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5/19/2019 - Welcome to our Weekly
Specials, something we try to post each Sunday.
Before mentioning this
weeks offers, I must say this global warming trend is making us
downright chilly here in SoCal. It's May and we have rain
and cool temps again today, with more of the same likely next
week. Despite that, the fishing has been looking darn good for
this time of year, pretty amazing with some of the local bluefin
activity. It's also the time of year we expect barracuda to be
moving thru hitting surface iron, white seabass... Not sure if
the scooters will show on time, might just be waiting on some
warmer water. Water temps are still relatively cool, low 60's.
Conditions have been downright sloppy on the water with some San
Diego based boats not bothering to leave the dock Saturday given
8 foot seas at 8 second intervals. Some boats are targeting the
bluefin, which can be fickle at times, and some yellowtail, and
some bottom scratchers - rockfish, lings, whatever is on tap.
Quite a range, and best to see which boats are focused on your
particular interest. Next week does not look much better in
terms of weather off our coast, a bit sloppy. However, things
look brighter for Memorial Day Weekend! Let's hope the
prognosticators are correct with that call. I'm thinking that
better conditions arrive right on time for the holiday, sure
looks that way and with a very nice range of options for both
private boaters and the larger charter boats, we have some nice
opportunities coming our way...finally!
For this weeks specials,
some changes, many more planned for the next installment of the
Weekly Specials. A very nice buy on Okuma's 50W Limited
Edition reels, Seigler Surf Specialty SM, Daiwa Saltist Stars,
and of course the best buy I've made in this business in 20
years with the Metaloids. While we started out with well
over 1000 reels, three pallets, the total inventory is about 130
pieces with one model sold out. If you've been on the fence,
this is a good time to get off it. For lures, Nomad DTX
Minnows garner favorable feedback, Capt Jimmy Wahoo Bombs,
ToroTamer Wounded Swimmers, Duran Clamps, and more.
As always, thank you for visiting our
Weekly Specials and hope to see you at the shop!
Sincerely, Mark Smith
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transfer, the other bogus credit card billing...by a vender I
trusted. I'm still on the
hook for over 20K
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Edition Blue/Silver 50W SEA
Limited Supply - Rare Find -
Well, it's always fun going thru the warehouse...ours or
any other of our suppliers. This time we made a
find at Okuma. Last year's limited edition run
sold out quickly, as it always does. Found a dozen
50 wides, beautiful. If you are completing your
set, wanting to own something unique and rare, here's a
Last year, as they have for the past four years, Okuma
offered a limited run of blue and silver reels. These
sold out quickly, and with only one production, quickly
became scarce. Well, we have a few to offer and
doubt they'll be up for very long. The limited
editions are only offered on the SEA version Makaira
reels. The SEA's are the long range reel of choice with
now for what's different on the Special Edition reels, the SE Series
- 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. - Frames have been machined out for increased clearance between the
spool and cross bars. - SE reels have a yellowfin tuna etched into the side plate to further
distinguish them from the Gold series.
- 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!!!
Max Drag @ Full
Max Drag @ Strike
37.8" & 11.3"
For spooling most run 130# braid, hollow core, however
some will opt for 200# braid. It's all about
application, whether trolling, use off a kite or as a
heavy bait rig. A pair of these would no doubt look nice
trolling off the back a boat. These excellent
reels come with a reel cover, as do all Makaira reels.
We have the reels offered without braid/mono rigging
with a $60 discount. If you would like your reel
spooled it will be at added cost, but we do try to
defray a part of those costs when you make your
SM is a long distance surfcaster, made for
chucking relatively heavy rigs a long, long way.
They feature star drag rather than lever drag. In small part
they are based upon the SG (small game) reel from Release.
They are made for long distance casting, 150-200 yard casts!
The drag is made from carbon fiber, gears are stainless
steel, and the ergonomics are right on target for
comfortable fishing from this compact and powerful reel.
"The SM was designed from the ground up to be
a performance distance casting reel, plus it
also has all of the fish fighting elements we
know how to make." said Wes Seigler,
Reels' President and designer. "Ryan and I sat
down together and we went through all of the
major distance casting reels and took the best
of every reel and incorporated them into the
design. The big 'ah-ha moment' for me was when
I figured out how to design the foot and side
plates so that cross bars were no longer
necessary." The SM features an innovative and
completely open design which gives you
unencumbered access to the spool.
