New Sizes - 300/400/500 gm

Home Charters Gift Cards Tackle Store What's New Clearance Bugs-R-Us Weekly Specials

 Click to Verify - This site has chosen a thawte SSL Certificate to improve Web site security


We have an opening at our San Diego shop
- please click banner link above to apply.


 [Home] [Articles] [Charters] [The CharkBoards[Tackle Shop] [Clearance] [Weekly Specials] [Gift Cards] [View Shopping Cart]


Limited Edition
Save $80
or Free Rigging!
SM for Surf

Saltist Star Drags
Free Super Braid Rigging!
5NII & 12II, 12NII
Save $60-80!

One tool does it all
Don't leave home without it

DFP Clamp
for Lexa, Tranx, Komodo and more

NEW Product Intro

Wounded Swimmers!
Cast for Tuna and Wahoo!
Capt Jimmy

Wahoo Bombs
Long Range Go-To for 'Hoo!
Nomad Design

DTX Minnows
Wahoo & Tuna on the Troll!

Deckhand Tools
Tuna Spikes
& Sheaths

Hand Made USA Quality
-and something extra...

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!

Mark Smith

Billing: Please note, we do things a bit differently than other on-line businesses, in part due to my own concerns over on-line privacy and fraud protection. When you submit your order with us, you will not be asked for your credit card's CVC number during check out. You are immediately sent an order confirmation. We will then contact you by phone or email to confirm your order, to make sure rigging, if needed, is clearly understood, confirm stock availability and then we will ask for the CVC and process your order. We do NO billing online, nor do we bill prior to confirming inventory availability. Best practices for on-line credit card transactions is to never store CVC numbers - for YOUR PROTECTION. Once we process your order and bill your card, that information is shredded. You will need to re-enter that data each time you order on-line, and we'll need your cvc number.  It may be an inconvenience, but it's a whole lot better than the potential problems associated with unauthorized credit card use. We do this to protect your private information.  I was on the bad end of a fraud situation some years back, twice, $40K each time, over 80K! One was an ACH transfer, the other bogus credit card a vender I trusted. I'm still on the hook for over 20K You can not count on your bank's help, but you can limit your exposure. Think about that next time you order from an on-line retailer who holds your credit card information.  We don't do business that way. We treat our clients like we'd like to be treated, thus the added security. We apologize for any inconvenience, but let me say that's minor compared to having your card used fraudulently...  When you order from us, you will hear back from a real, live person, who will confirm your order, provide delivery time, shipping information, and then with your approval we'll bill and ship the goods. We're not amazon, we're a specialty saltwater retailer with a staff that knows fishing and how to improve your success. 

*Free Shipping for orders over $150 (one package, MOST rods will carry a surcharge of $20 or more) shipped within USA FedX or USPS - 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 will quote you prior to billing.  

* We like to include some videos and flash animated images on our site.  Chrome's browser now wants everything to be "secure" with an https prefix to our webpages. Going that route prevents the vids to be viewed.  If you drop the "s" from the http, you'll be able to see everything AND your security will not be adversely affected. When you order an item the site automatically goes secure. WARNING Cancer and Reproductive Harm –
- Applies to every item we sell in one way or another...

Special #1

Okuma Makaira
Limited Edition Blue/Silver 50W SEA
Limited Supply - Rare Find - save $80!

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 great opportunity.

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 several benefits:

Okay, now for what's different on the Special Edition reels, the SE Series reels feature:
- Open Spool Bearings with TSI-301 oil. This increases freespool 2 to 2 1/2 times!
- All non-spool bearings feature FULL grease pack for maximum longevity.
- 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!!!

Model Bearings Spectra Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight MSRP SALE
MK-50WII SEa 4BB+1TB 840/130#* 3.2:1 & 1.0:1 37.8" & 11.3" 85-lbs 60-lbs 65 oz. $659.99 $579.99
save $80

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 selections below.


Rigging is at an added cost for this Limited Edition Reel

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

Braid Test - Select options  if you would like us to rig your new reel
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied with above selection
- SELECT options above,
Then if needed select additional amount you 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
Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above


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

View Your Shopping Cart


Special #2

Seigler Reels


The 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, 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.


