Chip Shot

A look at the Shimano Trinidad DC. Also: Daiwa Saltiga Inshore Rods, Simms Solarflex Hoody, Chesapeake Bay Lures Big Stick.

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Chip Shot
If you just can't get the hang of bombing an iron without building a bird's nest, it's time for tech support. The Trinidad DC ($740) from Shimano is the first salt water reel featuring digital technology. What's that mean to you? You can dial in the digital braking system that's run by the mini computer chip inside to ensure a mess-free cast. Adjust the brakes to compensate for wind conditions or lure weight, then beat that giant yellowtail fast thanks to 22 pounds of drag pressure, with the help of a forged aluminum frame and power handle. Shimano; (949) 951-5003; www.shimano.com

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Coast to Coast**
When Daiwa released their Saltiga Inshore rods (starting at $100), they factored in the needs of the angler based on species-not universal action. Broken into three series-Northeast Cod, Northeast Striper and Gulf Coast-the Saltiga family offers 16 high-modulus graphite rods tailored to your region. We put a striper rod to the test and found its light weight let us jig all day with no arm fatigue. Daiwa; (562) 802-9589; www.daiwa.com

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Solar Power**
Sometimes it's easy to forget to reapply sunscreen when you're scanning for bonefish. This shirt has you covered. Designed for the hardcore flats fanatic, the Solarflex Hoody ($55) from Simms provides UPF 30 sun protection, but that's just the beginning. If things are really on fire, the unique stretch collar quickly converts to a neck or full face shield, while the stretch-knit fabric doesn't inhibit mobility. Mesh vents along the side seams matched with 3XDRY fabric technology help you stay dry and airy on the water, and a raglan sleeve design keeps casting and line-stripping unrestricted. Simms; (406) 585-3562; www.simmsfishing.com

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Big Bang**
The Big Stick ($19) from Chesapeake Bay Lures may be a Virginia original, but big stripers everywhere can't resist this topwater. With solid-wood construction, the Stick glides in a tight, side-to-side pattern as the unique scooped nose throws water. Two rattle chambers amp up the fish-attracting power. Chesapeake Bay Lures; (757) 650-7926; www.chesbaylures.com