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#1 
Penn
 
New USA Made Torque
Spinning Reels
 
FREE BRAID Rigging!
#2  
Accurate
NEW Valiant 500N & 500
single and two speed
 
New Models!
#3    
Avet G-2
 New Models here now with more arriving
 
FREE BRAID Rigging!
#4  
Okuma ANDROS Series
Superior Casting and Jigging Reels
 
Free Braid/Mono Rigging!
#5
Fall Flat Jigs

Cast it, let it sink, reel it back...

(Productive) Jig'n for Dummies!
#6
Okuma

PCH Rods

New Product Introduction!
#7
RainShadow
Custom Built Rods
New Modelsfor 2017!
#8
United Composites
The lightest, strongest USA made rods on the market

Back in Stock!
#9  
ToroTamer
Multi-Pliers

New Product Introduction!
#10  
ToroTamer
12 Strand Spliceable Hollow Core

Save $40 - Factory Special!

5/28/2017 - Early Edition
Welcome to our Weekly Specials & best wishes for your Memorial Day Weekend!
Well, it's the official start of fishing season for a lot of folks. Sure, most of us never stopped, but for some this is the time to get off the couch and do something productive! This week we have some new product introductions to showcase. First off, of course we have some great new reels from the best manufacturers of saltwater worthy reels. We've added some new sizes on the Fall Flat jigs, new Multi-Tools, a trick desert camo pattern. We have a spectacular deal going on ToroTamer's 12 strand spliceable hollow core. It's not the 16 strand, but it's darn good stuff and the price is a world beater for this type of line. But, now back to some new product introductions... We've got a great group of saltwater rods to show you. Okuma showed off a new rod line at the Fred Hall Show, and they are here now. The PCH rods are designed for West Coast style fishing, faster actions, thinner diameter blanks, with flat out excellent components. We also are showing off our new RainShadow custom built rods for 2017. RainShadow introduced some new composite blanks this year, and they cover what we do very well. Again Salty Dawg from the San Diego area was our builder of choice, and again he did a wonderful job building these super sticks. And, finally United Composites continues building the finest rods in the business and this week we show off their most affordable and in many respects most impressive rods. UC is becoming the most copied and imitated rod line in the market, and that's a sign that other manufacturers are recognizing what we all already knew, they've got the best rods and the best rod designs. 

PLEASE NOTE, OUR SHOPS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, INTERNET SALES OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9AM-NOON.

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.)


FREE Fed Ex GROUND SHIPPING*
* for orders over $150 (one package, MOST rods carry a surcharge of $15-20) within USA.  AK and HI via USPS included so long as your order can fit in a standard size flat rate box - otherwise there will be a charge).  Oversize items, like lobster nets, rods and International orders will carry a shipping charge which we'll quote you prior to actual billing.

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


Special #1

Penn Torque Spinning Reels
-The new models are arriving!

Your Pick: SPECTRA/BRAID - INCLUDING 16 STRAND TORO TAMER SPLICEABLE HOLLOW CORE,
or CharkBait Premium Quality Multi-Function Pliers

You choose either FREE offer and we'll adjust your billing on your final invoice which you'll see in your mailbox within 24 hours of your order (Monday through Friday). Receive either the POWER PLIERS as pictured or superior quality Super Braid (gel spun polyethelyne line) spooling with mono topshot (if desired) at no additional charge. Both offers represent a value of up to $80, and both are excellent.
 

The new Torque Spinning Reels are arriving now, got a couple models in last week, with more coming this week...  We have received all three of the new models in depth, with more to come. First reels received are in silver finish, golds to come.

Penn's new second generation Torque spinners took some of the features from their earlier production, dropped a feature or two, and incorporated some new thinking into the designs.  Penn left off the switch under the spool, used for selecting manual verses auto bail. The larger sizes are manual, the 5500 has an auto-trip bail. Like all Torque/International reels from Penn, these are made in the USA.  The Torques make use of Penn's new IPX6 Sealed Body and Spool design, their Sealed Slammer Drag System with Dura-Drag. You have 10 bearings, all stainless steel, all good quality, and an instant Anti-Reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet (dog). These robust all machined aluminum reels are made for heavy duty fishing, from boat or shore.  As in the prior series, there are three models in the line, 5500, 7500 and 9500. 

We've received the 5500, 7500 and 9500 in silver as of this writing (5/16/17), waiting on the new reels in gold and the BLS models (non bail).  We'll do a little checking and fiddling here, but I have to say that my first impression is that these reels feel a lot "tighter" than the older models. Almost a Van Staal-like feel when cranking, and I'm thinking that this has to do with the sealing and saltwater intrusion resistance. The older Torques felt more Japanese when you turned the handle, felt more like Daiwa and others rather than Van Staal type tightness.  I'll try to gain more insight and post information as it becomes available.

MODEL MONO CAPACITY
yds/test
BRAID CAPACITY BEARINGS MAX DRAG GEAR RATIO PRICE
5500 330/12#, 290/15# 540 yds 20#, 400 30#, 250 50# 10 40 lb 5.5:1 $699
7500 340/20#, 300/25# 470/50#, 390/65#, 340/80# 10 50 lb 6:1 $749
9500 490/20#, 440/25#, 330/30# 575/65#, 490/80#, 425/100# 10 60 5.1:1 $799

Penn Torque Spinning Reels!

 

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FREE MONO Spooling & Optional FREE BRAID Spooling
- 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 

- NO CHARGE selections in blue fields below
  
MONO Spooling is offered at no charge - make your selections below.
- Option in RED at increased costs
-
Free ToroTamer Solid, hollow-core and other options will carry costs.

