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Chris Grech is the Product Editor for Allcoast Media.

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March 18, 2015

Spring Family Fishing Festival on Saturday, April 11 at Belmont Lake State Park

by Chris Grech

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) will hold their annual Spring Family Fishing Festival on Saturday, April 11 at Belmont Lake State Park. Additional sponsors for the fishing festival include the Natural Heritage Trust, the Fisherman Magazine, and radio stations 106.1 WBLI and 102.3 WBAB.

Festival activities begin at 10 a.m. and are provided free of charge. Activities will include open fishing, fishing instruction, fly casting demonstrations and fish cleaning services. Additionally, a display area will be set up by state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and local fishing clubs. Participants are urged to try their hands at fly casting, as demonstrations will be on-going. Loaner rods and free bait will be available to participants throughout the day. As the supply of loaner rods is limited, participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing tackle if they have it.

Children's activities also begin at 10 a.m. and will include an inflatable slide (weather dependent), the "Spring Fling" casting contest, as well as hands-on educational displays by the DEC's Education Unit. Children participating in the casting contest will have a chance to win some great prizes, which will be supplied by DEC's I FISH NY Program, OPRHP, the Fisherman Magazine and The Natural Heritage Trust.

The Spring Fishing Festival has been designated a Free Fishing Event, so the freshwater fishing license requirement for anglers age 16 and older has been suspended for this event.

The festival highlights DEC's spring trout stocking program in Nassau and Suffolk counties conducted in March and April. Prior to the festival, Belmont Lake will be stocked with close to 4,000 brown, brook and rainbow trout by DEC and OPRHP. Upper Twin Pond in Wantagh, Oyster Bay Mill Pond, Massapequa Creek and Reservoir, as well as 17 other Long Island lakes will also be stocked with trout by DEC, providing excellent prospects for spring fishing in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

In the event of inclement weather, call I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283 or Belmont Lake State Park at (631) 667-5055. There is no rain date for this event.

A vehicle use fee of $8 will be in effect. Parking is free for Empire Pass holders. The 2014 Empire Pass (leaves DEC's website) can be purchased for $65 online, at state park offices or by phone at 518-474-0458.

For more information about the festival, call I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283 or visit DEC's Learn to Fish page.

For information about freshwater fishing on Long Island or the spring trout stocking program in Nassau and Suffolk counties, call the DEC Bureau of Fisheries at (631) 444-0280, e-mail or visit Long Island/NYC Fishing page.

February 27, 2015

Fenwick Methods & Eagle Travel Rods

by Chris Grech

I have owned a several travel rods in the past but the quality was always lacking. Enter the Fenwick Methods Travel Rod. Methods pack rods are just the ticket for the avid traveling angler. All Methods rods feature five interchangeable pieces in the included hard travel case which allows anglers to prepare for multiple situations and still pack light. The 5 pieces include 1 handle section, 2 mid sections of different powers and 2 rod tips of different rod action. The end result is a 3 piece rod that can be configured in 4 different combinations such as:

Medium power w/ Fast action
Medium power w/ Moderate Fast action
Medium Heavy power w/ Fast action
Medium Heavy power w/ Moderate Fast action

This revolutionary travel rod design features a TAC handle that provides increased grip in all fishing conditions. It's also more durable than cork and provides enhanced grip when wet. Other highlights of Fenwick Methods rods include Duel Power Blanks, Stainless Steel Guides, Spigot Ferrule and 5 year limited warranty. Spinning and casting models are available in sizes of 6'6", 6'8", 7' and 7'4".

If you're on a tighter budget, another great option is the Fenwick Eagle Travel Rod. This series represents Fenwick's rich heritage as a premiere rod builder featuring their most classic, time tested and proven actions for all species. The Fenwick Eagle series continues to improve connecting tradition with modern components and lightweight comfortable designs. Features include a B2 Burled Cork design that provides the feel of traditional cork, but is more chip resistant and durable. Stainless Steel Guides with stainless steel inserts are lightweight, strong, and corrosion resistant while the Classic Fenwick Actions are time tested and proven from the original graphite rod company. Models are either 3 or 4 pieces and are available in sizes of 6', 6'6", 7', 8'6". 5 year limited warranty and travel case included.

Both rods would make excellent choices for the traveling angler. They are also perfect for leaving in the trunk of your car matched to a dependable reel just in case there's a hot bite or if you decide to take some "extra time off" on your lunch break.

Fenwick Methods $149.95
Fenwick Eagle $69.95 - $89.95

January 29, 2015

Durabrite LED Lights

by Chris Grech

The marine world is way overdue for a light this over built and this reliable.

DuraBrite Lights have been leading the electronics industry for over 40 years. Their primary focus has been producing specialized lights for the military, mining and construction industries. These jobs demand nothing but the most reliable, powerful and efficient lights on the market. DuraBrite recently has seen the demand for quality LED lights in marine applications. Sport fishing, commercial fishing, ferries and the US Coast Guard have greatly benefited from these extremely bright lights that feature low power consumption.

DuraBrite Lights have many advantages over the competition including the best lumens to weight ratio on the market. They lead the industry in lumens per watt, lumens per pound and total lumens delivered. Pushing 50,000 lumens these lights are by far the brightest and most reliable LED lights on the market. Examples include the SLM35 which outputs 35,000 lumens at 300 watts and the SLM50 which outputs 50,000 lumens at 430 watts.

In addition, these products are also subjected to extremely cold and hot temperatures of -55 to 160F cycles for 12 hours straight. No place in the world can subject a product to those torturous temperature changes in such a short amount of time so you can rest assured that you won't have any issues. Currently DuraBrite has had lights on for 7 years straight in extreme heat and freezing conditions with zero issues. They are also placed on a rumble table to ensure no loose components are present and that the lights can handle extreme vibrations. DuraBrite Lights are not only 100% waterproof but actually work underwater in 3 feet or less.

There will be no mistaking your boat in the fleet with DuraBrite Lights. No more blown bulbs and no more serious power draw; just the brightest and coolest to the touch lights in the marketplace. The flood and spotlights offered can help you navigate through the darkness with ease as well all raise baitfish at night.

Commercial applications such as boat yards, marinas and fish docks will benefit from 80% less power consumption. Replacing ten halogen lights with one DuraBrite LED will pay for themselves in two years. State and Government agencies are also giving tax credits of up to $250 per fixture for commercial applications so it pays to do a little research.

Based in the USA, DuraBrite uses only components that are manufactured in the US. No parts are shipped from overseas which provides the consumer with a top of the line product. The company also goes through extensive testing prior to shipping all lights. Both 24 and 48 volt applications are available as well as AC voltage from 90 to 480 volts. Last but not least, DuraBrite offers a 5 year warranty.

If anyone is interested please e-mail Paul at for more information or to place orders.

Use promo code marineLED and receive free shipping and mounting bracket (over $100 value).

December 10, 2014

Berkley Gulp! and Gulp! Alive! DoubleTails

by Chris Grech

The Gulp! and Gulp! Alive! DoubleTails have double the action to entice your favorite gamefish. These new offerings from Berkley combine the shapes of their Swimming Mullets and Minnow Grubs. Serrated fish scale patterns line the body of the bait for a more realistic look and the high-definition cut eyes give the DoubleTails the look of real baitfish. Available in 3 and 4-inch sizes, the twin tails move erratically regardless of your retrieval speed. Berkley DoubleTails can easily be fished in a variety of ways and are available in a total of 20 colors to match the hatch. Makes a great bait to have on hand at all times, no matter what your fishing for.

