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1/12/2020 - Welcome to our Weekly
Specials, something we try to post each Sunday.
We've had Sergey out the
past three weeks, while he was visiting Japan with some friends,
checking out tackle shops, sampling great food and enjoying the
place from one end to the other (gotta love the rail pass
system). He's back now and busy working on our replacement
website. He's back, just in time for our shop manager Beta
to take off for Costa Rica for a week. Beta is pulling the plug,
selling his home. Beta and his wife are moving! He is in process
of building a "container" type home there, should be moving in
April or May once the build is completed. Pretty neat stuff, a
life's dream for him, and for the rest of us here it's going to
be great to have a friend in CR! We'll miss Beta when he finally
makes his move. He's one of the best private boaters I know,
some great catches behind him with plenty more to come.
Having him move to Costa Rica provides a good reason to visit
there again, as if it's needed... Beautiful part of the world,
absolutely great fishing, too!.
Locally, well, we are in a
winter mode here now. Still some great private boater
opportunities, still swordfish and bluefin about, but we won't
be seeing yellowfin for a few months now. White seabass?
That' would make some sense, there have been some squid popping.
We'll see on that, but for the 1/2 and 3/4 day partyboats, it's
sculpin, bass and ferocious sanddabs. Okay, so they're not
exactly ferocious but they are good to eat. Our Weekly
Specials offer up some dandy Fluorocarbon offers, new lures
from Savage Gear - the new Octopus lure is terrific as are their
very lifelike Squids. For deepwater fishing, we have the best
offer on ESCA lights you will ever see. Very effective
deep water tool.
Please remember, we will
not process your payment until we contact you to confirm stock.
At that time we'll ask for the cvc number for the card you
selected to use to pay for your order. We will not process your
order without contact and inventory confirmation. You can
save some time by sending over the cvc security number once you
receive your order confirmation, but, we'll still contact you
regarding stock status and shipping info.
As always, thank you for visiting our
Weekly Specials and hope to see you at the shop!
Sincerely, Mark Smith
- Other news: This will be the last year for CharkBait's website as you've
come to know it over the past 20 years. We will be
going thru a major site overhaul in late January, something I've
avoided for well over a decade. CharkBait's website has been
more text driven than database driven. That's allowed me to do
some things quite a bit differently than other tackle websites.
But, the scripting software I've used is old and dated, and
things have progressed. We really do need to re-do the site, and
that's a ton of work (thus my avoidance - don't want to face up
to that learning curve again). My oldest
son Sergey, who many of you know from his 10+ years working here
part time, is now fulltime. He's finishing up college, taking on
a lot more responsibility here, and it's been his challenge to
re-build the website. Yep, it's his turn to invest sweat
equity if he's going to push me into semi-retirement. He's
getting there... My son returns from Japan this week, and
he'll be busy on the new CharkBait site. Our hope is that
we'll be getting the new site up before the end of this month.
No doubt we'll have some glitches along the way, but the end
result will be easier to navigate and should enhance the order
process. One thing won't change, the expertise of the folks
working here and our accountability to treat folks as we would
like to be treated ourselves.
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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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
Tesoro Star Drag
Max drag force(kg)
Monofilament line capacity
Braided line rating
14 lbs 7kg
(0.35/325, 0.40/255, 0.45/190)
320/25# (0.40), 245/30(0.45),150/40
(0.35/390, 0.40/290, 0.45/225)
(0.40375, 0.45/270, 0.54/170)
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.
often the little things that make big differences in how well
certain reels perform over time.
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
We've received a good
deal of feedback from clients who now own and fish these new
reels. Reports are all very positive, strengths mentioned
include both casting and drag smoothness. One long
ranger said, "This is the best casting reel I own," used it
for casting bombs and iron to wahoo. Very reliable piece,
zero defect rate, we've spooled and shipped plenty and if a
reel's going to break it's going to happen when we spool up
under pressure. No failures on the bench, zero. That's
something we can't say about all new reels we've worked
with... Expect solid, reliable performance from the Tesoro.
