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Round TWO begins at our San Diego shop Wednesday March 23-25
This is our largest sale of the year, and now our San Diego clients get to have some fun.
Store hours Wednesday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm. Check Weekly Specials for on-line Show Promotions.


 


#1 
Avet G-2
 New Models Arriving
 
FREE BRAID Rigging!
#2  
Avet
HX 3 Speeds
 Free Rigging,
including 12 & 16 strand holowcore super braid!
#3    
Van Staal
VM Spin
 
Buy two get one free!
#4  
Daiwa
NEW Saltist Spinning Reels Available NOW
 ICAST Introduction
#5
OCT-10 JIGS
CNC Machined Jigs
THEY'RE BACK IN STOCK!
Every One Swims Perfectly!
#6
Ahi Assassin
Nano Helix Jiggging Rods
Spinning versions
 
CLEARANCE!
#7
Yo-Zuri
Bonita for WAHOO
Great Design and Price!
#8
XtraTuf
Boots for the Boat...and more
Great Boots!
#9  
ToroTamer
Surface Poppers
Get ready...!
#10  
Cold Shrink  
New from Forecast
For Rod Builders!

3/19/2017
Welcome to our Weekly Specials

Round Two Begins! Yep, round two of our annual Fred Hall Show Customer Appreciation sale begins Wednesday and runs thru Sunday at our San Diego shop. The Hall show opens up in Del Mar this week, and we're repeating our largest sale of the year at our San Diego location!  Savings are huge, ask anyone who's visited our shops during this event. Our Huntington Beach shop was crowded, clients finding things they couldn't find at the show (or found at a far higher price). It's simple economics, we put the money we usually spent on our booth, manpower and advertising directly to store markdowns. The savings are great, check our Western Outdoors ad for more details or give our San Diego shop a call.

I'll be at the Sportsmen's Expo in Arizona this week. We'll have a small booth at this year's show, please do stop by and say hi. We'll have some things to share when you do... Given both the Fred Hall Show in Del Mar with our Customer Appreciation sale and the Sportsmen's Expo, we'd better sweeten the pot for our internet clients!  So, lets spice things up a bit!!!  Here's the deal:

Get 10% off your on-line order of regularly priced gear by entering the Coupon Code SHOWTIME when you place your on-line order. 
The discount will be applied to your purchase - reels are excluded since they have their own value added incentives such as free line or other offers. Please note, we do no billing online, a real live human being will process your order during our operating hours M-F, after it's been reviewed and pulled for shipping or you've been informed of any delay. You will get an immediate email confirming your purchase once you've submitted your order. Your confirming email may not be correct if you've selected a non-qualifying product, however your final invoice will be correct.

This week we have some dandy deals posted on our Weekly Specials, as we always try to bring your way. One of the more interesting offers is the Z-Bar jigs. Those were offered last May, but we were not able to maintain enough inventory to post them as a regular stock item. We barely had inventory to support our San Diego and Huntington Beach shop's iron tossers, and didn't have continuity of inventory even for the shop.  That's changing for the better, and the jigs are posted on our Specials page once more.  We have a great offer going on Ahi Assassin's jigging rods in spinning form. Time to balance out the inventory and get another order going with the factory. So, we're blowing out the remaining stock.  Other products of note this week, the Metal Swimmers are back in good supply, Esca underwater lights,  Van Staal, Daiwa, Accurate and Okuma reels. Some great stuff indeed!

Thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials!  

Great Stuff,
Mark Smith

p.s. For a little tale about our background and start-up tale, click here.


FREE Fed Ex GROUND SHIPPING*
* for orders over $150 (one package, MOST rods carry a surcharge of $15-20) within USA.  AK and HI via USPS
(in standard size flat rate boxes - otherwise there will be a charge).
Oversize items, like lobster nets, rods and International orders will carry a shipping charge which we'll quote you prior to actual billing.

*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).


Special #1

Avet G2 Series Single & Two Speeds
New Second Generation Reels from Avet!

2017 INTRODUCTION - more models becoming available now...

For 2017 Avet has announced the new G2 Series (as in generation II) reels to their line. The new reels offer increased drag performance, important for those fishing heavier lines. Also, similar to the Raptor series, the spool and frame allow for a modest increase in line capacity and smoother performance at higher drag settings. You also gain the ramp for the lever, with a "stop" at the strike position (eliminating an accidental push of the lever to full).

