7/12/2020 – Welcome to our Weekly Specials, something we try to post each Sunday

With ICAST 2020 week coming up later this week we should see many new product releases from most manufacturers. Because of the virus concerns the physical show was cancelled and replaced by a virtual one. Many companies have already put out new content and new products but we should see more information and marketing this week because this is the main time of the year for new products. We already have new 2020 products coming in so you will see new additions, such as the Daiwa Saltiga Lever Drag Reels added.

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

Best Kill Bags Available LOWEST PRICE ONLINE Proudly Made in the USA
High Quality & Durable Materials
Designed to Preserve Fish Longer

We’re indeed proud to bring a much needed new product to our private boating clients, the new Kill Bags.  These things save space on your boat, and preserve your catch for proper eating pleasure.  In the past, private boaters either had some deck space wasted with a cooler, or perhaps a fish hold that could be better used for other storage purposes. Lack of proper insulation resulted in either damaged meat or fast consumption of large amounts of ice. Either way, it’s a pain in the keester, and another inconvenience brought about by limits in space and design.  Here’s a solution to a basic problem faced by fishermen: a well insulated kill bag.

Our Kill Bags attach to your rear cleats, hang off the transom and rest on the swim step.  They’re made with insulated heavy duty vinyl scrim material that is water/moisture resistant and are sewn with SunGuard UV protected thread.  The 1/2″ waterproof insulation material has excellent thermal properties, they really do keep the cool in!

The bags are bloused out at the bottom for maximum capacity.  An envelope type bag is less expensive to produce, and on the surface may seem like a good option.  Well, in my opinion it’s not so good of an option, simply won’t hold fish as well as having a wider bottom.  It’s also a lot more stable than an envelope type bag that does not become wider at the base/bottom. Reliable bags have a drain in the bottom and are zippered on top with tie downs in the top corners.  They save space, they preserve your catch, they work well.  Just dump in a few pounds of ice, toss in your catch, and keep the deck clear for more fishing. All Reliable bags are 12″ wide at the bottom for greater fish holding capacity. In the standard bag (not specialty kayak bag) specifications of size below, the first dimension is height, the second width measured at the zipper. The base is 12″ less than the zippered sections length.

We’ve had some requests for a slightly shorter kill bag recently.   Depending upon your boat, it’s swim step depth, the following bags might be a better option. The bags are vinyl coated using 18 oz heavy duty nylon.  They use 1/2″ dense closed cell foam, with drain spout.  They use UV and mildew resistant thread material for long term use.  Both Reliable and Precision (used to make ’em but are no longer marketed) make a great bag, the best we’ve encountered.  This supplier constructs their bags a little differently, with a bit more support with their straps. But, really both suppliers do an excellent job and offer quality products to us, and to you.  One thing for sure, they are well made, and we like ’em! If you were going to hang one off the back of your boat, and you didn’t have a transom for it to sit on, I’d opt for the Reliable and I’d be inclined to go with one of their shorter bags. One point, the dimensions mentioned by Reliable represent the material size, they won’t be quite as long once built since they bow in at the base and are wider up top.

I’ve used these bags quite a bit, the larger 72″ bag will hold fish for 24 hours with a few pounds of ice.  I’ve been out three days with 2 10# bags of crushed ice in the bag, and had the fish in perfect condition upon arrival back at the dock.  The block ice would have done even better.  I’ve used these on my own boat, as well I use my smaller kill bag instead of an ice chest when heading out on a long range fishing trip out of San Diego. The bag stores much more easily in my truck’s cab while I’m on the water, and upon my return I toss it in the back, load up some ice and make use of the 1 day service from Five Star or Mario’s back at the dock. One thing I should mention, the bags are sewn/stitched, so there’s some water that leaks from the bottom or corners. This is the way they are supposed to be. Don’t plan on ’em being a dry bag in the back of your Suburban. You can use some silicone sealant and reduce that “breathing” but that’s really not the way you’d want to go for use as intended on a boat. Allowing the water to slowly seep out is a good thing for the longer term purpose it’s designed for. The new 36 Can Cooler is a different type of product from Reliable. That particular cooler is water sealed.

High Quality Hooks, Rings & Swivels
Made in Japan
Tournament Legal Hooks Available

QuickRig makes some of the highest quality terminal tackle available today. They have a wide variety of different hooks, rigs and swivels to make sure to cover many applications of fishing. Their circle hooks are all tournament legal and endorsed by the Billfish Foundation, making them a great choice for any large game fish, they’ve been especially popular for the bluefin and swordfish here in SoCal. They offer unique products like the ringed ball bearing swivels which will make it much easier to use assist hooks on a big jig for the tuna, or the corkscrew swivels that offer significant size and performance improvements over standard snap swivels.

We also have unique products from QuickRig that no one else has, the offset tandem hook rigs are something we have made for us in the Black Nickel and Stainless Steel varieties. They are awesome for marlin and wahoo rigging, especially if you’re using larger lures. The offset design offers great hook sets and a more balanced action when rigged on a lure. Speaking of marlin and wahoo, the Koga hooks are a great option due to their rounder shape and polished round point instead of a regular wedge which is less effective and has less penetration. The Koga hooks have a similar shape to the Owner Jobu but offer performance improvements since they are stainless and do not crack when they hit the deck.