Color Only for SM-Surf, reel body black with optional knob and star colored.
Expect a brief wait for the color option reels - 2 weeks.
Braid/Spectra Spooling
- select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 

- NO CHARGE selections in blue fields below
- Option in RED at increased costs
Braid MFG
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied per above selections
- If you require additional line spooled please select options below.
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above


Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above


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



Daiwa Saltist
New Models!

Daiwa's Saltist 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 Saltists 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


From the 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.

  • 6 reels designed to hold from 12- to 40-pound monofilament

  • Maximum drag pressure from 17- to 25-pounds, well suited for braided line

  • 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

  • Centrifugal Breaking System for control and longer casts

Bearings Gear
Line Per
Handle Turn
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
SALTIST15H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 39.5 14.3

12/350, 14,290, 20/180

(J-BRAID 8x: 30/550, 40/330

17 $239
SALTIST20H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 39.5 16.4

12/420, 14,260, 20/210

(J-BRAID 8x: 40/260, 50/200

17 $239
SALTIST30H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 39.5 16.8

14/490, 20,295, 25/235

(J-BRAID 8x: 40/380, 50/360

17 $239
SALTIST35H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 37.4 21.3

20/300, 25,240, 30/180

(J-BRAID 8x: 40/600, 50/360

25 $259
SALTIST40H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 37.4 21.8

25/400, 30,270, 40/240

(J-BRAID 8x: 40/660, 50/490

25 $259
SALTIST50H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 37.4 22.4

30/350, 40,310, 50/220

(J-BRAID 8x: 40/840, 50/630

25 $259


300 Yards FREE BRAID

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


Rigging Options
- 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. 
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
View Your Shopping Cart


Special #4

12NII & 12II
Two Speed Performance - SAVE $60-80
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 year.

Okuma's 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 construction, powerful 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 their competition.  Save $60-70 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.

One 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.

Model Bearings Mono Capacity Braid
Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight   Regular Price    SALE
M-5N II 4 300yds/15# 350 yds 40# 6.4 & 3.8:1 42.1 & 24.8 24 15 lbs 15.7 oz $229 $169.99
save $60
M-5II* 4 340/20# 400-450 yds 50# 6.4 & 3.8:1 42.1 & 24.8 24 15 lbs 15.9 $229 sold out
M-12NII 4 250/25# 400 yds 50# 4.7 & 2:1 42.1 & 24.8 34 27 lbs 23.4 $299 $219.99
save $80
M-12II 4 320/30# 500 yds 60# 4.7 & 2:1 35.4 & 15.7 34 27 lbs 25.8 $299 $229.99
save $70

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 (I've 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...



FREE SHIPPING + Reduced Price 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 MFG/Type
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 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


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


Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#)$12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#)$18.00
per 100 yards

View Your Shopping Cart

FREE SHIPPING + Reduced Price Quality Braid Rigging!

Special #5

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 and they now come in a very nice box to help you keep things organized.  $29.99, and worth every penny in my estimation.


Buy Description Price
SEI X-Wrench Tool $29.99

View Your Shopping Cart

Special #6

Duran Fishing Products
Problem Solved
2019 New Product Introduction

Here we go again...

One 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 different reels!

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 many more.


We have a couple pdf's for you to check:

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


Buy Description Price
Duran DFP Clamp Standard $49.99
(for BIG fat rods, 90J, ULUA, 6480M+)
Duran DFP Clamp Xtra LARGE
(for BIGGER fatter rods, 90J, ULUA, 6480M+)

View Your Shopping Cart

Special #7

Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer

Productive Lure for Wahoo & Tuna!

The new version of our popular Wounded Swimmer is into it's second generation. This lure was based upon an old SPRO design which was discontinued a few years back. Then, it was a general purpose lure, mostly popular in the smaller sizes. But, upon it being discontinued we made a large purchase and one of our clients discovered it's strength as a wahoo lure. Based upon his experience (goes by the nickname Planet, a PhD-type teaching and researching at a CA university between fishing trips), we brought the piece back as a CharkBait lure a couple years ago in two large sizes and it did very, very well for wahoo, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail (among other species). It did extraordinarily well for the "skins." (note the image right, a nice wahoo from our 2014 RRIII charter - lure still in the 'skins mouth)

In this update we've continued with the improvements made before, and added something for the guys targeting larger, harder pulling fish like tuna and wahoo. Now the lures have a ball bearing swivel as the attachment point for the hook, and we've added an oversized welded ring at the nose instead of the split ring for even better action from the lure. Both improvements will provide anglers with a better performance, and our thru wire construction and less brittle body (than the old SPRO) means the lure can survive longer in the real world encounters with a hard gelcoat on a boat without catastrophic cracking. It can happen, but it takes far more punishment than the old SPRO did, and we've made it a better lure for catching wahoo and tuna.

