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Two Speed Reel
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International
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12/9/2018 

Welcome to our Weekly Specials, something we try to post each Sunday.  We've had a bit of cooler weather here locally, even some rain. Big question, are the big bluefin and yellowfin still biting in our local SoCal waters?  Word from Saturday and Sunday indicate the bluefin are still with us and for those staying closer to the coast rockfish, halibut and yellowtail are on tap.

Our Weekly Specials have a bit of a holiday flair for this week and a few more to come.  We are posting some of the hottest and most interesting products of the past year, and some new items of particular note.  First and foremost, take advantage of the buy we made on Okuma's wonderful Metaloid series reels. These are proven performers. The Metaloids came on the market three years ago, offering unmatched value in an all metal two speed reel.  In late November we literally cleared Okuma's warehouse of these reels (and the Andros 12IIsa). They won't have another import, they are gone until Okuma comes to market with new model. When they do, it will lack some of the important features this generation possessed, like helical cut gears, like a double dog anti-reverse for excellent robust performance dealing with a hard fighting fish. That won't happen until late summer at the best. The Metaloids were over built, and come with a THREE YEAR warranty to prove that fact. Okuma was making a statement much like they did with the Cavalla series which was in major part the basis of their Makaira series reels. They were making a point at an unheard of price, and once done, the price of the replacement escalated based upon the performance of the predecessor. The Metaloids proved Okuma's point, they could offer more for less money than their competitors. All metal machined and cold forged construction, high drag capability, very good freespool performance, and a price of $229-299, well over $100 below their competition. So, knowing that inventory was going to be scarce thru the winter and fall, we made Okuma an offer... so that we could lock up inventory and be able to offer our clients something quite unusual in terms of a value for the holidays.  With an established value at their regular retail price, we are now able to offer our clients something quite spectacular with additional savings of $60-80! We could have sold these reels at their regular price and helped build my retirement, and our competition would have been left out in the cold. We're not doing that, we're discounting the heck out of 'em, passing along the benefits of our key buy, and making a bit of a statement. CharkBait offers the best values in sportfishing, day in, day out, period. If you are considering buying a new reel, buying a reel for yourself or for a loved one, take advantage of this offer before the opportunity is history. Merry Christmas CharkBaiters!

Other featured products this week, certainly Daiwa's new tackle storage solutions are top picks. The two new Tactical bags features are items first shown at ICAST in July 2018. These are 2019 products, available right now. They both peaked my interest at the tradeshow, given the construction and features offered. Excellent new tackle bags for folks, perfect for most of us whether heading out for a 1/2 day trip, overnight or five and six day trips. Wonderful new products with some features that have been lacking from other suppliers.  Other key products of special note, we have two clearance items posted, a clearance deal on Catchy Tackle Spinner Jets, Esca lights at 1/2 price. And, we have a couple other very interesting reel offers on the table this week. Next week there will be some changes to this page, nothing lasts forever...

* For our San Diego area clients: Our shop on Midway is having a clearance sale on all RainShadow custom built rods this week.  Save a minimum 20%, some models even higher up to 35%. Prices will be clearly posted on all inventory. Contact our SD shop directly by phone Tuesday-Saturday or better yet stop by the shop.  Rods are for store pickup only, and all are at our San Diego store this week. 

As always, thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials!

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


Billing: Please note, we do things a bit differently than other on-line businesses, in part due to my own concerns over on-line privacy and fraud protection. When you submit your order with us, you will not be asked for your CVC number during check out. You are immediately sent an order confirmation. We will then contact you by phone or email to confirm your order, make sure rigging, if needed, is clearly understood, stock availability confirmed and then we will ask for the CVC and process your order. We do NO billing online. Best practices for on-line credit card transactions is to never store CVC numbers - for YOUR PROTECTION. Once we process your order and bill your card, that information is shredded. You will need to re-enter that data each time you order on-line, and we'll need your cvc number.  It may be an inconvenience, but it's a whole lot better than the potential problems associated with unauthorized credit card use. We do this to protect your private information.  I was on the bad end of a fraud situation some years back, twice, $40K each time, over 80K! One was an ACH transfer, the other bogus credit card billing...by a vender I trusted. I'm still on the hook for over 20K You can not count on your bank's help, but you can limit your exposure. Think about that next time you order from an on-line retailer who holds your credit card information.  We don't do business that way. We treat our clients like we'd like to be treated, thus the added security. We apologize for any inconvenience, but let me say that's minor compared to having your card used fraudulently...   

