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  • Shimano Stradic is Best in Show at ICAST 2015

    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Shimano picked up Best of Show in the freshwater reel category for the Shimano Stradic C3000HG-K. We take a look at its new saltwater sister, the Stradic FK. The rigid design and enhanced pinion gear support maintain a more precise alignment to improve gear durability. Available in five sizes. Fish.Shimano.com

  • Best in Show: Avid Inshore by St Croix Rods

    Monday, July 27, 2015

    St Croix Rods picked up two Best of Show awards at 2015 ICAST for their Mojo Bass Flyrod and the Avid Inshore. The Avid’s been around for a number of years, but Jeff Schluter and the gang in Wisconsin have upgraded the SC3 blank with anti-corrosion titanium guides and hook keeper, and given it an […]

  • First Look: Old Town Loon 106 and 126

    Sunday, July 26, 2015

    Old Town does more than just canoes these days. Luke LaBree shows us around the new Old Town Loon 106 and 126 sit-insides. Cushy, adjustable seat, 3-layer construction, stern dry storage, and a removable work deck with USB enclosed. We also get a closeup look at the Predator XL Minn Kota, which features a drop-in, […]

  • First Look: Wilderness Systems ATAK

    Friday, July 24, 2015

    Let designer Hans Nutz take for you for a lengthy tour of the Wilderness ATAK, so pack a snack—there’s a lot to look at here, from the electronics pod, electric power option, the comfy AirPro Max seat, an innovative leaning post, and one of the best things I’ve seen in kayaking—the paddle rest integrated into […]

  • New LiveTarget Lures from ICAST

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    LiveTarget released seven new freshwater and three saltwater lines to their already extensive inventory of computer-generated, precision replicated lures—among them a Dace and Yellow Perch, a variety of Baitballs, and a freshwater Goby for the walleye and smallmouth bass anglers. The three I instantly zeroed in on were a Glass Minnow Twitchbait Baitball and a […]

  • Dry Bag Backpack by Dry Case

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Kayaks are made to get wet. Electronics and wallets—not so much. Mark Wolf shows us the Dry Case 30-liter backpack dry bag, with purge valves for inflation or compression and lots of exterior web pockets to keep small items handy. There’s even a clear, waterproof exterior pocket that allows cellphone operation without removing it from […]

  • First Look: The Bote Ahab

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Magda Cooper gives us some history behind the development of standup paddleboard fishing as we take a look at the Bote hab. With its aircraft carrier size deck and 500-pound capacity, you can take it with you. The 14-foot board features a nifty new paddle keeper that answers the dilemma of how to stash the […]

  • First Look: The Kaku Kahuna

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Kevin Hawkins walks us around the Kaku Kahuna. The 12-foot board offers plenty of tie-downs and bungees to secure gear, internal storage, plus anchor points for accessory tracks. It also offers integrated mounting of the Micro Power-Pole. Kakukayak.com

  • The new Elite Inflatable PFD from Mustang Survival

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    The Mustang Elite inflatable PFD provides 28 pounds of flotation, half again as much as the standard inflatable PFD. The Mustang inflates automatically, using Hydrostatic Inflator Technology, which prevents inadvertent blowups by requiring a precise minimum level of water pressure to trigger inflation. Rain or an occasional wave over the bow won’t set it off. […]

  • First Look: The Feel Free Lure 11.5

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    The Feel Free Lure 11.5 now features a removable sonar and electronics pod that is transferable to other models. Jim Hager shows us the multi-level Gravity Seat and the insulated console. The tri-hull design and 36-inch-wide hull is designed for standup stability and deck space, with a wheel-in-the-keel for easy transport. Feelfreeus.com

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