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.
With FREE SUPER
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.
Folks have been
waiting on this not so well kept secret for some
time now, and now they're here, but not for too
long that's a certainty. We
received Okuma's Limited Edition SEA version
Makaira Series reels in late 2019, something we
look forward to each year. They came
out beautifully again in a different finish from
past years, great cosmetics in a mat black
with silver trim anodized 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. Just one production run on
these reels, supply strictly limited. We
have all models from 10's on up to 80's
available at the present time.
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.
Black anodizing is the thickest
coating process, provides the maximum protection to your
reel. The SEA's are Okuma's best effort in terms of a
long range capable reel, best freespool performance offered
given the bearings and lubrication used, design implemented.
Great reels, very nice subdued finish.
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
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AVET HXJ Single Speed
Pefect for Alaska...
and a lot of other places, too.
a dandy opportunity for you. Avet produced their HXJ 4.2 4/0
Narrow a year ago, pretty much unnoticed. It was Avet's thought that
the HXJ could be the perfect charter boat reel for Alaska fishing,
typical stuff, 80# braid, 300 yds, high enough drag to deal with the
big 100#+ flatties and appropriate cranking power given the lower
4.2:1 gears. Avet thought the piece would be a dandy jigging
reel, too, also dropper loop fishing, lots of applications. They didn't
include the two speed feature, for many charter clients the second
gear would have been confusing and charter operators have their
hands full with newbies anyway. Avet sold quite a few to
charter skippers in AK, sold a few direct to public, but since the model
was not made available to dealers they didn't sell very many (they
weren't even on Avet's price list). After a year Avet figured they
would like to clear their inventory... That's when they called me...
Compare the reel, consider that it's made here
in USA, all machined aluminum - not cast, not composite, not
plastic. Reels carry a 1 year manufacturer's warranty - and we
all know Avet stands behind their reels and offers very good factory
servicing should that be necessary down the road. Solid reels,
capable of fishing up to 80# line well. Could be all you need for
Alaska, could be just what you need in your local waters too.
to know folks smarter then you are, I'm again a
beneficiary. In the case of these lures, they were
introduced to me, and I didn't fine 'em, but I did track
'em down. We have long had a very good swordfishery here
in SoCal, large fish. It's been targeted by very
few sport anglers, really was more of a commercial
enterprise. Increasingly local anglers are
discovering that these hard pullers can be targeted very
These are large
lures, about 18 inches in length. They're rigged on 300
lb commercial grade leader, appropriately rigged with
chaffing springs and quality crimping. Three
patterns, dark purple, bubblegum and lumo-glow. All are
good choices. The lures were designed by a Florida
Commercial Captain as a daytime bait. Yes,
daytime, and they'll work at night too. They are used
for DEEP DROPPING, really deep, over high spots.
The fellow who introduced me to the lures will soak his
in "Hot Sauce" (a popular scent used here for calico
bass). Certainly other oils and scents will help, too.
He will soak the lures for a couple hours, then send 'em
down. After a couple hours he'll switch the lures
out for a "fresh" smelly lure. One does not have to
scent the lures, but I think it's a good call.
The material used
for the big eel is durable, with a skinny tail which
undulates in the water. These are UV enhanced lures,
designed to be fished on and near the bottom, and
noticed by big eyed swordies. They are rigged on
two heavy duty Mustads. The manufacturer has produced several
videos, I'll encourage folks to watch. Very
interesting lures, well worth spending some time on a
deep drop and slow presentation, dragged at 2-3 knots
max. The lures come in a very nice storage bag.
Savage Gear 3D Octopus
Now Product Introduction
first shown ICAST 2019
hit of the show...again!
