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Tanacom Electric Kite Kit
Free KITE!

Lexa HD


Makaira 15T
New for 2019
They're here and in depth...

Torque Leverdrag
2 Speeds

and more!

Custom Wrapped
Conventional &
Spinning Rods!

Spinner Jets

Success on the Troll!

New Larger Size IN STOCK

Australian Squid Imitation Lures
Bahama Lures

Calimari on the Troll...
Troll for Success!

DFP Clamp
for Lexa, Tranx, Komodo and more

NEW Product Intro + new size

Hook & Line Keeper
New Product

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... 

STORE CLOSING SALE at our San Diego shop

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 discounted more.
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,
no delayed gratification, stock on hand only during the sale.

  • July 17-20, 20% OFF everything in the shop, some items discounted much more...

  • July 24-27, 30% OFF everything remaining in inventory, some items up to 70%

    • FISH MOUNTS, DISPLAY CASES, LINE WINDERS will be sold the last week.

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! 

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 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. 

*Free Shipping for orders over $150 (one package, MOST rods will carry a surcharge of $20 or more) shipped within USA FedX or USPS - AK and HI via USPS included so long as your order can fit in a standard size flat rate box - otherwise there will be a charge).  Oversize items, like lobster nets, rods and International orders will carry a shipping charge which we will quote you prior to billing.  

* We like to include some videos and flash animated images on our site.  Chrome's browser now wants everything to be "secure" with an https prefix to our webpages. Going that route prevents the vids to be viewed.  If you drop the "s" from the http, you'll be able to see everything AND your security will not be adversely affected. When you order an item the site automatically goes secure. WARNING Cancer and Reproductive Harm –
- Applies to every item we sell in one way or another...

Special #1

Daiwa Tanacom

Talk 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.

Here's the deal:

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 graphite.


Model Bearings Ratio Line/Crank Weight-oz Max Drag #'s Capacity Mono #'s Capacity Spectra yds
Tanacom Deep Drop & Kite Reel
TB1000 4BB 2.3:1 16.5 52.3 48.0 40#/500 80/900

Daiwa Dendoh Tanacom Bull

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 market 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)

The ultimate kite reel quickly winds in the kite and stops by itself while you fight the fish. Plenty of power and capacity for deep drops.
Tanacom Bull™ TB 1000


Programmable jigging function
Brass and Aluminum Bronze gearing
Four ball bearings
Rod Clamp
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


Buy Description Price
Daiwa Tanacom 1000
(700 yds 80# Braid)
Daiwa Kite Free with Tanacom 1000
(Light wind kite, comes with spars and storage tube)
Daiwa Kite Rod $89.95

Of course spooling is available. Please call or email for assistance.

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Special #2

Daiwa LEXA HD!


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

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



Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
LEXA-HD300HS-P H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 7.1:1 32.4” 10.8 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 $249 $189
LEXA-HD300H-P H / MH 6CRBB, 1RB 6.3:1 28.8" 10.5 MONO: 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
BRAID: 40/240, 55/180
22 $249 $189
LEXA-HD400HS-P XH / H 6CRBB, 1RB 7.1:1 37.7” 17.2 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25 $299 SOLD
LEXA-HD400H-PWR-P XH / H 6CRBB, 1RB 5.1:1 27.1” 17.2 MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200
25 $299 $219
CRBB = Super Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearing, BB = Stainless Steel Ball Bearing, RB Roller Bearing, P = power handle

Available models listed below in the drop down ordering menu.


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. 
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.
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied with your selection above
- SELECT options above, and additional line below if required.
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


Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above


Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds Toro Tamer 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards $18.00
per 100 yards


Okuma Makaira 15T
New Model Introduction

Here's 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 right. Okuma is moving towards a more traditional gunmetal finish. Pictured is the 15T Makaira in silver and the new gunmetal finish.

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 indeed a
"tweener." Also note the change in finish, with the new gunmetal anodizing on the 15T pictured left.
The 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.