 
Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Includes Toro Tamer Solid @ n/c for 300 yds as option
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style

ADDITIONAL COST OPTIONS

300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied with selection above.
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 12 or 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $20.00
per 100 yards
 

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FREE SHIPPING - FREE High Quality SUPER BRAID

Made in America, and very proud of it!


Special #2
ACURATE Valiant
-New Micro Reels with Mega POWER!

Accurate's newest fishing reel is the Valiant, a very interesting micro small model with mega power. Overseas Micro-Jigging has become a popular method for catching fish. Small jigs, fished vertically on rods with VERY light action can produce a catch when other methods won't do squat. In areas that have been "fished out" folks are catching fish they'd have missed without this method employed. Whether or not that's a positive step in overfished waters is not the point, the method is important and useful even in abundant waters, and the innovations in fishing technology used can be applied to different applications. In Mico-Jigging the fisherman works very small jigs, similar to how one should fish knife jigs (and similar iron) on parabolic rods matched to the jig weight for best action. Then, once hooked up the angler points the rod directly at the fish and uses the reel's power to crank in the fish. There's a certain amount of finesse and a certain measure of raw power employed in fishing this method. All the stress of the fight is handled by the reel, not the rod. Here, rather than Asia, micro-jigging may not become the rage, however the concept of taking larger fish on smaller gear is something we have all learned to love, and no doubt Accurate wrote the book on that pursuit.  Taking that style of fishing, dropping down to much lighter jigs and rods is what folks are doing in this new method of catching fish. Having a reel small enough to balance out on the rod and yet powerful enough to fight the fish is the key. Power is critical, and the new Valiant from Accurate combines superior power to exceptionally light weight - 9.9 ounces!

For 2016/17 Accurate further develops the Valiant project with more sizes, the 400 in single and two speed versions, and 500 in standard and narrow widths - and again in both single and two speed form.  Expect to see a 600 size at ICAST time this summer. At that point, the folks at Accurate will do some deep thinking about the Boss series of reels, the Valiants may indeed replace the more traditional dual drag design. Do not expect to see any changes to the Dauntless or Fury series, but the Valiant may very well replace the BX series.

(Weight: V300-9.9 oz, V400 14.1oz, V400II 15.65oz, V500N 14.4 oz, V500NII 15.9 oz, V500 16.25 oz V500II 17.6 oz)

 

Specifications:

  • Patented Twin Drag Desigh

  • 6061 T6 Aluminum construction

  • Anodized for increased corrosion resistance

  • Smooth, easy find cam stop strike position

  • 300 size holds 300+ yds of 30# super braid

  • 400 size holds 300+ yds of 50# braid

  • 500N 300 yds, 50# braid, 500 size 450-500 yds 50# braid

  • Lever drag recessed ergonomic thumb plate

  • 6:1 gear ratio

  • 32 inch line retrieve per crank

  • Precision cut stainless steel gears

  • New design handle arm for increased torque and power

  • 2 Anti-Reverse bearings with SEALED washers to prevent corrosion

  • Sleeved Spool for improved freespool performance

  • Manufacturer's stated drag measured at strike  20 lbs.

The 300 size does not have a reel clamp nor a clicker, the 400 size being wider does come with a clamp and a strong and loud clicker. 500 sizes, both have clickers and clamps.

Accurate reels are now available in several colors. See drop-down menu in the ordering section for options. Some colors may delay delivery by two to three weeks.


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For 2017 Accurate expands upon the Valiant series reels. We've received the new 400 size in both single and two speed forms. These new reels are almost the same weight, use the same frame/housing for both models. Weight is 14 ounces. Drag comes in at 20 lbs., specs consistent with the smaller 300 size. except line capacity increases to 300+ yds of 50# super braid.

Pricing: V300 @ $399, V400 @ $459, V400 2 Speed @ $559
*V500N & V500 @$479, V500N 2 Speed and V500 2 Speed @ $579
*Released 3/1/17


Valiant 300 & 400 2 speed


Single Speed and Two Speed Valiant 400

 Two speed Valiant 400 below (magnifier Flash lower)


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500 Size
Accurate is very much committed to these new innovative reels, the most unique product series Accurate has designed. This is their future, smaller, lighter, taking full advantage of super braid lines in all their forms. High drag, low mass, fishing comfort, from a smooth performer. Note, Accurate also offers a full two year warranty with included factory service!
All models have a clicker, and all come with reel clamp. Pics below...


500N Two Speed

500 Two Speed

500N II 360 degree with magnification
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500 Single Speed with magnification
(Requires Flash)

The 500 sized Valiant's work well with 50# braid, offering 350+ yards on the narrow and 450+ on the standard width reels. Depending upon the braid used, hollow verses solid, 8 or more strands verses 4, it's possible to gain capacity. The upgrade lines (we include those options at no additional charge) move the reels into the 400 and 500 yard mark (100% braid 12 or 16 strand hollow-core or 8 strand solid). For most casting applications, it's best to work with a leader of 50 yards or greater (certainly cover your casting distance).

Spooling - I hope we're not intimidating you with all the options, but folks tend to rig up Accurate reels in several  ways and we try to accommodate all applications. We include up to 300 yards of Braid/Spectra at no additional charge along with your mono topshot (if required) - that's the standard configuration. You can also select "solid" or hollow core Braid/Spectra and increase your line as desired by 100 yard increments by making use of the Optional sections below.

Offer includes FREE BRAID RIGGING - Both hollow core 12 and 16 strand or "solid" 4 and 8 strand lines.

