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#1 
Okuma

Tesoro
In Stock and with FREE BRAID RIGGING!
#2  
Okuma

Makaira Spinning Reels
New Models - Free Rigging!
#3    
Avet
HX 3 Speeds
Stack the Deck in your favor - Free Rigging!
#4  
United Composties

GUSA/US Series
 New Models Added!
#5
Toro Tamer
Spliceable 12 Strand Hollowcore
Save$80
1000M @$99
BLUE
#6
Daho
Rigging Needle Kits
Warehouse Find during Inventory -
CLOSEOUT
PRICED
#7
Esca
Bio-Lights for increased deep water bites

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!
#8
Toro Tamer
Wahoo Rippers
Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!
CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL RETURNS
#9  
ToroTamer

Soft Tako
Clearance
Buy 1 Get 1 Free
!
#10  
PAKULA
Peter Pakula's original Uzi and Micro Uzi

Classics -
Lost and FOUND!

12/10/2017
We've received a couple new reels last week, both from Okuma, and were informed of some new rods coming from United Composites. Okuma's Tesoro reels are finally in our inventory in some depth. You would be correct in considering these Makaira star drags - some similar design enhancements. Two models at present, there will be a third Tesoro, smaller sized reel in January/February. We also received the smallest of the Makaira spinning reels.  If you are targeting big game with a spinner, these very well could be the big game reels to most strongly consider. Some very positive reviews already published, all recognizing the strengths and performance of these high end big game spinning reels. Like their conventional reels of the same name, these will prove bulletproof over time. ToroTamer is going to narrow the range of products for 2018, some things going away. Less breadth of the lure and rod products, more depth of line and accessory products. So, we have some opportunities on closeouts to enjoy as their warehouse gets prepped for inventory.  We're offering a very good closeout on Toro's blue 12 strand hollowcore braid, & lure products. In preparation for our annual inventory which will conclude Saturday 12/9, we made a major find in the warehouse. We made a large bulk purchase of Peter Pakula's Uzi and Micro Uzi lures some years back.  We thought we'd sold through all inventory. But, way back in the darkest reaches of the barn we found two large boxes of....PAKULA UZI & MICRO UZI lures. We also found a few original 7Strand Tuna Clones which are listed on our Clearance page The Pakula lures are posted as the last item on this weeks specials, and we're selling these rare lures for a song.  Inventory will be completed this weekend, so we may find more gems hidden away...  Thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials!  

Great Stuff,
Mark Smith
 

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


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


Special #1

Okuma 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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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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Special #2

Okuma Makaira Spinning Reels
IN STOCK - New 10000 Size!

FREE SUPER BRAID RIGGING, INCLUDING HOLLOW CORE or...
GET A FREE STATE OF THE ART JIGGING ROD
Ahi Assassin Nano Helix 100-200 while supply lasts
(click here for more info about the rods)

First Introduced at 2016 ICAST - finally here now!

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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FREE SHIPPING + FREE Hi Quality Super BRAID or other value added incentive - click drop down menu above

- 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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Avet HX Raptor Three Speeds
Nothing like a low ratio granny gear for pulling stumps!

Three Speed Reels

Avet now produces all three HX sizes, from narrow, standard and wide in three speed form! Gearing is well thought out, faster on the top end, powerful in the midrange and a stump pulling 1.3:1 on the low gear. Raptors represent Avet's best effort, dual drag, high drag capability, excellent freespool performance for superior casting, magnetic cast control (on the HX not HXW), harness lugs, progressive ramp for the lever... Of course, like all Avet reels the new HX Raptor 3 speeds are made from machined aluminum, anodized for long term durability, carbon fiber drag material...

 

Standard Avets are great reels, the Raptors take the performance to the next level, and now with three speeds the versatility increases. The lower low gear will prove a huge advantage when dealing with a larger fish, and the faster high gear will improve jigging effectiveness. Reels have just arrived to our shop, most colors are here now, with some not completed (green, orange, purple, camo). We have silver, red, blue, black and gunmetal at present. Gold colored reels have also been completed, will be arriving later in the week. Reels are in stock now and available for speedy delivery. (Pictured above HX in blue, HXW in Gunmetal)

 

Model Gear Ratio Weight Capacity
Braid
Max Drag @ strike w/freespool Max Drag @ full PRICE
RIGGED
SALE
Three Speed Lever Drag - with harness lugs
HXJ Raptor
3 Speed
5.4/ 2.4/ and 1.3:1 29.0 300+/80#
(+small ~25' leader)
40 lbs 50 lbs $530.99 $477.89
HX Raptor
3 Speed
5.4/ 2.4/ and 1.3:1 29.0 500+/80#
(+small ~25' leader)
40 lbs 50 lbs $589.99 $530.99
HXW Raptor
3 Speed
5.4/ 2.4/ and 1.3:1 32.0 600+/100#
(+small ~25' leader)
40 lbs 50 lbs $599.99 $539.99

 


360 view with magnifier for close up views - must have Flash enabled to view.
Standard width HX 3 speed pictured above.

