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#1 
Anchovie Combos
Rod and Reel to...

Deal with the bait that's available!
#2  
Accurate
Fury
Free Super Braid Rigging or Pliers!
#3    
AVET RAPTORS
SPECIAL PRICES

NEW- SXJ RAPTOR
Free Super Braid or Quality Pliers!
#4  
Penn
Fathom
 Excellent Value, Great Casting, FREE BRAID OFFER!
#5
Offshore Explorer
30-60 lb. Travel Rod
Packs at 20 inches, brings new Nano Technology to travel rods!
#6
Gill Deckboots
Quality, Comfort, Value
Great Stuff!
#7
Ahi Assassin
Nano Technology Jigging Rods
State of the Art!
#8
CharkBait
LARGE Diver Minnows
Drag Big Baits for Big Fish!
#9  
CharkBait
Straps & Wraps

Rod Organization and Protection...
#10  
Toro Tamer
Face Muffs/Buffs
Save your Skin
!

07/12/2014
Thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials!
Taking off for ICAST tomorrow, but I'll have my trusty laptop along and will provide some images of new gear here and on the CharkBoard about the new gear. So, check back towards the end of the week to see some new reels and more. I got to play with some of the new Penn, Okuma and Daiwa gear, I think you're going to be impressed by what these firms have introduced. Release Reels also made some waves previewing their new Surf reel, with the new factory and improved QC & Designs I think they are primed for some very good things. I'll probably not be able to provide an update to the Specials until I return from the show, but who knows... I will post some pictures of new products directly from ICAST. Please check the CharkBoard for updates from ICAST, there's a link near the top of the page. This week we bring some new and some tried and true performers your way.  Enjoy this week's offerings, and as always, thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials. 

- Just got back from Orlando (Sunday). Spent some time with the previous owner of United Composites and earlier stopped by to check how Randy (formerly of Seeker) is doing. Both reports quite positive. Randy has staffed the factory with VERY experienced guys who know what they are doing. CharkBait even received the first blank produced by the new UC a week or so back. These guys are dedicated to quality, and it shows. Peter, the previous owner, strongly feels that the new owner (Randy Penny) has the experience and dedication to bring this firm along properly, meaning we should expect nothing less than excellent quality blanks and hopefully finished rods as well. For now, UC's will only be a custom produced rod, but in time we will have factory produced pieces to offer. I'm favorably impressed by this firm. Peter finally has what he wanted all along, quality USA produced blanks with Helix designs for the Australian market. And, I see the new UC building the best blanks on the market with the experience and capability to become the top manufacturer in the industry. This will be much fun to watch as time progresses. With the sale of Seeker, some uncertainty about their future direction, Calstar's production capability, the timing of United Composites renewed production with an experienced team and an owner/operator in charge and at the plant daily, well it is truly something we need. I, and many others, love the old Graphite USA rods, and with Randy running things we'll finally have them produced with the consistent quality we expected all along.

Great Stuff,
Mark Smith

- WEDNESDAY 7/16
VISIT THE CHARKBOARD TO SEE WHAT'S NEW FROM ICAST - JUST POSTED PICTURES -
PENN TOOK BEST NEW SALTWATER AND FRESHWATER REELS FOR 2014!CONGRATULATIONS!!!


Orders over $150 are shipped FREE!* Orders less than $150 are billed for shipping. 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, within USA, AK and HI via USPS
(in standard size flat rate boxes - otherwise there will be a charge).
Oversize items, like lobster nets, and International orders will carry a shipping charge which we'll quote you prior to actual billing.


Special #1

Anchovie Combos

Locally folks have been a bit frustrated trying to fish live bait...small live bait. While we've been spoiled by having lots of sardine bait over the past 10 years, this year it's 'chovies. While not exactly two eyes and a wiggle, they ain't too far from that! Add the average size of the yellowfin we're seeing within 3 day range, working with lighter lines to handle smaller baits, a rod that's appropriate for the light baits and reels with freespool to cast 'em, and the benefits of a good 15 to 20 lb test rod/reel setup becomes quite important these days. You won't be nearly as successful fishing small baits on 40 lb test line, need to drop down and play the fish on the light stuff, and you'll need an appropriate rod for the task. The combinations offered do just that, and we'll save you a bunch of greenbacks this week with the following specials.

Toro Tamer Offshore Explorer Boat Rods
Light, Responsive & Quality Components!

Our Toro Tamer Offshore Explorer Boat Rods are exceptional in both quality and value. The rods feature Fuji guides and reel seat, graphite construction and moderate/fast  action - not a parabolic jigging rod, rather a rod suitable for live bait and iron. This is another of those projects that took a bit of time, more than we'd have liked. We really hoped we could have had these in stock for our local summer season, but with something like this we're happy to see 'em come in whenever they make it. These rods share actions similar to Calstar's Grafighter series, produced offshore by one of the better factories in Asia - a quality factory producing rods for two very well known USA firms.  They are quality produced, with quality components, by a very innovative rod specialty firm. Calstars are indeed better rods, no doubt, but these rods are quite nice in their own right. I've used them on most of our charters over the past few years.

