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#1 
United Composites
NEW FACTORY PRODUCED RODS

2015 Introduction
#2  
Daiwa
Ballistic
Terrific Inshore Spinning Reels!
#3    
Release Reels SM
New SURF Casting Reels arriving!
 
 They're finally on the way!
#4  
Penn
NEW
US Senators
2015 Introduction

 
#5
Toro Tamer
NEW Hollow Braid Rigging Needle Sets

2015 Introduction
#6
YoZuri
3D Shrimps
Productive Inshore Lures!
#7
ToroTamer
Bucktail Jigs

Cast & Retrieve for Success
#8
Wild River

Multi-Tackle Storage
ICAST Introductions Arrive
#9  
Savage
Shirmp
 
 Realistic Fish Catchers!
#10  
Toro Tamer & CharkBait
Hats!
 
 Functional Fashion?

02/22/2015

Welcome to our Weekly Specials. Many new items to bring to your attention this week, and we'll have more good news next week as the Longshoreman's strike was resolved and boats offshore get to deliver their goods. This week we have some nice new products to bring to your attention, like Daiwa's Ballistic Series spinning reels, which bring some of their newest technology down to affordable levels for inshore fishermen. The new SURF star drag conventional reel from Release is finally finished. Folks have been waiting on these new reels for a couple years time, since they were originally teased. Release moved and upgraded their factory, enhanced their SG and LG series reels during that time and now have finished production of the long awaited SM (SURF) reel. Those arrive this week, and we'll be shipping them immediately. Supply will be limited, so first ordered get the first reels, we'll only have about a half dozen to share from the first production. Rounding out the specials, Wild River's new tackle bags are in stock now, USA Senators are on tap and we have some dandy inshore lures for your attention, too. But, the biggest news by far is the formal introduction of United Composite's new factory produced rods. We've been hoping to see this happen for, well darn close to 15 years! The new owner of UC made it happen, less than a year after taking over the helm - and the results are excellent (as expected). You've got to put one of these rods in your hands to feel their weight, action, power. The rod making landscape has changed for the better, technology has indeed advanced, and options for fishermen improved dramatically. And, the last item offered on the Specials page is perhaps not as exciting to some, but to those of us who wear hats...better check out special #10.  Back to the dockworker's settlement, we've been waiting on the very successful and popular Slash jigs to come back into inventory since summer. They were sitting on a boat off our coast the past couple weeks. So, come back to this page again next week for more good news and wonderful fishing products.

Thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials!

Great Stuff,
Mark Smith


*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 $15 - 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. (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.)

FREE Fed Ex GROUND SHIPPING*
* for orders over $150 (Rods carry a surcharge of $15) 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.


Special #1

UNITED COMPOSITES USA
Factory Built UC RODS!
- New 2015 Models!
Proudly made in the USA!

All USA Graphite and Fiberglass - Top Materials, Top Personnel, Top Designs

This is BIG, a major change coming to the sportfishing scene. It's one of those times a fellow can really smile about a new product. I've been a fan of the old GUSA rod company, firmly believing that their founder had created the best designs in rods that we'd seen in over 50 years time. The firm went through changes, the fellow who ran the firm after the founder retired ran it into the ground and failed to stay true to the designs. Peter Williams, an Australian brought the company back, and back to it's roots - stayed true to the original designs and expanded models incorporating the unique Dual Helix technology for new applications. Peter and his son could not effectively manage the firm from 10,000 miles away, depending upon some Americans to share the same commitment to the product and it's future as he held. That did not prove possible, so he took his time selling the firm trying to find the right match. (Peter still wanted access to the blanks, that was a big part of his business back in Australia). When Seeker Rods was sold, with new ownership and changes... Seeker's old Production Manager Randy Penny moved on as did his very experienced team - He didn't just move on, he bought UC!

UC benefited from the change in ownership by having an owner/operator who lived rods for most of his adult (and adolescent) life. Randy, putting it simply, knows his craft and was the true driving force behind Seeker for the past 20 years. Now he finally has his own firm, and better yet for us fishermen, the best designs in the business. Bold statement there, but it's something easy to prove and demonstrate. For those close by to our shops, stop in and feel for yourself. For those further away, have some trust in my words, I'm quite happy to back 'em up with UC's quality of design and execution. USA produced rods have always been of a higher quality than those produced overseas. The issue has been cost, labor is higher here and high quality materials carry a cost, too. Some other USA firms have gone to foreign supplies (graphite and/or fiberglass), offering lower cost but also lower quality. Some have shifted to lower quality grades of materials from domestic sources. UC blanks use the best USA produced materials in building their blanks - nothing but USA produced materials. (There's Randy - pictured in the UC oven.)

