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New Gear:

January / February 2016

Ande Braid


    Ande Braid is the newest addition to their "Line of Champions." Ideal for a wide range of saltwater applications, this new braid has less guide noise when retrieved under load and has no annoying memory so it stays consistent after continuous use. Woven with the latest braid technology, you can expect longer, smoother casts thanks to its thin diameter while also enjoying solid hook-ups because there’s no line stretch, and you’ll also feel more bites faster than other braids or monofilaments. Ande Braid is available in 20-, 25-, 30-, 35-, 40-, 50-, 60-, 80-, and 100-pound test in 300-, 600-, 1,200- and 3,000-meter spools, while 150-pound-test is available in a 2,000-meter spool. All line tests are available in a long-lasting, colorfast graphite shade. Teamed up with Ande fluorocarbon leader, the new Ande Braid is an excellent choice for spin or conventional reels. Visit www.andemonofilament.com.

Cuda Knife


    Cuda’s 7-Inch Wide Fillet Knife is ideal for all-purpose, precision filleting and is a must-have for serious anglers. This 7-inch knife is made from a corrosion-resistant stainless steel that’s titanium bonded to provide enhanced corrosion and adhesive resistance and also makes the stainless steel three times harder than untreated stainless. The end result is a stronger, sharper blade that can withstand the elements – and just about anything else you throw at it. This knife also features a full-tang, single-piece construction for long-lasting durability and enhanced performance. It integrates a non-slip grip that is ergonomically designed for maximum hold, even in wet conditions. The knife’s wide blade and oversized backbone make it extremely thick and strong, while still offering the perfect amount of flexibility for filleting. Its precision ground edge provides a smoother, sharper and more consistent knife-edge that lasts a long time. Contact: Cuda Fishing Tools at 800-835-2263 or visit www.cudabrand.com.

Fathom Fatboy Lineup


    Designed to run fast and straight with a subsurface ripple that drives wahoo and big tuna crazy, the new Offshore Fat Boy series of lures from Fathom Lures features a heavyweight bullet head that tips the scales at a whopping 13 ounces unrigged. Featuring high quality finish steps including recessed 3D-molded eyes and a colored-epoxy coated head, these vibrant lures are available in 10 stock head colors ranging from mild to wild. Each Fat Boy is matched with a proven skirt color that’s ready for action in all light conditions. All lures are available either unrigged or professionally rigged with 18 inches of 480-pound test stainless cable leader with a double 9/0 trolling lance stainless hook set for maximum hook-ups. Add a Fat Boy to your spread and upgrade your offshore arsenal instantly. Contact: Fathom Lures at 910-399-6882 or visit www.FathomOffshore.com.

Down Sea Party Skirts


    Fish DownSea Party Skirts are meant to add eyes, color and flash to the presentation of your circle hook ballyhoo when trolling for species such as billfish, tuna and dolphin. Party Skirts add flash, color and action to a circle hook bait without impeding the hookup ratio thanks to a rubber grommet O-ring attachment that easily slides onto the hook and stays there. For bait applications such as strip baits or ballyhoo slide the bait onto the hook, then slide the Party Skirt onto the hook and you have a bait rigged with a Party Skirt ready to catch fish. Party Skirts are easily rigged over the bait or through the eyes and a detailed instructional video is available on the Fish DownSea web site. Party Skirts can also be used to dress dredge baits, mullets and mud flap style teasers. They are available in all the popular fish-producing colors including Crystal/Blue, Crystal/ Pink, Blue/Pink, Purple/ Black, Green/Black, Black/Black, and Blue/Black. Contact: Fish DownSea at FishDownSea@gmail.com or visit www.fishdownsea.com.

Interlux Paint


    The new, environmentally friendly, water-based Interlux Aqua-One antifouling bottom paint is cost effective and delivers strong ablative protection for power boats and sailboats in all waters. The ablative action wears away with use, minimizing build-up that in turn helps you avoid heavy sanding between applications. The innovative low-VOC (volatile organic compound) and low-odor formula is compatible with most antifouling paints. Aqua-One can be applied both indoors and outdoors with a brush or roller and cleans up easily with soap and water and is available in red, blue, black and green in quart, gallon and 3-gallon pails. Contact: International Paint at 713-682-1711 or visit www.yachtpaint.com.

