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September 21, 2007

New Gear

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What a Drag

Combining light-tackle feel with the power of a big offshore reel, the versatile Shimano Torsa is a great choice for small-boat anglers chasing large fish. The reel has an asymmetrical design to accommodate the oversized drive gear and drag washer. The Torsa also features the Rapid Fire quick change drag cam system, which allows anglers to swap drag cams to match various angling situations. During a test of the Torsa in Key West, Florida, the reel effortlessly cranked big amberjack off the bottom. Available in four sizes, the Torsa line starts at $670 with extra drag cams available for $50 each. Shimano; (949) 951-5003; www.shimano.com

Wrap Star

Seal-Tek JP-2P sunglasses from Wiley-X put polarized lenses in a wraparound frame equipped with a removable Ultra Foam gasket that seals out wind and glare-causing ambient light. Filter 8 lenses cut 100 percent of ultraviolet rays, while a removable, integrated elasticized retention strap holds the frames in place in all conditions. The Seal-Tek JP-2P sells for $120. Wiley-X; (800) 776-7842; www.wileyx.com

Good Vibrations

The ribbed blade of the Captain Mike's Guide Proven Lures Straight Runner emits vibrations that fish can ¿feel¿¿ in low-visibility conditions. The blade, when coupled with a five-inch Captain Mike's Swimmin' Tail jig trailer, creates strike-inducing action in a durable package, thanks to the short wire and split ring that secures the jig. The replaceable Swimmin' Tails are available in 20 different colors and the lures sell for $5. Floriday's Fishing; (386) 428-8530; www.floridaysfishing.com

Flash Dancer

Colorful reflective Fish Flash attractors from Big Al's Tackle Company don't drag in the trolling spread, preventing tangled lines. The heavy-duty swivel makes the attractors easy to attach to the main line or a spreader bar. Use the Fish Flash with a downrigger for stripers, coupled with a drail for teasing pelagics, or to make a bubbling commotion on the surface. During a late summer SWS trolling trip off New Jersey, a red Fish Flash proved deadly for bluefish and bonito. Fish Flash attractors are available in 11 colors and four sizes and start at $9. Big Al's Tackle Company; (800) 535-3350; www.fishflash.com

Change Up
Quick Change Slip Leads from American Bandit let anglers change sliding egg sinker weights without cutting the line. Place the line through the slot running the length of the lead, and slide the slotted plastic bushing over the line. Then, simply insert the bushing in the center channel of the lead. Available in two- to 12-ounce sizes, Quick Change Slip Leads come in packs of six and start at $3. American Bandit; (800) 413-3093; www.americanbandit.com