11/29/2020 – Weekly Specials

We have had a very busy week with the Black Friday sale going on, and things should start to return back to normal next week. We will have the same sale going until Monday after which we will probably end up switching to a bit of a holiday promotion of some special stock we’ve received. Stay tuned for more updates.

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

Komodo SS Baitcasting Reels KDS 273, 463P & 463LX Lefty 27-33% OFF

Komodo Special Purchase SAVE $60-90

Here’s an open stock special on a group of reels of very high demand. Okuma made us an offer on a group of open stock reels – meaning their boxes ain’t so nice to look at. Reels are perfect, but boxes are downright ugly.  Well, who the heck cares about a darn box. It’s what’s inside that counts, and in this case what’s inside is pretty darn incredible. Okuma has proven the strength of the Komodo design, these are exceptional reels to own. They are robust in construction for a compact saltwater oriented baitcaster.  We only have three models available, stock is very much limited with 15-25 pieces available – that’s all there are at this open stock price. Save 27-33%

KDS 273 reg $219 sale $ 159.99 – 15 available
KDS 463P reg $269 sale $179.99 – 20 available
KDS 463LX LEFTY reg $249 sale $169 – 25 available

HX & HXJ 5/2 2-Speed MC Reels 10% OFF ALL LEVER DRAG AVETS 20% OFF

We’ve got a special running for the Avet HX and HXJ 2-Speed MC reels, these are the fully geared up versions of the standard HX and HXJ series. They are not raptors which have the extra drag, but for those guys fishing 60lb and down these are exceptional reels for the price. The HXJ and HX are both awesome jig tossing reels, if you’re going for wahoo and are unsure of which reel to get for a casting setup I would highly recommend checking them out. The MC will help with casting and having a 2-speed will ensure you don’t get spooled if you hook into something bigger.

A lot of guys like these reels for bottom fishing as well, with a bit less line capacity which you don’t really need anyway on the HXJ you can get some big yellowtail, ling cod, grouper and more.

For the rest of the Avet Lever Drag family we are extending a 10% discount on all reels, from the EX’s down to the little SXJ’s. This offer does exclude the star drags since Avet has just released them and don’t even have them all in stock or made yet.

SAVE UP TO 50% ON 300M & 1000M SPOOLS

Toro Tamer SUPER BRAID is made from Gel Spun Polyethylene fibers. They offer both hollow and “solid” types of line, “solid” form, means it does not have a hollow core. For “solid” lines you’ll use a knot for your connection of leader to braid, with hollow core you can take advantage of in-line knotless rigging. ToroTamer  offers 20, 30, 50, 60 & 80lb test lines in 4 strands. We should note, most manufacturers lines at 60# and down are 3 or 4 strands. The 4 color depth finder line changes color every 10 meters (33 feet), so when you see a color repeat you know you’ve dropped 40 meters (~130 feet). It’s our feeling that this is an appropriate way to mark the depth for realistic use. There are a few firms with depth finding lines, some with useless markings such as one firm which uses 10 colors changing every 10 yards…darn hard to keep track of when you are doing deeper drops. A 10 meter changing point makes a lot more sense we’ll suggest.


Similar to the CB Poppers we’ve offered for a few years, these new surface lures improve upon the original design. The head is round rather than triangular, the results are greater splash – especially if you are fishing from a larger boat which is higher to the water line, such as a long range boat out of San Diego. The improved “pop” or splash allows the lure to be worked more effectively. The smaller 120mm size is about 4.8″ long and works best for casting with lighter line and spinning reels. It’s the perfect size for school sized fish or assorted warm water species. We’ve got 5 popular colors to match different kinds of bait and water conditions. For the warmer waters the bright colors make the most sense, and for colder water the bait colors will work well although the action of the lure is the most important thing over the color. If you can get these in front of the fish and work it well, they’ll definitely bite.


Save 40% on the last generation Daiwa Proteus Rods, along with free shipping! They’ve got a lifetime warranty and come at a great price!

Daiwa’s Proteus rods were built specifically for the SoCal market needs. They did their homework, studied some of our CA produced state of the art rods, actions, etc. The result of doing the homework was the creation of some excellent rods which offer significant benefit to fishermen. Before going into specifics, let’s talk a bit about Daiwa. Daiwa is a 50 year old firm specializing in fishing (with a golf background too since rod making technology is also used to produce golf clubs). Daiwa owns their own factories, they are not buying rods built by a third party. They have control over what’s built, and they have responsibility for the consequences of not doing things right. Daiwa is the most traditional of Japanese manufacturers, and that’s a good thing.

For our West Coast style fishing (with broad appeal in other regions) typically for rods in the $200 range we’d be looking at fiberglass. Fiberglass is darn good, it’s durable, but it’s heavy when compared to other more modern materials. An all graphite rod has earned a bad reputation by comparison to fiberglass when it comes to durability. That’s not a function of the material, it’s a function of the way it’s used. United Composites (GUSA) demonstrated that an all graphite rod was equal to or better than ‘glass in terms of strength and durability – but that was the result of changing the way rods are laid up – using the material differently.

Fishermen have evolved along with the equipment we use. The use of braid has allowed us to fish smaller gear, with greater drag capability than in years past. With the smaller, lighter reels, we’re looking for rods that have high strength but weigh less and have a thinner diameter. Balance is better, ease of use improves, call it ergonomics or just comfort, we fishermen are looking for different rods than we did a decade ago – or at least we should be.  Frankly, I see Okuma’s and Daiwa’s rods as filling the arena which our fiberglass rods formerly covered, with more modern designs and construction methods.  I mentioned that Daiwa did their homework, one look at the Proteus rods confirms that, and once you pick up one of the rods you immediately note that we’re not playing with old school fiberglass…ah but we’re still benefiting from some ‘glass since these rods are our preferred composite build. Light weight, durable performance, thinner diameters, nicer action for use with braid, excellent components all combine to make the Proteus series rods something I really should have brought into our inventory a year earlier. There were some reasons for that decision, but the positive is that we’ve now brought in the line and it augments our range of rods significantly. Daiwa did a great job in designing the Proteus series rods. These are some excellent rods, well worth their price, and a serious upgrade from the typical $200 fiberglass rod. You are getting a great deal of state of the art technology in rod construction, that’s simply not available in a fiberglass rod.

When I mention modern rod designs, Daiwa gets the nod. They’ve been listening and learning, and applying new methods which result in better products for consumer. Cosmetically the rods feature thinner diameter blanks (in comparison to fiberglass) and they have greater hoop strength given their blank design. They aren’t exactly United Composites in terms of their design execution, but they are darn close and with Daiwa’s backing you have long term security. For a series of rods which run about $200, I’m of the belief that the days of the fiberglass rod may be over. The Proteus rods are made from graphite and ‘glass, they’re a composite rod (like UC’s CE and CP series, Calstar’s Grafighter, Seeker’s old Black Steel and other series). The durability of fiberglass can be matched by carbon fiber when the construction methods evolve away from the same old methods or building rod blanks. UC got that right (or should I say the former Grahpite USA nailed it). Daiwa applies some similar design features with their new Daiwa’s Proteus series rods – they’re a composite too. Proteus rods may have been made with the West Coast angler in mind, but the’re also exactly what a lot of other folks are going to appreciate, too. Nice rods, good values, great construction, very nice bend to ’em, wonderful to fish.