The reels offer an innovative design
which eliminates the need for cross bars. It's VERY open on
top as the picture indicates. It's low profile
chassis makes the reel VERY comfortable to fish. The free
floating spool produces optimum acceleration and minimal
resistance. Like the SG, the capacity of the reel will allow
for 300 yds of 20# mono, meaning when spooled with braid you
have up to 400 yds capacity fishing 50# braid! Weight
is 23 ounces, and you have the free spinning benefit of ABEC
7 Boca Ceramic spool bearings. The main gear is massive,
made from 316 stainless steel. Gear ratio is 6:1, so she's
quick and the SM is designed to cast 3 to 16 ounces. There's
also a fully adjustable magnetic cast control system. And,
like all Seigler/Truth/Release Reels, the new SM is backed by an
unconditional LIFETIME WARRANTY. These surf specialist reels
are available at $400.
We're showing off the SM below in
all black form. This is how we try to inventory the product, but it is
also available in black with red, black with silver and black with blue
trim (star and handle knob in contrasting color). Please note, the
handle shown above was phased out in favor of the one shown on the
red/black reel below. The more cut out handle which was supplied
in the early production runs had some flex issues when folks were
cranking against LARGE fish. So, the more solid design was incorporated
for greater strength.
The Surf model pictured above, more
information on this unique surf oriented
conventional reel can be found in the
next section. This is just a teaser to
peak your interest... Sorry, will post a
new pick once we get some of the new ones in here.
series conventional star drag reels have been a hit since they were
first introduced almost 10 years ago. 2018 marks the third
generation of Daiwa's Star drag Saltist Series.
Daiwa doesn't change
products unless they feel they need to, and in the case of the Saltist reels, they really didn't need to make a change. They've
been solid performers, great casters, and have established a very
favorable reputation. The update to the reels seems minor at
first glance, but we see couple things evolved for the better.
Specs are still quite good for what these reels are intended to do,
they'll cast well, have more drag available than necessary, and they
are a nicer build. One thing I quickly noticed, of course my
pet peeve, how's the drainage? Are they trapping saltwater
internally or allowing for easier cleanup by a tired angler after a
day on the water? How's the freespool? Overall feel???
Feel, well they
feel tight and smooooth, spin like tops, and they addressed drainage
like Okuma did on the Makaira series reels. The old
did a great job with four ports for drainage, getting the job done
vertically or horizontally. The new models took that design and made
the ports about double the size. That's great in my estimation!
Gearing on all reels in the series is 6.4:1, quick. Daiwa's
conservative with their products, very conservative company, and
conservatively rates their reels for use with 12-40# mono, and
double that for braid (typical for Japanese manufacturers - but I
see no reason to claim a higher test with braid than mono - pressure
is pressure... It's all about line capacity and drag
capability. Given the drag these reel put out, you can indeed
fish them quite successfully. Also, most of us fish a mix of
braid and mono. So, I'm going to suggest that Daiwa made an
error calling the reels 12-40# models. Clearly with their drag and
capacity numbers, these reels cover lines/leaders greater than 40#.
Frankly, the 50# sill see duty at 50-60# by many anglers, and there
will be those fishing straight 50# braid with a short topshot of 30#
on the small 20 size. But, Daiwa provides some guidance.
Saltist 20H pictured above
manufacturer: The SALTIST STAR DRAG CONVENTIONAL REELS are designed with the
latest trending features, strong yet compact and light. The 6 reels
in the series will hold line classes from 12- to 40-pound test mono
and are strong enough for braid sizes up to 80-pounds. The drag
system can apply as much as 25-pounds of pressure to the spool.
Constructed from machined aluminum, anodized for maximum corrosion
resistance, these reels are sturdy and durable yet high performing.
The true freespool of this star drag system allows for longer casts
under a variety of conditions and uninhibited spool pay out is
ideally suited for fishing live bait. The 6.4 to 1 gear ratio is
fast enough for jigging, yet powerful enough to put big fish on the
deck. Competitively priced for a high performance reel, it won’t be
long before you see Saltist Star Drag Reels loading up the rod racks
of your favorite local fishing vessel.
