You’re the Boss
Catching big fish doesn’t have to mean using big tackle. Spool up a Boss 870 two-speed reel ($560) from Accurate. Boasting 40 pounds of drag pressure, this compact reel holds 330 yards of 30-pound mono, while titanium drag washers take the same abuse that any 50-wide can. Capable of making long casts, the 870 features a power handle for rapid retrieves and fast landings. Accurate; (951) 479-0909; www.accuratefishing.com
Smokers and cedar plugs catch tons of tuna, but imagine how powerful they would be if combined. With four front intake holes, the Tuna Stick ($45) from Chaos draws plenty of water into the head and filters it through internal rotating turbines to create a bubble trail fish can track from long distances. As an embellishment, Chaos added holographic wings to the lures to create more flash in the spread. The solid aluminum body provides that classic cedar plug wobble but resists the fierce strikes and pelagic chomps that could splinter its wooden relatives. Chaos Rods and Lures; (877) 547-8066; www.chaosrods.com
From clippers to hook files, pliers to knives, anglers carry more stuff than a hardware store. But if you’re tired of searching for the right tool when you need it, try the new Charge TTi multi-tool ($160) from Leatherman. A crimper, wire cutters and a diamond-coated file are just a few accessories featured in the titanium-handled Charge. All tools are made from S30V stainless-steel, while the extra-strong blade locks to ensure safety when slicing through braid in rough seas. Leatherman; (503) 253-7826; www.leatherman.com
If you find yourself constantly switching from sunglasses to reading glasses to tie that palomar knot, Costa Del Mar has you covered. The new C-Mates sunglass line (starting at $150) combines Costa’s proven polarized lenses with a bifocal for magnification up to +2.50. Six frame designs keep you stylish on the water, while two lens color options will have you spotting fish in a heartbeat. Costa Del Mar; (800) 447-3700; www.costadelmar.com
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