$5.99 - $9.95

October 30, 2014

FIN-NOR Lethal 2-Speed Lever-Drag Reels

by Chris Grech

The new FIN-NOR Lethal 2-speed Lever-drag reels feature an oversized stainless drive gear and pinion, a more powerful Megadrag construction and Megashield ­corrosion ­protection. The exclusive Megadrag system combines ­carbon-fiber and stainless-steel drag plates, with Cal's Grease for ­heat-dissipating ­performance. ­Durability is assured with the ­corrosion resistance of the ­Megashield coating. The sealed ­Megalock clutch provides robust anti-reverse with backup. The Lethal is available in three sizes which are the LTL16, LTL20 and LTL30. These conventional reels come in both single and two-speed which allows downshifting to 3.0:1 for extra ­pulling power in ­addition to 6.1:1 or 6.2:1 ratios for fast line pickup. Overall the FIN-NOR Lethal 2-speed Lever-drag reels are a great value.

$199 and up

October 15, 2014

Family Fall Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park

by Chris Grech

Enjoy a family-oriented fishing festival on October 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Hempstead Lake State Park. No fishing license is required for this event, hosted by NYSDEC and NYS Parks. Festival activities include fly-fishing instruction and casting practice with loaner rods, free bait and fish-cleaning services. Children can "cast" for pumpkins, then decorate their "catch" with the supplies provided. More than 1,000 fish are stocked for this event. The festival also features exhibits from local fishing clubs, face painting and a magic show. Admission is $6 for everyone over the age of 12.

September 03, 2014

Hogy Heavy Minnow Jigs

by Chris Grech

Hogy Heavy Minnow Jigs will catch just about anything that swims, especially in deeper water. They can be cast and retrieved or simply jigged vertically. The combination of their durable though wired construction, stainless split ring and quality 4X VMC treble hook will handle big fish with ease. There is no need to change hooks with Hogy Heavy Minnow Jigs, they come ready to fish right out of the package. The jigs also feature a balanced lead core for superior casting distance and an HD holographic baitfish finish with epoxy coating. Hogy Heavy Minnow Jigs are available in black, silver and olive in 1 1/4 oz 2 1/2 inch and 3.5 oz 4 inch sizes. These work great in the right situation and are a nice addition to your tackle box...if you have not tried them are worth a shot.

$7.95 - $8.95

July 28, 2014

PENN Battle II Spinning Reel

by Chris Grech

The PENN Battle II has been awarded the Best Saltwater Reel Award at the 2014 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. The popularity of the PENN Battle spinning reel family continues to grow as anglers recognize the durability and fishability found in this finely crafted reel. Inspired by design innovations made possible through new technology, PENN introduces the improved Battle II.

Included in the improvements is line management. PENN added line capacity rings to let the angler know when the spool is properly filled. This ensures that the casts are not subject to excess line stripping from the spool, resulting in improved castability. The Battle II also has enhanced corrosion resistance due to the improvements of using five sealed bearings and one anti-reverse bearing. The reel incorporates keyed carbon fiber washers in the HT-100 drag system that utilizes both sides of the drag washers and increases maximum drag by 15 to 50 percent. Many original Battle features remain in the Battle II, including the full metal body, sideplate and rotor; instant anti-reverse, heavy-duty aluminum bail wire and superline spool.

Eight Battle II spinning reels are offered in 1000 to 8000 sizes. New to the lineup is the 2500 size designed for inshore/light braid applications. Nine Battle II spinning combos are also available for inshore, near shore, boat and surf applications. Each rod is paired and balanced with a Battle II reel and range from 6 feet, 6 inches to 10 feet long in actions from medium-light to heavy. Battle II combo rods include a (inshore) or EVA grip. All Battle II products will be available in September of 2014.

Battle II reels $99.95 to $129.95 MSRP
Combos $129.95 to $159.95 MSRP

July 28, 2014

Free Fishing Clinic at Ft. Wadsworth, Staten Island, August 3rd

by Chris Grech

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYSDEC) I FISH NY program in conjunction with the National Park Service will conduct a free fishing clinic at Gateway National Recreation Area, Staten Island Unit, Ft. Wadsworth, on August 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is part of the Service's "History Social" which will include a living history exhibition covering American history between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, free Tango and Flamenco dancing lessons, a bird-walk, a goat-herder with goats and other activities for children. This is a DEC-sponsored event where participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. The event is free, and no registration with the marine registry is required to fish during the program. Fishing rods, tackle, bait and educational materials will be provided. The event is catch and release only. Children under age 16 must be supervised.For more information contact the DEC I FISH NY program at 718-482-4922 or see the schedule of upcoming free fishing days.

June 27, 2014

Canyon Coolers 50-quart Outfitter

by Chris Grech

Ever dream of a cooler that can hold ice for up to 14 days? The Canyon Coolers 50-quart Outfitter is built brutally strong featuring a premium polyethylene RotoMolded shell filled with Huntsman High Density PU foam, made in the USA. This virtually indestructible shell has been known to stand strong while bench-pressing a 7,000lb truck, so it's certainly strong enough to take on anything the toughest conditions or any angler can dish out. A solid neoprene gasket ensures a tight, virtually leak-proof seal to trap the cold air in and keep warm air and moisture out. All are key factors to successfully achieving the cooler's impressive ice retention, which has proven to go for weeks (not days, like competitors). To further ensure positive closure when pounding through the waves, Canyon Coolers included an integrated bullet-proof hinge and 100% recessed cam latches which also prevent snagging against other gear as well as your body parts. Tie down areas are also built in for rough water days and there are even built in locking holes for added security. An all-around versatile cooler, the Canyon Coolers 50-quart Outfitter is the perfect size. It fits nicely on just about any sized boat yet it weighs only 25 pounds, so it can be easily transported by one person and is still large enough to pack in up to 56 cans of your favorite beverage (ideally 46 cans + ice). In fact, Canyon Coolers are true to list size. This means that a Canyon Cooler 50-quart ice chest actually holds a full 50 quarts, unlike competitors. Additional features include high-quality construction, large non-skid rubber feet, molded handgrips, heavy-duty rope handles, square corners and a no-lose drain plug. Marine and UV rated covers as well as cushions to convert the cooler into a seat are also available. The Canyon Coolers 50-quart Outfitter comes in white, sandstone, orange and pink for the ladies. On top of all these impressive features, these coolers will not stain or absorb odor and are protected by a four-year warranty on the Outfitter 50. Dimensions are: Front Wall: 2.2" thick, Back Wall: 1.8 " thick, Side Walls: 1.87" – 2.75" thick, Lid: 2.25" thick, Floor: 1.5" - 2" thick.


