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#1 
Okuma

CAVALLA
2020 Model Introduction!
FREE BRAID RIGGING
#2  
Daiwa

Lexa HD
2020 Model Introduction!
FREE BRAID RIGGING
#3    
Daiwa

Lexa HD
Old Model CLEARANCE
#4  
Okuma

Makaira LIMITED EDITION
New for 2019
They're here and in depth...
#5
Daiwa
J-Fluoro
ICAST 2019 Introduction: Japanese Fluorocarbon  Value!
#6
MagBay

MagTrak 10

Success on the Troll for WAHOO!
#7
Nomad Design

DTX Minnows
Wahoo & Tuna on the Troll!
#8
Seastrike 33's

Classic West Coast Iron
WAHOO
!
#9  
Z-Bar
The Original is BACK
Machined Perfection at a SAVINGS!
#10  
Capt Jimmy

Wahoo Bombs
Long Range Go-To lure for 'Hoo!

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 site interface. 

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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Special #1

Okuma Cavalla
New Model Introduction
With FREE
SUPER BRAID RIGGING

Okuma's Metaloid Series two speed reels set a new standard. The offered two speed capability with relatively high drag specs 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 retrieve 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.

  • Rigid 1-pcs frame and left sideplate construction
  • 6061-T6 Machined aluminum frame and sideplates
  • 17-4 grade stainless steel main and pinion gears
  • Carbonite drag system with Cal’s drag grease
  • Cold forged, Type-II anodized, machined aluminum spool
  • CRC: Corrosion Resistant Coating process
  • 4 BB corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings
  • Ergo Grip handle knob with anodized aluminum handle arm
  • Silent retrieve system for cranking smoothness
  • On/Off bait clicker for all lever drag models
  • Cavalla lever drag reels are backed by a 3-year limited warranty

 

MODEL BEARINGS BRAID CAPACITY MONO CAPACITY GEAR RATIO LINE RETRIEVE MAX DRAG WEIGHT PRICE
CAV 5NII 4BB 425YDS/50# 300 YDS/15# 6.4:1, 3.8:1 42.1" & 24.8" 15 strike, 24 full 16.2 oz $239.99
CAV 5II* 475/50# 340/20# 17.1
CAV 12NII 4BB 525/50, 380/60# 350/20# 4.7:1, 2.1:1 35.4", 15.7" 27/34 23.8 $319.99
CAV 12II* 500/60#, 400/80# 24.9 $329.99

* lefty versions coming in two sizes, 5 and 12 only - not available yet

Very capable reels and very strong values, that's the summation.


Cavalla 5II


Cavalla 12II

We have 5NII, 5II and 12II currently in stock, lefty version and 12NII models will be arriving soon.

 

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FREE SHIPPING + FREE BRAID & MONO

- 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 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
 

View Your Shopping Cart

FREE MONO SPOOLING, FREE BRAID RIGGING
& FREE SHIPPING FOR STANDARD SIZED ITEMS OVER $150!
RODS AND OTHER OVERSIZED ITEMS WILL CARRY A SHIPPING CHARGE


Special #2

Daiwa LEXA HD!
New for 2020

300 Yards FREE SUPER BRAID

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

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 the 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
  • All Grease Bearing System
  • Stainless Steel Drive Gear & Pinion Gear
  • 7 Bearing System (6CRBB +1RB)
  • EVA Custom Handle Knob
  • Ultimate Tournament carbon drag (UTD) with up to 25lbs of drag
  • 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.
 

300 TYPE HD - coming soon

Model
Number
Action
FW / SW
Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Drag
Max
Pricing
LEXA-HD300H-P H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 6.3:1 28.8" 12.3 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 $249
LEXA-HD300HS-P H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 7.4:1 32.4” 12.3 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 $249
LEXA-HD300XS-P H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 8.1:1 37” 12.3 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 $249
LEXA-HD300H-LP
LEFTY
H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 6.3:1 28.8" 12.3 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 $249
LEXA-HD300HS-LP
LEFTY
H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 7.4:1 32.4” 12.3 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 $249

