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January 07, 2009

January 2009 New Gear

Cortland C16 superline, Edson Stainless ComfortGrip PowerWheel, Sebile Onduspoon, OTB Shoes' Poseidon, Helter Skeletons Ltd., Engel's Roto-Molded 65-quart cooler
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Sweet 16
Cortland's new C16 is braided from 16 individual strands of gelspun polyethylene fiber, creating a spliceable trolling superline with an impressive strength-to-diameter ratio. The tight, round braid won't flatten or dig into the spool, and its special hollowbraid construction makes for easy splicing, even with monofilament wind-on leaders - without losing line strength. C16 is treated with Cortland's proprietary FiberTech protection, which penetrates the entire line, ensuring the braid is coated inside and out. Bulk spools of C16 are available in 600, 1,200 and 2,500 yards in 80-, 100-, 130- and 200-pound test - ideal for most blue-water applications. Starting at $168.95; www.cortlandline.com

Reinvented Wheel
The new Dual Spoke Stainless ComfortGrip PowerWheel from Edson International is available in both 14.5- and 16- diameters. Cast as a single piece of highly polished marine 316-grade stainless, this wheel is a contemporary update to the classic style seen on many blue-chip sport-fi shers. Want to customize your wheel? Opt for Edson's custom hub engraving. Whether you choose the standard 3/4- or 1-shaft bore, the wheels can easily replace existing steering wheels on virtually any boat. As with all ComfortGrip models, the new wheel features Edson's unique elastomer fi nger-grip inserts for precise control and comfort. Starting at $474; www.edsonmarine.com

Silver Spoon
Made from the highest-quality ABS material, the Onduspoon from Sebile is all about unique fish-catching performance for a variety of species, including stripers, bluefish, tarpon, snook and bull redfish. This spoon is constructed using ultrasonic welding - designed to be tough from line tie to hook end. Weighing in at 1 1/2 ounces and measuring 5 inches in length, the Onduspoon's body houses six special sound chambers - each containing three steel and chrome BBs. The result is strike-triggering vibration and resonance on the retrieve. Oversize, forged split rings and a super-strong VMC treble hook finish the terminal end of the bait. A solid piece of lead alloy makes up the lure's nose section and allows for a no-line-twist balance, great swimming action and long casting. Available in a variety of colors; $15 each; www.sebile.com

King of the Sea
OTB Shoes' Poseidon combines athletic styling with proven boat-shoe performance thanks to military technology used in the development of tactical water footwear for the U.S. Navy SEALs. The sole features Tactical Rubber Technology for silent traction on both wet and dry surfaces. Additional nonskid performance and water dispersion are provided by razor siping on the sole. A recessed arch on the outsole helps when climbing ladder rungs or stepping between decks, and the shoe drains well thanks to ballistic mesh placed between the outsole and upper, allowing for suffi cient water flow. Water drainage is aided by the SEAL footbed, which contributes to its breathability. Available in Navy/White. $89.95; www.otbshoes.com

Dem Bones
At a crossroads of scenic and artistic expression sits Helter Skeletons Ltd., a new company offering a different perspective to the world of marine art. The process started as an alternative to traditional taxidermy, and the goal is to produce a display that showcases the intricacies of the natural bone structure of fish while emphasizing the dynamic aspects of composition. Mounts are typically created for anglers interested in a one-of-a-kind way to preserve a memorable fi shing moment or catch. Anglers are able to fillet their catch and send the rest in to HSL. Next, anglers decide what type of display they want, such as a shadow box, as well as background colors and other decorative accents. Call 321.917.4499 for pricing; www.helterkeletons.com

Coolin' Off
Australian cooler manufacturer Engel has long been known for producing reliable AC/DC freezers, refrigerators and combo units. Now it has entered the high-end cooler market with its Roto-Molded 65-quart cooler. The design came about from fi shermen who knew they needed a cooler to meet the tests of time and temperature. All of Engel's coolers are built tough and have 2 inches of polyurethane insulation for excellent cold-holding abilities. The construction of the ice box is seamless - all corners are rounded, and the lid is nonskid with molded hand grips. The internal floor design is angled, so the cooler drains completely - even when sitting on a flat surface. Large, nonmarking feet prevent the cooler from sliding or moving on a wet deck in rough seas. $265; www.i-m-d.com