June 27, 2014

I FISH NY and Town of Brookhaven Announce Fishing Clinic

by Chris Grech

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) I FISH NY program, in cooperation with the Town of Brookhaven Department of Parks, Recreation and Sports, will offer a free freshwater fishing clinic will on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Town of Brookhaven Beach at Lake Ronkonkoma from 6 p.m. to sunset. Free loaner fishing rods and bait, supplied by I FISH NY, will be available for use at the clinic. The event begins with basic instruction on freshwater fish species, fishing regulations, and casting techniques. Space is limited; please call I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283 to pre-register. For more information about the I FISH NY program, please visit DEC's website. For information about freshwater fishing on Long Island, please call the Bureau of Fisheries at (631) 444-0280 or go online. This is a Free Fishing Clinic so no fishing license is needed for this event.

June 10, 2014

DEC Offers Free Surfcasting Clinic at Smith Point June 11th

by Chris Grech

What: Surfcasting Clinic
Where: Smith Point, Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Center
When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Who: I FISH NY, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, US National Park Service Fire Island National Seashore
Details: This event is geared toward beginner anglers and is appropriate for ages ten and up. The event will begin with basic instruction on local saltwater fish species, fishing regulations, and surfcasting techniques. Loaner rods and tackle will be available to participants for open fishing from the shoreline at Smith Point Beach. Pre-registration is required.
Sponsors: I FISH NY
Contact: I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283

May 28, 2014

NavPlay App

by Chris Grech

NavPlay recently released their new iPad-based navigation app, allowing anglers to plan routes, share their trips through social media, and more with the swipe of a finger. A complete, easy-to-use navigation app for iPads, NavPlay allows boaters to plan routes and navigate on C-Map by Jeppesen charts and satellite imagery. The innovative product provides access to a wealth of WiFi-networked vessel information and control such as instruments readings, weather forecasts, autopilot operation, alarms, and AIS details for collision avoidance, to name a few. A powerful and robust vessel control application, NavPlay provides the tools needed to manage many aspects of boating and serves as a vehicle for boaters to share details right from their iPad. Designed for sail and motor driven boats from 24 to 55 feet, NavPlay allows users to plan and design routes in advance of excursions with the innovative Draw Route feature; simply swiping a finger on the iPad screen automatically creates a full route complete with waypoints. Routes can be quickly and easily modified, and saved for future trips. NavPlay also automatically downloads Jeppesen weather forecast data to aid in route planning. While underway, the app gives boaters full control from an iPad. Easy-to-read navigation charts display a boat's position and customizable gauges provide real-time data in analog or digital formats in a choice of high-contrast and low-light screens. One of the few apps on the market that allow for full autopilot control, NavPlay automatically sends commands to a vessel's autopilot to maintain course, plus a virtual pilot knob allows boaters to change direction and path manually. NavPlay also allows boaters to quickly create customized bridges that display the data they need in the format they want for any boating situation. There is virtually no limit to the number of custom screens that can be saved and the app can be used in both portrait and landscape orientations to maximize configuration preferences. NavPlay is compatible with Apple iPad2, iPad3, iPad4, iPad mini and iPad Air models with WiFi running iOS 6.0 or greater. C-Map by Jeppesen C-Map charts are not included. User may purchase charts from NavPlay using the Jeppesen Marine tool located in the Service section of the NavPlay app or directly from the App store. NavPlay includes a worldwide vector background map to ensure usability when users do not have add-on mapping. Satellite images are only available while connected to the Internet.


April 22, 2014

Simrad ForwardScan Sonar

by Chris Grech

Simrad recently announced its new ForwardScan forward-looking echosounder transducer. What makes this different than traditional sonar showing boaters only where they have been, the new technology provides a clear image on a Simrad multifunction display of the water column and ocean floor in front of the boat. This enables Captains to be alerted of potential dangers while offering complete navigation confidence and added peace of mind in unfamiliar waters. The Simrad ForwardScan transducer can be fitted on almost any kind of vessel allowing boaters to see what obstruction may be approaching. With an effective range of eight times the actual depth and a built-in user configurable shallow depth alarm, Simrad ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies including Broadband Radar and ensures Captains avoid costly navigation mistakes. The advanced sounder technology is compatible with the SonarHub sounder module, and Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 series navigation systems. ForwardScan images can also be viewed on a smart phone and viewed and operated from a tablet on vessels equipped with the Simrad GoFree WiFi solution.The Simrad ForwardScan sonar has a two-year limited parts and labor warranty and is protected by the Simrad Advantage Service Program.


March 28, 2014

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky

by Chris Grech

I think it's safe to say that everybody loves beef jerky. I sure do. If you're like me and looking for something new that delivers a top quality product, great taste and selection, look no further than Chef's Cut Real Jerky. This is not the usual tough to chew stuff; this jerky is made from hand-cut premium steak. They currently have four delicious flavors including Original Recipe Steak Jerky, Chipotle Cracked Pepper Steak Jerky, Original Recipe Turkey Jerky and Roasted Red Chile Chicken Jerky. My mouth is watering as I type this…just one try and you will understand. Chef's Cut Real Jerky is a relatively new product and is curreny sold in 2.5oz packages online. The company also starting to get the ball rolling in several retail markets around the US, including NYC, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston and Seattle. You will soon see Chef's Cut Real Jerky more and more, I guarantee it. The only negative about Chef's Cut Real Jerky is that once the bag is open it does not last very long at all!


February 09, 2014

Screen Bright Smartphone Sanitizer Wipes

by Chris Grech

Screen Bright Smartphone Sanitizer Wipes are a great new product that I recently discovered. The wipes are lint free and can be used to clean virtually all electronic devices. They are also very fast drying and sanitize the surface to remove fingerprints, dirt, grease, grime, germs, bacteria and viruses. Screen Bright can be used to clean a large variety of items including smartphones, cell phones, tablets, MP3 players, eReaders, laptops, cameras, portable video games, eye glasses, binoculars, rifle scopes, GPS screens, etc. If you are an angler, boater or hunter, you will find a ton of uses for these wipes. This great product finally puts an end to saltwater spray causing havoc on the lenses of your sunglasses! Each Screen Bright wipe measures 15 x 20 cm and are sold in resealable packs of 12. They are easy to store in your car's glove box, on the boat, in your tackle box or anywhere you might need them. The price is reasonable so give them a shot. If you like them stock up so you'll always have some when you need them most.


January 07, 2014

Grand Slam Fluorocarbon Coated Line

by Chris Grech

The new Grand Slam Fluorocarbon Coated fishing line is an extra strong, 100% copolymer with a Fuorocarbon outer coating. The line is virtually invisible and can be used in any water conditions but is ideal when stealth is required. It's a top choice when visibility is a concern, such as fishing in clear shallow waters or in top water. Made from the highest quality copolymer, Grand Slam Fluorocarbon Coated is extremely supple and easy to cast using bait casting and spinning reels. The line is ultra manageable, easy to knot and delivers high knot strength and abrasion resistance. It's available in 300-yard filler spools and larger 1-pound spools from 4 to 20-pound test.