That's the background, now here's the deal. UC is now making Factory Produced Rods! In the past we've taken their blanks and had them custom built for clients (and myself). With the factory now making rods turn around time improves, and since there's only one layer of markup pricing improves for anglers, too. The FIRST production of rods is the UC Elite Composite Series. These blanks feature DUAL HELIX CARBON FIBER plus E-GLASS composite construction. The proprietary Dual Helix construction prevents "ovaling" of the blank when under load. (Greater Hoop Strength) It makes the rod significantly stronger, and the way the 'glass is laid down improves the rod's lift. These are the lightest rods in the business, with weights as low as 12 ounces! Heck, there's a 50# stick that comes in at about 14 ounces!Their feel is simply amazing, and they have power! Without doubt, feeling these things is believing, fishing these things is a revelation and potentially expensive since you'll probably end up looking to replace your whole collection. Nothing short of amazing.

We are receiving models as they come off the line, we have about 30 rods in inventory now, with other models in production. The Elite Composite rods are the first in production, and we'll see other products coming along shortly once this one's finished. What's next? Well here's a bit of a tease... (Next up, the 711's - best swimbait and crankbait rods known to man).

For this production, the rods make use of very good quality braid safe ALPS stainless steel guides, lightweight EVA grips, and composite reel seat. The rods do not have gimbals, if desired we can have them installed for you at a cost of $10. Please note, we also have most of these models available custom produced by our friend Salty Dawg, cost is higher but there are some upgrades. We will post better pictures as time permits, working pretty fast getting these posted, just received rods Friday 2/20 at our Huntington Beach shop - we'll move some down to our San Diego shop Wednesday.


8, 9 and 10 foot rods are available Deckhand style or with reel seats. Pictured is the Deckhand style grip with Turk's Head.
Sorry, we don't list the 9 and 10 footers on this page since they really are prohibitively expensive to ship - store sales only - they are listed on the UC page.

You'll note, UC's prices are VERY aggressive. They have learned, come in low, get the products into fishermen's hands and then prices can advance as the products become more well known and consumer awareness increases. That's good marketing as has been demonstrated by Avet and Okuma in recent years.

Buy Description Line Lure Wt. Length Price
United Composite Elite RCE700 XL C 12-25 lb 1/2-1 1/2 oz 7 $259.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 L C 15-30 lb 1-2 7 $259.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 M C 20-40 lb 1-3 7 $259.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 H C 30-50 lb 1-5 7 $259.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 XH C 40-60 lb 3-6 7 $269.00
United Composite Elite RCE700 XXH C 50-80 lb 3-8 7 $269.00
United Composite Elite RCE800 XF C 15-25 lb 3-8 8 $269.00
United Composite Elite MAG C 20-30 lb 3-8 8 $269.00
United Composite Elite MEGA C 25-40 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite MONSTER C 30-50 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite WAHOO C 30-50 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
Corktape Deckhand Style Rods - without reel seat, corktape wraped handles
United Composite Elite RCE800 XF C 15-25 lb 3-8 8 $269.00
United Composite Elite MAG C 20-30 lb 3-8 8 $269.00
United Composite Elite MEGA C 25-40 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite MONSTER C 30-50 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite WAHOO C 30-50 lb 3-8 8 $279.00
United Composite Elite WAHOO C 30-50 lb 3-8 8 $279.00

 

FREE SHIPPING - No Rod Shipping Surcharge THIS WEEK, on UC
(We really do want to get these rods in fishermen's hands to start building a buzz about these fantastic new products!)


Special #2

Daiwa Ballistic EX
Mag Sealed Construction
New Introduction - FREE BRAID SPOOLING!

This 2014 ICAST introduction was quite interesting, but we were slow in bringing the reels  into inventory. The first generation (SH models) were good, but the new version is a much improved product line. Those were the models of interest at the show. Still we first wanted to hear from a few folks who have fished them. The spinning sector has plenty of competition, some very good reels have been introduced over the past couple years and frankly we felt we had all relevant bases covered. Well, I finally received enough feedback to feel secure that Daiwa had another winner on their hands, the new Ballistics are just that. The Ballistics are magsealed which enables the reel to fish salt and freshwater quite nicely, low to no issues with corrosion. It features a Zaion body and side cover which makes the reel lightweight and corrosion-proof. Add a sealed drag, Air Rotor and Digigear drive and you have an extremely durable and powerful reel capable of handling the abuses of long term saltwater use. You've got a strong ABS aluminum spool, machine cut aluminum handle, 10 bearings, two ball bearings supporting the spool to keep drag washers in perfect alignment.... All in all, these are terrific reels which bring down the costs of technology heretofore found only in their most expensive $700+ reels. Daiwa has created a winning formula, and as one of our clients stated, "bought one on a lark, now replacing my other spinning reels."