 
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Color

Default color is silver with red accent
LEFT HAND RETRIEVE - Specify if you'd like the reel converted, no additional charge, just an additional wait of up to 2 weeks and one cent just because I can't figure out how to make the script work.... $00.01


FREE Offer - YOU HAVE CHOICES WITH CHARKBAIT

Pick your FREE OFFER OR DISCOUNT
Select Free Drag Scale, Lure Assortment or Free Braid*
We'll adjust your final invoice price when we prepare your order if you select the Braid.   (*300 yds braid n/c with selection)
Braid Spooling
- select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 

- NO CHARGE selections in blue fields below
- Option in RED at increased costs
Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid OR HOLLOW
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied free
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

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

 

Made in America, and very proud of it!


Avet G2 Series Single & Two Speeds
New Second Generation Reels from Avet!

2017 INTRODUCTION - more models becoming available now...

For 2017 Avet has announced the new G2 Series (as in generation II) reels to their line. The new reels offer increased drag performance, important for those fishing heavier lines. Also, similarly to the Raptor series, the spool and frame allow for a modest increase in line capacity and smoother performance at higher drag settings. These single drag reels increase the flexibility of the models in comparison to the standard series. For instance, the new JX model now can fish 50# very well, while the standard JX is really a 40# and down piece, the JX/LX G2's can cover 40/50 and even 60# lines with appropriate drag performance. That's a significant upgrade in performance over the standard series reeels, and the lever upgrade is also quite useful in setting more precise drag levels and in operation.

Whether or not the G2's upgraded performance is right for you depends upon the line tests you plan on fishing, in my estimation. Again, back to the JX, if your intent is to fish the piece at 30-40 lb test leaders, then there's no big reason to spend the extra money. However, if you are like me, and want to fish 40-50# on a JX, then the upgrade is very significant and makes the piece a value when compared to the Raptor version. For Avet to provide us fishermen such a range in products, all geared to the types of fishing we do, well it's wonderful and demonstrates that these folks are indeed listening to their clients and coming to market with products that suit all anglers. With respect to the SX/MX series G2's, I see a logical generational improvement. The drag curves were fine with the earlier models for fishing say 30# and down, really better suited for 25# and down lines. Given an increase in drag of about 40% above the previous models, 13 lbs at strike, we're really still looking at fishing 30# and down rather than 40 - but there's going to be less sideload pressure on the spool bearing, greater longevity when the reel is pushed to higher and more appropriate drag settings for 30 lb line and down.

(Just to help in the confusion department: I've had a few calls from folks asking when the G-2 HX's will be produced. Well, they won't be made, the HX really was the first G-2 offered! The SX-LX series reels are following that reel series design, incorporating it's features across the new G-2 models. The first generation SX, MX, JX & LX will stay in the line, at least for now. Feeling from Avet is that the first gen models are most appropriate for those fishing light drag loads, so they still have a reason to be produced...and of course they cost a bit less, so Avet customers have more flexibility in putting their dollars to the best use for their particular applications.)


MXL 6/4 G-2's

SX 6/4MC G-2

The first production for each model is in the Neptune's Heart color combo - bronze and red as pictured above. This will carry a $10 higher cost than the standard colors. First preduced was the  SX and MX series reels in most standard colors as well as the two color Neptune. We're now receiving JX and LX series G-2's in good numbers, 2 speeds available, single speeds to come. Lefty versions have not been produced yet.

Model Capacity
Mono (yds)
Capacity
Spectra
Bearings Drag
strike/full
Gear Ratio Weight
in ounces
Price
Standard
single speed
Price
w/MC
single speed
Price
2 Speed
Price
2 Speed MC
SXJ G2 est 240/15# ~270/50# 8 13/20 single: 5.3:1
2 speed: 6.3 & 3.8:1
est 16 oz $224 $264 $294 $334
SX G2 270/20# ~400/50# 8 13/20 single: 5.3:1
2 speed: 6.3 & 3.8:1
17 oz $234 $274 $304 $344
MXJ G2 230/30# 470/50# 8 13/20 single: 5.3:1
2 speed: 6.3 & 3.8:1
20 $254 $294 $344 $384
MXL G2 270/30# 600/50# 8 13/20 single: 5.3:1
2 speed: 6.3 & 3.8:1
22 $254 $294 $344 $384
JX G2 290/30 500 60# 8 21/28 single: 4.6 or 6:1
2 speeds: 6 & 3.1:1
est 23 $284 $324 $399 $439
LX G2 350/30 660 60# 8 21/28 single: 4.6 or 6:1
2 speeds: 6 & 3.1:1
est 24 $294 $334 $409 $449
MC =  Magnetic Cast Control

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Specify Lefty or standard Right hand retrieve Lefty G2 reels are only available in SILVER - Expect lefty reels to follow right hand retrieve by a couple months time.
Color Neptune's Heart two color - plus $10 for this unique 2 color design.
FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling or other offers, click menu below for options

FREE OFFER:


Select: Free Braid, Free Drag Scale, Pliers or Lure Assortment
 
 

FREE SHIPPING + FREE BRAID

- Select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra/Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 

FREE Mono Spooling, Braid Optional at FREE and/or Reduced Cost
Select your spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.

Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid 4 Strand - reduced price on other options
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 4 Strand 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 rather than a serve

$20.00

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

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FREE SHIPPING and HIGH QUALITY SUPER BRAID SPOOLING!

Made in America, and very proud of it!


Special #4

Okuma Andros Series A 2 Speeds
FREE SUPER BRAID SPOOLING!

Okuma's Andros reels are exceptional. Ask any angler who owns one (and I own two...).  The Andros 5NII, 5II and 12 AND 12N & 16 size reels are great casting reels, made for jigging and quite capable fishing bait, too.  While my own Andros reels were of the prior generation, please do understand that these are indeed better pieces. The new reels go my own previous generation reels a few steps better, pricing dropped, cosmetics in my mind improved, construction got beefed up a bit, oh, did I mention the price dropped. The first one I bought cost $399...the new ones $319! No buyers remorse here, I love those reels, but no doubt the new versions are even better. The first of this new series to arrive were the 5's, followed shortly after with the 12 and 16 sizes. The 12S - high speed was delayed...for over a year's time. All models are now available, and all are well worth owning. The Andros series of reels offer great performance, well thought out gear ratios, capable of a wide range of applications and fish!