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


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Special #1

OKUMA METALOID 5II & 5NII
Two Speed Performance - SAVE $60-70

Okuma's Metaloid series has been a fantastic winner for this major league firm.  The 5 and 5 narrow two speeds are among the most useful reels a person can own, all metal construction, powerful two speed gearing, capable of taking large fish, and  with a fantastic 3 year parts and labor warranty from the manufacturer.  Save big on our limited stock, it gets no better for a two speed reel, made from metal not plastic. Rugged, capable, worthy of owning for many, many years to come. 

1 piece frame and left sideplate, 6061 T6 Machined aluminum frame and sideplates. The reels are cold forged (same process as the infamous bike makers $500 models...), type 2 anodized. The spools are made from machined aluminum. They feature a corrosion resistant coating process as well as the anodizing for dealing with saltwater corrosion issues. All reels in the series offer 4 ball bearings and best of all they offer 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gears!. The drag system benefits from Cal's drag grease and Carbonite drag washer. All models offer a loud clicker, and the freespool performance is simply amazing.

Model Bearings Mono Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight   Regular Price    SALE
M-5N II 4 300yds/15# 6.4 & 3.8:1 42.1 & 24.8 24 15 lbs 15.7 oz $229 $159
save $70
M-5II* 4 340/20# 6.4 & 3.8:1 42.1 & 24.8 24 15 lbs 15.9 $229 $169
save $60

 

TWO Speed, Metal Construction, very good Carbon Fiber drag (good match for 20-40#, even 50# application)...

 

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FREE SHIPPING + Reduced Price Quality BRAID

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

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

Braid MFG/Type
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
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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FREE SHIPPING + Reduced Price Quality Braid Rigging!


Special #2

OKUMA METALOID 12II & 12NII
Two Speed Performance - SAVE OVER $80

Okay, another terrific reel and rather amazing price. Consider what you are getting, two speeds, a very nice low gear ratio, all metal construction, very capable fishing 50-80# lines given it's drag capability. At $300 it was well under market, at less than $220 it's a no-brainer-buy. Did I mention the three year manufacturers warranty?  Fantastic opportunity for you to own this very fishable reel.

Here's one we were very excited about, actually more than one. In the Metaloid Series there are four sizes based upon two bodies, 5 & 5 narrow, 12 & 12N.  This very popular series offers a rigid 1 piece frame and left sideplate, 6061 T6 Machined aluminum frame and sideplates. The reels are cold forged (not machined - same process as the infamous bike makers $500 models...), type 2 anodized. The spools are made from machined aluminum. They feature a corrosion resistant coating process as well as the anodizing for dealing with saltwater corrosion issues. All reels in the series offer 4 ball bearings and best of all they offer 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gears!. The drag system benefits from Cal's drag grease and Carbonite drag washer. All models offer a clicker, and the freespool performance is simply amazing. The price is very aggressive, definitely puts all other manufacturers on notice.

There's even more to talk about, handle, arm construction... Bottom line, these are some excellent reels and their price point, their value, construction (my gosh helical gears!) simply sets new standards for the fishing reel market.

Add to all this great stuff one more thing that beats all other manufacturers: THREE YEAR WARRANTY - FROM A REAL COMPANY THAT STANDS BEHIND IT'S PRODUCTS.

For 2017, ICAST introduction, the new 12N II speed is a piece we've wanted to see since we first played with the Metaloid series reels. The 12N is like an Avet JX in terms of size, or a Newell 332 for those with a memory. Perfect size, good line capacity using 50-80# braid as a backing and fishing the piece as your 50-60# needs require.  For what it's worth, the new reels came into our stock the day I came back from our five day Red Rooster charter - 2016. If you watch the video of that trip you'll see one of the guys, probably more than one, fishing the smaller Metaloid 5II for bluefin tuna ranging from about 75-100 lbs. For the 12N, bump that fish weight up a bit, it's a very capable reel, and now two years after it's first introduction we can also say it's a reliable fish catcher that's also a rather incredible value. 12N pictured in black and silver bottom right image. These were incredible values at $299, we have done something rather extraordinary in terms of their retail price to end the year on a high note...