Note, this is a new product which replaced the previous generation Ballistic reels. Don't confuse these with the previous generation Ballistics.

Model
Number
Action
FW / SW
Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Wt.
(oz.)
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
Drag
Max
MAGSEALED SPINNING REELS
BLS-EX2000H
$199
ML / L 1CRBB, 8BB, 1RB 5.6:1 29.5" 7.9 MONO: 6/135, 8/110, 10/90 8.8
BLS-EX2500H
$199
M / ML 1CRBB, 8BB, 1RB 5.6:1 33.2" 8.6 MONO: 6/210, 8/170, 10/140 15.4
BLS-EX3000H
$199
M / ML 1CRBB, 8BB, 1RB 5.6:1 37.4" 10.4 MONO: 8/240, 10/200, 12/170 15.4
BLS-EX4000H
$209
XH / MH 1CRBB, 8BB, 1RB 5.6:1 39.9" 13.9 MONO: 10/300, 12/260, 14/210 17.6

 

Qty:   
 
FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling
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. 
FREE Toro Tamer Super Braid
Select Free Super Braid
- use of 8 and 16 strand carries an additional charge
Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Mono Test for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Rigging Style
Casting - mono on top, Bottom fishing Spectra top, select hollow rigging here if required.
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards BRAID supplied when option above selected, if more line is desired select below - we will bill for you additional amount you request.
(Price is per 100 yards, for 500 additional yards, select 5 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  16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 200 lb hollow - per 100 yards $28.00
per 100 yards

Release Reels
SM SURF
- New Model Introduction

SM Introduction

We will begin shipping the new SM Surf reels on Monday February 23. These new reels have been much anticipated and eagerly awaited. These new reels are, of course, USA manufactured. They feature star drag rather than lever drag. In small part they are based upon the SG (small game) reel from Release. They are made for long distance casting, 150-200 yard casts! The drag is made from carbon fiber, gears are stainless steel, and the ergonomics are right on target for comfortable fishing from this compact and powerful reel. We're posting the manufacturers image of the new reel, we won't have our own to shoot until Tuesday or Wednesday, and at that point we'll be shipping the new reels.

"The SM was designed from the ground up to be a performance distance casting reel, plus it also has all of the fish fighting elements we know how to make." said Wes Seigler, Release Reels' President and designer. "Ryan and I sat down together and we went through all of the major distance casting reels and took the best of every reel and incorporated them into the design. The big 'ah-ha moment' for me was when I figured out how to design the foot and side plates so that cross bars were no longer necessary." The SM features an innovative and completely open design which gives you unencumbered access to the spool.

The reels offer an innovative design which eliminates the need for cross bars. It's VERY open on top as the picture indicates.  It's low profile chassis makes the reel VERY comfortable to fish. The free floating spool produces optimum acceleration and minimal resistance. Like the SG, the capacity of the reel will allow for 300 yds of 20# mono, meaning when spooled with braid you have up to 400 yds capacity fishing 50# braid!  Weight is 23 ounces, and you have the free spinning benefit of ABEC 7 Boca Ceramic spool bearings. The main gear is massive, made from 316 stainless steel. Gear ratio is 6:1, so she's quick and the SM is designed to cast 3 to 16 ounces. There's also a fully adjustable magnetic cast control system. And, like all Release Reels, the new SM is backed by an unconditional LIFETIME WARRANTY.

FREE MONO SPOOLING, FREE SHIPPING!

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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


Special #4

Penn 113 USA Senator Series
Including the 113HN Baja Special, 113 Standard Width, and for our Ulua guys the 113 WIDE!
- New 2015 Models!
Proudly made in the USA!

Special: Free SUPER BRAID Spooling

300 Yards FREE BRAID

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

The Baja Special is a reel that we like a lot. There's a sad love story behind this reel, a lost love...and then a re-kindled affair. While we loved the piece on the West Coast, the rest of the country was slow to warm to the skinny 4/0. But once Penn announced that they'd not be producing the reel, well, it's desirability increased greatly. But, they were gone, long gone for over  a years time. Penn finally bowed to popular pressure and brought this darling back for one run, then another, and at ICAST in 2014 Penn announced, and proudly showed off, three new Senator 113 reels - ALL MADE HERE IN AMERICA JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL 113HN! Penn's making the 113N (Baja Special), 113 and 113 W (wide). All have their place in a guy's arsenal. All reels in this series offer a one piece aluminum frame, stainless steel main and pinion gear, live spindle with free floating spool for great casting, forged, machined and anodized aluminum spool, HT-100's offering carbon fiber stopping power, six shielded stainless steel ball bearings, line capacity rings like some of Penn's other newer reels... All offer 27 lbs of drag with a 4.3:1 gear ratio, 34 inches of line retrieve per crank. Bottom line, the Penn US Senators are the best Senators money can buy, and they are a value given their capability.

