Please no phone calls to the shop, we'll be busy and short
staffed, we will not discuss price or inventory.
This sale is intended to make the move easier, sale only pertains to stock on
hand AT the SD shop.
Wednesday thru Saturday 10am - 5pm Sale Ends July 27
7/14/2019 - Welcome to our Weekly
Specials, something we try to post each Sunday.
Made it back from ICAST in
Florida Saturday. As always, we found some very interesting
products from smaller firms as well as some very nice additions
from the major players in sportfishing. Several new lures
from familiar factories, a few surprises, some acquisitions
among the larger firms trying to solidify their presence. More
of that to follow very likely. Usually I don't tip off what
we'll be jumping on as far as new products until we get closer
to actually receiving the items. But, it's hard to keep mum
about exciting new things! So, expect a post on the CharkBoard
and perhaps a brief video to go along with that as time permits.
It's going to be a very busy week ahead with Round One of our
San Diego shop closing sale. After being out of the
office, but with a solid team left behind (Sergey and Leeana
holding down the office while Nadiya and I were at the show)
there's still a lot to do before I take off again to San Diego
for a few days. As a result, changes to this page will be
minor, with the exception of a new item or two to show you -
catch Special #10.
By next week, we will have
received a few of the new products into our inventory
(hopefully) and we'll begin to showcase them on this page.
I will say, in general, there were just a few new saltwater
oriented reels worthy of actually getting excited about.
The pickings were extremely slim when it came to best of show
for that category. Okuma did not show off the new Metaloid
reels in the New Product Showcase but they were well represented
at their booth, Seigler did not show off the new SGN Star
(though they did come out winners with their fly reel). Daiwa
had a couple new saltwater products - both reels, lures and
something unexpected..., Okuma showed the new Metaloid (under
new name) in their booth and the long awaited spinning reel from
same series. Penn had their Torque leverdrag two speeds
showcased in silver - looked very sharp - and a couple new
sizes. These new additions arrived at our shop while I was in
Florida - they are shown on Special #4 this week. The big excitement
at the show, at least to me, were a couple rod
additions from Okuma, and some very nice new lures from familiar
manufacturers as well as a couple new firms with something to
contribute to our fishing success. More about those later.
For this weeks specials we round out some very nice reel offers
with some winners from Catchy, Chasebaits, Bahama Lures and
Duran's DFP Clamp. We also picked up an accessory item you
might appreciate, certainly your rod's guides will appreciate
this new necessity - check Special #10...
CLOSING SALE at our San Diego shop
SALE BEGINS THIS WEEK!
As mentioned last
week, we will be closing down our San Diego location. It's
been almost 10 years since we opened the second shop, but
the time has come to trim down and re-focus efforts. I'm
getting older and the weekly drive is getting longer. I have
some other objectives for my time and our inventory.
The increase in rent beginning in July was a tipping point,
about double what it was when we moved in nine years ago.
The Store Closing Sale will be in two parts.
Week 1 - Minimum 20% Off Everything, with some items
Week 2, 30% OFF EVERYTHING, with some items up to 70% OFF.
I'll be helping at the shop during the week, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday. We'll add HB staff Saturday to support
Jeff (the shop manager) during this event.
Stock is limited to what's in the store, no special orders,
delayed gratification, stock on hand only during the sale.
July 17-20, 20% OFF everything in the shop, some items
30% OFF everything remaining in inventory, some items up
FISH MOUNTS, DISPLAY CASES, LINE WINDERS will be sold the
Lastly, many thanks
to our San Diego clients who frequented the shop.
We made a lot of friends, and the shop has been a great
convenience for many of our clients heading out on trips.
Re-focusing our inventory dollars to our headquarters will
improve our on-line order fulfillment and customer service.
As always, thank you for visiting our
Weekly Specials and hope to see you at the shop!