I've been fishing my own Andros reels for a few years now, and have loaned mine out to the guys working here to take along on charters. Brandon from our HB shop liked mine so much he bought himself a 12 (hoping I get to fish his...). He took my MK10 and 16 to Guadalupe with him last season, as well as his Andros 12 II. They all did great, and the Andros was his go to reel. As we see more pressure at Guadalupe Island this season, expect to see the line test used successfully to drop down from where it's been. Guadalupe used to be a 40# destination, but with the boats being off the island things changed. Tuna would eat anything, 100 line no problem. But, that's evolving and I'll suggest that this year it's going to be 50-60# at max. A 12 rigged for 50# use would be a good idea...and a 16 just in case, well that's another good call for that destination. Those would be two great reels to have ready for 2017.

Makaira verses Andros - easy...if you're fishing bait the smaller sized Makairas are GREAT pieces to own. However if you are also working jigs, tossing iron, going vertical...the retrieve rate and weight of the Andros reels should be of benefit and be the better piece for your application. They'll fish jigs better given their speed of retrieve, be lighter in weight and you'll still have great power, again as a result of the well thought out gear ratios and design.

This weeks special includes free rigging, 4 and 8 strand "solid"
or 12 and 16 strand hollow core!

 

The full Andros lineup for 2017
16, 12, 12N, 5, 5N

Pictured above, new 2017 12II and 12NII

 

FROM A CLIENT
Subject: Okuma Andros reel used on Polaris Supreme 5 day last week
8/8/2013

Hey, thanks for setting me up with a great reel.  It seemed too tiny to do what it did, and did it well.  We were into Bluefin over 60# and it never balked.  I checked the drag each evening and it stayed close, fricking amazing for what looks like a fresh water bass reel.  I fully expected it to fail under the conditions we were in (and with a 50/40 set up getting used hard).  Maybe that company has stepped up design and quality control. Also, thanks for the freebee package you sent to my dad (John Costello).  He caught the #2 and #3 fish on the same reel.
Mark

 


360 view with magnifier for close up views - must have Flash enabled to view.

 

Andros Series Reels Feature
  • Rigid1-piece frame and left sideplate construction
  • 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame and sideplates
  • Cold forged, Type-II anodized, machined aluminum spool
  • CRC: Corrosion Resistant Coating process
  • 6 corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings
  • External adjustable cast control system
  • Stainless steel ratchet drag lever for precise drag settings
  • Ergo Grip handle knob with anodized aluminum handle arm
  • One screw right sideplate take down for easy internal access
  • 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gearing 
  • Silent retrieve system for ultimate cranking smoothness
  • Carbonite Dual Force Drag System with Cal's drag grease
  • All models feature an anodized aluminum gear shifter housing
  • Integrated recessed reel foot design for low profile rod fit
  • Lug and plug system on 12 and 16 size
  • All models feature durable Ergo grip handle knobs
  • Backed by a 3-year warranty
 
MODEL GEARING BEARINGS LINE RETRIEVE
INCHES
MONO CAPACITY
YARDS
TYPICAL BRAID
RIGGING
MAX DRAG @STRIKE
LBS
MAX DRAG @FULL
LBS
PRICE
5NII 6.4 & 3.8:1 6 42.1 & 24.8 250 OF 20# 300 40# PLUS TOPSHOT OF 20-30# 15 24 $319.99
5II 6.4 & 3.8:1 6 42.1 & 24.8 340 OF 20# 300 50# PLUS TOPSHOT OF 30-40# 15 24 $319.99
12II 4.7 & 2.1:1 6 35.4 & 15.7 320 OF 30# 300 60# PLUS TOPSHOT OF 40-50# 27 34 $369.99
12NSII 6.4 & 2.1:1 6 48.4 & 15.7 200 OF 30# 300 50# PLUS TOPSHOT OF 40# 27 34 $379.99
12SII 6.4 & 2.1:1 6 48.4 & 15.7 320 OF 30# 300 60# PLUS TOPSHOT OF 40-50# 27 34 $379.99
16II 4.3 & 1.3:1 6 39.3 & 11.9 500 OF 30# 300 80# PLUS TOPSHOT OF 50-60# 27 48 $389.99

 

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FREE SHIPPING + FREE High Quality BRAID

- Select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra/Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 

FREE Mono Spooling, Braid Optional at Reduced Cost
Select your spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.

Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid OR HOLLOW
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 #5

Fall Flat Jigs
Productive & Popular!

Here's a very effective lure, well proven in 2016. Schoolie tuna, both bluefin and yellowfin will gobble these up.  The Fall Flats are a metal jig that has a slower action on the drop, fluttering like a baitfish that's in shock from being hit by a predator. That's easy pick'ns for a tuna... These are relatively slow drop jigs. We're focusing on their heavier weights at the present time. If you want lighter weights we can certainly get 'em, but really also have that base well covered with a similar jig from Savage Gear (their Squish jigs). The finish of these is quite good, will reflect light well. There are some similar lures out there, so why do we like these?  The weights and finish are consistent to what we were looking for, and the rigging was done right. No cheezy making bait type assist hooks. The hooks used for these jigs are of heavier gauge steel, and a bit larger than what you'd likely see on some other similar products in the marketplace. Pricing is also fair for what's offered. So, we're glad to offer our clients a lure which should be helpful, both for the smaller schoolies and capable of taking much larger tuna under the schoolies with the higher 200 and 250 gm weights.

