New Gear - May 2007

New Gear - May 2007

New Gear - May 2007

Fantasy Island
When a big wahoo cruises into the trolling spread or a giant yellowfin takes a whack, you need a reel that can handle smoking runs and whip fish fast. We found it. The Aruba PT series (starting at $490) is the first conventional offshore offering from Quantum that's made to tackle big game. Complete with nitrogen-alloy bearings, a dual-carbon drag and a selectable two-speed drive, the Aruba offers 60 pounds of drag and excellent heat dissipation. Available in three sizes, the reels can be taken down without tools for easy maintenance. Quantum; (800) 588-9030; www.quantumfishing.com
New Gear - May 2007

New Gear - May 2007

Blue Plate Special
When you first grab a CW Crab ($10), you might not know whether to boil it or cast it. And we have a hunch the fish will want to eat it, too. The unique keel and lip of this baby blueclaw clone causes it to swim in a wide, wobbling arc on the retrieve, like a natural crab. While the body is made of hard, molded plastic, the semi-pliable legs can be trimmed down or removed to change the action for nailing everything from weakfish to cobia. The lures are available in sinking, suspending and floating models. CW Crab; (877) 762-9100; www.cwcrab.com
New Gear - May 2007

New Gear - May 2007

Vested Options
It's not easy fighting a bucking tuna on standup gear with a bulky lifejacket around your neck. So if you want to win the battle and be safe, try the Comfort Max inflatable PFD (starting at $140) from Revere. Available with manual or automatic inflation systems, the Comfort Max won't chafe-it was designed with no Velcro or edge binding for maximum comfort during long trips. Revere; (904) 786-0033; www.reveresupply.com
New Gear - May 2007

New Gear - May 2007

Fishin' Condition
Don't let the elements get the best of your gear. Just give them a quick spray. Salt water formula Line & Lure Conditioner ($16) from RMR Industries adds a non-oily polymer finish to rods, reels, lures and line that repels water and reduces salt-crystal buildup. Whether you use braid or mono, Line & Lure Conditioner keeps casts smooth, while reducing backlashes and wind knots. Just spray it on when the day is done and rinse it off with fresh water. RMR Industries; (877) 221-9797; www.lineandlure.com