Sincerely, Mark Smith
Billing:Please note, we do
things a bit differently than other on-line businesses, in part
due to my own concerns over on-line privacy and fraud
protection. When you submit your order with us, you will not
be asked for your credit card's CVC number during check out. 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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about nice timing... Here's a
very nice special offer on Daiwa's top performing Tanacom series
reels. Specifically, the TB1000 has been a great tool for fishermen,
both bottom fishing and as a kite reel. The convenience of a
dedicated kite reel, the ability for a private boater who only has
two hands and not three to handle both the kite as well as a
fighting fish, makes this concept truly exciting as an option. This
week we help make this option a reality for folks. Inventory
for this offer is limited to our stock on hand.
Buy a Daiwa Tanacom TB1000 and get a
FREE DAIWA DVEC KITE!
This represents a value of $129!!!
Fly this kite in 5-10mph winds with a simple adjustment to the
bridle, eliminating the need to use different kites for different
winds. Lightweight spars are constructed of 100% carbon
Max Drag #'s
Capacity Mono #'s
Capacity Spectra yds
Tanacom Deep Drop &
Daiwa's Tanacom Bull 1000 really created a
new style of electronic assist fishing reel when first introduce.
It's proven success in a wide range of applications including kite
work, dredge retrieve, jigging for tuna and swordfish as well as all
other bottom oriented fish species, proved the validity of Daiwa's
design. In the old days there were a limited number of add-on power
winders on the
for commercial application that fit a specific reel. These were
bulky and expensive. Daiwa designed the Dendoh power-assisted reels
from the ground up to provide deep water anglers an alternative. The
Tanacom Bull (Tunacom) was
designed for deep saltwater
application, and also for use as a kite reel. It's large enough to
hold the appropriate amount of line for it's intended application,
and robust enough to provide many, many years of exceptional
service. It's also relatively compact for it's application, much
more so than the add-on alternative. The reel can be used by crank
(robust levelwind design), by direct power with the supplied 9' 12
volt DC cable, or with the addition of optional battery packs. It
features 4 ball bearings, heavy duty brass and bronze gearing,
variable control of winding speed and power and a programmable
jigging function. There's a digital readout measuring line out and
distance retrieved from the bottom, a programmable auto stop which
stops winding once a lure reaches the surface... The TB1000 is the
model with heavy duty marine application in mind. It's robust, high
capacity, and most surprisingly affordable. For 2014 Daiwa updated
the design, kept all the important features, and they were able to
shave off about 40% of the price. The new 1000's are available at
$600 instead of $1000!! It's quite likely that this is the tip of
the iceberg, and we can anticipate the smaller reels in this series
to drop in price, too. For $600, there are few reasons not to own
one: bottom fishing, jigging, flying a kite, retrieving chains and
dredges. Lots of reasons to own one of these! (PICTURED ABOVE RIGHT,
THE NEW TANACOM 750)
kite reel quickly winds in the kite and stops by itself while you
fight the fish. Plenty of power and capacity for deep drops.
Brass and Aluminum Bronze gearing
Four ball bearings
Daiwa’s unique Power Lever™ for instant
control of winding speed and power
Digital readout measures line let out and
distance retrieved from the bottom
Programmable Auto Stop™ feature stops
winding when lure reaches the surface
Manual winding option
Convenient 12 Volts DC operation
Washable design with sealed electronics
Power cord and reel bag included
ORDER EARLY -
STOCK IS LIMITED TO WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR INVENTORY
LEXA HD! SAVE
$60-80 PLUS FREE BRAID RIGGING
STOCK GETTING THIN - MOVE SWIFTLY, THEY ARE GOING AWAY...
300 Yards FREE
Get 300 yards of top quality
Gel Spun Braid Spooling at no extra
charge with these innovative
New for 2015 - first shown at ICAST in
July and available now. Six models in
the HD series. Two body sizes, 300 and 400. Some significant
enhancements, tougher stainless steel drive and pinion gears, AND
six corrosion resistant ball bearings (CRBB) plus one roller
bearing, custom handle with swept design.
The Lexa HD's take the very popular and
well respected Lexa to a new level of refinement and performance,
with 25 lbs of drag capable on the 400 and 22 lbs on the 300 you
have enough stopping power to deal with white seabass, tarpon,
yellowtail, dorado and sailfish (and more). These compact
baitcasters can toss a lure beautifully, and they have enough line
capacity and drag to deal with most fish you'll encounter. Of course
with their levelwind design they make life easier for those doing a
lot of cast and retrieve style fishing with artificials. All in all,
this is a very nice enhancement/refinement on a great reel and a
fine value as well given it's construction. For what it's worth, I
own a Lexa 300, I think I've found a good reason to buy a 400.