We stayed with quality Fuji components, very good guides with inserts to deal with the more modern braided lines successfully - long term. The rods feature Fuji reel seats and nice aluminum gimbals for the two heavier models. There are three models in the line, a 12-20# rod that's very suitable for fishing 15-20# line, a 20-40# stick that's ideal for fishing 30#, and a 30-50# model that's dialed in for 40#. They all pull very well, and are very light in the hands. You will like the rods, and you won't find a better value better value for anywhere near their price.  

Description Price
Toro Tamer Offshore Explorer 700L 15-20 $179.99
$99 with reel purchase

Pair the rod with a terrific reel from Avet, Penn or Daiwa!

AVET SX Series

It's a  tiny, powerful, variation on the Avet theme of leverdrag and super freespooling spins.  This is one sweet 12-20# reel, a giant killer if there ever was one. The SX is unique in terms of power and size. 

The SXJ was added to the Avet lineup in 2013, and is the smallest fully machined aluminum reel on the market, a narrow version of the very popular SX reel.  The spool is about a thumbs width, it's darn tiny, but inside and outside it's strong and fully capable of landing larger fish than any other reel built (that's anywhere near it's size). Could be the giant killer you've always wanted to own, especially if you have a David vs. Goliath kind of personality thing going on. 

This little gem is every bit an Avet, strong construction, great casting capability with plenty of freespool, an advanced drag, and then you have value as well as additional features to boast about. The skinny little SXJ will find a home with guys fishing both salt and freshwater - it will cover some ground as either the smallest reel in a fellows reel bag or perhaps the most powerful piece owned. For a freshwater fisherman targeting larger fish, this will be a go-to reel. For a salty type targeting anything from rockfish, albacore tuna, bass...you name it, it can be a workhorse for many applications.  

The SXJ comes with a narrow reel foot, so it will fit on most rods - even freshwater rods. It does not come with a reel clamp. It's a wonderful size for casting and leveling your line just became a bit easier due to it's skinny size.

Both the SX models are available with or without a sophisticated yet simple Magnetic Cast control system. Since these reels spin so well, cast so effortlessly, having an "educated thumb" really helps prevent backlashes. Even if you have a "smart" thumb and are an experienced caster, the Magnetic Cast control proves beneficial (as I've found). The MC feature provides a 1-5 dial for setting up the control to match your needs - and for my use, lure/bait weight. I set mine to 1 for bait, up to 5 for tossing a heavier jig.

 

Other Smaller Sized Reel Options: Daiwa Lexa Baitcasters, Daiwa Seagate and Saltist, Penn Squall and Fathom Series - All are quite appropriate for tossing the smaller baits and match up nicely with the rod offered.


Daiwa Lexa Series - 300 and 400 for this application
Please visit our Daiwa Page for further information.

Penn Squall 12 and 15 with cast control
Please visit our Penn page for more info.

Penn Fathom - Please visit our Penn page for more
information.

Daiwa Seagate or Saltist - Please visit our Daiwa
Offshore page
for more info

 

Qty:   
Color for Avet only
Select option below - $20 shipping will be charged for the rod, 2 packages shipped- rods and reels can't be shipped together.
 
Special OFFER: Offshore Explorer Rod at $99
Select Reduced Price Rod Offer
 

Select your optional 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. 
Spooling is available at added cost:

Braid Manufacturer
Braid Test
Select both options above if you want us to rig your reel with Braid, also select options below if you require mono spooling. Both options carry added costs.
Mono Manufacturer  for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Mono Test for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Rigging Style
Casting - mono on top, Bottom fishing Spectra top

 


Special #2

Accurate
FURY!

Your Pick: Toro Tamer SUPER BRAID, GRIP & WEIGH LIPPER SCALE, or Premium Pliers

You choose either FREE offer! Your Choice, Toro Tamer Super Braid Spooling with topshot: choice of "Solid",  Hollow Core 12 or 16 Strand, OR Grip and Weigh lipper scale OR Premium Pliers at no additional charge. Both offers represent a value of $50 or more, and both are excellent.

In late 2013 Accurate released a new series of reels destined to change the fishing tackle industry, and the quality of fishing gear available to anglers. The new FURY series of reels incorporates many lessons learned in the past 15 years by the designers at Accurate. And, the new series is available at an incredible value for fishermen. Accurate reels have long been associated with quality and performance, though their price was above reach by most anglers. NOW THAT has CHANGED! The new Fury reels offer single drags rather than their patented dual drag system. That saves some money in manufacture. They still use a double dog anti-reverse system, and that's reliable and durable, long term. They've simplified their design a bit, machining is simpler to achieve and those savings result in a cost that makes owning an Accurate within reach, with performance that goes well beyond that of most manufacturers at anywhere near the Fury's price point. Superior quality was never so affordable. And, now with a gorgeous candy apple red color, they are better looking and protected from the effects of corrosion than ever. These are some great performing reels, and they are even better looking with the new production we've commissioned with Accurate. The Fury series are priced from an affordable $279!

