10/2/2022 – Weekly Specials

Our 6-Day Royal Polaris charter just came back on Thursday and it was a really fun trip to be on, we had great coastal yellowtail fishing and offshore dorado with good grade fish coming in. Unfortunately the weather blew our chances of going back up to SCI for bluefin fishing, but with the amazing variety of fish we were getting down south it was still an exciting trip. We had a lot of good lure bites for guys casting surface irons as well as some excellent jig fishing on the bottom.

The dorado fishing in our local waters has slowed down a bit but bluefin are still being found and some yellowfin also being caught as well. Overall it is a bit slower than fishing a month ago but it is still consistent and boats are selling out since there are plenty of shots for everyone to catch their fill or a fish of a lifetime.

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

If you have any suggestions, complaints, questions or comments about the website please feel free to email me at: sergey@charkbait.com or give me a call at the shop.

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

Sergey Smith


The all-new Fathom™ II Lever Drag reels take a class-leading reel and raise the bar even more. New models, sizing, features, and optimized billfish models round out the assortment to give a model for every application. Integrating the palm side plate and frame allows the Fathom™ II Lever Drag reels to be more compact in hand and increases strength. The Pull-to-Turn preset knobs allow the angler to truly set it, and forget it. At the Fathom’s™ core is a stainless steel main and pinion gear and a forged and machined aluminum spool for maximum durability.


The Tanacom family has a new big brother. The all new Tanacom 1200 holds and astounding 1,100 yards of 80-pound-test Daiwa J-Braid – that’s 220 yards more than the Tanacom 1000. It also has a 30 percent faster retrieval rate at a quick 140m/min, and 20 percent more power with 22lbs of max winding power. Maximum drag pressure has improved, too. Saltwater-sealed, it now stands at a trophy-turning 50 pounds. Kite-fishing fans will also appreciate the over-sized line guide aperture which is big enough to let swivels and large knots pass through, so go ahead and crank that rig right up to your rod tip. Still, the biggest improvement must be the new motor placement and gearing system. Previous Tanacom reels had the motor on the front which was sufficient.

The Tanacom 1200, however, has the motor and new gearing hidden inside the spool itself – and that positioning really makes a difference in this reel’s outstanding performance. This new engineering design allows the same dependable motor we’ve had such great success with to generate even more power, speed and efficiency. Combine that with the rigid frame and side-plates, plus repositioned bearings that see less water exposure, and this reel is ready to rock and roll. It’s so fast, powerful, smooth, and saltwater tough that I can even see it pulling double-duty with swordfish, especially considering the outstanding line capacity. All the above changes are significant but big game, canyon and offshore fans will also love the Tanacom 1200’s ease of operation.

To that end, you’ll find an easy-to-read LED dot screen and sealed electronics package with selectable languages to prompt you through power assist settings and procedures including automatic stop and jigging features. Using the Tanacom 1200, anglers can choose to fight fish with the Power Lever and Aluminum Round Knob or let the 12-volt power variable-speed assist do the heavy hauling. When you’re done for the day, simply wash down the reel without worrying about wetting the electronics because they are fully sealed.


ProMar’s introduced a new net for 2009’s season, their Ambush. The Ambush is trap-like in it’s construction, but it’s not a trap, the bugs can indeed escape. That’s what makes it a legal net in the eyes of the DFG, and that was confirmed again in the DFG’s 2009/10 regs. It’s 32 inches wide, making it more manageable for those using kayaks for their hoop’n. This net features non-collapsable sides, it’s also steeper in design and higher on the sides, making it harder for the bugs to crawl out. You should pair this net with ProMar’s NE 103 Pro harness/accessory kit, not the EK version. These are great tools folks, very likely the most effective net a novice bugger can own. There is one competitor to this net on the market, the ProMar is indeed better because of the angle and depth of the side walls. This net, like all other ProMar’s also has a built in bait bag at the bottom of the net.

Model # Diameter Entrance Weight Harness Bridle
NE-107 32” 18” 5lbs Heavy Duty 3″x6″ Brown Float
NE-107XL 36” 20” 6lbs Heavy Duty 3″x6″ Brown Float
NE-107XLH 36” 20” 14lbs Heavy Duty 3″x6″ Brown Float



The Free Swimmer features an Air Rotor that stands out for its balance, toughness, and sensitivity. Its arched profile and 15% weight reduction compared to standard rotors offers optimal winding smoothness while eliminating vibration thanks to a lowered center of gravity. Its waterproof, carbon Automatic Tournament Drag (ATD) system uses an improved drag grease with low viscosity at rest that becomes more viscous immediately after drag start-up. The result is a super-smooth drag with low initial inertia and beast-stopping power.

The Free Swimmer is available in both 8,000 and 10,000 sizes, with an all-aluminum frame and features Digigear technology. Compared to most of the competition, the gears are between 20% to 40% larger and have a bigger tooth pattern, resulting in longer gear life, up to three times that of competitive reels. Machined Aluminum Screw-In Handle with a Power Round EVA knob for generating extra leverage, plus an O-ring sealing system to ensure high-quality saltwater performance.


The Challenger Platinum Series (CP) from United Composite has long been one of my personal favorites. Here’s the background, the CP series was originally designed by Peter Williams from United Distributing in Australia. It was exclusive to the Australian market until Peter purchased UC and allowed me to buy blanks, which we turned into custom rods. Now that Randy Penny owns the firm he also saw the benefit of bringing these blanks to market as finished rods – THANK GOODNESS!