Yep, we made a better mousetrap - make that fish trap.  We have made the lures five productive colors, two sizes, 150 and 100 gram weights, 6 1/4 & 5 1/2 inches respectively. They have a very nice curve which provides some added action on the retrieve, and upon the drop mimics a stunned bait as it drops in a flutter. The lures are exceptional, and all the colors are excellent in attracting attention from the targeted species. The big eyes also add to their realistic appearance and attention getting, fish attracting performance. These are some of the best wahoo and tuna lures you'll find. They can be fished on the slide as well as cast and retrieve mode. The price went up a tad from the earlier production, but the value is in the upgrade lures without a doubt. Both the new hook, welded ring and swivel will make these lures even better than their predecessor, and those were darn good lures with lots of fish to their credit.



Description Price
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Purple Back 100 gm $10.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Purple Back 150 gm $12.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Blue Back 100 gm $10.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Blue Back 150 gm $12.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Pink Back 100 gm $10.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Pink Back 150 gm $12.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer  Mackerel 100 gm $10.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer  Mackerel 150 gm $12.99

 Special #8

Captain Jimmy's Wahoo Bombs

- Cast and Retrieve for 'Hoo

I 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. 

You may 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.



Description Price
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs GREEN $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs ORANGE and BLACK $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs PURPLE and PINK $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs BLUE DORADO $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs PINK and  GOLD $15.99

View Your Shopping Cart

 Special #9

Nomad Design
Wahoo & Tuna on the Troll
Just received a LARGE shipment...


The 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 best tracking.



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 videos.


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.


Rigging - 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 since 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...).



Description Price
Nomad DTX 165 Gold Glow $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Gold Glow $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Orange Mac $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Orange Mac $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Orange Chartreuse Mac $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Orange Chartreuse Mac $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Green Mac $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Green Mac $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Fusilier $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Fusilier $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Nuclear Coral Trout $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Nuclear Coral Trout $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Black Pink Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Black Pink Mackerel $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Pink Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Pink Mackerel $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Spanish  Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Spanish  Mackerel $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Sardine $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Sardine $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Bleeding Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Bleeding Mac $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Red Head $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Red Head $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Hot Pink Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Hot Pink Mackerel $32.95

View Your Shopping Cart

 Special #10

Custom Wrapped Deckhand Plier Sets

Back in Stock

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 leather sheath...




Well, 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 dechand pro 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.




Buy Description Price
Custom Wrapped Deckhand Set red/black - pliers & cutters $39.95
Custom Wrapped Deckhand Set blue/black - pliers & cutters $39.95
Custom Wrapped Tuna Spike red/black - metal head $30.00
Custom Wrapped Tuna Spike red/black - bone head $30.00
Custom Wrapped Tuna Spike  blue/black - metal head $30.00
Custom Wrapped Tuna Spike  blue/black - bone head $30.00
Custom Holster - BLACK $40.00
Custom Holster - BLACK w/spike receiver $50.00
Custom Holster - TAN $40.00
Custom Holster - TAN w/spike receiver $50.00

Something Extra

The 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 resistance.



Description Price
TT Custom Deckhand Standard blue
(imported leather sheath)
TT Custom Deckhand Standard red
(imported leather sheath)
TT Custom Deckhand Standard black
(imported leather sheath)
TT Custom Deckhand Large Big Jaws blue $44.99
TT Custom Deckhand Large Big Jaws red $44.99
TT Custom Deckhand Large Big Jaws black $44.99
TT Custom Deckhand Duckbill blue $54.99
TT Custom Deckhand Duckbill red $54.99
TT Custom Deckhand Duckbill black $54.99
TT Custom Deckhand Duckbill blue 
(imported leather sheath)
TT Custom Deckhand Duckbill red 
(imported leather sheath)
TT Custom Deckhand Duckbill black
 (imported leather sheath)

View Your Shopping Cart





Any questions?
Please e-mail us, click on the image-button link below or give us a call:

Sales & Service

Click on one of the characters below to email us.

