Bridle Up

New gear profiles from Salt Water Sportsman.
Bridle Up Traditional bridling techniques can be complicated and time consuming – especially when the action is hot and you need baits in the water now. The Bait Bridling Kit from Quick Rig is a great solution for  situations when speed is of the essence. The spring-loaded bridling pliers are made from T6061 aircraft aluminum featuring a Delrin plastic pin for smooth, reliable operation under tough conditions.  The special bridling clips crimp to the hook, then through the bait. The kit comes complete with the pliers, 10 small clips, 10 medium clips and 10 large clips. Whether rigging live sardines for sailfish, dead ballyhoo for dolphin or eels for striped bass, this kit has you covered. From $99.95.
Stick It to ‘Em

Successful flats and backcountry fishing requires tackle designed for the job. When precise casting accuracy and plenty of  pulling power are at a premium, the Fenwick Inshore Series answers the call  with  custom graphite composition blanks, Fuji components and Corkalon handles to provide  the balance, control and backbone demanded by shallow water anglers. The six new Inshore models are available in 7- and 712-foot spinning rods or 612 or 7-foot casting rods. They’re designed for serious shallow-water applications, whether you’re making a short pitch into the mangroves for a laid-up tarpon, skipping a bait under the docks for snook or making a long cast to a tailing redfish. From $99.95.| | Happy feet

Named after one of the world’s premier big-game destinations, the new Cabo Sport from Sperry Topsider is a versatile new boat shoe that’s at home in the cockpit or out on the town. The 360-degree lacing system and Air-Mesh upper panels work together to provide a fast-drying, breathable shoe. Whether you’re pounding the waves or pounding the pavement, Saucony GRID technology delivers superior cushioning and stability. The  hand-sewn Tru-Moc construction makes this shoe sturdy and  durable yet comfortable enough to fish in all day. The non-marking rubber sole is gentle on decks, and Sperry’s Wave-Siping tooling on the bottom generates maximum traction for secure footing on wet surfaces. Available in navy/white, gray and oyster blue. $80.00. | | Soft Ride

These new helm and deck mats from SeaShocks rely on cutting-edge cushioning technology developed for football helmets, stadium padding and military Special Forces gear. Featuring twin-hemisphere geometry akin to permanent Bubble Wrap, these cushioned mats feature a removable SKYDEX comfort-core insert and grip deck surfaces firmly to help reduce the fatigue and muscle stress associated with rough seas. The textured top surface – featuring contoured edges – is comfortable on bare feet and easy  to clean. Available in marine blue or gray. $150. | | **Bait Bling **


Teasers are an important part of the inshore and offshore angler’s arsenal, and the new XTS baitfish from Xtralook add a new dimension to your spread. Applied directly to the hull of your boat, the XTS baitfish vinyl decals turn your boat into a floating, fish-attracting billboard. Each package includes  36 decals in three different sizes to create a realistic-looking impression of a school of bait. There are three different species silhouettes for  inshore – pinfish, finger mullet and pilchards – and seven for offshore: ballyhoo, flying fish, blue runner, threadfin herring, cigar minnow, mullet and squid. Each provides a realistic silhouette and comes in  silver or black to provide high contrast against a variety of hull colors. From $30.00.| | Super-Size

D.O.A. has earned a solid reputation among salt water fanatics with a selection that includes  some of the deadliest lures developed during the past 20 years. The new 712-inch Big Fish Lure is sure to be a welcome addition to any angler’s tackle box. In development  for more than 10 years, the BFL  fishes as a topwater, mid-level or deep-diving swimmer thanks to an innovative removable and interchangeable lip. Each BFL features rugged, through-wire construction and a 3X chemically treated black nickel treble hook. Available in five styles: original, red head, hot spot, trout and bass. A smaller version, the BFL 5.5 (512 inches) is for big fish that are keyed in on smaller baits. $15.99.|