The HD's run $299 for the 400 and $249 for the 300 sizes
- BUT NOT THIS WEEK!
IN STOCK, IN DEPTH
With FREE SUPER
another much awaited new reel introduction from Okuma,
the Makaira 15T (tall). This reel has been very much
desired, with folks eagerly anticipating it's release. Please
pay particular attention to the color on the reel pictured
is moving towards a more traditional gunmetal finish.
Pictured is the 15T Makaira in silver and the new gunmetal
The 15T carries on what we have come to expect from the
new Okuma. These stellar performers have demonstrated
quite clearly that Okuma is a major player in the long
range fishing enviroment. The 15T SEA reels fit a void
in the Makaira lineup. I own a couple MK 10's and
a 16. Love 'em both and have put the hurt on a couple
150 lb bluefin with my 10's. Those darn 10's punch well
above their size class, and the 16 can tame fish well
over 200 lbs. But, they needed something of
similar proportion, not as wide and tippy as a standard
15, capable of greater line retrieve per crank than a 10
but lighter and more compact than a 16. Example,
my 10's are GREAT fishing live bait, but don't bring in
enough line per crank to work iron or jigs fast enough
(from my perspective). I'd like more speed, greater line
retrieve on a deep drop, but not as heavy or large as a
16. Well, the new 15T is really a 10 that's a tad
taller, same proportions, so we do pick up a bit more
line per crank and that's exactly what I wanted! Size is
very comfortable to fish, again just what I and many
others wanted to see. It's something we've been waiting
on for several years, and now they are coming into full
production and arriving to the US market.
Okuma will be changing their
anodizing finish for the gunmetal reels. These have been
a unique color, not quite the gunmetal we're accustomed
to seeing. Over the next few months Okuma will
begin changing models over to the new finish, may not be
accomplished until later in the summer. We received both
silver and the new gunmetal finish on the 15Ts we've
received. If you are trying to round out your
Makaira collection and you have gunmetal reels, you'll
need to move soon to complete your arsenal if you want
the same colored reels. The 15T is NOT available in
the older gunmetal finish.
In the images
above you get a comparison of the
sizes, 10, 15T and 16. The 15T is
"tweener." Also note the change in
finish, with the new gunmetal
anodizing on the 15T pictured left.
older gunmetal was unique, and given
it's shade not so easy to duplicate
from one run to
another. There will be greater color
consistency with the new finish.
Max Drag @ Full
Max Drag @ Strike
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
NEW MODEL FOR 2019
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
39" & 17.0"
4.3:1 & 1.3:1
39.4" & 17.5"
3.8:1 & 1.3:1
39.2" & 17.3"
3.8:1 & 1.3:1
39.4" & 17.5"
3.2:1 & 1.0:1
37.8" & 15.3"
3.2:1 & 1.0:1
37.8" & 11.3"
3.2:1 & 1.2:1
37.8" & 11.3"
3.2:1 & 1.2:1
39.8" & 21.3"
using the Omega winder rather than Triangle and 16 strand Toro hollowcore braid.
We are seeing diameters dropping with better fibers being used with
some braid manufacturers. The capacity specs above reflect what we
Note, Okuma's 20 is a 30 narrow size, their 30W conforms to industry
standards as a 30 wide.
SPOOLING, FREE BRAID RIGGING
& FREE SHIPPING FOR STANDARD SIZED ITEMS OVER $150!
RODS AND OTHER
OVERSIZED ITEMS WILL CARRY A SHIPPING CHARGE
SUPER BRAID - INCLUDING TORO TAMER SPLICEABLE
16 Strand HOLLOWCORE,
You choose your
FREE offer. Receive
superior quality Super Braid
(gel spun polyethelyne line)
spooling with mono topshot
(if desired) at no additional charge. Both
offers represent a value of up to $80, and both
2019 Penn has introduced two new sizes, a 15
TALL and a 60 size. The 15T will be an
interesting piece. When first mentioned I
wasn't all that excited thinking it was
going to be a narrow version of the current
15. My error, it's not just another 15, it's
taller and holds more line than the standard
sized 15. Since these reels were first
introduced I'd been pining to have the 25N
and 40N made in silver...for myself. I
wasn't of a mind to spend an extra $100 or
more to have Penn custom anodized mine (when
that was an option - it is not now offered).
