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New Gear:

September / October 2016

Bomber Lures

Bomber CD (Certified Depth) Lures

    The Bomber Saltwater Grade Certified Depth saltwater lure performs its irresistible death dance at a depth of 25 to 30 feet and is built to withstand brutal attacks from the biggest and toughest gamefish the ocean can dish out. Together with an ultra-high-modulus, puncture-resistant body and super-duty hardware, these lures feature a wire-through skeletal structure that links all key components, creating an all-but-unbreakable link. Two sizes are available. A 6-inch model designed to troll depths up to 25 feet weighs 2 ounces and has two 4/0 saltwater treble hooks. An 8-inch version is rated for depths up to 30 feet, weighs 4 ounces and has dual 5/0 treble hooks. Both models are designed to troll 4 to 5 knots and work well with a wide variety of lines, including 35- and 50-pound test monofilament or 50- and 80-pound test braid. More than a dozen popular color combinations are available. Contact: Bomber at 800-531-1201 or visit www.bombersaltwatergrade.com.

Furuno Radar

Furuno Solid State Radome with Doppler Technology

    Furuno has introduced a compact, solid-state marine navigation radar that incorporates Doppler technology. The DRS4D-NXT is a solid-state radar with pulse compression and Doppler technology built into a compact 24-inch Radome. This next generation radar is designed for use with both NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 multi-function displays and offers a new feature called Target Analyzer, facilitated by Furuno’s Doppler technology, which will automatically change the color of targets approaching your boat to clearly show any hazards. Tracking and interpreting threats is now easier. Using Furuno’s advanced Doppler technology, this new radar acquires and tracks targets in virtually every sweep, or just a few seconds. Almost instantly, you will see the target’s speed and course vector. If the target is hazardous, it will also be displayed in red, making it easier to identify and predict its course. The radar’s signal processor will display and track up to 100 targets in a single sweep. An all-new Bird Mode automatically adjusts settings for echo enhancement to help locate birds, an important step to zeroing-in on the bite. Contact: Furuno at 360-834-9400 or visit www.furunousa.com.

Garmin Watches

Garmin quatix 3 Marine GPS Smartwatch

    Garmin’s quatix 3 marine GPS smartwatch features a sunlight-readable high-resolution color display and comes preloaded with marine-specific features. The quatix 3 boasts a full navigational and marine toolset and wirelessly streams NMEA 2000 data from Garmin electronics including speed, depth, temperature, wind data and more, no matter where you are on the boat. Mariners can also start and stop recording or take stills with a Garmin VIRB action camera, and control their Fusion stereo system. A dedicated MOB hotkey also allows users to drop an MOB waypoint and start navigation back to that point. Water rated to 100 meters, the quatix 3 offers up to 20 hours of battery life in GPS mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac mode and six weeks in watch mode (depending on settings). Other features include an anchor alarm to warn users of drift and an anchor rode calculator. For fishing, a competition timer and fish catch log are available to keep track of fish caught and time remaining before getting back to weigh-in. Contact: Garmin at 800-800-1020 or visit www.garmin.com.

Maxel Rods

Maxel OceanMax Gold Rods

    Maxel’s new line of OceanMax Gold rods offers six models including four conventional and two spinning rods that are designed for use with today’s high-tech braided lines. All feature nano construction, 50,000-pound tensile strength reinforced graphite blanks that offer exceptional hoop integrity. allowing for increased fish-fighting and lifting power to fully utilize the Maxel family of reels. Each proprietary blank design features a full-flexing progressive action that when matched to the appropriate size Maxel lever drag or hybrid reel will offer the angler the best possible combination of light weight and strength in a surprisingly affordable package. The four conventional rods include three 6½-foot models ranging from medium to extra heavy action and a 7-foot heavy action version, while the spinning series includes a 6½-foot and a 7-foot heavy action model. All rods feature Fuji graphite reel seats, epoxy coated double wrapped Fuji ring guides and high density EVA grips. Contact: Maxel at 800-688-3481 or visit www.maxelfishing.com.

