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#1 
Avet
Patriot Edition
REELS
 
HERE NOW!
 
#2  
Okuma
Tesoro
- all models available
 New for 2018
Free Spooling
#3    
Accurate

Tern Star Drag Reels
New for 2018
Free Spooling
#4  
Penn
International
In Stock and with FREE BRAID RIGGING!
#5
United Composites

Xtreme Series
The Definitive Rail Rods
!
#6
Yo-Zuri
Bonita
Wahoo on the Troll!
#7
ToroTamer

Wounded Swimmers!
Cast for Tuna and Wahoo!
#8
Frenzy
Fliers for Tuna
Troll or Kite!
#9  
Boston Big Game Kites

It's all about presentation
Priced Right!
#10  
Ahi Assassin

Topwater Popping Rods

Clearance Priced!

10/14/2018 

Everything is working! The long range boats are finding success on the Ridge, Alijos and Guadalupe Island are producing good fishing results and our local bluefin have not left!!!  Here's another nice fish Jackpot George pulled in last week aboard the Constitution our of San Diego (soon to depart to PV).  From big bluefin to smaller grade schoolie tuna, there's good reason to be on the water as the weather permits and your time frees up for more important pursuits than work. This weeks specials offer up some wonderful products for you, excellent new reels from Accurate, Avet, Okuma and Penn are showcased on our Specials page. United Composites has caught up with our orders on their very popular rail rods, too. Some excellent new lures, some old favorites, and some must have accessories are posted this week.

* 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 Monday-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. 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

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.  This week we show off some of the new reels which were received into inventory.

We've filled all backorders and have additional inventory of the following models: MXL, JX/LX, HX, HXW and Pro 30W 2 Speeds.  Other models are in production and will come into inventory upon completion. Avet said these trick reels would be arriving in September and they are fulfilling their estimate. Hard to believe they pulled this off given the pace they were working to stay on top of production over the very busy summer season.

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. I would expect the same for some of the more limited production reels such as 80's...but Avet could surprise use.

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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- Option in RED at increased costs
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Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
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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,
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 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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Special #2

Okuma Tesoro
Star Drag

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

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

 

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

 

Specification

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The images above show off the first two models in the line, however as of June 2018 Okuma began supplying the third model in the Tesoro series, the model 5S. The 5 is just a bit smaller, smaller diameter sideplate, about 8 or so ounces less in weight, but the same overall construction as the two larger models. 

 

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

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

Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid
4 or 8 strand
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 4 or 8 strand Solid BRAID supplied with selection above!
- SELECT options above, then if you wish additional yardage make your selection below.
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above - for line tests under 50# we will make use of multiple nail knots and adhesive for the in-line rigging

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 12 or 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $20.00
per 100 yards
 

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Accurate Tern
2019 Introduction - Arriving NOW!
 

We've been receiving bits of our initial order of these very interesting new Accurate reels over the past couple weeks with more expected this week.  Both 300 and 400 sized reels have been supplied with more models being produced.  First ordered get first crack at what comes in. Accurate is on a roll right now with both the Valiants and Terns. The new reels are proving that Accurate is on the right track with their new designs and their older designs like the ATD's and Dauntless continue to impress.   

Accurate showed off their first Star Drag reel at ICAST last month, a true twin drag star drag reel. These new reels will begin shipment the second week in September. We usually do not offer things on this page which are not in our hands, but we will make an exception on both the Avet Patriot and Accurate Tern reels. For both demand will be high and initial supply low. Those who have orders in will have priority shipping. 

There are a couple things distinguishing Accurate's design.  First off, twin drag application to a star drag reel. Rather than a drag stack, metal and carbon fiber washers on one side of the reel, with Accurate's design there sa pressure plate and friction washer on both sides of the spool. The result is, like other Twin-Drag reels, smoothness that comes from only having to apply half the pressure of a traditional design since that pressure is applied to both sides of the spool rather than only one.  The spool is also sleeved, excellent freespool the result.  The other thing Accurate mentions with their new designs is CVX technology.  That's an interesting buzzword. Don't quite know what that means in machining or fishing. It has a distinct meaning in government (an app for engagement...bs). In Accurate's terminology glossary, CVX refers to the way the frames were cut out verses BX or other series reels, more weight trimmed from the frames while retaining similar strength.  Bottom line, they are light like the Valiants, similar weight savings from more traditional designs.

