than their size would suggest. There is less side load on the bearings as a result of increased drag capacity. Casting is flawless, and all models with the exception of the HX Wide Raptor come with Avet's super performing Magnetic Cast control. They are the best this innovative manufacturer produces, and they are made to outperform all other reels on the market.

Pictured right, the powerful and compact Avet JX Raptor.

Pictured above left, the JX Raptor. Drag the mouse over the image to change view. Pictured above right are three models of Raptor, the little SX, MX, JX/LX and the HX. All Raptors feature dual drags, magnetic cast control (with the exception of the wide), ratcheting lever, extended handle length  and extended line capacity compared to the standard models.

 

Model Capacity
Mono (yds)
Capacity
Braid/Spectra
Bearings Max
Drag
Gear Ratio Weight
in ounces
Price
Rigged or other
value added
SXJ Raptor est 240/15# 240/50# 8 17/26 6.3 & 3.8:1 est 16 oz $385
SX Raptor 270/20# 400/50# 8 17/26 6.3 & 3.8:1 17 oz $395
MXJ Raptor 230/30# 400/60# 8 17/26 6.3 & 3.8:1 20 $422
MXL Raptor 270/30# 500/60# 8 17/26 6.3 & 3.8:1 22 $432
JX Raptor 290/30 500 60# 8 30/40 6 & 3:1 est 23 $467
LX Raptor 350/30 660 60# 8 30/40 6 & 3:1 est 24 $476
HXJ Raptor 200/50# 300 80# 8 40/50 5.4 & 2.4:1 28 oz $445
HX Raptor 280/80# 500 80# 8 40/50 5.4 & 1.9:1 29 oz $504
HX Wide Raptor 360/50# 460 130#
600 100#
8 40/50 5.4 & 1.9 30 oz $512

All models come with Rod Clamps - Avet figured out how to include this feature on the tiny SXJ Raptors!

Your Pick: Solid or Hollow Core SPLICEABLE Super BRAID, FREE Multi-Tool, Lure Pack, Drag Scale...
 

Choose your FREE offer. Receive either the Premium Multi-Tool split ring crimping PLIERS, a free lure pack, drag scale, or superior quality Super Braid (gel spun polyethelyne line) spooling with mono topshot (if desired) at no additional charge. Offers represent a value of up to $80, and both are excellent.   

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Specify Lefty or standard Right hand retrieve
Color Lefty reels are available in silver at no increase in costs. Black, gold or blue lefties will add $50 to the price of your reel. No other color options for lefty reels

FREE Offer - YOU HAVE CHOICES WITH CHARKBAIT

FREE OFFER:

Select: Free Braid, Pliers, Drag Scale or Lure Assortment.
 
 
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
SELECT options above,
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied free, as one of several special offers - if you do NOT take the promotional price discount offered.
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
Hollow Core:  DO NOT SELECT THIS OPTION IF YOU ARE USING TORO TAMER'S LINE - IT'S A FREEBIE, BUT IF YOU SELECT
 Cortland, JB OR IZOR
(60#, 80#, 100#) there is an additional Hollow charge
$40.00
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
 
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Made in America, and very proud of it!

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


Special #2

Okuma Makaira Spinning Reels
NOW IN STOCK!

First Introduced at 2016 ICAST - now finally here over a year later!
Time well spent in testing, evaluation & improving.

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.)

Alan Hawk made a very good review of the Makaira spinning reels, worth the read: http://www.alanhawk.com/reviews/mks.html

 
Model Gear Ratio Weight Capacity
Mono
Capacity
BRAID
Max Drag @ full Bearings Line Retrieve Price
MK-10000LS 4.9:1 28.2 oz* 300/20# 400/50#
300/65#
55 lbs 9HPB+1RB 40.0" $699.99
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!

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Handle Crank Side

Right or Left hand retrieve
Reels can accommodate either right or left hand retrieve however threads on the handle are different - so a different handle must be supplied depending upon which an angler prefers.
     

 

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
 

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


Okuma Tesoro
Star Drag

The Tesoro is a 2018 model reel, first shown at ICAST July 2017. The new star drag reels got a lot of attention from anglers, with the improvement in casting of leverdrags it seems there's a preponderance of lever's and less star drag reel options for serious anglers who are looking for a high quality star.  There really are applications where both types of reel offer advantages. 20 years ago, if you wanted a good casting reel it pretty much had to be a star drag. These days, in no small part thanks to Cal Sheets, Larry Cofe, and of course Avet, lever drag reels improved. But, still you can do some things with a star drag reel you just can't duplicate on a leverdrag.  So, there's a market among anglers for the benefits a good star drag can offer.  As of this date (11/17) Daiwa's Saltiga has been the class act in this regard. Along comes the Tesoro, and I have to say it's similarly refined, but a very different reel.  The metal-work is very good, as expected, but you'll also note that these are trimmer than what we're used to handling, excess weight has been taken off areas of the reel where it's not needed. Freespool is simply excellent, and the drag is very capable, you can button 'em down and not effect casting performance.  Could very well become the wahoo reels of choice for a lot of guys. Compact, light, modern technology and application of best practices in design...and a 3 year warranty.

