Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

For the fishing enthusiast, walking ICAST (the world's largest tackle show) is like strolling the aisles of a candy store as a sweet-toothed kid. After 2 1/2 days, we managed to sample just about everything from this giant buffet of tackle and accessories and found a wealth of new and innovative products you're sure to want to try for yourself.
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

The new Saltist lever-drags from Daiwa are two-speed compact reels which complement the existing Saltist Big Game reels and are designed to take full advantage of the strength of braided line. The Ultimate Tournament drag system provides smooth performance, and the sealed, stainless-steel CRBB ball-bearing system keeps grit and salt out, allowing it to last much longer than ordinary ball-bearing systems. The LDs come in both single and two-speed versions for maximum versatility. Sizes: 12- to 50-poundclass mono or braid.
Drag: Carbon fiber with stainless-steel washers.
Gear Ratios: 3.1:1 low and 6.3:1 high in two-speed models; 6.3:1 in singlespeed models.
Features: Helical stainless-steel gearing, six sealed stainless bearings, and single- or two-speed models.
Contact: www.daiwa.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Penn's Conquer spinning reel is a great choice for inshore species such as redfish, trout and snook, but it is also a good match for nearshore species such as bluefish and Spanish mackerel. In short, the Conquer, with Eternal Alloy construction that incorporates strength and hardness twice that of titanium alloy, is a good multipurpose reel to have in your arsenal. Sizes: 2000 to 7000 models.
Capacity: 2000: 185 yards of 6-pound mono; 250 yards of 8-pound braid. 4000: 210 yards of 10-pound mono; 325 yards of 10-pound braid. 5000: 250 yards of 12-pound mono; 350 yards of 15-pound braid. 7000: 325 yards of 14-pound mono; 400 yards of 20-pound braid.
Drag: HT-100 .
Gear Ratios: 2000: 5.1:1. 4000: 5.8:1. 5000: 4.8:1. 7000: 4.8:1.
Features: EAStm (easyaccess system) single-screwrear hatch provides access to the gear box for lubricating gears and bearings without disassembly.
Contact: www.pennreels.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

For 20 years, Shimano's Baitrunner has been the goto reel for live baiting. Now the updated Baitrunner D incorporates Shimano's developments over the last two decades, including Propulsion line management, Fluidrive II gearing, Super Stopper anti-reverse, Varispeed oscillation, a cold-forged aluminum spool, graphite side plate and frame, S Concept design features and an oversized Septon handle grip. Sizes: 4000D: 8-, 10- and 12-pound mono; 15-, 20- and 30-pound Power-Pro. 6000D: 10-, 12- and 16-pound mono; 30-, 50- and 65-pound Power-Pro. 8000D: 14-, 17- and 20-pound mono; 40-, 50- and 65-pound PowerPro. 12000D: 12-, 16- and 20-pound mono; 50-, 65- and 80-pound PowerPro.
Drag: Three shielded antirust bearings and waterproof, Dartanium II drag washers.
Features: Proven Baitrunner dual-drag design upgraded with Shimano innovations.
Contact: www.fish.shimano.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Quantum has taken the Energy PT 40 to the next level by redesigning it to incorporate 50-size rotors and spools - thus keeping a small profile but increasing the available line capacity. Quantum also improved the Thinline aluminum body with aluminum side covers and an enhanced TiMag Salt bail system, which helps combat bent and broken bails. Sizes: 50-size.
Capacity: 170 yards of 14-pound mono.
Drag: Quantum PT ceramic drag combines carbon fiber with ceramic discs.
Features: Small, sturdy profile with increased line capacity.
Contact: www.quantumfishing.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