Well, the idea of only stocking the 200 & 250 gm sized lures didn't last long... Got quite a few guys stopping by the shop to tell us that we really should be stocking the smaller sizes, so that's what we did. 125/160/200 & 250 gram size Fall Flats are now available, priced at a very reasonable $8.99, 10.99, 11.99 & 13.99 respectively.

 

Description 125gm
4 1/2 oz
Price
Buy 160gm
6 oz
Price
Buy 200gm
7 oz
Price
Buy 250gm
9 oz
Price
Buy
Fall Flat Sardine $8.99 $10.99 $11.99 $13.99
Fall Flat 'Chovie $8.99 $10.99 $11.99 $13.99
Fall Flat
Pink & Blue
$8.99 $10.99 $11.99 $13.99

Fall Flat Chrome
Glow
$8.99 $10.99 $11.99 $13.99

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(The ToroTamer Slash jigs in 300 and 400 gm are what's recommended for targeting the deep water tuna - fish holding 300 feet and greater. The Fall Flats, are a slower action jig and more often than not used above that depth.)

Special #6

Okuma PCH Rods
2017 Product Introduction
Now in Stock!

I've got to give Okuma a lot of credit, it's been fun watching them develop and grow. It's my feeling that they got spanked so hard a decade ago that they learned a most important lesson, they listen.  No doubt they innovate, too. But, key for them has been listening and then coming to market with things we've (collectively) asked for.

"Our customers are the source of our most valuable input and it’s your needs, goals and desires that drive Okuma product development.” That's their philosophical statement, and I do believe it's followed as evidenced by the firms great progress over the past five or six years. Okuma is the sleeping giant of fishing tackle.

Okay, now lets talk rods. The PCH rods were designed with SoCal fishing styles in mind, and innovates their technique and technology to build some very interesting and well built rods. Nine models, 7', 7 1/2' and 8 foot lengths, all with relatively fast actions. The rods make use of some of the innovations of other firms, notably United Composites (who are driving rod technology with their materials and designs). UC has been the only firm incorporating uni-directional fiberglass in their composite rods. Okuma is using longitudinally oriented fiberglass  material on their tips for this series, and making use of woven carbon fiber, too. And, like UC, their diameters are relatively skinny, especially in comparison to some of the older traditional West Coast fiberglass rods.

Components are top notch, ALPS HXN guides with Zirconium inserts are used on the extra heavy models, Fuji K-guides with Alconite inserts on the medium and medium/heavy models. All rods feature CAH ALPS double lock down aluminum reel seats. There's a lot of value in the components used, and their blanks are excellent. The 7 and  7 1/2 footers make use of a new foam grip material (TPE) for less water absorption (compared to hypolon) and greater durability. The 8 footers make use of tapered shrink tube grip - deckhand style. All rods make use of an ALPS non-skid rubber butt cap - no gimbal.

As of 5/24 we've received all models except the two heavier 8 footers. Expecting those very soon, tomorrow? I'll also try to get some more images of these very good looking rods over the next day or so.

Once again, congrats to Okuma, these will be very well received rods. Certainly the days of the old heavy fiberglass rods are numbered. That's really how we see our own inventory changing for the better. Imports at $200, domestics at $300, carbon, graphite composites in both production locations. And, the old $200 fiberglass rods simply don't make a great deal of sense when technology has advanced so far over the past 50 years.

 

 
Buy Description Price
Okuma PCH-C-701M 7 feet 12-25 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-701H 7 feet 20-50 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-701XH 7 feet 30-60 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-761M 7 1/2 feet 12-25 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-761H 7 1/2 feet 20-50 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-761XH 7 1/2 feet 30-60 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-801MH 8 feet 15-40 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-801H 8 feet 20-50 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-801XH 8 feet 30-60 lb $199.00

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Special #7

RainShadow Rods
New 2017 Production
New Blanks RCJB84XH & XXH, JB 96H & XH, JB 106H & XH

RainShadow blanks have been gaining a very supportive audience in the custom rod building world. The firm that brings these blanks to market also is the worldwide distributor for ALPS rod building components, guides, reel seats, etc. They know rods, they are astute and dedicated to bringing quality to the market. They have a very strong design team at work, and their blanks show the knowledge gained through listening to the most demanding rod builders in the world. As a consequence of their listening they have a very broad range of blanks in their catalog, made for specific purposes. We've been hearing more and more from folks asking if we'd build rods from these well proven blanks. Given some shortcomings in terms of production from our traditional West Coast suppliers like Seeker and Calstar in 2014 we decided that we should learn more ourselves, pull on some blanks, do some talking to both anglers and the folks behind RainShadow. We did our homework, and thankfully we are associated with one of the better rod builders in SoCal (SaltyDog - Bill Havens) and asked him to produce several models of rods which are made for our style of fishing. We are taking our new RainShadow rod project into two distinct areas: first traditional offshore oriented rods and secondly high end inshore bass rods. 2014 marked our first production of Rainshadow rods, that was followed up with additional models in 2016 and again in 2017.

In 2016 we worked with Bill Havens (SaltyDog) to build rods for us using several Rainshadow RX6 blanks, the RCJB 84XH 40-80#, RCLB 70M and ML live bait rods all in seven foot length. We also produced an 8 foot jigstick - RCLB80M. Rainshadow introduced some new blanks for 2017, and we added several new models to our mix featuring these exciting new blanks, the RCJB84XXH, JB96H, 96XH and 106H & XH.

We made a few changes for this production. Wraps are now in silver rather than gold, a bit simpler wrap, metal ALPS reel seats on all seven foot rods with ALPS soft gimbal. The jigstick make use of a sine-cord wrapped handle.