As the images below attest, we have received many of the new reels. Not as many as we have on order, not all models, but our back orders have been covered and we can cover a few more orders before we run out... Pictured below, Tern 300 and 400. Like the Valiant, the tiny Tern 300 does not have a reel clamp, 400 and up do include the clamp.  All models have a clicker, a loud one.

 

MODEL WEIGHT(OZ) GEAR RATIO BRAID CAP INCHES PER CRANK MAX DRAG PRICE
TX-300X N/A 6:1 325/30lb 38″ 30 $279
TX-300 N/A 4.7:1 325/30lb 30.5″ 30 $279
TX-400X 15.7 6:1 400/50lb 38″ 30 $289
TX-400 15.7 4.7:1 400/50lb 30.5″ 30 $289
TX-500X N/A 6:1 500/50lb 45″ N/A $299
TX-500 N/A 4.7:1 500/50lb 35.5″ N/A $299
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FREE Mono Spooling, Braid Optional at Reduced Cost
Select your spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.

Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid
4 or 8 strand
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 4 or 8 strand Solid BRAID supplied with selection above!
- SELECT options above, then if you wish additional yardage make your selection below.

(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above - for line tests under 50# we will make use of multiple nail knots and adhesive for the in-line rigging

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 12 or 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $20.00
per 100 yards
 

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Special #4

Penn International
Lever Drag Reels
FREE SUPER BRAID RIGGING

Penn's newest International reels were first shown at ICAST 2017.  Penn's new line does indeed represent a significant improvement over what they've been supplying in the past. The VISX models compete with the top echelon of long range oriented reels.

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

I have some concerns about Penn, current ownership, part of a huge conglomerate, vision, marketing decisions... Even with those business related concerns, I have to state very clearly that the new Internationals, in the VISX type form, are excellent reels. As a retailer I have some issues with the folks pulling the strings at Penn. As a fisherman, I have to give the design guys at Penn respect and due credit for some excellent work. They may be a decade or so slow in making the improvements we've desired, but the end result 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 nice improvements over previous generations of wide trolling oriented reels. Internationals now compete very well with the best long range reels. And, 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
12VISX
in stock
1510/10 1030/12 880/15 985/40 840/50 700/65 300 yds and greater of
60# Braid w/50# leader
5 40lb | 18.1kg 5.1:1 / 1.8:1 40/14 32.00 $579
16VISX
in stock
745/20 555/30 280/60 890/65 765/80 655/100 300 yds and greater of
80# Braid w/60-80# leader
5 45lb | 20.4kg 4.6:1 / 1.6:1 40/14 36.00 $579
20VISX
in stock
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
in stock
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
in stock
1385/20 1030/30 800/40 1220/100 1015/130 750/200 500 yds and greater of
80-100# Braid w/80# leader
5 30lb | 13.6kg 4.1:1 / 1.4:1 41/14 90.00 $649
50VISX
in stock
870/40 645/50 575/60 1330/100 1505/130 815/200 500 yds and greater of
130# Braid w/100# or
greater w/o leader
5 60lb | 27.2kg 3.5:1 / 1.3:1 40/15 63.00 $699
50VISW
more on the way
1185/40 880/50 780/60 1810/100 1505/130 1110/200 500 yds and greater of
130# Braid w/100# or
greater w/o leader
5 45lb | 20.4kg 3.5:1 / 1.3:1 40/15 67.00 $699
70VIS 1085/50 960/60 685/80 2230/100  1855/130  630/200 600 yds and greater of
130-200# Braid w/100 or
greater w/o leader
5 55lb | 24.9kg 3.1:1 / 1.5:1 40/19 74.00 $799
80VISW 1565/60 1120/80 965/100 3640/100 3025/130 2235/200 900 yds and greater of
130-200# Braid w/130# and
greater leaders
5 65lb 3.1:1 / 1.5:1 40/19 113.00 $899
130VIS 1330/100 1005/130 870/150 5025/100 4175/130 3085/200 1200 yds and greater of
200# Braid w/130# and
greater leaders
6 100lb | 45.4kg 2.3:1 / 1.1:1 41/19 169.00 $1299

*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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Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  N/C for topshot
Mono Test N/C for topshot
Rigging Style
ADDITIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or 4-8 Strand 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
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Special #5

UC XTREME SERIES RAIL RODS
The Best Rail Rods Built - Blank and Execution = PERFECTION!