The Tesoro reels make use of (buzzword) alumilite frame construction which provides more precise tolerances for precise gear alignment, maximum castability, and durability. The mechanical stabilizing system keeps the reels in precise alignment for strong, stable and smooth long term performance.

- High Speed 6.2:1 gear ratio
- 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame, sideplate and spool
- 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gearing
- Multi-disc Carbonite drag system with Cal’s drag grease
- CRC: Corrosion-Resistant Coating Process
- Swept aluminum star for increased ergonomics
- Anodized aluminum swept handle reduces wobble while cranking
- 4BB+1RB corrosion resistant bearings, spool bearing with TSI oil
- Ergo grip handle knob with anodized aluminum handle arm
- Dual anti-reverse (mechanical and roller bearing)
- XL Gearing: Drop down gear box
- Quick-Set ant-reverse bearing allows for zero back play in handle
- MSS: Mechanical Stabilizing System for increased durability
- Self-lubricating gear system, all models

Specification

Tesoro Star Drag
Model  Gear ratio Bearings Weight (g) Line retrieve Max  drag force(kg) Monofilament line capacity (diameter in mm.) Braided line rating Frame Sideplate Spool
TSR-5S
(not
available until January)
6.2:1 4BB+1RB 320 39" 7  

(0.35/325, 0.40/255, 0.45/190)

400/50 AL AL AL
TSR-10S 6.2:1 4BB+1RB 540 46" 22 lbs 10kg

320/25# (0.40), 245/30(0.45),150/40 (0.54)
(0.35/390, 0.40/290, 0.45/225)

495/50 AL AL AL
TSR-12S 6.2:1 4BB+1RB 550 46" 22 lbs 10kg  295/30(0.45),180/40 (0.54)
(0.40/375, 0.45/270, 0.54/170)
475/65 AL AL AL

 

That type of stuff is all good, no, lets make that excellent and just one step from incredible.  But, I'm a bit more into feel, touch, subjective evaluation.  All the buzzwords and specs don't mean as much as how a reel actually feels doing what it's supposed to do. Okuma has another winner in my estimation.  The Tesoro feels like a quality reels should, better since it's pretty darn light. You could call it a star drag Makaira, and in some respects that might be fair, but it's a much different reel and one that needed to be made.  There's no slop in the handle, everything feels reassuringly solid and tight, smooth upon  cranking the handle.  Nice feel.  Excellent freespool, really these are excellent casting reels. Great for distance casting, and hard pulling drag capability. 

I very much appreciate all that the Okuma engineers are doing to try to minimize the effects of saltwater. The treatment to the metal parts, and (one of my peeve points on almost all other manufacturers) the Tesoro has proper porting, so you can actually clean a reel after a hard days fishing. Take a look at the pics below to see what I mean, four ports, no vac lock, easy drain while fishing or when you're back home cleaning, good airflow for drying...makes a difference long term in my book.

It's often the little things that make big differences in how well certain reels perform over time.  Did the manufacturer shortchange on the bearings, or make use of a cheap stamped clamp or reel foot. How are they putting their parts together? That's what makes working on a reel simple or overly complicated, so darn hard to work on that a reel becomes more fit for the garbage basket than repair bench. Well, the Tesoro is really pretty straight ahead in how she's put together. In a lot of ways, you could say this relatively light reel is overbuilt.  Note the way the reel foot is put together, four points secured to reel frame - not two, reel clamp allows plenty of thread on the bolts to be secured.  One could call it overbuilt for it's intended line class by some standards, but I'd suggest it's just built to best practices standards.   

 

 
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FREE SHIPPING + FREE High Quality 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 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
4 or 8 strand
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer Spliceable 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 HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#)$18.00
per 100 yards
 

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FREE SHIPPING + FREE Braid Rigging


Special #4

DAIWA LEXA

FREE SHIPPING - FREE High Quality BRAID
RIGGED YOUR WAY!

ICAST 2017 INTRODUCTION!

