Every now and
then we need to make some changes, bring in a
new supplier and discontinue an old product.
This page focuses on products that we're
clearing out. Availability is definitely
limited to stock on hand.
We've also just
completed our annual year end inventory, and we
discovered some orphans in the warehouse. These
will be sold at ridiculous prices, so stay tuned
over the next week or so as we get these posted.
We've got some wonderful buys coming your way.
To order from this page just make your
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or the "Buy" link. If you run into
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and email addresses are posted at the
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shipping. Upon placing your order you'll
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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.)
Topwater Popping Rods
New Nano Helix
another excellent series of rods from the folks who build the Ahi
Assassin Jigging rods. The Topwater series rods are made for tossing
poppers, and a lot more. Typically popper rods are made for use with
spinning reels, but we've also had these produced with conventional
guides since many of the larger poppers are quite castable with
conventional reels and more of our West Coast clients and long range
fishermen have a distinct preference for conventional gear -
especially the jig tossers. The other consideration we had in mind was
the fact that for our long range clients, traveling with an 8 foot
jigstick is getting darn near impossible. Now, consider having a
jigstick, with the strength to handle larger grade fish that's both
powerful, and transportable. The new Topwater 40 and 50 is just
that! You have an eight foot rod that travels like a 6 footer! The
Topwater 40 is rated 30-50#, the model 60, 40-60#.
The components used on these rods is first
rate, all ALPS, with metal reels seat and gimble too! Like the other
Ahi Assassin rods, these are made from both graphite and fiberglass
- from tip to butt of the blank. So, there's no transition point on
the rod between the materials - no inherent weak point. So, they can
fish heavy, and take larger fish. We use 9 guides on the
conventionals and 8 on the spinners, and the first guide is reversed
on the spinning model to aid in preventing wind knots. The rods come
with a sleeve to aid in storage when not being fished.
How do they fish? Well, I took the jackpot on our recent Red
Rooster fishing charter using the 50# conventional rod over the past
weekend. The extra length helped on the cast, and the rod was plenty
powerful for the fish caught. If you'd like to see how the rod
fishes check the video from the charter about half way through the
vid. September 5 day charter on the Red Rooster on our YouTube
Channel - CharkBait USA
Jigging & Popping Rods
Nano Helix Design
CLEARANCE Save $100
Background: We're proud to
introduce you to Ahi Assassin Jigging Rods. I'll say out front, I am a
Calstar and Seeker sort of guy, I prefer USA made rods, no question
about that bias. It took a lot to get me to accept that a quality
rod could come from overseas. But, I'm also a realist, and when it comes to
jigging quite honestly the USA firms were slow to produce a high
quality piece that fit the new technology of Spectra lines and deep
drop lures, in my estimation. That category of rod does indeed
demand some different action than we use for bait or lure fishing.
As a result, we took off the blinders and did some homework, talked
to folks both in the USA and clients from other countries. I did
some traveling, too. As a consequence of jumping on the learning
curve we were introduced to some folks that offered a fresh approach
to jigging synthesizing technology with technique. We are now working with a New Zealand owned firm
which has their own plant in
China. They are the producers of our Ahi Assassin jigging rods. The same firm
produces high end rods for the Australian and New Zealand market,
and the feedback we've received about them has been very positive, our
confidence high in this new source of quality rod building. They do
not make inexpensive rods, understand that in the Australian market
it's not at all uncommon to buy a rod for $1K. High end has a
market, and junk is not accepted well. The firm we are tied to does
not make cheap Chinese rods, they are not made to hit a price point,
they don't build the type
of rod that many reel companies have brought to market here. They
build world class rods, and we are indeed fortunate to have
made contact with the owners of this firm to bring us the best
dedicated jigging rods on the market. Big statement, but once you
feel the rods you'll understand that it's not an idle boast.
Conventional Guides (overhead)
A bit of background, several
years ago a few fellows from New Zealand set up a manufacturing
facility in an economic development zone in China, nothing unusual
about that, several large firms have done the same, including
Mustad, Penn, VanStaal, Shimano... But, two of the partners actually live
there and run the factory. They know what they are doing, also they
well know our local West Coast rods. I spent a long time with one of
'em going over the history of the old Sabre firm, Calstar, Truline...