After the first production Accurate added a one way anti-reverse bearing in addition to their double dog anti-reverse to the Fury Series. Now that's big time reliability, a significant upgrade. And, it's one thing that their $500-600 DPX series does not have, and their Dauntless series at $600+ does offer. Here's the breakdown on Accurate reels for 2014:

Series Drag System Anti Reverse Cast Control
Fury Single Drag Dual Dogs plus Anti-Reverse Bearing None
DPX Twin Drag Triple Dogs Mechanical Cast Control
Dauntless Twin Drag Dual Dogs plus Anti-Reverse Bearing None

 

Here's a single speed 500 size And, the two speed option exists as well, again 500 size Special Production Candy Apple Red pictured.

These new reels follow the same sort of line capacity figures as other Accurate reels of the same size designation, and they are certainly made for fishing braided super lines. For the 400 size, I'd suggest a 30# application, 40 on the 500 and 50-60# on the 600N, and for line capacities figure 300 yds mono for each piece at the tests mentioned. Though most folks will load on 40-50# braid on the 400, 50-60 on the 500 and 60-80 for the 600 series - about 300 yds and then top off with the appropriate mono topper. In terms of drag capability, Accurate typically does not publish these figures. They consider them counter productive and prone to shall we say BS. For instance most Japanese reel firms base their specs on an empty spool while American firms use real world conditions, meaning there's a full load of line on the reels. An empty spool provides a higher number, but it ain't reality. In testing, we're getting 20#'s of drag on these reels, and that's more than consistent with the intended line tests these reels were made to fish. Can you fish heavier lines? Sure, but if you try to work higher loads than intended you are not using the product appropriately. The same can be said of Avet, Penn and other well regarded firms products. Pricing: 400, 500, 600 single speeds: $279, $289, $319, and for the two speeds $379, $389, $399. That's a very aggressive price level given the construction of these new reels.

Please note, Accurate is expanding the number of models within this line. If you don't see the specific model you are seeking, don't worry. Select a similar size model and then bounce back an email with your order number and the request for an alternate model. We do NOT bill online, we review orders and email prior to billing.

 
Qty:    Accurate FURY
X IN MODEL NUMBER DENOTES HIGH SPEED
Reel Color by default is silver, if you'd like your reel in the limited RED please click the button to the left - Red available in 2 speed 400, 500 and 600N sizes. $00.00
FREE Toro Tamer Grip & Weigh Scale OR FREE Super Braid Solid Spooling!
Select Free Deluxe Pliers or Free Super Braid 300 yds,
we'll adjust your final invoice price when we prepare your order if you select the Braid.
Braid 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 Test
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid or Hollow
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
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 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards
 
 

 

FREE SHIPPING + FREE High Quality BRAID
and proudly manufactured in the USA

Made in America, and very proud of it!

AVET Raptors!

300 yards Super Braid - Including Hollow Core - FREE!
Drag Scale - FREE!

The newest and smallest Raptor is available - now there are Raptors in all sizes of casting reels including SXJ, SX, MXJ, MXL, JX, LX, HXJ, HX and HXW sizes. New new SXJ Raptor has all the features you'd expect from a member of the Raptor family, dual drag power (on one side of spool), two speeds, magnetic cast control, excellent casting characteristics and high drag capability.

 

Raptors are a more refined, and higher drag capacity series of reels from Avet. These take their whole game up one notch, providing truly big fish capable reels in compact sizes. Their machining is better, their operation better, and their drag capacity much greater than their size would suggest. There is less side load on the bearings as a result of increased drag capacity. Casting is flawless, and all models with the exception of the HX Wide Raptor come with Avet's super performing Magnetic Cast control. They are the best this innovative manufacturer produces, and they are made to outperform all other reels on the market.

MXL Raptor pictured below.


 

Pictured below, the powerful and compact Avet JX Raptor.

Pictured above left, the JX Raptor. Drag the mouse over the image to change view. Pictured above right are three models of Raptor, the little SX, MX, JX/LX and the HX. All Raptors feature dual drags, magnetic cast control (with the exception of the wide), ratcheting lever, extended handle length  and extended line capacity compared to the standard models.

Model Capacity
Mono (yds)
Capacity
Spectra
Bearings Max
Drag
Gear Ratio Weight
in ounces
Price SPECIAL
Price
SXJ Raptor est 240/15# 240/50# 8 17/26 6.3 & 3.8:1 est 16 oz $439 $385
SX Raptor 270/20# 400/50# 8 17/26 6.3 & 3.8:1 17 oz $439 $395
MXJ Raptor 230/30# 400/65# 8 17/26 6.3 & 3.8:1 20 $469 $422
MXL Raptor 270/30# 500/65# 8 17/26 6.3 & 3.8:1 22 $479 $432
JX Raptor 290/30 540/65# 8 30/40 6 & 3:1 est 23 $519 $467
LX Raptor 350/30 640/65# 8 30/40 6 & 3:1 est 24 $529 $476
HXJ Raptor 200/50# 400/80# 8 40/50 5.4 & 2.4:1 28 oz $549 $445
HX Raptor 280/80 600/100# 8 40/50 5.4 & 1.9:1 29 oz $559 $504
HX Wide Raptor 360/50# 460/130# 8 40/50 5.4 & 1.9 30 oz $579 $512