These single drag reels increase the flexibility of the models in comparison to the standard series. For instance, the new JX model now can fish 50# very well, while the standard JX is really a 40# and down piece, the JX/LX G2's can cover 40/50 and even 60# lines with appropriate drag performance. That's a significant upgrade in performance over the standard series reeels, and the lever upgrade is also quite useful in setting more precise drag levels and in operation. Whether or not the G2's upgraded performance is right for you depends upon the line tests you plan on fishing in my estimation. Again, back to the JX, if your intent is to fish the piece at 30-40 lb test leaders, then there's no big reason to spend the extra money. However, if you are like me, and want to fish 40-50# on a JX, then the upgrade is very significant and makes the piece a value when compared to the Raptor version. For Avet to provide us fishermen such a range in products, all geared to the types of fishing we do, well it's wonderful and demonstrates that these folks are indeed listening to their clients and coming to market with products that suit all anglers. With respect to the SX/MX series G2's, I see a logical generational improvement. The drag curves were fine with the earlier models for fishing say 30# and down, really better suited for 25# and down lines. Given an increase in drag of about 40% above the previous models, 13 lbs at strike on the SX/MX, we're really still looking at fishing 30# and down rather than 40 - but there's going to be less sideload pressure on the spool bearing, greater longevity when the reel is pushed to higher and more appropriate drag settings for 30 lb line and down. For the JX, a favorite of mine for fishing 40#, it's a big difference. Now the piece will fish 50# properly, 40 and 50 and that's bread and butter for anyone on the left coast heading out on a trip along the Mexican coast. 

(Just to help in the confusion department: I've had a few calls from folks asking when the G-2 HX's will be produced. Well, they won't be made, the HX really was the first G-2 offered! The SX-LX series reels are following that reel series design, incorporating it's features across the new G-2 models. The first generation SX, MX, JX & LX will stay in the line, at least for now. Feeling from Avet is that the first gen models are most appropriate for those fishing light drag loads, so they still have a reason to be produced...and of course they cost a bit less, so Avet customers have more flexibility in putting their dollars to the best use for their particular applications.)

The first production will be in the Neptune's Heart color combo - bronze and red as pictured above. This will carry a $10 higher cost than the standard colors. We've now received SX and MX series reels in most standard colors as well as the two color Neptune. We're now receiving JX series G-2's, LX series will follow late this month.

Model Capacity
Mono (yds)
Capacity
Spectra
Bearings Drag
strike/full
Gear Ratio Weight
in ounces
Price
Standard
single speed
Price
MC
single speed
Price
2 Speed
Price
2 Speed MC
SXJ G2 est 240/15# ~270/50# 8 13/20 single: 5.3:1
2 speed: 6.3 & 3.8:1
est 16 oz $224 $264 $294 $334
SX G2 270/20# ~400/50# 8 13/20 single: 5.3:1
2 speed: 6.3 & 3.8:1
17 oz $234 $274 $304 $344
MXJ G2 230/30# 470/50# 8 13/20 single: 5.3:1
2 speed: 6.3 & 3.8:1
20 $254 $294 $344 $384
MXL G2 270/30# 600/50# 8 13/20 single: 5.3:1
2 speed: 6.3 & 3.8:1
22 $254 $294 $344 $384
JX G2 290/30 500 60# 8 21/28 single: 4.6 or 6:1
2 speeds: 6 & 3.1:1
est 23 $284 $324 $399 $439
LX G2 350/30 660 60# 8 21/28 single: 4.6 or 6:1
2 speeds: 6 & 3.1:1
est 24 $294 $334 $409 $449
MC =  Magnetic Cast Control

Qty:   
Specify Lefty or standard Right hand retrieve Lefty G2 reels are only available in SILVER
Color Neptune's Heart two color - plus $10 for this unique 2 color design.
FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling or other offers, click menu below for options
FREE OFFER:
Select: Free Braid, Free Drag Scale, Pliers or Lure Assortment
 
 

FREE SHIPPING + FREE BRAID

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

FREE Mono Spooling, Braid Optional at FREE and/or 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 Strand - reduced price on other options
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 4 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 rather than a serve

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards
 

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FREE SHIPPING and HIGH QUALITY SUPER BRAID SPOOLING - including spliceable hollow options!

Made in America, and very proud of it!


Special #2

Avet HX Raptor Three Speeds

Three Speed Reels with Power that can CAST!

Avet has added two new models to their Raptor lineup. Both the HX and HX Raptor now have a new option, three speeds! Gearing is well thought out, faster on the top end, powerful in the midrange and a stump pulling 1/3:1 on the low gear. Raptors represent Avet's best effort, dual drag, high drag capability, excellent freespool performance for superior casting, magnetic cast control (on the HX not HXW), harness lugs, progressive ramp for the lever... Of course, like all Avet reels the new HX Raptor 3 speeds are made from machined aluminum, anodized for long term durability, carbon fiber drag material...

