#5 Z-Bar The
BACK Machined Perfection at a SAVINGS!
#6 MagBay MagTrak 10 Success
on the Troll for WAHOO!
#7 Nomad Design DTX Minnows Wahoo & Tuna on the Troll!
#8 Savage Gear
3D Mack Stick ICAST 2018 Product Intro!
#9 Capt Jimmy Wahoo
Range Go-To for 'Hoo!
#10 Salas Jigs West
Coast Iron Yellowtai & Wahoo... for sure!
Welcome to our Weekly
Specials, something we try to post each Sunday.
Summer-like weather here in
SoCal, warmer than, well, the summer. Staying close to home
this week, then towards the end of next week it's back on a boat!
Next charter will be aboard the Royal Polaris for a six day trip.
Most likely we'll be back to Guadalupe Island, as if I need to get
my butt kicked and be humbled additionally... We'll see, maybe
I fed the sharks enough last trip? If that's the destination,
I will approach things a bit differently...MK16 will get some use.
And, I'd better start rigging up some new wind-ons...
For this week's specials,
Makaira limited editions, Daiwa kite flier special (nice to see that
the Red Rooster has upped their game, they made use of a new Daiwa
750 for flying the kite...which was a guarantee bite for our time at
Guadalupe). We have Accurate Tern reels, new sizes and we have
a limited inventory of these terrific new reels in black as well as
blue (while supply lasts). We round out the reels with what very
well could be the best casting reels available at the present time,
Okuma's Tesoro star drag reel series. Some great lures this
week, including the original
Z-Bar surface iron, MagBay's ultimate highly regarded wahoo trolling
lure, Nomad DTX minnows - another great trolling lure for wahoo
(more arriving this week), Capt. Jimmy's top performing wahoo bombs,
Savage Gear's 3D Mack Stickbait and their 3D Squids (both back in
good stock). Some very good gear, with lures for yellowtail, tuna
and wahoo as well as the reels to fish 'em on.
As always, thank you for visiting our
Weekly Specials and hope to see you at the shop!
Sincerely, Mark Smith
Billing:Please note, we do
things a bit differently than other on-line businesses, in part
due to my own concerns over on-line privacy and fraud
protection. When you submit your order with us, you will not
be asked for your credit card's CVC number during check out. You are
immediately sent an order confirmation. We will then contact you
by phone or email to confirm your order, to make sure rigging, if
needed, is clearly understood, confirm stock availability and
then we will ask for the CVC and process your order. We do NO
billing online, nor do we bill prior to confirming inventory
availability. Best practices for on-line credit card
transactions is to never store CVC numbers - for YOUR
PROTECTION. Once we process your order and bill your card, that
information is shredded. You will need to re-enter that data
each time you order on-line, and we'll need your cvc number.
It may be an inconvenience, but it's a whole lot better than the
potential problems associated with unauthorized credit card use. We do this to protect your private
information. I was on the bad end of a fraud situation
some years back, twice, $40K each time, over 80K! One was an ACH
transfer, the other bogus credit card billing...by a vender I
trusted. I'm still on the
hook for over 20K
You can not count on your bank's help, but you can limit your
exposure. Think about that next time you order from an on-line
retailer who holds your credit card information. We don't
do business that way. We treat our clients like we'd like to be treated,
thus the added security. We apologize for any
inconvenience, but let me say that's minor compared to having
your card used fraudulently... When you order from us,
you will hear back from a real, live person, who will confirm
your order, provide delivery time, shipping information, and then
with your approval we'll bill and ship the goods. We're not amazon,
we're a specialty saltwater retailer with a staff that knows fishing
and how to improve your success.
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With FREE SUPER
BRAID RIGGING Models 10, 15, 15T, 20, 30, 50, 50W and 80W
Now In STOCK!
now, but once sold out they are history...
Folks have been
waiting on this not so well kept secret for some
time now, and now they're here. We
received Okuma's Limited Edition SEA version
Makaira Series reels this past week. They came
out beautifully, great cosmetics in a flat black
with silver trim finish. All the quality
and ruggedness you'd expect from this terrific
line of reels that truly established the firm as
serious players in the big game, long range side
I won't go into detail
regarding the outstanding quality of the Makaira
Series reels. The reels have been on the market
long enough that folks know what they are -
nothing short of state of the art. These
rugged performers now have a rather unique look,
the black/silver anodizing stands out and will
be something you take pride in for many, many
years to come. Remember the 5 year parts
and labor warranty offered by Okuma on these
reels. They are made to fish hard for a long,
long time. Check the specs below and the
images too. These are well worth the
money, great reels to own. Demand always
outpaces supply on the limited runs, order early
for best selection. Only one run was made, no
more will be produced, this is a limited run.
We have all sizes available, from the Cow tamer 80 all the way down
to the 10. Terrific reels, and even nicer given the
exclusivity and good lures of the Special Edition models.