Model Bearings Spectra Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight Price
MK-8II SEa 4BB+1TB 380/50# 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 27-lbs 24-lbs 24 oz. $489.99
MK-10II SEa 4BB+1TB 460/50#
4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 26.1 oz. $489.99
MK-15II SEa 4BB+1TB 400/65#
4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 26.8 oz. $499.99
4BB+1TB ~600/60* 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 39" & 17.0" 40-lbs 31-lbs 29 oz. $549.99
MK-16II SEa 4BB+1TB 600/80#* 4.3:1 & 1.3:1 39.4" & 17.5" 44-lbs 32-lbs 40.3
MK-20II SEa 4BB+1TB 600/100# 3.8:1 & 1.3:1 39.2" & 17.3" 55-lbs 37-lbs 45.8 oz. $579.99
MK-30II SEa 4BB+1TB 600/130#* 3.8:1 & 1.3:1 39.4" & 17.5" 55-lbs 37-lbs 50 oz. $599.99
4BB+1TB 700/130#* 3.2:1 & 1.0:1 37.8" & 15.3" 85-lbs 60-lbs 61.4 oz. $649.99
MK-50WII SEa 4BB+1TB 840/130#* 3.2:1 & 1.0:1 37.8" & 11.3" 85-lbs 60-lbs 65 oz. $659.99
MK-80WII SEa 4BB+1TB 700/200#* 3.2:1 & 1.2:1 37.8" & 11.3" 100-lbs 70-lbs 116 oz. $899.99
MK-130WII SEa 6BB+1TB 1600/200#* 3.2:1 & 1.2:1 39.8" & 21.3" 105-lbs 75-lbs 165 oz. $1199.99

*When packed 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 typically rig.

Note, Okuma's 20 is a 30 narrow size, their 30W conforms to industry standards as a 30 wide.


Select Color Reels are available in Gunmetal or SILVER!
FREE Mono Spooling, Braid Optional at Reduced Cost
Select your spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.
Braid MFG
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
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


Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above


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


Special #4

Penn Torque

-New Models Added & Now Available in

16 Strand HOLLOW

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 are excellent.


For 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 consequence.

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 fight.


Pictured above, 40N in front, the new 60 behind. Torque 40N in SILVER!


TRQ 15LD2 355/12#, 305/15# 415/30#
2.8:1 6:1 30/14 20 $549
new model
380/12#, 325/15# 450/30#
2.8:1 6:1 30/14 20 $579
TRQ 25NLD2 305/20#
2.8:1 5.5:1 38/19 33 $579
2.8:1 5.5:1 38/19 33 $579
2.5:1 5.1:1 42/21 40 $599
new model
2.5:1 5.1:1 42/21 40 $599

I.P.T. = Inches-Per-Turn retrieve rate

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.

Select Color Reels are available in Gold or SILVER!

Free SUPER BRAID Spooling & Optional Spooling

FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling
 or POWER PLIERS (up to $80 Comparable Value)

Select your FREEBIE below and if required the 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 Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling
Select your FREEBIE below and if required the 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 Solid or 16 Strand Hollow Core
Select  Free Super Braid 300 yds.
Braid Test
Braid TYPE
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid OR HOLLOW
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or 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
Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above


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 Spliceable HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $20.00
per 100 yards

View Your Shopping Cart

& FREE High Quality Braid!


Made in America, and very proud of it!

Special #5

RainShadow Custom Rods
New 2019 Product Introduction!

Our 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 production 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 need 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: $200 Okuma's PCH Series, Daiwa Proteus series  - good to very good rods, plus shipping - $30 or more

2. Good Enough:  - $220-300 CB RainShadow - better actions, good build, very good components, far better actions than #1, equal or better build quality. I'd put Calstar and old Seeker 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: $300-500+ United Composites, 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!

Model Recommended Line Test
(boldface represents an aggressive
angler's application test)
Manufacturer Blank Rating Suggested Drag Load Length Action Price
30-40# 30-60 8-10 lbs 7' Moderate/Fast $219
40-50# 40-80# 12-15 lbs 7' Moderate/Fast $229
60-80# 50-100# 20-25 lbs 7' Moderate/Fast $249
30-40# Jigging Blank rated 250gm
- 30-50#
8-10 lbs 8' Moderate $299
50-60# Jigging Blank rated 325gm
12-17 lbs 8' Moderate $299

The Recommended Line Test numbers above in boldface represent the line test we suggest running for these 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 defects 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 will occur.


Buy Description Price
CB RAINSHADOW RCJB84H - 30# $219.99
CB RAINSHADOW RCJB84XH - 40# $229.99
CB RAINSHADOW RCJB800-250 - 30# spinning $299.99
CB RAINSHADOW RCJB800-325 - 50# spinning $299.99

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Special #6

Catchy Spinner Jets
Trolling for Tuna!

catchy4.jpg (367072 bytes)Hard 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. 

The 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 size configurations.  cathead.jpg (7678 bytes)That's 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 HERE.

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.