Pelagic Sandals

Pelagic Pro Form Sandals

    The Pro-Form men’s sandal from Pelagic is the ultimate boat sandal that’s perfect for all-day wear whether on the beach, at the pool, on the dock or on the high seas. Featuring Pelagic’s Pro-Form outsole, the ergonomic footbed flexes with your every movement, creating a natural environment for your feet, and it feels as though you were walking barefoot. The nonskid, nonmarking rubber outsole offers strategic water channels to promote maximum drainage and performance in wet conditions on deck. Complete with multiple shock absorbent foam-cushion layers and reinforced padding in areas of added stress, these sandals will keep you moving through those high-impact moments instead of begging for mercy when your feet are aching. Colors available include black, brown and digital camo blue in sizes ranging from 8 to 13. Contact: Pelagic at 949-642-0646 or visit www.pelagicgear.com.

Penn Slammer III Reels

Penn Slammer III Spinning Reels

    Winner of the best saltwater reel category at the recent ICAST fishing tackle trade show in Orlando, Florida, Penn’s Slammer III spinning reel features the new IPX6 Sealed System to keep water out of the gear box and drag system in heavy spray and sea conditions. The Slammer III also incorporates the Penn proprietary sealed Dura-Drag system with washers that eliminate hesitation even under extreme drag settings. With the computer-controlled CNC gear technology system, the precision brass main, pinion and oscillation gears are individually machined for exact tolerances to provide the smoothest operation. The full metal body, sideplate and rotor house seven stainless steel bearings. Eight models are offered to cover a wide range of inshore, near- shore and offshore angling opportunities. Gear ratios range from 6.2:1 with 37 inches of line retrieve on the smaller reels to 4.2:1 with 43 inches of line retrieve on the largest. Maximum drag resistance starts at 30 pounds in the smaller models on up to 60 pounds on the largest. An oversized reel handle grip gives the angler added control during the fight. Contact: Penn Fishing Tackle at 215-229-9415 or visit www.pennfishing.com.

Pompanette Chair

Pompanette/Murray Products
Magnetic Fastening System

    Murray Products has developed a magnetic system for use with several of their products. One of the popular application is available for securing cushions to their helm chairs, thus eliminating the need for traditional snaps and straps. You could say the cushions for their Pompanette/Murray Maximus Elite Helm Chairs are now strapless! No more screw-in fasteners, hanging flaps or bulky blocks holding seat and backrest cushions in place. Clean, sleek and completely hidden, these magnetic cushions are strong enough to hold in place but easy enough to remove for easy storage and clean up. Another application is currently available on their rocket launchers where the magnetic system has been incorporated into the bait tray. This unique option is available on all Pompanette/Murray rocket launchers and conveniently holds hooks, rigging needles, pliers and other rigging items on the bait tray in sporty sea conditions. Contact: Murray Products at 954-525-6367 or visit www.murrayproducts.com.

Salt Life Aviators

Salt Life Aviators

    Salt Life Aviators are built with the same high-quality lenses that are featured in all of their sunglasses. These Zeiss polarized lenses are designed to provide full UV protection to your eyes while still offering the stylish looks and serious Salt Life attitude you’ve come to expect. The lenses provide unparalleled clarity and contrast allowing you to spot fish faster, whether scanning the flats for tailing bonefish or watching the trolling pattern for the dorsal fin of your favorite billfish species. What sets the Aviators apart from all other sunglasses on the market today is their uniquely designed integrated, adjustable nose pads that are completely tangle free when the sunglasses are worn on top of the head. Contact: Salt Life at 800-688-3481 or visit www.saltlife.com.

Weems-Plath SOS Distress Light

Weems and Plath SOS Distress Light

    The SOS Distress Light is the first and only LED visual distress signal device that meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements to completely replace traditional pyrotechnic flares. Unlike traditional flares, his electronic flare never expires, which also solves the problem of flare disposal. This floating electronic flare can be hand-held, tethered, or hoisted aloft.
    The SOS Light runs up to 60 hours, unlike traditional flares that last minutes or less, and it complies with all U.S. Coast Guard requirements for night visual distress signals. It flashes only the SOS light sequence and when combined with a daytime distress signal flag (included in each package) meets all Coast Guard requirements for day and night use in lieu of traditional flares for recreational vessels. And you only need one per boat. The unit floats with lens-up to optimize both the all-around horizontal and vertical light beams, which are visible for up to 10 miles. It operates on three “C” alkaline batteries. Contact: Weems and Plath at 800-638-0428 or visit www.weems_plath.com.