$9.99 for 300-yards
$59.99 for 1-pound spool

December 17, 2013

B&G V50 VHF & H50 Wireless Handset

by Chris Grech

Class D compliant for global use, the new B&G V50 VHF offers an integrated dual channel AIS receiver, allowing AIS reception and VHF use via just one antenna. In areas such as busy shipping lanes or bustling harbors, the V50 gives captains the ability to see, hear and be heard for increased safety. Plug and play compatible with Zeus Touch, the B&G V50 will display other vessels' distress calls on the chartplotter screen. The V50 AIS/VHF radio has dedicated weather, menu and channel keys, separate volume and squelch knobs, and a Distress button, an ergonomic fist microphone, selectable Dual and TriWatch modes and a large internal speaker for clear audio. Waterproof to the JIS-7 standard, the V50's additional features include the ability store up to 20 contacts with MMSI details directly onto the VHF and TrackYourBuddy™, which connects VHF DSC position polling with the Zeus and Zeus Touch to show the location of up to three captains on the chart display. Designed as a powerful and compact handheld solution, the innovative H50 remote handset is the perfect companion for the V50. Waterproof to the IPx7 standard, the H50 is energy efficient and always ready to use. The unit has an 8-hour battery life and charges wirelessly via a unique induction plate on the back of the device. The B&G H50 has an impressive range from the VHF base and can act as an intercom between another H50 unit or the V50 base station for seamless crew to navigator communication. Perfect for hands-free use the H50 also has a headphone jack and a belt clip.

V50 - $399
H50 Handset - $169

December 03, 2013

Wiley X WX Rush Sunglasses

by Chris Grech

As a member of Wiley X's popular Active Series, the WX Rush features a wraparound-style frame with a soft rubber nose pad and temple grips for a comfortable, secure fit, even when the fishing action gets hot and heavy. The WX Rush is ideal for casual anglers and weekend warriors alike, matching a Gloss Black frame with Polarized Blue Mirror Lenses. These lenses feature Wiley X's proven Filter 8™ polarizing technology that eliminates glare and helps fishermen see underwater structure, schools of bait and suspended fish. Wiley X's versatile Green lens base tint is effective under a wide range of light conditions, especially those found in fishing environments. Anglers need protection, as well, and Wiley X has built its reputation by delivering this in some of the most challenging conditions on Earth. Not only do Wiley X glasses protect angler's eyes against the harmful rays of the sun, they provide state of-the-art protection against a wide range of hazards encountered on the water. Every day, anglers face danger from flying lures and airborne debris, whether they're fishing or racing across the water to the next spot. Every pair of Wiley X sunglasses meets stringent ANSI Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards, providing OSHA-grade protection for anglers, every time they hit the water. Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this level of vision protection in every pair of glasses it makes. This proven protection is a key reason why Wiley X has long been a leading provider of protective eyewear to the U.S. military, law enforcement and other tactical users. Like many Wiley X sunglass styles, the WX Rush is also RX-ready, making it a perfect choice for anglers who wear corrective lenses. The WX Rush with prescription lenses gives serious anglers a comfortable, no-compromise solution that will help them see better and fish with confidence from dawn to dusk.


November 13, 2013

Timber Hawk Backstrap Waist Pack

by Chris Grech

Don't be fooled by the Timber Hawk Backstrap's modest size, it has plenty of room to fit all of the essentials including bulky items like lightweight rain gear. All pockets are lined with an ultra-quiet durable twill fabric to protect your gear and keep it quiet. The main compartment is flanked by accessory pockets featuring large loop zipper pulls which are ideal for smaller items that need to be accessed in a hurry such as game calls, lures, flashlights or ammo. Secured between the hip belt pockets and the main compartment are dual mesh water bottle holders, which easily accommodate two over-sized water bottles, or you can get creative and use these pockets to stash hats, gloves or a face mask. The pocket backs and waist belt are constructed using high-density breathable foam padding for enhanced comfort in any weather condition or equipment load. The waist belt is fully adjustable with left and right compression straps to balance your load and customize the fit. Need to carry more gear? You can always enhance the Timber Hawk Backstrap's function and capabilities by lashing even more gear to the webbed accessory loops.


October 23, 2013

Gear Keeper Retractable Smart Phone Keeper

by Chris Grech

The Gear Keeper Retractable Smart Phone Keeper which will give you peace of mind that your smart phone is safe and there when you need it. Featuring a retractable, super-compact design and simple functionality, it allows you to stay focused on the task at hand. The Gear has a low force 40-pound break-strength industrial retractor made from a high tensile spectra/nylon line. The line extends to 36 inches and quietly retracts, zipping back into place. This simple yet amazing device is made to prevent your phone from hitting the ground, becoming lost or damaged and has been specifically designed to operate in saltwater environments. Attaching the device is anything but complicated with multiple mounting systems including a snap clip to D-ring or an SS threaded stud to secure inside a pocket or to your fishing vest. A pad-eye phone fastener with heavy duty adhesive safely joins the phone to the Retractable Smart Phone Keeper. An easy to use iPhone adapter (excluding iPhone 5) is also included for a quick connect/disconnect. Finally, the Q/C disconnect system can be easily detached from the Gear Keeper for extended talk times, obtaining the latest updates from apps or when it's not needed. The original Geer Keeper system was engineered specifically for SCUBA diving literally born out of a need to secure items in situations when hands are otherwise occupied. Gear Keeper systems are now available in countless configuration options and used in a wide range of applications from fishing, snowsports and hiking to law enforcement, the military and trucking.


September 30, 2013

Acme Kastmaster XL

by Chris Grech

Acme's popular Kastmaster XL is a stretched version of my all-time favorite metal jig, the company's Kastmaster slab-sided spoon. The XL is the perfect light-tackle weapon when targeting a variety of saltwater gamefish while casting, jigging or on the troll. With four sizes available (2-1/4", 3-1/2", 4" and 4-1/2") and four prismatic colors to choose from, anglers can use the Kastmaster just about any way they want. With its unique shape and swimming action, the Acme Kastmaster XL is particularly deadly when predatory gamefish are feeding on smelt, sand eels, silversides, sand lance, candlefish, and other slender-bodied baitfish. Each feature a jewelry-quality silver finish, combined with prism-tape accents in Blue, Green, Silver Chartreuse or Pink to match a variety of forage and catch fish under a range of light and water conditions. This lure is specially designed to maintain its swimming action at any speed so anglers can feel free to experiment by speeding up and slowing down until they find what fish want that day. Whichever Acme Kastmaster XL you tie on, and however you fish it, you can rest assured this high-quality lure will stand up to all the punishment tough saltwater fish can dish out. Each lure features stainless steel split rings, built-in swivels and heavy-duty 4X-strong VMC treble hooks that stay put during the line-burning runs, head shakes and aerial maneuvers of determined fish.

$5.99 - $8.99

September 05, 2013

Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O. Outboard

by Chris Grech

The Evinrude E-TEC 135 HO provides superior value and a real choice for power and performance in the 100-150 HP segment. Best-in-class features of the 135 HO include more low end torque via a 2-stroke design that allows the 135 HO to have up to 36 percent more torque than competitive 150 HP 4-strokes. In addition, the 2.6 litres of displacement from the V-6 engine means more torque, more low-end power and more top-end speed. Its lightweight design of 418 lbs. offers the best power-to-weight ratio in the industry and allows for better fuel efficiency, less draft, better handling and less stress on the boat structure. Other highlights include a true high output alternator, multi-point oiling and clean technology. With a factory-backed, 3-year non-declining warranty and 3 years or 300 hours with no dealer-scheduled maintenance, the Evinrude 135 H.O. is factory-tuned for high performance applications. It is available in four configurations 20" white, 20" blue, 25" white and 25" white counter rotation.