The new Accurate Boss Extreme B2-30 Narrow, like its predecessors, the B2-30 and B2-50, was designed with long-range wahoo fishing in mind and was built to handle 30 pounds of drag. Low and high gears make tough fights easier, and the reel's narrow design makes it lightweight and easy to handle during a long day at the rail. It's made of T6 6061 aircraft aluminum and features a drag system that applies pressure evenly to both sides of the spool, with a detent drag setting for accurate drag application. Sizes: Up to 80-pound line.
Drag: Patented TwinDrag system with detent settings for precise control.
Gear Ratios: 2.2:1 and 5:1.
Features: Heat-treated stainless-steel gears and aluminum construction.
Contact: www.accuratefishing.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

These new high-speed Marquesa reels from Fin-Nor come in two styles: The first is a "topless" design for those who like to maintain contact with the line, and the second features a top crossbar for applications like trolling and kite fishing. The top-bar models also come with an innovative new adjustable bait clicker that lets you set the tension level when the reel is in freespool. The Marquesa series comes in four sizes and six models, with a smooth carbon- fiber drag system and machined stainless-steel main and pinion gearing. Sizes: 12- to 30-pound-test mono and larger braid sizes.
Drag: Carbon-fiber system capable of applying over 30 pounds of drag.
Gear Ratio: 6.1:1.
Features: Six-bearing drive system, aluminum power handle, continuous anti-reverse and a fourweight- brake casting control system.
Contact: www.finnorfishing.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Penn's new Torque Gamefish series rods were designed to handle everything from pelagic trolling to bottomfishing to live baiting. With two spinning models and six conventionals, this series covers just about anything you might be chasing in salt water. Rods feature an aluminum gimbal and are designed to handle the stress of braided lines. Sizes: Casting: 6-foot-6-inch and 7-foot, rated for 12- to 80-pound-class.
Spinning: 7-foot, rated for 15- to 30-pound and 20- to 40-pound.
Action: Light to heavy.
Construction: Torque Rod Construction (TRC), with full-length spiral graphite wrapping over top of a graphite core.
Fittings: Fuji reel seats, Pacific Bay stainless guides with titanium-coated inserts and triangular EVA foregrips.
Features: Graphite construction combined with innovative grip designs make short work of everything from king mackerel to tuna.
Contact: www.pennreels.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Pro Green spinning rods from G. Loomis work perfectly for a wide variety of inshore species, including bluefish, striper, redfish, speckled trout, bonefish and small tarpon. There are nine new models in the series, with lengths from 6 feet 10 inches to 7 feet 10 inches and with power ratings between medium and mediumheavy, so you can choose a rod for accuracy, distance or both. All of the Pro Green series rods feature fast action, were expressly designed to handle braid and will work well with soft plastics, jigs or topwaters. Sizes: 6-foot-10-inch to 7-foot-10-inch, rated for lines from 6- to 17-pound-test.
Action: Fast, medium and medium-heavy.
Construction: G. Loomis¿ proprietary graphite-blend rod blanks.
Fittings: Fuji Aconite guides, Fuji skeleton reel seats and composite butt caps.
Features: Large guides allow knots to pass through easily.
Contact: www.gloomis.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Technique-specific H3 Titanium Ultra inshore rods by American Rodsmiths provide comfort, strength and feedback in a lightweight form. Sizes: Casting: 6-foot-5- inch, 6-foot-6-inch, 6-foot- 9-inch and 7-foot.
Spinning: 7-foot.
Action: Light to mediumlight.
Construction: American Rodsmiths¿ patented 92-million-modulus hybrid titanium Mitsubishi blanks. Cork handle with Comfort Set rear grip.