Stock is strictly limited to our inventory, Okuma won't be holding
any, these were only available pre-order basis from the manufacturer
and strict limits on production.
above right, Makaira 80W SEA Limited Edition and the little
Pictured above, Makaira 50W and 10 left,
10 alone on the right. Below shows
off the 10 once more
Max Drag @ Full
Max Drag @ Strike
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
33.5" & 15.0"
NEW MODEL FOR 2019
4.7:1 & 2.1:1
39" & 17.0"
4.3:1 & 1.3:1
39.4" & 17.5"
3.8:1 & 1.3:1
39.2" & 17.3"
3.8:1 & 1.3:1
39.4" & 17.5"
3.2:1 & 1.0:1
37.8" & 15.3"
3.2:1 & 1.0:1
37.8" & 11.3"
3.2:1 & 1.2:1
37.8" & 11.3"
using the Omega winder rather than Triangle and 16 strand Toro hollowcore braid. We are seeing diameters dropping with better fibers being used with
some braid manufacturers. The capacity specs above reflect what we
Note, Okuma's 20 is a 30 narrow size, their 30W conforms to industry
standards as a 30 wide.
SPOOLING, FREE BRAID RIGGING & FREE SHIPPING FOR STANDARD SIZED ITEMS OVER $150!
RODS AND OTHER
OVERSIZED ITEMS WILL CARRY A SHIPPING CHARGE
KITE FLIER SPECIAL!
Inventory is drawing
down on this offer...
about nice timing... Here's a
very nice special offer on Daiwa's top performing Tanacom series
reels. Specifically, the TB1000 has been a great tool for fishermen,
both bottom fishing and as a kite reel. The convenience of a
dedicated kite reel, the ability for a private boater who only has
two hands and not three to handle both the kite as well as a
fighting fish, makes this concept truly exciting as an option. This
week we help make this option a reality for folks. Inventory
for this offer is limited to our stock on hand.
Buy a Daiwa Tanacom TB1000 and get a
FREE DAIWA DVEC KITE!
This represents a value of $129!!!
Fly this kite in 5-10mph winds with a simple adjustment to the
bridle, eliminating the need to use different kites for different
winds. Lightweight spars are constructed of 100% carbon
It was very nice to see that the Red
Rooster has stepped up their game, employing a Daiwa Tanacom Bull as
their kite and balloon reel of choice. They buy 'em, then didn't get
it free, and it replaced the older style bolt on job they've used
for years. The guys love that it's more efficient, easier to
use, more compact. It was a given, while we fished Guadalupe Island
last week, if you got your turn on the kite, you were pretty much
guaranteed a big tuna...however the sharks got their share, too...
Max Drag #'s
Capacity Mono #'s
Capacity Spectra yds
Tanacom Deep Drop &
Daiwa's Tanacom Bull 1000 really created a
new style of electronic assist fishing reel when first introduce.
It's proven success in a wide range of applications including kite
work, dredge retrieve, jigging for tuna and swordfish as well as all
other bottom oriented fish species, proved the validity of Daiwa's
design. In the old days there were a limited number of add-on power
winders on the
for commercial application that fit a specific reel. These were
bulky and expensive. Daiwa designed the Dendoh power-assisted reels
from the ground up to provide deep water anglers an alternative. The
Tanacom Bull (Tunacom) was designed for deep saltwater
application, and also for use as a kite reel. It's large enough to
hold the appropriate amount of line for it's intended application,
and robust enough to provide many, many years of exceptional
service. It's also relatively compact for it's application, much
more so than the add-on alternative. The reel can be used by crank
(robust levelwind design), by direct power with the supplied 9' 12
volt DC cable, or with the addition of optional battery packs. It
features 4 ball bearings, heavy duty brass and bronze gearing,
variable control of winding speed and power and a programmable
jigging function. There's a digital readout measuring line out and
distance retrieved from the bottom, a programmable auto stop which
stops winding once a lure reaches the surface... The TB1000 is the
model with heavy duty marine application in mind. It's robust, high
capacity, and most surprisingly affordable. For 2014 Daiwa updated
the design, kept all the important features, and they were able to
shave off about 40% of the price. The new 1000's are available at
$600 instead of $1000!! It's quite likely that this is the tip of
the iceberg, and we can anticipate the smaller reels in this series
to drop in price, too. For $600, there are few reasons not to own
one: bottom fishing, jigging, flying a kite, retrieving chains and
dredges. Lots of reasons to own one of these! (PICTURED ABOVE RIGHT,
THE NEW TANACOM 750)
kite reel quickly winds in the kite and stops by itself while you
fight the fish. Plenty of power and capacity for deep drops.
Brass and Aluminum Bronze gearing Four ball bearings
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
ORDER EARLY -
STOCK IS LIMITED TO WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR INVENTORY
Accurate Tern - 2019 Introduction
IN STOCK NOW -
300, 400, 500 & 500N, 600 & 600N sizes
BLACK IN STOCK for 300/400/500
BLUE IN STOCK for 300/400/500/600
- high and low gear ratios Silver w/black trim in all sizes
- in stock
of this date we have received all sizes, from 300's to
600'S). Lefty versions, high speed and
standard geared versions all available.