Well, Penn listened to me...(likely not) and
finally produced the reels in SILVER!!! My
gosh they look great, and they'll deal
better with long term use and abuse as a
These are among the
most robust, and surprisingly lightest, of all two speed casting reels
ever designed. And, they feel good, Penn took
the time to test them, develop them, and build
'em right. The reels are International through
and through, except these are better. They
cast. Of course you have a machined and
anodized aluminum body and sideplates, a
lightweight forged aluminum spool with line
capacity rings, Stainless Steel main and
pinion gears, 6 shielded stainless steel ball
bearings of very good quality and a QUIET
double dog anti-reverse system. That's a very
good thing. And, even better you get a sealed
Dura Drag system with Penn's excellent HT
material. These reels are also made in the
USA. The guys got 'em right, and while not an
inexpensive reel, once you pick one up you'll
understand that these are some very nice reels
that won't let you down in the middle of a
Pictured above, 40N in front, the new 60
Torque 40N in SILVER!
new model TRQ 15NLD2
new model TRQ
We have received Torque 25N, 30 and 40N in SILVER at present,
other models on order. Of course the same models are
available and in stock in gold, the new 60 size has arrived in
gold, waiting on the 15T.
New 2019 Product Introduction!
FREE SHIPPING THIS WEEK
2019 production has been completed! We've received a few each of all
models with the rest of our production arriving this week from our
builder. This year's production is our best yet, subtle and
stealthy in appearance with black wraps, very refined in the build,
and featuring a very useful range of blanks in both spinning and
conventional form. The wrap colors this time are black, blanks are
black for the conventional rods and a dark gunmetal gray for the two
spinning rods. The conventional rods are 7 feet in length, the
spinners are currently produced as 8 footers (so shipping carries a
greater expense, but casting distance benefits). I'm giving some
consideration to dropping the spinners down to 7'10" on the next
to help reduce shipping costs. But, for this introduction they
are 8 feet long.
All rods produced make use of ALPS components, braid-safe guides,
machined aluminum reel seats, and that stealthy black threadwork with a
very fine detail in silver... All rods, with the exception of the heaviest
model incorporate ALPS soft gimbal so they are comfortable to fish both
with and without a fighting belt. The heaviest conventional rod makes
use of a more traditional aluminum gimbal with bulb cap. The rods make
use of black ALPS XBXNL & XBHXNL series SS316HXN guides for long lasting
performance. The conventional rods make use of the RCJB84 series
RX6/E-Glass & Graphite blanks, which we have used in the past. This is a
true composite blank, more carbon towards the butt, transitioning to
E-Glass thru the tip. For the spinning rods, we elected to run the RCKJB
series blanks. Same construction materials, RX6/E-Glass & Graphite
blanks, transitioning from Carbon to E-Glass, combining light weight,
sensitivity and durability.
With the three conventional rods offered, a person could be very well
rigged for your typical 3-8 day trip. Add a spinning outfit for poppers
and you really have covered the bases. The only missing thing might be a
trolling outfit (which most boats now supply) or
perhaps a rail rod combo for the once (or more) in
a lifetime catch. The three conventional setups would cover me just
fine, and likely be
all you really
for 6 days and down, and for 90% of what you'd need on an 8 day'r.
At 10 days plus, well, you'll still fish 2 out of 3 of those rods, maybe
all three, but you'll likely need the big gun, too... What are other
adequate alternates for medium to long range fishing? Put the RainShadow
CharkBait built rods right in the middle, between Budget Conscious and
Best on the Boat.
