Category Archives: Gear

Camo4U Does Vehicle Wraps, Offers DIY, EZ Fit Camo Dipping Kits

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Camo4u offers full-vehicle camo wraps as well as camo accent kits in the most popular camo designs. Whether covering your truck, boat, ATV or gun in Realtree or Mossy Oak camo, this is the only vinyl graphics system that comes with a lifetime warranty against fading.

Being the largest supplier of camo vinyl also allows Camo4u to offer the most competitive pricing on the market.

And be sure to check out our newest lines of camo products, including the DIY Camo Dip Kit, which allows customers to do to their own camo dipping at home (www.camodipkit.com) and EZ Fit Kits which are exact-fit, precut camo kits for many popular models of ATVs and golf carts (www.ezfitkit.com).

For more information on all Camo4u products, give us a call at (434) 229-8468 or visit our main website at www.camo4u.com and request a FREE product catalog.

 

Visit The Angling Bookstore, To Hook-up On Outdoor Literature

JOE'S DRAWINGS ARE RENOWNED FOR THEIR PRECISION AND PORTRAY THE FISHES FAITHFULLY WITH ACCURATE LIFE COLORS, SCALE AND FIN RAY-COUNTS, AND A FULL SPREAD OF THE FINS IN A MANNER THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE PHOTOGRAPHICALLY. JOE IS RECOGNIZED BY MANY ICHTHYOLOGISTS AS THE FINEST SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATOR OF FISHES IN THE WORLD.

The Angling Bookstore is customers’ best choice for hunting, fishing and fly fishing titles… Ben Furimsky and Brooke Murphy are small business owners whose thriving online store is also featured at Fly Fishing Shows across the country.

THIS NEW RELEASE COVERS NYMPH FISHING IN A RANGE OF CURRENT SPEEDS AT DIFFERENT DEPTHS, EXPLAINS HOW EVEN SMALL MOVEMENTS OF WATER CAN CHANGE THE MOVEMENT OF YOUR FLY AND DISCUSSES THE EFFECTS OF WATER TEMPERATURE AND OXYGEN CONTENT ON VARIOUS STAGES OF BUGS.

They say, “We get great ‘face time’ with our customers at the shows, but pride ourselves on providing great, personal customer service and knowledgeable recommendations for our products online.”  Whether you are new to the sport or an expert, Ben and Brooke can help you take your game to the next level.

The Angling Bookstore features new titles of books and dvds, so that customers stay abreast of techniques, gear and perspective on outdoor sports.  While fly fishing is their expertise, The Angling Bookstore carries over 12,000 titles in all three categories.

The Angling Bookstore also features books and dvds on big and small game hunting, military history, and gun modification.

FLORIDA KEYS FISHING INFO COVERS NORTHERN SPECIES THAT ARRIVE IN WINTER, SAILFISH OFFSHORE, AND SPANISH MACKEREL IN FLORIDA BAY AND THE GULF.

FROM EXPLAINING WHY POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT IS A MORE EFFECTIVE (& LESS DAMAGING) WAY TO CONTROL DOGS' BEHAVIOR THAN PUNISHMENT TO DEMONSTRATING THE IMPORTANCE OF WEIGHING A DOG'S UNIQUE PERSONALITY AGAINST STEREOTYPES ABOUT ITS BREED, BRADSHAW OFFERS EXTRAORDINARY INSIGHT INTO THE QUESTION OF HOW WE REALLY OUGHT TO TREAT OUR DOGS.

The range of gift items offered online include calendars, home décor, stationary and a slew of miscellaneous gifts for the sportsman in your life.

The Angling Bookstore periodically offers signed copies of new fly fishing titles, by personal friends like Lefty Kreh, Gary Borger, John Gierach, Ed Engle, Charles Meck and Joan Wulff, among others.

Visit The Angling Bookstore for your own pleasure or to purchase the next best thing to a fully paid hunting or fishing trip.

The Angling Bookstore…buy from people you know, who know fly fishing.

