8/1/2021 – Weekly Specials

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

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


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.


Okuma first showed off a prototype of this reel under the Metaloid name.  It was supposed to arrive well over a year ago, but was delayed. (Okuma has been busy…) Then the idea came to change the name of the Metaloid series reels, the new conventional reels gained the name Cavalla and the spinning reel which would have been produced finally was, but under the re-branded Cedros series name.  Confusing? Not really, just a name change and a couple enhancements to the original prototype shown off 2 years ago.  This is a new series for 2020, formally introduced at ICAST 2020. We got an early jump on ’em.  All are in stock, all are available for immediate shipping.

Some very solid features, dual anti-reverse – a back up to the standard one way bearing for added security. Bearings and housing made to deal with saltwater’s harsh effects on metal.  These are also designed with a MANUAL BAIL. This improves reliability over time, better long term functionality.

Specifically designed for saltwater use, the Cedros spinning reels feature Okuma’s rigid Mag-Alloy Blade Body Design, Dual Force Drag System for extreme stopping power and our proprietary High Density Gearing with a special corrosion resistant coating.

Combine this with a high-speed gear ratio and a customized aluminum handle and you have one of the best saltwater jig fishing reels
on the market.



Tady decided to come out with their own pre-rigged versions of the TSP Tuna jigs, opting to use 4 large single hooks with a ball bearing swivel for each. The jigs are through-wired so you won’t have to worry about breaking them on a big fish, especially since these rigged versions come with welded rings throughout. Overall these are a great jig targeted specifically for the SoCal market Bluefin fishing, so if you’re targeting the bigger tuna these will be your best option. Considering how many swivels and rings were added to the jig they’re a good value, especially if you get a fish of a lifetime on one. The leader is 200lb mono which is plenty good for abrasion resistance and won’t impact the bite since you’ll be fishing these at night.

The new Tuna versions of the Tady TSP jigs are a much needed change in the jig market, the unique front and rear shape create a wide sweeping action when jigged and an erratic fall on the drop. These are a new design made with shorter and heavier sizes than the standard TSP jigs from Tady, specifically targeted for the big bluefin due to the extra weight and depth they can be used at. Since these are slow pitch jigs you can also use more specialized lighter tackle to really give a great action to the jigs, but they are still usable on bigger heavier reels for a quick drop and retrieve in-fact we encourage you to use them that way for the bigger bluefin. If you are lucky enough to have a nice Slow Pitch setup you can use these for many different species at a variety of current conditions, since they are a bit shorter than the original TSP’s they will work better on a drift or in higher current especially with the added weights.

All of the jigs come in classic holographic bait patterns with a brighter yellow pattern to attract fish in warmer water. Each jig has a patterned glow finish on the back to ensure that they are usable at night and at large depths, the last few years glow jigs have been especially popular for night time and gray light tuna fishing since they get down to the right depth and are easily noticeable by the fish.



Tady has decided to super-size the popular 4/0 light iron into a senior model, which preserves the same great swimming pattern while making it easier to cast. These are larger and heavier which will make casting them that much easier on a traditional 40lb setup. Currently the only supported colors are various flavors of mint, which has been the most productive over the last few years. They weigh in at 3.5 oz and measure 6.5 inches which makes them very comparable to the 45 and Starman irons.


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.


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.