Prices vary

August 19, 2013

NoNoSquito Bands

by Chris Grech

Got mosquito problems? Enter NoNoSquito mosquito repellant bands. Simply open the package, put one around your wrist and enjoy the bug-free life. NoNoSquito Bands defend against mosquitoes, bees, flies, gnats, yellow jackets and all other flying insects. They can be used at anytime without the hassle of spraying toxic chemicals on your body. The best part is that they are DEET-free and use natural repellents and non-toxic oils that are safe for all ages. The bands are formulated with 100 percent natural oils made from Geraniol (15%), Lemongrass Oil (5%), Citronella Oil (2%), Polyethylene / Ultramarine Blue / Zinc Oxide / Iron Oxide (78%). In addition, NoNoSquito Bands are waterproof, last up to 200 hours once the package is open and are available in patriotic red, white and blue colors. You can help the used bands last longer by storing them in a sealed zip lock bag when not in use.

3 for $6.00

August 07, 2013

Calcutta Lure Wrap

by Chris Grech

The Calcutta Lure Wrap is the smart way to secure your lure or rig to your rod when not in use. Made from durable nylon and equipped with a hook and loop closure for added versatility, the Lure Wrap keeps rods tangle-free and perfect for transportation and storage on and off the boat. Available in lengths of 4, 5 and 7 inches they safely protect all types of lures (and your cushions) and are backed by a 1-year warranty. They are great to keep on your boat, in your car, in your tackle bag and also make an excellent gift for the angler that already has everything imaginable. Pick up a couple extra because once you tried it you'll wonder why you didn't get one years ago.

$6.99 to $8.99 MSRP

July 09, 2013

Grundens Rum Runner Backback

by Chris Grech

When we think of quality foul weather gear, Grundens is always the name that comes to mind. If your looking for a waterproof backpack for fishing or just about anything that involves water and/or rain, check out the new Gage 30 Liter Rum Runner Backback. This backpack is made from tough 500d PVC tarpaulin fabric that is 100% waterproof and made with 100% radio frequency welded seams. The Rum Runner is ideal for protecting your gear from the elements with its roll top closure and two ways to close for bulkier items or for easy access. Padded shoulder straps, a heavy duty waistband and a padded moisture wicking back panel keep the backpack snug for maximum mobility while maintaining amazing comfort. Other features of the Gage Rum Runner include a front mesh pocket, water bottle pockets and Lycra shoulder strap pockets all for easy access.

$79.50 MSRP

Click here for a video of the Rum Runner Backpack

June 16, 2013

Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnow

by Chris Grech

The Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnows are a family of proven lures that should be in the arsenal of every serious angler. This is now the next generation of the classic with the latest in technological manufacturing advances but the same proven fish catching ability. Crystal 3D Minnows feature the patented 3D Prism Finish, Ultra Violet colors and Bleeding Ruby Red or UV Sapphire Blue balanced weight inserts that act as an "attack point" near the belly hook to ensure a positive hook-up. The floating version can be used twitching on the surface, the sinking gets to the fish quickly, while the Magnum targets larger fish species. The Deep Diver is designed for trolling but can be used for casting as well. All styles have a brilliant crystal fish attracting reflection, a responsive darting action, durable ABS body material and new sharper stronger hooks. Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnows are available in a variety of colors and patterns but my personal favorite is the Magnum (6 ½", 1 ½ oz) in the new color Holographic Sardine. Other new colors for the Magnum line include Holographic Bunker, Holographic Chartreuse and Holographic Mullet.

$7.95 to $28.99

May 31, 2013

Flying Fisherman Key West Sunglasses

by Chris Grech

With their simple wrap around design and the premium triacetate polarized lenses, the Flying Fisherman Key West Sunglasses provide maximum UV protection while remaining lightweight, durable and very affordable. The 62mm lenses are hard coated for increased resistance to scratches and the AcuTint Polarized SunLens Systems eliminate glare. These lenses sit in a polycarbonate frame and weight in at only 0.7 ounces. The Key West line also feature non-slip nose pads, grip-tip temples and a clean overall look. Flying Fisherman offer them in black frames with smoke or amber lenses as well as a matte silver frame with smoke lenses. We all know that polarized sunglasses are a must for fishing, but at this price, you can afford to outfit your entire family in style and have a couple extra pairs as backups.

$21.95 MSRP

May 12, 2013

Power Pro Super 8 Slick Braid

by Chris Grech

One of the latest editions to the Power Pro family of braided lines is the Super 8 Slick. The 8 fiber construction is braided under high tension and the result is reduced line friction on the spool and guides for superior casting with less line noise. Just like original Power Pro, Super 8 Slick starts with ultra-strong braided Spectra Fiber which is then treated with the Enhanced Body Technology (EBT) to create a round, smooth and super sensitive line. Currently, the familiar eight sizes from 10 to 80-pound test are offered in Hi-Vis Yellow, Marine Blue, Timber Brown and Aqua Green. Spool sizes available include 150, 300 and 1500 yards. Next time you replace your line try Super 8 Slick in 30-pound test Timber Brown and test it out for yourself. It will handle just about any inshore challenge with ease.

$19.99 for 150 yards MSRP

April 16, 2013

Shimano Saros FA Spinning Reels

by Chris Grech

Solid feel from new tech XGT7 graphite material and the ability to easily adjust the drag while fighting a fish are two of the key features behind Shimano's redesigned Saros FA spinning reels. The series brings a complete upgrade to all four sizes available (1000FA, 2500FA, 3000FA, 4000FA) with a long list of Shimano reel technology. Anglers will find Shimano's unique XGT7 graphite in the frame, rotor and sideplate construction. When hooked up, anglers have the convenience and reliability of Shimano's Rapid Fire Drag. Included in all four Saros FA reels is a long list of features from Propulsion Line Management System to virtually eliminate any line twist and increase casting distance, Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement, SR Concept, Aero Wrap II, Dyna-Balance and Super Stopper II. They all have five S A-RB shielded bearings, a one-way roller bearing to eliminate any handle backplay and a gear ratio of 6.0:1 or 5.8:1. Best of all, they are backed by Shimano's stellar track record of producing quality fishing reels.

$139.99 to $149.99 MSRP

March 09, 2013

Yacht Shine Phenomenon

by Chris Grech

The Brite Group feature a selection of high performance maintenance products specially formulated to tackle all of your boat cleaning needs while being environmentally friendly. Yacht Shine Phenomenon is contemporary chemistry at its finest since the company has literally integrated liquid glass with the finest gloss agents to form a product that will generate the highest level of appearance and protection for all of your onboard solid surfaces, both interior and exterior. The "Polished Jewel Finish" can be attained via a fast and easy application to produce the finest gloss finish with long lasting protection. Simply spray a light mist of Phenomenon and wipe dry with a microfiber towel. If applying in direct sunlight, do small areas so the product does not dry on the surface.