 

Standard Avets are great reels, the Raptors take the performance to the next level, and now with three speeds the versatility increases. The lower low gear will prove a huge advantage when dealing with a larger fish, and the faster high gear will improve jigging effectiveness. Reels have just arrived to our shop, most colors are here now, with some not completed (green, orange, purple, camo). We have silver, red, blue, black and gunmetal at present. Gold colored reels have also been completed, will be arriving later in the week. Reels are in stock now and available for speedy delivery. (Pictured above HX in blue, HXW in Gunmetal, image left shows the three speed operation - must have Flash enabled to view)

 
Model Gear Ratio Weight Capacity
Mono
Max Drag @ strike w/freespool Max Drag @ full Price
Three Speed Lever Drag - with harness lugs
HX Raptor
3 Speed
5.4/ 2.4/ and 1.3:1 29.0 500/80# 40 lbs 50 lbs $589.99
HXW Raptor
3 Speed
5.4/ 2.4/ and 1.3:1 32.0 600/100# 40 lbs 50 lbs $599.99

 


360 view with magnifier for close up views - must have Flash enabled to view.
Standard width HX 3 speed pictured above.

Qty:   

Color

FREE SHIPPING + FREE Hi Quality Super BRAID

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

FREE Mono Spooling, Braid Optional at FREE and/or 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 OR HOLLOW - 100% PE Super Braid (not Kevlar)
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
 
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 12 OR 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied with selection above!
- SELECT options above, then if you wish additional yardage make your selection below.
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

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

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards
 

View Your Shopping Cart

FREE SHIPPING and HIGH QUALITY SUPER BRAID SPOOLING - including spliceable hollow options!

Made in America, and very proud of it!


 

Van Staal
SPECIAL OFFER BUY TWO GET ONE FREE!
Check the ordering boxes below...for the two-fer offer

The VM Series reel are newer models from Van Staal, introduced a couple years ago, available at a rather amazing value. Never before has Van Staal had a reel this affordable, packed with so much performance. The new machined VM 150 offers both left or right hand retrieve and holds 350 yards of 30# braid, and put out up to 30 pounds of drag stopping power. The fully machined aluminum and stainless steel construction of the VM150 creates more than enough strength to tackle big, exotic fish, and the precision gears and smooth drag performance make it the perfect go-to reel from boat or from shore.

While the new VM 150 represents a bit of a change from the old Van Staals, it's a reel series with wider appeal given the flexibility of the reels. There's a smoothness to the reel that's going to be more familiar to folks used to the Japanese spinning reels. The handle can switch between left and right hand crank! She's still tight, still great for surf use, but smoother in operation, and having a bail has it's strengths as well. All considered, the VM series reels open up the benefits of owning a Van Staal to more fishermen, and that's a very good thing.

 

 
Model Mono Capacity Braid Capacity Gear Ratio Weight Retrieve Rate Max Drag Price BUY 2 GET 1 FREE
VM 150 285/12# 350/30# 4.9:1 22.5 OZ 33"/TURN 30# $449
VM 275 425/25# 550/60#
400/80#
4.4:1 22.5 OZ 42"/TURN 30# $599

FREE MONO SPOOLING, FREE SHIPPING, Reduced Price Spectra spooling

Qty:   
REDUCED PRICE Super Braid Spooling & Optional Spooling
Braid/Spectra Spooling
- select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 
- NO CHARGE selections in blue fields below
- Option in RED at increased costs
 
Braid MFG/Type
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied by selecting above options
- For additional braid select 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
 

View Your Shopping Cart

FREE SHIPPING!


Special #4

Daiwa SALTIST
New ICAST 2016 Introduction

300 Yards FREE SUPER BRAID

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

Daiwa's Saltist series spinning reels represent an update of their 2009 product line. Very good update and upgrade, now the reels offer enhancements which were only available on their most expensive Saltiga spinners. The Saltist spinners are dedicated saltwater reels - that's the difference between the new BG's and the Saltist series. The Saltist reels incorporate the better anti-corrosion CRBB bearings, and much more.

One step down from the Saltiga series spinning reels, the Saltists are made for serious saltwater enthusiasts. They are made for a harsh environment with more anti-corrosion protection than less expensive reels in the Daiwa lineup.  With the rugged and durable reputation earned by the Saltist series, these reels offer some impressive features. Fist among these is the Magsealed main shaft, eliminating saltwater intrusion. The reels offer a Magsealed line roller and CRBB corrosion resistant ball bearings for long lasting smoothness and performance. Beyond the Magsealed main shaft and line roller, these new reels offer Daiwa's HardBodyz body and side cover - metal with protective finish. You get the benefits of the light weight Air Rotor design, Air Bail - tubular stainless for lightweight strength. Digigear design and dynamic cut aluminum ABS spool. You also gain a waterproof Carbon ATD drag system!

