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#1 
Daiwa

Saltist Star Drags
Free Super Braid Rigging!
#2  
Daiwa

Lexa

With FREE BRAID RIGGING
and more!
#3    
Okuma
Tesoro

Free Super Braid Spooling
#4  
Penn
Internationals
With FREE BRAID RIGGING
and more!
#5
CHASEBAITS

New Larger Size IN STOCK

Australian Squid Imitation Lures
!
#6
Zuker

Trolling Feathers
Success on the Troll!
#7
ToroTamer

Wounded Swimmers!
Cast for Tuna and Wahoo!
#8
ULHW

Ultra Light Heavy Weight CaliJerkTubes
New Lure Intro
!
#9  
Nomad Design

DTX Minnows
Wahoo & Tuna on the Troll!
#10  
CharkBait

Chains and Spreader Bars
Trolling Tools!

6/23/2019 - Welcome to our Weekly Specials, something we try to post each Sunday.

It's finally beginning to feel like summer here in SoCal. Tons of good bluefin being caught, 60-90lbs is the average on the school fish.  There are some bigger ones...200+are there for the lucky and properly rigged up folks.  40-50# line has been the go-to for most of these fish. There were at least a couple fish taken in the 150 range.  I would absolutely suggest having a heavier outfit along, especially if your trip will have a shot at fishing dusk, dawn, middle of the night... There are some toads swimming around! Yellowtail, some smaller fish that would do well being tossed back in the water to grow up.  But, we're also seeing some 10-12lb YT, some schools with 20+ pounders being caught. Forget the little fish, toss 'em back to grow up. Target those 20-30 pounders, there are some to be had! Day and a half trips have been a very good option. For the short 1/2-3/4 day trips, varied catches from bass, sculpin, barracuda, and yes a few white seabass.  Great time to be on the water and it's only getting better. 

For this week's specials, it's a varied catch here, too.  Nice range of reels, very useful lures, some good things on tap for fishermen.
We'll have a bit of an announcement next week, and another special purchase opportunity...

As always, thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials and hope to see you at the shop!

Sincerely,
Mark Smith


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Special #1

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.

SALTIST® STAR DRAG FEATURES:
  • 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

SALTIST STAR DRAG REELS
Model
Number
Bearings Gear
Ratio
Line Per
Handle Turn
Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Max
Drag
Price
SALTIST15H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 39.5 15.2

12/350, 14,290, 20/180

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

17 $239
SALTIST20H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 39.5 15.7

12/420, 14,260, 20/210

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

17 $239
SALTIST30H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 39.5 15.9

14/490, 20,295, 25/235

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

17 $239
SALTIST35H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 37.4 20.1

20/300, 25,240, 30/180

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

25 $259
SALTIST40H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 37.4 20.6

25/400, 30,270, 40/240

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

25 $259
SALTIST40P
POWER
4CRBB, 1RB 5.1 : 1 25.8 20.6

25/400, 30,270, 40/240

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

25 $259
SALTIST50H 4CRBB, 1RB 6.4 : 1 37.4 21.2

30/350, 40,310, 50/220

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

25 $259
SALTIST50P
POWER
4CRBB, 1RB 5.1 : 1 25.8 21.2

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.

 

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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
 
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Special #2

Daiwa LEXA!

300 Yards FREE SUPER BRAID

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

Daiwa's Lexa series reels have been tremendous values and tremendous reels to own. Relatively small baitcasters with high drag capability make them great inshore reels with some serious offshore capability.

This series first was shown at ICAST 2012, adding models in 2013 introducing a new 400 size, these have proven their merit for applications requiring greater capacity - in several  configurations. In 2016 ICAST Daiwa updated the Lexa series, added some models with asked for features like the clicker which is now available on some models, further refined gear ratio offerings, etc. For 2017 and beyond Daiwa refined the models further, and added new WINN grip handle knobs.
Daiwa's 400 sized reels run $249, the 300 size @ $199

At ICAST 2017 Daiwa did an update to the "standard" LEXA series reels. They've now incorporated new WINN GRIP Knobs to this wonderful series of reels. The standard 10 models now make use of the durable, tacky sure-grip security and positive feel of WINN handle knobs. This represents a very nice enhancement to some wonderful inshore reels.

