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Thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials! Leaving for a 6 day charter aboard
the Royal Polaris Saturday so we'll do the update a tad early. Should
be another great charter, we'll see how the hurricane down south
effects the conditions. One thing for sure, we're going to get another
nice push of warm water up here. So, for the local guys, expect
continued excellent fishing. I've said it a lot, but we're seeing the
best local tuna fishing we've had for at least the last 30 years.
Great volume and quality of fish. Hard to say where we'll head on the
trip. Usually it's south into Mexican waters, and the bite down at
Alijos Rocks turned on with great catches of wahoo and tuna, or Cedros
Island for yellowtail. On the RR trip a couple weeks ago we spent the
whole time in USA waters, great fishing and kept us out of the worst
of the last hurricane. This time, well I'd love to go south for some
different scenery, but then again no complaints about fishing local
for the bluefin and yellowfin - and there's still a shot at
wahoo...yep, they're up here, too.
So, to go along with the bite
we're posting some sure bet winner lures for those heading out for
tuna, both yellowfin and bluefin. We've received a few interesting new
products over the past couple weeks. On the large game side of things
Okuma now has a 130 in their Makaira line, pretty darn impressive
beast, we have them in stock at our Huntington Beach shop. They also produced a FEW 50 narrows in last year's limited
edition color of silver/black - beautiful! So, guys that grabbed some of last
years limited production reels can finish off their series.We finally
brought in VMC's In-Line hooks, a wonderful new hook which a lot of
folks have wanted to see - great for replacing the trebles on your
poppers, Rapala and Halco lures. If we see some other new
arrivals I'll post 'em here prior to taking off again for another
charter. Of course
the biggest new release we received is Okuma's Metaloid Series reels -
incredible values, wonderful pieces. This series of reels is very much
under priced for what's being offered. Expect to see a price increase
down the road, expect it. I'm thinking they'll do the same thing on
the Metaloids as they did with the Makaira series, offer 'em at a low
initial price to get 'em out on the boats, then increase the retail
once they've proven their point. Okuma is positioning themselves for
dominance in the sportfishing market. Their gear is excellent, prices
are aggressive, customer service well above their competition. They
listen, and they keep coming out with what we've wanted to see built.
Great Stuff, Mark Smith
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New ICAST INTRODUCTION - Here's one we were very excited about,
actually a few more than one. In the Metaloid Series there will be
three sizes, 5 narrow, 5 and 12. We have received a limited number of
the 5N and 5 sized reels
both single speed and two speed forms. The new series offers a rigid 1
piece frame and left sideplate, 6061 T6 Machined aluminum frame and
sideplates. The reels are cold forged (not machined - same process as
the infamous bike makers $500 models...), type 2 anodized. The spools
are made from machined aluminum. They feature a corrosion resistant
coating process as well as the anodizing for dealing with saltwater
corrosion issues. All reels in the series offer 4 ball bearings and
best of all they offer 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gears!.
The drag system benefits from Cal's drag grease and Carbonite drag
washer. All models offer a clicker, and the freespool performance is
simply amazing. The price is very aggressive, definitely puts all
other manufacturers on notice. There's even more to talk about,
handle, arm construction... Bottom line, these are some excellent
reels and their price point, their value, construction (my gosh
helical gears!) simply sets new standards for the fishing reel market.
I've owned an Andros for several years, these new reels do what my
Andros does. Same size, very similar performance and about 1/2 the
price I paid. Add to all this great stuff one more thing that beats
all other manufacturers: THREE YEAR WARRANTY - FROM A REAL COMPANY
THAT STANDS BEHIND IT'S PRODUCTS.
Several years ago we introduced our clients to the Makaira series of
reels. We were the first one's to discover just how good they were and
we took the time to try to educate folks, to erase old prejudices and
give 'em a try. We were proved very right. We also explained to folks
that Okuma is the sleeping giant in reel production, and to expect
great things from them. They have proven their point, and now they are
entering a new level of dominance with this series of popularly priced
reels. No reel manufacturer is anywhere near this aggressive in terms
of value and performance, and three year warranty included...simply
Okuma Makaira SEA
Reels -New Limited
Edition SEA Reels HERE NOW!
Free Braid spooling
or Premium Pliers!