They know our history well, and know the actions we've grown up
using. They build their rods for their own New Zealand and Australia market, but have the
ability to produce to our specs, too. They are a much more expensive
firm to do business with than the more typical Chinese producer of
rods. Their technology is better, too. I've been to their plant
several times now, and it's impressive, more impressive than anything I've
seen here to date. Their plant is located well off the beaten path,
simply because they did not want others to have easy access to
knowledge about what they were doing and their techniques.
Let me provide some background
on the Ahi Assassin rods, all the rods we offer are made from Carbon
(note, the original production used 'glass and carbon, the new
production makes use of carbon and to add strength the helix design
which was first used by GUSA and now improved upon with the addition
of Nano micro technology resins for even greater strength), but unlike Seeker and Calstar's design, these rods
use both carbon and 'glass all the way through the rod's length, but
the amount of carbon at the tip is less than the butt. The carbon is
reduced consistently from butt to tip, and the glass increases
consistently from butt to tip. The Ahi Assassin rod blanks do not
stop laying carbon fibre on at a certain point, so there is no
strength concentration on the blanks, consistency of material and
thereby consistency of action is the goal and it's achieved! The
weight of our blanks is very light and the action of our jigging
rods is exceptional, the bend is parabolic to help provide your jigs
the very best action and to help with the additional stress caused
by fishing the newer Spectra and braid lines which have no stretch.
The rods action helps in taming a larger grade fish too since
there's always pressure on the fish, they don't get a second wind.
finish these rods, we chose state of the art components from ALPS.
The guides are made to deal with Spectra for the life of the rod's
use, and the action of the rod will help maintain pressure on a fish
instead of creating a break-off from too stiff an action and too
little stretch of the super line. The new rods work with you, they
work with the jig, and they help you work a fish! All the rods in
this series are
1/2 feet in length. That's a mid-ground position, some folks
preferring a 6 footer for jigging, some liking the flexibility of a
7 footer. At 6 1/2 feet, we can cover both ends well and if you
chose to use the rod for fishing bait, so be it, you can cast well
and deal well a larger fish given the rod's superb action. The
guides selected will deal well with Spectra lines, and in the case
of the spinning rod, we reverse the largest guide to help prevent
Please click on the images,
you'll have a larger view of the rods and can check detail more
closely. The wrap is our distinctive CharkBait red, with silver and
black trim. The rods are triple wrapped, and the resin used is pure
old school. No cheap fast cure resins used, these take time, four
hours curing time, 3 coats. That's something you don't find on many
rods these days. And, it shows upon inspection.
Ahi Assassin 200
Ahi Assassin 300
|Here are the rods doing a dead
lift. This simulates the rods parabolic bend under load,
significant load commensurate with the drag level that might be expected
if fished "heavy." In all cases, we're providing example of a level higher
than the drag setting typically used by anglers for the respective rod. They pull well, predictably with some power. Ahi Assassin rods will put a
hurt on a good fish.
Travel Rod Closeout
further expanded our Travel Rod lineup to include three inshore
and one surf casting rod, all available in conventional or
spinning guides. The 3 models of Inshore Explorer provide the
traveling fisherman different actions for different line tests.
All models are three piece 7'6", using light and strong graphite
blanks, quality cork handles for light weight and trigger grips
on the conventional guide rods. These rods are VERY light and
sensitive. Guides are made to handle both Spectra and
monofilament lines. You have 3 choices in line test use on these
excellent rods, with nominal ratings of 12#, 15# and 20#
application. In the past, there have been a couple travel rods
covering the lighter line tests similar to these (but shorter in
length) from Penn International. They ranged from $199 to $139
in price, but could not be produced at those prices and were
discontinued by Penn. Those rods have been off the market for a
few years now, but they provided a base for the design of our
series of rods. Ours are longer, lighter, and since there is no
middleman in the process, no distributor markup, ours are a much
better value. Ours are also much better looking! These rods are
a very good value at $129 complete with a very nice
Wonderful rods, but it's time to
clear out the remaining inventory on hand. -
both 12 and 15 lb rated models, with
conventional reel guides. Rods are three piece,
and come with a nice functional rod case for
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Finally made it to the Bahamas to do some bone
fishing. I bought your Inshore Explorer 12 lb travel
rod and used Spectra 12lb line! This outfit worked
great! Landed 8 bone fish my first time out ever with
the guide. Thanks for providing such great products.
ordered a 15lb spinning travel rod from you folks for
a trip to Tobago last November. I was pleased when it
arrived, but after fishing it ….the quality and
performance of this rod were fantastic! I was
primarily on a sailboat cruise, but was able to fish
from the boat, a kayak, and shoreline. Caught
barracuda, eye jacks, mullet, mutton snapper,
houndfish, and even missed a few tarpon hits, and had
an absolute ball.The flex offered me the ability to
cast small lures, but also power fish away from
mangroves and rocks.The protective case it came in was
quality too, could carry on and was well protected.