*PLEASE NOTE, AVET DOES NOT MAKE THE MX OR HX SERIES IN LEFT HAND FORM*

Your Pick: SPECTRA/BRAID - INCLUDING 16 STRAND TORO TAMER SPLICEABLE HOLLOW CORE,
or CharkBait Premium Quality Multi-Function Pliers

You choose either FREE offer. Receive either the Premium PLIERS as pictured, Multi-Tool with Split Ring tool and crimping PLIERS or superior quality Super Braid (gel spun polyethelyne line) spooling with mono topshot (if desired) at no additional charge. Both offers represent a value of up to $80, and both are excellent.

Plus Receive a FREE DRAG SCALE while this promotion lasts...
 

 

Qty:   
Specify Lefty or standard Right hand retrieve  Lefties available in silver only at standard price. If you select any other color for a lefty expect a 4-6 week wait and $50 upcharge.
Color Gunmetal not available except for SX Raptor
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 Toro Tamer Pliers
OR FREE Super Braid Solid or 16 Strand Hollow Core
AND GET A FREE DRAG SCALE TOO!

Select Free Deluxe Pliers or Free Super Braid 300 yds,
we'll adjust your final invoice price when we prepare your order if you select the Braid.
 
Braid 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 Test
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid or Hollow
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
UP TO 300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied free during this promotion!
- SELECT options above, then if you wish additional yardage make your selection below.
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

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

FREE SHIPPING 
FREE High Quality Braid
FREE Drag Scale!

Made in America, and very proud of it!

Special #4

Penn Fathom Star Drag Reels!

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.

Penn's Fathom Star Drag reels are a new series of full metal bodied reels that are made for years of hard use, and made to fish very well by all measures. The reels have GREAT freespool performance, excellent drags, and they're built Penn tough. When the levelwind Fathom reels first arrived last year, all they guys here were beating up the Penn rep asking why the heck Penn didn't come out with a non-levelwind version of the reels. They were some of the nicest levelwinds ever made, offered some things Daiwa could not achieve with their Saltist series. We really felt that a non-levelwind Fathom would give the Saltist and the Avet's some competition. Well, I guess Penn was listening because they introduced this new reel at ICAST and the response told them that they indeed were on the right track. The new Penn Fathom series star drag reels are excellent fishing instruments!

Model Mono Cap. (yds/lb) Braid Cap. (yds/lb) Bearings Max Drag Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Weight (oz) Price
FTH12 360/10 • 260/12 • 230/15 525/15 • 420/20 • 320/30 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 28 15.5 $199
FTH15 320/12 • 280/15 • 190/20 500/20 • 380/30 • 270/50 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 28 15.6 $199
FTH25N 320/20 • 290/25 • 220/30 650/20 • 450/50 • 370/65 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 40 17.9 $219
FTH30 440/20 • 300/30 • 250/40 625/50 • 500/65 • 440/80 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 40 18.4 $219
FTH40 350/30 • 300/40 • 220/50 725/50 • 600/65 • 525/80 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 40 18.7 $219

From the little 12 to the large 40 size fathom, all represent solid reels. The favorite of the guys here tends to run towards the narrow 25N, a bit taller than the 12/15 size and narrower than the 30. Very nice size for casting, with 50# Spectra suggested for backing, then you've got room for close to 100 yards of 30# on top. Wonderful for most casting work, and the reel will find it's home on plenty of jig-sticks rigged up just that way. Penn has a winner on their hands.  

Thumbnail Click the image left for a brief video tour of the new reel.

Penn Fathom 25N

Features:
-Full metal body and sideplates keep gear alignment precise under heavy loads
-Machine cut marine grade bronze main gear with hardened stainless steel pinion
-Versa-Drag system with HT-100's
-Live Spindle Design with free floating spool
-Internally adjustable centrifugal braking system
-Line capacity rings for ease in visualizing line capacity and for spooling
-5+1 shielded stainless steel bearings
-Instant anti-reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet

Qty:   


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

Braid 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 Manufacturer
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied with selection above.
- 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 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
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
Reel Cover for size 12, 15 & 25 $5.99
Reel Cover for size 30 & 40 $6.99

Special: Free SUPER BRAID Spooling

 

Special #5

Offshore Explorer®
ICAST Introduction

New Nano Technology Travel Rod
7 Foot Rod, Packs at 20 Inches!

There's nothing on the market that provides more punch in such a small package!