 

Optimum Bait, Lucky Craft Team Up On Opti Shad, Victory Tail Line Of ‘Ultimate Finesse Swimbaits’

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Optimum Bait Company and Lucky Craft, two global leaders in fishing lure innovation, have combined their talents and creativity to introduce two new soft plastic lures – the Opti Shad and the Victory Tail.

“This lure concept has been in development for two years,” said Optimum President Matt Paino. “We are extremely satisfied with what we’ve created. The keen detail that you expect from Lucky Craft lures has been embodied in the design profile and we’ve really created the ultimate finesse swimbait on the market.”

The Opti Shad combines the intense vibration of the Optimum Double Diamond’s tail with the “wandering fall” of Lucky Craft’s Wander hard bait. It’s available in both 2- and 4-inch sizes. Unlike other lures in its genre, the deepest part of its body is also the widest part of its body. The bulge creates a distinctive body roll and frantic kicking motion, even at ultra-slow speeds. It’s not quite as violent as the Double Diamond, but still has a distinctive tail kick.

“I consider it to be the premier finesse swimbait on the market,” said Elite Series pro Bill Lowen. While it’s small in size and perfect for pressured fish, it’s also a big bass magnet. California guide Randy Pringle caught a 15-pound California Delta largemouth on the Opti Shad earlier this year.

Elite Series pro Fred Roumbanis said that the Opti Shad is deadly fished by itself, either rigged weedless or on a jighead. In fact, it’s so easy to fish that his young son Jackson has already used a darter-head Opti Shad to land a 6-pounder of his own. It also shines as a trailer on the back of a spinnerbait, swim jig or vibrating jig.

“It’s so long and slender with that wide paddle tail,” Roumbanis remarked. “It really shakes and quivers a lot more than other swimbaits like it.”

The Victory Tail possesses the same technologically advanced design principles as the Opti Shad. It features an elongated minnow style body, but instead of the paddle tail it has a forked tail section. It is available in both 3- and 5-inch sizes and, like the Opti Shad, can be fished with a variety of techniques, including dropshotting, weightless, Carolina rigged, Texas rigged, Neko rigged and the splitshot rig.

“It’s extremely versatile,” said South Carolina pro Michael Murphy. “It’ll be deadly on a dropshot rig on the Great Lakes, but I’m sure closer to home on Lake Murray I’ll be able to really burn it on a double fluke rig.”

Murphy extolled the body design as the perfect marriage of form and function: “They went above and beyond when they designed this one,” he said. “It has a distinct action, but it also has the best hook-up ratio of any lure in its class. You simply don’t miss fish with this one.”

Both lures are available in 10 ultra-realistic color patterns and will retail for $4.99.

Optimum Bait Company will distribute these two new designs in the United States. Lucky Craft will sell them through their Mad Scientist brand in all markets outside of North America. Look for additional projects combining these two partners’ expertise in the future.

For more information about Optimum Bait Company, go to www.optimumbaits.com.

Ima Lures Introduces PinJack, Small-profile Mid-depth Diver That Gets ‘Down In That 8-foot Range In A Hurry’

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Building on the success of the Square Bill and Beast Hunter, Ima Lures introduces the PinJack 200, a small-profiled mid-depth diver that marries Japanese artistry to the needs of bass anglers around the globe.

PINJACK

“It’s like a mini Beast Hunter with a Square Bill body,” said Elite Series veteran Fred Roumbanis. “It hits a spot that not a whole lot of crankbaits meet. With 10- or 12-pound line you can get it down in that 8 foot range in a hurry.”

South Carolina pro Michael Murphy added that the new lure has certain attributes that others in its class do not. Specifically, “it is very castable and comes through cover incredibly well. In fact it’s almost impossible to hang up.”

When fish are scatted in the pre-spawn and post-spawn phases, this lure can locate them quickly as they go to or from their spawning grounds. With its unique wobble and roll action, it has a different acoustic pattern than any other small crankbait on the market and it has proven deadly on even wary bass. In fact, Roumbanis said that oftentimes after he catches a few fish out of a school with a Beast Hunter, he’ll go back through the area with the PinJack to try to eke out a few more bites. Usually the one-two punch pays big dividends.