We have received all models in the standard
silver with black trim. Additionally, we've
added select models in all black as well as blue
with black trim! The custom colored reels
usually carry a +$100 price tag, given
quantities of production you can select one of
the specially colored reels at it's standard
colored price - if you order soon and if
we still have that selection available from our
large production run.
showed off their first Star Drag reel at
ICAST in July 2018, a true twin drag star
reel, but accomplished differently than Accurate's twin drag leverdrag reels.
There are a couple things
distinguishing Accurate's design.
First off, twin drag application to a star
drag reel. Rather than a drag stack, metal
and carbon fiber washers on one side of the
reel, with Accurate's design there's a
pressure plate and friction washer on both
sides of the main gear. It's not applying
pressure on both sides of the spool like their leverdrags, but instead are incorporating pressure on
both sides of the gear itself - that's why the gear case
is a bit chunkier than other reels designs. The result is, like
other Twin-Drag reels, smoothness that comes
from only having to apply half the pressure
of a traditional design since that pressure
is applied to both sides of the spool rather
than only one. The spool is also
sleeved, excellent freespool the result.
The other thing Accurate mentions with their
new designs is CVX technology. That's
an interesting buzzword. Don't quite know
what that means in machining or fishing. It
has a distinct meaning in government (an app
for engagement...bs). In Accurate's
terminology glossary, CVX refers to the way
the frames were cut out verses BX or other
series reels, more weight trimmed from the
frames while retaining similar strength.
Bottom line, they are light like the
Valiants, similar weight savings from more
feedback has been very positive on this new
series of reels from Accurate. The 300
and 400 series were 100% in terms of quality
from the manufacturer. I will say that
we encountered a problem with the first
batch of 500's we received. During
spooling, we spool under pressure so if
there is a problem we know it prior to
shipping, there was a 100% failure rate.
We let the folks at Accurate know
immediately. We ceased shipping,
returned product to manufacturer for
evaluation. Turns out the spool shaft
was not hardened as it should have been, a
supplier screw up. That can happen,
important thing is what happens next...
Once problem was isolated the issue was
solved, the 500's have been 100% ever since.
Folks, there's a benefit to having us spool
up your new reel aside from our free braid
offer. If something is going to fail, we'll
know it and correct the issue before you get
the reel. Does us no good, does the
manufacturer no good, to send out a bad
product. Accurate's Terns are solid reels,
innovative pieces and very capable.
They are solid performers.
INCHES PER CRANK
NEW MODELS BEING
ADDED, 500N, 600,
600N, 600NN SIZES
SHOWN AT ICAST 2019, BEING PRODUCED
now, 600 series
Tesoro is a 2018 model reel, first shown at ICAST July 2017. The new
star drag reels got a lot of attention from anglers, with the
improvement in casting of leverdrags it seems there's a
preponderance of lever's and less star drag reel options for serious
anglers who are looking for a high quality star. There really
are applications where both types of reel offer advantages. 20 years
ago, if you wanted a good casting reel it pretty much had to be a
star drag. These days, in no small part thanks to Cal Sheets, Larry
Cofe, and of course Avet, lever drag reels improved. But, still you
can do some things with a star drag reel you just can't duplicate on
a leverdrag. So, there's a market among anglers for the
benefits a good star drag can offer. As of this date (11/17)
Daiwa's Saltiga has been the class act in this regard. Along comes
the Tesoro, and I have to say it's similarly refined, but a very
different reel. The metal-work is very good, as expected, but
you'll also note that these are trimmer than what we're used to
handling, excess weight has been taken off areas of the reel where
it's not needed. Freespool is simply excellent, and the drag is very
capable, you can button 'em down and not effect casting performance.
Could very well become the wahoo reels of choice for a lot of guys.
Compact, light, modern technology and application of best practices
in design...and a 3 year warranty.
The Tesoro reels make use of (buzzword)
alumilite frame construction which provides more precise tolerances
for precise gear alignment, maximum castability, and durability. The
mechanical stabilizing system keeps the reels in precise alignment
for strong, stable and smooth long term performance. Okuma also has
a patent pending enhancement which stabilizes the spool at three key
points to maintain optimum performance and minimize spool shaft flex
when under pressure.