No one knows more about building rail rods than Randy Penny, he's the guy behind the 2x4's and other rods which revolutionized the SoCal's long range sportfishing scene.  Peter Williams and his son originally made the designs for the UC rail rods in 2012. Randy added a couple new wrinkles to the patterns once he arrived on scene. These are composite designs incorporating a lot of material given their intended application. Dual Helix carbon fiber build, longitudinally oriented Fiberglass, heavy Fuji triple footed guides, 3M rail pad over the grip (protection plus non-slip feature), triple wrapped, etc. All come with gimbals and cap.  

The Rail Rods are based upon the CP designs. These beefy sticks make use of 7 to 9 patterns in their build - like the CP's they make use of three types of carbon fiber as well as  longitudinally oriented fiberglass.

Seven and 7 1/2 foot length? It wasn't long ago that we considered anything longer than 6 feet impractical for cow fishing.  Buy times have changed and rod designs have progressed.  The length is related to the manner of fishing, use of the rail as a fulcrum.  In general, while a longer rod usually has better casting properties for distance, that's not the rational for these rods. They are made to fish the rail, especially as you get into the vertical game on a big fish.  The longer rods are more suited to the bigger boats, boats with wider rails like the Excel, RP and Rooster. The shorter 7 footers will load up better on the smaller boats, like the American Angler.  Having said that, there's another distinction between the two lengths, the longer rods have more material in 'em, the butts are larger diameter which requires more material in their build.  The 7 1/2 footers can fish the heavier recommended lines, while the 7 footers will load up better at the lighter drag settings. For example a Raptor at 7 feet does best at 60# and 20-22 lbs of drag while the 7 1/2 footer will fish 80# with say 24-25 lbs drag. You have a bit more leverage in a standoff at distance with the shorter rod, and more lift at vertical on a bigger boat with the longer rod.

XTREME SERIES RAIL RODS
UNITED COMPOSITES RAIL RODS! NOW IN PRODUCTION - RODS NOW ARRIVING!!!

Rods feature a very nice 3M rail pad on the foregrip, appropriate guides and power superior to all other rail rods on the market. LIGHTER WEIGHT, BETTER CASTING LIGHTER TIP, GREATER LIFT AND POWER - Made by the fellow who created the original 2x4 Super Seeker - if he says these are the best rail rods ever produced, believe it.

The new UC Rail Rods are quite frankly the best in the business, made by the guy that came up with the original concept while working for another USA rod making firm. The guides are Fuji's strongest, made as a rail rod should be, with some protection on the foregrip - in this case 3M's product which is darn expensive and effective (far better than XWrap or a slippery plastic material). Reel seat is from ALPS with dual lockdown for added security. The best blank, excellent execution on the build - custom quality in that regard and they are value priced since the factory wants to get these out on the water.
The Rail Rods are made on UC's strongest blanks, more graphite material used than any other - and it's the good stuff. Dual Helix construction of course. These are their best, the industries best, and they are priced aggressively. Two lengths offered, 7' and 7'6". You will find the tips light, great for casting a bait, and then the power comes on - plenty of it! Great lift, better than any other rod of this type made. The new UC Rail Rods will indeed become the standard by which all others are compared.
ORDER MODEL TEST RANGE SUGGESTED
APPLICATION
Suggested Max Drag Load TYPICAL REEL LENGTH ACTION PRICING
United Composite RCX70 RAPTOR 50-80 lb 60# 60-80# 25 lbs Avet HX & 16 size 7'0" MOD-FAST $455.00
United Composite RCX70 CENTAUR
-here now... 
60-100 lb 80-100# 30 lbs 20 & 30 7'0" FAST $460.00
United Composite RCX70 VIPER 80-130 lb 130# 40 lbs 30 & 50 7'0" FAST $465.00
United Composite RCX70 INVICTUS 100-150 lb
UNLIMITED
130# High Drag 50 lbs 50 & 50W 7'0" FAST $486.00
United Composite RCX70 GLADIATOR  150+
SUPER UNLIMITED
>130# >50 50+ 7'0" FAST $495.00
United Composite RCX76 RAPTOR 50-80 lb 80# 27 lbs HX and 16 size 7'6" MOD-FAST $493.00
United Composite RCX76 CENTAUR    60-100 lb 100# 35 lbs 20 & 30 7'6" FAST $499.00
United Composite RCX76 VIPER 80-130 lb 130# 45 lbs 30 & 50 7'6" FAST $506.00
United Composite RCX76 INVICTUS 100-150 lb
UNLIMITED
130# High Drag >50 lbs 50 & 50W 7'6" FAST $532.00
United Composite RCX76 GLADIATOR SUPER UNLIMITED >130# >60 50+ 7'6" FAST $543.00
 

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p.s. The Gladiator is now also being used Wicked Tuna style (and you've probably noticed several of the guys fishing UC rods). UC has this item in their line, runs over a grand, bent butt, wind-on rollers...


