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The new SMITH Optics “Guide’s Choice”

As fisherman we all have our own sunglasses company/brand we believe is “tried and true”. In all honestly most upper-echelon sunglasses companies make a pretty competitive lens these days. Lets face it, if you can’t see fish with one brand, you sure as hell aren’t gonna see em with a different brand. So besides a great lens I also take into consideration functionality, durability and style. In my opinion the pair that covers the entire basis are the new “Guide’s Choice” by SMITH Optics.  Not only is new Techlite Polarchromic lens bad ass, but the frame design provides some other innovative features as well.

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One of my favorite aspects of the GC is the built in retainers. You simply pop out the existing temple pad and replace it with the retainer cord which has an integrated pad attached to each end piece (this comes standard with every pair of GC’s and can be seen below). Some slide-on retainers can be cumbersome and irritate the back of your ears especially when wearing a hat. The built in retainers keep the look sleek and the fit true to form.

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The next feature I feel  is key and often overlooked by many anglers is the wide arm that connects at the hinge. The width keeps out light which allows the lens to perform the way it is intended. When light enters through the back of the lens it creates refraction, this bends the light and causes small reflections making it tough to see through the water. Any form of reflection on the water is the last thing an angler wants when trying to spot fish from the poling platform. The wide arm on the GC’s will prevent light from entering through the side of the glasses.

As for strength and toughness these bad boys are as hardy as they come. I drop my glasses at least once a day on the boat deck from just being clumsy. I also take about a gallon of salt spray to the face a day when it’s rough out. So far all my SMITH glasses have stood up to the elements. Let’s face it, some of us just plain destroy glasses no matter how rugged they may be. For all you destructive anglers, SMITH has you covered with a lifetime warranty on all products!

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Last but not least is the style. If you take a look at what’s out there, most “fishing” glasses these days all have that same mundane look. Not only do I wear my glass on the boat but I wear them everywhere I go. So when I want to NOT look like every “Salt Life Guy” and their brother at the marina tiki bar I simply pop off the retainers and I have a classy pair of shades to drink beer and look good doing it.

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Adding a Power-Pole Micro to the L2Fish SUP

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Shot this video on how to mount the Power-Pole on the L2Fish SUP.  LIVE Watersports, located in Clearwater, FL makes these SUPs here in FL and with their collaboration with YakAttack, have made mounting accessories extremely easy. Click here for more information on the YakAttack BlackPak and other rigging accessories.

With the release of the new battery pack for the Micro, you don’t have to worry about the extra battery and running cables. Check out: www.Power-Pole.com

 

 

New for 2016 PENN Clash 3000 review by Hai Truong

By Hai Truong

What all Penn guys have been waiting for and what Penn competitors have feared, the new ‘CLASH’ and the fifth year in their evolution of lightweight spinning reels. The ‘CLASH’ is their lightest spin reel to date, making its debut earlier this year at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show, better known as ICAST in Orlando, Florida mid July. Where they took another award for Best Saltwater Reel in the New Product Showcase category.

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Last year’s award also went to their “Battle II”, one of their stepping stones in lightweight spin reels by Penn and always great to see a dedicated company continuously making improvements while maintaining the same price points.

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At first glance we see the iconic black and gold color scheme, than quickly notice all the laced carbon fiber in a sealed spool knob, sealed spool and side plates, combined with the weight reduction in body, handle, aluminum bail wire and spool makes for most of the trimmed fat. The rest sits inside with their CNC Dura-Gear technology for longevity and nine sealed bearings keeps everything moving smoothly. 2000-5000 models also feature a ‘Rigid Resin’ rotor, a high strength graphite and CNC aluminum gear. The rotors in the 6000 and 8000 series are made of aluminum with CNC brass gears. All models have a CNC brass pinion. This review is on the 3000 series.

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Wrap all this with their Full Metal Body that eliminates twist or folding under extreme loads and drag pressure for a low weight, precise and smooth inshore/freshwater spin reel. The 3000 offers a max drag of 15lbs. with a 35 inch per crank on line return is very nice on a small body reel. The carbon drag washers have proven themselves over the last decade with the HT-100 system. I really like all the weight reductions and the CNC machined internals feel smooth yet solid. Anti-reverse stops on a dime and I’m very particular about this, any kick back should not tolerated. There is a seal for the clutch bearing that helps protects the anti-reverse from corrosion, one of the main bearings causing a rough feel and usually 2nd to go to the line roller bearing pending use.