Pricing includes FREE USA Shipping, Reel Skin and one of several FREE OFFERS

Save 10%: select the "Un-Rigged" reel option from the drop down menu below.  Please note, if you take advantage of the 10% OFF savings, no other free promotional offers apply.

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- 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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Special #4

GUSA U.S. SERIES
Dual Helix
New Models Added

These are the original GUSA designs, dual helix carbon fiber construction - no 'glass in the mix. High quality graphite is used in these rods, like the rest of the UC lineup, but more of it and no fiberglass used for these classics. Hoop strength is created through the dual helix build, so no compression of the blank when under load and far greater durability than ever thought possible on a graphite rod - stronger than fiberglass. These are light for their rating verses other rods, and they are incredibly strong. These are the rods that built GUSA's reputation for strength and lightness. In the fall of 2016 United Composites added this series to their factory wrapped mix as a new series of rods to complement the Challenger Elite, Swimbait Finatic  and Challenger Platinum series rods. As of this writing there are now 13 different models, old time favorites being produced and some new ones, too. This series will expand to include additional models as time progresses, but what's offered now are the one's folks have asked to have produced first (Randy will make the 70H I've requested in time...dang, that's one of the nicest 30# sticks I ever fished). The rods are beautifully finished, ALPS dual lockdown seats, metal gimbals, and metallic blue wraps.  Very nice rods, exceptional is a better way to put it.

GUSA or US Series - The original GUSA series designed rods, DUAL HELIX build, no fiberglass. A bit faster in action than the Challenger Elite series. The GUSA series rods include some old and new favorites like the Tilefish, Predator, Monster, etc. In basic terms, the US series offers four carbon patterns in the build, dual helix times two for a four ply rod. The carbon fiber used to build the GUSA series rods is twice the strength (almost double the GSM - grams per square inch) of the carbon used on other rods like Seeker and Calstar - nearly double the amount of carbon fiber in the material used. That provides much faster recoil than a Grafighter, energy is loaded up and released faster, and the rods are stronger with far greater hoop strength (which is the weak point on any rod under compression or a load). Much like Calstar's design progressed rod performance beyond fiberglass in the late 1990's, so too does the manner in which UC's rods are built and the material used in their production significantly improves performance for fishermen today. These are wonderful rods to own and fish for decades to come. In my own collection, the CP series and the GUSA series are very well represented, and my favorites to fish.  One pull and you'll understand why, one good fish on the other end and you'll probably find good reason to replace a few of your previous favorite rods, they really are that good.

We learned this week that UC is in process of producing four new models in this series. They are listed below.  The new rods are in production, blanks finished, orders received now will be filled from this production. Expect a two week delay as the rods are finished.
 

 
Buy Description Length Line Test Action Price
80 XF - New Model 8' 15-25 Extra Fast $320.00
80 Mag - New Model 8' 20-30 Fast $320.00
80 Mega - New Model 8' 25-40# Fast $320.00
Tilefish Jr 7'6" 25-40# Extra Fast $297.00
76 HL - New Model 7'6" 20-30 Fast $297.00
76 HP 7'6" 30-50# Fast $320.00
Predator 7'6" 50-80# Fast $320.00
Monster 8 ft 30-60# Moderate $320.00
Tilefish* 8 ft 30-60# Extra Fast $320.00
Wahoo - best for jigs 8 ft 50-80# Moderate $320.00
Predator - best for bait 8 ft 50-80# Fast $320.00
Monster - store pickup only 9 ft 30-60# Moderate $359.00
Monster - store pickup only 10 ft 30-60# Moderate $375.00
 

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*Tilefish blank also used to produce the Swimbait Finatic RUC711XH model.

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Special #5

Toro Tamer Super Braid
Save $80

Toro Tamer® 12 STRAND HOLLOW CORE SUPER BRAID
BLUE Spliceable Super Braid CLOSE OUT!