Your Pick: SUPER BRAID - INCLUDING 16 STRAND
TORO TAMER SPLICEABLE HOLLOWCORE,
or CharkBait Premium Quality Multi-Function
Pliers $60-80 Value
choose either FREE offer. Receive either the
Premium PLIERS as pictured, Multi-Tool with
Split Ring tool and crimping PLIERS or
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
They aren't for everyone, but for those who appreciate the
enhancements and have the highest demands, they are reels to die for.
Okuma's Makaira Special Edition Long Range reels take things to
another level in
of specific changes that some in the long range community have
requested. Before getting into that, let me state clearly, the
standard gold series of Makaira reels are absolutely state of the art, and
for most of us, myself included, there is little reason to head in the
SE direction. The SEA models offer some enhancements, and are really
designed for the long range guys. The changes you'll see in the SE series reels appeal
most to fishermen who are uncompromising in terms of
their demands upon gear, guys who regularly head out to tangle with
cow size tuna on the long range boats or aboard a sportfisher off
Puerto Vallarta, those that will benefit most will be our most
dedicated long range
enthusiasts. Those that will benefit least will probably be private
boaters, guys who tend to put on heavy miles on their gear and don't
take the time to maintain 'em regularly. In a lot of ways the SE reels
are custom shop offerings, based upon feedback from some of the most
experienced anglers, guys who jumped on the Makairas early and fished
'em hard on the long range boats in 2010/11. To those, Okuma listened
and responded, showing their sincere interest in building the best
gear possible. The pricing of the SE series reels is a tad higher than
the original Makaira reels, reflecting the change in handle and
bearings used on these pieces. If you are seeking the best freespool
performance, flylining live bait to large grade tuna, this series of
reels will put a smile on your face and very likely result in a
personal best on the boat.
now for what's different on the Special Edition reels, the SE Series
reels feature: - Open Spool Bearings with TSI-301 oil. This increases freespool 2
to 2 1/2 times!
- All non-spool bearings feature FULL grease pack for maximum
- Special Edition Gun Smoke and Black anodizing.
- SE reels have a yellowfin tuna etched into the side plate to further
distinguish them from the Golds.
- Frames have been machined out for increased clearance between the
spool and cross bars.
- Larger Handles, MK-8/10/15 reels will feature MK-20 size handle
knobs for greater leverage.
- Larger Handles, MK 20/30 reels use the 50 size arm and knobs.
- New LOWER GEARING on the 20/30 size - 1.3:1!!!
And, for folks who own current Gold series reels you have not been
forgotten. If you'd like any of the modifications mentioned above, the
folks at Okuma will update your reel for $29-59 depending upon what
you'd like done.
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"
4.3:1 & 1.3:1
3.8:1 & 1.3:1
39.4" & 17.5"
3.8:1 & 1.3:1
39.4" & 17.5"
3.2:1 & 1.3:1
37.8" & 15.3"
New 2015 Limited Edition
Makaira SEA - Model 10 pictured left. Models 10, 15,
16, 20, 30, & 50 only.
We also have a
couple 2014 Limited Edition 16's in inventory.
ONLY. We also received the 50 size last week.
the best two speed casting reels on the market today!
Your Pick: SPECTRA/BRAID - INCLUDING 16 STRAND
TORO TAMER SPLICEABLE HOLLOW CORE,
or CharkBait Premium Quality Multi-Function
choose either FREE offer and we'll adjust your billing on
your final invoice which you'll see in your mailbox within
24 hours of your order (Monday through Friday). Receive
either the POWER PLIERS as pictured or superior
quality Super Braid
(gel spun polyethelyne line)
(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
been waiting for these a long, long time.
Penn's been out of the game, but they are back
in a big way with their new reels. The Fathoms
and Squalls have been wonderful, and the new
Torques have been excellent, but we've lacked
the 2 speed option. Heck, Penn pretty much
invented 2 speed reels, so why didn't they
come to the party... Well, what's done is done
and darn it, these were worth waiting for.
These are among the
most robust of all two speed casting reels
ever designed and surprisingly, they are
probably the lightest as well. 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
The VM Series reel are new models from Van
Staal, at an 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. The VM series reels
bring the quality of Van Staal to a wider
audience of anglers while retaining the
performance expected from this prestigious
manufacturer of specialized spinning reels.