 

 

 

KEY FEATURES

-Mag Sealed line roller and main shaft

-HardBodyz - body and side cover

-Lightweight Air Rotor design

-Air Bail - tubular stainless for light weight  strength

-DigiGear digital gear design - oversized for greater cranking power and longer wear

-Dynamic Cut Aluminum ABS Spool

-Waterproof Carbon ATD Drag System

And, as you can see on the picture right, an anti-slip track for use of braided lines.

 

MODEL BEARINGS GEAR RATIO LINE PER CRANK WEIGHT MONO CAPACITY BRAID CAPACITY MAX DRAG PRICE
2500 8 CRBB 1 RB 5.6:1 33.2" 9.5 OZ 6#/210, 8#/170 20/170 15 LBS $199
3000 8 CRBB 1 RB   37.4 10.8 8/240, 10/200 20/240 15 $209
4000 8 CRBB 1 RB 5.7:1 39.9 15 10/300, 12/260 30/280 18 $209
4500 1MBB, 7 CRBB, 1 RB   43.1 22.2 15/340, 20/210 40/340, 50/270 22 $229
5000 1MBB, 7 CRBB, 1 RB   47.4 22.9 15/450, 20/280 40/480, 50/360 22 $229
6500 1MBB, 7 CRBB, 1 RB 5.3:1 48.7 29.6 20/370, 30/260 50/550, 60/440 33 $249
8000 1MBB, 7 CRBB, 1 RB   53.3 30 20/550, 30/370 65/590, 80/440 33 $249
  MBB - MAGSEALED BALL BEARING, CRBB CORROSION RESISTANT BALL BEARING, BB STAINLESS STEEL BALL BEARING RB ROLLER BEARING

FREE MONO SPOOLING, FREE BRAID RIGGING
& FREE SHIPPING FOR ORDERS OVER $150!

 

Qty:   
 
Braid/Spectra Spooling
- select the reel model using the drop-down menu above. Then, select your spooling requirements: Spectra and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions, give us a call or zap over an email 
- NO CHARGE selections in blue fields below
- Option in RED at increased costs
Braid MFG
Braid Test
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 SHIPPING on orders over $150
- FREE High Quality SUPER BRAID Rigging


Special #5

O.C.T.-10
Hard to Find Iron - Wonderful to Fish
And, a new name too!

Could be the Hottest Surface Iron Made!
In 2016 these new jigs got a lot of play, especially those near our San Diego shop. Formerly known as Z-Bars, they got a lot of attention from the guys who toss iron. They're made in the San Diego area, and the small company behind them can only supply a few shops, luckily we're one of 'em. Over 2016 we've not been able to keep the jigs in stock at either our shops. Frankly, our San Diego shop would sell through the inventory before we could bring our share up north.  Supply has not kept pace with demand. And, that surprised me despite the push from Eric, Manager at our San Diego shop to "get 'em in here FAST!" I had a hard time with the price, darn expensive even if these jigs very well made jigs. The rational I guess is simply that for the dedicated iron tossers, they might very well buy a half dozen jigs, and then find 2 that are perfect swimmers. In the case of these irons, every one of 'em swims right, and it's guaranteed.

The Z-Bar jigs changed their name to Oct-10. Kind of a strange name, but then again who are we to say... Can't tell you how many times I've explained our own rather unique name to folks. Regardless of name, the jigs are extraordinary. (Okay, now I understand what's going on with the name... Been down this road before, too many times for some firms -Truth, Release...similar circumstance). 
(OCT - t'aint the month, stands for One Cool Tuna - company name for the firm making the jigs)

Unique jigs, all CNC made, all made to swim perfectly - guaranteed by the manufacturer. Again, these are CNC made, each is exactly the same so they really should all swim well. That's really key to iron, not all are the same, not all swim as well as expected. 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. Price for these jigs is $35, we offer them for $30. Good luck finding these jigs let alone finding 'em for a better price.

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.

Reality check - demand has outpaced supply on these lures.  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. Almost all arriving stock has gone to fill backorders. At present we do have some inventory, it will not last and I honestly think we'll have sold out of these jigs before folks note that they are posted here this week. So, anticipate a backorder as we get later in the week, plan on a back order towards the end of the week. But at least you'll get yours and we're not keeping this jig a secret from our on-line visitors any longer. For 2017 the manufacturer tells us that he will do a better job supplying these jigs. Our manager from the San Diego shop actually put him in contact with another machinist, another machine shop to CNC the jigs. So, we probably have an inside track for supply this year.   Understand, 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, and that was the problem in 2016 - only so many could be made. They still have high cost given their production, but every single one of them swim right and swim better than competing surface irons, and they won't break if they slam against the deck.