ToroTamer will be narrowing their product line in some areas, the 12 strand hollow in blue is going away.  So, we have a bit of a special offer to pass along, while we have the inventory. This line usually sells for $180, it's only $99 on the closeout. That's 1000 meters (1100 yards) for $99! (100% PE polyethylene gel spun line)

Background: 12 strand has been the standard for hollowcore braid for years, but 16 strand is easier to work with for inline rigging, ...but more expensive.  At most shops you don't get much of a choice in hollow braid weaves and strands...there's just a rather expensive price tag. Do some comparison shopping on this one, 1000 meters of 12 strand hollowcore for $100, untouchable price. But, it's only as good as the inventory on hand. ToroTamer is going to double-down on 16 strand, with higher sales in that format we'll see sharper retail pricing for 16 strand in 2018. But, to get those economies Toro needs to bump up their volume and focus purchasing. So, CharkBait is gobbling up all their 12 strand hollowcore on a closeout.

I run the 12 strand on some of my reels, my Makaira 10's make use of that.  In my case I terminate with a splice loop and then run wind-on leaders on those reels. In that application, it does all it needs to do.  Makes an easy splice loop, and can be used for inline rigging too - just not as easy or versatile as a 16 strand. Toro's 12 strand line is a good product, costs less than the 16 strand and is just as good as a more costly 16 strand if all a guy's doing is making a splice loop or working with leaders one or two steps down in test from the braid.  ToroTamer will probably discontinue production of the 12 strand, we sell more 16 strand at the regular price of the line. But, this week we'll make you an offer that's darn hard to refuse - we're selling the blue 12 strand in 1000M spools (1100 yards) for 1/2 price.

In the context of in-line rigging, Toro's coloring process an improvement from other suppliers that have been on the market, but any coloring process will make the initial opening up a bit more challenging, it is indeed quite do-able though you may spend a modest amount more time working with the line. I think, by comparison to some other manufacturers, you'll also be quite impressed with the coloring process and it's ability to retain color longer than what's been on the market prior to this time.

A 12 Strand will not open up as well as Toro's 16 strand, that's a given, but it will indeed open up well. For 50 and 60# I would say that this line is best used by experienced folks, those who have been working with in-line rigging for some time and are comfortable with making use of some of the tricks of the trade. By that I mean, if things are a bit difficult (especially with the thinnest diameter lines like 50 or 60 lb. when trying to insert lines well above those tests) it's a good idea to make use of a small loop needle to open up the weave first. In general, I'd stay with one step down in the test leader you plan one running for the braid - especially with the 50 & 60# 12 strand. So, use the 50# with 30-40# leader, use the 60 for 40-50# leaders, and similarly drop down one to two tests for each size braid test line. You won't be able to stick in lines of double or more the test like you can with ToroTamer's 16 strand. With respect to the 80, 100 and 130 - those are darn easy to get started with. Again, the 16 strand is easier, but the 12 is quite "do-able" in terms of ease of use in-line rigging.

One note, a 12 strand product is a bit less expensive to produce than is a 16 strand, and there are benefits of running a hollow braid beyond the single benefit of inline rigging. A "solid" line when under pressure may tend to bury itself into the spool a bit more easily since there's greater area for the line to dig into. Since a hollow braid will tend to lay flatter, there's less tendency for it to dig into itself. Further, since the line lays flatter, capacity on a reel may increase as a consequence to the way it packs on a reel when loaded under appropriate pressure/tension. So, there are benefits to running a hollow line regardless of whether or not in-line rigging is employed. It's certainly much easier (and cleaner) to splice on more line in the event that you get cut off.

Buy Description Price SPECIAL
12 Strand 50 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $99.99
12 Strand 60 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $99.99
12 Strand 80 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $99.99
12 Strand 100 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $99.99
12 Strand 130 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $99.99

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Special #6

Daho Rigging Needle Kits

A few years back when ToroTamer came to market with their 16 and 12 strand spliceable super braid Daho produced the needle kits offered by Toro. Then Toro began to produce needles themselves, and the Daho kits were pushed further and further back in the warehouse shelves.  Well, just like CharkBait, Toro does an annual inventory which was completed last week.  Found the needles, and they need to be sold, Toro has their own needles and has not need for duplicate inventory. So, CharkBait purchased all the Daho product and we're making it an easy accessory to buy....

We have two kits for you, a small 3 piece Ultra Light kit and an Ultra light to medium test kit. We're selling the kits far under their regular price, well under cost. Daho's needles run $15 for threading and $20 for loops and latches. Do the math, this is a very good deal for those working with hollow core braid and leaders from 60# and down. Quantities are quite limited 25 pieces of the Ultra light kit and 50 of the light to medium kits.

