The right stuff unveiled: a preview
You may have noticed the week's issue is a little heavier when pulling it out of the mailbox, and truth be told, even at 136 pages, it could have been a lot bigger. There is a lot to promote and talk about for the upcoming 5-day Fred Hall Fishing show (March 1-5 at the Long Beach Convention Center) to talk about, and we covered it pretty well in the 100-page, 3-section preview.
More than 500 booths, 400 seminars in at least five areas. It's all there in the preview and program. You can go the 100-page flip-style full-color preview at this link
NEW TACKLE for 2017 will be everywhere in Long Beach, particularly from Daiwa with its expanded Saltiga line, and these new tackle items can obtained via special show deals from retailers.
The kids pond, duck races, new boats and resorts are all given their due, but for me the big draw at the Hall show is tackle and how to use it. New stuff and seminars. What is truly new, and the fact is, technology is changing and it is due to super braid fishing lines. This are by no means the only tackle debuts. There are many, but these caught my eye. The show program has most of them. Get a copy when you through the door.
LEON TODD is bringing out several new Calstar models for the show: the 7470H, 7470XH,7 470XXH and the7 470XXXH for laying wood to big tuna on the rail, and for WSB boys, the new GFGR 7400M, a rod previously available only as a blank.
CALSTAR RODS: This is the best production rod in the world since 1984. Seeker is good, but Leon Todd’s Calstar quality is bulletproof, and Calstar’s rolling out several new models at the Hall shows this year. Rail rods are killing big tuna, and to keep the pressure on the big tuna they are bringing out several new models for the show. Look for the 7470H, 7470XH,7 470XXHandthe7470XXXH that are made with a different mandrel which provides for a slightly heavier rod for increased power when laying wood to a big tuna.
My favorite newbie for a variety of fish, including WSB, yellows and tuna (not the big ones) is the GFGR 7400M, a rod available only as a blank, but now comes on the scene a production rod. By popular demand from anglers and their tackle shops. Give the customers what they want. The 7400M casts like a dream with a light tip but plenty of backbone to turn hefty fish. Buy a Calstar stick at the show, get a free Calstar t-shirt.
AHI’s new Deception Cedar plugs.
AHI: As usual, the Gardena company will have their full line of lobster gear, along with their lobster tank with local California spiny lobsters. Promar will be releasing their new line of floating ProFloat Nets that are perfect these nets are great for kayakers, float tubers, or wade anglers. Of greatest importance, they will unveil a new line of cedar plugs designed with their patented Live Deception technology which did damage to the huge bluefin we saw last season. The plugs look super cool. Maybe we will get albacore this year as well as bluefin. Hell of a combination.
DAIWA: Daiwa’s Saltiga SD, the top dog in the Daiwa star drag series of reels, was introduced early 2016 in 10 and 15 sizes. New for 2016-17 Saltiga added sizes 20H, 30H, 35H, 40H and 50H size in a 6.4:1 gear ratio that pulls in almost 40 inches per crank.
In the larger 40A and 50A sizes the Saltiga comes in a lower 5.1:1 gear ratio. These are beautiful, precision reels. The machined aluminum free floating spool offers more manageable casting, combined with an internal centrifugal cast control.
Also new from Daiwa is J-BRAID X4, thinner and stronger, using the amazing Dyneema material, now the industry’s benchmark material for line strength. This is great stuff, with abrasion resistance, yet it’s easier to tie, lighter, stronger and thinner. It is offered in fluorescent yellow, dark green and island blue in 6, 8,10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 65 and 80-pound test in 150-, 300- and 3,000-yard spools
AVET 's first run of there G2's will be in a special Neptune's Heart limited color combo.
AVET: The new G2 reels are available for casting at the Hyatt Lagoon, and if give ‘em a go, you get free hat. I was told first run of G2s will be made in what is being called “Neptune's Heart” limited edition color combo, just an insane look, with the standard color options to be released soon after. The G2 is a new series to fill in the line class gap between the originals and the Raptors.
The original SX is a 20-pound class reel. Setting the drag appropriately for 30-pound maxes the drag out to its absolute limits. The SX Raptor on the other hand, is a 40- to 50-pound class reel. It will handle appropriate drag setting for 30-pound, but its at the very bottom end of the drag curve The SX G2 will be the just right "Goldielox" right inbetween that puts 30-pound line class right in the middle with plenty of adjustment margin to go up or down a line class or two. The same applies for the rest of the models up to the LX. The HX originals and HX Raptors already have a decent overlap, so there isn’t really a need for a G2 to fill the gap.