Mono Capacity: 300 yds of 40, 370 for the 113 and about 430 for the 113W. For Braid: 600 of 65, 750 of 65 and 1000 of 65 on the W. (though most guys go 80 for the backing on these reels).

Last one first, for our Hawaii guys going after ULUA, in the past Newell had this one covered with 500 series. But, with Newells passing there was a huge gap for our Ulua specialists. Some moved to Avet's HX, but some really wanted to see a star drag as was preferred in past years. Well, Penn's 113W US Senator is now the reel of choice for this demanding application, that's my take. Traditional design, improved production, USA reliability all contribute to a wonderful series of reels that cover a lot of functionality for anglers, from casting iron, yoyo jigs, dropper loop fishing and more.

Now, for what we've come to love here locally and for our Baja bound anglers: The  Baja Special 113N. This is your basic, enhanced 113HN or Yellowtail Special. Narrow frame for casting ease, plenty of capacity, excellent drag capability and reliable performance on a star drag reel. While lever drags are great, a big benefit of a star drag is that you can hammer down on the drag and not crunch a spool bearing nor interfere with freespool performance. Simple design, reliable performance under the most demanding conditions, these are the things guys look for when traveling to Mexico to tangle with tough fish - plentiful tough fish. You can't afford to have your gear go down, give up after a couple hard fights and spoil your time on the water. Reliability is a must, and the 113's have earned high marks for robust construction, bullet proof design and consistent performance. In terms of value, the reels are long on that characteristic and the new cosmetic treatment really stands out, in my opinion. The images don't quite do 'em justice. Great performance, strength, reliability, high line capacity, versatility - these are the characteristics the new USA built Senators excel in delivering.

 

 

Special: Free Offer - SUPER BRAID Spooling

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Use the drop down menu to select the reel alone or take advantage of Spectra Spooling

Braid Manufacturer
Includes Toro Tamer @ n/c for 300 yds as option
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Mono Test for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Rigging Style
Casting - mono on top, Bottom fishing Spectra top

ADDITIONAL COST OPTIONS

300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied free
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 12 or 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $20.00
per 100 yards
- Keep 'em covered with a reel skin...when not in use, good for the line, and the reel's finish.
BUY Description Price
Penn Neoprene Reel Cover $7.99

FREE SHIPPING - FREE High Quality BRAID

Special #5

NEW TORO TAMER RIGGING NEEDLES
2015 New Product Introduction

New Rigging Kits
- CharkBait has been selling rigging needles kits since we started in 1997. First offering kits from Burns, later Smitty and Daho. Now Toro Tamer has entered the market with their own needles, and quite naturally they are here first. Toro Tamer is the only manufacturer of a full line of Spliceable Hollow Core braid in both 12 and 16 strand forms, the only producer of Spliceable braid as thin and light at 20 and 30 lb tests, and now the ONLY producer of braid that also makes a full line of rigging needles and related products. This four year old firm has made some solid growth in a very short period of time.

Toro Tamer has three kits available now, in a few months time we will also be stocking single needles for those anglers needing to replace a needle from their existing kits or for those with narrower needs.  The new kits will arrive in a nice durable tube, water tight of course. They are arriving this week, images will be posted upon arrival Tuesday and shipping will begin Wednesday of this week. Pricing is exceptional, and of course quality is on par with current state of the art. Compared to current products on the market you should find these a bit more durable, made from surgical grade stainless steel with polished points. This represents the first production and pricing is aggressive given we want to get these into the hands of folks so that they can let other's know of their quality and value.

One point to mention, these needles do not come with instructions for their use (as was the case with all other suppliers with the exception of Daho's excellent instruction manual which is included in each kit from that supplier). Rigging instructions will be provided via the Toro Tamer's internet website or through several YouTube videos from CharkBait and other channels. Of course for those close to our retail shops we can assist in person, as Blake has graciously done here for many years or over the phone for those too distant to make the drive. These are excellent quality needles, priced aggressively to help anglers reach the benefits of modern in-line rigging of leader to braid, for connecting solid to hollow or for adding braid in the event you've been cut off and need to add line. All these connections can be done with hollow braid and the right needle, and all are 100% secure.