- High Speed 6.2:1 gear ratio - 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame, sideplate and spool - 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gearing - Multi-disc Carbonite drag system with Cal’s drag grease - CRC: Corrosion-Resistant Coating Process - Swept aluminum star for increased ergonomics - Anodized aluminum swept handle reduces wobble while cranking - 4BB+1RB corrosion resistant bearings, spool bearing with TSI oil - Ergo grip handle knob with anodized aluminum handle arm - Dual anti-reverse (mechanical and roller bearing) - XL Gearing: Drop down gear box - Quick-Set ant-reverse bearing allows for zero back play in handle - MSS: Mechanical Stabilizing System for increased durability - Self-lubricating gear system, all models
Tesoro Star Drag
Max drag force(kg)
Monofilament line capacity
Braided line rating
14 lbs 7kg
(0.35/325, 0.40/255, 0.45/190)
320/25# (0.40), 245/30(0.45),150/40
(0.35/390, 0.40/290, 0.45/225)
(0.40375, 0.45/270, 0.54/170)
type of stuff is all good, no, lets make that excellent and just one
step from incredible. But, I'm a
bit more into feel, touch, subjective
evaluation. All the buzzwords and specs don't mean as much as
how a reel actually feels doing what it's supposed to do. Okuma has
another winner in my estimation. The Tesoro feels like a
quality reels should, better since it's pretty darn light. You could
call it a star drag Makaira, and in some respects that might be
fair, but it's a much different reel and one that needed to be made.
There's no slop in the handle, everything feels reassuringly solid
and tight, smooth upon cranking the handle. Nice feel.
Excellent freespool, really these are excellent casting reels. Great
for distance casting, and hard pulling drag capability.
I very much appreciate all that the Okuma
engineers are doing to try to minimize the effects of saltwater. The
treatment to the metal parts, and (one of my peeve points on almost
all other manufacturers) the Tesoro has proper porting, so you can
actually clean a reel after a hard days fishing. Take a look at the
pics below to see what I mean, four ports, no vac lock, easy drain
while fishing or when you're back home cleaning, good airflow for
drying...makes a difference long term in my book.
often the little things that make big differences in how well
certain reels perform over time.
the manufacturer shortchange on the bearings, or make use of a cheap
stamped clamp or reel foot. How are they putting their parts
together? That's what makes working on a reel simple or overly
complicated, so darn hard to work on that a reel becomes more fit
for the garbage basket than repair bench. Well, the Tesoro is really
pretty straight ahead in how she's put together. In a lot of ways,
you could say this relatively light reel is overbuilt. Note
the way the reel foot is put together, four points secured to reel
frame - not two, reel clamp allows plenty of thread on the bolts to
be secured. One could call it overbuilt for it's intended line
class by some standards, but I'd suggest it's just built to best
The images above show off
the first two models in the line, however as of June 2018
Okuma began supplying the third model in the Tesoro series, the
model 5S. The 5 is just a bit smaller, smaller diameter
sideplate, about 8 or so ounces less in weight, but the same
overall construction as the two larger models.
These are the Hottest
Yellowtail Surface Irons Made! In 2016 these new jigs got a lot of play,
especially by those near our San Diego shop. Some great
iron fishermen down south, and they
appreciated what these jigs offered.
Since that time there was a change in name,
OCT-10, essentially same product, which we
have sold at $30, with a few other shops
running a higher price... Really
amazing surface iron jigs, and their expense
is justifiable by those who know iron -
often they'll say that 1 in 4 or more are
good swimmers. These machined jigs
eliminate that downside, they all swim
perfectly and they are guaranteed to do so.
There are solid reasons why they are
expensive, cnc produced, bar stock aluminum
rather than cast from pot metal... There are
equally good reasons they have been
successful. They are the best and most
productive surface irons made. The lures are
the San Diego area, by a small
machining company with an owner who loves to
fish iron. Z-Bar, OCT-10, there's a tale to
tell... I'll share the background,
perhaps should not do so, but it has some
bearing on the lure's marketing, why we have
the original Z-Bar's back in stock after
their disappearance in 2017.
Originally the fellow
making the jigs did so for his own use, and
to give a to few friends. While on a trip
he met another guy who expressed interest in
getting involved marketing the lures.
The originator, who trade-named the Z-Bar
name and invented and refined the lure,
allowed the other fellow to begin "reping"
lures to a few tackle shops in San
Diego. Word spread quickly as to their
effectiveness. There was a falling out
between the manufacturer and the fellow
marketing the jigs. From my understanding,
the guy marketing the product went to
another machinist to have the jigs made at a
lower cost. The manufacturer of Z-Bar
severed relations, told the marketer to quit
using his trade name (thus the name OCT-10 on
the copied lures). I never like this
sort of stuff, but unfortunately we see it
more often than we should - remember Raider
Jigs from Australia... Well, the
original manufacturer, the fellow who
invented and produced the jigs got hold of
me a couple years ago to tell me to quit
using the Z-Bar name, which I did, and he
told me the tale of what occurred.
