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Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jul 11, 2018

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Lew’s Super Duty 300

Big fish beware


The Super Duty 300 is truly the ultimate reel for big bait, heavy line, big fish situations around the country and around the world. You spoke, we listened. New-for-2019, the Super Duty 300 is a super-sized version of the original Super Duty, with increased line capacity and overall brute strength. The 300 was made for fishing 8-10” swimbaits for double-digit bass, topwater fishing for yellowtail off the coast of California, and targeting muskie: the fish of 10,000 casts. The search for a reel that can withstand the hardest fighting freshwater fish in the world, is over.

The Super Duty 300 is built on a one-piece aluminum frame and sideplate with a bowed, heavy duty 100mm aluminum reel with Winn Dri-Tac knobs. The reel has 24lbs of rugged carbon fiber drag along with a ZRXtra one-way clutch bearing. ZRXtra uses zero reverse with a backup multi-stop gear, which means extra power and backbone.

High strength solid brass Speed Gears turn the braid-ready, forged, double anodized, deep capacity spool. Casting big baits is a breeze thanks to the externally adjustable Multi-Setting Brake (MSB) dual cast control system. The new Super Duty 300 has an MSRP of $199.99.

Daiwa J-Braid Grand x8

8 strands of tightly woven fibers,

a perfectly round profile


Daiwa Corporation is proud to announce the release of a new premium grade braided line that raises the bar in quality and performance. J-Braid Grand is the new Ultimate Braid in Daiwa’s J-Braid Family.

The line is strong, resistant to abrasion yet well-bodied enough to lay smoothly on the spool. The braid is spun with Izanas: a state-of-the-art new material utilizing 8 carriers that are supple yet, with this new material, 4 times as abrasion-resistant as a typically tougher 4 carrier. The braided line takes smooth, quiet performance and tough abbrasion resistance to a new level.

A brand new color, Gray-Light, is stealth in a variety of conditions. Dark Green and Island Blue are other available colors. Manufactured to exacting standards in Japan.

”Be a strong fighter with J-Braid.”

• New premium grade braided line

• Ultimate Braid in Daiwa’s J-Braid Family

• All New Materials utilizing 8 Carriers

• Available in 3 colors, new Gray-Light, Island Blue and Dark Green

• Made in Japan

• 150, 300 and 3000 yard spools

St. Croix Mojo Yak

More balanced and sensitive than ever before



New for 2019, the Mojo Yak is available in two casting and six spinning models ranging from 7’ to 7’6” in medium-light, medium and medium-heavy powers.

These fast-action rods deliver the backbone to hoist fish up from water level and the sensitivity to understand exactly where your lure lies underwater. $150

• Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) mandrel technology

• Premium, high-modulus SCIII graphite

• Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and black frames

• Fuji DPS reel seat with black hoods on spinning models

• Fuji ECS reel seat with black hood on casting models

• Custom Winn split-grip handle

• Kigan hook-keeper.

• Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish

• Designed in Park Falls, WI and are backed by 5 years of St. Croix’s Superstar Service.

Yo-Zuri H.D. Carbon Disappearing Pink

New bulk spools!


Due to popular request, Yo-Zuri’s “Original” H.D. Pink Leader Material will be available in bulk spools for the very first time in 2019!

Available is sizes 20#-80#, Yo-Zuri is launching these bulk spools with convenience in mind for the serious offshore angler who want to take advantage of the significant per yard price savings!

Storm 360GT Coastal Jig

A versatile option featuring a holographic eye and tight-grip bait keeper


The Storm 360GT Coastal baits, a collection of soft-body lures designed to perfectly mimic popular coastal forage species, became an instant hit when the baits were introduced at ICAST 2017. Now anglers can take full advantage of one of the lures’ standout features with the launch of the new 360GT Coastal Jig Heads.

Designed as the perfect fit for Storm Coastal soft baits, the new Coastal Jig Heads come four per pack and are armed with a sticky-sharp, corrosion-resistant VMC Coastal Black hook. Each Coastal Jig Head is outfitted with a 60-degree line tie that keeps soft plastic lures swimming in the perfect strike-enduing position, a tight-grip bait-keeper and large 3-D holographic eyes.

Anglers may choose from four versatile sizes to fit any scenario.

MSRP: $5.99 Available: July 2018

Seaguar’s New Gold Standard in Fluorocarbon

Gold Label 100% Fluorocarbon Leader


Each of these Gold Label advantages complements the well-established benefits of 100% fluorocarbon leaders, attributes that result in more strikes and more fish landed. Fluorocarbon is far more abrasion-resistant than monofilament leaders, incredibly important when pulling fish out of reefs, wrecks, rocks, and dock pilings. In addition, fluorocarbon leaders are virtually invisible beneath the surface, a result of the leader’s index of refraction which nearly matches that of water.

Gold Label’s paradigm-shifting characteristics are made possible because Seaguar, the originators of fluorocarbon fishing lines, is still the only company that completely controls every aspect of fluorocarbon line production, from resin development and preparation to extrusion, winding and packaging. Indeed, Gold Label is prepared using Seaguar’s proprietary co-extrusion method that yields a unique Double-Structure leader. This exclusive process unites two different fluorocarbon resins: a strong, sensitive fluorocarbon core and a soft, supple, fluorocarbon exterior, into the finest leader available, one that has earned the title of Gold Label. This is not hype or hyperbole; it’s science and fact.

Seaguar Gold Label will be released in six versatile pound test ratings, ranging from 15 lb test to 40 lb test, on 25 yard spools. Look for Seaguar Gold Label on shelves in early 2019 with MSRP $18.99-34.99 depending on pound test.

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