SALTIST® STAR DRAG FEATURES:
reels designed to hold from 12- to 40-pound monofilament
Maximum drag pressure from 17- to 25-pounds, well suited for
Built from machined aluminum with an anodized finish for
greater corrosion resistance
4 stainless steel ball bearings and a roller bearing
Extremely smooth freespool
6.4:1 gear ratio
System for control and longer casts
SALTIST STAR DRAG REELS
Line Per Handle Turn
Line Capacity (Lb. Test / Yards)
6.4 : 1
12/350, 14,290, 20/180
(J-BRAID 8x: 30/550,
6.4 : 1
12/420, 14,260, 20/210
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/260,
6.4 : 1
14/490, 20,295, 25/235
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/380,
6.4 : 1
20/300, 25,240, 30/180
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/600,
6.4 : 1
25/400, 30,270, 40/240
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/660,
6.4 : 1
30/350, 40,310, 50/220
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/840,
300 Yards FREE BRAID
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The Best Value in offshore oriented reels, got even better... (while supply lasts)
These reels represent the best buy we've
made in 20 years. We literally cleared
out Okuma's warehouse, bought them
all, and no one can match these
smoking deals. This purchase was our single
largest buy in 20 years, well over $200,000,
over three pallets of fantastic reels. The
value of these reels was the best in the
industry at their regular price, with our
buy the deal became even more of a "no
brainer" value that's packed with
performance. No plastic fantastic stuff
here, these all metal reels offer
exceptional performance and they are all
two-speeds! If you've never owned a two
speed reel, now is your chance, and once you
fight a fish on a reel with this feature
you'll understand why a lot of folks
consider it essential. To top things off,
please note that these reels offer a three
year manufacturer's warranty - while the
standard warranty in fishing reels is one
Metaloid series has been a fantastic winner
for this major league firm. The 5 and
5 narrow two speeds are among the most
useful reels a person can own, all metal
two speed gearing, capable of taking large fish,
and with a fantastic 3 year parts and
labor warranty from the manufacturer.
These reels were made to retail well under
market at only $229, easily $100+ under
with our offer on these very capable reels
now. They are
rugged, capable, worthy of owning for many,
many years to come.
For those targeting larger fish, wanting to
fish 50, 60 even 80# lines, the 12's become
the reel of choice and the value even
stronger with a regular price of $299 and
our sale price of $219, a
savings of $80!
Save big on our limited stock,
it gets no better for two speed reels,
made from metal not plastic.
piece frame and left sideplate, 6061 T6 Machined aluminum frame and
sideplates. The reels are cold forged (same process as
the infamous bike makers $500 models...), type 2 anodized. The spools
are made from machined aluminum. They feature a corrosion resistant
coating process as well as the anodizing for dealing with saltwater
corrosion issues. All reels in the series offer 4 ball bearings and
best of all they offer 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gears!.
The drag system benefits from Cal's drag grease and Carbonite drag
washer. All models offer a loud clicker, and the freespool performance is
simply amazing. Two speed reels of this level of
quality command respect, ask folks that own them how much they value
their purchase. They compete well at their regular price, they compete
very well if they were $50 over that price when you look at other reels
from other firms. At the price we have them, they qualify as a
no-brainer purchase. The Metaloids are wonderful reels to own long term,
easily the best value in a conventional reel we've seen in over a
decade...if not more.
Nothing is forever. This was a huge buy, but it has it's
limits. Don't let this deal pass you by, and if you have
friends getting into saltwater fishing, let 'em know about
this offer. It's the best reel deal we've seen in well over
10 years time.
Max Drag @ Full
Max Drag @ Strike
350 yds 40#
6.4 & 3.8:1
42.1 & 24.8
400-450 yds 50#
400 yds 50#
500 yds 60#
For 2017, ICAST introduction, the new 12N II speed
is a piece we've wanted to see since we first played with the
Metaloid series reels. The 12N is like an Avet JX in terms of size,
or a Newell 332 for those with a memory. Perfect size, good line
capacity using 50-80# braid as a backing and fishing the piece as
your 50-60# needs require. For what it's worth, the new reels
came into our stock the day I came back from our five day Red
Rooster charter - 2016. If you watch the video of that trip you'll
see one of the guys, probably more than one, fishing the smaller
Metaloid 5II for bluefin tuna ranging from about 75-100 lbs. For the
12N, bump that fish weight up a bit
seen 150lb bluefin taken on them),
it's a very capable reel, and
now two years after it's first introduction we can also say it's a
reliable fish catcher that's also a rather incredible value. 12N
pictured in black and silver bottom right image. These were
incredible values at $299, we have done something rather
extraordinary in terms of their retail price to end the
year on a high note...