Didn't sit well with me, and I enquired
about maintaining the product here at
The originator, who has a business to run,
focused on that rather than the jigs he had
made which were in his inventory. Time
went by... I reached out to him again
recently given some supply issues with the
and we struck an agreement. We would
purchase the original lures and offer them
to our clients. By doing so we eliminate one
step in the distribution chain. We buy
directly from the manufacturer rather than
thru a distributor, eliminated one layer of
mark-up, so the price is indeed
better, and we have the real deal, the
original Z-Bar from the man who created the
jigs, all CNC made, all made
to swim perfectly - guaranteed by the manufacturer. Again,
are CNC made precision, each is exactly the same so they all
swim well. The originator of the lures took the best design
features from old school surface irons,
incorporated those key features, and made a
jig that always swims. That's really key to iron
and where others jigs fall short. Not all
lures of this type are the same, not
all swim as well as expected. But when they are made thru cnc
and machining they all are exact copies,
they are all perfect! That's a function of manufacture.
would expect, a sand cast jig will vary more than
something CNC'd. Unlike some jigs, Tady for instance, the Z-Bars
are entirely made here in the USA. A good deal of time went into
their design, and it shows. I want you to look at the images
closely. Note the way the jigs are ground for their rings, also
the nose and the hips. You will note one sharp side, one softer
and the hips are not even. This stuff is not done for fun, the
jigs are made to swim perfectly and what they've done in design
ensures that they have a great kick. These are almost like
tossing a Tady C - anyone can fish 'em, easy to make 'em swim on
the surface, surefire swimmers, each and every one of them. But,
they gain the mass of a 45 for longer casts and better kick.
Weight of the jigs is 3.45 oz, 98 grams. We now able to offer these
extraordinary lures for $24, not $30. Good luck finding these jigs
let alone finding 'em for a better price. And, given our
direct relationship with the manufacturer
our supply should keep these lures more
consistently available to our clients.
Click on the images and you can see a
few of the unique things done in creating these jigs.
Note the way the jigs are made, the machining of the
area where the hook or ring goes resulting in MORE SWING
& action. The jigs are not smooth, they have texture
which adds a bit of drag in the water when you wind
quickly - more attention getting action.
The Original Z-Bar
were only able to offer these jigs on-line once or twice in
2016, in late fall, as Weekly Specials. There simply wasn't
sufficient supply to post them on our website, the inventory
received was only available at our shops - and that was very
limited. After the "divorce" between the originator and
manufacturer of the lures with their "rep" supply remained a
problem but we had enough interest and at
times supply, to offer them on our website.
Supply was still an issue. That's now been
corrected since we are working directly with
the the manufacturer rather than thru the
small distributor who copied the
design with the help of another
machine shop to produce lures at a lower cost than the original
machinist charged. We have an inside track for supply
and we've eliminated one level of mark-up on
the lures so pricing is 20% better to you.
These are the real deal, the original Z-Bar! Understand
also, these jigs are all made from machining
aluminum, not cast pot metal or zinc, nor are they imported in
mass from China - they are made here in the USA, one at a time. The process takes time,
machining time. They still have high cost given their production,
but every single one of them will swim right and swim better than
competing surface irons, and they won't break if they slam
against the deck. All things considered, there's a reason they
are relatively expensive, but at the same
time more economical than other surface jigs
since they all swim perfectly. We are
proud to be able to offer the real
product, not a copy, and these are made by the originator.
know, there's a reason I go to ICAST every year. I always
find a few interesting things I wouldn't have discovered had I
not spent the time and money to attend. This year I was
surprised to meet a fellow who shops with us from NorCal,
working a both of a lure maker I'd not heard of, he's also one
heck of an angler, prostaff for a few firms. He's a ringer, and
if involved in something there's generally a good reason behind
the involvement. Sure glad I took some time to visit and
check out their wide range of products. The lure that
really caught my eye was their MagTrak 10. It's a plaining head
type lure with some similarities to YoZuri's Bonita and Braid
Marauder, with some innovative wrinkles which makes it very
interesting indeed. Over the past year the Nomad DTX Minnow has
been the hands-down favorite wahoo trolling lure, for very good
reason. They get bit! The downside with the DTX is that it can
be a "one and done" lure. What I mean by that is that there can
be times when the lure gets hammered by a wahoo or deckhand and
then won't swim true. Out of the box all Nomad's swim
great, but the lure can get tweaked and then not stay in the
water, and of course it no longer will it be useful. For many of
us, that's a small price to pay for the joy of catching a
speedster wahoo. But, if you fish more often or simply expect
more durability over time, then the MagTrak may just be the best
wahoo troller for you.
the Lure: The MagTrak is a hollow bodied lure, made with ABS
with an internal head weight. The lure had connecting thru-wire
construction which can not be pulled out. The hooks are
EXTREMELY durable and super sharp. You will not even
consider their replacement, they are perfect for their task. On
our recent Red Rooster trip to Guadalupe Island I dragged one of
these lure. That trip was not intended to target wahoo, water
temp was cool and that destination wasn't intended for wahoo...those
focused wahoo trips come later this season. But, I wanted
to see how the lure behaved in the water. PERFECT! You drop the
lure in the water and it gains depth and trolls perfectly,
straight and true. Not at all like the old YoZuri Bonitas and
Marauders which can end up changing position in the trolling
spread simply because they aren't balanced. The plaining head is
very broad, longer than lures which actually larger. The lure
itself is fairly skinny, so the big plaining head really works
to it's advantage. These things are the straightest running
lures I've seen and they can deal with realistic trolling speeds
- even UP TO 20 knots! I've seen surface lures do that, never
deep runners! The MagTrak runs straight and true, and it
does so under a wide range of speeds! Durable? No wahoo
will damage this lure that I've ever seen. These lures are
tough. Having said that, they are also darn expensive!
