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April 16, 2008

Solid Gold

This month we look at the Penn Torque TRQ300LD. Also reviewed: Atlantis Microburst Jacket, Williamson Live Bluefish, AquaSkinz Ultimate Cargo Bag.
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Fishy Fit
Sailors are an odd lot: Their time on the water is spent catching wind, not fish. But like anglers, they need functional foul-weather gear. Atlantis Weather Gear makes the Microburst Jacket ($150), which is lightweight, waterproof, windproof and breathable. And the cut may seem snug at first, but it actually fits just right without a lot of extra fabric to get in the way. Atlantis Weather Gear; (877) 333-7245; www.atlantisweathergear.com

 

Blue Streak
Maybe bluefish get a bad rap as table fare, but if you're a giant bluefin or marlin, fresh bluefish is grade-A meat. That's why Williamson Lures developed the Live Bluefish ($20). Producing a lifelike wobble in the trolling spread, the bluefish can be pulled up to ten knots, thanks to specially designed wings that keep the lure stable. The Live Bluefsh comes prerigged with a VMC Dynacut Point hook. Williamson Lures: (952) 933-7060; www.williamsonlures.com

 

Solid Gold
No doubt, the Penn Torque star-drag series raised the bar on power and performance in a conventional reel. Now they're going one step further with the release of the Torque TRQ300LD ($600). Combining the noted cranking power of the original Torque series with a lever drag, the 300 completely disengages its drag in free-spool, making this a drop-back machine that will have sailfish running scared. Offering 32 pounds of drag pressure, this reel will also shine in the deep-drop game with grouper and AJs. Penn; (215) 229-9415; www.pennreels.com

 
 

Big Bag Theory
Do you hang all your surf plugs on the lip of a white bucket? Do leader spools mingle with your pajamas in your suitcase when you fly? You need an Ultimate Cargo Bag (starting at $165, lures not included) from AquaSkinz. Whether you travel to the inlet via 4X4 or to Costa Rica on a 747, this bag lets you add or subtract plug tubes to the main compartment, or keep it wide open to store plastic tackle boxes. Heavy-duty construction lets you play rough without worry, while more than 16 pockets let you tote tons of tackle. AquaSkinz; (877) 379-8677; www.aquaskinz.com