This revolutionary product can be used on painted/gelcoat surfaces, varnish or urethane coated surfaces, metallics (brass, chrome, gold, silver, stainless, etc.), glass, mirrors, clear vinyl, in the galley (countertops, appliances, sinks, faucets), in the head (shower walls, doors, fixtures), wooden tables and chairs, outdoor vinyl fabrics/furniture and inflatables, tenders and toys. It also safely cleans and then repels fingerprints on smartphones, tablets and marine touch screens...realistically any surface that looks best highly polished. The company has also developed other great products including an algae and waterline stain remover, exhaust stain cleaner, teak cleaner and sealer, mold and mildew eliminator, as well as many others. Yacht Shine Phenomenon and their entire line of products are proudly made locally in the USA and are available at West Marine stores and online at

$19.95 for 16-ounce spray bottle (larger sizes available)

January 31, 2013

Berkley Gulp! Saltwater Mantis Shrimp

by Chris Grech

Berkley recently introduced their new Gulp! and Gulp! Alive! Mantis Shrimp to their already mega arsenal of fish catching goodies. These new baits are 3-inches in length and feature a split tail, four sets of action-driving legs and a set of tentacles on the head that adds another dimension to this realistic bait. All that plus the already legendary attractant built in that helped make Berkley Gulp! the go to bait that it is today. The color pictured is New Penny Fleck which I have already had success with. A total of 14 colors are available to match just about any fishing scenario that you may encounter. If you have never used Gulp!, you're really missing out. Give these a shot and spice up your natural baits or rig one on its own and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. It's available in the common 6-pack packages as well as larger oval and quart buckets.


January 17, 2013

Honda BF250 Outboard

by Chris Grech

The Honda BF250 four-stroke engine is the newest and most powerful outboard to join the Honda Marine lineup and now the company's flagship model. The design of the BF250 incorporates a number of advanced technological innovations that contribute to the engine's high fuel economy and superior performance. The 3.6 liter VTEC® (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control®) engine is equipped with an all-new gear case, incorporates the world's first marine direct air induction system of its type on a production outboard (providing for cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems), and has a full-throttle RPM range of 5300-6300.

The Honda BF250 engine also incorporates the Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST™) System through which holeshot and acceleration are dramatically improved by advancing ignition spark timing to within one degree of the knock limit during ‘hammer down' acceleration.

$24,025 MSRP (This is for the most common AXA model)

December 24, 2012

Lowrance Elite-7 Fishfinder/Charplotter

by Chris Grech

Lowrance has recently announced an exciting addition to its Elite fishfinder/chartplotter family, the Elite-7 Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) series. The Elite-7 models feature a 7-inch, widescreen color display that is 70-percent larger than comparably priced 5-inch products, allowing anglers to see more sonar history and more detail in split-screen mode. Its fishfinder capability also feature Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI), which combines two award-winning technologies, Broadband Sounder and Downscan Imaging, to provide the best possible view of the water column.

To maximize fishing time on the water, signature Lowrance Advanced Signal Processing (ASP) reduces the need to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure and bottom detail more clearly. In addition, TrackBack allows anglers to scroll back in recorded sonar history to review structure or fish targets. When used on an Elite-7 model with chartplotter capabilities, users can also TrackBack and pinpoint locations with a waypoint, eliminating the need to circle back and retrace the path.

$449 to $869, depending on model

November 29, 2012

White Water Pride Spreader Bars

by Chris Grech

These amazing White Water Pride Spreader Bars have been one of the most popular bars in the past three years. They are available in three styles which include...

6-inch squid
9-inch squid
Mini Green Machines

All are meticulously rigged with four birds in the front of the bar which help the bar track properly in all sea conditions while trolling at any speed. The birds also provide enough buoyancy to float the bar so it looks simply amazing in the spread. They are deadly on bluefin, yellowfin, bigeyes and albacore but will catch just about anything that swims. White Water Pride Spreader Bars are available in as many as ten possible color combinations and can be purchased right off the shelf or custom built with upgraded hook baits, fluorocarbon main chain, etc. The guys at White Water Outfitters will basically custom rig it anyway you like.

I spoke with Captain Jamie Hummel of the charter boat "Sasquatch" and he said, "In 35 years of Canyon fishing, I have never seen a lure or bait that consistently catches fish day in and day out like my 6-inch rainbow colored Pride Bar by White Water Outfitters. This is what helps me be successful and why I always have a few in my spread."

The increased popularity of these bars has resulted in new styles that will soon be available in winter 2012/2013. To place an order or for more information, please contact Bryce Poyer or the rest of the friendly staff White Water Outfitters. You will not be disappointed.

Price $149 and up
Phone: 631-594-3336

November 07, 2012

Outdoorsman Bracelet

by Chris Grech

The Outdoorsman is a double weave bracelet with a stainless steel buckle. The outer weave is placed over a standard bracelet and is much thicker than the standard bracelets offered with twice as much 550 paracord. You can remove the outer layer and still have a bracelet.

Paracord has long been known to anglers, hunters, campers, etc as a very useful item to have in your possession because it has so many uses only limited by your imagination. They range from having a rope to tie down a trunk lid to tying tent flaps to providing emergency shoelaces. Use for tying sticks together for making a shelter or securing an emergency splint. Another use is a makeshift clothesline to dry wet clothes by a fire in a survival situation. The possibilities are endless.

Simply find the ends of the paracord and unwind the bracelet to access this useful cordage. Once unwound carefully check to see that the paracord is in good condition and straighten the strong yet thin rope. It has seven inner threads that can each be pulled out of the cord and be used as finer thread. The Outdoorsman is available in nineteen colors and six wrist sizes.


October 11, 2012

I FISH NY Sponsors Fall Fishing and Children's Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park

by Chris Grech

Free Fishing, Rods and Bait, Pony Rides, Magic Show and Contests All Offered at Annual Long Island Event.

The annual Fall Fishing and Children's Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Hempstead Lake State Park from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Peter A. Scully announced. DEC's I FISH NY Program and Freshwater Fisheries Unit is sponsoring the event, along with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).

"The Fall Fishing and Children's Festival is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and learn valuable information about the great sport of freshwater fishing," Scully said. "The festival combines the opportunity to fish with a variety of children's activities to provide a rewarding family experience."

No fishing license is required for this event. Admission is $6 for anyone over the age of 12. Festival activities include fly-fishing instruction, casting practice, loaner rods, free bait and fish cleaning services. Additionally, a display area will be set up by Trout Unlimited, DEC Environmental Education, New York State Parks as well as other fishing and environmental organizations.

Children's activities will include pumpkin decorating, a magic show, pony rides and face painting. A casting contest where participants can catch a pumpkin or "hook" a prize will be held by the Knights of Columbus of Seaford.

Prior to the festival, South and MacDonald Ponds in Hempstead Lake State Park will be stocked by Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and New York State Parks. DEC also stocks several water bodies in Nassau and Suffolk counties with brown trout including: Upper Twin Pond, Oyster Bay Mill Pond, Massapequa Reservoir and Massapequa Creek and 12 other Suffolk County lakes. These stockings will occur by October 13 and will provide excellent prospects for fall fishing. A second DEC stocking will occur by November 3.

For more information about the event or weather concerns, please call DEC's I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283 or Hempstead Lake State Park (516) 766-1029 for event status. There is no rain date for this event. You can also find information about the festival at the I FISH NY website.

For more information about the fall trout stocking program in Nassau and Suffolk counties, call the DEC Bureau of Fisheries at (631) 444-0280.