 

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Description   Price


-The Ultra Light kit offers two threading needles and one extra small loop needle.

-The Light to Medium kit contains five hollow threading needles, a latch needle and loop needle.

Toro Tamer ULTRA LIGHT Needle Kits - 20, 30 & extra small loop
by Daho

$50.00
$20
Clearance
15 available
 

Toro Tamer Light and Medium Test Needle Kits -
20, 30, 40, 50,  60# hollow needles, extra small latch needle & extra small loop

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by Daho

$90.00
$40

Clearance

25 available
 


Special #7

ESCA

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!

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.

 

 

 

Bottom fishing time is approaching - take advantage of the savings... reg. price $19.99
SALE - GET 2 FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!
SAVE 50%
 

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Description Price
Esca Attractor - blue fade
- GET 2 FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
$19.99
for two
Esca Attractor - green fade
- GET 2 FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
$19.99
for two
Esca Attractor - blue blinking
- GET 2 FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
$19.99
for two
Esca Attractor - green blinking  
- GET 2 FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
$19.99
for two

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 Special #8

Toro Tamer Wahoo Ripper
- Cast and Rip Bait For Wahoo and more...

BUY 1 GET 1 FREE - TODAY

Toro Tamer's Wahoo Ripper is a proven product, based in large part on Perry See Hoe's  original designs. Perry, who started Raider Lures in Australia met with some unfortunate, unethical treatment here - could not sell his jigs under his own tradename. He has since retired and moved on, and what's been sold in this country as Raider Jigs has not been the original product for many, many years, long story behind that episode of bad business behavior. The current "Raider" jigs are made from steel rather than the more expensive brass - ours maintain the original material.  Lure weight with Toro Tamer's production is still 125 and 200 grams, in both chrome and gold finish. They are still made from solid BRASS so they drop fast and are super strong. Here's the downside, the cost of brass is what put the larger 5 and 7 ounce Krocodile spoons out of production - those lures would have ended up costing $30 or more...at dealer cost, given the price of the brass. And, that high cost is why the American "raider" jigs are now made from steel - a much cheaper alternative production material. Toro Tamer's production carried a higher cost too based upon raw materials, but we're willing to work far thinner in terms of our own margins as is Toro Tamer in order to bring the real deal back to USA fishermen instead of a cheaper knockoff which only shares the same name as the more productive original.  At this point, Toro is getting out of the lure business so they worked with us, and we're passing along the savings directly to our clients. It is a good time stock up, this lure is going away, and there's no replacement on the market with the exception of the steel version which simply ain't like the original.

There's a reason we don't go to steel for the product, it's not as good. The lures need to be produced from brass - just like the original Krocs. But, brass is expensive. This is probably the same reasoning effecting the steel production of USA "Raider" Jigs. They've not produced in brass for over 2 years time. Since we are factory direct we can hold prices down better, but in the case of the increase in raw material charges even with our efficiencies and direct marketing these are not inexpensive jigs. If they weren't such a basic staple on the long range scene we might have given up too. But, the fact is, these are a go-to bait for wahoo, arguably the some of the best jigs ever made for the 'hoo. We're working very thin on these lures, trying to keep the price down and the quality up - and maintaining the benefits of brass in this classic lure design which was strongly influenced by the originator, Perry See Hoe.


Caught aboard the Eclipse 09/2015

The price was great before, on closeout the deal is well under cost. But, it's time to trim inventory over at Toro's warehouse.

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Description Price per 2 LURES!
TT Wahoo Ripper 125 GM Chrome w/PINK PRISM $13.99
TT Wahoo Ripper 200 GM Chrome w/PINK PRISM $16.99
TT Wahoo Ripper 125 GM Gold & w/PINK PRISM $13.99
TT Wahoo Ripper 200 GM Gold & w/PINK PRISM $16.99

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 Special #9

Toro Tamer Sportfishing Products

SOFT Tako
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

The Soft Tako has been a real winner, catching many species of fish. Bass love 'em, rockfish, lingcod, most anything that looks for food near rocks and reefs will jump on this favored forage. They mimic an octopus, and to most fish that's a taste tempting delight. We have these unique lures produced in four sizes and five color patterns. The lures are priced right, and they will offer anglers something that fish haven't seen much of, but something that's a tasty treat for all species of fish, OCTOPUS!  Toro brought these lures to market about five years ago, and they've been steady sellers. Toro is in the process of clearing out a good chuck of space at their warehouse, will begin narrowing their focus to only the braided lines. So, the lures are going away.  We bought all they had, and we're passing along the close out savings to you.

