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New Gear: September/October 2014

Costa Glasses


  Costa’s patented 580 mirror lens is now available in hard-coated glass or super lightweight, impact-resistant polycarbonate. The 580 lens blocks yellow light from entering the eye for an unmatched level of polarization and razor sharp color enhancement. The lenses feature a premium anti-reflective coating, and protect against harmful UV rays. The 580P mirrors feature Costa’s C-WALL technology, a highly specialized oleophobic and hydrophobic coating which repels oil, water and dust. Lens color options include blue mirror (on a gray base), and green and silver mirror (both on a copper base). All of Costa’s 580 mirror lenses block light at a slightly higher transmission rate than non-mirror lenses, providing an extra layer of protection from the sun’s damaging glare. Available in regular or prescription, the new 580P mirror lenses can be fitted in 14 of Costa’s performance sunglass styles, including Fantail, Corbina and Hamlin. Contact: Costa at 800-447-3700 or visit www.costadelmar.com.

Cuda Brand Tools


  Designed with strength, durability and precision in mind, Cuda knives and tools take their inspiration from the barracuda and have been developed and tested in the toughest environments to ensure the highest quality and reliability. Titanium-bonded steels and alloys guarantee blades and tools to be three times harder than untreated options providing world-class hardness, corrosion and adhesive resistance. This new brand includes a line of snips, wire cutters and pliers plus a Grip & Scale, designed to grip and weigh fish up to 50 pounds. The 6-inch Cuda Skin Gripper is designed to grip fish skin while filleting and features a dual-position handle. A line of knives includes models from 2.5 inches to 10 inches and all are constructed with German 4116 corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Cuda sharpeners are designed to sharpen non-serrated knives and shears and there’s also a selection of scissors and shears which feature corrosion-resistant construction and nonslip bows and are designed to cut braid, monofilament or fluorocarbon. Other products available include dehookers, tag sticks and harpoons and all products feature a lifetime warranty. Contact: Cuda Brand at 800-835-2263 or visit www.cudabrand.com.

Eagle Claw Trokar 619 Hook


   Eagle Claw’s TroKar line features its Surgically Sharpened Technology, and the new 619 is designed for anglers searching for a more robust circle hook when using the heaviest gear. This hook is a true brute and is available in a medium or heavy wire magnum size and offers the stopping power and backbone to haul in the strongest gamefish in the sea. TroKar is also adding a ringed version to both the medium and heavy wire models for anglers on both coasts who were asking for a stronger hook that could withstand the abuse huge tuna and billfish can dish out. Bluewater anglers are very knowledgeable and particular when it comes to their hook selection and the 619 will deliver the performance and reliability they need. A wide range of offset and non-offset, ringed and non-ringed styles are available, from size 1/0 to 12/0 in medium and heavy wire. Contact: Eagle Claw at 720-941-8700 or visit www.eagleclaw.com or www.trokar.com

Fin-Nor Lethal


  With features including a more powerful Megadrag system, overbuilt construction for superior durability and Megashield corrosion protection, Fin-Nor’s Lethal is designed for the light-tackle offshore angler. Fin-Nor’s exclusive Megadrag system contains carbon fiber and a stainless steel drag plate, complete with Cal’s grease for long-term heat dissipating performance. Other Lethal features include a solid one-piece aluminum frame and side covers, six double shielded stainless steel bearings and 35 pounds of maximum drag. The Megashield coating offers superior corrosion resistance while the sealed Megalock clutch offers durable anti-reverse with backup. Oversized stainless steel drive gear and pinion gear provide 6.1:1 or 6.2:1 retrieve ratios, or lots of pulling power when downshifting to 3.0:1 on the two speed models. Available in three sizes, in single- and two-speed versions, line capacity ranges from 450 yards of 50-pound test braid on the LTL16 to 675 yards of 65-pound test braid on the LTL30. Contact: Fin-Nor at 800-588-9030 or visit www.finnorfishing.com.