Here’s why we like the CP’s so much, and what’s different about this series in comparison to the US and Elite Series from United Composites (formerly known as Graphite USA). The CP series rods make use of upgraded carbon fiber, again used in the proprietary dual helix form, AND uni-directional fiberglass. The rod transitions to ‘glass at the tip. These rods are not nearly as light as the US and Elite series – they are more like a fiberglass Calstar in terms of weight – but they are strong, hard pulling, high use and abuse fishing rods. The blanks are the strongest made in my opinion, nothing else on the market like them in terms of design and inherent strength given the production materials and design. For light weight, go Elite –  no doubt about that. But for the most demanding conditions the CP’s are the best in the business in terms of lifting power and overall strength. These rods are also a bit “faster” in terms of their bend. The Elite’s offer a bit more parabolic action, and that’s great for many  applications and most fishermen. The CP’s are faster, put a bit more power in your hands and more control of the fish on the other end of your line, too. For the experienced angler who really likes to leverage a fish, the actions of these rods will be helpful in accomplishing greater control, but you will be a greater part of the fight since your strength comes more into play. That’s one aspect of a faster action rod to consider.

These are for the hard pullers out there, faster action (meaning you get good flex at the tip and then the rods shut off earlier than the US or CE series). The CP’s make use of Dual Helix construction plus uni-directional fiberglass. There is a transition to greater ‘glass towards the tip, but the dual helix construction extends butt through tip. CP’s incorporate higher end woven carbon fiber through the mid section of the rod. Five to six patterns are used in the build of the CP series, 1 fiberglass, three different types of carbon in four to five patterns.


The BKK GT-REX was developed aiming at tackling massive Giant Trevally and Tuna.

The Hand Ground hook point of the GT-REX coupled with BKK’s signature Ultra-Antirust Coating ensure sustained sharpness and penetration performance.

All the details of GT-REX from the hook eye to the hook points  have been engineered to create the best-performing treble hook for your salt water popping.

Bestowed the Good Design Award 2019.


Weed guard jig heads are a great way to use traditional swimbaits without worrying about snagging grass. Warbaits makes high quality and durable lead heads right here in California, these jigs feature Mustad black nickel Ultrapoint hooks to make sure whatever you hook stays on the hook. Each jig head uses a high quality powder coat paint in a variety of popular colors, even the natural silver is clear coated to protect the finish of the jigs.


The Warbaits Neck Breaker rig is a gamechanger for structure fishing, it is a perfect way to stay out of snagging weeds and grass while still getting a great action. Unlike belly weight weedless swimbaits, the neck breaker rig lets your swimbait keep all of its action without reducing your casting distance and sinking depth because the head is separate from the hook. You can replace the EWG hooks easily using the split ring in case you want fresh hooks or a different size to match your bait better.


We’ve been waiting on the sports series to arrive for a while now after seeing them at ICAST and being blown away by how light and comfortable they were. If you don’t mind an ankle deck boot over a 12″ size then these are going to be the best boot you can buy. They are super light compared to the standard ankle deck boots and seem to fit wider feet a lot better making them more comfortable. They still retain the rugged design of the tradition boots and are 100% waterproof. As someone would rather risk the chance of hooking myself by wearing flip flops than a standard boot, these are now on my shopping list because of how much better they feel. They come in gray and navy, the navy might look better over time with hard use but the gray should stay a lot cooler in the sun.

As fishing has evolved so has fishermen’s needs, so we continue to innovate and solve for how our boots and footwear can help them feel safe, confident, and comfortable. The Ankle Deck Boot Sport brings you everything you would expect from your XTRATUF® boots but in a sportfishing specific silhouette that is up to 30% lighter than other 6 inch boots in this category. This Sport is built from a new high-performance foam PRO LITE which is ultra-durable and slip resistant, all while being a one-piece outsole. This boot delivers the comfort and agility of a sneaker with long cushion life and high energy return, all while offering the same traction benefits of a full rubber boot.


Excellent for anywhere in the water column, this jig goes sideways and glides like a javelin once pitched. Unlike most traditional tear-drop jigs, it has a distinct flat shape on one side and a tear-drop convex shape on the other which produces the long horizontal slide when slow pitching or long falling the jig. These jigs get right to where your fish are waiting, whether you’re targeting tuna and bonito or rockfish and sand bass.

All 130g jigs feature BKK assist hooks with UV tassles and heavy duty split rings.

  • The Orange‘s diagonal orange and glow-in-the-dark stripes on one side and orange foil on the other make it unique and attractive to fish, as the jig flips between glow and foil on the fall. Comes in 130g and 220g. *GLOWS IN THE DARK
  • The Pink has diagonal pink and glow-in-the-dark stripes on one side and pink foil on the other. As the jig flips between glow and foil on the fall, the flashing glow side excites the fish. Comes in 130g and 220g.  *GLOWS IN THE DARK
  • The Silver has vertical silver and glow-in-the-dark stripes to twinkle all the way down as the sides flip back and forth. Comes in 130g and 220g. *GLOWS IN THE DARK
  • The Blue color features diagonal blue and pink and glow-in-the-dark stripes on one side and a leopard foil on the other that fish will love. Comes in 130g and 220g. *GLOWS IN THE DARK