MagTrak™ Wahoo Lure Features:
10 Inch Dynamic Body with patented design to swim in a
fashion that replicates small wahoo
HookMag Technology with 10/0 304 Series Stainless Steel
Increased Hookup Ratio
Increased Strike Ratio
No Hassle at High Speeds no Trolling Weight Required
Any Position from short corner to shotgun in the spread
Multiple Color Patterns
Through Wire Construction on Ultrasonically Welded Solid ABS
Welded Rings on 500 lbs strength ball bearing swivels
From the Manufacturer: The MagTrak™ is truly a new breed
of Wahoo and Big Game Lures. The MagTrak features a patented
design that allows the lure to swim straight and below the
surface at speeds of up to 20 knots, or within short aggressive
turns directly inside or outside the propwash. The MagTrak
also incorporates the patented HookMag™ Technology that keeps
the front hook in the stinger position at any speed until a
Wahoo or other strike occurs. The hook is then released and
direct swivel connection to hook and mouth of fish. Please
check out the videos below for a better understanding of the
concept. PATENT AND PATENT PENDING NO. US 15/783,764, CN
201811130554.8, EU & EPO 18196736.5, AU 2018233051, US DESIGN:
29/666,174, SE DESIGN 84191
You can rig
these lures on our standard style harnesses
which are available from 175 to 450 lbs. The
275# cable is very appropriate.
a Nomad DTX costing $35 to one of these at $90, noting both will
catch fish, why is the MagTrak worth the money? Well, durability
is a prime consideration. You won't be replacing this lure due
to wear, a fractured tail, a deckhand's blow or a
hard bite. It will outlast it's competition. There are a few
reasons for their expense, one the big reason is their use of an
expensive neodymium magnets which are nickel and epoxy coated.
The front belly hook sits in a receiver, held in place by the
magnet, until the fish strikes. By running the hook in the
receiver the hook won't scar up the sides of the lure, like so
many others of similar design, and it's always in the best
position to hook your wahoo. Given they way wahoo normally
strike a lure, first strike can often be from the front. The
hook is where it's most productive, and it won't bang into the
lure, helping the lure always run true. Even if the hook comes
out of the receiver it will still run true up to 18 knots. The
belly hook is always in the stinger position, which in theory
will increase hookup percentage compared to most lures. In
fact, Nomad made a video showing use of a rubber band to keep
their belly hook on the DTX in stinger position. The MagTrak 10
weighs in at about 12 1/2 ounces.
Tuna on the Troll
Just received a LARGE shipment...
DTX Minnow is a revolution in trolling
minnows, featuring the Nomad Autotune,
Hydrospeed, Diamond Armour and Gorilla
Through Wire advanced design technology. The
pat. pending Autotune system was designed
over years of testing by Damon Olsen and is
a revolution in lure technology that will be
applied to all deep diving lures across the
Nomad range into the future. The Autotune
design provides for 2 key features– maximum
diving depth, and the ability to ensure the lure always swims straight.
We've now had six months experience with
these excellent lures and they have proven
themselves very capable performers. They are
the hot trolling lure for wahoo on the long
range boats and they've taken some
impressive tuna too. We've supplied several
clients in Florida who have very positive
comments regarding the lure's success - they
caught wahoo when nothing else did...
During summer we experienced supply issues
as Nomad ramped up US distribution, opening
their own warehouse here. That's been
fixed and we have a very good sized order
arriving early this week. I've added a
couple new flavors to this week's specials,
and we have three or four more new ones to
be added later in the week.
Bibbed minnows have traditionally been made
with an eyelet fixed into the bib of the
lure. It is impossible to control the
manufacturing process to ensure that this
fixed eyelet design is always perfectly
centered and the fixed wire eyelet is not
bent. Therefore, virtually every type of
bibbed minnow made with a fixed wire eyelet
in the bib will occasionally either not swim
straight out of the box, or will fail to
swim straight after one or a few fish. The
eyelet is either not straight to start with,
or becomes distorted during use.
In the first
image you can see the plate of
steel to which the split ring is
connected. The plate "floats" so
it's angle can change, always
keeping the lure running true.