Retail Shops

Office Hours:

(office closed on major holidays and weekends)

Product Information,
Order Processing
& Shipping

Staff: Mark, Nadiya & Sergey

Phone Toll Free
Mailing Address:
CharkBait Sportfishing
16561 Bolsa Chica St. #105
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

If you are trying to reach us after 5pm weekdays or weekends, our Huntington Beach shop staff can assist. *

Please note: We're closed major holidays, both our offices and our shops.
New Years, Independence Day,  Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas. We reserve the right to take off early if there's a great local bite...

On-Line Operations, Policies, Practices & Shipping


Product Info&Sales

Product Advice
& Technical Assistance


Offshore Private Boating & Long Range
Surf & Private


Inshore, Surf, Offshore  Private Boating
& Central America


Local Inshore & Surf

Shipping & Tracking

(Shipping Dept.)

Local & Long Range
Mark's #1 Son


& Billing Questions

Mark's Boss

Likes to fish, Long Range, Central America, Texas Freshwater, splits time as a mom, Mark's wife..

skype us @ CharkBait-USA 

Skypen wir. Senden Sie uns ein eMail mit Ihren Kontaktinformationen und zur zeitlichen Planung der Kontaktaufnahme.

Skype мы. Пошлите электронную почту для данных по контакта и к контакту план-графика.

Skype nous.
La Marque de Courrier électronique pour notre compte appelle et programmer le temps.

Skype εμείς. Στείλετε το ηλεκτρονικό ταχυδρομείο για τα στοιχεία επαφής και στην επαφή προγράμματος.

Skype noi. Trasmetta il email per informazioni di contatto ed al contatto di programma.


Skype nosotros. Envíe el email para la información de contacto y al contacto del horario.

Orders over $150 are shipped FREE!* Orders less than $150 are billed for shipping. 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. (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.)

   WARNING:  The products offered on our website can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

Huntington Beach

Open 5 Days a Week
Tuesday thru Thursday
Friday 10AM-6PM
Closed Sunday & Monday
Huntington National
Shopping Center
16561 Bolsa Chica St. #105
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Blake, David & Sergey
Store Map
Tour our shop
click link above
San Diego

Open 5 Days a Week
Tuesday thru Thursday
Friday 10AM-6PM
Closed Sunday & Monday

Midway Village
Shopping Center

3166 Midway Dr. #101
San Diego, CA 92110

 Jeff - Asst Mgr, Megan, & Mike

Store Map
Tour our shop
click link above

Visit us on our YouTube channel: CharkBaitUSA


Thanks for visiting and supporting...
CharkBait! Internet Sportfishing


Support the American Sportfishing Association - your voice for the preservation of our fishing rights.

City of Huntington Beach Business License: A179880, A207574

All rights reserved © 1996-2019
All rights reserved: All Original Images and Creative Content are the copyrighted property of CharkBait/Mark Smith.
The CharkBait name, logos and other content of this website are trademarked
, as well, the names of our proprietary lures and travel rods are tradmarked and our exclusive use is reserved by us. These registered
names include: Toro Tamer, Surf Explorer, Offshore Explorer, Inshore Explorer and of course CharkBait!

Infringement upon our legal rights to exclusivity of use will be vigorously prosecuted. That's a promise.

CharkBait makes no guarantee on merchandise, product safety or suitability beyond those claims offered by the respective manufacturers. We only offer products that we believe in. CharkBait maintains a significant inventory of the products we represent, that saves shipping time for our clients, and proves our belief in the products we represent. We stock the gear we sell, we don't depend upon a third party to handle your order.  Your order with CharkBait is given personal attention. 

We do not provide any personal information regarding our visitors and clients to anyone. That's our privacy policy. We do have banner advertising on many pages.  We are the host for that service, the ads reside on our server. We do utilize "cookies" in order to increase user friendliness and functionality of this site. Cookies are required for building your "shopping cart." Bottom line, CharkBait respects our visitors and clients. 

We maintain the site daily, but please don't hold us liable for tyyppooographical errors or price changes which are beyond our control.  All transactions are confirmed prior to shipment.  All opinions expressed are those of the author, you can take 'em or leave 'em.  Shoes and shirts are not required for service. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.  I think that about covers it.