What's different about the new OCT-10 jigs and their predecessors?
There are some significant improvements. The new jigs offer larger hooks, 4/0 verses 3/0 size. The machining is better, finish nicer in terms of texture - more drag in the water on a faster return. That finish is something you need to feel rather than see, almost like feeling the scales on a bait, a bit rough. The edges are sharper and the hip is sharper, too.

Buy Description Price
OCT-10 OD Green
aka Mossback
New Color for 2017
$29.99
OCT-10 Black
We're out of stock on this pattern,
more become available later this week.
$29.99
OCT-10 White $29.99
OCT-10 Mint $29.99
OCT-10 Raw Metal $29.99

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Made in America, and very proud of it!

 

Special #6

Ahi Assassin Jigging Rods
Nano Helix Design

SPINNING SERIES CLEARANCE

Time to clear out or inventory of Ahi Assassin Jigging rods in spinning form.  These have proven themselves exceptional rods, parabolic in action, made for braid, made for dealing with some better quality fish on the other end of your line. They are true jigging rods, made 6 1/2 feet long for greater versatility than is found on most rods of this type and action.  These are $300 rods, offered as clearance for $200. Time to balance out and move thru our existing inventory as we ramp up for 2017 and push through another order with this manufacturer. It's a great opportunity to own a very sweet rod. Save $100 this week.


Conventional Guides (overhead)

Spinning Series

A bit of background, several years ago a few fellows from New Zealand set up a manufacturing facility in an economic development zone in China, nothing unusual about that, several large firms have done the same, including Mustad, Penn, VanStaal, Shimano... But, two of the partners actually live there and run the factory. They know what they are doing, also they well know our local West Coast rods. I spent a long time with one of 'em going over the history of the old Sabre firm, Calstar, Truline... They know our history well, and know the actions we've grown up using. They build their rods for their own New Zealand and Australia market, but have the ability to produce to our specs, too. They are a much more expensive firm to do business with than the more typical Chinese producer of rods. Their technology is better, too. I've been to their plant several times now, and it's impressive, more impressive than anything I've seen here to date. Their plant is located well off the beaten path, simply because they did not want others to have easy access to knowledge about what they were doing and their techniques.

Let me provide some background on the Ahi Assassin rods, all the rods we offer are made from Carbon and Fiberglass (note, the original production used 'glass and carbon, the new production makes use of carbon and to add strength the helix design which was first used by GUSA and now improved upon with the addition of Nano micro technology resins for even greater strength), but unlike Seeker and Calstar's design, these rods use both carbon and 'glass all the way through the rod's length, but the amount of carbon at the tip is less than the butt. The carbon is reduced consistently from butt to tip, and the glass increases consistently from butt to tip. The Ahi Assassin rod blanks do not stop laying carbon fibre on at a certain point, so there is no strength concentration on the blanks, consistency of material and thereby consistency of action is the goal and it's achieved! The weight of our blanks is very light and the action of our jigging rods is exceptional, the bend is parabolic to help provide your jigs the very best action and to help with the additional stress caused by fishing the newer Spectra and braid lines which have no stretch. The rods action helps in taming a larger grade fish too since there's always pressure on the fish, they don't get a second wind.

To finish these rods, we chose state of the art components from ALPS. The guides are made to deal with Spectra for the life of the rod's use, and the action of the rod will help maintain pressure on a fish instead of creating a break-off from too stiff an action and too little stretch of the super line. The new rods work with you, they work with the jig, and they help you work a fish! All the rods in this series are 6 1/2 feet in length. That's a mid-ground position, some folks preferring a 6 footer for jigging, some liking the flexibility of a 7 footer. At 6 1/2 feet, we can cover both ends well and if you chose to use the rod for fishing bait, so be it, you can cast well and deal well a larger fish given the rod's superb action. The guides selected will deal well with Spectra lines, and in the case of the spinning rod, we reverse the largest guide to help prevent wind knots.

Please click on the images, you'll have a larger view of the rods and can check detail more closely. The wrap is our distinctive CharkBait red, with silver and black trim. The rods are triple wrapped, and the resin used is pure old school. No cheap fast cure resins used, these take time, four hours curing time, 3 coats. That's something you don't find on many rods these days. And, it shows upon inspection.