The second image shows the
forward position for connecting
an assist hook rather than the
single hook mounted at the
belly. This would be the
preferred hook type for a
billfish or perhaps a larger
grade tuna that might torque the
singles. You can re-rig with a
treble if so desired at the same
positions as the singles for
The pat. pending Autotune system developed by
Nomad Design has eliminated this problem. The
design eliminates problems during manufacturing
and ensure that no matter how many fish you
catch, the lure will keep swimming straight.
During testing we had lures that had caught over
50 fish, and had been worn through from wahoo
and dogtooth teeth to the point of the lure body
filling with water, but the lure kept swimming
perfectly. The DTX minnow with Autotune will
always swim straight, first time and every time,
no matter how many fish you catch.
The other key feature of the Autotune system
is the amazing diving depth that can be
achieved. The ability of the system to
perfectly centre itself every time on the
bib means that the tow point can be designed
to be as far back on the bib as possible,
effectively just forward of the point where
the lure becomes unstable and won’t swim.
However, having the tow point as close to
this “point of not swimming” is what
achieves maximum diving depth, but it can
only be done with a perfectly centred tow
point. Traditional fixed eyelet trolling
lures are unable to position the tow point
this far back on the bib and have to allow
room for error in the manufacturing process.
The pat.pending Autotune system has eliminated
this problem and has set a new standard for
diving depth in trolling lure design. In
addition to the Autotune technology, the
concealed Hydrospeed belly eyelet allows faster
trolling speeds with single hooks, and ensures
the lure is balanced with single hooks, so the
DTX minnow just keeps swimming straight and
true. The additional belly eyelet in front of
the Hydrospeed eyelet is designed to be able to
fit an assist hook when targeting large tuna and
marlin. For tips on how to rig your DTX minnow
for marlin and tuna, please see the website
The DTX 165 and 200 minnows are rigged with our
purpose designed inline single hooks and will
reach max. depth between 4.5-8kn. Ideal for
tuna, wahoo, king mackerel, yellowtail, mahi
mahi, marlin and sailfish, and every other
predatory fish in the ocean, The DTX minnow is
your first choice in bluewater trolling lures.
- do not over-rig these lures, you'll detract from their action
and performance. Thinner diameter leader means greater depth
with any billed diver and a heavy line improperly rigged can
impede the Autotune system. Don't go in for a lot of hardware,
snaps and such. A simple loop with crimp, on 3' of 175 cable
terminating ina swivel for line attachment is plenty good enough
and will outfish heavier lines. Don't run 'em on 12 feet of 400
lb cable! A shorter 3 feet of say 175-275 lb is recommended, and
is more than sufficient if you are targeting wahoo on the troll.
Same story for mono and tuna, keep it simple, and fish
reasonable line tests for your target. Thinner diameters get you
more depth and will catch you more fish. Personaly, I run 175#
49 strand AFW cable, with a double crimp to
the ring at the nose of the lure, about 3-4
feet, and then will use a barrel or ball
bearing swivel to attach to my main line.
Okay, we've been
stocking and selling these lures
they came into the US market, spring 2018. The response by
our long range anglers has been terrific. For
2018's excellent wahoo season these were the
lures of choice. We've supplied several of the
long range boats out of San Diego, who took the
lead from the Red Rooster, the first boat making
good use of the lures. The Nomad DTX
became the dominant wahoo lure for the fleet.
How good are they? Note the image right. This
particular lure was used by one of our clients
from Colorado, TunaTom. The lure pictured above
caught 21 wahoo and still swims perfectly (and
yes, that's why we're now stocking the Glold
Glow pattern lure below...).
Catchy is another So. Cal. firm
that's making big waves with virtually all of their excellent new lures. In
this instance, Catchy has brought back an old favorite Sea Strike Jigs.
They've updated the product as you'll see, but retained that old productive
Tackle brought back an old favorite, and made some nice
improvements. The shape is the same, nice swimming action, but
the action is geared towards wahoo. The lures are a bright
chrome, on the flat side Catchy has added a prism finish in silver,
blue, purple or red. The lure's matched with a single siwash
hook for better penetration. They're about seven inches in
have been successfully fished on the long range scene, for many
years and thru at least 3 changes in ownership of the firm making
the lures. SeaStrike is owned by Catchy, and because of that
they've remained part of our long range menu for over 15 years.
So, how did we find 'em to begin with? Fact
is, I heard about 'em backwards. One of our clients contacted
us about securing some. He'd just returned from a trip on one
of the San Diego based boats, saw first hand just how effective
these guys can be. So, we tracked them down and brought some into the shop for the
fellow who called, and a few extra for us. Since that time
they've proven their effectiveness with consistent, solid results
landing wahoo and other gamefish. Darn good lures, have more action
on the drop than say a slab style lure such as a Raider.
They've even worked for me!
I'd suggest running the lures without wire. I'll
usually fish 'em that way, but I'll rig one of each style on single
strand as insurance against getting sawed or bit off. In my opinion
they'll fish better rigged only on mono, and given the way a wahoo
hits the lure you'll rarely loose one...but it can happen. In the
past three years fishing these irons I've yet to have to fish my
tried to stock these lures several years
ago after returning from a Red Rooster
III charter. We had a very good bite on
wahoo that trip, and the boat had some
of Captain Jimmy's lures aboard which
really out produced the other wahoo
bombs. I contacted Jim, and he wasn't geared up to handle our orders.