400 TYPE HD - HP, HSP AND HSLP NOW AVAILABLE, others coming soon

Model
Number
Action
FW / SW
Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Drag
Max
Price
LEXA-HD400H-P XH / H 6CRBB, 1RB 6.3:1 33.4” 17.1 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25 $299
LEXA-HD400HS-P XH / H 6CRBB, 1RB 7.4:1 37.7” 17.1 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25 $299
LEXA-HD400XS-P XH / H 6CRBB, 1RB 8.1:1 43” 17.1 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25 $299
LEXA-HD400H-PWR-P XH / H 6CRBB, 1RB 5.1:1 27.1” 16.8 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25 $299
LEXA-HD400HS-LP
LEFTY
XH / H 6CRBB, 1RB 7.4:1 37.7” 17.1 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25 $299
CRBB = Super Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearing, BB = Stainless Steel Ball Bearing, RB Roller Bearing, P = power handle

NOT ALL MODELS ARE AVAILABLE YET.
WE HAVE RECEIVED ONLY THE 400 H-P, HS-P, AND HS-LP LEFTY

 

 
The reels run a reasonable $249 on the 300 size and $299 for the 400
We then do our part by making you this offer:

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

FREE SHIPPING 
& FREE High Quality Braid!


 

Daiwa LEXA 300 & 400 HD series!
CLEARANCE @ $179.99 to $199.99

 

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 supply lasts.
 
HIGH SPEED BAITCASTING REELS
Model
Number
Action
FW / SW
Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Drag
Max
Available Pricing
LEXA-HD300HS-P H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 10.8 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 5 $249
LEXA-HD300H-P H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 6.3:1 28.8" 10.5 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 2 $249
HYPER SPEED BAITCASTING REELS
Model
Number
Action
FW / SW
Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Drag
Max
Available Pricing
LEXA-HD300XS-P H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 8.1:1 37” 10.8 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 1 $249
LEXA-HD400XSL-P
lefty - sold out
XH / H 6CRBB, 1RB 8.1:1 43” 17.2 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
22 1 $299
 

CRBB = Super Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearing, BB = Stainless Steel Ball Bearing, RB Roller Bearing, P = power handle


The reels run a reasonable $249 on the 300 size, $299 for 400's
-
BUT THESE ARE ON CLOSEOUT AT $179
to $199
 
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FREE SHIPPING


Special #4

Okuma Makaira Limited Edition
New Model Introduction
With FREE
SUPER BRAID RIGGING
Models 10, 15, 15T, 20, 30, 50, 50W and 80W
Now In STOCK!

Here 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 of sportfishing.

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.

 

(Pictured above right, Makaira 80W SEA Limited Edition and the little powerhouse MK10)

 

Pictured above, Makaira 50W and 10 left, 10 alone on the right.  Below shows off the 10 once more

 

Model Bearings Spectra Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight Price
MK-8II SEa 4BB+1TB 380/50# 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 27-lbs 24-lbs 24 oz. $489.99
MK-10II SEa 4BB+1TB 460/50#
450/60*
4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 26.1 oz. $489.99
MK-15II SEa 4BB+1TB 400/65#
300/80
4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 26.8 oz. $499.99
MK-15TII
NEW MODEL FOR 2019
4BB+1TB ~600/60* 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 39" & 17.0" 40-lbs 31-lbs 29 oz. $549.99
MK-16II SEa 4BB+1TB 600/80#* 4.3:1 & 1.3:1 39.4" & 17.5" 44-lbs 32-lbs 40.3
oz.
$579.99
MK-20II SEa 4BB+1TB 600/100# 3.8:1 & 1.3:1 39.2" & 17.3" 55-lbs 37-lbs 45.8 oz. $579.99
MK-30II SEa 4BB+1TB 600/130#* 3.8:1 & 1.3:1 39.4" & 17.5" 55-lbs 37-lbs 50 oz. $599.99
MK-50II SEa
 
4BB+1TB 700/130#* 3.2:1 & 1.0:1 37.8" & 15.3" 85-lbs 60-lbs 61.4 oz. $649.99
MK-50WII SEa 4BB+1TB 840/130#* 3.2:1 & 1.0:1 37.8" & 11.3" 85-lbs 60-lbs 65 oz. $659.99
MK-80WII SEa 4BB+1TB 700/200#* 3.2:1 & 1.2:1 37.8" & 11.3" 100-lbs 70-lbs 116 oz. $899.99

*When packed 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 typically rig.

Note, Okuma's 20 is a 30 narrow size, their 30W conforms to industry standards as a 30 wide.

 

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FREE Mono Spooling FREE, Braid FREE or at Reduced Price depending upon options below.
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 - Select options  if you would like us to rig your new reel
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid OR HOLLOW
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied per above selections
- If you require additional line spooled please select options below.
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

FREE MONO SPOOLING, FREE BRAID RIGGING
& FREE SHIPPING FOR STANDARD SIZED ITEMS OVER $150!
RODS AND OTHER OVERSIZED ITEMS WILL CARRY A SHIPPING CHARGE

 


Special #5

Daiwa J-Fluoro
New 2019 ICAST Product Introduction!
BACK IN STOCK

This 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 preferred use.