How to fish 'em: First thing, make use of some good scent like Hot Sauce, Uni-Butter, Pro Cure, Smelly Jelly. All these things can make a difference in how long the fish will accept an imitation bait and they all are effective in this regard. Consider how an octopus moves, and mimic that action. There are times an octopus will slowly creep along the bottom, and there are times they are fired up and in flight moving pretty darn quickly to get away from another predator. So, in reality you can fish these lures a few different ways. We experimented fishing them as we would a knife jig vertically and we also fished 'em as we would a swim bait, and I have to say we got bit both ways. If the water was cooler, we found greater success fishing 'em slow along the bottom, and that makes sense too. So, please try different things, vary your presentation and make use of a good scent or squid strip on the lure. If you spend the time, you will be rewarded!

The new lures are available in some very attractive colors, Orange, Purple Haze, DEEP Purple, White and Chartreuse. The come in four weights, 24 gm (.85 oz), 46 gm (1.6 oz), 85 gm (~3 oz) and 110 gm (4 oz) weights, with lengths of 90, 110, 130 and 150 mm.

All lures feature a double hook arrangement, with both single and treble hooks rigged for sure hookups.


 

Size 1 - .85 oz, Size 2 - 1.6 oz, Size #3 - 3 oz, Size #4 - 4 oz.

BUY 1 GET 1 FREE
(Good to do inventory, Toro found more at their warehouse - updated products which had sold out from our stock)

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Description Price
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 1 Hot Orange $2.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 2 Hot Orange $3.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 3 Hot Orange $4.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 1 Purple Haze $2.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 2 Purple Haze $3.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 1 Chartreuse $2.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 2 Chartreuse $3.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 3 Chartreuse $4.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 1 White $2.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 2 White $3.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 1 Deep Purple $2.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 2 Deep Purple $3.99
Toro Tamer Soft Tako 3 Deep Purple $4.99

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 Special #10

Pakula
Rare Lures - Warehouse FIND!

Peter Pakula introduced this effective lure series in 2013, and we certainly sold plenty of the lures since that time. We made a large purchase when Pakula left the USA market. We thought we'd sold out long ago, but in preparation for inventory we found a couple boxes that were mis-marked tucked away in the barn. We have two rather large boxes of PAKULA's origninal Uzi and Micro Uzi lures!  Frankly, we could sell these impossible to find lures at a premium, however... that's not how we do things. The lures are in perfect condition, new and we're offering them at a very strong value.  Use these lures when the tuna are feeding on smaller baits. For early season albacore tuna, these are excellent candy.

 

Pakula's Hothead Series Micro Uzi Crystal lures are a small, light trolling lure for use when gamefish are on the smaller bait. There are many occasions for dragging these diminutive lures, and don't be surprised to see larger grade fish eating up small baits. Aggressively feeding fish are opportunistic feeders, they'll take what's available, and if smaller bait is what's around, that's exactly what they will target. From a local standpoint, small lures are a requirement for early season albacore tuna. When the albies are feeding on smaller no-see-ums, two eyes and a wiggle, suaries..., this lure is exactly what's called for. This HotHead is perfection in a little 4 inch by 1/2 inch size lure. The clear UV over clear flash skirts encourage lure visibility and will enhance your odds of getting bit verses any other small lure skirt material on the market. We're stocking the 4" size in some depth, but there is also a 5 1/2" version which will gain solid acceptance as the bait size moves up.

Buy Description Price CLEARANCE
Pakula Micro Uzi 4 inch Crystal Clear $6.99 $3.99
Pakula Micro Uzi 5 1/2 inch Crystal Clear $8.99 $4.99
Pakula Micro Uzi 4 inch Crystal Chart $6.99 $3.99
Pakula Micro Uzi 5 1/2  inch Crystal Chart $8.99 $4.99
Pakula Micro Uzi 4 inch Crystal Sunset $6.99 $3.99
Pakula Micro Uzi 5 1/2  inch Crystal Sunset $8.99 $4.99
Pakula Micro Uzi 4 inch Crystal Turq $6.99 $3.99
Pakula Micro Uzi 5 1/2  inch Crystal Turq $8.99 $4.99
Buy Description Price
Lures are unrigged, we can rig them if you'd like, just let us know the style of rigging preferred and the quantity you'd like rigged.
Standard Rigging $5.00
Premium Rigging single stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00
Premium Rigging double stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00

 


 


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