Available in 10 Popular Colors PRICE $17.99 High Speed Vibe Lures Through-Wired Construction
3X Treble Hooks
Used for Casting & Trolling

This unique lure can be trolled up to 15 knots, casted and retrieve or fished vertically in open water for a variety of saltwater game fish. The vibrating action of this lure is proven to entice strikes and the innovative through wire technology guarantees that fish won’t break off after the initial hook up.

  • “Power Body” with through wire construction
  • Welded shaft
  • 3x treble hooks
  • Patented Color Change Technology

One of the most interesting new lures, introduced at 2017’s ICAST, is Yo-Zuri’s High Speed Vibe.  The lure has some functional similarities to the Halco Max 130, it’s an effective trolling lure AND cast and retrieve lure.  Both applications can be done very well with this versatile lure.  The lures are 5 1/4 inches (130mm), weigh 2 7/8 oz (80gm). They are thru-wired, sinking design.

From the manufacturer:

The brand new High Speed Vibe is a realistic lure manufactured to match baitfish found up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. This unique lure can be trolled up to 15 knots, casted and retrieve or fished vertically in open water for a variety of saltwater game fish. The vibrating action of this lure is proven to entice strikes and the innovative through wire technology guarantees that fish won’t break off after the initial hook up. This is a sinking lure and can be fished at all depths/ranges. With key features like Yo-Zuri’s patented color change technology, powerbody and premium terminal tackle, the High Speed Vibe is sure to be your new go to lure!

Our take? Well, the lure’s finish is great, cosmetics excellent, rigged appropriately and can be enhanced with single hooks if that’s your preference (Eagle Claw and VMC both offer in-line replacement hooks).  The trebles which come with the lures are 3X strong, plenty good for schoolie tuna.  I’m really thinking these new lures will shine brightly when we get a good run of albacore down here.  For those in NorCal and the Pacific Northwest, these lures might be of great interest for your summer albacore. Halco and Yo-Zuri comparison pic right>

$69.00 Available in 1.5 & 3.5lb Weights
Trolls Well at 1-10 Knots
Great Downrigger Ball & Planer Alternative


Great engineering has finally been applied to deep water fishing. Everyone knows the benefits of using downriggers for all species of gamefish. Fish spend more time in deep water than they do splashing the surface. Downriggers are a great investment in better fishing success, but they do have some drawbacks. Chief among these is the darn downrigger weight. They are a lethal nuisance, bouncing around on a boat. They also drift back considerably from the boat while trolling. So, while you have 100 feet of line out, your downrigger ball may only be 40 feet under. The Z-Wing cures the big downsides of downrigger use. Nekton’s Z-Wing uses a proven hydrodynamic design to put you in complete control of both depth and lateral location of your line. You can maintain your depth and consistent tracking over your range of trolling speeds without having to adjust weights or cable. Downrigging just got a lot easier, and that will make your fishing more productive! (Available in black)

The heavier 350, 3.5 lb wing performs at all trolling speeds. (Recommended: 1-10 knots)

  • Made from lightweight, virtually indestructible, polypropylene plastic.
  • Stainless Steel Trolling Bracket (Connect tow line to the center hole
  • Size: 13.5” x 2” x 7”
  • Hydrodynamic shape increases downward pressure with speed and allows you to control depth and lateral location.
  • Angle of descent may vary depending on tide and trolling speed. Note: Match cable strength to downward force. (min 200lb test tow line recommended

The lighter 150, 1.5 lb wing performs best at high trolling speeds (Recommended: 4-10 knots)

  • Made from lightweight, virtually indestructible, polypropylene plastic.
  • Stainless Steel Trolling Bracket (Connect tow line to the center hole
  • Size: 13.5” x 2” x 7”
  • Hydrodynamic shape increases downward pressure with speed and allows you to control depth and lateral location.
  • Angle of descent may vary depending on tide and trolling speed. Note: Match cable strength to downward force. (min 200lb test tow line recommended)

MackStick Speed Runner Lures NEW ICAST INTRODUCTION PRICE $21.99 Thru Wired & HD Hardware
Made for Wahoo Trolling
5 oz Weight

The Savage Gear MackStick Speed Runners were first shown at ICAST 2019. Here it is June 2020 and the lure has finally been released and delivered.  When something is good, this good, we don’t mind waiting.  This lure is a companion trolling lure to the Mack Stick Deep Diver billed/bibbed lures.  In this form the lure is to run fast and straight from 6-15 knots.  Heavy duty 5X hooks, attached with ball bearing swivels, thru wired for security, with a very high quality holographic finish.  The lure also lights up with UV and Superglow finish, they’ll get you noticed better than a 12K Rolex.