TWO Speed, Metal
Construction, very good Carbon Fiber drag,
good conservative match for 20-40# lines on
the 5's, and 50-60# on the 12's. Most folks
will run braid at one line class heavier
then their leader on these reels, so 50#
braid as backing for 40# mono, 60-80# braid for
50-60# mono topshot...
Multi-Function Tool - No Tackle Box Should Be Without This
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
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...
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
#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
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 and they now come in a very nice box to help you
keep things organized. $29.99, and worth every
penny in my estimation.
of the most enjoyable aspects to running this business is working with new
manufacturers on the way up. Duran Fishing Products is a great
example, a small machining company with some very good creative
ideas. The DFP Standard Clamp is their first product, and they
have another one coming soon. For those of us who have bought
or wanted to buy one of the newer low profile baitcasters, like
Okuma's Komodo, Daiwa Lexa, or some other nameless bike
manufacturers large baitcasters, the reel's design leaves out
something that most of us want to have - a reel clamp. It's a
profound positive, a requirement, when we fish heavier line tests,
and these new designed baitcasters with series drag capability are
made to fish heavy. They beg for a clamp, but it's not available
from the reel's manufacture.
As the line test increases, a clamp becomes more necessary. Many of
us have seen what happens when a reel flies off a reel seat and
breaks rod guides on it's way to the deep...
A reel clamp is
mandatory, not optional, should you wish to put one of these reels
on a deckhand style rod.
Every manufacturer missed this key angler need, but
there were a few firms that ran with the ball, at lest for a while.
Daiwa had a $55 clamp assembly, but they discontinued it. Tiburon
has one, but it's only good on one model of a particular manufacturers
reel - isn't universal and won't work on lefty reels. This is
something different. The Duran clamp is made to fit well over 40
In the past there have been several manufacturers
who have come to market wih a clamp assembly for use with these new
reels, but they've not been compatible across the different reels.
What worked for a Lexa would not work on a a Tranx or Komodo. And,
to further complicate things, what worked on a right hand retrieve
reel would NOT work on a lefty. Ed Duran, the fellow behind these
products, solved all those issues. As you can see from the image
below, we set up a Lexa 400 lefty with the clamp, works just fine as
does the right hand retrieve version.
This patent pending clamp
is the most versatile clamping system on the
market. It will fit OVER 40 different reels! All
components of the DFP Clamp are precision CNC
machined out of aircraft grade billet 6061
aluminum, making the single frame design strong
and sturdy. All components contain 3D machined
surfaces that allow for more contact with the
reel foot and rod, providing stronger clamping
force. The anodized finish provides resitance to
wear and the harsh effects of saltwater, and
they look great, too. Even with reels that offer
a clamp, you may find yourself running this
clamp assembly instead given the way it holds
your reel onto the rod. In terms of
compatibility, this new design clamp will fit
shimano Tranx 400/500, Daiwa Lexa 400, Okuma
Komodo 400 series, Torium 14-40, Penn Fathoms,
Avet LX/JX/HX, Daiwa Saltist and Saltiga...and
The DFP Standard
will fit the vast majority of rods on the market, however if you
have an old-school FAT rod, say a Seeker 6480 or an Ulua, you'l need
a larger sized clamp. There are now two large sized clamps, with the
large/medium size for most of the fat fiberglass 8 footers and some
9's. And, there's an even wider extra large clamp for those really
large 10 footers. That's a very limited application piece,
but if your rod has a really big diameter you'd need it, otherwise don't go that direction
because it's compatibility is more limited. We've been looking long and hard for something like
this with more compatibility between manufacturers, and we're glad
to say we found it in Ed Duran's new DFP Clamp.