This 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. 

Model Test lb. Diameter Inches Diameter MM Length

JFL4-100

4

.007

0.18

100 yds

JFL6-100

6

.009

0.22

100 yds

JFL8-100

8

.010

0.25

100 yds

JFL10-100

10

.011

0.28

100 yds

JFL12-100

12

.012

0.30

100 yds

JFL15-100

15

.014

0.35

100 yds

JFL20-100

20

.015

0.39

100 yds

JFL25-50

25 .016 0.42 50 yds

JFL30-50

30 .018 0.46 50 yds

JFL40-50

40 .020 0.51 50 yds

JFL50-50

50 .022 0.56 50 yds

JFL60-50

60 .029 0.73 50 yds

JFL80-50

80 .030 0.77 50 yds
 
Buy Description Price
Daiwa J-Fluoro 4 lb 100 yards $15.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 6 lb 100 yards $15.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 8 lb 100 yards $15.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 10 lb 100 yards $15.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 12 lb 100 yards $15.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 15 lb 100 yards $15.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 20 lb 100 yards $17.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 25 lb 50 yards $15.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 30 lb 50 yards $15.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 40 lb 50 yards $17.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 50 lb 50 yards $17.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 60 lb 50 yards $22.99
Daiwa J-Fluoro 80 lb 50 yards $22.99

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Special #6

MagBay's
MAGTRAK 10
for WAHOO!

You 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.

About 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 Hooks
  • 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 Shells
  • 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

Comparing 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 fish's 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.

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Description Price
12523 MagBay MagTrak Marlin $89.99
12524 MagBay MagTrak Gold $89.99
12522 MagBay MagTrak Pink $89.99
12520 MagBay MagTrak Ref $89.99
12521 MagBay MagTrak Dorado $89.99

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Fish these lures on a trolling harness when targeting wahoo...

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StrikeMaster Harnesses
StrikeMaster Trolling Harness 175 pound test 36 inches $7.49
StrikeMaster Trolling Harness 275 pound test 36 inches $7.49
StrikeMaster Trolling Harness 400 pound test 36 inches $7.99


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Special #7

Nomad Design
Wahoo & Tuna on the Troll

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.

 

Okay, we've been stocking and selling these lures since 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...).

 

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Description Price
Nomad DTX 165 Gold Glow $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Gold Glow $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Orange Mac $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Orange Mac $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Orange Chartreuse Mac $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Orange Chartreuse Mac $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Green Mac $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Green Mac $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Fusilier $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Fusilier $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Nuclear Coral Trout $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Nuclear Coral Trout $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Black Pink Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Black Pink Mackerel $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Pink Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Pink Mackerel $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Spanish  Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Spanish  Mackerel $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Sardine $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Sardine $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Bleeding Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Bleeding Mac $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Red Head $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Red Head $32.95
Nomad DTX 165 Hot Pink Mackerel $27.95
Nomad DTX 200 Hot Pink Mackerel $32.95
OPTIONAL RIGGING


I prefer 175# cable for rigging DTX 200's. That's worked well on the LR boats. Thin enough not to detract from the lures performance, durable. Some like the single strand since it can be a tad thinner. Downside with single strand, a kink ends the line's usefulness, cable can put up with more fish and abuse. Rigging length, about 4 feet.

Select 1 per lure you wish rigged. You can adjust during checkout or wait for our call to discuss your rigging needs.

Nomad DTX Rigging
175# 49 STRAND CABLE
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Nomad DTX  Rigging 174# SINGLE STRAND WIRE $10.00

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 Special #8

Seastrike 33's
by Catchy Tackle

Catchy is another So. Cal. firm that's making big waves with virtually all of their excellent lures. In this instance, Catchy has brought back an old favorite Sea Strike Jigs.  They've updated the product as you'll see, but retained that old productive action.

Catchy Tackle brought back an old favorite, and made some nice improvements.  The shape is the same, nice swimming action, the action is geared towards wahoo.  The lures are a bright chrome, on the flat side Catchy has added a prism finish.  The lure's matched with a single siwash hook for better penetration.  They're about seven inches in length and weigh 4.9 ounces.