 

 

 

LEXA Type WN with Winn Grip Knobs

Model
Number
Action
FW / SW
Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Drag Max Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Drag
Max
Pricing
LEXA WN300H H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 6.3:1 28.8” 22lbs 10.5 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
Braid: 40/240, 55/180
22 $199
LEXA WN300HS H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 22lbs 10.5 22
LEXA WN300HS-L* H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 22lbs 10.5 22
LEXA WN300HS-P H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 22lbs 10.5 22
LEXA WN300HS-L-P* H / MH 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 22lbs 10.5 22
LEXA-WN400H XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 6.3:1 33.4” 25 15.3 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25 $249
LEXA-WN400H-L* XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 6.3:1 33.4” 5 15.3 25
LEXA-WN400HS-P XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 37.7” 25 16.2 25
LEXA-WN400HS-L-P XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 7.1:1 37.7” 25 16.2 25
LEXA-WN400PWR-P XH / H 2CRBB, 4BB, 1RB 5.1:1 27.1” 25 16.2 25

*LEFTY,  P - POWER HANDLE,  CRBB - corrosion resistant stainless steel bearing, RB - Roller Bearing

 

From $199-249

FREE BRAID & MONO SPOOLING and FREE SHIPPING

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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, select hollow rigging here if required.
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied with your selection above
- SELECT options above, and additional line below if required.
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 $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds Toro Tamer 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards $18.00
per 100 yards

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Okuma Tesoro
Star Drag

The Tesoro is a 2018 model reel, first shown at ICAST July 2017. The new star drag reels got a lot of attention from anglers, with the improvement in casting of leverdrags it seems there's a preponderance of lever's and less star drag reel options for serious anglers who are looking for a high quality star.  There really are applications where both types of reel offer advantages. 20 years ago, if you wanted a good casting reel it pretty much had to be a star drag. These days, in no small part thanks to Cal Sheets, Larry Cofe, and of course Avet, lever drag reels improved. But, still you can do some things with a star drag reel you just can't duplicate on a leverdrag.  So, there's a market among anglers for the benefits a good star drag can offer.  As of this date (11/17) Daiwa's Saltiga has been the class act in this regard. Along comes the Tesoro, and I have to say it's similarly refined, but a very different reel.  The metal-work is very good, as expected, but you'll also note that these are trimmer than what we're used to handling, excess weight has been taken off areas of the reel where it's not needed. Freespool is simply excellent, and the drag is very capable, you can button 'em down and not effect casting performance.  Could very well become the wahoo reels of choice for a lot of guys. Compact, light, modern technology and application of best practices in design...and a 3 year warranty.

The Tesoro reels make use of (buzzword) alumilite frame construction which provides more precise tolerances for precise gear alignment, maximum castability, and durability. The mechanical stabilizing system keeps the reels in precise alignment for strong, stable and smooth long term performance. Okuma also has a patent pending enhancement which stabilizes the spool at three key points to maintain optimum performance and minimize spool shaft flex when under pressure.

 

- High Speed 6.2:1 gear ratio
- 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame, sideplate and spool
- 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gearing
- Multi-disc Carbonite drag system with Cal’s drag grease
- CRC: Corrosion-Resistant Coating Process
- Swept aluminum star for increased ergonomics
- Anodized aluminum swept handle reduces wobble while cranking
- 4BB+1RB corrosion resistant bearings, spool bearing with TSI oil
- Ergo grip handle knob with anodized aluminum handle arm
- Dual anti-reverse (mechanical and roller bearing)
- XL Gearing: Drop down gear box
- Quick-Set ant-reverse bearing allows for zero back play in handle
- MSS: Mechanical Stabilizing System for increased durability
- Self-lubricating gear system, all models

Specification

Tesoro Star Drag
Model  Gear ratio Bearings Weight (g) Line retrieve Max  drag force(kg) Monofilament line capacity
(diameter in mm.)
Braided line rating Frame Sideplate Spool Pricing
TSR-5S 6.2:1 4BB+1RB 320gm
11.3oz
39" 14 lbs
7kg

(0.35/325, 0.40/255, 0.45/190)
400/50# AL AL AL $299
TSR-10S 6.2:1 4BB+1RB 540gm
19oz
46" 22 lbs 10kg

320/25# (0.40), 245/30(0.45),150/40 (0.54)
(0.35/390, 0.40/290, 0.45/225)

500/50 AL AL AL $319
TSR-12S 6.2:1 4BB+1RB 550gm
19.2oz
46" 22 lbs 10kg 405/25# (0.40), 295/30(0.45),180/40 (0.54)
(0.40375, 0.45/270, 0.54/170)
475/65 AL AL AL $319

 

 

