Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Capt. Dave Chouinard Simms fishng rep in our area. He had just gotten in his Fall 2016 line up in of all the latest greatest from Simms.
We set up in his garage and as usually Dave nails it. This guy can sell ice to Eskimos as they say.
If you need to contact Dave about any of these products here is his info:
Chouinard Outdoor Associates, Inc
Capt. Dave Chouinard
Palm Harbor, Florida
13 fishing is a fishing product company based out of Tampa, Florida.
Their first entry into the market place a few years ago was ice fishing. Yes, quite odd to be based in here in Florida. Now they have grown their operations to cover bass,inshore fishing, Musky fishing, and they tell me offshore is in productions.
The company is aiming towards the middle to higher end market with focus on what anglers are asking for. Things like, cork grips, fit and finish, custom species specific actions and as well as components specific to the angling needs. They even have custom design reel section the website.
Though all this sounds like sales speak, cut and paste press release stuff you can get anywhere, they have actually ask me: “What can be changed to make it better? do you like the grip? what do you think of the price point? how about the lure keeper? Do you like the action?” I don’t know about you guys, but I do not often get asked these questions by many companies.
Asking questions like these is always a good sign that company wants get better and take more of the market share. This is great for the consumer in the end.
As far as reels goes they have the Concept series of bait casting reels. As with any high end series of reels, the weight, material, quality varies from the series A, C, E to the KP. They even have a trickshop where you can custom build your own reel. Team colors, materials, handles can all be built to your liking.
They also have a sister company No. 8 Tackle which is aim more towards economy, durability, and function. The ones I have used are the Hellbent series. At $59.00 retail they have definitely found a great price point. We used them for a week in Louisiana catching hundreds of bull reds on them and they past that test with high marks.
I had the opportunity to visit their warehouse/headquarters last week and shot a little walk through so you guys can check it out.
If you use your trolling motor as much as I do in shallow oyster ridden water, it’s going get a few scrapes and scratches on it. Once the saltwater finds its way under the powder coating it’s all over! Rust and corrosion inevitably set in and all you’re left with is an eye-sore on the bow of your boat. The solutions is simple, before you ever get the first scratch go ahead and spray the motor head with 3M Undercoating. This will act as a “bed-liner” type coating and give your trolling motor the protection and look it ought to have.
– Make sure you sand the trolling motor head with a light scuff to give the spray something to adhere to.
– Clean all the rust and corrosion (if any) off before spraying it with the 3M.
– Wipe down with acetone to make sure there is no grease or oils from your hands (this will ensure the spray cures properly).
– Tape off the head leaving the two rings exposed. I used painters tape and a paper bag.
– Run a piece of painters tape in between the prop and the head so you don’t get any spray inside that space, this will inhibit your prop spinning correctly. Then cover the prop with a paper bag or whatever you feel is best.
– Before spraying the motor spray a piece of cardboard to see how it comes out, the last thing you want is a giant glob of rubber hanging off the motor.
Hopefully this helps all you “shallow water trollers” keep your gear protected and looking clean.
Take care, Sawyer
I had the opportunity to visit the MirrOlure facility right here in Largo, Florida (Tampa, Florida) Manager Mike Tennian was cool enough to show me around the place.
Along with picking up Paul Brown, they had also acquired Tidal Surge lure. He tells me for a a minimum order of 60 pieces you have your own custom design pattern of Mirrodine. The MirrOdine is probably my favorite lure they make.
They also have a new Popping lure , c35 poppa mullet. I was given a couple of samples to try these things out. I will let you know the outcome and thoughts soon.
The Holiday Gift Guide is full of great gift ideas for yourself or that special someone in your life. Click the BLUE hyper-links for more product information and/or to purchase. The products are categorized by price and have been recommended by one or more of the Salty Shores contributors.
Update: Some manufacturers have offered up discount codes and they are in bold in the descriptions.