Savage Gear is on a bit of a roll. First the 3D Shrimps, 3D Mack
Stickbaits, 3D Squids, and now naturally enough we have the best
octopus imitation that's ever been made. If you have seen some
video from ICAST, then you know of Savage Gear's 3D Octopus
lure. These will become available in three sizes, we have now
received the smallest size at over 3 1/4 inches in length and
115 grams/4 ounces. There will be two more sizes coming, larger
and heavier. The lure pictured right is the smallest size,
4 ounces with a body of about 3 inches.
The new lures are based upon a 3D scan of a real octopus.
They feature an adaptive tie point, so you can work the lure
effectively vertically as well as swim the lure. The hook
is a super strong 6X design, with a high quality superglow and
UV finish. The tentacles are made from durable TPE material
(again, do not keep these with your soft plastics). The
back of the lure as well as tentacles glow. You can even
attach an assist hook if you
want. The bottom of the lure has bubble catch belly rings,
which act to create a bit of a bubble trail. Add a bit of scent
if you wish, that will only increase the enticement.
The 3D Octopus is based on a scan of a baby
Octopus, the Body is lead alloy and the tentacles is made from
super durable soft TPE. The lure has almost zero resistance in
the water on the drop and will dart wide on slow jigging. On the
pause the lure will hang in a realistic posture, and the
tentacles will move at even the slightest current. For the
bigger sizes, 115, 175 and 300g, the lure has
Adaptive tie-point bridge to ease retrieve from depth. The Super
Glow paint and skirt along with a built-in rattle chamber and
bubble catch, the 3D Octopus hits every visual, auditory and
sensory points that triggers feeding and aggression from
Built Tough with extra heavy-duty hardware, the 3D Octopus is
designed to take on the most Savage predatory game fish on the
Not much more to add other than pictures, and
they do tell quite a story. The head is a very realistic chunk
of lead alloy, durably finished with a couple eyes, glow back with lumo tentacles. Without a doubt Savage Gears new Octopus is
going to be a very worthwhile addition to any angler's tacklebox.
These things are excellent lures, the best and most fishable of
their type. Every bottom dwelling fish loves to munch
octopus, life is indeed hard when you are tasty. Give the fish
what they want, feed 'em one of these new lures.
We have received the smallest sized lure,
shown in images. The larger sizes arrive end of January to early February 2020.
3D SWIM SQUID!
2019 New Product Introduction
real head-turners at ICAST 2018 were the new squids
shown off by Savage Gear. We've been anxiously
waiting on these lures since July, and they're here
now (almost all here we are short on the 210mm size
but they'll show up Monday). This European firm took
a lot of folks by surprise, with the most realistic
squid imitation lures we've ever seen. They looked
like they belonged on a plate! In most fishing
magazines these squids were showcased as high points
at this year's show. They deserved it, they are
indeed super realistic and all ways. Beyond the good
looks, they are made to catch fish!
The 3D Swim Squids are based a a 3D
scan of real squid, that's why they are so
realistic. The lure swims and looks like a real
squid, it will fool even the most wary predatory
fish to attack it, after all who doesn't like
calimari? Can't wait to bounce these off the bottom
for White Seabass, or casting to Tuna!!!
The Swim Squid can be fished many
ways, cast and retrieve, slow jigging or
and simply dropped down onto the bottom and allowing
the boat's movement on anchor to bounce it up off
the bottom and then settle back just like a spawning
squid might do. They are made with a unique 2 part
you to add scent or squid strips to the inside, or
to change the rigging as you desire. They come with
single hooks of high quality, but you can swap the
singles for trebles or assist hooks (not included)
if you desire. I'll stick with the meaty singles
myself. The body fins pulse, the tentacles vibrate
in lively fashion as the lure moves thru the water.
They really are some of the nicest squids you'll
ever see. And, since they are made from TPE they are
stretchy and can put up with multiple hookups
without looking like they've gone thru a food
processor. (One point, TPE does have some
memory so store them properly and wash with
freshwater after use. If you do have issues with the
lure's memory after storage you can simply reshape
the lure with a dunk in boiling water. Do not store
with PVC soft lures.) 5" (4 7/8") lure pictured
3D Scanned Details Two Part Design for Multiple Rigging
Options Ultra Lively Action TPE Material - Super Durable
Construction Quality Hooks with Thru Wire Design.