 

 

 

 

Model Bearings Mono Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight   Regular Price    SALE
M-12NII 4 250/25# 4.7 & 2:1 42.1 & 24.8 34 27 lbs 23.4 $299 $219.99
save over $80
M-12II 4 320/30# 4.7 & 2:1 35.4 & 15.7 34 27 lbs 25.8 $299 $219.99
save over $80

TWO Speed, Metal Construction, very good Carbon Fiber drag.

Great match for 40-60#, even 80# in a pinch.

 

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Reel Color Option
 

FREE SHIPPING + Reduced Price Quality BRAID

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

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

Braid MFG/Type
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
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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FREE SHIPPING + Reduced Price Quality Braid Rigging!


Penn's Newest Internationals
Two Speed Performance - Special Savings

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.

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 has been a proven fact. Penn went back to the drawing board once again, hard, and I will suggest copied several design aspects of the Makaira design and Avet's Raptor series (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.   

 As a fisherman, I have to give the design guys at Penn respect for some excellent work. They may be a decade or so slow in making the improvements, they may have some marketing problems, but the end result of their design team appears to be very well considered, and the new Internationals are well worth owning.  For long range style fishing, comparing top notch gear, Penn now can compete with Okuma Makairas, Avet Pro series, Accurate ATD's. Penn is back in the game big time with their VISX series. The VISW's are also a nice improvement over previous generations of wide trolling oriented reels.  Thankfully, Penn International Series reels are still made in the USA.

 

 
  • 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
Spooled w/Super Braid
Price
No Line Supplied
12VISX 1510/10 1030/12 880/15 985/40 840/50 700/65 650 60# TT Hollowcore - fills
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 Use the
drop down
menu in
the ordering
section below
to see the special
un-rigged price...
16VISX 745/20 555/30 280/60 890/65 765/80 655/100 600 yds 80 TT HC / 500 of 100# TT HC - Fills
typically 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
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

*One point, the specifications Penn is providing had me quite suspicious at ICAST. Their claim of far more line capacity than typical for reels of this size had me thinking they were ingesting something which may cloud judgment...  Well, now I understand more. They based their capacity based upon use of their own line, which is suspect in and of itself. The new Penn Internationals hold pretty much the same amount of line as other reels of the same relative size (their arbors are still rather fat).  Penn played a diameter game on their specs, using a non-standard line for measurements.  And, with respect to the ProSpect line used, it needs to be fully tested in the field (long range style perferably) before I'd load it on my own gear. Secondly, I'm hearing some claims coming primarily from some dealers on the East Coast, claiming how great it is to get over 900 yards of 100# on a 20 size reel. Silly, waste of money. I don't know of many cow sized tuna that needed anything more than 500-600 yards (if that) when appropriate line tests and drag pressures were used.  If you need 900 yards, well, you're probably fishing way too light a line or way too light a drag. Wrong gear for right fish... and a lot of wasted money on braid that will never get wet.

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FREE and OPTIONAL SUPER BRAID Spooling

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
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
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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Made in America, and very proud of it!

FREE SHIPPING 


Special #4

AVET's New Patriot Limited Edition Reels
HERE NOW!

Pro Series and Raptors Limited Edition

 

Patriot Limited Edition
Pro Series
Raptor Series
Two and Three Speed Options

 


MXL Raptor


HXW Raptor

Avet produces their unique Patriot limited edition reels in Raptor and Pro series form, from casting size to large trolling oriented reels.  Both 2 speed and three speed versions are included in this production, from the little SXJ all the way up to the 80 series. 

All reels we received were right hand retrieve.  Generally we don't see left hand reel production until supply catches up with production on the righty version, could be a month or perhaps more before lefty reels come into production.

Avet Patriot Edition Raptor Series Reels
(Patriot Production includes: Raptor Series 2 and 3 speed models, Pro Series 2 and 3 speed models)
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FREE Offer - YOU HAVE CHOICES WITH CHARKBAIT

FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling or POWER PLIERS (up to $80 Comparable Value) -
Select your FREEBIE below and if required the 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.   