The handle material is sanded, for a smooth and richer feel. Again, this is something that's not typically done on factory made rods. And there are some nice cosmetic touches you'll notice on these rods upon your inspection. The gimbals on the conventional reel matched rods are unique ALPS ball style jigging designs. For the Spinning versions we make use of a more traditional straight gimbal butt. (image right)

Jigging rods are rated a bit differently than conventional bait or lure rods. Jigging  rods are designed with lure weight a key component of their design. The way the rod bends is critical, it's action with a specific weight lure is a critical part of it's design, of even greater importance than it's test rating. We incorporate both specifications, but please do understand that the most important characteristic of these rods comes from matching them with a particular lure weight rather than line test rating.

Rods come with gimbal butt cap and fabric rod sleeve.

 

 

 
Model Lure
Weight
Nominal
Line Test
Suggested Drag
Setting
Weight Gram Weight
Ounces
Ahi Assassin 100 100 20-50#
(40-50)
8-12# 310.4 10.6
Ahi Assassin 200 200 30-65#
(40-50)
10-15# 320.4 11.3
Ahi Assassin 300 300 65-130#
(60-80)
15-25# 341.0 12.05
 
Here are the rods doing a dead lift of 20 to 40 lbs. This simulates the rods parabolic bend under load, significant load commensurate with the drag level that might be expected if fished "heavy." In all cases, we're providing example of a level higher than the drag setting typically used by anglers for the respective rod. They pull well, predictably with some power. Ahi Assassin rods will put a hurt on a good fish.
 
Buy Description Price CLEARANCE
Ahi Assassin Jigging NANO HELIX 100 pinning Guides $299.99 $199.99
Ahi Assassin Jigging NANO HELIX 200 Spinning Guides $299.99 $199.99
Ahi Assassin Jigging NANO HELIX 300 Spinning Guides $309.99 $209.99

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Special #7

Yo-Zuri Sashimi Bonita

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 1212 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, now the Bonita increasingly dominates this position (...as has now been found out by guys who fished Halco poppers for the big bluefin we've had off our coast this year. No thru-wire = no caught fish, just heartbreak. This is the reason we did not offer the Halco popper over the past few years. The lure is of a good design but lacks a key and necessary feature for our kind of fishing. This failure may be why there haven't been too many Marauders available from Braid for the past year +. The Bonita now owns the long range wahoo trolling positions. They are durable, well rigged, the hooks won't fall out..., they track straight as a nail and hold their position in the spread, and they do get bit. If you own an old Braid, fish it and have confidence. Once you loose those, as I did a year ago, replace with the Bontia. You will be impressed with how much better the newer designed lures really are these days.  

 

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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 $59.99
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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 Special #8

Xtra Tuf Boots

They're back! A few years ago (2012) Honeywell purchased Xtra Tuf and took production overseas. We weren't too keen on that idea, and frankly - as we clearly stated on our site - quality suffered. We let folks know, and we searched out alternatives of good quality. We in the fishing side of footwear were not alone, the folks up in Alaska had the same issue, and up there these are what folks wear rather than sneakers or flipity flops! XT boots are/have been what the deckhands wear and what most anglers also wanted... but the Chinese quality was inferior and guys were only getting a few months use our of their boots! In 2014 the Xtra Tuff folks told us that their quality was back to USA produced standards. When they moved from the USA they took all the production equipment, materials didn't change. What the heck was the issue?  Seems it was training of workers, not material. That can be fixed...with time. We de-emphasized the line upon hearing of deckhand complaints in 2012/13, searching out other very good products. We kept stock of XT boots (even when they were really "sort-of-tuff" rather than Xtra Tuff). We brought in the boots in low quantities and took a wait and see approach. At this point, 2016, we're confident that Xtra Tuff is back in the game with an excellent product. In fact we've expanded our selection of their boots to include two new series from the manufacturer, a shorty and a flat sole boot (both in blue). Deckhands like the new product, Alaskans like the new product, and we do too. My own old XT boots are over 10 years old, and I've taken a fair amount of ribbing these past three years given their beaten and torn up appearance. I bought a new pair myself - but this time went with the shorty flat soled version. These are a very good option for guys with cankles - er, rather thick ankles and calves.

XTRA TUFF LEGACY 12" DECKBOOTS

Extra Tuf Legacy boots ARE the choice of many long rangers. They run about a half size large, accommodating insole inserts which we sell.  With the insert, comfort is on a high plane.  Xtra Tuf produce a good, likely the best, work boot. These are the one's the deckhands wear, no greater testament than that for long range fishing. They're excellent products, and will last a long, long time.  For our clients with wet climates, you'll get a double dose of use from these finely crafted products. While the Legacy boots were originally made for agriculture use, dairy industry primarily, they are the standard among our San Diego based long range deckhands and skippers. (msrp $119.99)

One point, XT boots run 1/2 size large. In the past we'd suggest folks buying an insert/insole to absorb that 1/2 size. No 1/2 sizes offered by the manufacturer. XT boots are still about 1/2 size large, but now they do come with an insert/insole that provides a nice cushion. In the past I used a size 11 boot and an insert. Alternatively I could have used a size 10 and that was also comfortable on my feet with no insert. Now, with the new production which comes with an insert I bought a size 11 and it's perfect right out of the box.  For you guys who are 1/2 sized, I'd suggest buying the larger size and then buying an insert from a local drug or general store IF NEEDED rather than downsizing your boot.