OFFSHORE EXPLORER®  30-60 LB, NANO 5 PIECE TRAVEL ROD

Traveling to great fishing destinations is something most of us dream of doing, and there are many of us to make it a point of achieving. There's only one downside, depending upon having good gear to fish at remote spots can be a big problem. Getting your own gear to those destinations can be a bit of a problem. Airlines don't much care for transporting rods in long tubes. Hmm, perhaps they do care for doing so...at a crazy price! Can be $100 each way, and what about the little crop duster plane that gets you from the big city to the little village...? Thus the motivation for good travel rods.

CharkBait and ToroTamer have been involved in travel rod production for several years now, it's a pet project based upon necessity. Offshore Explorers®, Surf Explorers®  and Inshore Explorer®  rods are marketed worldwide and catching notable fish for many very demanding anglers. The new Offshore Nano 30-60 represents another advancement in rod design. Toro Tamer showed off this new rod at several shows this winter: ISE in Sacramento, Fred Hall and Pacific Coast. They are now in stock.

At ICAST 2014 Toro Tamer will introduce a new Offshore Explorer FIVE PIECE travel rod. The new rod is very exciting in construction, design and capability. You've got to feel this rod! For the first time Nano Technology is being applied in a travel rod! The use of Nano resins increases the rods strength dramatically improving long term reliability and capability. You've got to pull on the rod to appreciate it's strength and lightness; for it's typical fishing line test of 40-50 lbs its a very nice piece to own. The new 30-60 Nano Offshore Explorer packs down to only 20 inches!!! When assembled the rod is 7 feet in length.

Let's repeat that, here's a seven foot rod that packs at 20 inches, comes in a very nice hard case with rugged fabric cover, makes use of advanced Nano technology and is priced under $300!!! A fellow can take this rod, our 50-80# Offshore Explorer and one of the Surf Explorers and pretty well cover a vacation...and all these rods can fit in an overhead bin on a plane. Heck the Offshore Explorers can even fit in a typical suitcase!

 We've been showing off the rod at a few shows, demonstrating a prototype, and folks have been very, very impressed with it's unbelievable performance under load. The rod is not perfect, but it's darn close to that for what most of us do in terms of line class and fishing capability. The rod incorporates an aluminum Pac Bay reel seat with double lock down for the reel. One point to mention, given the construction and size of reel seat, not all reels will fit with rod clamp. The seat is large for it's class. It's meaty, large, not a skinny seat. It's made from metal, not plastic. The seat is robust and large, robust enough to handle a great deal of stress, but by being large not all reels will fit. Avet LX/LX, HX and Pro series reels fit with clamps fine. HXJ and MX series will not fit with clamp, you'd need to run the reel without clamp, but you do have the security of the double lock down on the high quality aluminum reels seat so there should be no issues in use. Similarly a Baja Special, given it's narrow frame will also have the same issue running a clamp. The guides are braid safe, reinforced designed, and of course the rod comes with a very nice hard case for storage and transport.

 

 

Pulling 10 lbs dead lift  Pulling 20 lbs. dead lift
-and yes I wish I'd had on a rod belt...

 

Qty:    Offshore Explorer 30-60 Nano Conventional Guides (no spinning version available...yet) $249.00 introductory priced @229.00
 

Special #6

GILL/Respect the Elements
Designed from the deck up for marine use!

Gill is a European owned firm, well established in the marine industry. The folks spending time on "rag-boats" well know 'em. They manufacture many ultra-technical marine clothing items, primarily for the racing and cruising sailor, but they also serve the power boating and fishing community. They've been around many years and supply some excellent products, a wide range of marine oriented products. Their boots are a very good example, and much welcomed addition to our offerings here at CharkBait. I think the most important point here is that Gill products are designed first for marine applications, unlike some of the other products that we have "borrowed" from other fields, such as Xtra-Tuff boots which were really designed for the dairy industry, thus the lug soles and heels.

(Background: once Xtra-Tuff moved production overseas we began hearing some grumbling by folks, saying that their quality went downhill. While the new owners took the production to China, the price did not decrease, it actually went up. We were told the quality would be maintained, and even improved from when they were manufactured in the state of Washington. Then the negative reports began, and our primary source for the boots said to heck with 'em since they were getting the returns due to problems with seams coming apart. So, necessity indicated we needed to look beyond what was the "norm" aboard the long range boats out here in SoCal. We did our homework, talked with some guys who were wearing the GILL boots aboard some charters we ran, folks using their products. Based upon positive feedback we then approached Gill at ICAST 2013 and added them to our line-up.) 