Buzzwords aside, these reels are very good, no, lets make that excellent and just a step from incredible.  I'm a bit more into feel, touch, subjective evaluation than I am numbers and buzzwords.  All the buzzwords and specs don't mean as much as how a reel actually feels doing what it's supposed to do. Okuma has another winner in my estimation.  The Tesoro feels like a quality reels should, better since it's pretty darn light. You could call it a star drag Makaira, and in some respects that might be fair, but it's a much different reel and one that needed to be made.  There's no slop in the handle, everything feels reassuringly solid and tight, smooth upon  cranking the handle.  Nice feel.  Excellent freespool, really these are excellent casting reels. Great for distance casting, and hard pulling drag capability.  I've had more than one client state after a trip, "this is the best casting reel I've ever owned."

I very much appreciate all that the Okuma engineers are doing to try to minimize the effects of saltwater. The treatment to the metal parts, and (one of my peeve points on almost all other manufacturers) the Tesoro has proper porting, so you can actually clean a reel after a hard days fishing. Take a look at the pics below to see what I mean, four ports, no vac lock, easy drain while fishing or when you're back home cleaning, good airflow for drying...makes a difference long term in my book.

 

It's often the little things that make big differences in how well certain reels perform over time.  Did the manufacturer shortchange on the bearings, or make use of a cheap stamped clamp or reel foot. How are they putting their parts together? That's what makes working on a reel simple or overly complicated, so darn hard to work on that a reel becomes more fit for the garbage basket than repair bench. Well, the Tesoro is really pretty straight ahead in how she's put together. In a lot of ways, you could say this relatively light reel is overbuilt.  Note the way the reel foot is put together, four points secured to reel frame - not two, reel clamp allows plenty of thread on the bolts to be secured.  One could call it overbuilt for it's intended line class by some standards, but I'd suggest it's just built to best practices standards.   

Use report: We've received a good deal of feedback from clients who now own and fish these new reels. Reports are all very positive, strengths mentioned include both casting and drag smoothness.  One long ranger said, "This is the best casting reel I own," used it for casting bombs and iron to wahoo. Very reliable piece, zero defect rate, we've spooled and shipped plenty and if a reel's going to break it's going to happen when we spool up under pressure. No failures on the bench, zero.  That's something we can't say about all new reels we've worked with... Expect solid, reliable performance from the Tesoro.

 
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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
4 or 8 strand
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 4 or 8 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

$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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Special #4

Penn International
Lever Drag Reels
FREE SUPER BRAID RIGGING

Penn's newest International reels were first shown at ICAST 2017.  Penn's new line does indeed represent a significant improvement over what they've been supplying in the past. The VISX models compete with the top echelon of long range oriented reels. These are the best reels Penn has ever produced from a long range perspective - relatively light, high drag capability, excellent freespool performance, USA made!

The older generation reels were excellent for what they were intended to do, trolling duty. But, at the rail there were other large game reels which killed them. Penn could not compete, that was clearly indicated by folks targeting cow sized tuna on the long range fleet.  Avet's Pro series set the standard back in 2005 and they've kept improving.  And, for those wanting to fish the USA standard - Penn - Cal Sheets got a fair amount of business improving and enhancing those tanks. Then came Okuma's Makaira series, as we were first to announce, the Makaira series reels were game changers for the industry. That was proven fact. Penn went back to the drawing board, hard, and I will suggest copied several design aspects of the Makaira and Avet Raptor design (pull vs push, silent dogs...).  That's easily confirmed by anyone who does a side by side comparison and pushes the lever and turns the handle. The guys at Penn spent their time well, the new VISX series in the International line-up stand on their own, they are excellent reels.   

 

We are including a very nice dry-pack backpack in RealTree camo with the purchase of a Penn International reel.  So, you can figure (if you go hollowcore) about $160+ worth of incentives to sweeten your purchase of a wonderful reel. That's a pretty good incentive to get off the fence and grab a new reel.

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Machined and anodized aluminum body and sideplates
  • Stainless steel main and pinion gears
  • Quick-Shift II™ 2-speed system
  • Dura-Drag™ system
  • Versa-Strike Adjustable Strike stop
  • Double-dog ratchet anti-reverse
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • Made in the USA of domestic and imported components
  • 1 Year Manufacturers Warranty
 

The PENN International VI series is designed and manufactured in the USA of domestic and imported components. Precision machined from high-strength, lightweight, aircraft grade aluminum in our Philadelphia machining center. The fully machined stainless steel gear train is the biggest in the business. The Dura-Drag system results in a smoother start up and virtually eliminates hesitation, even under extreme drag settings.