These jigs have been successfully fished on the long range scene, for many years and thru at least 3 changes in ownership of the firm making the lures.  SeaStrike is owned by Catchy, and because of that they've remained part of our long range menu for over 15 years.  So, how did we find 'em to begin with?  Fact is, I heard about 'em backwards.  One of our clients contacted us about securing some.  He'd just returned from a trip on one of the San Diego based boats, saw first hand just how effective these guys can be.  So, we tracked them down and brought some into the shop for the fellow who called, and a few extra for us. Since that time they've proven their effectiveness with consistent, solid results landing wahoo and other gamefish. Darn good lures, have more action on the drop than say a slab style lure such as a Raider.  They've even worked for me!

I'd suggest running the lures without wire. I'll usually fish 'em that way, but I'll rig one or two on single strand as insurance against getting sawed or bit off. In my opinion they'll fish better rigged only on mono, and given the way a wahoo hits the lure you'll rarely loose one...but it can happen. In the past three years fishing these irons I've yet to have to fish my "insurance" jigs.
 
CATCHY TACKLE'S SEASTRIKE 33 FOR WAHOO!

CHROME 33's


Catchy Tackle Jigs - Blue @$14.99


Catchy Tackle Jigs - Purple @$14.99


Catchy Tackle Jigs - Red @$14.99

Catchy Tackle Jigs - Silver @$14.99

Catchy Tackle Jigs - Green/Black @$14.99

Catchy Tackle Jigs - Pink @$14.99

GOLD Back 33's


Catchy Tackle Jigs - Blue @$15.99


Catchy Tackle Jigs - Purple @$15.99


Catchy Tackle Jigs - Red @$15.99

Catchy Tackle Jigs - Silver @$15.99

Catchy Tackle Jigs - Pink @$15.99

Catchy Tackle Jigs - Gold @$15.99


 Special #9

Z-BAR
The Original Z-Bar is BACK!*
(There's a story behind this one...)

These are the Hottest Surface Irons Made!
In 2016 these new jigs got a lot of play, especially by those near our San Diego shop. Some great iron fishermen down south, and they appreciated what these jigs offered.  Since that time there was a change in name, OCT-10, essentially same product, which we have sold at $30, with a few other shops running a higher price...  Really amazing surface iron jigs, and their expense is justifiable by those who know iron - often they'll say that 1 in 4 or more are good swimmers.  These machined jigs eliminate that downside, they all swim perfectly and they are guaranteed to do so. There are solid reasons why they are expensive, cnc produced, bar stock aluminum rather than cast from pot metal... There are equally good reasons they have been successful. They are the best and most productive surface irons made. The lures are crafted in the San Diego area, by a small machining company with an owner who loves to fish iron. Z-Bar, OCT-10, there's a tale to tell... I'll share the background, perhaps should not do so, but it has some bearing on the lure's marketing, why we have the original Z-Bar's back in stock after their disappearance in 2017.

Originally the fellow making the jigs did so for his own use, and to give a to few friends.  While on a trip he met another guy who expressed interest in getting involved marketing the lures.  The originator, who trade-named the Z-Bar name and invented and refined the lure, allowed the other fellow to begin "reping" the lures to a few tackle shops in San Diego.  Word spread quickly as to their effectiveness. There was a falling out between the manufacturer and the fellow marketing the jigs. From my understanding, the guy marketing the product went to another machinist to have the jigs made at a lower cost. The manufacturer of Z-Bar severed relations, told the marketer to quit using his trade name (thus the name OCT-10 on the copied lures).  I never like this sort of stuff, but unfortunately we see it more often than we should - remember Raider Jigs from Australia...  Well, the original manufacturer, the fellow who invented and produced the jigs got hold of me a couple years ago to tell me to quit using the Z-Bar name, which I did, and he told me the tale of what occurred.  Didn't sit well with me, and I enquired about maintaining the product here at CharkBait.  The originator, who has a business to run, focused on that rather than the jigs he had made which were in his inventory.  Time went by...  I reached out to him again recently given some supply issues with the other fellow, and we struck an agreement.  We would purchase the original lures and offer them to our clients. By doing so we eliminate one step in the distribution chain. We buy directly from the manufacturer rather than thru a distributor, eliminated one layer of mark-up, so the price is indeed better, and we have the real deal, the original Z-Bar from the man who created the lure!!!  