Special #6

Yo-Zuri Sashimi Bonita
Wahoo & Tuna on the Troll

Yo-Zuri's Bonita lures have had some changes over the years, all positive steps in the lure's development. The current series posted here now represents their best efforts, and recognizes that pricing is an important consideration just as is the build quality, rigging and overall construction of lures like this. Knowing that the target species is wahoo, a fish with an incredible bite and razor sharp teeth, Yo-Zuri improved the materials used several years back. The new material is harder than most such lures  (Power Body). In the past Bonitas and Marauders were made with compressed foam which was prone to degradation with use. These lures are thru wired for strength and security, and they feature ball bearing stainless steel swivels to the hooks - which are also flat forged stainless steel. The color change technology which Yo-Zuri introduced in 2012 is maintained, only for the top of the lure. That feature has no real world appeal to fish in my humble estimation, but it's trick to see. That was a huge talking point with the prior generation, now it's downplayed - and that makes some sense since I've never noticed a wahoo approach the bait at 10 knots from two different directions before making it's mind up about eating a bait or lure. There was little if any benefit from the feature other than adding cost, so it's basically gone. Additionally, the ribbing which had to be incorporated made the lure's body rough, not smooth. For best hooksets some feel that the more slippery body allowed the lure to slide through the 'hoo's mouth allowing for a better hook up rate. I'd tend to agree with that thinking. Rigging is done correctly, with quality components, material used for the lure's body is also top notch. And, for the new lures, pricing is far more aggressive with costs of $29-39 rather than $55! The 2016 Bonita lures are just what we like to see, nice quality, good materials, and they are very well priced.

Comment: in 2015 one of the better skippers of Long Range boats, Roy Rose of the RP, noted that Braid Marauders were failing and were no longer thru-wired. This is critical for lures intended for larger grade fish. Braid Marauders used to own the LR trolling spots, but failures during the last years Dennis Braid owned the firm led many to include Bonita lures instead of Marauders in their long range kits, and Bonita lures are very popular for wahoo trolling. The Bonita is a GREAT swimming lure, very consistent, they track perfectly. Braid's new owners addressed the weakness and failure of late production lures. They are now back to being what they always should have been.  But, for those that made the switch to the Bonita, results of the newer designed lures has been very favorable. They track perfectly, and they can be retrieved from a troll spread on a moving boat easily in comparison to some other lipped lure designs which are close to impossible to move when the boat's underway.

 

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Description Price
Yo-Zuri Bonita 170 mm F1157 CWH Ahi-Hoo $29.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 210 mm F1158 CWH Ahi-Hoo $39.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 170 mm F1157 COB Orange Black $29.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 210 mm F1158 COB Orange Black $39.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 170 mm F1157 CDR Dorado $29.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 210 mm F1158 CDR Dorado $39.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 170 mm F1157 CPB PurpleBlack $29.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 210 mm F1158 CPB PurpleBlack $39.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 170 mm F1157 CRB Red & Black $29.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 210 mm F1158 CRB  Red & Black $39.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 170 mm F1157 CBM Blue Mack $29.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 210 mm F1158 CBM Blue Mack $39.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 170 mm F1157 CFF Flying Fish $29.99
Yo-Zuri Bonita 210 mm F1158 CFF Flying Fish $39.99

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Fish these lures on a trolling harness...

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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

Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer

Productive Lure for Wahoo & Tuna!