Being a European based firm, their sizing is based on Euro standards...and that's a good thing, too. In the past all boots were made in full sizes, no half size offerings. With Gill, there is a half size option for some of the boots offered. Here's what I've noticed about these boots, in comparison to some others we've sold in the past (including Xtra-Tuff). The boots feature 100% ALL RUBBER compound construction, and its a better grade than most that I've come across. The material is a bit thicker, and will wear better and prove longer lasting. The soles feature a micro-razor cut sole pattern and a larger grip section on the outside and inside of the toe and heel respectively, great for providing secure footing, better than lugs on a wet deck. These boots come with a removable insole insert, that's not an added expense. So, you have greater cushion, and if you feel the boots are a bit tight on your arch you can always remove that and get a thinner insole and make more room. Sizing is far more accurate than other boots we've come across. For instance, I wear a size 11 tennis shoe, but with the XtraTuff boot a size 10 would work for me. With these boots, the size 11 was appropriate, even a tad roomy at the toe but snug on the sides...and there's even a 10 1/2 available!!! So, their size is more consistent with your true shoe size than the agricultural boots we've been using over the past years. These boots have a quick dry polyester lining for added comfort. They're calf high, and a bit tighter at the calf than an Xtra-Tuff. I don't see a need to fold these down, as I would with the higher XT boot. You'll also like the fact that these boots do not arrive with a slimy oily coating like the XT boots. Not sure of the reasoning behind the oil coating of the XT's, but thankfully these don't have that issue and their rubber material is a few mils thicker for longer wear. The Gill boots are not especially wide, they are an average width boot, and in my estimation their size is consistent with a tennis shoe.

Caveat, if you have THICK ankles (call 'em cankles) you may have difficulty with these boots. Chances are you'd run into difficulty with other boots fit too.  If you are closer to average size at the ankle or calf, you will like these boots. And, these will last you longer than the alternatives that have been on the market. Secondly, these are an average width boot, they are not available in extra wide or EEE sizes.

Mark,
I received my Gill deck boots yesterday and wore them indoors for a couple of hours. They are great! I have size 14EE/EEEE gunboats and they fit perfectly with a pair of crew socks. Thanks for recommending that I wait for your evaluation of the Gills before you filled my order. I will tell anyone considering deck boots to try them.
Also, your comment on the traction of razor-cut soles versus lug soles is true. Lugs don’t have as much area in contact with the deck compared to the soles of the Gills.

Thanks again,
 Robert
Redding CA -----

And, a follow up from Robert a year later...:
I just came off of a 5-day to Cedros and wore sneakers the first day and my Gill’s the rest of the time. I’m really pleased with the boots; great traction, not too hot, good fit, and most of all my feet weren’t killing me with all of the time on deck. Sure, my dogs were tired at the end of the day, but they would be no matter what I wore. (My brother-in-law wore his all week with no negative reports from him.) Thanks again!

 

 
Buy Description Price
Gill Short Boot size 5 euro size 37 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 6 euro size 38 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 7 euro size 39 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 7 1/2 euro size 40 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 8 euro size 41 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 9 euro size 42 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 10 euro size 43 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 10 1/2 euro size 44 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 11 euro size 45 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 12 euro size 46 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 13 euro size 47 $59.99
Gill Short Boot size 14 euro size 48 $59.99

 

Special #7

Ahi Assassin
- Dedicated Jigging Rods from Toro Tamer

2015 NANO HELIX AHI ASSASSIN
INDUSTRY FIRST - NANO RESINS PLUS HELIX DESIGN FOR UNMATCHED STRENGTH AND LIGHTNESS

At the 2014 ICAST show Toro Tamer will be introducing new Nano Helix Ahi Assassin Jigging Rods. The new Nano technology resins incorporated in these  rods are at the cutting edge of rod design development. These rods also make use of helix technology in their blank construction, similar in some respects to the much appreciated and profoundly missed Graphite USA rods (aka United Composites). The new Ahi Assassin jigging rods take the Helix feature and build upon that with new Nano resins. Nano Technology resins are ultra-microscopic spheres of silica which bind the carbon fibers (graphite) in the rods. Essentially the resin permeates the graphite fabric, the submicroscopic particles occupy the space between carbon fibers to provide additional support and strength at the molecular level. Modulus increases and compression strength increases, the bond between fibers increases, the flex strength and internal shear strength increases. Strength and durability are enhanced, easily over 2-3 times the strength and impact resistance results, providing you with true state of the art jigging rods which go beyond any rod currently built. These are all made to accommodate conventional reels, spinning versions will become available in the fall of 2014.

To provide a bit more detail in the construction, we use a unique helix technology which is different from the standard scrim process. The standard scrim process uses fiberglass or carbon scrim to give the blanks hoop strength, but our helix technology uses the carbon spiral to support the hoop strength of the blanks. a single carbon spiral (helical or helix) is at the core of the blank. This type of the structure is regarded as the most effective way of maintaining cross section stability during bending, so our carbon helix core will minimize cross sectional deformation during loading, improving power and response. That is a unique characteristic of our Ahi Assassin rods from Toro Tamer.

Now we are also using NANO materials combined with the helix technology, it makes the blanks significantly stronger and as well keeps the blanks out of deformation when they are bent under load - like when you're pulling significant drag on a larger fish.

Because we use the spiral carbon core when making the blanks the tip section is much stronger, especially noticeable for the fine tips. Our unique blank manufacturing process makes our blanks stronger. Traditional rods made out of the scrim materials, show weakness through the cross section, the 'glass or graphite scrim is already broken during the manufacturing! So the only support for the hoop strength is the epoxy resin. That is why a traditionally manufactured graphite or 'glass rod is so easy to break.  Combining the carbon helix core and Nano technology results in an incredibly strong rod under all load conditions. That's the key to the Ahi Assassin's incredible strength and performance under load.