300 Yards FREE SUPER BRAID

Get 300 yards of top quality Gel Spun Braid Spooling at no extra charge with these innovative NEW reels.

Daiwa's Lexa series reels have been tremendous values and tremendous reels to own. Relatively small baitcasters with high drag capability make them great inshore reels with some serious offshore capability. This series first was shown at ICAST 2012, adding models in 2013 introducing a new 400 size, these have proven their merit for applications requiring greater capacity - in several  configurations. In 2016 ICAST Daiwa updated the Lexa series, added some models with asked for features like the clicker which is now available on some models, further refined gear ratio offerings, etc. For 2017 and beyond Daiwa refined the models further, and added new WINN grip handle knobs. I own an early production Lexa 300, the new models are far smoother, very smooth feel to the gears, and nicer cosmetics in my estimation.


Daiwa's 400 sized reels run $249, the 300 size @ $199

 


At ICAST 2017 Daiwa did an update to the "standard" LEXA series reels. They've now incorporated new WINN GRIP Knobs to this wonderful series of reels. The 10 models now make use of the durable, tacky sure-grip security and positive feel of WINN handle knobs. This represents a very nice enhancement to some wonderful inshore reels.

 

LEXA Type WN with Winn Grip Knobs

Model
Number
Action
FW / SW
Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Drag Max Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Drag
Max
LEXA WN300H H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 6.3:1 28.8” 22lbs 10.5 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
Braid: 40/240, 55/180
22
LEXA WN300HS H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 22lbs 10.5 22
LEXA WN300HS-L* H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 22lbs 10.5 22
LEXA WN300HS-P H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 22lbs 10.5 22
LEXA WN300HS-L-P* H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 22lbs 10.5 22
LEXA-WN400H XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 6.3:1 33.4” 25 15.3 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25
LEXA-WN400H-L* XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 6.3:1 33.4” 5 15.3 25
LEXA-WN400HS-P XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 37.7” 25 16.2 25
LEXA-WN400HS-L-P XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 37.7” 25 16.2 25
LEXA-WN400PWR-P XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 5.1:1 27.1” 25 16.2 25

*LEFTY,  P - POWER HANDLE,  CRBB - corrosion resistant stainless steel bearing, RB - Roller Bearing

Lexa™ High Capacity Baitcasters Features:

  • New mold design
  • Swept Handle with weight-reducing cutouts
  • Aluminum frame and side plate (gear side)
  • 7 Bearing System (2CRBB, 4BB +1RB)
  • Magforce® Cast Control
  • Infinite Anti-Reverse
  • Extra line capacity for strong lines, powerful fish (300 size)
  • Counter balanced Power Handle on 300 Hyper Speed Models (300 size)
  • Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag with 22 lb. drag max (300 size)

 

FREE BRAID & MONO SPOOLING and FREE SHIPPING

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FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling
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
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 16 Strand Hollow Core or 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 12 or 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $20.00
per 100 yards

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Special #5

Yo-Zuri High Speed Vibe
Troll or Cast

One of the most interesting new lures, introduced at 2017's ICAST, is Yo-Zuri's High Speed Vibe.  The lure has some functional similarities to the Halco Max 130, it's an effective trolling lure AND cast and retrieve lure.  Both applications can be done very well with this versatile lure.  The lures are 5 1/4 inches (130mm), weigh 2 7/8 oz (80gm). They are thru-wired, sinking design.

From the manufacturer:

The brand new High Speed Vibe is a realistic lure manufactured to match baitfish found up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. This unique lure can be trolled up to 15 knots, casted and retrieve or fished vertically in open water for a variety of saltwater game fish. The vibrating action of this lure is proven to entice strikes and the innovative through wire technology guarantees that fish won’t break off after the initial hook up. This is a sinking lure and can be fished at all depths/ranges. With key features like Yo-Zuri’s patented color change technology, powerbody and premium terminal tackle, the High Speed Vibe is sure to be your new go to lure!

  • “Power Body” with through wire construction

  • Welded shaft

  • Through wire construction

  • 3x treble hooks

  • Patented Color Change Technology

Our take? Well, the lure's finish is great, cosmetics excellent, rigged appropriately and can be enhanced with single hooks if that's your preference (Eagle Claw and VMC both offer in-line replacement hooks).  The trebles which come with the lures are 3X strong, plenty good for schoolie tuna.  I'm really thinking these new lures will shine brightly when we get a good run of albacore down here.  For those in NorCal and the Pacific Northwest, these lures might be of great interest for your summer albacore fishing.