For this year's production we've maintained the same wrap color as in 2016, silver and black. All of the rods offered make use of the RX6/E-Glass series blanks. These are composite blanks, making use of graphite on the lower end of the blanks for sensitivity and relatively light weight. The tips are blended to E-Glass for a boost in durability. The actions are fairly fast, powerful and versatile. Very similar to Calstar actions and blank design, given the transition to 'glass through the tip.


The 8 ft. jigstick makes use of a sine-cord wrapped handle - deckhand style with no reel seat.

Nice cosmetic work on the rods, like the upper end of the handle on the jigstick, very smooth and exactly what one would expect on a custom built rod.

All 7 ft. rods come with a METAL double lock down ALPS reel seat. This is certainly not something expected on rods at the price points we're achieving on these rods.
 

All 7 ft. rods come with the ALPS Soft Gimbal.

USE REPORT:
 

Mark,

                 Just back from our 2 1/2 day on the ISLANDER and wanted to thank you for the excellent advice on gear to handle these brutes.  Nothing came over the rail that weighed less than 75 lbs and I went 4 for 7 including the 87 lb Jackpot.  The wife went 1, 80 pounder for 3 using her CHARKBAIT JX 2 speed with a 40 lb Ande topshot and Makira rail rod.

                 Before this trip we discussed some new gear and one of the rigs I picked up was the 8’ Rainshadow jigstick with an MXJ Raptor.  When I got on the boat and heard about what we were in for, I switched out the MX for a JX 2 speed with 40 # topshot.   5 of my 7 hookups came on this rig tossing ‘bicycle parts’ as you would say.  I hooked one on the rain shadow that was on for 2 1/2 hours and had me almost spooled five times.  The skipper had to fire up and chase him down twice.  Finally got him to deep color, about 20 feet out, and he sawed thru.  I never saw him but the skip estimated 140-160#.

                Anyway, I wanted to take a minute to tell you how impressed I was with that Rainshadow rod.  For an 8’ jiggstick it had incredible backbone for pulling hard on these super tough bluefin.  Even the crew made comments about how perfectly balanced and powerful this rod felt.  The tip was soft enough to toss a sardine with but when you flipped that reel to ‘strike’, you didn’t have to wait for the rod to load up at all – you instantly had a load on the fish.  Perfect!  And, it threw jigs like a nine footer – It is instantly my favorite rod, and I own some nice ones.

Keith Iaia

*New Blanks for 2017

Buy Description Length Line Class Action Power Lure Wt. Price
OFFSHORE SERIES - SILVER WRAP AS SHOWN ABOVE
CONVENTIONAL REELS W/REEL SEAT
RainShadow RCLB 70ML 7' 20-40#
(30#)
Extra Fast Medium
Light
2-6 oz $229.99
RainShadow RCLB 70M 7' 20-50#
(40#)
XF Medium 2-8 oz $239.99
RainShadow  RCJB84H 7' 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $249.99
RainShadow  RCJB84XH* 7' 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $259.99
RainShadow  RCJB84XXH* 7' 50-100#
(60-80)
F XH 6-12 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB96H* 7'6" 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB96XH* 7'6" 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $269.99
FOR SPINNING REELS
RainShadow  RCJB96H*
SPINNING GUIDES
7'6" 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB96XH*
SPINNING GUIDES
7'6" 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $279.99
DECKHAND STYLE HANDLE - SINE CORD
RainShadow  RCJB96H*
DECKHAND STYLE
8' 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $269.99
RainShadow  RCJB96XH*
DECKHAND STYLE
8' 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $269.99
RainShadow RCLB 80M  DECKHAND STYLE 8' 20-50#
(30-40)
XF M 2-8 oz $249.99
RainShadow  RCJB106H*
DECKHAND STYLE
8'10" 30-60#
(40-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $289.99
RainShadow  RCJB106XH*
DECKHAND STYLE
8'10" 40-80#
(50-60)
F XH 4-10 oz $299.99
RainShadow  RCJB10H
Silver Thread Wrap - 2 PIECE DECKHAND STYLE
10'
travels like a 7 footer
2 piece design
50-100#
(60-80)
F XH 4-16 oz $299.99

Metallic Blue Wraps on new production 10 ft. 2 PIECE
jig & popping sticks

RainShadow  RCP100MH
Blue Wrap
10'
travels like a 7 footer

2 piece design
30-60#
(30-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $289.99
RainShadow  RCJB10H
Blue Wrap
10'
travels like a 7 footer
2 piece design
50-100#
(60-80)
F XH 4-16 oz $299.99

We produced one limited run of these two piece rods with our favored (and lucky) red metalic wrap.
(Okay, red is a lucky color in my personal estimation and experience.)
RainShadow  RCP100MH
Red Thread Wrap
10'
travels like a 7 footer

2 piece design
30-60#
(30-50)
F XH 3-8 oz $289.99
RainShadow  RCJB10H
Red Thread Wrap
10'
travels like a 7 footer
2 piece design
50-100#
(60-80)
F XH 4-16 oz $299.99

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 Special #8

UNITED COMPOSITES USA
Factory Built UC RODS Back in Stock!

Proudly made in Huntington Beach USA!