October 03, 2012

Shinnecock Angler Shirts

by Chris Grech

Shinnecock was launched this spring by Gerard and Kimberly Miller. The idea behind the website, Facebook Page & merchandise: a way of showcasing and celebrating the Long Island fishing lifestyle. The website and FB page are regularly updated with photos of local anglers showing off their catch. Also available on the website, regular offshore fishing updates from Paul Visentin, Captain of the charter boat "Provider". Adult and kids t-shirts, as well as long sleeve shirts for men, are now available for purchase online and exclusively at White Water Outfitters on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. Shinnecock sweatshirts will be available in the coming weeks. Check out their website for some amazing prints of local scenery available for purchase or feel free to contact them directly and help support a great local business.
$14.95 to $19.95

September 15, 2012

DEC to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Long Island

by Chris Grech

Popular Children's Fishing Derby Returns!

On Saturday, Sept. 22 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will celebrate the 41st Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day in collaboration with the Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen at DEC's Hunter Check Station in Ridge (Suffolk County), DEC Region One Director Peter A. Scully announced today.

Popular children-focused activities are returning to this year and include a free kids' fishing derby with prizes, archery lessons, pumpkins, balloons, popcorn and face painting.

"Hunting and fishing are an important part of Long Island's heritage, and we are very fortunate that our region offers a multitude of diverse and rewarding recreational opportunities," Director Scully said. "DEC applauds our local sportsmen and women for their tireless work to protect our environment and natural resources. National Hunting and Fishing Day is the perfect time to recognize their achievements and efforts over the past 40 years."

National Hunting and Fishing Day was launched in 1972 as an official day of thanks to sportsmen and women who have, and continue to, heighten environmental awareness and contribute to the conservation of lands and forests.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, and will include a host of exhibits and demonstrations.

There will be educational exhibits and demonstrations for the whole family including Rough Riders Cavalry Troop re-enactment; archery demonstrations and lessons for children; black powder demos; bait and fly casting demos; decoy displays hunting and retrieving dog demos; taxidermy display; trapping display and much more.

Representatives from the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Suffolk County Parks Department, Suffolk County Police and Sheriff's Depts., national, state and county federations, as well as numerous clubs and exhibitors will attend.

For more information, visit the Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen, Inc's website at:, or call (631) 744-1689. More information about National Hunting and Fishing Day events throughout the state as well as the history of the day can be found at

: National Hunting and Fishing Day

Where: DEC's Check Station, Randall Rd., Ridge

Directions: DEC's Check Station is ¼ mile west of Wm. Floyd Pkwy/CR46, ¼ mile north of Route 25.
From LIE exit 68: Wm Floyd Pkwy/CR46, North to Rte 25. West on Rte 25, ¼ mile to Randall Road (Gas Station). Turn right (North) onto Randall. Go ¼ mile to entry, on left.
From Sunrise Hwy: Wm. Floyd Pkwy north. Then, follow same directions as from LIE.

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Who: Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen, Inc., (SASI) with support from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Details: Enjoy a day of exhibits and demonstrations including: free kids' fishing derby with prizes, Rough Riders Cavalry Troop re-enactment; archery demonstrations and lessons for children; bait and fly casting demos; black powder demos; decoy displays; hunting and retrieving dog demos; taxidermy display; and trapping display.
Representatives from the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Suffolk County Parks Department, Suffolk County Police and Sheriff's Depts., national, state and county federations, as well as numerous clubs and exhibitors will be in attendance. Entertainment including pony rides, clowns, free balloons and food will be available.

Cost: Free Parking and Admission

Contact: Call or write SASI at (631) 744-1689
Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen, Inc.
10 Rockhall Lane
Rocky Point, NY 11778
Cells (expo day only): (516) 456-7615 or (631) 974-3125

August 11, 2012

The “Fisherman’s Assistant” Deep Hook Remover

by Chris Grech

Caliber Outdoor Products offers a fish hook remover that is specifically designed to free a gut-hooked fish without causing additional injury to the fish. In addition, with the price of today's increasingly expensive hooks, the "Fisherman's Assistant" Deep Hook Remover will pay for itself over time. The product was developed, tested and proven by anglers to reduce fish mortality by dislodging and flipping the hook 180 degrees for easy extraction. It can remove all types of hooks, including circle and J-hooks, even if your line is already broken off. The Fisherman's Assistant is made of non-corrosive materials to handle the harsh saltwater environment, the cable is replaceable (with basic 90-pound coated stainless steel fishing wire) and it even floats. It will tackle any size hook up to size 9/0. Check out their website for additional information and videos.

July 18, 2012

Old Harbor Outfitters Vintage Thresher Trucker Hat

by Chris Grech

Everyone needs a hat when fishing. Plain and simple. It's an important piece of clothing that can often times be overlooked. If you're looking for a new hat to keep the sun out of your eyes or to keep your head from burning off, check out the Vintage Thresher Trucker from Old Harbor Outfitters. It features a heavy wash giving it that vintage look, a pre-curved bill, super soft durable mesh back and an adjustable slide buckle on the back. Anyway you slice it, the thresher shark logo is tough to beat! Colors available include burnt orange, navy and olive. The OHO Vintage Thresher Trucker Hat is one size fits all. Treat yourself this season and you'll be lookin' stylish (for a change) with a picture proudly holding your trophy fish.

July 04, 2012

Berkley Superline Shears

by Chris Grech

The compact Berkley Superline Shears are the perfect size for easy transport. They are specifically designed for cutting braid but will also give you a very clean cut with any other type of fishing line. The serrated stainless steel blades are extremely durable and will have no corrosion issues out on the surf or on a boat, day in and day out. I've used Berkley Superline Shears quite a bit and they have kept a surgical sharp edge so I have not needed to sharpen them, which is always a good thing. As with all cutting tools used in a saltwater environment, it's always best to rinse them off with water at the end of the day and sharpen them if they get a little dull. This little tool is an excellent value.

June 12, 2012

Tsunami Aluminum Pliers

by Chris Grech

Tsunami's Aluminum Pliers are a necessity in every angler's tackle box. Aircraft grade ultra-light aluminum, which has been heavily anodized for greater corrosion resistance, makes this 7.5" tool a perfect combo of light weight and durability. Titanium coated stainless steel jaws and replaceable tungsten-carbide cutters mean these pliers are a must have for any situation. The handy coiled tether and clasp mean they will always be handy when the going gets tough. I have been using a Tsunami 7.5" Aluminum Plier for years in a saltwater environment and it is still remains rust free and cuts braid with ease even after extremely heavy use and abuse. They remain a great value.

May 30, 2012

Rugged Shark Bimini Sandal

by Chris Grech

The Bimini is a thong-style sandal that incorporates Rugged Shark's exclusive Shark Grip outsole. It's the same non-marking, sure footed, slip resistant bottom used on their premium boat and fishing shoes. The leather strap is padded where it contacts the skin for added comfort. The footbed is textured with molded cushioned EVA, a soft, resilient material that will not absorb water or foot odor and provides a comfortable platform for your foot. This footbed can be easily cleaned with a rinse of freshwater after a hard day of fishing and boating.