Specify Lefty or standard Right hand retrieve Lefty reels have a + $70 charge
FREE OFFER:

Select: Free Braid, Pliers, Drag Scale or Lure Assortment.
 
 
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
SELECT options above,
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied free, as one of several special offers - if you do NOT take the promotional price discount offered.
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
Hollow Core:  DO NOT SELECT THIS OPTION IF YOU ARE USING TORO TAMER'S LINE - IT'S A FREEBIE, BUT IF YOU SELECT
 Cortland, JB OR IZOR
(60#, 80#, 100#) there is an additional Hollow charge
$40.00
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 and HIGH QUALITY SUPER BRAID SPOOLING!

Made in America, and very proud of it!

 


Special #5

DAIWA
Tackle Storage Solutions
2019 New Product Introduction

DAIWA TACTICAL SOFT SIDED TACKLE BOX

Here's the item that really stood out to me while I was ICAST in July - Daiwa's newest soft sided tackle box Almost 20 years ago there were two tackle boxes sold by Mark Pack, the Hippo Ranger and their Ranger soft sided packs, which were everyone's favorite among saltwater anglers. These were unique and the key feature was an internal hard frame into which the Plano boxes were stored. With the hard frame the boxes weren't stacked one on top of the other, or secured with a velcro tab. Mark Pac went away as a supplier of tackle bags, primarily because the frame system went away. No firm has had anything like that since that firm's departure from the tackle bag market. 

The new Tactical Soft-Sided Tackle box is a winner! More features than any others on the market, from a major player in the tackle industry, WITH AN INTERNAL FRAME! This tackle bag has it all, literally. So, lets start at the front: you'll note there's a nice sunglass holder, and some side storage with a velcro'd flap hiding the 360 size boxes inside (and a 350, too). From the top of the bag you have a small tackle tray and even a spool holder which you can use to secure a small spool of fluorocarbon or leader for rigging on your reel conveniently. Open up the top storage and there are three wells for reel storage or other items (with velcro'd section dividers which can be rearranged for larger items).  AND, there's jig space with dividers for independently hanging some iron!

 

Lastly, note the internal frame and shelf system. This is the key feature that's been lacking on so many other bags for the past (almost) 20 years, a strong and secure frame!  This bag comes with three 360 size boxes and one smaller 350 on top (shorter box to allow for the jig storage section on the top of the bag. 

 

Buy Description Price
Daiwa Tactical Soft Sided Tackle Box DTTBFL-60 (17"x12"x16") $89.99
Daiwa Tactical Soft Sided Tackle Box DTTBFL-60 (17"x12"x16") BUY 2 and the SHIPPING IS FREE $179.98

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Special #6

Daiwa
Jig Bags and a lot more
New Product Introduction

Nobody that fishes iron seriously can get away without a dozen, or two dozen available. Colors, shapes, sizes, the guys that are good tend to try a few things to see what's going to work best on a given day. Nothing "funner" than to catch a fish on your work rather than a baits labor. It's not so easy finding a compact tackle bag that allows for enough iron as well as other necessities. Most bags aren't made for so many relatively long chunks of iron in a tackle tray.  We've had some firms make these over the years, part of their storage line, OpenWater, Albakore... This year two new products have been introduced which fill this tackle storage void. Calcutta and Daiwa have both introduced new jig bags. Both are very, very, very similar products but for the cosmetics. Both have 21 storage caveties, each 1 1/2" square. The bags are compact, about 9" across, 4 1/2" deep and 7 1/2 high. Both have side pockets and a heavy duty triple strip sewn in handstrap. With respect to the handstrap, it's a concern. Nice to see both firms have some redundancy in the way the straps are sewn onto the bags. In this respect, both are very good, but the Daiwa bag handle is sewn onto the bag from beginning to end six inches compared to one very good triple stitched inch of bag attachment on the Calcutta. Both bags are very good, Daiwa slightly better for heavier weights, both bags essentially the same in all other respects but for the cosmetics.