 

Model Mono Capacity MFG Braid Capacity* Typically Rigged Bearings Max Drag
@ Full
Gear
Ratio
Line
Retrieve
Weight Price
12VISX 1510/10 1030/12 880/15 985/40 840/50 700/65 300 yds and greater of
60# Braid w/50# leader
5 40lb | 18.1kg 5.1:1 / 1.8:1 40/14 32.00 $549
16VISX 745/20 555/30 280/60 890/65 765/80 655/100 300 yds and greater of
80# Braid w/60-80# leader
5 45lb | 20.4kg 4.6:1 / 1.6:1 40/14 36.00 $579
20VISX 490/40 365/50 325/60 750/100 625/130 460/200 300 yds and greater of
80-100# Braid w/60-80# leader
5 50lb | 22.6kg 4.1:1 / 1.4:1 41/14 51.00 $599
30VISX 590/40 440/50 390/60 905/100 750/130 555/200 300 yds and greater of
100# Braid w/80-100# w/o leader
5 55lb | 24.9kg 4.1:1 / 1.4:1 41/14 53.00 $649
30VISW 1385/20 1030/30 800/40 1220/100 1015/130 750/200 500 yds and greater of
80-100# Braid w/80# leader
5 30lb | 13.6kg 4.1:1 / 1.4:1 41/14 90.00 $649
50VISX 870/40 645/50 575/60 1330/100 1505/130 815/200 500 yds and greater of
130# Braid w/100# or
greater w/o leader
5 60lb | 27.2kg 3.5:1 / 1.3:1 40/15 63.00 $699
50VISW 1185/40 880/50 780/60 1810/100 1505/130 1110/200 500 yds and greater of
130# Braid w/100# or
greater w/o leader
5 45lb | 20.4kg 3.5:1 / 1.3:1 40/15 67.00 $699
70VIS 1085/50 960/60 685/80 2230/100  1855/130  630/200 600 yds and greater of
130-200# Braid w/100 or
greater w/o leader
5 55lb | 24.9kg 3.1:1 / 1.5:1 40/19 74.00 $799
80VISW 1565/60 1120/80 965/100 3640/100 3025/130 2235/200 900 yds and greater of
130-200# Braid w/130# and
greater leaders
5 65lb 3.1:1 / 1.5:1 40/19 113.00 $899
130VIS 1330/100 1005/130 870/150 5025/100 4175/130 3085/200 1200 yds and greater of
200# Braid w/130# and
greater leaders
6 100lb | 45.4kg 2.3:1 / 1.1:1 41/19 169.00 $1299

 

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Penn Dry-Case Back Pack - Free with reel purchase
- click box left to order the backpack!
$0.01

OPTIONAL SUPER BRAID Spooling

Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  N/C for topshot
Mono Test N/C for topshot
Rigging Style
ADDITIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or 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
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Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 12 or 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $20.00
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Special #5

CHASEBAITS

From Australia - 2018 ICAST Introduction
The Ultimate Squid

While at ICAST in 2018 I came across something new to me, which really is the only reason I attend the show - searching out interesting new items from folks I've never come across.  Well, I'm sure glad I found this one. I was mesmerized looking at the way the squid undulated in the water and those wings...my gosh I'd jump on this calamari in a heartbeat. 

Okay, back to the lures, these things are dandy and well priced with lots of rigging options you can plan. They are a solid bodied lure with great big 3D squid eyes, contracting fluttering tentacles, squid scented and with color patterns that will grab attention from any non-vegetarian gamefish.  You have to see the way these things swim and drop, simply amazing action.  You can rig these on a standard ball style leadhead, mojo head, even go weedless with a larger Eagle Claw underweight swimbait head. The lures are available in 5.9 inch length, three bodies per pack at a very economical $11.99 per pack.

In the videos below you can get an idea of just how attractive these lures are in action.  Many ways to rig them.  In the image below we show three ways you may try, but don't let us limit you. In my hand you can see an Eagle Claw Trokar Swimbait 1/4 oz hook rigged weedless, there's one with a 3/4 oz Strikemaster mojo leadhead and one on a 7/0 long shanked Aki hook from Owner. All three can be effective ways to present the lures.  With the Aki hook I'd go Carolina rig with an egg sinker up the line a couple feet.  You've got to see 'em to understand why they are so darn appealing.

