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10/13/2019 - Welcome to our Weekly
Specials, something we try to post each Sunday.
We've been doing some behind
the scenes work on the website, and working on a major facelift as
well. First things first, changing server and some other
things which made our current site non-operational for three days
time. That part is now fixed, ordering thru the website works.
Never a good thing to have a site down but it was necessary, and
there's a reason we have a toll free line here. Making a major
update on the website will no doubt create some other issues as we
get that part of our program set up. Really, it's something I
should have done 10 years ago, but I needed to wait for my son to
grow up and gain some skills in that regard and for him to make some
decisions about what he wants to do after college. I mentioned
mid-summer that we were progressing towards more of a family
business with my oldest boy and wife fully engaged here. The
website work is part of that progression.
Given the back-end work we're
doing I'm not making a big change in our Weekly Specials this week.
We still have a few wrinkles, still some work to do on the existing
As always, thank you for visiting our
Weekly Specials and hope to see you at the shop!
Sincerely, Mark Smith
Billing:Please note, we do
things a bit differently than other on-line businesses, in part
due to my own concerns over on-line privacy and fraud
protection. When you submit your order with us, you will not
be asked for your credit card's CVC number during check out from
our website. You are
immediately sent an order confirmation. We will then contact you
by phone or email to confirm your order, to make sure rigging, if
needed, is clearly understood, confirm stock availability and
then we will ask for the CVC and process your order. We do NO
billing online, nor do we bill prior to confirming inventory
availability. Best practices for on-line credit card
transactions is to never store CVC numbers - for YOUR
PROTECTION. Once we process your order and bill your card, that
information is shredded. You will need to re-enter that data
each time you order on-line, and we'll need your cvc number.
It may be an inconvenience, but it's a whole lot better than the
potential problems associated with unauthorized credit card use. We do this to protect your private
information. I was on the bad end of a fraud situation
some years back, twice, $40K each time, over 80K! One was an ACH
transfer, the other bogus credit card 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... When you order from us,
you will hear back from a real, live person, who will confirm
your order, provide delivery time, shipping information, and then
with your approval we'll bill and ship the goods. We're not amazon,
we're a specialty saltwater retailer with a staff that knows fishing
and how to improve your success.
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Metaloid Series two speed reels set a new standard. The offered two
speed capability with relatively high drag
at an industry leading price with greater warranty support than
other manufacturers. Sold a lot of those wonderful reels, and
we currently have a Clearance Special on
their lefty models after clearing Okuma's stock of righties.
The new version of the Metaloid is now called the Cavalla series.
What we noticed immediately is that the drag curve is much smoother,
there's more range in it's setting verses the Metaloid series.
Shifting engagement is also smoother. In most respects, the
new Cavalla series is simply a more refined Metaloid. Weights are
almost the same, dimensions same, drag numbers same, helical cut
gears gone and price a little more expensive.
From the manufacturer: The Cavalla 2-Speed Lever Drag reels are a
compact bodied machine built to handle the toughest of conditions.
This reel is built with 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame and side
plates. The rigid 1 piece frame continues around to the non handle
side plate. This rigid frame combined with a cold forged, type-II
anodized machined aluminum spool give you a sleek and rugged weapon.
The Cavalla reels feature a battle proven carbonite drag system with
Cal’s drag grease that puts out 24 to 34 pounds of drag at full. The
17.4 grade stainless steel main and pinion gear as well as the CRC:
Corrosion Resistance Coating process make this reel virtually
corrosion resistant. Add to that 4 corrosion resistant stainless
steel bearings and a silent
system for complete smooth operation. The Cavalla 2-speed reels
feature a 6.4:1 and 3.8:1 gear ratio on the 5 size reels and a 4.7:1
and 2.1:1 gear ratio on the 12 size. Both the 5 and 12 size reels
come in left and right hand retrieve and feature an on/off bait
clicker. This reel is compact and comfortable, and feature an Ergo
Grip handle knob and anodized aluminum handle arm.
Get 300 yards of top quality
Gel Spun Braid Spooling at no extra
charge with these innovative
New for 2020 - first shown at ICAST in
July 2019 and available now. Ten models in
the HD series. Two body sizes, 300 and 400. The enhancements over
the previous generation are mostly designed to make
reels smoother in operation, easier to engage and disengage, and
like the previous generation the HD's offer
six corrosion resistant ball bearings (CRBB) plus one roller
bearing, custom handle with swept design. The new models are black
in color verses the dark blue of the prior models.