There is a similar bag on the market from Calcutta. We do stock it, and it's a little less money than the Daiwa
 bag pictured above. There's a big difference we found, the Daiwa bag's handle is far stronger, double stitched
so it can deal with some weight...and that's quite likely a deficiency in the other product which runs a couple
bucks less.  You do get what you pay for, perhaps quite a bit more in terms of longevity of use.

 

 
Buy Description Price
Daiwa Tactical Jig Bag DJTB21 $36.99

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Tactical Jig Bag left, and Tactical Jig Tote Combo bag right


NEW FOR 2019 - Daiwa expanded upon the jig tote to a new level of refinement. The new Tactical Jig Tote Combo bag holds more and holds it better. There's enough storage to cover a persons time on the water for a day or two...or more with some good planning. 

The Tactical Jig Tote Combo bag includes three storage boxes, one 360 size inside and two 350 sized boxes in their own side storage compartments. There's a sunglass holder on the outside, and inside one more plastic storage box and jig/lure receivers in three sizes! There are 10 narrow 1" cells, 8 1 1/4" and 6 at 1 3/4" receivers for larger iron.  That's a bunch of lures on tap, 24 individual compartments plus three storage boxes for your terminal tackle, soft plastics, whatever your fishing adventure calls for.  Everything is easily accessible.  Very well thought out alternative to a traditional bag, compact, great use of space and it holds the right amount of gear for most of us in a very nice pack.  AND, with the open mesh top and bottom it's darn easy to clean up and wash off the saltwater from your lures!  Very cool product and very well priced at a reasonable $89.

Quite honestly

 

Buy Description Price
Daiwa Tactical Jig Tote Combo Bag DJT-60CBO $79.99

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Special #7

TORO TAMER WOUNDED SWIMMER

Exceptional Lure for Wahoo & Tuna - SAVE 40%!

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.

 

Buy

Description Price SALE
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Purple Back 100 gm $10.99 $6.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Purple Back 150 gm $12.99 $7.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Blue Back 100 gm $10.99 $6.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Blue Back 150 gm $12.99 $7.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Pink Back 100 gm $10.99 $6.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Pink Back 150 gm $12.99 $7.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer  Mackerel 100 gm $10.99 $6.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer  Mackerel 150 gm $12.99 $7.99

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 Special #8

SEI
NEW X-Wrench
Multi-Function Tool - No Tackle Box Should Be Without This One!

Best Tool of it's type ever produced, it really is a must have item guys. Here's the deal, the owner of SEI is a dedicated long range fisherman, with some machining background, has an overseas factory working with him in his primary business, and is always looking for things to make his trips on the water better. He's a tinkerer. First product he came up with was the SEI bracket, a trigger grip version of the Cork Puppy. That's a nice product, this one's even better, and there are a couple other new ones in the final stages of manufacture we'll be showing off very soon. Back to the tool...

Going fishing means, getting your gear organized, tackle, rods, reels, etc. And, of course you've got to put your reels on the rods, and after the trip is over take the gear down again. On the LR boats we do this on the last day usually, and with 6-8 rigs to take apart and clean up there's some time involved. Having the right tool for a job is key in any work we do, and in the case of the X-Wrench you've got the right tool right in the palm of your hand - all the tools, all sizes, all the sockets you'll need plus screwdriver bits and the darn elevator type key that you need for Avet and a few other reels too. This tool has 'em all, plus a socket adaptor, bottle opener twist and cap popper, magnetic receiver for standard bits.... Darn thing is very well thought out.

#1 and #2 Phillips Drivers
#1 and #2 Barrel Nut Adapter
3/8" and 1/4" Common Driver
1/4" Standard Bit Adaptor
Sockets for loosening and tightening your reel clamp's nuts: 13mm & 1/2", 3/8", 7/16" & 10mm

The thing has all the tools you'll probably need, other than a crimper and pair of pliers or dikes (diagonal cutter). The tool is not cheap, but when you consider all it accomplishes, the time it can save you over the years, it's a stinking bargain in my estimation. I took one along with my on our RRIII 8 day charter this season, really impressed me with how well thought out it was, how well everything fit together, and it comes in a handy case to keep you organized.  $29.99, and worth every penny in my estimation.