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The largemouth bass was caught the next morning back in Miami, FL from Orlando’s ICAST, while testing various products. The freshwater tarpon was caught more recently and performed amazingly well on lite tackle, I actually felt like I had a bit too much reel and found myself backing off the smooth drag, making confident adjustments in transition and under load was like a finely tuned tool of the trade.

Available October 2015.

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*Note none of the ‘CLASH’ series are completely sealed.

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Fishing with Zman

I picked up my first pack of Zman soft plastics a little under a year ago, and now it’s almost all I buy.

Anglers are always on the search for the best baits in the industry, and hard-earned money is used to buy these baits with the underlying promise that it will catch you more fish. This company has one specific reason that these baits stand out against competitors, ElaZtech plastic.

ElaZtech has solved a few problems that I have encountered with other plastics . First off, the durability of these baits are amazing. Generally I only go through about 1-2 baits after a full day of fishing, they hardly ever get destroyed by pufferfish and I don’t recall ever losing one while fighting a fish.

Another feature worthy of notice is that some of the products, such as the PogyZ and PaddlerZ, are scented with Pro-cure. Pro-cure is a scented fishing gel that is applied to the outside of baits to attract fish by smell instead of just sight. Many believe this is a key ingredient in getting picky fish to bite, and I can definitely say it hasn’t scared any fish away!

Matching the hatch? Not a problem! although these are not cinematic representations of specific fish like Live Target and Savage gear make, I think they do an excellent job representing a few different baitfish.

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If I’m in an area where a lot of pinfish are present, I like to use a Scented PogyZ (which I also use for skipping because they have larger, flatter sides). For most general purposes however, my favorite is a Scented PaddlerZ. Although, if I see fish keying in on finger mullet a DieZel MinnowZ is hard to beat. Another advantage of the DieselZ minnow is a large wedge tail that will cause a bit more disturbance if you’re fishing in darker water.

Some cons about these baits: Although they are very durable, only 5 come in a pack and it comes out to about a dollar a bait. For most that shouldn’t be too much of a problem, unless you are use to throwing out your bait every time you switch colors. Another problem that has occurred to me is throughout the day when exposed directly to Florida’s sun, I’ve had a few baits melt in the package. Since then I’ve changed the way I store them (now in a large tupperware container with other plastics), and I don’t seem to have the problem anymore.

Most importantly- these baits catch fish. I know what my hand is already reaching for when I see a passing redfish. Simply put, these baits are another essential tool in my tackle box, and they have a very distinct advantage to other plastics in the market right now. Don’t believe me? Pick up a pack yourself, I’ve got the feeling you’ll be as hooked as the fish you’re catching!

For more pictures check me out on Instagram @Alanwise333

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Tight lines,

-Alan Wise

Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras, LA

The fishing in Louisiana is only good in two spots, offshore and inshore. If you like you catch, instead of fishing, you need to check Louisiana once.

Here is clip I shot of the lodge while I was there last week.

Though the lodge only has guides to do inshore, the offshore is amazing there.

Besides catching bull reds all day you can catch Tunas as close in as 5 miles from the mouth of the river along with cobia, triple tail, kings .. .etc etc. If you drive, bring a cooler.

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Anisa fishing Jewelry video

You guys probably know Anisa Stewart, from her awesome fishing jewelry.

Many probably do not know that her and her mom makes every single one by hand from design, polishing it up and boxing them right here in Ft. Myers Florida.

This video was shot at her house/office a couple weeks ago before I headed to Venice, LA . I finally had a chance to finish it up this morning. Hope you guys like it.

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L2Fish: Mighty Mount Mod

Great tip on how to remove the flex in the GearTrac on the L2Fish paddle board when using a “boom type” camera mount or to give a rod holder more support.

Click on this link to get the part you need:  Mighty Mount

 

 

 

Delorme inReach Keeps You “In Reach”

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After moving to Florida in 2013, I joined a group of kayakers called the WaterTribe. They compete in extreme adventure-style kayak races across various bodies of water in the United States. The WaterTribe has an extensive list of required gear and a SPOT tracking device as well as a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) are part of the required equipment. I completed my first Everglades Challenge event in 2014. That particular race runs ~300 miles from Tampa Bay to Key Largo. At the start of the Everglades Challenge 2015, due to several rescues made by the US Coast Guard and other municipalities, the race was cancelled.

While I was still on the beach waiting for a fellow competitor to load his kayak, I personally observed the frustration and stressful moments expressed by race management as the events unfolded. During the back and forth communication, between race management and the USCG, it was very obvious their was a problem that needed to be addressed. The USCG demanded the race be put on a, “weather hold” and competitors were to immediately get to shore and wait for further instructions. Unfortunately, communication between race management and the competitors was an issue, and this was not as easy as it sounds.