The Lexa HD's take the very popular and
well respected Lexa to a new level of refinement and performance,
with 25 lbs of drag capable on the 400 and 22 lbs on the 300 you
have enough stopping power to deal with white seabass, tarpon,
yellowtail, dorado and sailfish (and more). On our 2019 Royal
Polaris charter I saw one of the other fishermen using a 400 HD
to tame tuna at Guadalupe Island, and that says a lot about the
capability of these excellent reels. These compact
baitcasters can toss a lure beautifully, and they have enough line
capacity and drag to deal with most fish you'll encounter. Of course
with their levelwind design they make life easier for those doing a
lot of cast and retrieve style fishing with artificials. All in all,
this is a very nice enhancement/refinement on a great reel and a
fine value as well given it's construction. For what it's worth, I
own a Lexa 300, I think I've found a good reason to buy a 400. The HD's run $299 for the 400 and $249 for the 300 sizes.
Redesigned Heavy Duty Clutch System
Grease Bearing System
Stainless Steel Drive Gear & Pinion Gear
Bearing System (6CRBB +1RB)
Custom Handle Knob
Ultimate Tournament carbon drag (UTD) with up to 25lbs of
Swept Handle with weight-reducing cutouts
Handle length: 300 size 100mm, 400 size 120mm
Aluminum frame and side plate (gear side)
Magforce Cast Control
Superior drainage, better for long
term use and maintenance.
The Lexa HD's are well proven, superior
casting compact baitcasting type reels. These were first
introduced in 2016, and now Daiwa is releasing the 2020 versions
which were shown off at ICAST 2019. Consequently, it's time to
sell off the older series to make room for the new models which are
now arriving. Save $70-100 on these excellent reels while
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now, but once sold out they are history...
Folks have been
waiting on this not so well kept secret for some
time now, and now they're here. We
received Okuma's Limited Edition SEA version
Makaira Series reels this past week. They came
out beautifully, great cosmetics in a flat black
with silver trim finish. All the quality
and ruggedness you'd expect from this terrific
line of reels that truly established the firm as
serious players in the big game, long range side
I won't go into detail
regarding the outstanding quality of the Makaira
Series reels. The reels have been on the market
long enough that folks know what they are -
nothing short of state of the art. These
rugged performers now have a rather unique look,
the black/silver anodizing stands out and will
be something you take pride in for many, many
years to come. Remember the 5 year parts
and labor warranty offered by Okuma on these
reels. They are made to fish hard for a long,
long time. Check the specs below and the
images too. These are well worth the
money, great reels to own. Demand always
outpaces supply on the limited runs, order early
for best selection. Only one run was made, no
more will be produced, this is a limited run.
We have all sizes available, from the Cow tamer 80 all the way down
to the 10. Terrific reels, and even nicer given the
exclusivity and good lures of the Special Edition models.
Stock is strictly limited to our inventory, Okuma won't be holding
any, these were only available pre-order basis from the manufacturer
and strict limits on production.
above right, Makaira 80W SEA Limited Edition and the little
Pictured above, Makaira 50W and 10 left,
10 alone on the right. Below shows
off the 10 once more
Max Drag @ Full
Max Drag @ Strike
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
NEW MODEL FOR 2019
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
39" & 17.0"
4.3:1 & 1.3:1
39.4" & 17.5"
3.8:1 & 1.3:1
39.2" & 17.3"
3.8:1 & 1.3:1
39.4" & 17.5"
3.2:1 & 1.0:1
37.8" & 15.3"
3.2:1 & 1.0:1
37.8" & 11.3"
3.2:1 & 1.2:1
37.8" & 11.3"
using the Omega winder rather than Triangle and 16 strand Toro hollowcore braid. We are seeing diameters dropping with better fibers being used with
some braid manufacturers. The capacity specs above reflect what we
Note, Okuma's 20 is a 30 narrow size, their 30W conforms to industry
standards as a 30 wide.
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Daiwa J-Fluoro New 2019 ICAST Product Introduction!