Standard: Min Rod Diameter .875 (7/8) 22.5MM Max Rod Diameter 1.125
(1 1/8) 28.5MM
LARGE/Medium: Min Rod Diameter 1.125 (1 1/8) 28.5 MM Max Rod
Diameter 1.250 (1 1/4) 31.75MM
Extra LARGE: Min Rod Diameter 1.250 (1 1/8) 31.75 MM Max Rod
Diameter 1.500 (1 1/2) 38MM
tried to stock these lures several years
ago after returning from a Red Rooster
III charter. We had a very good bite on
wahoo that trip, and the boat had some
of Captain Jimmy's lures aboard which
really out produced the other wahoo
bombs. I contacted Jim, and he wasn't geared up to handle our orders.
He was a long ranger, made the lures as
a hobby, and didn't want to get too
wrapped up with more work. Well, a
few years passed, and Jim contacted me
in early 2019. Sure was nice to
hear that he'd like us to stock his
excellent wahoo bombs. Probably
the quickest order he's received,
narrowed down the color selection and
here's the result, some very successful
lures, very well proven to perform.
notice that these jigs are not pre-rigged with
cable or wire. Some anglers prefer to run
mono over the cable, personal preference. No
doubt that a person will get more bites if you
rig the lure on mono or fluorocarbon, but you do
run the risk of not getting your lure back in
your hands if you are in the midst of a good
wahoo bite. I usually run my own jigs
without any cable/wire, but will typically run
18-24 inches of 135# seven strand cable on a
bomb. That's what most will do fishing long
range. The lures are about 5.5 ounces in weight.
Tuna on the Troll
Just received a LARGE shipment...
DTX Minnow is a revolution in trolling
minnows, featuring the Nomad Autotune,
Hydrospeed, Diamond Armour and Gorilla
Through Wire advanced design technology. The
pat. pending Autotune system was designed
over years of testing by Damon Olsen and is
a revolution in lure technology that will be
applied to all deep diving lures across the
Nomad range into the future. The Autotune
design provides for 2 key features– maximum
diving depth, and the ability to ensure the lure always swims straight.
We've now had six months experience with
these excellent lures and they have proven
themselves very capable performers. They are
the hot trolling lure for wahoo on the long
range boats and they've taken some
impressive tuna too. We've supplied several
clients in Florida who have very positive
comments regarding the lure's success - they
caught wahoo when nothing else did...
During summer we experienced supply issues
as Nomad ramped up US distribution, opening
their own warehouse here. That's been
fixed and we have a very good sized order
arriving early this week. I've added a
couple new flavors to this week's specials,
and we have three or four more new ones to
be added later in the week.
Bibbed minnows have traditionally been made
with an eyelet fixed into the bib of the
lure. It is impossible to control the
manufacturing process to ensure that this
fixed eyelet design is always perfectly
centered and the fixed wire eyelet is not
bent. Therefore, virtually every type of
bibbed minnow made with a fixed wire eyelet
in the bib will occasionally either not swim
straight out of the box, or will fail to
swim straight after one or a few fish. The
eyelet is either not straight to start with,
or becomes distorted during use.
In the first
image you can see the plate of
steel to which the split ring is
connected. The plate "floats" so
it's angle can change, always
keeping the lure running true.
The second image shows the
forward position for connecting
an assist hook rather than the
single hook mounted at the
belly. This would be the
preferred hook type for a
billfish or perhaps a larger
grade tuna that might torque the
singles. You can re-rig with a
treble if so desired at the same
positions as the singles for
The pat. pending Autotune system developed by
Nomad Design has eliminated this problem. The
design eliminates problems during manufacturing
and ensure that no matter how many fish you
catch, the lure will keep swimming straight.
During testing we had lures that had caught over
50 fish, and had been worn through from wahoo
and dogtooth teeth to the point of the lure body
filling with water, but the lure kept swimming
perfectly. The DTX minnow with Autotune will
always swim straight, first time and every time,
no matter how many fish you catch.
The other key feature of the Autotune system
is the amazing diving depth that can be
achieved. The ability of the system to
perfectly centre itself every time on the
bib means that the tow point can be designed
to be as far back on the bib as possible,
effectively just forward of the point where
the lure becomes unstable and won’t swim.
However, having the tow point as close to
this “point of not swimming” is what
achieves maximum diving depth, but it can
only be done with a perfectly centred tow
point. Traditional fixed eyelet trolling
lures are unable to position the tow point
this far back on the bib and have to allow
room for error in the manufacturing process.