Competitors were out of VHF radio range, from the handheld units race management on the beach, which left race management with no way to communicate directly with competitors. The only thing that could be done, was to call their cell phone and/or leave a message.

It was close to 5pm in the evening when my fellow competitor decided that we would just travel on to Key Largo just cruising and camping. As I made my way across Tampa Bay I thought about the days events and started looking into options which would have made what happened, a non-issue. Currently, the SPOT tracking device which is required for each vessel, it has its limitations. It sends information to let race management track progress and allows for the competitor to call for help if needed and check in, sending an “Ok” message whenever the “Ok” button is pressed. As you can see the dilemma here, it only provides ONE-WAY communication and even at that, it only guarantees the tracking location of the vessel, not the location of the competitor, as the SPOT is only required to be attached to the vessel not the competitor.

After a little research on the internet, I came across the Delorme inReach unit. Their are 2 models, the SE and Explorer. These do everything the SPOT tracker does, and a lot more!
The main point I want to make here is that these units allow for 2-way communication through a better infrastructure using the Iridium Satellite system.

I contacted the company and have worked with them to get to this point. I used one of their Explorer demo units for over a month. It was tested in the wet environment of my Hobie Tandem Island and Paddle Board outings. I used it mounted on my mountain bike and even during road trips attached to a RAM mount on my windshield. I was very impressed with all of the extra functions that it provides over a SPOT, plus the way it allows for interaction on social media.

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pairedUsing the Earthmate app and a smartdevice, it can be paired through bluetooth and it gives makes using this unit a piece of cake. I have created some hyperlinks if you’d like more information on these. However, my focus is on how this device could improve safety and tracking for the WaterTribe events. I thoroughly tested out the units communication ability, durability and battery life. The 2-way communication is a real bonus here. I learned it is possible that a mass message could be send to all competitors at once from race management and responses could be sent from competitors. Even the USCG could send messages to the competitors f they felt so compelled.

While you can not just change batteries like the SPOT, this unit is easily recharged using any simple external battery like the GoalZero Flip 10. The unit when set to 10 minute interval tracking mode has a 120hr. life. 

Delorme is also looking to do some proof of concept testing and the ability to host a Map Share page with all the WaterTribe competitors for each event. If you currently have an inReach unit and would be interested in participating in a trial let me know and I will add you to the list. This would also solve and issue of the SPOT tracking page problems in recent past. The company is hopeful that this would be available and fully functional by EC2016.

Here are a couple of examples of situations where this unit would have benefited a WaterTriber:

Last year during the Black Beard Challenge in NC, I was the shore contact for Kayakman7. He was 10 miles from checkpoint 1, around 3am when his rudder was damaged, and made his way to an uninhabited island. He was lucky that he had cell phone service, and was able to call me. However, if he hadn’t he would have had to use his SPOT or PLB to call for help from the USCG. This would have been expensive, as the USCG would have rescued him, and he would have had to get a salvage company to get the boat at a later time.

Which brings me to the WaterTribe members that had to be rescued by the USCG around the tip of Florida. They had no other boat traffic to call out to help for and had no cell service. They were anchored 5 miles south of East Cape, west of Flamingo. After spending a few miserable hours in the boat in some very bad conditions, they had to call for help. They were rescued by the USCG and they left the boat anchored. Unfortunately, when they went back for the boat it was gone.

I truly believe that the inReach device would have allowed for these guys to request specific help and they would have been able to safely make their way back to Flamingo with their vessel.

As with any tracking device their are plans to choose from and you have the flexibility to choose the one that works best with your activity level. You will find links to all information below.

Delorme has graciously offered a priority code for the WaterTribe members to use and receive a 25% discount on the unit and select accessories when purchased from their website: Delorme  When checking out, enter the priority code: WATERTRIBE
http://inreachdelorme.com/  *This code will only be active through Sunday August 30th.

I have ordered mine and was impressed with the process and timeliness it was delivered. I look forward to any comments you have or experiences regarding these units you would like to share.

*** One thing I need to mention is that the discount does not apply to the inReach Extreme Communication Kit bundles. This is because the bundles are already discounted and they aren’t able to do further reductions on those.***

Here are links to more information regarding the units, Earthmate App and service plans.

What is inReach?

Earthmate App

Product Information, Explorer

Product Information, SE

Product Subscription Plans

Mounting Accessory: Amazon

 

 

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