The G2 Single speeds also answer the demand for single speed reels with more drag output with a 40 percent increase. The gear ratios for the G2 single speed will be the same as the original single speeds, and G2 2-speeds will be the same as the original (and Raptor) 2-speeds, which have proven to have best ratio between torque and speed. All G2 models will have the same increased line capacities as the Raptors.
Costa intros five new styles at the Hall show. Pictured is the Bloke.
COSTA: There are five new sunglasses in its Core collection, the Bloke, Reefton, Kiwa, Tasman Sea, and Whitetip, and all can be seen at this year’s Fred Hall Show.
“All five of these new Core styles are not only exceptionally functional on the water but also provide comfort and style for time off the boat,” says John Sanchez, vice president of product design for Costa. “We focused on creating durable frames with technical design elements that increase coverage and reduce glare. This provides our core anglers with the features they need for comfort and the technical advantages for improved performance on the water.”
Like all Costas, each frame has been constructed with quality and built for adventure. These five new styles are 100 percent polarized and come equipped with Costa’s patented 580 technology. It's C-WALL coating on the lenses forces water to bead up and fall off, creating an essentially smudge-free perspective. The lenses are available in either polycarbonate or glass and are scratch resistant.
Roddy will unveil five affordable but high-end models of its R2S two-speed spinning reels.
RODDY: Master Fishing Tackle has a new series of two-speed spinning reels. You get versatile retrieve options for working lures and baits plus cranking power when you need it. The new Roddy R2S Series features five models covering light to heavy-tackle fishing, each featuring Quik-Select on-the-fly shifting between high and low retrieve speeds. Gear ratios vary with model: the light-duty R2S20 and R2S30 models feature gear ratios of 6.7:1 (H) and 4.7:1 (L). The medium-duty R2S50 cranks at 6.3:1 (H) or 4.3:1 (L).
Two heavy-duty models, the R2S60 and R2S80, provide retrieve speeds of 5.4:1 (H) and 3.6:1 (L). The ability to select speeds lets anglers impart the ideal action to top water lures, crankbaits, swimbaits while providing the power needed to bring big fish to the boat.
These reels won’t break your bank account at under $200 will be available at the Long Beach show for the first time! If you can’t wait, check them out at www.roddyfishing.com.
THE ACCURATE VALIANT has the TwinDrag system for ultra-smooth, consistent pressure up to 30 pounds drag pressure. Small, powerful, light, beautiful to hold.
ACCURATE: The Accurate boys Dave and Doug Nilsen with dad Jack will introduce their newest addition of the BV-500-sized single speed and two-speed reels in the popular Valiant series. Light, powerful with dual drags, and these are beautiful to hold much less fish with.
The Valiants are ideal for striped marlin, sailfish, tuna, white seabass, yellowtail, striped bass and other saltwater targets. The lever drags include BV-500 (6:1 retrieve) and BV-500N (6:1 retrieve narrow) single speed reels, as well as new BV2-500 and BV2-500N two-speeds.
Every Valiant has an aircraft grade aluminum frame that delivers structural integrity of a reel twice its size. The TwinDrag system provides ultra-smooth, consistent pressure, up to 30 pounds max drag, precision-cut stainless steel gears that mesh perfectly together for unsurpassed cranking power, while seven shielded and sealed class-5 ABEC bearings and one ARB bearing ensure ultra smooth, reliable operation.
Anglers looking for and unbelievable single-speed lever drag reel can choose between the BV-500 or the BV-500N (narrow version), both featuring a blazing 6:1 gear ratio that rips in 45.05 inches of line with each turn of the handle. The BV-500 holds 500 yards of 50-pound test braided line, while the BV-500N holds 350 yards of 50-pound test braid.
Those in the market for a “best of class” two-speed can opt for Accurate’s BV2-500 of the BV2-500N. Both of these new Valiant two-speeds enable you to switch back and forth easily between a high-speed 6:1 retrieve and a winch-like 4:1 gear ratio with the simple touch of a button.