 

Rigging Needles
Complementing their excellent hollow braided lines Toro Tamer also offers a range of tools and ancillary products necessary to maximize the hollow braid's unique benefits. For 2015 Toro Tamer introduced a new line of rigging needles of their own design. Currently we offer three kits as well as individual needle sales. We offer a 16, 9 and 7 needle kits. There are nine sizes of threading needle produced, 20/30/40/50/60/80/100/130/150 and 200#. We produce three sizes of latch needles and three sizes of loop needles. Our needle kits are offered in a light to medium pack, 20/30/40/50/ and 60# size threading needles, a small latch and small loop needle. The Medium/Heavy kit includes 80/100/130/150 and 200# threading needles, medium and large loop and latch needles. The complete kit includes all 16 needles and carries a suggested retail price of $120, the Medium/Heavy kit sell at $70 and the Light/Medium kit run $60. Toro Tamer brings the cost of inline rigging down to earth. And, with the ease of use of our braided lines, now all anglers can enjoy the benefits of knotless connections - true 100% connection strength with no knots, no casting interference as your line effortlessly flows through the rod's guides.

Image above shows our latch needle, we have made our latch to be a bit more secure opening and closing - requiring a bit more effort - to open. This improvement will reduce the tendency for the latch to open easily in use while inserting through braid, when making a loop for example. If the latch opens too easily then the needle can easily get stuck in the braid resulting in needle failure or much more time spent correcting the problem and starting all over again...if you can remove the needle from the braid. (This can prove difficult and require cutting line).


Light Line Needle Point
130# size Needle Point

Another Manufacturer's Point
 

The image to the left shows ToroTamer's improved needle point. the two images right are of other manufacturer's needle points. ToroTamer needles have a bit more pronounced point which makes it easier to begin insertion into hollow braid and the point is more highly polished so it slips through the line more easily and can deal with colored lines far more easily. The only drawback to this shape is that with some harder to work with lines such as a 12 strand there can be a modest increase in the needle slipping through the strands. This is a minimal risk, and easy to correct if encountered. The benefit of our design far outweighs any potential negative in our estimation.

Our needle's unique design was the result of much time spent using other manufacturers products over the years. There were a few things we felt that could be improved upon in the design of these essential accessories.

One consideration for those selecting threading needles, manufacturers of fluorocarbon and monofilament lines do not have a standard diameter for any given line test. So, in the case of threading needles, an 80 lb. needle may not accommodate all 80 lb. test lines, it might be too snug a fit for some lines and too large for others. There can be variance of diameter between manufacturers and even between batches of lines of the same test. It's best to own a few needles, since leader diameters are not consistent or standardized. Going back to that 80# leader, best to have 60/80 and 100# needles in your kit even if that's the only test you'll be working with. That's one reason why our kits are priced aggressively, we encourage folks to have several needles for use with their lines. Even if an angler only wishes to work with one particular test for inline rigging, it's best to have two or more threading needles just to accommodate different diameters of lines.

A second point to make for folks getting into inline rigging, making wind-ons or even assist hooks, while a loop needle can do many things but it's best used for simply opening up braid which may be hard to work with for a certain size leader or needle diameter. For most all needs, whether doing a splice, making a loop or connecting solid to hollow lines, the latch needle is the preferred tool. The only thing to remember about working with a latch needle is to only go in ONE direction. If you try to reverse or pull the needle backwards the latch will protrude through your braid and get stuck! Once stuck you will need to cut the braid and then extract the needle. If you try to force things you won't get far and you'll probably break your needle. The hook on the latch works just like the barb on a hook. So, keep moving the latch needle forward, never back up.

A last thought to mention, this is a new project for ToroTamer. The needles are quite good, but there is always room for improvement and always a chance of a manufacturing error. Trust that Toro stands behind their products with a 100% guarantee of replacement of any of their products against manufacturers defect. We believe these to be excellent needles based upon our testing. We've been working with them for several months time here at our shops, testing, evaluating, finding areas to improve upon the state of the art. We believe they are in line with other similar products on the market and in certain respects better regardless of price. In the price category, they certainly offer some significant savings and represent an excellent value. 

Model
(nominal line test -
manufacturers vary
in diameter)
Tube Length Inside Diameter
("/mm)
Outside Diameter
("/mm)
20# Threading 5.6" .017"/0.430mm .025"/.635mm
30# Threading 5.6" .020"/0.510mm .028"/.710mm
40# Threading 5.6" .023"/0.580mm .032"/.81mm
50# Threading 5.6" .026"/0.67mm .036"/.90mm
60# Threading 5.7" .032"/0.81mm .042"/1.06mm
80# Threading 5.8" .038"/0.96mm .049"/1.25mm
100# Threading 5.9" .042"/1.06mm .050"/1.27mm
130# Threading 6.0" .047"/1.19mm .058"/1.48mm
150# Threading 6.1 .053"/1.35mm .065"/1.65mm
200# Threading 6.2 .059"/1.50mm .072/1.83mm

 

Buy

Description Price

Threading, Loop and Latch needles.
Toro Tamer Rigging Needle Set -Complete Kit 16 Needles
20/30/40/50/60/80/100/130/150/200# threading needles, small, medium and large loop and extra small, medium and large latch needles