Fittings: Nickel-titanium recoil guides and American Rodsmiths¿ Precision Touch reel seat.
Features: Electronically fused carbide tip, integrated hook keepers and compressed-cork butt cap.
Contact: www.americanrodsmiths.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Four new saltwater rods in the ASR series from All Star are perfectly sized for the speckled trout and redfish angler's rack. The one-piece, multimodulus graphite blank yields a sensitive yet strong rod, and Total Touch Technology exposes the blank, on the reel seat of casting models and in the foregrip of spinning rods, to transmit vibration to the angler's fingers. Sizes: Spinning: 7-foot.
Casting: 6-foot-7-inch, 6-foot-9-inch, and 7-foot- 2-inch.
Action: Medium-light, medium and medium-heavy in both spinning and casting models.
Construction: One-piece blanks of multimodulus graphite make for a super sensitive yet extremely strong rod. Premium cork handles.
Fittings: Lightweight Fuji Alconite guides for strength and durability.
Features: Exposed blank in the handle provides ultimate sensitivity to detect lure action and strikes.
Contact: www.allstarrods.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Rapala's Max Rap 13 is designed with Rapala's patented MaxCast mechanism for long casts in tough conditions. With a short lip and arched back, this thinbodied lure cruises 1 to 2 feet below the surface, ideal for fl ats and pothole fishing for trout and redfish, and well suited to surf-fishing, where long casts in the wind are the rule. Sizes: 51.4-inch, 1.2-ounce.
Action: Shallow-diving, swims with natural baitfish action and suspends when stopped. Fishes well in very shallow water and in surf.
Construction: Fitted with three noncorrosive No. 6 VMC Spark Point treble hooks available in eight natural baitfish and attractor color patterns and has holographic eyes and internal laser-engraved scales.
Features: For long casts and controlled, shallow presentations.
Contact: www.rapala.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Bomber's saltwater-grade lures take into account the brutal demands of the saltwater angler and the abuse doled out by pelagic species. While the lipless rattle bait has a venerable freshwater heritage, the new Super Pogy is all about the salt. Oversized, it's designed for far casts and to maintain its action at blistering retrieve speeds in big water. This design, as an all-around baitfish imitation, is deadly on a wide variety of species. Sizes: 31.2-inch, with two No. 2 saltwater treble hooks.
Action: High- and low frequency vibration models designed for long casts and fast retrieves.
Construction: Lipless rattle bait with saltwater grade components.
Features: Proven lure for a variety of species and tuned for heavy saltwater performance.
Contact: www.bomberlures.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Sebile's new soft-plastic Stick Shadd Hollow can be rigged and fished in a wide variety of ways, including on a jig head, a drop-shot rig or a bluefish rig. Hooks can be concealed inside the lure so it can be fished effectively even in heavy weeds, but the usual setup has the 5/0 hook, which comes as part of the Sebile Soft Weight System, inserted through the bait's nose and brought back out beneath the chin, where it is then reinserted into the bait's belly. Soft tungsten weights can be added to get the lure to a desired depth or to impart a specific action. Sizes: 85 mm, 100 mm and 130 mm.
Colors: Translugreen, True Blue, Orangee Bait, Menhy, Violet Silver and Transluclear.
Action: Rigging options allow the Stick Shad Hollow to be fished almost any way imaginable.
Features: Easy Strip along the bait's back allows technical rigging adjustment and better hookup ratios.
Contact: www.sebile.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