Thanks for making and shipping a quality product. Will
used your web store in the future! Even though it is
clear across the country!!
Thanks a bunch,
It's time to reduce inventory, clear some
products from our daily mix and with some pieces from Penn soon
to be discontinued (such as the current International series)
it's time to make a deal...and that's exactly the program...
If you'd like your reel spooled please
call the shop or send an email after
Please note, all sales on clearance items
are first come first served. In some
instances we have several of model
available, in other cases only ONE is
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If you'd like your reel spooled please call
the shop or send an email after ordering.
Please note, all sales on clearance items
are first come first served. In some
instances we have several of model
available, in other cases only ONE is
Very retro, and
something Penn did for us based upon consumer interest and
demand. The Z series reels are made in America, and are
metal bodied pieces reminiscent of older models from Penn
going back 50 years time. They are built in the Philadelphia
PA Penn plant, same place their Torque series reels are
produced. The Z's were considered by some to be the best
surf reel Penn ever produced. Note, the 704 makes use of
bail, the 706 does not - it's bailess in design.
The Z's are available
in two sizes.
They feature full metal bodies, with graphite sideplate, HT
100 carbon fiber drags, machine cut brass main gear with
stainless steel pinion gear. The spool is also machined and
anodized, made from aluminum.
||Mono Cap. (yds/lb)
||Braid Cap. (yds/lb)
||405/12 • 345/15 • 235/20
||600/20 • 465/30 • 335/50
||435/15 • 295/20 • 270/25
||590/30 • 400/50 • 355/65
|* BLS - Bail-less model
a trick idea, no doubt a product you've been searching
for...even if you didn't know it. The new RodWrap will
help you keep your hypolon looking great, it will protect
your rod's grip and give you more to hang onto. The
wrap easily goes on most all saltwater rods. It's
perfection on your cork-tape deckhand style rods. It's
a dandy addition to your inshore cork handle rods; it will
help you maintain the cork in "new" condition, and give you
a non-slick grip to boot.
I have put it on many of my standard "foam"
grips to protect the material, give me more meat to hang
onto, and to make my rods easier to find on the rail.
a lot of reasons to use this stuff. For private
boaters, you'll find this is a good way to protect
your hypolon when you use your stand-up rods for trolling
Even if your rod holders are the cheap variety, rusting,
corroding, prone to scratch up grips, the RodWrap will help
keep your grips in perfect shape, year after year.
You'll find this product easy to apply, and a treat to
use. You really will have a better grip to work with
once you take five minutes to wrap the butt.
stocking two sizes of wrap, the XL at 24" and the XXL
at 30" and three colors. For a deckhand rod go with the 30",
for most of your other rods you'll be able to get the job
done with the XL. If you're wrapping an extended grip tuna
rod or trolling rod, go with the XXL. The wraps come with
one piece of finishing tape. When wrapping a two
section rod use electrical tape to finish off the wrap, then
use a small amount of clear nail polish over the tape to
complete the job.
Odds and Ends
Or, what we found back in the barn...
After completing inventory we found a few things which we didn't
think we had...they were buried behind other boxes. Better to sell 'em
than try store the items...behind other boxes. So, we're cutting price
and blowing out the gear. Quantities are limited to what we have on
hand, and pricing is to your immediate advantage.
Berkley Big Game
Berkley's Big Game set the standard for fishing
in the harsh marine environment. Berkley's Big
monofilament line combines strength, abrasion
resistance, and flexibility to produce a very
While "Big Game" has been on the market for many
years, it's always undergone improvement. If you
fished it several years ago, I think you'll find
it's a little different. When compared to many
other top saltwater fishing lines on the market,
Berkley's Big Game will be a bit thinner for a
given line test rating. From my experience, the
line's thin diameter can be a plus in some
situations. But, I'd also say the line breaks
closer to it's rating, so accurate drag settings
are required. That's not a negative, it just
means guys with an iron thumb might snap this
line a little quicker than another product
that's way too conservative in their ratings.