1. Budget Conscious:
series - good to very good rods, plus shipping -
$30 or more
2. Good Enough:
- better actions, good build, very good components, far
better actions than #1, equal or better build quality. I'd put
production in the same category/class. They'll get their jobs done
well, not perfection, but very capable. - shipping included
3. Best on the Boat:
there is a cost... from ~ $300-500, very good to
excellent, plus shipping $30 or more
Side note, we've seen another "dealer" representing
rods as Made in America, using RainShadow's blanks. They don't
list the blank model, trying to confuse folks. We are very clear,
these feature imported rod blanks, a very good ones. We don't hide
the manufacturer's name or model number, we don't misrepresent the
origin of the product. We do bring you a very good quality build and
excellent quality rod blank and components, at a very aggressive price.
We first began custom building of RainShadow blanks a few years ago,
given Calstar not producing and feedback from the custom rod building
community boasting of the blanks performance. RainShadow has a wide
range of blanks, for every application, and they created some blanks
which were very similar to Calstar's product (the 7 footers offered
below) both in terms of construction technique and actions. We could
bypass the factory bottleneck by going towards RainShadow as custom
produced rods, that's something we did with United Composites prior to
Randy Penny heading up the firm. Response to our early RainShadow
production by anglers was favorable, and the pricing was a bit under
Calstar for a better quality build. The rods fit into our mix nicely,
but cost was still a factor - too close to a true USA produced rod like
United Composites. So, for 2019 we worked with a different firm
for our build, increased our quantity to be built and we achieved a
sharper price. The results are as you see, stealthy cosmetics, improved
build, sharper pricing, and we're INCLUDING SHIPPING!
Recommended Line Test
(boldface represents an aggressive
angler's application test)
Manufacturer Blank Rating
Suggested Drag Load
Jigging Blank rated 250gm
Jigging Blank rated 325gm
The Recommended Line Test numbers above in boldface
represent the line test we suggest running for
rods, the line test and drag level an experienced hard pulling
angler would likely use them. Your application, style of fishing,
strength and condition will influence your use as should the
suggested drag load numbers. The drag load numbers really are key,
that will determine the bend under load for which the rod was
intended - and at what level the rod is
working with you in fighting a fish
rather than against your efforts.
Warranty: we check each blank and each finished rod
to ensure they are 100%. There are no manufacturing
in the finished rods, we say that with certainty. The rod you
receive will be well made using quality materials, built properly.
We are offering these rods at a considerable savings given our large
production, economies of scale come into play to provide a true
value. We are not padding the price in order to handle
replacements for those who misuse their rods or who damage
them by way of vicious car doors... Warranty is not liberal in
application on custom rods, should you break your rod, there will be
a cost for replacement. Yes, if
there's delamination (which there won't be) warranty would replace
the entire rod. Inspection will quickly determine such an issue, but do not
count on a replacement should you, for example, decide to use the
heavy rod in your boat's rod holder and then motor up a goliath
grouper. That kind of break is easy to confirm upon inspection. That's abuse by any measure, and we have known a few
over the years who have tried to warranty replace another
manufacturer's rods under just such a situation. If we were to cover
such abuse we would have to factor that into the final pricing.
Quite honestly, then the pricing would take abuse into account and
that would result in a higher price to everyone. We're not playing
that game. You will receive a rod that is 100%, both in terms
of the components, blank and build. These RainShadow blanks are
strong and reliable, they will put up with a lot, anything a
fish can dish out. But, like all rods, do not high-stick your rod
(don't put a vertical load on any rod, keep a bend on her) and
she'll last a lifetime. If you do break your rod, the warranty will
cover replacement of a factory defect, but it's truly doubtful that
to find, but well worth the effort. Catchy's Spinner Jets have
been one of our favorite lures for a long time. Very effective
for tuna, dorado, sailfish, wahoo, pretty much anything that
swims and looks for a meal towards the surface.
Catchy Spinner Jets and Bombs feature an inline spinner, on ball bearings front and
rear. The lures are well put together, call it overkill. They are made of a chrome
plated brass, stainless balls for the bearings. They are available in several weight and
great if you're trying to take advantage of faster trolling, or working
a bit more of the water column. Maintenance is easy, just flush
and go. The lures also have some excellent skirts to complete the
product, and they're the right patterns too. Additionally, with the commotion these things create,
they'll also attract attention to other lures in your spread or use as a teaser to attract
a marlin to a drop back bait. At this point, the lure's a proven commodity.