Icom M506 VHF Radio


  Icom’s new M506 Series offers five versions and include built-in Automatic Identification System (AIS) and an NMEA 0183/2000 interface (depending on version). All versions feature Class D DSC, advanced audio capabilities and an intuitive soft-key user interface design. The M506 Series radios have built-in Class D DSC for maximum safety and advanced audio features including “last call” voice recording/playback, which automatically saves the last two minutes of an incoming call. Icom’s signature active noise-cancelling technology reduces background noise up to 90 percent and improves audio and incoming/outgoing calls. The M506 AIS versions feature an integrated AIS receiver, plug-and-play NMEA 0183/2000 connectivity, and either front or rear microphone capability. Both AIS options display vessel traffic information on the radio’s large dot-matrix display. Other features include a 25W two-way hailer and COMMANDMICIV compatibility. The M506 Series is rated IPX8 and can be submerged in 3.2 feet of water for one hour. Supplied accessories include the fixed mount unit, a hand microphone, DC power cable and mounting bracket kit. Contact: ICOM America at 425-454-8155 or visit www.icomamerica.com.

Penn Battle II reel


  Inspired by design innovations made possible through new technology, Penn introduces the improved Battle II with new features. Penn has added line capacity rings to indicate when the spool is properly filled, which ensures casts are not subject to excess line stripping from the spool. The Battle II has enhanced corrosion resistance thanks to the use of five sealed bearings and one anti-reverse bearing. Carbon-fiber washers in the HT-100 drag system, which utilizes both sides of the drag washers, increases maximum drag by 15 to 50 percent. Many original Battle features remain in the Battle II, including the full metal body, sideplate and rotor; instant anti-reverse, heavy-duty aluminum bail wire and superline spool. Eight Battle II spinning reels are offered in 1000 to 8000 sizes, including a 2500 size designed for inshore/light braid applications. The 8000 model is the brute of the line and holds 475 yards of 50-pound test braid while providing up to 30 pounds of drag. Contact: Penn at 800-892-5444 or visit http://www.pennfishing.com.

Plano Marine Trunks


  Seems like no matter how big your boat, there’s never enough storage. From PFDs to extra clothing, rain gear, species and technique specific gear and tackle, emergency and tool kits, fenders, storage space is always a problem. Plano’s new Marine Trunks are available in three sizes, including the 56-quart Model 161, 68-quart Model 171 and super-sized 108-quart Model 191. Plano Marine Trunks are marine gray and blue to complement any vessel, and have been designed to take a beating from the water, salt and sun. All sizes feature an O-ring seal to ensure contents stay dry while the outer sides are treated with a UV protective coating that resists fading, heat damage and ensures durability. A removable lid is reinforced to prevent stress cracking or fatigue. The molded-groove lid is designed for stacking and easy to open/close buckles and molded ports make securing the trunks easy with standard tie-down straps and padlocks. Contact: Plano Molding at 800-226-9868 or visit www.planomolding.com.

Shimano Beastmaster 9000


  Shimano’s new Beastmaster 9000 electric reel is ideal for kite fishing for sailfish as well as deep drop, bottom fishing and jigging situations where anglers need features such as power, durability and heat dissipation. The Beastmaster 9000 features Shimano’s GigaMax motor, a brushless design that provides high torque, high speed, and exceptional durability, and a maximum winding strength of 250 pounds. Releasing heat build-up from the motor is another key issue with electric reels and the BM-9000’s Thermo Adjust Drag will stop the motor from rotating when the drag slips as Shimano’s Heat Free System II releases the heat though vents on the sideplate. The reel’s Stamina Drag offers up to 55 pounds of drag and features a unique electric drag alert sound. The BM-9000 has a 3.1:1 gear ratio, comes with a power cable and an aluminum handle knob and will hold 1,870 yards of 50-pound test PowerPro braid to 940 yards of 100-pound test PowerPro. Contact: Shimano at 877-577-0600 or visit fish.shimano.com.

Tightlines Tackle Terminal Gear


  Fishermen who pursue giant bluefin tuna know the importance of protecting their terminal gear and realize chafe protection around hooks and swivels will reduce the number of lost fish. High-quality chafe gear around hook rings and swivel eyes prevents terminal gear from cutting into the leader material. Tightlines Tackle PCG1.5 chafe gear is 6 inches long and can quickly and easily be cut to any desired length. Tightlines Tackle has contracted with a USA manufacturer to produce a premium quality product that will withstand the brutal abrasion that occurs during long battles with giant fish. This unique chafe gear combines flexibility and strength while maintaining a wall thickness that’s very thin yet strong, and is ideal for all leader applications. PCG1.5 is designed for use with either monofilament or fluorocarbon leader material with diameters of 1.1 mm to 1.5 mm, though any size leader that will fit inside the tube can be utilized. Contact: Tightlines Tackle at 1-800-664-TUNA or visit www.tightlinestackle.com.