7/25/2021 – Weekly Specials

We are back from ICAST and going through all of the orders that have been placed during out trip. We should be able to catch up this week so orders will be starting to go out on Monday. ICAST was a bit more empty this year and previous years but there is still plenty of manufacturers that ended up going. Some notable new products we’ll be starting to offer once they are available are the new reels announced by Daiwa, the Accurate Tern 2, new Okuma travel rods, a variety of new jigs for SPJ and tuna fishing and a whole lot more. Stay tuned and keep checking the new product page to see updates.

We are seeing longer delays for products across the board, most of the overseas manufacturers like Daiwa, Okuma and Penn are running out of stock and are experiencing long delays to get more. Domestic manufacturers are doing their best as well with regulations and slowdowns. Since importers have run out of stock people have been turning to domestic manufacturers to fill the demand, but that has also created a shortage in those products. It seems like the first half of this year will be similar to last year when everyone was caught off guard and sold through stock due to the increased interest in fishing.

If you’ve got pictures of some of your catches with our gear feel free to send us some pictures either to me at sergey@charkbait.com or Mark at information-1@charkbait.com

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As always, thank you for visiting our Weekly Specials and hope to see you at the shop!

Sergey Smith


Avet is undergoing the slow process of discontinuing their “First Gen” reels in favor of the new line of G2 and G2 No-Glide reels. We are receiving a shipment of some of the JX and LX single speed models to clear out at a discount. These are great reels at an even better price, both the JX and LX work well as 40lb and down reels with the LX being a wide live bait version and the JX being the narrower jigging version.

JX 4.6 MC
20 4.6:1 400yds/65lb 36” 20-40lb Strike: 15 Full: 20
JX 6.0 20 6.0:1 400yds/65lb 46” 20-40lb Strike: 15 Full: 20
JX 6.0 MC
20 6.0:1 400yds/65lb 46” 20-40lb Strike: 15 Full: 20
LX 6.0 MC
22 6.0:1 600yds/65lb 46” 20-40lb Strike: 15 Full: 20


The Slidekick is a new venture for Nomad Design, a jig catering to the SoCal market and hopefully bringing surface iron fishing to new fishermen across the country. These surface irons feature a wide variety of Nomad’s popular colors which deviates from the traditional single or two tone patterns of most other surface irons on the market. They’re a bit heavier at 4.25 oz making them a bit easier to cast and fish with, letting you maintain a faster retrieve and cover a wider range of the water column if you let them sink out. They are made of a soft but durable plastic with a steel core to provide the durability of a thru-wire construction and the weight that makes these jigs easy to cast. They are rigged with great treble hooks out of the package but the split ring at the back allows you to easily change to a single or different treble if you wanted. We expect these lures to do quite well given their unique patterns, especially with how many people love fishing surface irons on the local boats here.


The 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.

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.


There were two new lures shown off at ICAST 2019, the larger sized DTX Long Range sized minnow and the new MADMACS.  The DTX minnows gain depth thru their bill (bib) and weight distribution.  The MadMacs attain depth thru their front loaded weight and positioning of the connection point via the patented autotune system. These will act similarly to other planning head type designs. These are sinking lures, made to be high speed capable, to speeds greater than 15 knots when properly rigged.  They can also troll slow, as slow as 5 knots with an enticing vibrating action, even at very slow speeds. With the autotune system, thee lures will run true over a huge range of speeds.  When trolled at slower speeds the lures will attain a depth of 8-10 feet, at a super fast pace you’ll get 3-4 feet of depth out of the lure. The key is that they will run true.


We’ve heard some complaints about the hooks that come on the Nomad Design lures, they’re not replaceable and have very small barbs which don’t facilitate a good hookset so we have worked with QuickRig over the last few months to try to get guys a solid and heavy duty replacement. The new Golden Eye hooks use the same quality stainless steel as the rest of their hooks which are also hand made in Japan, which is a big improvement over the tin alloy hooks used on the DTX’s and other hooks like it. There are plenty of inline hooks out there from Owner, Eagle Claw, VMC and BKK but none of them can match the durability and quality of a heavy gauge stainless steel hook, these hooks are guaranteed to last a lot longer than your lures letting you save money in the long run on replacements. They all use a round polished barb which is a lot better than a rough wedge shape that Mustad likes to use on the 7691’s, it allows for better penetration and a more durable point.