They work. If you'd like to see 'em spin please click
The lures come to you rigged, with Seaguar
Fluorocarbon leader of 150# and double tuna hooks. For early
season the small SJ1's are often favored, and for those with
albacore in their area that's a size I'd want in the spread,
possibly in addition of the larger sized lures. The bubble trail
created really seems to help a tuna target the lure, they get
noticed and they get bit.
at ICAST in 2018 I came across something new to
me, which really is the only reason I attend the
show - searching out interesting new items from
folks I've never come across. Well, I'm
sure glad I found this one. I was mesmerized
looking at the way the squid undulated in the
water and those wings...my gosh I'd jump on this
calamari in a heartbeat.
Okay, back to the lures, these things are
dandy and well priced with lots of rigging
options you can plan. They are a solid bodied
lure with great big 3D squid eyes, contracting
fluttering tentacles, squid scented and with
color patterns that will grab attention from any
non-vegetarian gamefish. You have to see
the way these things swim and drop, simply
amazing action. You can rig these on a
standard ball style leadhead, mojo head, even go
weedless with a larger Eagle Claw underweight
swimbait head. The lures are available in 5.9
inch length, three bodies per pack at a very
economical $11.99 per pack.
In the videos below you can get an idea of
just how attractive these lures are in action.
Many ways to rig them. In the image below
we show three ways you may try, but don't let us
limit you. In my hand you can see an Eagle Claw
Trokar Swimbait 1/4 oz hook rigged weedless,
there's one with a 3/4 oz Strikemaster mojo
leadhead and one on a 7/0 long shanked Aki hook
from Owner. All three can be effective ways to
present the lures. With the Aki hook I'd
go Carolina rig with an egg sinker up the line a
couple feet. You've got to see 'em to
understand why they are so darn appealing.
right is a new hook rig from Chasebaits, there are two sizes
offered. By no means are these required for use of the squid lures,
far from it. But, they are a very interesting alternative to use of
a jighead, Carolina rigged or other means of attaching a hook to
these wonderful lures.
he "SquidRig" is available in two weights, 1
1/2 and 3/4 ounce weights made to fit the larger 7.8" squid lures.
note, I'm pulling some video from
YouTube, that will likely knock out the https
(security) for this page only. However
when you select items and then go to
your shopping cart the SSL will be back
up. It's a new security provision
for Google, which might normally get me
to delete the videos below, but really
they need to be seen in order to
appreciate these new lures.
There's another very useful video posted by
an Australian, John Costello via MyLureBox. Very
worthwhile link with rigging ideas:
Lures are custom made, featuring excellent Japanese skirts, hand
made quality, one at a time. We encouraged the
manufacturer to come up with an effective squid pattern and they
did just that a few years back. Petrolero has been a Baja
focused color pattern for many years, it's a bread-and-butter
color for those heading south. Bahama Lure's version is
excellent, and it's well proven as a fish catcher.
We asked for the pattern in two specific
styles, three models, the Phoebe and Calisto bullets.
Perfect for so many of us who travel to Baja. Squid is a
very popular forage for pelagics, especially down south.
Feed the fish what they want! Calamari isn't just for table,
it's a tasty bait that fish can't resist.
We're offering a very popular swimmer and two straight
runners. Run one or run 'em all, I think you'll be
impressed with the results.
If there are squid in the waters you fish,
it makes a lot of sense to include this pattern to your mix
of lures. Very nicely made lures, excellent execuition, the
results will speak for themselves.
of the most enjoyable aspects to running this business is working with new
manufacturers on the way up. Duran Fishing Products is a great
example, a small machining company with some very good creative
ideas. The DFP Standard Clamp is their first product, and they
have another one coming soon. For those of us who have bought
or wanted to buy one of the newer low profile baitcasters, like
Okuma's Komodo, Daiwa Lexa, or some other nameless bike
manufacturers large baitcasters, the reel's design leaves out
something that most of us want to have - a reel clamp. It's a
profound positive, a requirement, when we fish heavier line tests,
and these new designed baitcasters with series drag capability are
made to fish heavy. They beg for a clamp, but it's not available
from the reel's manufacture.