(Compare at $200)
$119.99
Toro Tamer Rigging Needle Set - Medium to Heavy 9 Needles
80/100/130/150/200# threading needles, medium and large loop and medium and large latch needles

(Compare at well over $100)
$69.99
Toro Tamer Rigging Needle Set - Light to Medium 7 Needles
20/30/40/50/60# size threading needles, extra small loop (only for opening up your line) and small latch needle
(Compare at over $100)
$59.99
Single needles will be offered by the Fred Hall Show - first week of March

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Special #6

Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Slow Sinking Shrimp

The newest shrimp lures from YoZuri are another interesting and innovative lure, sure to be favored by folks fishing the flats for redfish, and inshore or surf anglers for tarpon, bonefish and pretty much anything interested in eating these tasty crustaceans. The slow falling lure attains further depth given the diving bill, and it swims like a shrimp. There are two sizes, 2-3/4" and 3-1/2" weighing 1/4 and 7/16 oz respectively.

We've stocked up heavily on these productive lures, and there's a nice price discount given the volume purchase we made.

 

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Description Price Price
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 2 3/4 inch HCPU F987 $12.95 $9.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 3 1/2 inch HCPU F988 $13.95 $10.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 2 3/4 inch HP  F987 $12.95 $9.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 3 1/2 inch HP  F988 $13.95 $10.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 2 3/4 inch HPB  F987 $12.95 $9.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 3 1/2 inch HPB  F988 $13.95 $10.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 2 3/4 inch HRT  F987 $12.95 $9.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 3 1/2 inch HRT  F988 $13.95 $10.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 2 3/4 inch LSAC Pink F987 $12.95 $9.95
YoZuri 3D Shrimp 3 1/2 inch LSAC Pink F988 $13.95 $10.95

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Special #7

 Toro Tamer Bucktail Jigs

Bucktail jigs are workhorses, productive for a wide variety of fish, and successfully fished in a few different styles. They can be used cast and retrieve and vertically. They can be dragged along the bottom, they can be used with a slab from fresh cut bait, with a curly tail grub, bottom line they are flexible producers of gamefish. Over the past 15 years we've stocked some wonderful bucktails from several manufacturers, SPRO, P-Line and ProFishCO. Every one of them had some characteristics we liked, and some features we desired to see...but didn't. Sadly, two of those suppliers stopped production of their lures. So, ToroTamer came along and made their own, based on what we wanted to see.

At our shop in Huntington Beach we are fortunate to have a very talented private boater, Beta, who is one of the best white seabass fishermen I know. Several years ago he began using a jig (that I'll claim credit to introducing him to) a simple bucktail jig. Beta fished 'em with a fresh dead squid and found it was perfection, almost a do-nothing bait that was his most productive secrete weapon for WSB. There were two problems, the hook could be improved, and even more of a problem, the supplier for the jig went out of business. ToroTamer's design is not unique, far from it, it's simply a refinement of an already very good lure - and it's made with the right kind of skirting and right kind of hook. There are four color patterns available for the jigs, white, glow, red and white and blue and white. The lures all feature a fishskin with unique UV properties and glow. All lures are hand tied, and then reinforced so that they'll hold up well. For those of you who know the productivity of bucktail jigs and are familiar with their use, you'll find plenty of things to appreciate with these designs. To those new to fishing a bucktail, put some time in fishing them and you will discover a new go-to lure for sure.

Note, locally we have a bunch of tuna crabs swimming around. The fish are feeding on these critters and, as expected, matching the forage makes for very good fishing. If you are local, fishing SoCal, you'll do well tying on the red/white bucktail.

 

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Description Price
Toro Tamer Bucktail 1 1/2 oz Blue and White $3.99
Toro Tamer Bucktail 2 oz Blue and White $4.49
Toro Tamer Bucktail 3 oz Blue and White $4.99
Toro Tamer Bucktail 4 oz Blue and White $5.49
Toro Tamer Bucktail 1 1/2 oz White $3.99
Toro Tamer Bucktail 2 oz White $4.49
Toro Tamer Bucktail 3 oz White $4.99
Toro Tamer Bucktail 4 oz White $5.49
Toro Tamer Bucktail 1 1/2 oz Red and White $3.99
Toro Tamer Bucktail 2 oz Red and White $4.49
Toro Tamer Bucktail 3 oz Red and White $4.99
Toro Tamer Bucktail 4 oz Red and White $5.49
Toro Tamer Bucktail 1 1/2 oz GLOW $3.99
Toro Tamer Bucktail 2 oz GLOW $4.49
Toro Tamer Bucktail 3 oz GLOW $4.99
Toro Tamer Bucktail 4 oz GLOW $5.49

 

 Wild River
New Tackle Storage Bags

At ICAST 2014 OpenWater introduced a new series of tackle bags which are much more aggressively priced than their TackleTek products with many additional features which most anglers simply did not need (for the type of fishing most of us do out here). The new Multi-Tackle series bags are very well built, lack some of the trick features like lighting, charging or stereo systems, and hit very attractive price points - they are quite a value.