Ohio pro and noted crankbait aficionado Bill Lowen added that this lure, like all Ima products, runs exceptionally true on every cast, which makes it deadly for fishing in current. He’s made sure that some of his signature colors, like “Lowen’s Hush Hush” are available to everyone.

The PinJack 200 will initially be available in a total of eight proven colors. It will retail for $16.99

New Bait In Ima Lures’ Flit Family Floats Higher, Deadly Around Grass

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Ima Lures introduced the Flit 120 jerkbait in 2007 to rave reviews from members of the fishing industry, tour-level pros and weekend anglers alike. Two years later, the company brought the Flit 100 to market, for times when the bass “want a snack, not a meal.” Now Ima adds a third member to the series, the Bone Flit 120 Floating, with the same profile as the original, but made of a different plastic that keeps it higher in the water column.

“The floating Flit was introduced in Japan last year to take advantage of Lake Biwa’s bluegill pattern,” said Matt Paino, VP Sales of Ima Lures. “This lure is deadly around shallow grassy areas and the brightly-colored lips make for some incredibly brutal visual strikes.”

South Carolina pro Michael Murphy, a jerkbait expert and one of driving forces behind the earlier iterations of the Flit, raved about the characteristics that distinguish this new family member: “The plastic has a different density and that’s what really sets it apart,” he said. “You can fish it with a variety of retrieves, but it really excels when you wake it. People tend to fish too fish when they wake a bait but with this one it’s easy to get the cadence exactly right. During the pre-spawn or spawn, it’s like nails on a chalkboard for big female bass.”

Ohio pro Bill Lowen used the Floating Flit successfully in two early season Elite Series events in Florida, but said it’ll also be deadly on smallmouths in clear waters from east to west, and most certainly in the Great Lakes. “I’d say it’s the best floating jerkbait I’ve ever tied on a rod,” he stated. “It’s very buoyant, but it’s also wild and erratic, like the original Flit, which is something you don’t see in other floating jerkbaits.”

“The strikes you get on this lure are really explosive, like what you’d get on a frog,” Murphy added. “And because the bills are painted in bright colors, like many Japanese lures, that’s a good strike indicator.”

The floating Flit is available in four colors: Flash Bluegill Bone, Natural Bass Bone, Flash Bass Bone and Chartreuse Shad Bone. It will retail for $17.99.

Optimum Baits, Lucky Craft Roll Out Mad Scientist Series Of Baits

Take a radically effective soft swimbait produced by one of the West Coast’s pioneering plastic-bait manufacturers and combine it with a hard bait from a similarly notable  factory and what do you get?

The Mad Scientist Series from Optimum Baits and Lucky Craft, that’s what.

The Opti Shad and Victory Tail combine the unmistakable tail kick and shimmy of Optimum’s Double Diamond Series swimbaits, and the subtle body roll and incredibly fine scale and facial details of Lucky Craft’s Wander jigging-minnow baits. The result is a pair of soft baits that almost perfectly mimic baitfish ranging from minnows to shad to creek chub to panfish to bass fry in freshwater, and herring to anchovy to sardines in saltwater.

OPTI SHAD

Opti Shad: Available in 2- and 4-inch models, the Opti Shad features an innovative expansion (a bulge, in other words) in the deepest part of the bait – the middle – that creates a hydrodynamic flow past the tapered back to the tail which results in an incredibly lifelike kicking motion. This body design allows for varying retrieval speeds, and a dead-on imitation of the movement of distressed baitfish.

VICTORY TAIL

Victory Tail: Slimmer than the Opti Shad with an elongated minnow body and forked-tail design, the 3- to 5-inch Victory Tail produces a more subtle “slither” but similar lifelike hydrodynamic coordination between the body and tail.

Visit www.optimumbaits.com for more information.

Knot 2 Kinky: Knottable, Stetchable, Rustproof Wire Leader

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Advanced Knot 2 Kinky (K2K) Nickel Titanium leader wire offers a host of remarkable fisherman-friendly properties.

This space-age material is totally knottable, allowing for easy connections via simple knots like the standard clinch, perfection loop or figure 8 knots. No more haywire twists or leader crimping!