Halco and Yo-Zuri comparison pic left. First glance, hooks appear better on the Yo-Zuri and the coloring process should be longer lived.  Both lures are nicely weighted and track well on the troll, both can be used cast and retrieve. Sure is nice to have some good options.

 

 

Buy

Description Introductory
Price
YoZuri High Speed Vibe Sardine R1303CIW $15.99
YoZuri High Speed Vibe Black Back R1303CHBL $15.99
YoZuri High Speed Vibe Dorado R1303CDR $15.99
YoZuri High Speed Vibe Pink R1303CHPK $15.99
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YoZuri High Speed Vibe Flying Fish R1303CFF $15.99
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Special #6

ToroTamer Offshore Explorer
Fish's Heavy, Packs Small

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 these 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.

Toro Tamer's well proven 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.

Compare the 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!

For more information:

Ferrules - 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 of rods. 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.  

Thanks for offering a great product

David Lowe

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Toro Tamer Offshore Explorer  Travel Rod
50-80 lb Pac Bay Uni Butt 6 1/2 ft 4 pieces plus HARD CASE
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$299.99

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Special #7

ESCA

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They're Back...and on special! The Original Award Winning Saltwater Powered Bio Light. Accept no imitations, these are the real deal, no batteries needed, powered by saltwater!

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. I wrote this back around 2007, and through 2010 we saw this product grow in popularity with USA based distribution. But, then something happened in 2011. Their USA manager disappeared, they did not come to the ICAST shows, we could not make contact, and people kept calling asking about the esca lights, if we had any...  I'll cut to the chase, we found 'em, we've got 'em, and you'd do well to grab some.*

(Please note, the image right shows the lure with hook, that's not accurate. The esca light comes with split rings front and rear, no hooks.)

There are four different styles/types of Esca attractors. The devices emit either green or blue light, and that light is either a constant fade in and out, or a 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 have been used in several tournaments for 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 bit.

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. For some rigging ideas please click this link.

 

 

 

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Esca Attractor - blue fade
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Esca Attractor - green fade
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Esca Attractor - blue blinking
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Esca Attractor - green blinking  
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 Special #8

SEI
X-Wrench
Multi-Function Tool - No Tackle Box Should Be Without This One!

Best Tool of it's type ever produced, it really is a must have item guys. Here's the deal, the owner of SEI is a dedicated long range fisherman, with some machining background, has an overseas factory working with him in his primary business, and is always looking for things to make his trips on the water better. He's a tinkerer. First product he came up with was the SEI bracket, a trigger grip version of the Cork Puppy. That's a nice product, this one's even better, and there are a couple other new ones in the final stages of manufacture we'll be showing off very soon. Back to the tool...

Going fishing means, getting your gear organized, tackle, rods, reels, etc. And, of course you've got to put your reels on the rods, and after the trip is over take the gear down again. On the LR boats we do this on the last day usually, and with 6-8 rigs to take apart and clean up there's some time involved. Having the right tool for a job is key in any work we do, and in the case of the X-Wrench you've got the right tool right in the palm of your hand - all the tools, all sizes, all the sockets you'll need plus screwdriver bits and the darn elevator type key that you need for Avet and a few other reels too. This tool has 'em all, plus a socket adaptor, bottle opener twist and cap popper, magnetic receiver for standard bits.... Darn thing is very well thought out.

#1 and #2 Phillips Drivers
#1 and #2 Barrel Nut Adapter
3/8" and 1/4" Common Driver
1/4" Standard Bit Adaptor
Sockets for loosening and tightening your reel clamp's nuts: 13mm & 1/2", 3/8", 7/16" & 10mm

The thing has all the tools you'll probably need, other than a crimper and pair of pliers or dikes (diagonal cutter). The tool is not cheap, but when you consider all it accomplishes, the time it can save you over the years, it's a stinking bargain in my estimation. I took one along with my on our RRIII 8 day charter this season, really impressed me with how well thought out it was, how well everything fit together. Only thing I wish I had was a small box or pouch for storage...working on that one. $29.99, and worth every penny in my estimation.

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SEI X-Wrench Tool $29.99

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 Special #9

ToroTamer Tools
New Models!
Cut, Clip, Crimp & Split Ring Opener, too!

ToroTamer has some new tools for us this year. Toro made some well considered changes to their Plier and Multi-Plier product for 2017 and beyond. As before, these pliers are made from machined aluminum with stainless steel jaws. Their cutters are made from tungston carbide, capable of cutting 500# line. They're spring loaded for ease of use.