There are no reels on the market which offer
this level of performance for anywhere near
their price points - no manufacturer matches
what these reels can achieve. If you are a
long range angler looking for the perfect
popper reel, the new VM275 will be a great
choice for you!
While the new VM 150
represents a bit of a change from the old Van
Staals, it's very likely this will be the wave
of the future, reels with wider appeal given
the flexibility of the reel. There's a
smoothness to the reel that's going to be more
familiar to folks used to the Japanese
spinning reels. 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 150 opens up the benefits
of owning a Van Staal to more fishermen, and
that's a very good thing.
a wonderful new product that we've been wanting to see, an
in-line hook for use
in replacing hooks on lures, for instance
poppers, Halco &, Rapala lures... A standard style hook puts
the ring in the opposite direction of the hook point, great for
fishing bait, but for re-rigging a lure it points the hook out
in the wrong direction. The new VMC In-Line hooks put the ring
where it needs to be so when you re-rig on the split ring the
hooks orientation is appropriate for the lure, allowing better
tracking. These hooks range in size from
1/0 up to 7/0 sizes and will cover most lures you'll want to
enhance. In the past we've used some open eye Mustads for
replacement or gone with a ringed hook attached to a split ring
to keep the hook orientation correct. Now there's an option that
provides a wide game extra strong forged hook which will prove
simpler and probably stronger than what we've had to work with
in the past. (Pictured left, CB 200mm popper with 7/0 VMC
upgrade, Halco 130 Max with 5/0 front and 6/0 trailing hook).
The new version of our
popular Wounded Swimmer is into it's second generation. This
lure was based upon an old SPRO design which was discontinued a
few years back. Then, it was a general purpose
mostly popular in the smaller sizes. But, upon it being
discontinued we made a large purchase and one of our clients
discovered it's strength as a wahoo lure. Based upon his
experience (goes by the nickname Planet, a PhD-type
teaching and researching at a CA university between fishing
trips), we brought the piece back as a CharkBait lure a
couple years ago in two large sizes and it did very, very well
for wahoo, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail (among other species).
It did extraordinarily well for the "skins."
In this update
we've continued with the improvements made before, and added
something for the guys targeting larger, harder pulling fish
like tuna and wahoo. Now the lures have a ball bearing swivel as
the attachment point for the hook, and we've added an oversized
welded ring at the nose instead of the split ring for even
better action from the lure. Both improvements will provide
anglers with a better performance, and our thru wire
construction and less brittle body (than the old SPRO) means the
lure can survive longer in the real world encounters with a hard gelcoat on a boat without catastrophic cracking. It can happen,
but it takes far more punishment than the old SPRO did, and
we've made it a better lure for catching wahoo and tuna.
we made a better mousetrap - make that fish trap. We have
made the lures five productive colors, two sizes, 150 and 100
gram weights, 6 1/4 & 5 1/2 inches respectively.
They have a
very nice curve which provides some added action on the
retrieve, and upon the drop mimics a stunned bait as it drops in
a flutter. The lures are exceptional, and all the colors are
excellent in attracting attention from the targeted species. The
big eyes also add to their realistic appearance and attention
getting, fish attracting performance. These are some of the best
wahoo and tuna lures you'll find. They can be fished on the
slide as well as cast and retrieve mode. The price went up a tad
from the earlier production, but the value is in the upgrade
lures without a doubt. Both the new hook, welded ring and swivel
will make these lures even better than their predecessor, and
those were darn good lures with lots of fish to their credit.
Tamer Subsurface Swimmer: You may be aware of a similar lure that's been on the
Japanese market and gained some following in this country (shibuki).
That piece proved effective as a casting lure and as a
trolled lure, and cost a good $50 unrigged! Pricing was a
function of a few things, among them a good old boy network
created by the Japanese firm selling them. They didn't take
much of an interest in anyone but a chosen few selling them
on this side of the pond. That's a restraint of competition
in my humble opinion, and helps explain the high price of
the lure. As you can see, we have a broader selection of colors
available, similar design, quality built to withstand
punishment from the toughest fish. The weight and length is the same as the
more expensive Japanese import. We are making these
wonderful lures available both rigged and unrigged. The
first ones available are the unrigged lures. Our rigged
lures will feature quality treble hooks of
appropriate strength. The unrigged lures have been used by
guys with both trebles and single hooks.