Another K2K first—this leader wire offers a 10% stretch factor, providing a valuable shock absorber for high-powered species. K2K will actually stretch, stop and recoil back to its original position with zero loss in strength.

Knot 2 Kinky, by Aquateko. (AQUATEKO)

Made of non-ferrous nickel-titanium this wire will not rust or corrode — ever.

Knot2Kinky wire is highly kink-resistant, too. You can twist this material over and over, all without suffering a single kink. When the bite is on, who wants to retie lines due to kinks?

Knot 2 Kinky Leader wire is a perfect shock leader for those toothy fish like pike, musky, wahoo, kingfish and barracuda.

It’s available from 25-lb. to 100-lb. test in both 15 foot and 30-foot leader lengths.

For more, see www.aquateko.com.

Bendable, Durable, Practically See-through — The InvisaSwivel

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InvisaSwivel represents a revolutionary development in terminal tackle. Unlike other swivels that corrode and eventually break, the InvisaSwivel’s semi-soft material can be bent in any direction, yet will spring back straight and true every time, and without losing strength or its free-spinning abilities.

Engineered with a special “Fluoro-Clear” material, these advanced yet stealthy swivels are practically invisible in water. The superior resin compound also provides near-neutral buoyancy for the utmost in finesse for ultra-selective trout and inshore species such as bonefish. This near weightlessness allows you to make easy, arrow-straight casts, as well.

The InvisaSwivel, by Aquateko. (AQUATEKO)

And InvisaSwivel is perfect for anglers not proficient at tying complicated line-to-line joining knots. A standard clinch knot on either end of InvisaSwivel makes a perfectly solid connection.

Inshore and freshwater anglers will appreciate the invisibility, strength, neutral buoyancy and castability of these superior swivels, with sizes ranging from the ant-like 12-lb. test to the brawny 55-lb. test version.

Offshore enthusiasts, too, will appreciate the larger sizes available, from 80-lb. to 200-lb. for the mightiest beasts in the salt.

For more, see www.aquateko.com.

Tru-Trip Deep Divers Eliminate ‘Diver Drag’ On Hookup

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Tru-Trip Deep Divers are the hottest divers on the market today for salmon & walleye. Keeps your bait in the strike zone rattles in the big ones and releases on hook-up so you fight the fish—not the diver!

The most innovative diver in years, Tru-Trip Deep Divers feature a patented release mechanism that disengages on hook-up. This changes the angle of the diver and eliminates “diver drag” so you fight the fish and not the diver. Throw your old divers away, make room for Tru-Trip, and get ready to CATCH MORE FISH!

Tough and durable, Tru-Trip divers come in 5 sparkling colors and 40’ and 50’ models. Choose the model that’s right for the depth you’re fishing and let Tru-Trip do the rest. Once you experience the Tru-Trip difference, you’ll be hooked too!

Salmon guides can’t get enough of them, but don’t take our word for it – ask a PRO!

“The Tru-Trip Deep Diver is by far the best diver I’ve ever used. Tru-Trip pins baits to
the bottom like no other diver – even in heavy currents they’re stable and solid.
The release mechanism is a great feature for playing out big salmon or bringing
in baits in heavy current. No diver drag!”

Tru-Trip belongs in the tackle arsenal of professional guides and private fishermen alike. Thank You Big Fish Tuff for developing such a fine product.”

Laine W. Lahndt, Master Guide/Outfitter, Kasilof, AK

Whether you’re catching light biters or freight trains, Tru-Trip’s adjustable release does a number on salmon!

Tru-Trip Divers are marketed by MKS Supply and available through your distributor.

Lyman Lures Effective At Different Speeds

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Lyman Lures were originally designed for the saltwater and West Coast. Their effectiveness is the fact that they can catch fish at different speeds while maintaining their action. This is due to the fact that the plug is made of wood and the weight distribution along with design gives the plug an action that most plastic plugs are unable to maintain.

The most popular sizes for salmon are size 4, 5, 6 and 9 inch.

Colors vary but below are some of the most popular for West Coast Chinook and coho.

Lyman Lures are a versatile plug  that is used for salmon, trout  and most other game fish.