As the line test increases, a clamp becomes more necessary. Many of
us have seen what happens when a reel flies off a reel seat and
breaks rod guides on it's way to the deep...
A reel clamp is
mandatory, not optional, should you wish to put one of these reels
on a deckhand style rod.
Every manufacturer missed this key angler need, but
there were a few firms that ran with the ball, at lest for a while.
Daiwa had a $55 clamp assembly, but they discontinued it. Tiburon
has one, but it's only good on one model of a particular manufacturers
reel - isn't universal and won't work on lefty reels. This is
something different. The Duran clamp is made to fit well over 40
In the past there have been several manufacturers
who have come to market wih a clamp assembly for use with these new
reels, but they've not been compatible across the different reels.
What worked for a Lexa would not work on a a Tranx or Komodo. And,
to further complicate things, what worked on a right hand retrieve
reel would NOT work on a lefty. Ed Duran, the fellow behind these
products, solved all those issues. As you can see from the image
below, we set up a Lexa 400 lefty with the clamp, works just fine as
does the right hand retrieve version.
This patent pending clamp
is the most versatile clamping system on the
market. It will fit OVER 40 different reels! All
components of the DFP Clamp are precision CNC
machined out of aircraft grade billet 6061
aluminum, making the single frame design strong
and sturdy. All components contain 3D machined
surfaces that allow for more contact with the
reel foot and rod, providing stronger clamping
force. The anodized finish provides resitance to
wear and the harsh effects of saltwater, and
they look great, too. Even with reels that offer
a clamp, you may find yourself running this
clamp assembly instead given the way it holds
your reel onto the rod. In terms of
compatibility, this new design clamp will fit
shimano Tranx 400/500, Daiwa Lexa 400, Okuma
Komodo 400 series, Torium 14-40, Penn Fathoms,
Avet LX/JX/HX, Daiwa Saltist and Saltiga...and
The DFP Standard
will fit the vast majority of rods on the market, however if you
have an old-school FAT rod, say a Seeker 6480 or an Ulua, you'l need
a larger sized clamp. There are now two large sized clamps, with the
large/medium size for most of the fat fiberglass 8 footers and some
9's. And, there's an even wider extra large clamp for those really
large 10 footers. That's a very limited application piece,
but if your rod has a really big diameter you'd need it, otherwise don't go that direction
because it's compatibility is more limited. We've been looking long and hard for something like
this with more compatibility between manufacturers, and we're glad
to say we found it in Ed Duran's new DFP Clamp.
Standard: Min Rod Diameter .875 (7/8) 22.5MM Max Rod Diameter 1.125
(1 1/8) 28.5MM
LARGE/Medium: Min Rod Diameter 1.125 (1 1/8) 28.5 MM Max Rod
Diameter 1.250 (1 1/4) 31.75MM
Extra LARGE: Min Rod Diameter 1.250 (1 1/8) 31.75 MM Max Rod
Diameter 1.500 (1 1/2) 38MM
you're out fishing, have a couple rigs, one for bait and one for
tossing iron. You have 'em both rigged, a lure and a hook hanging
from their respective rods/reels. What do you do with the hooks
dangling from the lure, what about the bait hook rig - what do you
do with the hook? Well, some might gouge the hypolan from the
rod grip (though I'd never make that sacrifice) or some might just
one of the rod's guides as a hanging point. How about when you've
cut off the hook and just have dangling braid or mono? Tie onto a
guide? All these options can carry some risk and if you accidently
damage a rod guide it can be both expensive to repair or it may cost
you a fish...before you spend $30 or more fixing what you've done.
a simple solution, a pretty creative idea in my estimation.
a better way to secure your rigs, safer, more convenient, with no
downside risk. Grab a few of these simple lure, hook and line
holders. The product is made from durable Delrin material, with a larger
space for inserting a hook and a round rubber grommet on the side for
holding line. There are two sizes, the small model is dandy for
your inshore and freshwater rigs with the rubber grommet handling up to
30# line. The large size will handle 80-100# mono, and of course the
hook keep will take larger hooks easily, 7/0-9/0.
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