As a private boater, these lures will be very much favored. They’re rigged to deal with wahoo, but they’ll entice a wide range of species.  While there’s a bit of a planing design to the weighted head, wide with lower attachment point to gain depth.  It’s stability at speed and depth comes from the position of the attachment point, wide head and weight forward design.  This lure will ride higher in the water column than the MackStick Deep Divers at say 7 knots. The Deep Divers can get down 30 feet!  But, as the speed increases the deep diver billed lures will come to a point where they’ll not be effective, they won’t dig in well.  The Deep Divers will be more speed dependent while the Speed Runner version will accept a wider range of trolling speed and still reach their depth.  Consequently, both lures will do well used together on your spread or independently.

For those of us who like to long range fish out of San Diego, these might be the smallest wahoo trolling lure anyone runs on the boat.  Compared to the largest size Marauders, 220 size DTX Minnows and MagTrak lures, the Mackstick Speed Runner is almost small.  But, there are times when smaller lures get you bit better, and it opens up possibilities of tuna and other species.  I intend to bring one along on my next trip and give it a test. It’s range of speed is certainly an attraction, no reason not to drag one behind the boat looking for an opportunity bite…and a good reason to stop the boat.

Some may be tempted to use this lure in a cast and retrieve mode. That might work. But, we’ll suggest going with the Savage Gear’s StickBaits for that application, those would be better swimmers – beautiful swimmers indeed. These new Savage Gear MackStick Speed Runners will be great lures to run for those dealing with toothy critters like wahoo, but do not sell them short for tuna.

Makaira SEa Matte Black & Silver Reels Available in 10, 15, and 16 Sizes FROM $449.99 NOW 10% OFF

The 2019 Limited Edition Matte Black Makaira reels share the same features as the rest of the SEa lineup. Coming in a unique Matte Black color, Okuma has changed things up a bit from the last time they did a limited run of Black reels. This time you get more contrast with silver trim and a main color you’ll struggle to find on any other machined aluminum reel.

They aren’t for everyone, but for those who appreciate the enhancements and have the highest demands, they are reels to die for. Okuma’s Makaira Special Edition Long Range reels take things to another level in terms of specific changes that some in the long range community have requested. Before getting into that, let me state clearly, the existing crop of Makaira reels are absolutely state of the art, and for most of us, myself included, there is little reason to head in the SE direction. The changes you’ll see in the SE series reels appeal most to fishermen who are uncompromising in terms of their demands upon gear, guys who regularly head out to tangle with cow size tuna on the long range boats or aboard a sportfisher off Puerto Vallarta, those that will benefit most will be our most dedicated long range enthusiasts. Those that will benefit least will probably be private boaters, guys who tend to put on heavy miles on their gear and don’t take the time to maintain ’em regularly. In a lot of ways the SE reels are custom shop offerings, based upon feedback from some of the most experienced anglers, guys who jumped on the Makairas early and fished ’em hard on the long range boats in 2010/11. To those, Okuma listened and responded, showing their sincere interest in building the best gear possible. The pricing of the SE series reels is a tad higher than the original Makaira reels, reflecting the change in handle and bearings used on these pieces. If you are seeking the best freespool performance, flylining live bait to large grade tuna, this series of reels will put a smile on your face and very likely result in a personal best on the boat.

Okay, now for what’s different on the Special Edition reels, the SE Series reels feature:

  • Open Spool Bearings with TSI-301 oil. This increases freespool 2 to 2 1/2 times!
  • All non-spool bearings feature FULL grease pack for maximum longevity.
  • Special Edition Gun Smoke and Black anodizing.
  • SE reels have a yellowfin tuna etched into the side plate to further distinguish them from the Golds.
  • Frames have been machined out for increased clearance between the spool and cross bars.
  • Larger Handles, MK-10/15 reels will feature MK-20 size handle knobs for greater leverage.
  • Larger Handles, MK 20/30 reels use the 50 size arm and knobs.
  • New LOWER GEARING on the 20/30 size – 1.3:1!!!
MK-10IISEA4BB+1TB4.7:1 & 2.1:133.5″ & 15.0″34-LBS27-LBS460/15 (0.37), 380/20 (0.42), 280/25 (0.48)26.1
MK-15IISEA4BB+1TB4.7:1 & 2.1:133.5″ & 15.0″34-LBS27-LBS550/20 (0.42), 410/25 (0.48), 310/30 (0.55)26.8
MK-16IISEA4BB + 1TB4.3:1 & 1.3:139.2″ & 11.8″48-LBS34-LBS870/20 (0.42), 650/25 (0.48), 500/30 (0.55)40
MK-20IISEA4BB+1TB3.8:1 & 1.3:139.4″ & 17.5″55-LBS37-LBS870/25 (0.48), 660/30 (0.55), 530/40 (0.60)45.8
MK-30IISEA4BB+1TB3.8:1 & 1.3:139.4″ & 17.5″55-LBS37-LBS850/30 (0.55), 700/40 (0.60), 550/50 (0.70)48
MK-50IISEA4BB + 1TB3.2:1 & 1:137.8″ & 11.9″85-LBS60-LBS1000/30 (0.55), 650/50 (0.70), 400/80 (0.90)60.2
MK-80WIISEA6BB + 1TB3.1:1 & 1.2:145.7″ & 20.5″100-LBS70-LBS1000/80 (0.90), 850/100 (1.0), 660/130 (1.12)116