TADY: The new 14A series of jigs are unveiled to the public at the Fred Hall Show. They’ve been killing yellows all winter off San Quintin Bay and Punta Colnett. The 14A is a heavier jig that is available in both surface and yo-yo iron. The surface version checks in at 3.5 ounces. This heavier weight allows for farther casts and creates a unique swim action. The bluefin better watch out this year.
Another key benefit of this new heavier jig is that it is ideal for fishing with today’s higher speed reels. The 14A is also available in yo-yo iron. These bad boys weigh 8.5 ounces which allows the angler to drop down quicker on meter marks and structure.
The 14A is available in regular paint colors, chrome, glow and hologram. Another great feature of the 14A is that it comes in treble and also beefy southern style tuna hooks. Again, think monster bluefin, folks.
THE EASY SHIFT BUTTON on the Makairas by Cal's plus new blueprinting models and new gearing for two-speeds.
CAL’S REELS: The shop that “hotrods” out-of-the-box reels celebrates 30th year and 29 years of exhibiting at Hall shows has many new products, but the big news is the new “Easy Shift Button” for the Okuma Makaira reel that makes shifting a breeze. Cal’s is now blueprinting the big-game Makairas and offering custom blueprinting and building of Avet 30 and larger reels, Accurate ATDs, Daiwa SLT Lever Drag, Okuma Makaira, Penn International, Shimano Tiagra and Talica reels. On top of all this, they have added new high and low gearing to most heavy-duty lever-drag reels.
THE TRANX 300 and 400s will be in limited supply.
SHIMANO: The company has come out with long-awaited 300 and 400 versions of its baitcasting level-wind Tranx. The reel is all-new, but not as big as you would think. It comes in different power handle configurations, and left-handed too, by popular request. The Hall show will be it’s debut for sales and showing it off. The reel will sold on a limited amount, by design, and likely only enough will be around by Thursday evening. Pretty amazing reel, and the biggest surprise is that it costs about $300. That’s about $100 less than what most retails – and execs at Shimano – thought.
GRUNDENS 12-inch high “foldable” boots debut with an insole is comprised of two separate levels, or “decks.” Top of the line, worth the $130 price tag.
GRUNDENS: This company, with its roots in commercial fishing, does it right when it does it. Does that make sense? Grundens newest product is the 15-inch Deck-Boss fishing boot, with a rigid toe cap and an injection molded upper that eliminates delamination and cracking. Patented “Herkules Grip” synthetic rubber technology also provides superior traction on wet surfaces. The flexible upper folds down when the full the 15-inch height is not needed and a 1-inch groove holds a durable silicone band that keeps pants out of the muck and your legs dry.
The boot’s interior is a comfortable with a unique patented insole that is engineered to mimic the bilge space in a boat. It’s comprised of two separate levels, or “decks.” Stop by their booth and they will explain the science and design of the insoles. Killer boots and worth the $130 price tag. It’s your feet, folks. I suggest you wear the best, it makes a fishing trip a lot more fun. My boots are trashed. So, the new Deck-Boss will be one of my purchases this year at the show. Don’t buy up all the size 12s you guys!
Izorline Premium Co-Polymer Mono and Crimp Kit will help you catch more wahoo, and save a few bucks!
IZORLINE:Wahoo don’t eat the steel leader as well as mono or fluoro and that’s no secret. It’s the classic wahoo problem, more bites with many lost fish or less bites with more landed fish. Many anglers opt to use a heavy fluoro carbon leader when tying up wahoo leaders for jigs and bombs to be able to get away with a heavier line but still enjoy benefit of your lure having maximum action. Seasoned long ranger and Izorline Pro Staffer Jim Duntley has noticed over the years that he has found a solid ratio of bites to landed fish by using Izorline 150-pound mono that he connects by using the tools in the Izorline Crimp Kit. The thing that makes this set-up so appealing is the fact that mono is significantly cheaper than fluoro. Izorline Premium Co Polymer mono come in convenient 50 yards coil or 100 yards wrist spools in clear and in marine blue. The crimp kit includes everything you would need, abundant supply of aluminum crimps and anti-chafing springs. Crimp kits are available with or without crimping tool.
See you at the show. I’ll be at the WON subscription booth Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. We will have two both.
Pat McDonell is editor of WON, and director of the Cabo Tuna Jackpot. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.