Pictured right is a new hook rig from Chasebaits, there are two sizes offered. By no means are these required for use of the squid lures, far from it. But, they are a very interesting alternative to use of a jighead, Carolina rigged or other means of attaching a hook to these wonderful lures.

The "SquidRig" is available in two weights, 1 1/2 and 3/4 ounce weights made to fit the larger 7.8" squid lures.

Please note, I'm pulling some video from YouTube, that will likely knock out the https (security) for this page only. However when you select items and then go to your shopping cart the SSL will be back up.  It's a new security provision for Google, which might normally get me to delete the videos below, but really they need to be seen in order to appreciate these new lures.

 

 

There's another very useful video posted by an Australian, John Costello via MyLureBox.
Very worthwhile link with rigging ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvjB1Lmn06A

 

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Description Price
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Glow Ink
SQ150-01 3/pack
$11.99
NEW CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Glow Ink
SQ 200-01 2/pack
$11.99
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Nitro SQ 150-02 3/pack $11.99
NEW
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Nitro SQ 200-02 2/pack
$11.99
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Calimari
SQ 150-03 3/pack
$11.99
NEW
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Calimari
SQ 200-03 2/pack
$11.99
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Crystal SQ 150-05 3/pack $11.99
NEW
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Crystal SQ 200-05 2/pack
$11.99
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Bottle SQ 150-06 3/pack $11.99
NEW
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Bottle SQ 200-06 2/pack
$11.99

New Ultimate SquidRig
for use with larger 7.8" lures
NEW
CHASEBAITS Ultimate SquidRig
3/4 oz
SQ R21

 1/pack
$8.49
NEW
CHASEBAITS Ultimate SquidRig
1 1/2 oz
SQ R-42
 1/pack
$8.49

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Special #6

Zuker
for Tuna!

Zuker Grass Skirts - Zuker's Grass Skirts may not look like all that much, but they act differently when dragged thru the water behind a boat. The lure's body is filled with a coarse nylon material instead of the more traditional feathers. This material first gained poularity as a skirt material behind their Z1 heads, targeting wahoo. The material was more durable than traditional feather and plastic skirts. But, there were some other gains with the material, a better and more noticeable trail. They get bit very well! My first reaction to the lure was pure apathy. Frankly, it's not a very attractive bait. That's why I didn't bring it into our stock initially when I first started CharkBait. Boy was I wrong. I began getting a lot of feedback from some of our Northern California clients about it's effectiveness.  So I reluctantly brought them in.  Southern California tuna fishermen who followed the internet heard of their success up the coast, tried 'em, and quickly started boiling on these lures like a bunch of tuna feeding on a bait ball. The green/yellow pattern became a much favored "afternoon" go-to lure.

Down deep where it counts, the Zuker "broom" is a beautiful lure. It catches fish! The lure proved it's worth, many times over several seasons, so I'm now stocking them in good supply, and expanding the color selection. The ZG presents a different look and feel to a fish, there may be a different sonic characteristic as well. For some strange reason, this lure was among the most productive trolling lures for albacore tuna for many years now, and yellowfin follow 'em just as well and bite every bit as aggressively as the long fins. If you don't have any in your trolling pack, be sure to pick a couple up, they are very much worth putting in the water. No questions about it, it's a very good trolling lure, for both albacore and yellowfin tuna.

 

Buy Description Price

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG1 GREEN YELLOW
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG11 BROWN WHITE
$8.99


Zuker Grass Skirt ZG17 ORANGE YELLOW
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG16 GREEN AND BLACK
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG14 PURPLE AND BLACK - silver head
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG14 PURPLE AND BLACK - Amber head
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG7 BLUE AND WHITE - silver head
$8.99

Zuker Grass Skirt ZG7 BLUE AND WHITE - Blue head
$8.99
Buy Description Price
No Rigging Needed $0.00
Standard Rigging $5.00
Premium Rigging single stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00
Premium Rigging double stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00


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Zuker offers an upgraded ZG with Mylar tinsel which makes this great lure even more appealing. Use them in strong sunlight conditions to attract even more attention. The upgrade lures are of limited availability, but we do try to keep them in stock - not always easy. Just a bit more flash, useful in gaining a bit more visibility especially in stronger sunlit summer days.