The new version of our popular Wounded Swimmer is into it's second generation. This lure was based upon an old SPRO design which was discontinued a few years back. Then, it was a general purpose lure, mostly popular in the smaller sizes. But, upon it being discontinued we made a large purchase and one of our clients discovered it's strength as a wahoo lure. Based upon his experience (goes by the nickname Planet, a PhD-type teaching and researching at a CA university between fishing trips), we brought the piece back as a CharkBait lure a couple years ago in two large sizes and it did very, very well for wahoo, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail (among other species). It did extraordinarily well for the "skins." (note the image right, a nice wahoo from our 2014 RRIII charter - lure still in the 'skins mouth)

In this update we've continued with the improvements made before, and added something for the guys targeting larger, harder pulling fish like tuna and wahoo. Now the lures have a ball bearing swivel as the attachment point for the hook, and we've added an oversized welded ring at the nose instead of the split ring for even better action from the lure. Both improvements will provide anglers with a better performance, and our thru wire construction and less brittle body (than the old SPRO) means the lure can survive longer in the real world encounters with a hard gelcoat on a boat without catastrophic cracking. It can happen, but it takes far more punishment than the old SPRO did, and we've made it a better lure for catching wahoo and tuna.

Yep, we made a better mousetrap - make that fish trap.  We have made the lures five productive colors, two sizes, 150 and 100 gram weights, 6 1/4 & 5 1/2 inches respectively. They have a very nice curve which provides some added action on the retrieve, and upon the drop mimics a stunned bait as it drops in a flutter. The lures are exceptional, and all the colors are excellent in attracting attention from the targeted species. The big eyes also add to their realistic appearance and attention getting, fish attracting performance. These are some of the best wahoo and tuna lures you'll find. They can be fished on the slide as well as cast and retrieve mode. The price went up a tad from the earlier production, but the value is in the upgrade lures without a doubt. Both the new hook, welded ring and swivel will make these lures even better than their predecessor, and those were darn good lures with lots of fish to their credit.

 

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Description Price
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Purple Back 100 gm $10.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Purple Back 150 gm $12.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Blue Back 100 gm $10.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Blue Back 150 gm $12.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Pink Back 100 gm $10.99
Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer Pink Back 150 gm $12.99
sold out Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer  Mackerel 100 gm $10.99
sold out Toro Tamer Wounded Swimmer  Mackerel 150 gm $12.99

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 Special #8

Fliers from Frenzy

Tuna Time!

Whenever I head off towards Catalina and I see the flying fish coming out of the water I have great confidence in the day's fishing. When the water is right for the fliers you know the water's right for the fish that feed on 'em.  Marlin, big tuna... they like flying fish! They're at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to a BIG gamefish's lunch menu. Frenzy produced a wonderful flier, the Ballistic Flying Fish.  The Ballistic Flier is perfectly suited for use as a teaser or stand-alone bait.  Rig a half dozen in a daisy chain or spreader bar to really bring up the gamefish.  Another effective technique is to rig one above your trolling lure, use it as you would a birdie teaser.  But, the way most folks use these lures is to tie one straight onto your troll line as a hooked lure on the troll.  They are also effective rigged with a hook and used as a drop back bait. 
 
 
When chumming or chunking, the Ballistic Flying Fish can be drifted back into your slick as an appealing target of opportunity for finicky fish.  Worked on top or suspended in the water column, the flying fish has a silhouette that all blue water gamefish cherish.  When live-baiting, a Ballistic Flying Fish can be rigged in front of your bait to add some commotion and serve as a marker to help manage your spread. And, as has been so well proven, a flier off a kite works very, very well! That technique was rediscovered in 2017 by a lot of West Coast fishermen seeking the nice grade of bluefin we've had off the coast for the past three or four years.  That trend continues for 2018, time to grab your kite and go fish'n! 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's another example of why fishing a flier off a kite is a worthwhile exercise. 235 lbs taken Monday. While this fish was caught while aboard a larger sportfisher, this technique is spot-on for any private boater. 

 
 

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Description Price
Frenzy NEW VERSION Flier blue silver large factory rigged w/treble hook and 200lb leader $14.99
Frenzy NEW VERSION Flier blue silver large UNrigged $10.99
 
Frenzy NEW VERSION Flier PINK large factory rigged w/treble hook and 200lb leader $14.99
Frenzy NEW VERSION Flier PINK large UNrigged $10.99
 
CUSTOM rigged Frenzy Flier BLUE w/SINGLE 9/0 Mustad 7691 hook and 200 lb mono leader, ball bearing swivel, egg sinker $34.99
CUSTOM rigged Frenzy Flier BLUE with single Owner 4X treble hook  at the tail and 200 lb mono leader, ball bearing swivel, egg sinker $34.99
CUSTOM rigged Frenzy Flier BLUE w/SINGLE 11/0 Mustad 7691 Stainless Steel hook and 300lb Fluorocarbon leader, ball bearing swivel, egg sinker $49.99