 

Buy Description - LEGACY BOOTS Price
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 6 $89.95
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 7 $89.95
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 8 $89.95
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 9 $89.95
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 10 $89.95
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 11 $89.95
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 12 $89.95
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 13 $89.95
Xtra Tuf Legacy Deck Boots size 14 $89.95

 

 

Blue Flat Soled Full Rubber 12" Deck Boots

The new blue 12" high flat sole deckboots from XtraTuff offer a lighter weight boot that's very comfortable. They feature the same XTRATUF slip resistant Chevron outsole that's used on the Legacy boots. The 12" height provides the perfect amount of coverage to protect you against the elements, no need to fold these boots down (which is customary on the Legacy boots. Very comfortable and relatively light, tennis shoe type sold for comfort and sure grip - no heal. (msrp $94.99)

 

 

 

Buy Description - LEGACY BOOTS Price
Xtra Tuf 12' Blue Deck Boots size 6 $79.95
Xtra Tuf 12" Blue Deck Boots size 7 $79.95
Xtra Tuf 12" Blue Deck Boots size 8 $79.95
Xtra Tuf 12" Blue Deck Boots size 9 $79.95
Xtra Tuf 12" Blue Deck Boots size 10 $79.95
Xtra Tuf 12" Blue Deck Boots size 11 $79.95
Xtra Tuf 12" Blue Deck Boots size 12 $79.95
Xtra Tuf 12" Blue Deck Boots size 13 $79.95
Xtra Tuf 12" Blue Deck Boots size 14 $79.95

 

 

Alaskan Sneaker - Full Rubber 6" Deck Boot

The Alaska Sneaker style shorty 6 " ankle boot is a great alternative to a more traditional deckboot. No need to fold these down, they're cooler - and that makes sense for our warm water Mexico trips on the Long Range fleet. Also, over the years we've had many clients who are BIG guys, and they had some difficulty wearing a deckboot. They had one heck of a time getting their feet into the relatively small opening of the boot, and their ankles and calves were too big to fit comfortably in a 12" high boot. So, they'd be stuck wearing sneakers (they get wet and very uncomfortable) or flip flops (NOT RECOMMENDED if you value your toes). This style deck-shoe is the perfect answer for the bubbas, and frankly for me too. Like I said they are cooler, and they take a lot less space in my duffle bag than the regular boot. I also like the flat sole more than a healed sole. (msrp $79.99)

Note, the original AK Sneaker in brown with heal is still available and we can special order that product. However, the new version shown offers a couple things which boaters will appreciate verses the healed version which is typically more a landlubber type shoe.

 

Buy Description - LEGACY BOOTS Price
Xtra Tuf 6" Blue Ankle Boots size 7 $69.95
Xtra Tuf 6" Blue Ankle Deck Boots size 8 $69.95
Xtra Tuf 6" Blue Ankle Deck Boots size 9 $69.95
Xtra Tuf 6" Blue Ankle Deck Boots size 10 $69.95
Xtra Tuf 6" Blue Ankle Deck Boots size 11 $69.95
Xtra Tuf 6" Blue Ankle Deck Boots size 12 $69.95
Xtra Tuf 6" Blue Ankle Deck Boots size 13 $69.95
Xtra Tuf 6" Blue Ankle Deck Boots size 14 $69.95

 


 Special #9

Toro Tamer Poppers
Get Ready for Action!

Toro Tamer'S Topwater Poppers are BACK in stock! The big one, the 200 MM size sold out at the beginning of summer last year given the huge bluefin bite we had on the West Coast. Over 1000 of these lures were sold, and they proved VERY effective given their construction. Now, they are back in stock, in time for our 2017 season! We've received reports of the big bluefin being back to last year's games, might be a good call to grab a few lures now, so you have 'em when the time comes...and we sell out again.

This 2015 new product introduction incorporates some excellent new features. Similar to the CB Poppers we've offered for a few years, these new surface lures improve upon the original design. The head is round rather than triangular, the results are greater splash - especially if you are fishing from a larger boat which is higher to the water line, such as a long range boat out of San Diego. The improved "pop" or splash allows the lure to be worked more effectively. Additionally, the new lures are available in three sizes 200mm (8"), 160mm (6.3") and a new smaller 120mm size (4.8"). The larger sizes have proven very effective for tuna and the new small size will find great success for those fishing from the beach for Rooster fish, stripers and many other species where a slightly smaller and lighter lure proves effective. Lastly, the new lures feature a change in hooks. The two larger size lures incorporate VMC in-line single hooks, the smaller 120 size popper makes use of trebles.