Toro's Multi-Plier offers anglers a very useful tool, with some improvements based upon angler feedback, and my own cut index finger...  The new tools from Toro put the cutter back in-line with the plier portion of the tool. Before the cutter was on the side, and it was possible (easier) to cut your finger if you weren't careful. So, we moved the cutter back to the jaws. We also made this product a bit more compact than the previous plier, the new models are 6 1/2 inches in length.  They come with a sheath and lanyard.  Pricing also improved a bit on the new production. The old Multi-Pliers ran $49, the plier version was $39. For the new production, Toro only offers the Multi-Plier, thinking that this tool covers the major duty of a pair of pliers, but also provides a split ring plier nose AND can take care of some basic crimping too! It's a crimping plier, with split ring function...and tungston carbide cutters capable of slicing mono, braid or even cable. It truly is a Multi-Plier, and worth the space in your tackle kit.

 

 

The cutters are on the other side of the jaws. Note the split ring nose and crimping cut outs. New finish Digital CAMO!
Buy Description Price SALE Price
ToroTamer Multi-Plier Digital Desert  Camo $29.99 $19.99
ToroTamer Multi-Plier Gunmetal $29.99 $19.99
ToroTamer Super Braid Cutter $12.99 $9.99

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 Special #10

Yellowtail Coffin Nail Stickbait
-CLEARANCE-

Yellowtail Coffin Nail Stick Bait!
Heavy Duty Swimming Lures

The StickBaits feature a unique weighting system, they'll cast like bullets and come to rest near neutral. See some fish breaking the surface, toss one out and you'll get a good return for the effort. Fishing the surf, the smaller sized lures will bring in a lot of different species, and they'll cast well, too. Working the flats, the fish will move to these new lures just fine, and they'll hammer 'em. There are three models in this series of lures, two featuring two treble hooks, and one with three. The finish on these lures is something you'll really appreciate, again, there are no better lures on the market anywhere near their price - that is a lead pipe promise. If you fish the reefs, these are great lures, one of the most productive along the Mexican Coast (the 180 specifically, but all work well - just a matter of the fish size and what they are feeding on).

Our StickBaits use an internal weight system. On the larger size lure pictured you'll note both small and large steel weights. The larger weights are used to do a couple things. First off, they shift position, moving to the rear for longer casts, then towards the front of the lure upon retrieve for a stable come-back with weight forward assisted depth tracking. The also create a "rattle" upon retrieve, and the larger size creates a lower frequency sound.  The smaller bb's are there for the sound, their rattle is a higher frequency. Both, entice a predator's interest, and the benefit of the lower frequency sound is greater sonic distance under water. This dual attraction, coupled with internal chambering, structural strength, quality hooks and excellent casting properties with superior fish attention stimulating finishes produce a super new lure that's very effective!

Specifications:
Large - 2 VMC 3X Hooks, 180 mm, 66.3 grams / 7.086", 2.34 ounces
Medium - 3 VMC 2X Hooks, 150 mm, 41 grams / 5.91", 1.45 ounces
Small - 2 VMC 2X Hooks, 125 mm, 26 grams / 4.92", .917 ounces

"Your 180's aren't just for big BFT

We were throwing the shallow divers up close to the rocks in LA Bay with drags locked down on our Lexa reels 80# Spectra with a 2' topshot 60# flouro leader They hit like a freight train The YT was when I threw out into open water Good plugs"

Alan Beilstein

 

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Description Price
CB StickBait 180mm BlackBack $12.99
$9.99
sold out CB StickBait 150mm BlackBack $9.99
$4.99
sold out CB StickBait 125mm BlackBack $8.99
$3.99
 
CB StickBait 180mm Sardine $12.99
$9.99
CB StickBait 150mm Sardine $9.99
$4.99
sold out CB StickBait 125mm Sardine $8.99
$3.99
 
sold out CB StickBait 180mm Emerald $12.99
$9.99
CB StickBait 150mm Emerald $9.99
$4.99
CB StickBait 125mm Emerald $8.99
$3.99
 
CB StickBait 180mm Blue Runner $12.99
$9.99
CB StickBait 150mm Blue Runner $9.99
$4.99
CB StickBait 125mm Blue Runner $8.99
$3.99
 
CB StickBait 180mm Blue Mackerel $12.99
$9.99
CB StickBait 150mm Blue Mackerel $9.99
$4.99
sold out CB StickBait 125mm Blue Mackerel $8.99
$3.99
 
CB StickBait 180mm Purple Mackerel $12.99
$9.99
CB StickBait 150mm Purple Mackerel $9.99
$4.99
CB StickBait 125mm Purple Mackerel $8.99
$3.99
 

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