(Izorline for example) Big Game is a very good
line. We stock this product in CLEAR only.
Marine Grade Footwear
Rugged Shark Great White (and
Shark produces a wide range of boating and
outdoor oriented footwear. We're stocking
both this firm's boots and their unique deck
shoe. The boots feature rubber construction
for flexible long lasting wear. They are a
comfortable boot, very comfortable with a
great insert, the thickest cushion we've
a deckboot - and it feels great! The
insert is water friendly and removable. The
boots are not tall, requiring that you fold
them down like the XtraTuff boots (which
were primarily designed for agriculture).
They make use of the SharkGrip slip
resistant non-marking sole. All in all,
these are some of the nicest boots we've
seen with plenty of comfort to make a
fisherman happy through a long day's
fishing. These deckboots are available in
both white and a deep navy blue.
One point to
consider, most deckboots like the XtraTuffs
run a good halfsize large in order to
accommodate use of an insert. Without an
insert you are "swimming" in the boots. The
Rugged Shark deckboots come with the
thickest removable insole I've seen on a
factory deckboot. It's well over 1/4" thick
and has a lot of comfortable cushioning.
With the insert they run true to size, so if
you wear an 11 size tennis shoe, go for the
size 11 boot.
Shark Marlin3 -
Shark's Marlin3 is an update of their
popular tennis shoe made for a wet
environment. Their non-skid sold is based on
their deckboot design, and it's a good one!
The Marlin makes use of mesh quarter panels
for breathability, the right combination for
boating, making the Marlin3 a very
comfortable piece of footwear that's
comfortable, durable and dry. They feature a
removable anti-microbial interior footbed,
with lightweight compression molded EVA
cushioning. They are fully contoured and
have a wonderful cushioned interior, with
slip resistant robber outsole. They are the finest
shoe of their type on the market. The
Marlin3 is available in medium and wide
widths. For fishermen with "cankles" or
extra wide calves, which really don't
comfortably work with deckboots, having a
deck-shoe is really the best option and
these are the right kind of
non-skid shoe alternative.
We are in process of
discontinuing this shoe from our basic
inventory. Nice product, a good deck shoe,
but misses the drainage feature we liked.
FOUND A FEW MORE BACK IN THE BARN, VERY GOOD
SHOE, EXCELLENT PRICE!
• Leather and mesh upper, with padded collar for
• Removable, antimicrobial breathable foot bed
• Lightweight compression molded EVA cushion midsole
• Slip resistant, non-marking rubber outsole
• Fully contoured and cushioned full length footbed
(note there are two Marlin 2 shoes listed, these are
the same as the 3's except they have flow thru drainage)
STOCK IS LIMITED TO WHAT'S ON HAND -
PRODUCT ON CLEARANCE
are always seeking good information, trying to benefit from the
experience of others. This is especially true when it comes to
fishing new waters. The video series from Oceanic Productions is
informative, and will help you make the most of your time on the water.
We're also stocking a good variety of informative
books. Between the books and videos
you'll learn a lot, and feed your fishing addiction while off the
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CharkBait Umbrella Rigs!
- 1 KG Center Weight, 36" width,
1/4" Stainless Steel Bar, Squids or Tuna Feathers
Like our spreader bars, we're
using 1/4" stainless steel bars (not flimsy wire), and upped our weight
to 1 Kilo (2.2 pounds) on these stout rigs. The bars can be used
individually or "stacked" for even greater fish attracting effect.
like our daisy chains and spreader bars, we're having these made up with
both squid squirts and tuna feathers (11 lures in the spread). The bars
are unique in construction, but also quite traditional in design. And,
because there is no middle man in the process, we can offer you greater
value for your dollar invested. Please do compare these rigs with ones
costing several times more. No arguing the effectiveness of both lure
types - squid or tuna feather. But, if your game is tuna or yellowtail,
our unique Spreader Feathers will be a fish catching investment well
Buy 2 and the shipping is FREE!
THESE ITEMS MUST BE ORDERED ON-LINE, NO PHONE
STOCK IS LIMITED, AND
WILL BE ALLOCATED TO EARLIEST ORDER TIME/DATE (as printed on
the on-line order). SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE or
DISAPPOINTMENT - THE GEAR IS ON CLEARANCE, WHAT WE HAVE IN
STOCK IS ALL WE HAVE.