Background: We're proud to introduce you to Ahi Assassin Jigging Rods. I'll say out front, I am a Calstar and Seeker sort of guy, I prefer USA made rods, no question about that bias. It took a lot to get me to accept that a quality rod could come from overseas. But, I'm also a realist, and when it comes to jigging and popping rods, quite honestly the USA firms were slow to produce a high quality piece that fit the new technology of Spectra lines and deep drop lures, in my estimation. That category of rod does indeed demand some different action than we use for bait or lure fishing. As a result, we took off the blinders and did some homework, talked to folks both in the USA and clients from other countries. I did some traveling, too. As a consequence of jumping on the learning curve we were introduced to some folks that offered a fresh approach to jigging synthesizing technology with technique. We are now working with a New Zealand owned firm which has their own plant in China. They are the producers of  our Ahi Assassin jigging rods. The same firm produces high end rods for the Australian and New Zealand market, and the feedback we've received about them has been very positive, our confidence high in this new source of quality rod building. They do not make inexpensive rods, understand that in the Australian market it's not at all uncommon to buy a rod for $1K. High end has a market, and junk is not accepted well. The firm we are tied to does not make cheap Chinese rods, they are not made to hit a price point, they don't build the type of rod that many reel companies have brought to market here. They build world class rods, and we are indeed fortunate to have made contact with the owners of this firm to bring us the best dedicated jigging rods on the market. Big statement, but once you feel the rods you'll understand that it's not an idle boast.


Conventional Guides (overhead)

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

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

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

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

The hypolon is sanded, for a smooth and richer feel. Again, this is something that's not typically done on factory made rods. And there are some nice cosmetic touches you'll notice on these rods upon your inspection. The gimbals are unique ALPS ball style jigging designs.

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

 

Model Lure
Weight
Nominal
Line Test
(preferred)
Suggested Drag
Setting
Weight Gram Weight
Ounces
Ahi Assassin 200 200 30-65#
(40-50)
10-15# 320.4 11.3
Ahi Assassin 300 300 65-130#
(60-80)
15-25# 341.0 12.05
Ahi Assassin 400 400 100-200#
(100-150)
20-30+# 346.5 12.22
 
Buy Description Price
Ahi Assassin Jigging NANO HELIX 200 Conventional Guides $299.99
Ahi Assassin Jigging NANO HELIX 300 Conventional Guides $309.99
Ahi Assassin Jigging NANO HELIX 400 Conventional Guides $309.99

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CharkBait!
Diver Minnow!

With the local amazing fishing going on, local tuna, yellowtail and more, GUYS DRAG THE LARGE DEEP DIVER OFF YOUR BOAT NOW! You won't waste time unhooking macks, you will score the larger grade fish. The fishing gets no better than what's on tap right now. This is the best fishing I've seen in over 30 years.

Our Floating Diver Minnow Series Yellowtail Coffin Nails in the EXTRA LARGE 270mm size are perfect for targeting larger gamefish. Locally, they are deadly on open water yellowtail, and more. The size is indeed large, significantly larger than say a Rapala XRap (about 2 inches larger), and they are made for trolling. I like using lighter lines in the 30-40# range, feel that provides better depth since theres less resistance in the water and for a fish like a yellowtail that's very sight dependent the thinner lines get more attention when you compare strikes with different tests in the water. The lures in this series make use of good quality VMC 3X hooks, and the lures are thru-wired for greater strength, necessary when tangling with better grade fish. That's something they will be doing a lot of, they're proven fish catching designs and given that we are the direct producer we're able to bring these great lures to you at a savings of darn close to 50%. The closest competing lure in terms of design and shape retails at something darn close to $20, and those compare that to our Diver Minnow Medium 210mm size which we offer at $12. I don't think there's much that comes close to this lure's size and that makes it an even better value. Really, what's the point of dragging a smaller lure and picking up 12-14 inch mackerel and slowing down to get 'em off the hook when you are targeting 20 to 30 lb fish or greater? Makes sense to go large to catch larger gamefish.  We also added SOLID rings to the nose of the lures, rather than split rings. That sure beats using a loop for your tie-off or the bulk and weight of a snap. (please note the solid rings on the lures - photo below)

The medium deep diving lure was our first release, and it caught a lot of fish for folks. The only downside to that floating/diving lure was that some folks tried to run it as a trolling lure on 50# line. That's not at all what the lure was designed to do. It's a casting lure. It can be used on the troll, but with light line up to 20# or with 50# Spectra its super.  So, almost as soon as we began selling the 210 Diver Minnow, we went to work to make a more dedicated trolling lure of much LARGER size - that's our 270mm Deep Diver, and that piece will become something you'll be very impressed dragging in Baja. For yellowtail, this is my favorite size lure. You can filter through the pesky mackerel and species you really don't want to hook by trolling a larger lure, and you tend to bring in better quality fish, too!