These are unique jigs, all CNC made, all made to swim perfectly - guaranteed by the manufacturer. Again, these are CNC made precision, each is exactly the same so they all swim well. The originator of the lures took the best design features from old school surface irons, incorporated those key features, and made a jig that always swims. That's really key to iron and where others jigs fall short.  Not all lures of this type are the same, not all swim as well as expected. But when they are made thru cnc and machining they all are exact copies, they are all perfect! That's a function of manufacture. As one would expect, a sand cast jig will vary more than something CNC'd. Unlike some jigs, Tady for instance, the Z-Bars are entirely made here in the USA. A good deal of time went into their design, and it shows. I want you to look at the images closely. Note the way the jigs are ground for their rings, also the nose and the hips. You will note one sharp side, one softer and the hips are not even. This stuff is not done for fun, the jigs are made to swim perfectly and what they've done in design ensures that they have a great kick. These are almost like tossing a Tady C - anyone can fish 'em, easy to make 'em swim on the surface, surefire swimmers, each and every one of them. But, they gain the mass of a 45 for longer casts and better kick. Weight of the jigs is 3.45 oz, 98 grams. We now able to offer these extraordinary lures for $24, not $30. Good luck finding these jigs let alone finding 'em for a better price.  And, given our direct relationship with the manufacturer our supply should keep these lures more consistently available to our clients.

Click on the images and you can see a few of the unique things done in creating these jigs. Note the way the jigs are made, the machining of the area where the hook or ring goes resulting in MORE SWING & action. The jigs are not smooth, they have texture which adds a bit of drag in the water when you wind quickly - more attention getting action.

The Original Z-Bar
We were only able to offer these jigs on-line once or twice in 2016, in late fall, as Weekly Specials. There simply wasn't sufficient supply to post them on our website, the inventory we received was only available at our shops - and that was very limited. After the "divorce" between the originator and manufacturer of the lures with their "rep" supply remained a problem but we had enough interest and at times supply, to offer them on our website. Supply was still an issue. That's now been corrected since we are working directly with the the manufacturer rather than thru the small distributor who copied the design with the help of  another machine shop to produce lures at a lower cost than the original machinist charged. We have an inside track for supply and we've eliminated one level of mark-up on the lures so pricing is 20% better to you. These are the real deal, the original Z-Bar! Understand also, these jigs are all made from machining aluminum, not cast pot metal or zinc, nor are they imported in mass from China - they are made here in the USA, one at a time. The process takes time, machining time. They still have high cost given their production, but every single one of them will swim right and swim better than competing surface irons, and they won't break if they slam against the deck. All things considered, there's a reason they are relatively expensive, but at the same time more economical than other surface jigs since they all swim perfectly.  We are proud to be able to offer the real product, not a copy, and these are made by the originator.

 

 

Buy Description Price

Z-BAR  Gold $23.99
Z-BAR Black $23.99
Z-BAR White $23.99
Z-BAR Mint $23.99
Z-BAR Raw Metal $23.99

 

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 Special #10

Captain Jimmy's Wahoo Bombs

- Cast and Retrieve for 'Hoo

I tried to stock these lures several years ago after returning from a Red Rooster III charter. We had a very good bite on wahoo that trip, and the boat had some of Captain Jimmy's lures aboard which really out produced the other wahoo bombs. I contacted Jim, and he wasn't geared up to handle our orders. He was a long ranger, made the lures as a hobby, and didn't want to get too wrapped up with more work.  Well, a few years passed, and Jim contacted me in early 2019.  Sure was nice to hear that he'd like us to stock his excellent wahoo bombs.  Probably the quickest order he's received, narrowed down the color selection and here's the result, some very successful lures, very well proven to perform. 

You may notice that these jigs are not pre-rigged with cable or wire.  Some anglers prefer to run mono over the cable, personal preference. No doubt that a person will get more bites if you rig the lure on mono or fluorocarbon, but you do run the risk of not getting your lure back in your hands if you are in the midst of a good wahoo bite.  I usually run my own jigs without any cable/wire, but will typically run 18-24 inches of 135# seven strand cable on a bomb. That's what most will do fishing long range.  The lures are about 5.5  ounces in weight.

 

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Description Price
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs DARK GREEN $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs GREEN $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs ORANGE and BLACK $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs PURPLE and PINK $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs BLUE DORADO $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs PINK and  GOLD $15.99
Captain Jimmys Wahoo Bombs BLUE $15.99

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We maintain the site daily, but please don't hold us liable for tyyppooographical errors or price changes which are beyond our control.  All transactions are confirmed prior to shipment.  All opinions expressed are those of the author, you can take 'em or leave 'em.  Shoes and shirts are not required for service. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.  I think that about covers it.