SPRO's BBZ-1 Ocean, a proven swimbait in Hot Dorado, is now available in two new colors. The 8-inch series in Mackerel and Sardine feature Gamakatsu 4x-strong, rust-resistant nickel-plated hooks and SPRO power split rings. It's built ocean-tough and weighted to get down fast in deep water and heavy currents. Counterbalanced pin segments in the jointed body sections provide natural swimming action. Soft-plastic tail and fin sections are replaceable with optional parts kit. Sizes: 8-inch, in new Sardine and Mackerel and existing Hot Dolphin.
Action: Fast-sinking for saltwater duty.
Construction: Four-section articulated baitfish imitation provides lifelike swimming action. Soft tails and fins are replaceable.
Features: Realistic appearance and outstanding action.
Contact: www.spro.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

The Edge Minnow series by Yo-Zuri features a hard edge with three flat, tapered sides to make the lures slice through the water, and the Triad shape is designed to emit light flashes in lots of directions, all to entice a strike. The flat belly slows the sink rate to about 6 inches per second and also makes the lure rock back and forth while sinking perfectly horizontally. Yo-Zuri's patented Weight Transfer System allows you to make longer and more accurate casts even in adverse conditions, and the Edge Trembler Minnow comes in four sizes. Sizes: 23.8-inch to 5-inch.
Colors: 17 colors/patterns.
Action: Slow sink rate with a back-and-forth rocking motion.
Features: Emits flashes of light to entice strikes while traveling in an irresistible, back-and-forth slicing motion through the water.
Contact: www.yo-zuri.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Big striped bass love eating flatfish such as flounder, as do codfish, lingcod, halibut and many other sought after game fish. Whether you are trying to imitate a winter flounder, baby fluke or a sand dab, the Hogy Flatfish has you covered. Sizes: 31.2-inch, 1 ounce and 5-inch, 11.2-ounce.
Colors: Amber with black flecks.
Action: Glides, settles and flickers like a real flatfish.
Construction: Soft plastic.
Suggested Rigging: 1- or 3-ounce Hogy jig head.
Contact: www.hogylures.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Seaguar's Tatsu is a strong and supple fluorocarbon with great knot strength and excellent castability, perfect for spinning and baitcasting reels as a main line or tied to braid as an inshore top shot. Sizes: 4- to 20-pound-test in 200-yard spools.
Construction: Double- Structure Fluorocarbon (DSF) has two custom Seaguar resins: a softer exterior to enhance knot strength and a high-density interior to improve tensile strength. The two resins are extruded as one solid piece.
Features: Tatsu features Level-Wind Technology, which means the line is spooled side by side, never crossing itself. The final spool is smooth, like a spool of thread, and there are no contact marks, resulting in maximum strength.
Contact: www.seaguar.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

The Ugly Stik Tiger Lite jigging rods from Shakespeare provide the sensitivity for jigging and the power for pulling snapper and grouper out of the rocks, hauling in yellowtail or jigging school tuna. Available in two spinning models, BWSL220060 XH and BWSJL220066 H, and two casting models, BWCJL2200510 XH and BWJL220063. Sizes: Casting: 5-foot- 10-inch, rated for 80- to 130-pound-class, and 6-foot- 3-inch, rated for 50- to 100-pound.
Spinning: 6-foot, rated for 80- to 130-pound, and 6-foot-6-inch, rated for 50- to 100-pound.
Action: Heavy to extraheavy.
Construction: Howald Process Triple-Built blank for lighter weight, increased sensitivity and better pulling power.
Fittings: Fuji DF stainless steel guides with aluminumoxide inserts. EVA foregrips and fighting-length handles.
Features: West-coast actions adapted for vertical fishing and bottomfishing.
Contact: www.shakespearefishing.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Designed for hard-core surf anglers, the Mojo surf rod from St. Croix is perfect for the dedicatedcrazed beachcomber on the hunt for giant striped bass. There¿s ample backbone for distance casting, as well as fighting large fish from the suds. Sizes: Casting: Three 10-foot to 12-foot models.
Spinning: Five 7-foot to 10- foot-6-inch models.
Action: Casting: Medium heavy.
Spinning: Medium to medium-heavy.
Construction: Custom XWrap handle and premium quality SCII graphite with two coats of Flex Coat slow cure finish.
Fittings: Weight-saving surf guides with zirconium ring and Fuji DPS reel seat.
Features: Specialized weight-saving surf guides with zirconium ring offer greater casting distance and accuracy. Sloped frame reduces line tangling.
Contact: www.stcroixrods.com
Tackle Time 2009

Tackle Time 2009

Tackle-storage systems are integral pieces of equipment to have on board, especially when you're faced with rough conditions. Keeping your gear organized allows you to focus on the fish and not where your next lure option is. The Plano Big Water Bag keeps all your tackle organized, safe and dry, even in rough seas. Sizes: 20-inch by 14-inch by 111.2-inch.
Construction: Heavy-duty polyurethane.
Features: Durable nonmarking base, watertight zipper top and two welded side pockets. Also includes two 3700 series StowAway utility boxes.
Contact: www.planomolding.com