The lures are great
casters, with some heft to them and a unique internal
magnetic weight transfer system that aids in the cast
and provides a sonic attraction as well. They are
thru-wired for extra strength. The lures are 80 grams (~3
ounces) in weight and 20 cm long (7.9"). They will dive up
to 2 meters ~ 6 feet and are rated for a 50 kg (100#)
breaking strength. You'll note the quality of construction
upon inspection, and we encourage you to compare these lures
to any on the market.
These lures have taken
tuna, some big ones during our evaluation stage this past
season, as well as yellowtail and many other species of
fish. They will also surprise you with their ability to
troll effectively, partially as a result of the stabilizing
dorsal fin. While they were designed for big fish, they'll
prove very effective on smaller fish - with some of our
local guys using them to great effect on BIG calico bass.
The lures are very well overbuilt.
Unrigged lures ordered from this page will come with 3
300#+ test rings. Click on the image to examine more
Note the magnetic weight transfer system with rear pad
at the tail to prevent cracking of lure, and the
balancing weight rear.
Of course the lures are properly thru wired and can
well handle over 100# of stress, meaning there is NO
issue dealing with larger grade tuna and
appropriately HIGH drag settings.
makes great West Coast Iron, excellent action and finishes.
They have been a go-to for folks heading offshore for
yellowtail and tuna. (They've also had some supply problems
on certain sizes given demand outstripping supply this
season). Tady prepared some new models to take advantage of
the unprecedented tuna bite we've seen this year. First off,
they made their popular 45 in a HEAVY version with single
hooks. The larger profile has proven quite effective on the
local bluefin. They've also rigged up their slightly smaller
AA's with stainless steel single tuna hooks of high quality.
Lastly, you'll note two uniquely finished jigs with
holographic attention getting cosmetics. These new jigs are
available with treble hooks (preferred for yellowtail and
stripers) or with the super strong stainless tuna hooks.
This season we've seen the benefits of going deep for
bluefin, and iron like our own Slash and Wedge lures have
proven themselves quite well. Tady lures have also done
well, note I took a jackpot on the September RRIII charter
fishing an OLD discontinued Tady 9 (similar in size to the
This is a weight
rear shape providing a bit faster drop with a little
less flutter than our Knife. It has with excellent flash
on the drop and while jigged.
The shapes are
excellent, but so too are the colors. Useful ones that
cover the range you'll need for your fishing under
varying conditions and destinations.
Lures are available in 150 & 250 gram sizes
(5.3 oz, 8.8 oz). The lures are rigged with both
split rings and solid rings on the nose. All you need to
do is attach a good quality assist hook and you're set
for some great deep water action.
These lures have
proven their worth on tuna, yellowtail and amberjacks
and many other species of fish. They are a preferred
shape, drawing strikes when other types of jigs do not,
probably a result of their faceted design. If you are
heading out to chase some tuna, use these jigs for the
better grade fish that will be under the smaller
schoolie tuna. Let the other guys catch the small
tuna on bait, while you work the jig deep for a jackpot
- use the 250gm size for best success right now!
I'll also suggest rigging the lures with two assists,
one front and one on the rear to take advantate of the
way this lure drops - and that's probably where you'll
get hit - on the drop.
For those who follow
some of the boards, or even search some nameless auction
website, you might find these vaguely familiar, like a
7 Seas jig that has been sold for something like $30
or more. Please do compare what we are offering, and get
'em before their price gets bumped up. They are on an
introductory special! We're trying to get the word
out about what we're doing with our line of lures,
they are an exceptional value.
Assist Hooks Make
Your Own - Better, Cheaper, and Fun, too!
jigging has it's merits and assist hooks are a necessary part of the
equation. Make your own instead of buying 'em and save some
cash and end up with a better product, too. We'll show off a few great products for
that purpose this week. I've been making up my own assist hooks for
some time, thought others might want to give it a try as well. Darn
easy to do, and you can rig 'em up in 5 minutes time, with only a
needle, the right line and of course a hook. I loaded a couple videos
on our YouTube channel (CharkBait USA), one with more talk and a
shorty - linked above. You can dress the rigs up using
PLine's Small Hoochies or
WPT's skirting material quite nicely,
There's a long
version of this vid on our YouTube channel (CharkBait
USA), with a bit more discussion...mindless yacking
by me if you have extra time or need to see some
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