The Bimini is made using the finest materials and available in maple Nubuck leather in sizes 8 through 13 (whole sizes only). Check out their website for more info on the Bimini and other styles they offer.
MSRP $45.00

The Bimini

The Classic

The Hampton

May 13, 2012

AccuSharp Knife Sharpener

by Chris Grech

One of the most important and commonly overlooked aspects of fishing is a sharp knife. Most times any knife will get the job done cutting bait or a line, but in order to properly clean your catch a very sharp knife is crucial. I've been using the AccuSharp Knife Sharpener for years and it does an excellent job with everything from fillet knives to serrated knifes to just about every knife I own. It can even put a super sharp edge on larger items like cleavers, axes and machetes. The sharpening is done via Diamond Honed Tungsten Carbide sharpeners which provide years of use and are also reversible as well as replaceable. Simply follow the included directions and you'll end up with a razor's edge in about 10 seconds. The most important thing with the AccuSharp Knife Sharpener is to always use light pressure when sharpening. Heavy pressure will still give you a great edge but will wear out your knife much quicker. AccuSharp also produce many other products so their website is definitely worth a look. A quality product at a great price with a Lifetime Warranty that's made in the USA. You really can't beat that.

April 24, 2012

Fish-Strips Measuring Tape

by Chris Grech

Every angler needs some type of tape measure on their boat or cooler. The problem is all of them include fish pics, fish size regulations and seasons that change every year (or even multiple times per year!) or a bunch of other unnecessary nonsense. Enter the Fish-Strip.

Fish-Strips are 48-inches long by 1-inch wide which makes them perfect for most locations on your boat or on your cooler. If you don't need all 48-inches, simply cut the Fish-Strip down to whatever size you need. They have simple, easy to see black numbers and hash marks for quick measuring of your catch. The material used is a top quality matte white 3M vinyl that is 7 mils thick for each Strip. This combination allows it to stand up to the rigors of fishing day in and day out. Sun, saltwater, soaps, chemicals, fish…Fish-Strips can take it all and they simply look awesome anywhere. This is a very simple yet quality product that performs when and where you need it. Just peel and stick!

Plain, white, durable and simple. That's what I like about it.


Video:Installing Fish-Strips

Added 5/13/12:

April 09, 2012

Berkley PowerBait Realistix Power Jerk Shad

by Chris Grech

The new Berkley PowerBait Realistix Power Jerk Shad will produce that extra flash and movement to produce strikes from all types of gamefish. These baits also include the proven Powerbait scent and flavor in addition to the erratic darting motion that imitates a struggling baitfish. All Power Jerk Shads include 3D eyes and holographic inserts for lifelike detail. They are 5-inches in length and come in 6-packs of the following colors: Arkansas Shiner, Pearl Watermelon Shad and Pearl White.

March 28, 2012

The Ranger by Robert's Lures

by Chris Grech

The Ranger by Robert's Lures is one of the favorite casting lures of anglers across the world. Unfortunately, it's one of those lures that is always forgotten about. These lures shine for just about every fish on the planet from tuna to mahi to cubera snapper. A couple of friends of mine recently returned from Panama where Robert's Ranger was literally the only lure they used all week for cubera snapper, roosterfish, tuna etc.

Another good friend of mine took a once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip to Christmas Island this past December/January and it was their top producer of tuna, trevally and just about everything else that they caught. He told me, "Our guide had never heard of our reels (Van Staal) and had no clue what Yozuri lures were but knew exactly what Rangers were and said we should have brought more since we lost twenty to the sharp coral."

He put it best when he said, "If I was stranded on an island and only had one lure to feed myself, it would be a Ranger."

With that said, if you've never tied on a Robert's Ranger, I think it would be worth a shot.

February 14, 2012

GreenFish CPR Camera Mount

by Chris Grech

The GreenFish CPR Mount (Catch, Photo, Release) is a universal camera mount with patent-pending technology that ensures the mount locks into most tube-style rod holders, rocket launchers and Scotty flush mounts.

Developed by sustainable fishing company GreenFish, the CPR Mount's Expansion Lock technology fits most rod-holders, providing a stable platform for taking photos or capturing video. Its universal camera mount fits most digital cameras and the GoPro. The Flex Arm lets you position the camera to film the action from multiple angles– even underwater.

The GreenFish CPR Mount is ideal for kayaks or small boats, but it can also be an effective sales tool for charter boat captains. They can film an epic battle between a bolting marlin and the crew using one CPR mount, or multiple mounts to shoot the action from different angles. The angler can replay the action at home; the captain has a great promotional video.


February 03, 2012

Pelican i1015 Smart Phone Case

by Chris Grech

More and more of us are using Smart Phones these days. Why not protect your investment? After all, you won't be able to call for help with a wet or broken phone. Enter the Pelican i1015 Smartphone Case. Designed for the iPhone, iPhone 4, iPod Touch and many models of Smart phones, this tough case will keep your mobile device working in even the worst conditions. It features an external jack, built-in cable manager, active sport carabineer, easy open latch, custom rubber liner that doubles as an o-ring seal and stainless steel hardware. The Pelican i1015 is water resistant, crushproof and dustproof and is available with a clear or solid color lid. The case measures 5.14" x 2.64" x 1.37" and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

January 11, 2012

Loon Outdoors Nip N Sip

by Chris Grech

The Nip N Sip from Loon Outdoors is like a mullet. I'm not talking about the fish, I'm talking about the hairstyle. Just like that popular redneck hairstyle that we all secretly wish we had, the Nip N Sip is "Business in the front and party in the back!" All kidding aside, there are two very important tasks that must be completed on each fishing outing; cutting line and opening bottles. (Catching fish is also important.) This handy little tool accomplishes both jobs in style with its stainless steel cutting blades, built-in bottle opener, extra wide grated pads for grip and eye clearing needle. The Loon Outdoors Nip N Sip allows anglers to cut their line easily and enjoy a beverage without breaking their teeth or breaking the bank. Pick one up for yourself and a true friend today.

December 29, 2011

AFW Ball Bearing Swivels

by Chris Grech

These solid brass AFW Ball Bearing Swivels and Snap Swivels with welded rings are a must for any serious angler who simply wants the best. The patented bullet shape provides fluid rotation and decreased water resistance and are engineered to survive the fiercest one-on-one battles. The unique gun metal black finish minimizes reflections and cloaks the tackle. Swivels have a solid brass body, stainless steel bearings, and welded rings for maximum security and to endure the unforgiving offshore environment. The tournament snaps are tempered and made of solid brass, designed to stay closed and keep you connected to the fish. Don't even think about making a trip to the canyon, or to any locations that holds tackle busting fish, without these battle-tested ball bearing swivels in your tackle box. The AFW ball bearing swivels come in all sizes ranging from #2 rated at 65lb test to #10 at 660lb test. The ball bearing snap swivels are available from #2 rated at 44lb test to #10 at 450lb test. Packages consist of 1 to 5 pieces (depending on size) as well as bulk packs of 50. Prices vary.

December 06, 2011

Penn Squall Lever Drag

by Chris Grech

Shopping around for the holidays? How about a new conventional reel for that special angler in your life? Or maybe just for you?

November 10, 2011

Winterizing tackle... already?

by Chris Grech

It's that time of year again. Fall is winding down and winter is quickly approaching.

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