95mm 25gm 0.89 ounce
5" (4 7/8") 25gm 1 oz 2 per pack
7" 50gm 2 oz 1 per pack
10" 110gm 4 oz 1 per pack
They do make a smaller
size, we will likely bring these into
Daiwa J-Fluoro New 2019 ICAST Product Introduction!
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).
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
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
SUNLINE FLUOROCARBON (Give these guys a try before buying any
331 LB SUPER COW LANDED BY PAUL
DENNIS USING SUNLINE 100# FLUOROCARBON
(he caught four 80-120# fish prior to this
one, all on the same leader...)
let me say this first
and then go forward with discussion of a truly
excellent product. Sunline came to the saltwater
market offering a better product at a far better
price. That helped build their brand
acceptance and many took 'em up on their offer,
and the positive word spread. Well, just like
Avet, Okuma and others, once they made their
point about quality the time came to increase
the price of the product so that the
manufacturer gains a return on their investment.
Bottom line, the price increased IN 2018. The
product is still a value, and a preferred
fluorocarbon line. The new retail price of their
100# 110M spools is now about $200, we're
squeezing our margins, took advantage of a last
shot order at old pricing in order to provide
the lines here at a savings to our clients. - Mark
Sunline is an
interesting addition to our product mix.
Background, Sunline has produced lines for
several well known brands offered here in
America as well as Europe and Oceana for many
years. As a
company, they are actually very large, the
largest line only manufacturer in the world!
Pretty funny that no one knows 'em except those
in the business, but we've all probably fished
their line. Their lines are made in Japan, to
very high standards. They produce mono,
Fluorocarbon (14 different
types!), braided lines - nothing but line
and pretty much anything considered fishing
line. Their FL lines have gained some
significant success, and they are
to the saltwater community next. Under their own
brand name they've been moving forward quite
well in the bass community, with many top
performing angers using their FL lines and other
products as well, Aaron Marten won at Havasu
fishing their line, 1st, 2nd and 4th place
angers on the B.A.S.S. tournament trail are
fishing their FL lines, etc. Some of the top
names in pro bass fishing use their lines
exclusively, and that says something. I met
these folks at ICAST in 2015 and was
given a sample of the line for evaluation.
Specifically their System Leader - Tournament
Shock Leader. Very thin diameters, good stretch
characteristics, high abrasion resistance are
the characteristics that stand out. It's not a
limp line (which would reduce abrasion
resistance) but still has a predictable stretch
factor. The line is made with 100% FL resins,
it's a true Japanese quality product, strong in
the Japanese market and making an entry to the
The line is excellent, and if you do the
math you'll note that you are getting four times
the amount of line for 2-3 times the price of,
well, Seaguar, in many tests. Four times the line for
the price, excellent quality, why buy Seaguar???
As mentioned, they
produce 14 different types of Fluorocarbon
leader! The System Leader is a unique blend,
designed to offer fishermen specific features:
●The evolution of a new concept: 100%
fluorocarbon leader. Non-stress spooling to
avoid crushing or flattening of the line.
Comes in 30m/100m spools ideal for offshore
●Balanced design is line weight specific:
emphasis on suppleness and minimum
interference on lure movement to light game
lines, and a focus on hardness and the
ruggedness to withstand abrasion and strong,
sharp teeth to the limit for big game lines.
●TRP (Triple Resin Processing) to
outstanding abrasion resistance against
rocks, debris, weeds, and the fish’s body.
●Knot strength has been boosted for
lightweight lines designed for light game,
since these lines are often tied in uni
knots or blood knots. Now you can use a much
thinner leader than was previously possible
– be prepared to get more hardness and
tenacity so the line would not be cut by PE
lines or the eye of your lure.