BACK IN STOCK!

Buy Description Price
SEI X-Wrench Tool $29.99

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 Special #9

Nomad

Reel Storage Solutions

No problem knowing where to put your valuable fishing reels when fishing, they belong on a rod. But, when you're not fishing and you need to transport or store your reels where do you put 'em?  For most of us, having a proper reel bag is as important as having a tackle box. We expect to keep the gear protected, keep dust and sunlight off our reels, and keep them protected against scratches and dings. A proper reel case does just that, and in the case of the Nomad bags they do even more with very good storage for accessory items. The medium and large case also provide side  pockets to keep your accessories like reel clamps and hardware together, the large size providing even more accessory storage areas.  There's even storage on the lid for leaders or other accessories on all the bags.

All of the Nomad reel cases offer the features we expect, protection and organization. They also take things a few steps further with a durable bottom that can withstand some punishment. The zippers will prove long lasting and the material will perform well for many years to come.  You can re-arrange the spacing of the dividers so that you can properly arrange your reels to provide maximum protection. There are three reel cases offered, small, medium and large. The small case does great for most of your reels, 4/0 size and down. The medium can handle larger sized reels, even 30's and 50's horizontally, and the large case will accommodate pretty much anything from 80's on down stacked on their side for additional storage space.  The medium and large case are also expandable - the top can pop up an extra inch or so if needed. (medium case pictured below)

 
Buy Description Price
Nomad Reel Case - small
14"Lx10"Hx5"D
$42.99
Nomad Reel Case - medium
14"Lx12"Hx8.5"D
$69.99
Nomad Reel Case - large
20"Lx13.5"Hx11.5"D
$74.99

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 Special #10

ESCA

1/2 OFF

They're Back...and on special! The Original Award Winning Saltwater Powered Bio Light.
Accept no imitations, these are the real deal, no batteries needed, powered by saltwater!

ESCA
I first came across this product at ICAST several years ago. I was very much interested, but at that point there was no way for me to bring the piece into this country. They're based in Norway, and it would have been a pain in the keester to import 'em. I've been following them ever since, and fishing the sample they provided me. They also had some growing to do, earn their USA patent... We are now pleased to be able to offer this unique product to our clients. The Esca fish attractor utilizes light and electro-magnetic influences to attract gamefish. It can improve the performance of all lures, imitates natures own lure lights, and adds life to lures and bait. While the piece can be used as a lure, it truly shines best by treating it as an attractor. I wrote this back around 2007, and through 2010 we saw this product grow in popularity with USA based distribution. But, then something happened in 2011. Their USA manager disappeared, they did not come to the ICAST shows, we could not make contact, and people kept calling asking about the esca lights, if we had any...  I'll cut to the chase, we found 'em, we've got 'em, and you'd do well to grab some.*

(Please note, the image right shows the lure with hook, that's not accurate. The esca light comes with split rings front and rear, no hooks.)

There are four different styles/types of Esca attractors. The devices emit either green or blue light, and that light is either a constant fade in and out, or a blinking/strobe. They are powered by saltwater itself, and will work for up to 100 hours of fishing time - no batteries involved. The best use for the Esca device is to use them as an add-on to your existing lures. They have proven very successful for folks targeting swordfish, all types of deeper water rockfish, and most recently billfish. (They have been used in several tournaments for great effect). The Esca replicates the wavelength, intensity and frequency of light emitted by different types of fish and plankton - the manufacturer refers to this as the "pulse of life!" They also create an electromagnetic field that triggers the hunting instincts in fish. Fish will bite, and bite harder! The Esca will improve the visibility of your lures and tackle, improving your odds at getting bit.

Esca attractors weigh 7 grams. They can be used by themselves as a small jig, but they are really best used together with spinners, jigs, iron, and bait. You can rig them inside soft bodied squid skirts, inline, with deep diving lures and with trolling lures. For some rigging ideas please click this link.

 

 

 

Take advantage of the savings...
reg. price $19.99 ea.
SAVE 50%
 

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Description Price
Esca Attractor - blue fade $9.99
Esca Attractor - green fade $9.99
Esca Attractor - blue blinking $9.99
Esca Attractor - green blinking   $9.99



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