FREE SHIPPING

This was BIG, a major change in the sportfishing scene in 2015. UC was a firm in need of the right owner/operator, one who understood West Coast rod design, one who could take advantage of better design and production technology, someone who would be a hands-on owner looking for long term success rather than short term profits. Under new ownership UC gained that strength. I've been a fan of the old GUSA rod company, firmly believing that their founder had created the best designs in rods that we'd seen in over 50 years time. The firm went through changes, the fellow who ran the firm after the founder retired ran it into the ground and failed to stay true to the designs. Peter Williams, an Australian brought the company back, and back to it's roots - stayed true to the original designs and expanded models incorporating the unique Dual Helix technology for new applications. Peter and his son could not effectively manage the firm from 10,000 miles away, depending upon some Americans to share the same commitment to the product and it's future as he held. That did not prove possible, so he took his time selling the firm trying to find the right match. (Peter still wanted access to the blanks, that was a big part of his business back in Australia). When Seeker Rods was sold, with new ownership and changes... Seeker's old Production Manager Randy Penny moved on as did his very experienced team - He didn't just move on, he bought UC!

UC benefited from the change in ownership by having an owner/operator who lived rods for most of his adult (and adolescent) life. Randy, putting it simply, knows his craft and was the true driving force behind Seeker for the past 20 years. Now he finally has his own firm, and better yet for us fishermen, the best designs in the business. Bold statement there, but it's something easy to prove and demonstrate. For those close by to our shops, stop in and feel for yourself. For those further away, have some trust in my words, I'm quite happy to back 'em up with UC's quality of design and execution. USA produced rods have always been of a higher quality than those produced overseas. The issue has been cost, labor is higher here and high quality materials carry a cost, too. Some other USA firms have gone to foreign supplies (graphite and/or fiberglass), offering lower cost but also lower quality. Some have shifted to lower quality grades of materials from domestic sources. UC blanks use the best USA produced materials in building their blanks. (There's Randy - pictured in the UC oven.)

That's the background, now here's the deal. UC is now making Factory Produced Rods! In the past we've taken their blanks and had them custom built for clients (and myself). With the factory now making rods turn around time improves, and since there's only one layer of markup pricing improves for anglers, too. The FIRST production of rods is the UC Elite Composite Series. These blanks feature DUAL HELIX CARBON FIBER plus E-GLASS composite construction. The proprietary Dual Helix construction prevents "ovaling" of the blank when under load. (Greater Hoop Strength) It makes the rod significantly stronger, and the way the 'glass is laid down improves the rod's lift. These are the lightest rods in the business, with weights as low as 12 ounces! Heck, there's a 50# stick that comes in at about 14 ounces! Their feel is simply amazing, and they have power! Without doubt, feeling these things is believing, fishing these things is a revelation and potentially expensive since you'll probably end up looking to replace your whole collection. Nothing short of amazing.


8, 9 and 10 foot rods are available Deckhand style or with reel seats. Pictured is the Deckhand style grip with Turk's Head.
Sorry, we don't list the 9 and 10 footers on this page since they really are prohibitively expensive to ship - store sales only - they are listed on the UC page.

You'll note, UC's prices are VERY aggressive. They have learned, come in low, get the products into fishermen's hands and then prices can advance as the products become more well known and consumer awareness increases. That's good marketing as has been demonstrated by Avet and Okuma in recent years.

 
Buy Description Line Lure Wt. Length Price

The rods in the section below make use of lightweight EVA grips and composite reel seats, with no gimbal. If you prefer, we can build your rod with ALPS aluminum reel seat and hypalon grips and add a gimbal butt. We have some of the upgrade rods in inventory now, if the rod needs to be built specially for you expect a 3 week turn around time.

United Composite Elite RCE700 XL C 12-25 lb 1/2-1 1/2 oz 7 $259.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 L C 15-30 lb 1-2 7 $259.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 M C 20-40 lb 1-3 7 $259.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 H C 30-50 lb 1-5 7 $259.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 XH C 40-60 lb 3-6 7 $269.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 XXH C 50-80 lb 3-8 7 $269.00
United Composite Elite RCE800 XF C 15-25 lb 3-8 8 $269.00
United Composite Elite MAG C 20-30 lb 3-8 8 $269.00
United Composite Elite MEGA C 25-40 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite MONSTER C 30-50 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite WAHOO C 40-60 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
Conventional Upgrade - ALPS Reel Seat & Hypalon Grips - per rod $30.00
Gimbal Upgrade - per rod $10.00

All Rods Below Are Deckhand Style Rods - without reel seat, corktape wraped handles & Turk's head w/sinecord to support extended use w/corktape handle. If you want these made with reel seat and/or gimbal butt, select option above. Typically rods of this length require neither, deckhand style being much more appropriate.

One point to mention, UC's deckhand rods are skinny in diameter, thinner than most other rod makers thanks to their unique use of carbon fiber in the dual helix design. So, if you have had trouble finding a rod skinny enough to fit an Accurate 400N or 500N you've found a match. Since the rods are so skinny some manufacturers reel clamps may require shorter bolts or nuts. Avet has smaller bolts, and we have a fix for other Accurate reels.  For some other manufacturers reels you may have to build up the area where you plan to position your reel. That's easy enough, make use of some heat shrink or an extra wrap or two of cork tape. Alternatively, all UC rods below can be ordered with a reel seat. With a seat, no change in bolts or nuts is necessary, but the rod will weigh a bit more given eva or hypolon grips with seat. There is a trade-off in weight when you move away from a deckhand. This is really only a consideration on the 8 footers, 9's and 10's will have more meat at the area where you'll mount your reel so the standard screws and bolts won't be a problem.

United Composite Elite RCE800 XF C 15-25 lb 3-8 8 $269.00
United Composite Elite MAG C 20-30 lb 3-8 8 $269.00
United Composite Elite MEGA C 25-40 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite MONSTER C 30-50 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite WAHOO C 30-50 lb 3-8 8 $279.00

Made in America, and very proud of it!