Shakespeare Jellyfish Antenna


    Expanding its Galaxy range, Shakespeare introduces the JF-3 Multi-Band Antenna. Built for recreational and commercial use, the JellyFish is an omni-directional, waterproof antenna for marine communication and transmission in harsh environments. Designed to reduce clutter on a boat, it features GPS, 2G, 3G and 4G cellular, and wifi reception in one compact package. The omni-directional functionality enables the JF-3 to send and receive cellular and wifi signals in all directions, ensuring network availability and dependable communications. The GPS portion is a passive antenna that can be used to replace existing GPS antenna heads. The JF-3 has its own ground-plane and can radiate on any mounting surface, including metal, plastic, or fiberglass without a reduction in performance. Measuring 1.6 inches by 4 inches, it’s small enough to fit in most locations that might be restrictive to larger models. It has a mounting thread of M20 x 2.5 mm to allow it to be installed flush on flat horizontal surfaces. Contact: Shakespeare at 803-227-1590 or visit www.shakespeare-marine.com.

Tackle Direct Rod & Reel combo


    Tackle Direct’s TDSSUT601MHSB/Shimano TLD30IIA rod and reel combo combines the proven reliability and performance of a Shimano TLD30IIA reel with the eye-catching, high-end design and construction of their Silver Hook custom-built stand-up rods. A multi-purpose offshore trolling and chunking combo that’s a perfect all-around outfit for sailfish, white marlin, striped marlin and small blue marlin, wahoo and dolphin on the troll, this combo also is an excellent choice for chunking and live bait fishing for tuna, sharks and other offshore species. Tackle Direct's Silver Hook Custom Saltwater rods are high performance and the result of stringent "on the water" design and testing by some of the finest sport fishing anglers around the world. Each rod features a precision-blend graphite and fiberglass blank with a super tough solid tip construction, plus an EVA comfort foregrip with tough slick butt, machined aluminum double locking reel seat, stainless steel frame and aluminum oxide turbo guides and tip top. Other combinations featuring Shimano spinning and conventional are also available. Contact: Tackle Direct at 1-888-354-7335 or visit www.tackledirect.com.

Olympic Rod Cluster


    Taco Sport Fishing introduces a lightweight yet strong and durable highly polished aluminum five-rod cluster rod holder that’s designed to maximize rod placement and usage aboard the boat. Ideal for storing rods in a compact space, Olympic allows for rods to be out of the way when plenty of room to move fast around the cockpit is needed. It fits all standard gunnel-mount rod holders and is designed to also be mounted on heavy duty rod holders on a tower, gunnel or behind a leaning post. Olympic groups five rods in one rod holder and its flared individual rod holders measuring 9¾ inches are suitable for big game tackle while also serving as a convenient tackle wash/drying station. I-Beam construction ensures rods are locked and properly spread out. Each unit includes mesh bag for easy drying if stored wet and helps prevent scratching deck or storage surfaces aboard the boat. A limited three-year warranty is also included. Contact: Taco Sport Fishing at 800-653-8568 or visit www.tacomarine.com.

Under Armour Chesapeake Shirt


    When temperatures and humidity rise on long summer days, anglers know this means wear and tear on their body and gear. New for 2015, the Under Armour Chesapeake Series utilizes apparel technologies designed to perform and protect, keeping your lines tight from dawn until dusk. The Under Armour Chesapeake Long Sleeve features their pioneering Hydro Armour, incorporating quick dry technology with unparalleled 30+UPF and chlorine/salt protection for superior on the water performance. Constructed of a 100 percent polyester stain release 2.75-ounce super lightweight fabric with moisture wicking mesh under arms for added breathability the Chesapeake also features a hidden button down collar. Secure roll-up sleeves allow for additional cooling on the hottest of summer days while secure chest pockets provide storage for items you want to keep handy. Generously cut with sizes ranging from small to XXXL, patterns available include White/Deceit (Hilton Plaid), White/Red (Harrison Plaid), Elemental/Ceylon (Harrison Plaid), Deceit/Hipster (Harrison Plaid). Contact Under Armour at 888-727-6687 or visit www.underarmour.com.