●Super PE Shift! Designed with enhanced
surface hardness for strengthening knots
made with super PE lines like PE Jigger 8 HG
and Deep One. No more problems with your
braid cutting into your leader.
Length : 100m ●Color：Natural
Line Test - lbs
Standard Diameter (mm)
For anglers running
straight Fluorocarbon leader on top of braid,
this line was developed for just that purpose.
That is it's intent, though it certainly can be
used in shorter lengths. Most will run 25 feet
to 50 yards as a topper above the braid. Spool
size is 100 meters, 110 yards - NOT FEET!
(Frankly, I'm fishing Sunline and Hi Seas Quatro
as my go-to fluorocarbon lines exclusively these
days. Seaguar has competition, and in my opinion
they've not kept up with completion, they've
been playing marketing games instead. For
Seaguar, it's kind of like the potato chip
business in supermarkets, come out with so many
lines, taking up so much shelf space that
there's no room for competing products...and
then no reason to have a better mouse trap.
Sunline and Quatro are both better mousetraps,
that's my take of FL lines these days - Mark)
the tweener tests! Sunline is now available
in 35, 45 and 55 lb tests. Why is that so
wonderful? Easy, it's a diameter benefit for
anglers, lower diameter equals less
resistance for a bait to swim, less
visibility means your predatory gamefish has
less reason to shy away.
We have heard from some
folks that wanted to try this excellent line
in a smaller spool, didn't want to commit to
110 yds on something new to them (or they
didn't trust my endorsement 100%). So, we
have accommodated you. The little spools are
also easier to take along on a trip, and
hold enough line to make up 3 wind-ons, etc.
They're Back...and on special!
The Original Award Winning Saltwater Powered Bio
Light. Accept no imitations, these are the real
deal, no batteries needed, powered by saltwater!
first came across this product at ICAST several
years ago. I was very much interested, but at
that point there was no way for me to bring the
piece into this country. They're based in
Norway, and it would have been a pain in the
keester to import 'em. I've been following them
ever since, and fishing the sample they provided
me. They also had some growing to do, earn their
USA patent... We are now pleased to be able to
offer this unique product to our clients. The
Esca fish attractor utilizes light and
electro-magnetic influences to attract gamefish.
It can improve the performance of all lures,
imitates natures own lure lights, and adds life
to lures and bait. While the piece can be used
as a lure, it truly shines best by treating it
as an attractor. I wrote this back around 2007,
and through 2010 we saw this product grow in
popularity with USA based distribution. But,
then something happened in 2011. Their USA
manager disappeared, they did not come to the
ICAST shows, we could not make contact, and
people kept calling asking about the esca
lights, if we had any...
I'll cut to the chase, we found 'em, we've got 'em,
and you'd do well to grab some.*
(Please note, the image right shows the lure
with hook, that's not accurate. The esca light
comes with split rings front and rear, no
are four different styles/types of Esca
attractors. The devices emit either green or
blue light, and that light is either a constant
fade in and out, or a blinking/strobe. They are
powered by saltwater itself, and will work for
up to 100 hours of fishing time - no batteries
involved. The best use for the Esca device is to
use them as an add-on to your existing lures.
They have proven very successful for folks
targeting swordfish, all types of deeper water
rockfish, and most recently billfish. (They have
been used in several tournaments for great
effect). The Esca replicates the wavelength,
intensity and frequency of light emitted by
different types of fish and plankton - the
manufacturer refers to this as the "pulse of
life!" They also create an electromagnetic field
that triggers the hunting instincts in fish.
Fish will bite, and bite harder! The Esca will
improve the visibility of your lures and tackle,
improving your odds at getting bit.
attractors weigh 7 grams. They can be used
by themselves as a small jig, but they are
really best used together with spinners,
jigs, iron, and bait. You can rig them
inside soft bodied squid skirts, inline,
with deep diving lures and with trolling
lures. For some rigging ideas please
click this link.
Take advantage of the
reg. price $19.99 ea.
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