 

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Description Price
Zuker ZG 8 M -mylar white w/ silver head $9.99
Zuker ZG 7 M -mylar blue/white silver head $9.99
Zuker ZG 7 M -mylar blue/white blue head $9.99
Zuker ZG 1 M -mylar green yellow lime head $9.99
Zuker ZG 17 M -mylar Zukini lime head $9.99
Zuker ZG 11 M -mylar brown and white gold head $9.99
Zuker ZG 14 M -mylar purple and black silver head $9.99
Zuker ZG 14 M -mylar purple and black amber head $9.99
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No Rigging Needed $0.00
Standard Rigging $5.00
Premium Rigging single stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00
Premium Rigging double stainless steel hook, fluorocarbon leader $10.00

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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.

 

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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

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 Special #8

Ultra Light Heavy Weights

Calijerktubes

New Hand Poured Custom Swimbaits
USA MADE

They may look too darn simple to work, they may even seem almost primitive in their design. But, darn if they don't work! These simple lures will work very well for a wide variety of fish.

Here's another very interesting lure from a firm more known for their knock-out trout lures.  ULHW makes a wide range of lures, all made here in America, not imported from Mexico or China.  They are hand poured and are available in a number of productive color patterns. We've selected several that match the hatch and will work well for our inshore and offshore species.  This particular lure is a "catch anything" type of lure, it will work for a wide variety of fish, any predatory species will find this offering attractive and worth a bite.

This style of internal leadhead lures have been around for years, remembering the old Tora Tubes from Canyon Plastics and many others. So, you could say that this style of lure has been "poached" from the earlier designers (inside poke/joke). This particular manufacturer has a stronger material than another version in our SoCal marketplace, it will catch a few more fish before shredding and it seems just as soft and pliable by comparison.  More recently these tube-style baits have become very popular for folks fishing inshore as well as offshore. Yellowtail, Spotties, Sandbass, Calico Bass, tuna, stripers and really just about any species will find these offerings quite irresistible. 

The internal leadhead is made by the lure-maker, too (with one exception at their lightest and smallest size). Hooks are very high quality USA made, durable and very, very sharp as I found out (the hard way) while taking images of the lures, and yes the barbs do as intended (was not so easy to de-hook myself...).

We're stocking these productive lures in six sizes: 1/4, 5/8, 1, 2, 3 and 4 ounce. They range in length from 2 1/2, 4, 4 1/4, 5, 6, 7 inches respectively. In terms of weight, it's approximate and there is some variance with the larger sized lures.  The "4" ouncer actually will arrive at a tad over 5 ounces, the 3 ounce comes in more like 4 ounces. Lure weights stated below are really for the internal leadhead, so they will run heavy due to the skirts.

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Description Price

Killer Perch/ Motor Oil
ULHW Killer Perch 1/4 oz $4.59
ULHW Killer Perch 5/8 oz $5.49
ULHW Killer Perch 1 oz $5.95
ULHW Killer Perch 2 oz $14.95
ULHW Killer Perch 3 oz $16.95
ULHW Killer Perch 4 oz $18.95

Tequila Sunrise
ULHW Tequila Sunrise 1/4 oz $4.59
ULHW Tequila Sunrise 5/8 oz $5.49
ULHW Tequila Sunrise 1 oz $5.95
ULHW Tequila Sunrise 2 oz $14.95
ULHW Tequila Sunrise 3 oz $16.95
ULHW Tequila Sunrise 4 oz $18.95

Pearl Ghost
ULHW Pearl Ghost 1/4 oz $4.59
ULHW Pearl Ghost 5/8 oz $5.49
ULHW Pearl Ghost 1 oz $5.95
ULHW Pearl Ghost 2 oz $14.95
ULHW Pearl Ghost 3 oz $16.95
ULHW Pearl Ghost 4 oz $18.95

Bluescale Baitfish
ULHW BlueScale Baitfish 1/4 oz $4.59
ULHW Bluescale Baitfish 5/8 oz $5.49
ULHW Bluescale Baitfish 1 oz $5.95
ULHW Bluescale Baitfish 2 oz $14.95
ULHW Bluescale Baitfish 3 oz $16.95
ULHW Bluescale Baitfish 4 oz $18.95

Cutthroat/Red Crab
ULHW Cutthroat 1/4 oz $4.59
ULHW Cutthroat 5/8 oz $5.49
ULHW Cutthroat 1 oz $5.95
ULHW Cutthroat 2 oz $14.95
ULHW Cutthroat 3 oz $16.95
ULHW Cutthroat 4 oz $18.95

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 Special #9

Nomad Design
Wahoo & Tuna on the Troll
Just received a LARGE shipment...BUT it wasn't enough, sold out of a couple now.
More on the way.
Nomad will have a price increase coming in July...

DTX MINNOW

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.