BACK IN STOCK
was one of the surprises at ICAST, and it's here now. Daiwa, best
known for reels and rods also has an extensive lure lineup, braid
and now Fluorocarbon leader. They recognized that then are the
new kid on the block, so they came out swinging! The spools are
available in 100 yard lengths up thru 20#, then drops to 50 yards
for 25-80 lb lines - double the standard amount of line on a
spool....but it's not smoke and mirrors or apples verses oranges,
your cost is a heck of a lot less than, for example, Seaguar. Lets
check the pricing, 25 yards of Seaguar Premier 60# will set you back
about $32. Daiwa is offering 50 yards for $22.99 (double the
quantity at a savings of $11). Like the Premier, Daiwa's new FL line
will break a 1-3 lbs under it's stated test based upon our own
testing. Knowing that first lets the angler put the line to it's
best use. You can bump up and be very conservative or take
advantage of the thinner diameter and set up your drag
accordingly. We sold out of the line, as did Diawa, soon
after we introduced the product. It's finally back in stock.
We did some testing over the past couple weeks, the line offers excellent diameters, a good hard
finish for abrasion resistance, with break strength within reason.
Compared to AFW, Sunline, Yo-Zuri and Seaguar's Blue Label FL
products we are seeing a slight drop in actual breaking test for
Daiwa's FL line. For example, using 40# as a reference,
Daiwa's J-Fluoro scored 37 lbs with a full 5 inches of stretch
prior to breaking. AFW averaged 42 lbs with 4.5" stretch,
Yo-Zuri TopKnot came in at 44 lbs with a 4.25" stretch. Daiwa's
diameters are smaller, in some instances substantially thinner
than other suppliers tested. This is a major point,
similar to comparing Seaguar's Premier verses their Blue Label
product. The skinnier lines tend to break earlier - as one
would suspect. We will do more testing, more sampling of
spools, and then publish all our findings. Preliminary
testing suggests Daiwa's line will test slightly under spec, but
also offer greater stretch than other manufacturers. So, there
are some particular applications where this may be a line of
is a 100% Fluorocarbon product, Japanese made quality, it will do what
Fluorocarbon is supposed to do, be less visible in the water, and it
will do so at a very aggressive cost. Now, Daiwa makes a lot of things,
however this line is being produced by another manufacturer, no doubt.
I'll lay odds that Sunline is making this product, has some similar
characteristics to what we've stocked from them. (Sunline's
primary business in the US market is that of an OEM producer, making
lines for other firms to stamp their name on). Sunline makes a
great product, as many of you well know. Daiwa's FL line will be a
wonderful addition to their range of products, and a welcome relief to
anglers given the quality and cost calculation.
know, there's a reason I go to ICAST every year. I always
find a few interesting things I wouldn't have discovered had I
not spent the time and money to attend. This year I was
surprised to meet a fellow who shops with us from NorCal,
working a both of a lure maker I'd not heard of, he's also one
heck of an angler, prostaff for a few firms. He's a ringer, and
if involved in something there's generally a good reason behind
the involvement. Sure glad I took some time to visit and
check out their wide range of products. The lure that
really caught my eye was their MagTrak 10. It's a plaining head
type lure with some similarities to YoZuri's Bonita and Braid
Marauder, with some innovative wrinkles which makes it very
interesting indeed. Over the past year the Nomad DTX Minnow has
been the hands-down favorite wahoo trolling lure, for very good
reason. They get bit! The downside with the DTX is that it can
be a "one and done" lure. What I mean by that is that there can
be times when the lure gets hammered by a wahoo or deckhand and
then won't swim true. Out of the box all Nomad's swim
great, but the lure can get tweaked and then not stay in the
water, and of course it no longer will it be useful. For many of
us, that's a small price to pay for the joy of catching a
speedster wahoo. But, if you fish more often or simply expect
more durability over time, then the MagTrak may just be the best
wahoo troller for you.
the Lure: The MagTrak is a hollow bodied lure, made with ABS
with an internal head weight. The lure had connecting thru-wire
construction which can not be pulled out. The hooks are
EXTREMELY durable and super sharp. You will not even
consider their replacement, they are perfect for their task. On
our recent Red Rooster trip to Guadalupe Island I dragged one of
these lure. That trip was not intended to target wahoo, water
temp was cool and that destination wasn't intended for wahoo...those
focused wahoo trips come later this season. But, I wanted
to see how the lure behaved in the water. PERFECT! You drop the
lure in the water and it gains depth and trolls perfectly,
straight and true. Not at all like the old YoZuri Bonitas and
Marauders which can end up changing position in the trolling
spread simply because they aren't balanced. The plaining head is
very broad, longer than lures which actually larger. The lure
itself is fairly skinny, so the big plaining head really works
to it's advantage. These things are the straightest running
lures I've seen and they can deal with realistic trolling speeds
- even UP TO 20 knots! I've seen surface lures do that, never
deep runners! The MagTrak runs straight and true, and it
does so under a wide range of speeds! Durable? No wahoo
will damage this lure that I've ever seen. These lures are
tough. Having said that, they are also darn expensive!