These are the perfect heavy duty 2 piece popping rod for all of your adventures. They’re light, thin, portable and about as strong as it gets. Capable of fishing up to 100lb line for the biggest predators in the water, great for any of the bluefin adventures going on in San Diego and abroad. Popping is fun and productive but to target the bigger species you need a rod with enough backbone and strength to not double over when working the lure. With a stiffer rod it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain strength since the load is harder to distribute throughout the blank. Temple Reef has done a great job designing a rod that will achieve both strength and the right action for any of the larger poppers and stickbaits.

Model 80SP
Guides SiC
Type GT Tuna (All Types) / Spin
Piece 2B
Power XXX Heavy
Action Med Fast
Length 8’0″
Line PE10-12
Lure (g) ~220
Max Drag @45º (kg) 15
Pack Length (cm) 176
Weight (g) 410


Momoi has been best known for their mono products over the years.  They too realized that more and more folks are running braid (Spectra, Dynema, PE) lines as well as a leader, increasingly making use of braid for it’s beneficial properties.  In the past Momoi’s braid was, in truth, nothing spectacular.  It’s price was comparatively high and diameters were all over the place, not necessarily matching up with the provided specs.  They re-evaluated their product, considered sources domestically, and came to the conclusion that they needed to make a significant change.  Their Generation 3 product is now sourced overseas, Japan, and it’s a Dynema product.  Frankly, Dynema, Spectra, PE, all essentially the same thing, made from the same raw materials.  By shifting to overseas production Momoi’s hollowcore braid improved considerably.  It’s now rather skinny and the price has become far more aggressive.  Good marketing move in my estimation given some of the more familiar suppliers, one in particular, will be fading away. 

At the present time we’ll focus on Momoi’s hollowcore braid, they followed ToroTamer’s lead in terms of family pricing, 16 strand, and some other line characteristics. We’ll confirm with some independent testing, but it looks to me like Momoi is finally on target with their hollow.  We’ll hold off on their solid at the present time, that product has some work ahead of it in terms of pricing – likely they will make a shift once their current supply runs down. At that point, we’ll re-evaluate the solid product verses competing lines.  Momoi’s Hollow Core is on target.


The 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.


We’ve started receiving our first batches of rods for 2021, the RCJB84H’s and XH’s are now in stock with the other model coming soon. The new builds are almost identical to the last, all rods will have the Alps CAH aluminum reel seats. The 84H and 84XH will have a rubber gimbal while the 84XXH will step it up with an Alps aluminum gimbal and heavier guide wrapping to accommodate the bigger line.

All rods produced make use of ALPS components, braid safe guides, machined aluminum reel seats, and that stealthy black threadwork with a very fine detail in silver. All rods, with the exception of the heaviest model incorporate ALPS soft gimbal so they are comfortable to fish both with and without a fighting belt. The heaviest conventional rod makes use of a more traditional aluminum gimbal with bulb cap. The rods make use of black ALPS XBXNL & XBHXNL series SS316HXN guides for long lasting performance. The conventional rods make use of the RCJB84 series RX6/E-Glass & Graphite blanks, which we have used in the past. This is a true composite blank, more carbon towards the butt, transitioning to E-Glass thru the tip. For the spinning rods, we elected to run the RCKJB series blanks. Same construction materials, RX6/E-Glass & Graphite blanks, transitioning from Carbon to E-Glass, combining light weight, sensitivity and durability.

With the three conventional rods offered, a person could be very well rigged for your typical 3-8 day trip. Add a spinning outfit for poppers and you really have covered the bases. The only missing thing might be a trolling outfit (which most boats now supply) or perhaps a rail rod combo for the once (or more) in a lifetime catch. The three conventional setups would cover me just fine, and likely be all you really need for 6 days and down, and for 90% of what you’d need on an 8 day’r. At 10 days plus, well, you’ll still fish 2 out of 3 of those rods, maybe all three, but you’ll likely need the big gun, too… What are other adequate alternates for medium to long range fishing? Put the RainShadow CharkBait built rods right in the middle, between Budget Conscious and Best on the Boat.