• Fishing

    Traditional J hooks have inherent flaws that Trapper Tackle believes they have solved with the Trapper Hook.

    Trapper Tackle introduces revolutionary hook

    Many anglers aren’t aware of a trade show called ICAST that takes place every year, but they definitely benefit from what happens there. ICAST stands for International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, and this is the event where tackle manufacturers introduce their new products to the media and to buyers of tackle stores.

    July 20 at 1:49pm
    Zodias rods

    Shimano Zodias bass rods

    Shimano has expanded its Zodias (ZDS) bass rod line-up with three new models that are constructed for specific lure and situation use and feature Shimano’s unique CI4+ reel seat. The 7-foot ZDS 170M-G and 7-foot-6 inch ZDS 176M-G crankbait rods have longer reargrips for long-casting leverage, and include glass composite Hi-Power X blanks to give the rods the needed softer action when using crankbaits. The heavy power, 7-foot-5-inch ZDS 175H is ideal for braided line applications, especially when launching frogs into heavy grass.

    July 07 at 3:47pm
    MirrOlure C-Eyes Pro Series

    MirrOlure C-Eyes Pro Series

    One of MirrOlure’s best-selling lures, the Catch 2000, is now available in the C-Eye Pro Series. These lures feature natural clear 3-D eyes, contemporary fish-catching finishes and premium black nickel hooks. You’ll find the C-Eye Pro Catch 2000 in one of seven possible color options.

    July 01 at 7:00am
    Arctic Ice Chillin’ Cradle

    Arctic Ice Chillin’ Cradle

    The Chillin’ Cradle is the latest innovation from Arctic Ice to keep sodas, sports drinks, beer or wine chilled. It will also keep your cooler neat and organized for any outing. The Chillin’ Cradle uses high performance 28°F phase change material housed within a unique design to maximize surface area contact with bottles or cans to keep your drinks colder longer with no wet mess or waste of water.

    July 01 at 7:00am
    St. Croix Avid Inshore

    St. Croix Avid Inshore

    Designed specifically for inshore saltwater angling, the Avid Inshore series from St. Croix Rod includes 22 spinning and casting models that will help you catch redfish, trout, flounder and drum. Avid Inshore features include Integrated Poly Curve tooling technology, super-grade cork handles tipped with corrosion-proof wind checks and Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides with solid-titanium frames for the ultimate protection from saltwater conditions.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    The Bait Sack

    The Bait Sack

    The Bait Sack is a secure lure protector that will shield your tackle from damage and untimely tangles. It will also protect you and the people you fish with from injury. The Bait Sack comes in three sizes: Small (3.75” x 5.25”), Medium (4.5” x 7.5”) and Large (5.25” x 9.5”). Eliminate potential hook mishaps in seconds with this no-nonsense marine-grade vinyl pouch and clever clip system.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Paul Brown Soft-Dog

    Paul Brown Soft-Dog

    Paul Brown Lures recently introduced their first top water surface walker, the 3 ¾-inch Soft-Dog. The ideal search bait, the Soft-Dog can walk-the-dog with ease and makes for effortless long distance casting. Its soft plastic design also creates a realistic baitfish feel that trophy gamefish find irresistible, making it the perfect mullet imitation for fishing the shallows. 

    May 01 at 7:00am
    Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130X

    Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130X

    This performance driven Tarpon kayak has the speediness and exceptional stability of the original Tarpon, but has been updated with modern visuals and abundant features. Those feature upgrades include the new ultra-comfortable AirPro MAX Lite seat with a slide-on-track system for increased fore/aft trimming and the versatile FlexPod OS, a drop-in, self-contained console that adds more storage, electronic and propulsion opportunities. 

    April 01 at 7:00am
    LiveTarget BaitBall Glass Minnow Twitchbait

    LiveTarget BaitBall Glass Minnow Twitchbait

    The LiveTarget BaitBall Glass Minnow Twitchbait will provide anglers a lure that perfectly mimics the small glass minnow forage that is targeted by trout, reds, Spanish mackerel or virtually anything chasing tiny bait. This lure has a super realistic profile and multiple flash points reflecting off the tiny school of minnows that will trick even the most wary fish. Available in a 3 and 3 ½-inch size and six color patterns this lure will present an ideal solution for many inshore applications.

    March 01 at 7:00am
    Shad Darter Heads

    Mustad Elite Series Jig Heads

    Mustad has just launched an exciting new range of custom quality jig heads. Special top quality features include exclusive new hooks, customizable designs and high-impact chip resistant gloss, UV, or low-vis matte epoxy finishes. The lineup includes several series of scale pattern Ball and Shrimp Heads, Stand Up/Shakey Heads, Wacky Heads, Shad Darter Heads, Customizable Football Heads, Inshore Darter and Bullet Heads all built on super strong Mustad UltraPoint Jig Hooks. 

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Plano’s A-Series Tackle Backpack

    Plano’s A-Series Tackle Backpack

    Some of the best fishing adventures exist in the least accessible places. That’s why Plano’s new A-Series Tackle Backpack is perfect for kayak anglers, expedition anglers, or anyone who needs to transport tackle while keeping their hands free. This backpack includes five 3600 StowAway tackle trays, a separate upper storage compartment, four pockets on the interior, four pockets on the exterior, a cushioned back pad and adjustable shoulder straps.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    SpitFire X7

    SpitFire X7

    Mercury Marine has introduced SpitFire X7, the first propeller in the 75-115hp engine class to be marketed with Mercury’s proprietary X7 alloy, which is 30 percent stronger and four times more durable than conventional steel. Using the X7 alloy and building off design elements from the best-in-class aluminum SpitFire, the SpitFire X7 significantly improves acceleration, top speed and holding ability. The new SpitFire X7 is available at Mercury dealers in 15-inch, 17-inch, 19-inch and 21-inch pitches.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Z-Man Trout Trick

    Z-Man

    Z-Man Fishing Products has introduced a combo intended to appeal to speckled trout and the anglers who target them, a Trout Trick soft-plastic lure that’s mated with a Trout Eye jighead. The Trout Trick is a slender, 5-inch bait with a ribbed body and tapered tail that comes in 14 colors and is made of Z-Man’s durable ElaZtech plastic. The 3/16-ounce Trout Eye jighead features an oversized 3D eyeball, a 2/0 Mustad hook and keeper barbs.

    December 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    Costa’s Rooster

    Costa’s Rooster

    Costa’s new Rooster style large-fit sunglasses include built-in side shields to block incoming glare, as well as vents to alleviate lens fogging, giving fishermen enhanced visual clarity when looking out into the water. The frames are built of nearly indestructible co-injected molded nylon and the interior lining and nose pads keep the sunglasses comfortably in place all day. Rooster frame color options include blackout, tortoise, matte black and white.

    November 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    The Bulls Bay OYRO oyster cooker is a three-piece, portable cooker that eliminates the need for a fire pit.

    New, portable cooker allows spur-of-the-moment oyster feasts

    What person who has ever pried open an oyster shell or two hasn’t wished for the ability to fire up the pit and have an oyster roast anytime the thought surfaced? Thanks to Oliver Thames, a native of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the toughest part might be getting the oysters.

    September 10, 2015 at 11:44am
    Fitzgerald Rods' Bryan Thrift Signature Series includes this 6-foot-9 baitcaster designed for skipping baits back up under docks.

    Shelby bass pro debuts signature series of rods, including dock skipper

    Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., is one of the most-accomplished pro bass fishermen in the country, and an awful lot of the $1.6 million he’s won in tournaments has come from doing the thing he likes to do the most: skipping a bait back under a dock.

    September 10, 2015 at 11:03am