He was a long ranger, made the lures as
a hobby, and didn't want to get too
wrapped up with more work. Well, a
few years passed, and Jim contacted me
in early 2019. Sure was nice to
hear that he'd like us to stock his
excellent wahoo bombs. Probably
the quickest order he's received,
narrowed down the color selection and
here's the result, some very successful
lures, very well proven to perform.
notice that these jigs are not pre-rigged with
cable or wire. Some anglers prefer to run
mono over the cable, personal preference. No
doubt that a person will get more bites if you
rig the lure on mono or fluorocarbon, but you do
run the risk of not getting your lure back in
your hands if you are in the midst of a good
wahoo bite. I usually run my own jigs
without any cable/wire, but will typically run
18-24 inches of 135# seven strand cable on a
bomb. That's what most will do fishing long
range. The lures are about 5.5 ounces in weight.
Yellowtail and Wahoo Iron
(with PL68's in glow with singles a great tuna jig, too)
SALAS IRON Salas invented, perfected several shapes of jigs that are
classics, and they can be found in the tackle boxes of any experienced
fisherman out here in California. This multi-generational lure maker is
the standard, the most
productive irons made, made the
same way they've been made for
Let's just say, Salas
is a basic part of our fishing culture here and a product line that is
universally recommended by the long range fleet, just as Tady Jigs are
well supported within the community. (Pictured right, Salas 7, 6X and 6X
Jr. - left to right). Salas and Tady are the standards out here in SoCal,
and I doubt you'll find any saltwater fisherman who does not own at
least 20 jigs from each of these two firms. We own 'em and we fish 'em...often.
While these have been West Coast standards, I have clients on the East
Coast who also make great use of these lures. For a few of our charter
guys, these are their "secret" weapons for when the fishing gets tough.
The surface lures do great things on stripers, and no doubt the big iron
in white will produce tuna for you just like they do for us. Amberjacks?
Well if our yellowtail eat 'em like candy you can assume their cousins
will too...and they do.
Salas makes a wide range of "iron"
but they are most commonly associated with our "heavy iron."
(The 7 being the exception). Their products
are all hand made, hand painted, typically sand cast, and very effective
lures for yellowtail and many other species of fish. You could say that
they're the definitive heavy iron. Salas and Tady are the standards, and
in all honesty I don't think you'll find a SoCal angler that doesn't own
at least 20 of each manufacturers iron...and we fish 'em. often..
One point I should mention, please do
understand clearly that these jigs are not being made in China as many
others are (Tady, Sumo...). These are hand made here by Matt Salas.
Do not expect perfection on the paint job or the rings. They are made to
catch fish, not look pretty. The cosmetics are secondary, their
effectiveness is legendary.- Mark
Salas Jigs are made here in
SoCal - entirely USA produced.
CP-105 - Heavy Iron The CP 105 is a well accepted lure for yellowtail, bass, and any
deepwater game fish. (4.5 inches, 6 ounces)
6X and 6X Jr. - Heavy Iron These are your basic heavy irons, very capable fish catchers,
and bread and butter basics for bringing up Yellowtail. For our clients
fishing other areas, please do give these a try for your own New Zealand
and Australian Kings, Hawaiian, Gulf and East Coast Amberjacks and all
bottom oriented fish. Once you get the hang of fishing heavy iron you'll
also be impressed with the capability of these tried and true lures. (6X
weight 6.2 oz, length 6", 6XJr weight 4.3 oz, length 4.5")
PL-68 - Heavy Iron The Pl-68 is a classic piece for deep water jigging. These lures
are effective for both rockfish, yellowtail and for larger grade tuna.
Specifically, the glow with single tuna hook is a proven performer in
this regard. These lures are 7 1/2 inches in length and weigh in at 10.5
7X - Light Surface Iron The 7X is a larger surface iron style jig. Typically guys
will fish this jig similarly to a Tady 45, cast out as far as possible,
allowed to drop to a count of 5 or so, and then retrieved back to the
boat. It takes some feel, some experience to get the best swimming
action, and to dial in what the fish are looking for any particular day.
But, once you are dialed in, once you get the speed of retrieve right,
you are in for some fun. There's not much you can do that's as much pure
fun as fishing iron, and surface iron fishing is as fun as it gets!
(weight 3.35 oz, length 6.5")
J-POT - Light Surface Iron This is one of the newer designs from Salas. Similar in size to a Tady
C, and with a swimming action that takes very little practice or skill.
It's deadly for all gamefish, yellowtail, barracuda and striped bass.
This is one lure that should work it's way to the East Coast, like the
544 jigs for guys targeting larger grade stripers.
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