Model Design Application Size Weight Hooks Ring
Extra Large Deep Diver Trolling 270mm/11" 112G/4oz 3X VMC Welded

Buy

Description SALE
Purple Mackerel - DEEP Troller 270mm $14.99
12.99
Pink - DEEP Troller 270mm $14.99
12.99
Ahi  - DEEP Troller 270mm $14.99
12.99
Ahi - Deep  Running Caster 210mm $11.99
$10.99
Anchovy Black and Silver  - DEEP Troller 270mm $14.99
12.99
Emerald Assassin - DEEP Troller 270mm $14.99
12.99
Sardine  - DEEP Troller 270mm $14.99
12.99
Purple Haze  - DEEP Troller 270mm $14.99
12.99
Brown Bait  - DEEP Troller 270mm $14.99
12.99

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 Special #9

CharkStraps & CharkWraps

Two new items from us, not necessarily the most creative or revolutionary products we've ever come up with, but nonetheless they are useful and they are a bit different than what's available from others.

Our RodWraps are an upgrade from the StickJackets we've carried for several years. We've made ours a bit larger in diameter so that they will accommodate larger saltwater guides, even larger spinning guides. The StickJackets were really made for freshwater use, sized accordingly but we used their spinning models for our application. Now we've got 'em made our way. We've reinforced the top with a leatherette end piece and metal grommet which can be used to hang rods, and we've increased the diameter to allow your rods, even those using larger AFTCO wind-on roller guides or larger size spinning guides to fit. The Wraps are about 5 feet in length, will extend down the rod into the handle material of most rods. They are not made to cover the entire rod, only that portion it's designed to protect - the blank, the finish, the guides.

These wraps are all that I've been using now for the past few years. I like the fact that I can use them for storage protection, travel protection as well as leave 'em on my rods on the boat. They are breathable and they don't absorb moisture. So, they help me protect my rods when they're bundled up once the fishing is over. On most long range trips out of San Diego, you move your rods onto the boat and off the boat all bundled up. They may stay that way overnight on the boat as well. For a cloth sock, that's no good. So, you can write off any protection of the rod. With these things you do get that protection when you need it most. I even leave them on my rods when I get home. I'll spray off the rod wraps while still on the rod, loosening any accumulated saltwater in the process. Then I'll take off the wraps, clean the rods more thoroughly and allow them to dry. Use of a cleaner like Penn's Rod and Reel cleaner for that, and you've got things in great shape for your next trip and your gear will stay in new condition. The Wraps are 5 feet in length.

The other product we have for rod organization are our CharkStraps. These are great for bundling your rods together for transport or storage. You can secure up to a half dozen rods with these things. Nice thing about ours verses some others, they are made from a softer foam/rubber material so they'll never scratch up your rods. Unlike some similar products I've seen, we made it a point to include three different sizes (which makes sense since you'll use all three at different positions on your bundled rods from the tip to near the reel seat). So, you get three straps, all with Velcro through their length to handle most any size bundle of rods you'll be totting, from 2 to 6 or more rods.

 

Buy Description Price
CharkWrap rod protection - BLACK $8.99
CharkWrap rod protection - RED $8.99
CharkStraps - 3 piece rod bundling straps $6.99
Buy 3 CharkWraps & Straps - Black Wraps - Get our CharkStraps FREE $26.99
Buy 3 CharkWraps & Straps - Red Wraps - Get our CharkStraps FREE $26.99

 



 Special #10

Face Buffs
New Product!

Fishermen spend more time exposed to the elements than most folks, and those of us offshore on the water get nailed by damaging UV rays more than anyone. Skin cancer is a real concern, and I've had my share of visits to the dermatologist getting scraped, cut, frozen and treated for this stuff. Most of us make use of sunscreen these days, but that stuff is not perfect. As you sweat or get wet it's effectiveness goes away. Over the past couple years you might have noticed some guys wearing a face buff/muff. These soft breathable fabrics provide a very effective protection against UV rays, and they are moisture wicking, soft, breathable and comfortable. Their SPF rating is typically over 90%, compare that to a sunscreen and there really isn't much of a comparison. If you scan the net you'll see an average selling price of $30 with some to $90! Well, there's a bit of "water" in that sort of pricing, and as one who's dealt with skin cancer, I'd suggest that an ounce of prevention should not break the bank. So...Toro Tamer came to market with a new Face Buff in yellowfin tuna offshore pattern. While we could easily sell these for $20-30, we don't do so.

ALL OF THESE BUFFS LOOK GREAT! The tuna design is so darn appropriate given the local tuna bite going on now, and for our Gulf Coast guys I think you'll appreciate the Redfish which was made just for you! And, the Tarpon - well that's pretty darn special too. They are stunning and darn effective at saving your skin!

I'll suggest that there's not a better product of this type made, though there are many of equal quality that sell for five times as much money.

 

Buy Description Price SPECIAL
Toro Tamer Tuna Face Buff $9.99 $5.99
Toro Tamer Tarpon Face Buff
-arriving
$9.99 $5.99
Toro Tamer RedFish Face Buff $9.99 $5.99

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