Specifications:
The new poppers are available in three sizes 120, 160 and 200 mm (4.8", 6.3" & 7.9"), with weights of 50, 90 and 150 grams (1.5, 3.2 & 5.3 ounces).

Those are great weights for casting, and the size is wonderful for most fish you'll come across, from little schoolie tuna and tails to some larger fish. There are no better lures out there from any manufacturer in terms of construction and finish. If you don't agree upon seeing these lures, I'll be glad to cover their return - I'm that confident of 'em. They are far nicer than the Braid pieces, nicer than YoZuri's, better weight distribution than anything from any major manufacturer - and they are tough!

 

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Description Price
Toro Tamer Popper 200mm Sardine - $18.99
Toro Tamer Popper 160mm Sardine $15.99
Toro Tamer Popper 120mm Sardine $12.99
Toro Tamer Popper 200mm Skippy $18.99
Toro Tamer Popper 160mm Skippy $15.99
Toro Tamer Popper 120mm Skippy $12.99
Toro Tamer Popper 200mm Ahi $18.99
Toro Tamer Popper 160mm Ahi $15.99
Toro Tamer Popper 120mm Ahi $12.99
Toro Tamer Popper 200mm Blue Mackerel $18.99
Toro Tamer Popper 160mm Blue Mackerel $15.99
Toro Tamer Popper 120mm Blue Mackerel $12.99
Toro Tamer Popper 200mm Pink Ghost $18.99
Toro Tamer Popper 160mm Pink Ghost $15.99
Toro Tamer Popper 120mm Pink Ghost $12.99

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 Special #10

FORECAST
COLD SHRINK
Grip Enhancment

We're stocking more rod building gear at both our shops, and our San Diego shop offers a bit more depth in the rod building department, plus the shop manager is a rod builder. Staff at the HB shop also has experience in this regard, with Beta and Tom having build many, many rods over the years.  Forecast has recently brought a hard to find product to market, an item most of us have seen on better quality rail rods. We have stocked the XWrap material at our shops for a few years now, that's a product you also see on many factory rods either replacing or used in conjunction with corktape. The new Cold Shrink product from Forecast takes the XWrap to another level.  The product arrives as a tube with a hard core, almost 2 inch diameter.  Put the tube over the area of the rod you wish to enhance, pull a tap on the end and you will pull out the hard core as a spiral one piece.

 

As the core is removed the material shrinks down tightly, offering a durable XWrap type feel. It's a great way to add a durable outer layer over an existing grip that's worn, or a dandy way to build a new grip.  Some make use of the product on their deckhand style rods, some will use it on the foregrip of their rail rods to add protection and a non-slip durable area on their rod for use on the rail. I'll suggest that this is mandatory on a properly built rail rod.  Another thing I really do like about this product is that if it gets worn, it's easy to replace! You don't have to cut off your old grip, remove the reel seat, etc. All you have to do is slip on Cold Shrink, pull the tab and presto! You've got new material on the rod with no installation hassle or expense. So, I guess you can say it saves some money and time long term. Now for the downside, it's pretty expensive stuff. That's one of the factors which make rail rods rather expensive. I'm going to put this on a couple of my own rods, one deckhand rod of mine uses sine-cord rather than corktape, a common build, but for my hands that's not so comfortable.  This stuff will make a big difference on that rod... And, then there's that other rod that spent some hard time on the rail fighting a bluefin for too many hours..., a rod not made for that purpose. That 6 1/2 foot custom UC RCP65HP really got hammered on a charter a couple years back. This material will fix the problem I created by damaging the hypalon foregrip. Now it's going to look better, and perform better should I get stuck in a similar position again. This is some neat stuff that a lot of fishermen and rob builders have been trying to find. Look no further, we've got it!

(This item is very similar to what United Composites uses on their Rail Rods, but it's not exactly the same product. UC makes use of a more expensive USA made 3M product on their rail rods to protect the foregrip and add a bit of tackiness to prevent the rod from slipping on the rail. The Forecast product is an import. Works and applies the same way, does the same job, and is more readily available to rod builders and fishermen looking to enhance their rods.)

 
Buy Description Price
Forecast Cold Shrink 12 inch
1.9 inch inside diameter
$29.99
Forecast Cold Shrink 18 inch
1.9 inch inside diameter
$44.99

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