New Gear - October 2006

2006 New Gear

2006 New Gear

When tackle companies unveil their latest reels at the annual industry tackle show in Las Vegas, the heat is on to one-up the competition. Meet this year's top dog. Voted best salt water reel for 2006, the Penn International Torque features an integrated side plate that houses an oversized gear, offering a combination of power and speed when reeling. Designed for use with braided line, the reel uses a heat-treated pinion gear for extra strength and larger drag plates to keep the fight smooth. The frame and spool are constructed of a lightweight aluminum alloy and the Torque series is equipped with five stainless-steel ball bearings that can handle extreme pressure. We put the Torque to the test on numerous species and found it to be a cranking machine.
Penn Fishing Tackle; (215) 229-9415; www.pennreels.com
2006 New Gear

2006 New Gear

Time and tide wait for no man, but there's no excuse to miss either with this watch from Timex. With the push of a button, the E-Tide & Temp ($120) uses a fourth hand to show the current temperature or the tide level at your inlet of choice. This analog watch features a tough stainless-steel case and moisture-wicking strap, while an Indiglo night-light has you covered when hunting swordfish or snook after dark. Water resistant up to 100 meters, the E-Tide & Temp gets you to the bite on time.
Timex; (800) 448-4639; www.timex.com
2006 New Gear

2006 New Gear

Like to cap off a great fishing trip with a fine cigar? Even if the forecast calls for ten-footers, you can bring out the good stuff with the CigarCaddy ($22 and up) from Otterbox -- an air- and water-tight container that keeps cigars fresh and protected in any conditions. Cut foam on the interior cradles each cigar in four available models that hold from two (shown) to 15 cigars. All boxes float and keep water out.
Otterbox; (888) 695-8820; www.otterbox.com
Manfred Koh
2006 New Gear

2006 New Gear

When night falls, striper tins usually end up back in the tackle bag. Not anymore. New Black Knight Tins ($7 and up) from Point Jude Lures are classic metals designed to keep you hooked up after sunset, combining a distinct wobble with a sharp silhouette. Available in three styles, the tins feature a high-gloss black finish, matched with tails of purple feathers and black bucktail. Every Point Jude lure is rigged with a VMC hook and Rosco split ring to help you land your midnight monster.
Point Jude Lures; (401) 846-1808; www.pointjudelures.com
Manfred Koh