The pat.pending Autotune system has eliminated
this problem and has set a new standard for
diving depth in trolling lure design. In
addition to the Autotune technology, the
concealed Hydrospeed belly eyelet allows faster
trolling speeds with single hooks, and ensures
the lure is balanced with single hooks, so the
DTX minnow just keeps swimming straight and
true. The additional belly eyelet in front of
the Hydrospeed eyelet is designed to be able to
fit an assist hook when targeting large tuna and
marlin. For tips on how to rig your DTX minnow
for marlin and tuna, please see the website
The DTX 165 and 200 minnows are rigged with our
purpose designed inline single hooks and will
reach max. depth between 4.5-8kn. Ideal for
tuna, wahoo, king mackerel, yellowtail, mahi
mahi, marlin and sailfish, and every other
predatory fish in the ocean, The DTX minnow is
your first choice in bluewater trolling lures.
- do not over-rig these lures, you'll detract from their action
and performance. Thinner diameter leader means greater depth
with any billed diver and a heavy line improperly rigged can
impede the Autotune system. Don't go in for a lot of hardware,
snaps and such. A simple loop with crimp, on 3' of 175 cable
terminating ina swivel for line attachment is plenty good enough
and will outfish heavier lines. Don't run 'em on 12 feet of 400
lb cable! A shorter 3 feet of say 175-275 lb is recommended, and
is more than sufficient if you are targeting wahoo on the troll.
Same story for mono and tuna, keep it simple, and fish
reasonable line tests for your target. Thinner diameters get you
more depth and will catch you more fish. Personaly, I run 175#
49 strand AFW cable, with a double crimp to
the ring at the nose of the lure, about 3-4
feet, and then will use a barrel or ball
bearing swivel to attach to my main line.
Okay, we've been
stocking and selling these lures
they came into the US market, spring 2018. The response by
our long range anglers has been terrific. For
2018's excellent wahoo season these were the
lures of choice. We've supplied several of the
long range boats out of San Diego, who took the
lead from the Red Rooster, the first boat making
good use of the lures. The Nomad DTX
became the dominant wahoo lure for the fleet.
How good are they? Note the image right. This
particular lure was used by one of our clients
from Colorado, TunaTom. The lure pictured above
caught 21 wahoo and still swims perfectly (and
yes, that's why we're now stocking the Glold
Glow pattern lure below...).
Another excellent set of tools for anglers. Go on a
boat and check the tools used by the deckhands, might be something
similar hanging from their belt...but chances are not quite as nice.
These quality drop forged tools, needle nose and dikes, offer very
good quality, and then they are customized by a fellow angler who
does some very nice cordwork. With the "wraps" and unique knots, and
some sealant to
ensure they stay secure long term, these tools are
confidence inspiring - and they do look darn good, too.
The tools are not stainless steel, but they will last a
lifetime with appropriate maintenance, a rinse with freshwater and a
bit of oil will keep 'em functional.
The wraps are guaranteed to hold up by the man who produces the
pliers. We do have some nylon deckhand sheaths available at our shop which can be added
to your order. In all honesty, pliers this good should have a nice
we hooked up with a fellow who does some wonderful
leatherwork, AC Plier Holsters. The fellow making
these premium grade holsters does excellent work. These can
very well be lifetime products for the fisherman. Top
quality leather, excellent and durable stitching. They
are just flat out perfect. We have these made in both
black and brown, with and without tuna spike receiver.
Speaking of spikes, folks have been asking
for us to stock this necessity. Dispatch a tuna like a
with these handground tooks. Like the pliers, they are
made by the same fellow, top quality for decades of use.
We have two versions of spikes available: metal noggin and
bone-head with headband. Both fit nicely in a guys hand.
deckhand sets above offer some fancier wraps, and a great USA
made holster. These sets offer excellent functionality, a
very good wrap job with imported sheaths. We offer three
different plier/dike sets: Standard (shown with red wraps), Big
Jaws (shown with blue wraps) and Duckbill tool sets (big jaw
pliers with duckbill pliers shown in black wraps). Like
any tool, especially those subjected to saltwater, a bit of
maintenance goes a long way towards extended usefulness.
The two upgrade sets offer TI coating for greater saltwater
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