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New Fishing Gear for 2018

Best of new fishing gear for the coming season

April 6, 2018

Anglers need proper gear to perform at their best, so here’s a sneak peek at some of the latest products designed to keep you comfortable, protect you from the elements, and help you achieve essential tasks on the water.

Aftco Barracuda Shirt

AFTCO ­Barracuda Performance shirt

AFTCO’s Barracuda Performance shirt features breathable mesh panels and UPF 50+ sun protection. Bill Doster

The Barracuda Geo Cool LS Performance Shirt is fashioned with mineral-infused Geo Cool fabric to absorb and dissipate heat, breathable mesh panels, and flatlock-seam construction, featuring UPF 50+ sun protection, anti-microbial properties for odor control, and AFGuard stain release. Available in Gray Heather, Sky and Vapor. $59; aftco.com

Yeti Panga

Yeti Panga

Yeti’s Panga duffel bag keeps your gear protected from the harshest conditions. Bill Doster

Featuring a HydroLok zipper and an abrasion- and puncture-resistant outer shell, the airtight and submersible ­Panga duffel bag keeps your gear protected from the harshest conditions. Removable straps with durable metal hardware are designed to also carry the Panga as a backpack. Available in three sizes: 50, 75 and 100. $299.99 to $399.99; yeti.com

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Costa Ocearch Slack Tide

Costa Ocearch Slack Tide

Costa’s Slack Tide sunglasses feature 100 percent polarized 580 lenses in either glass or plastic. Bill Doster

Every pair of Slack Tide sunglasses purchased helps Ocearch fund shark conservation. Shiny Tiger Shark frames, with Hydrolite padding, pin hinges and ventilation carry 100 percent polarized 580 lenses in either glass or plastic. They’re prescription-ready and available with Blue Mirror, Gray or Gray Silver Mirror lenses. $117; costadelmar.com

Calcutta Squall Series Tackle Bags

Calcutta Squall Series Tackle Bags

Calcutta bags keep all contents dry. Bill Doster

Two tackle bags, the 3600 and 3700, in the Calcutta Squall Series include four tackle trays and sport end and front pockets, a molded pliers pocket, and a zip-close main compartment. A compression-molded bottom and built-in rain flap help keep all contents dry. $89.99; calcuttaoutdoors.com

Columbia Women's Solar Cast Hoodie

Columbia Women’s Solar Cast Hoodie

Columbia Women’s Solar Cast Hoodie provides UPF 50 sun protection. Bill Doster

Styled expressly for women — there’s even a ponytail slit in the back of the hoodie — the Solar Cast Hoodie boasts Columbia‘s proprietary Omni-Wick and Omni-Shade technologies, and provides UPF 50 sun protection. Available in three color schemes, Green Manga, Blue Macaw and Lollipop, in sizes XS to XL. $65; columbia.com

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Buff “As One”

Buff “As One”

Buff’s “As One” is multifunctional head wear. Bill Doster

This collection combines the versatility of multifunctional head wear with designs showcasing the beauty of Sonoma County, California, the Florida Keys and the rich culture of Texas and Puerto Rico. All profits go to the Red Cross for disaster relief in these affected areas. $20; buffusa.com

Shimano Evair Boat Shoes

Shimano Evair Boat Shoes

Shimano Evair boat shoes provide top traction on wet surfaces. Bill Doster

Evair shoes offer both style and function. Ultralight EVA midsoles provide all-day comfort, the mesh uppers are quick-drying, and the heels fold down to wear the shoe like a sandal. Other attributes include a nonmarking sole designed for top traction on wet surfaces. Offered in two colors in sizes 7 to 13. $39.99; fish.shimano.com

Xtratuf Spindrift Shoes

Xtratuf Spindrift Shoes

The Spindrift provides all-day comfort in an athletic silhouette. Bill Doster

The new Spindrift provides all-day comfort in an athletic silhouette, with a perforated, molded EVA insole and Xtratuf’s signature nonmarking, slip-resistant Chevron outsole with drainage. Available in three color schemes in men’s sizes 7 to 14 and women’s sizes 5 to 11. $79.95; xtratuf.com

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West Marine Blacktip Knives

West Marine Blacktip Knives

Ergonomically designed handles provide a firm grip in wet, slimy conditions. Bill Doster

A titanium finish bonded to 420 Japanese stainless steel makes these blades more corrosion-­resistant and three times harder than conventional stainless steel, and they also hold an edge better. The ergonomically designed handles provide a firm grip in wet, slimy conditions. Available in ­6- and 9-inch fillet, 6-inch ­boning, and 10-inch butcher styles. $12.99 to $19.99; westmarine.com

Huk Santiago Shirt

Huk Santiago Shirt

Huk’s Santiago Shirt is ready to fish hard and packed with performance. Bill Doster

Look great on deck, at the dock or at the bar with the new Santiago shirt. It’s ready to fish hard and packed with performance, like a laser-perforated underarm and back for superior breathability, moisture transport and sun protection. Available in five colors in sizes S to 3X. $34.89; hukgear.com

Bluefin USA Solar Hoodie

Bluefin USA Solar Hoodie

Bluefin’s Solar Hoodie offers SPF 50 sun protection and ­superb moisture-wicking comfort. Bill Doster

This technical top offers SPF 50 sun protection, ­superb moisture-wicking comfort, and rapid heat dispersion. Made with flatlock construction and a soft microfiber-spandex blend that’s quick-drying and anti-microbial, the hoodie comes in light blue or aqua, in sizes S to 2X. $48; bluefinusa.com

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Grundens DeckHand Hoodie

Grundens DeckHand Hoodie

The DeckHand hoodie offers quick-­drying, four-way stretch and UPF 30 sun protection. Bill Doster

Keep cool with Grundens Coolcore technology. The nonchemical cooling yarn offers quick-­drying, four-way stretch and UPF 30 sun protection. The hoodie also features flatlock-stitch seams, the Grundens logo, and comes in green, blue or gray, in sizes S to 3XL. $60; grundens.com

Frogg Toggs Prym 1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs

Frogg Toggs Prym 1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs

The ­Pilot II jacket and bibs are the best value in high-­performance rainwear. Bill Doster

Lightweight, comfortable and made to last, the ­Pilot II jacket and bibs are the best value in high-­performance rainwear. With the optional Co-Pilot ­liners, they can also be worn in cold climates. ­Available in three ­color schemes in sizes S to 3X. Jacket $179.99, bibs $159.99; froggtoggs.com

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