New Gear - August 2006

2006 New Gear

2006 New Gear

Offshore fishing gear can be pricey, but you don't have to break the bank to haul in that trophy tuna. Available in sizes from the 15- to 40-pound class, Contender lever-drag reels from Pflueger ($90 and up) feature four stainless-steel bearings and an oversize Tritek washer in the drag system. The cold-forged, anodized aluminum spool spins smoothly, and the Smart-Click system means the reel's clicker only engages when line is pulled off the spool—not while reeling. We trolled with the G20L and found that the reel had plenty of cranking power. Pflueger; (800) 347-3759; www.pfluegerfishing.com
2006 New Gear

2006 New Gear

Whether rigged weightless or on an oversized jighead, Anaconda soft-plastics from Wave ($5 per pack) emit a strong tail beat that draws in stripers or cobia. Measuring seven inches, Anacondas have a vertically molded tail, so even the slightest twitch of the rod produces a seductive wiggle. Available in 20 colors, these lures match a wide variety of forage and are infused with Molopo oil for added scent attraction. Wave Industries; (903) 383-3573; www.wavefishing.comManfred Koh
2006 New Gear

2006 New Gear

Running offshore in choppy seas can be uncomfortable, but with a LoungAir Convertible Air Bed ($100) in the stern, no one will be hanging on while underway. Unlike beanbag chairs, the LoungAir can be positioned as a flat bed, a recessed recliner or an upright chair and fits neatly in the corner of the transom. Each chamber can be individually adjusted for firmness. LoungAirs inflate quickly with a rechargeable 12-volt pump and stow in a small space onboard when deflated. LoungAir; (877) 240-6158; www.loungair.com
2006 New Gear

2006 New Gear

Whether you're chasing weakfish or tarpon, Quantum Boca PT inshore rods ($100 and up) have you covered. Made from lightweight, high-modulus graphite blanks, the Boca rods have a fast action and withstand major bends. Fourteen models match any inshore angling needs. All rods are extra-sensitive, but still pack the punch needed to land trophy fish. Quantum; (800) 588-9030; www.quantumfishing.com