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 Special #9

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

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

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

 

 

 

The cutters are on the other side of the jaws. Note the split ring nose and crimping cut outs. New finish Digital Desert CAMO!
Buy Description Price
ToroTamer Multi-Plier Digital Desert  Camo $29.99
ToroTamer Multi-Plier Gunmetal $29.99
ToroTamer Super Braid Cutter $12.99
  Spare tungston carbide cutters - set $6.00

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 Special #10

Toro Tamer® 12 STRAND HOLLOW CORE SUPER BRAID
Spliceable Super Braid
®

FACTORY SPONSORED PROMOTION

This is a very opportune offering for folks looking to spool up their reels for the season and gain some of the benefits of hollow core braid.  Toro is looking to turn some inventory on their 12 strand product, get more line on the boats...and no doubt balance their inventory since most folks opt for the 16 strand given the rather small difference in price and it's ease of use. So, it's time to move some inventory and provide anglers a very good reason to go 12 strand - price!  Here's my take, I've got the 12 strand on a couple of my own reels, have had it on for three years now.  It's not as easy to work with for inline rigging as Toro's 16 strand - no doubt about that, it's a 12 strand so that's not surprising.  If you are running leader of one or two line classes below the test of the braid, in-line rigging is easy. But, if your intent is to run higher test leaders within the braid, you really should go 16 strand.  Secondly, and this is how I'm running my own reels with the 12 strand, for those running wind-on leaders, all you need do is make a spliced loop at the end of your braid on the reel. So, the ability of the line to open up wide like the 16 strand does isn't necessary at all. You're just inserting braid within braid, diameters are skinny and there's plenty of grip. So, for a reel fill, a 12 strand is indeed more economical and it's easy to work with. For simply making a loop for use with your wind-ons its simple, economical and efficient. It's a money saver in that context. That's what I consider the 12 strand's strengths - value/economy.  I run the blue 12 strand on my Makaira 10's, blue, and it's been a great line for several years, the blue color is harder to see when you are fishing offshore compared to the white. The blue has also stayed blue after 3 years use, that's not so typical of colored braids.

ToroTamer expanded their offerings in 2014 with the introduction of a 12 Strand Spliceable hollow core super braid to compliment their 16 strand product. As a test, after working with some sample production of colored 16 strand, and after hearing from some folks that they would like to see a 12 strand product from us, we gave our factory a challenge. Produce a new 12 strand incorporating our superior coloring process first. If the colored 12 strand was up to par, then we'd expand and offer an uncolored white version shortly after. Well, we received our first order of colored 12 strand and it's quite workable stuff indeed. Let me make one point very clear, the 16 strand is the easiest line on the market in terms of opening up for use with in-line rigging. The 12 strand by it's nature requires a bit more skill.  In the past, and I don't care which manufacturer you're comparing, colored hollow core lines had problems. One of our past suppliers was particularly troublesome. When rigging you'd come upon clumps of paint inside the weave and you'd have to spend an inordinate amount of time working through those problem spots...and there would be many encountered when working with the stuff. You won't find that issue with Toro Tamer's 12 strand blue spliceable braid.

In the context of in-line rigging, our 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, but it is indeed quite doable 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 the same test leader or drop down one or two tests for use within a 12 strand braid. You won't be able to stick in lines of double or more in line 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. As a general rule, your leader should be one or two line classes under the braid test. For example, running 40# leader within the 50# 12 strand is doable, running 50 within the 50 will be more challenging - but is doable.

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.

Sale includes 1000 meter spools, about 1100 yards - promotional price is $139 - SAVE $40!
Buy Description Regular Price SPECIAL
12 Strand 50 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 50 lb Spliceable White Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 60 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 60 lb Spliceable White Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 80 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 80 lb Spliceable White Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 100 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 100 lb Spliceable White Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 130 lb Spliceable Blue Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99
12 Strand 130 lb Spliceable White Hollow Core Braid 1000 Meters $179.99 $139.99

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Shopping Center
16561 Bolsa Chica St. #105
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
1-714-846-6452

Staff: 
Beta &
Brandon
Co-Managers,
Lawrence & Sergey
Store Map
Tour our shop
click link above
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San Diego
CharkShop
Hours
Monday - Friday
10AM-6PM
Saturday
9AM-5PM
Sunday 10-3PM


Midway Village
Shopping Center

3166 Midway Dr. #101
San Diego, CA 92110
1-619-224-1112

Staff: Manager
Eric Prather Mgr.,
   Kaleb Asst.Mgr.,
& Jeff
Store Map
Tour our shop
click link above

Product Info&Sales

Mark
Product Advice
& Technical Assistance

(Owner/Operator)
Mon-Fri

Offshore Private Boating & Long Range
Product Info&Sales

Brandon
Product Advice


Long Range and Local Offshore 
Private
Boating


Beta
Local Fishing
Assistance


Inshore, Surf & Offshore  Private Boating
Customer Support

Tom
Order
Expediting & Technical Assistance

(Warehouse  Manager)

Inshore & Long Range
Customer
Support


Ryan

Shipping & Tracking
(Shipping Dept.)
Mon-Fri

Trout & Bass... knows nada about saltwater fishing
...but we'll work
on that...
Customer
Support

Leeana

Invoicing
& Billing Questions

Office Manager
Mon-Fri

Doesn't fish, nor play Candy Crush or Angry Birds...and if you ask if she's one of the models on our site you stand a good chance of being double billed.

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.
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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私達。連絡先情報のためのそしてスケジュールの接触への電子メールを送りなさい。

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.)

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As a means to reduce spam, we change the above incoming email addresses regularly. 
Please don't bother adding them to your address book.  
We do apologize for any inconvenience this policy creates. But, it's the only way we've found to post an email address on-line and not receive so many solicitations from some family member of a deceased "Nigerian" leader trying to move great sums of  $ out of the country...


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City of Huntington Beach Business License: A179880, A207574

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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.