Wild River bags are produced by CLC, a very successful and well known supplier to the building/construction trade. They make great tool bags and gloves, as well as many other products, for construction workers. They are known for reliable performance, durability and have excellent support to their clients. Their owners also like to fish, and that motivated them to branch out into the fishing industry with innovative tackle storage products. Their first product introduction a couple years ago demonstrated that creative thinking, but the prices were high - had to be given all the features they built in. The new bags are simple, durable and aggressively priced pieces as you will note below...

The new bags feature improved zippers, most of the bags have extra bottom protection

Multi-Tackle Large Backpack

This excellent backpack features a lower tray compartment which accommodates up to four large 3600 size Plano (or similar) trays. There's a large upper storage area with removable divider which can convert the bag to a full size backpack for holding larger items. You also have a front pocked which folds down to provide a handy work surface. There are large adjustable padded shoulder straps with a sternum strap for all day comfort. The backpack can hold up to six 3600 size trays and four 3500 size trays.

Buy Description Price
Wild River Multi Large Backpack - no trays $99.99
Wild River Multi Large Backpack - with 4 3600 size trays trays $119.99


Multi-Tackle Small Backpack

The Wild River Multi-Tackle Small Backpack features a lower tray compartment for storage of up to four #3500 style trays. In addition, upper storage area with removable divider, converts backpack for storage of larger items. A front pocket that folds down to provide a handy work surface and large adjustable padded shoulder straps for all day comfort. This backpack holds up to four #3500 or two #3600 style trays with the divider down.

Buy Description Price
Wild River Multi Small Backpack - no trays $84.99
Wild River Multi Small Backpack - with 2 3600 size trays trays $94.99


Multi-Tackle Open Top

The Wild River Multi-Tackle Open Top Bag features a triple open compartment to hold up to five #3700 or ten #3600 style trays. Front and rear zipper pockets to hold a variety of tackle and accessories. Mesh pockets allow you to easily view contents. Adjustable shoulder strap and padded carrying handles.

Buy Description Price
Wild River Multi OpenTop- no trays $48.99
Wild River Multi OpenTop - with 2 3700 size trays trays $61.99

Multi-Tackle Closed Top

The Wild River Multi-Tackle closed top bag features a large capacity main compartment holds up to four #3700 style or eight #3600 style trays. Front and rear zipper pockets to hold a variety of tackle and accessories. Side pockets to hold additional baits and gear. Adjustable shoulder strap and padded carrying handles.

Buy Description Price
Wild River Multi Closed Top- no trays $48.99
Wild River Multi Closed Top - with 2 3700 size trays trays $61.99
Wild River Multi Closed Top - with 2 3600 size trays trays $61.99


Multi-Tackle Dual Compartment Medium Bag

The Wild River Multi-Tackle Dual Compartment Medium Bag features upper and lower zippered compartments for trays and gear. Zippered pocket to hold a variety of tackle and accessories. Mesh pocket allows you to easily view contents. Adjustable shoulder strap and padded carrying handle. This bag holds up to four #3600 style trays.

Buy Description Price
Wild River Multi Dual Compartment Medium Bag - no trays $34.99
Multi Dual Compartment Medium Bag - with 2 3600 size trays trays $44.99


Multi-Tackle Dual Compartment Small Bag

The Wild River Multi-Tackle Dual Compartment Small Bag features upper and lower zippered compartments for trays and gear. Mesh pocket allows you to easily view contents. Top web loops for organization and padded carrying handle. This bag holds up to four #3500 style trays

Buy Description Price
Wild River Multi Dual Compartment Small Bag - no trays $23.99
Wild River Multi Dual Compartment Small Bag - with 2 3500 size trays trays $33.99



 Special #9

Savage Shrimp
Inshore Lures

For folks fishing inshore these new shrimps will be a welcome new lure offering. I must say on the frontside, these may be a short supply item. We first saw these at ICAST 2013, received a few in August and finally received our full order. It took 'em a while, and I honestly don't know if the manufacturer will be able to stay on top of this one in terms of supply. But, we have a limited inventory now, and will do our best to stay on top of re-supply. Your patience may be required...

Okay, here's the run down. We are stocking three great color patterns of these very realistic lures. They are all made to be fished weedless, and come rigged with a weighted hook. They are so darn accurate in terms of coloring and design that they look like something that belongs on the bbq rather than at the end of your fishing line. They are multi jointed and have a unique paddle tail so there's great action upon the retrieve as you work the lure back to you from a cast. The lures were made from 3D scans of real shrimp, so they are more lifelike than anything that's been offered before. The lures are also durable, with a tail section that's incorporated nylon mesh to increase strength and minimize tearing from multiple bites. The paint detail is nothing short of incredible. Locally folks have already done well with 'em fishing for bass in the bays, and I can only imagine how our Texas clients will do when they go after redfish. These should be VERY productive!