MagTrak™ Wahoo Lure Features:
10 Inch Dynamic Body with patented design to swim in a
fashion that replicates small wahoo
HookMag Technology with 10/0 304 Series Stainless Steel
Increased Hookup Ratio
Increased Strike Ratio
No Hassle at High Speeds no Trolling Weight Required
Any Position from short corner to shotgun in the spread
Multiple Color Patterns
Through Wire Construction on Ultrasonically Welded Solid ABS
Welded Rings on 500 lbs strength ball bearing swivels
From the Manufacturer: The MagTrak™ is truly a new breed
of Wahoo and Big Game Lures. The MagTrak features a patented
design that allows the lure to swim straight and below the
surface at speeds of up to 20 knots, or within short aggressive
turns directly inside or outside the propwash. The MagTrak
also incorporates the patented HookMag™ Technology that keeps
the front hook in the stinger position at any speed until a
Wahoo or other strike occurs. The hook is then released and
direct swivel connection to hook and mouth of fish. Please
check out the videos below for a better understanding of the
concept. PATENT AND PATENT PENDING NO. US 15/783,764, CN
201811130554.8, EU & EPO 18196736.5, AU 2018233051, US DESIGN:
29/666,174, SE DESIGN 84191
a Nomad DTX costing $35 to one of these at $90, noting both will
catch fish, why is the MagTrak worth the money? Well, durability
is a prime consideration. You won't be replacing this lure due
to wear, a fractured tail, a deckhand's blow or a
hard bite. It will outlast it's competition. There are a few
reasons for their expense, one the big reason is their use of an
expensive neodymium magnets which are nickel and epoxy coated.
The front belly hook sits in a receiver, held in place by the
magnet, until the fish strikes. By running the hook in the
receiver the hook won't scar up the sides of the lure, like so
many others of similar design, and it's always in the best
position to hook your wahoo. Given they way wahoo normally
strike a lure, first strike can often be from the front. The
hook is where it's most productive, and it won't bang into the
lure, helping the lure always run true. Even if the hook comes
out of the receiver it will still run true up to 18 knots. The
belly hook is always in the stinger position, which in theory
will increase hookup percentage compared to most lures. In
fact, Nomad made a video showing use of a rubber band to keep
their belly hook on the DTX in stinger position. The MagTrak 10
weighs in at about 12 1/2 ounces.
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
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
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.
- do not over-rig these lures, you'll detract from their action
and performance. Thinner diameter leader means greater depth
with any billed diver and a heavy line improperly rigged can
impede the Autotune system. Don't go in for a lot of hardware,
snaps and such. A simple loop with crimp, on 3' of 175 cable
terminating ina swivel for line attachment is plenty good enough
and will outfish heavier lines. Don't run 'em on 12 feet of 400
lb cable! A shorter 3 feet of say 175-275 lb is recommended, and
is more than sufficient if you are targeting wahoo on the troll.
Same story for mono and tuna, keep it simple, and fish
reasonable line tests for your target. Thinner diameters get you
more depth and will catch you more fish. Personaly, I run 175#
49 strand AFW cable, with a double crimp to
the ring at the nose of the lure, about 3-4
feet, and then will use a barrel or ball
bearing swivel to attach to my main line.
Okay, we've been
stocking and selling these lures
they came into the US market, spring 2018. The response by
our long range anglers has been terrific. For
2018's excellent wahoo season these were the
lures of choice. We've supplied several of the
long range boats out of San Diego, who took the
lead from the Red Rooster, the first boat making
good use of the lures. The Nomad DTX
became the dominant wahoo lure for the fleet.
How good are they? Note the image right. This
particular lure was used by one of our clients
from Colorado, TunaTom. The lure pictured above
caught 21 wahoo and still swims perfectly (and
yes, that's why we're now stocking the Glold
Glow pattern lure below...).