Yellowfin - Yellow/Red/Black
SJ1- 1.25oz @$22.99 -5"
SJ4- 4.5oz @$24.99 -7"

Mackerel - Blue/Silver
SJ1- 1.25oz @$22.99 -5"
SJ4- 4.5oz @$24.99 -7"

Dorado - Green/Chartreuse
SJ1- 1.25oz @$22.99 -5"
SJ4- 4.5oz @$24.99 -7"

Pink & White
SJ1- 1.25oz @$19.99 -5"
SJ4- 4.5oz @$24.99 -7"

Rainbow Runner - Chartreuse/Yellow/Orange
SJ1- 1.25oz @$19.99 -5"
SJ4- 4.5oz @$24.99 -7"

Sablefish - Purple/Black
SJ1- 1.25oz @$19.99 -5"
SJ4- 4.5oz @$24.99 -7"

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Special #7


From Australia - 2018 ICAST Introduction
The Ultimate Squid

While 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 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.

Pictured 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.

The "SquidRig" is available in two weights, 1 1/2 and 3/4 ounce weights made to fit the larger 7.8" squid lures.

Please 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:



Description Price
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Glow Ink
SQ150-01 3/pack
NEW CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Glow Ink
SQ 200-01 2/pack
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Nitro SQ 150-02 3/pack $11.99
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Nitro SQ 200-02 2/pack
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Calimari
SQ 150-03 3/pack
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Calimari
SQ 200-03 2/pack
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Crystal SQ 150-05 3/pack $11.99
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Crystal SQ 200-05 2/pack
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 5.9 inch Bottle SQ 150-06 3/pack $11.99
CHASEBAITS Ultimate Squid 7.8 inch Bottle SQ 200-06 2/pack

New Ultimate SquidRig
for use with larger 7.8" lures
CHASEBAITS Ultimate SquidRig
3/4 oz
SQ R21

CHASEBAITS Ultimate SquidRig
1 1/2 oz
SQ R-42

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 Special #8

Bahama Lures
Humbolt Squid!
Troll 'em!

Bahama 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.


Buy Description Price
Bahama Lure Humboldt Squid - Phoebe
TYPE: Short Plunger  LENGTH: 12"  WEIGHT: 4 oz  SPEED: 6-10 KTS
ACTION: With a little wobble and a lot of pop here's a great small marlin and gamefish lure. Everything has been caught on this one from striped marlin in Cabo to an 88# wahoo in the Bahamas .
TARGETS: All Gamefish

The bullet head lures are 8 and 9 inches in length, with a head diameter of 3/4" and 1" . They will run from 6-20 knots! Now, if you're are targeting wahoo at high speed I'll suggest running an inline weight to get the lure down a bit in depth - on cable of course. If you do that, good luck keeping the 'hoo off the lure. Alternatively, for folks targeting schoolie tuna, some like to clip off an inch or two - shortening the skirt, 7/0-8/0 hooks are very appropriate. That can be an assist if the fish are feeding on smaller bait. The lures do wonderfully on tuna, and if you're going after the larger variety, leave the skirt as she is. The Calisto pulls well, can be run at high speeds and is a dandy lure to run when you're prospecting a bite or moving to a new area to fish since they run well over quite a spread in speed. They'll get you some opportunistic hits you would have overlooked and missed had the lure not been out running.

Bahama Lure Humboldt Squid - Calisto - 8" bullet head $33.99
Bahama Lure Humboldt Squid - Calisto - 9" bullet head $44.99
Order Optional Rigging Price
Basic Rigging - standard single hook rig with 9 foot leader $10.00
Upgrade Rigging Options - stainless steel single hook rig with 9 foot Fluorocarbon leader $20.00
Premium Rigging - tandem QuickRig hook rig and 9' mono leader $20.00
Premium Rigging - tandem QuickRig hook rig and 9' fluorocarbon leader $28.00
275# Cable rigging - wahoo and shark, 49 strand cable, tandem hook $18.00

During the on-line ordering process you can adjust the quantity of lures you would like us to rig.

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 Special #9

Duran Fishing Products
Problem Solved
2019 New Product Introduction

Here we go again...

One 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 different reels!

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 many more.


We have a couple pdf's for you to check:

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


Buy Description Price
Duran DFP Clamp Standard $49.99
(for BIG fat rods, 90J, ULUA, 6480M+)
Duran DFP Clamp Xtra LARGE
(for BIGGER fatter rods, 90J, ULUA, 6480M+)

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 Special #10


2019 New Product

So, 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 use 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.  Here's a simple solution, a pretty creative idea in my estimation.

There's 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.  


Buy Description Price
Katch Keeper Large Red $9.99
Katch Keeper Small Red $9.99
Katch Keeper Large Blue $9.99
Katch Keeper Small Blue $9.99
Katch Keeper Large Black $9.99
Katch Keeper Small Black $9.99

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