Specifications:
Three sizes, 2.5, 4 and 5 inches in length, three patterns offered: Natural, Golden & Green

 

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Description Price
Savage Shrimp 2 1/2 inch Natural MS65 NRL $5.99
Savage Shrimp 4 inch Natural MS100 NRL $6.49
Savage Shrimp 5 inch Natural MS125 NRL $6.99
Savage Shrimp 2 1/2 inch Golden MS65 GD $5.99
Savage Shrimp 4 inch Golden MS 100 GD $6.49
Savage Shrimp 5 inch Golden MS125 GD $6.99
Savage Shrimp 2 1/2 inch Green MS65 BN $5.99
Savage Shrimp 4 inch Green MS100 BN $6.49
Savage Shrimp 5 inch Green MS125 BN $6.99

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 Special #10

Hats-R-Us

As I was told once, "When you've got something valuable, build a shed to protect it." That line was used to, shall we say, rationalize one's ever expanding belly, but it works just well for a dome-topper as it does ones beltline... Hat's are an important accessory for fishing, and for everyday use. That's particularly true when you have a head like mine that's been a bit challenged on top since, well, lets just say for a considerable portion of my adult life (thanks dad). For 2014 we've upgraded our offerings of hats based upon feedback. We have some dedicated fishing hats a bit further down this page, not the ones you'd probably wear for anything other than fishing. The hats shown here are appropriate for fishing, for daily wear, or for dressing up to take the little lady out for dinner.

The first group of CharkBait hats are made in the popular Flex Fit design. One size fits most folks. These are a high quality product, with stitched logo and our web address on the back of the hat. These are "high crown" styled caps. That means they don't fit tight on the top of your head.

For 2015 we broadened the selection to include another "style" which for an old fart such as myself is preferred. The High Crown hats are indeed more popularly stylish for many younger guys but I prefer a cap that fits closer to my noggin and is a bit lighter in weight with more ventilation. So, we expanded our offering to include several more hats of the low crown style.

Buy

Description Price
CharkBait Form Fit Hat - Black $17.99
CharkBait Form Fit Hat - Khaki $17.99
CharkBait Form Fit Hat - RED $17.99

The hats blow feature a "low crown" meaning they fit closer onto the top of your head. These also are not a Form Fit style hat, meaning they are adjustable on the back strap to fit a wide range of head sizes. The hats below also do not have the web address stitched on the back of the hat, and that brings down the cost a bit.

CharkBait Low Crown Hat RED $14.99
CharkBait Low Crown Hat White light material $14.99
CharkBait Low Crown Hat Black $14.99
CharkBait Low Crown Hat Light Gray $14.99
CharkBait Low Crown Hat DARK Navy Blue light material $14.99

 

Toro Tamer Hats

Toro Tamer hats are stylish dome-toppers. The Toro Tamer hats are a traditional high crown style, with a velcro tab in the back for sizing rather than a form fit type hat which typically squeezes my noggin to the point of cutting off circulation... These are not the form fit design, do not have the elastic type fit to the cap. More stitching on these hats and a tad more expensive to produce as a result, but that cost is absorbed...good advertising you know.

ToroTamer hats are made to fit most folks, certainly fit my dome just fine and those of the guys working here. The first group of hats are a  high quality product, with stitched logo and "The best braid made" writing on the back strap. These "high crown" styled hats, use a bit heavier material, and are a bit more dressy than your standard fishing hat. Yep, this is the hat to wear when you take your wife out to dinner. Below the first group of hats are a second grouping which feature a "low crown" style.

 

Buy

Description Price
ToroTamer Hat - Black $17.99
ToroTamer  Hat - Khaki $17.99
ToroTamer  Hat - White $17.99

Now, for a bit of a confession, I'm a hat ho...meaning that I'm almost always wearing a hat. The hats above are of great quality, perhaps too good a quality for my personal daily tastes. I've been wearing these hats now for about a year, and while they look great they are not what I prefer for a good general purpose fishing/everything hat. I like a lower crown hat that fits on my head with "no poofiness." So, this second hat grouping covers that style.

Buy

Description Price
ToroTamer Low Crown Hat DARK Navy Blue light material $14.99
ToroTamer Low Crown Hat White light material $14.99
ToroTamer Low Crown Hat Orange $14.99
ToroTamer Low Crown Hat Royal Blue $14.99
ToroTamer Low Crown Hat Light Blue $14.99



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