$50 and Under
Frosty Towel starts with a premium 100-Percent cotton towel. We add our unique formula that includes high quality essential plant oils and extracts, purified water, natural alcohol, menthol, and bergamot extract to create the cooling effect. Pure glycerin is added to moisturize your skin. Lemon grass and citronella are added as a natural mosquito and insect repellant. There are no harmful manmade chemicals. We add a few other natural fruit oils to add a wonderful scent. Frosty Towel
These Swivels are made of high-grade stainless steel with a gun-metal black finish. They Offer Super Smooth Rotation And Unbelievable Strength And Durability. Tsunami Pro Strong Swivels are 1.5 X’s stronger than normal barrel swivels. With their reduced visibility and low water resistance they are great for trolling and finesse fishing scenarios. Tsunami Swivels
KVD Grip-Pin Hooks
Developed by legendary professional bass angler, Kevin VanDam, the Mustad KVD Grip Pin Soft Plastic Hook features Mustad’s Big Mouth Tube hook design with a new plastic keeper molded around the hook shank to firmly secure your soft plastic baits. Grip-Pin Hooks
Tsunami PRO GRADE 25 Yard Clear Fluorocarbon Leader 100 % Pure Fluorocarbon Leader Material Made in Japan from 100% Japanese Resins Low stretch Excellent knot strength High abrasion resistance Invisible under water 25 Yard tangle free wrist spool. Tsunami Leader
Tsunami Holographic Swim Baits lead the cutting edge of sport-fishing. Offering tough, life-like bodies, in multiple attention grabbing color patterns, reflective holographic foil and realistic swimming action add up to make these baits irresistible. Features: Natural fish attracting holographic colors. Rigged and ready with premium, extra sharp hooks and 3-D eyes. Natural swimming action and internally weighted for perfect depth control. Tsunami Holographic Shad
This headlamp is extremely bright at 1800 lumens on the high setting. It performs well in the rain, but would not submerge and expect it to work long. It has 3 settings: High, Low and SOS. GRDE Headlamp
TAILIN’ TOADS Fingerless Gloves protect hands from the sun and wind with UPF 50+ 4-Stretch Fabric. This unique design allows for full mobility and function, which allows more time for quality fishing. Tailin’ Toads
GILLZ Mask is patent pending super cooling mask with unsurpassed sun protection. GillzVents™ channel air to your neck and down your shirt to keep you cool while reducing sunglass fog. Our comfortable GillzTech™ fabric with its UPF50+ protection provides all of the fun, none of the sun. GILLZ Mask
The Flex Mount can be mounted on everything from glass, boat consoles, kayaks and even cars. The magnetic disc is extremely strong with military grade magnets. SP Flex Mount
These gloves are lightweight with short fingers. It`s designed with the long-range and braided-line fisherman in mind. Index and middle fingers, plus thumb are longer for added protection, and super tough Armortex reinforces the glove from fore finger to thumb for the safe handling of super lines. Tacky-Grip palms with vent holes add durability and help drain water, while vented foam-backed mesh keeps hands cool and protected. Great for paddling kayaks and fighting fish. AFTCO Gloves
The Trippler is the perfect compact tripod / grip / pole combo that compacts down small enough to carry with you every day. Included with each Trippler are mounts compatible with cell phones (Up to iPhone6 Plus w/case), GoPro cameras, and standard tripod mount cameras. This device allows you to capture the perfect picture every time! Triple Tripod
DryCASE is a flexible, crystal clear waterproof bag that allows complete use of your phone or camera while keeping it dry and clean. Simply pump out all the air with the easy to use hand pump and the bag will vacuum seal around the contents and become completely waterproof. Every DryCASE comes with our extreme activity arm ‘floatation’ band for water sports. DryCASE comes with the stereo headphone jack so you won’t miss a beat. Smartphone Case
The GO PUCK 3X is an ultra lightweight charger storing enough power to charge any mobile device and fits in the palm of your hand. With the 3X, you can charge small phones (e.g. iPhone 4s) about three times. GoPuck 3X
The 4½” SeaSucker vacuum cup is rated to pull up to 120 pounds. Two slotted holes for back-plating accessories or mounting hardware and one center stainless steel insert for mounting anything with a standard ¼-20 machine screw. SeaSucker
YETI Rambler Tumbler Kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel Double-wall vacuum insulation Keeps ice 2X longer than plastic tumblers and are designed for maximum ice retention and work just as well for hot beverages BPA free Crystal clear lid.
KRYTECK Clothing Durable Poly Knit in Kryptek Camo Moisture wicking to keep you dry. Mesh vent in the lower back to regulate temperature. COOL TOUCH technology keeps you comfortable in the sun. Stain release fabric to eliminate blood and stains. Spandex allows for stretch and mobility. Huk logo on the front, sleeve and back of shirt. SPF added for sun protection. HUK Clothing
Battery Tender Black Power Connect Trolling Motor D/C Connector is a onboard connector for DC to DC connections. Perfect for battery connections to trolling motors, navigational electronics or any DC accessory. The unique screw and lock device provides a positive connection that avoids vibration and water incursion. Trolling Motor Connector
$50 – $100
Braid/Mono/Wire Cutters Aluminum Alloy Construction with Dual cutting technology: Titanium Bonded Tungsten Carbide Wire Cutter & High-leverage mono, braid & fluorocarbon compound cutters includes ballistic nylon sheath and lanyard. Non-slip Cuda scale pattern grips facilitate water drainage and visible full-tang steel construction for increased durability. Corrosion resistant titanium bonded aluminum alloy construction with integrated tungsten carbide wire cutters. Cuda Pliers
Boomerang Tool: Fly Fishing Gift Set
This gift set is something that any Fly Fisherman would appreciate. It includes: Long Blade SNIP, 5″ Stainless forceps with retractable and fishing Zinger with Stainless Multi-Tool. Be sure to use the coupon code: SALTYSHORES for free shipping through Dec. 31st, 2015. Fly Fishing Gift Set
Hands free fish landing. Fish stay in the net and the large 29” diameter opening makes it easy to land fish. It floats on top of the water and coils & stows in a small 1″ diameter package when you are finished. The solid black band around the top, helps push the fish deeper into the net, so you can get ready for a ‘Hero Shot’ or just a simple release. Release Right Fish Net
HTC2 Blanks produce rods that are very sensitive and lightweight with great durability. The 24 ton graphite and high performance resin is perfect for the serious inshore angler demanding both high performance and value. Hellbent Rod
This gift set was designed for the serious saltwater fisherman in mind. It includes: The Big SNIP, designed specifically for salt water fishing. The larger size easily cuts through 150lb braid and 250lb mono/fluoro lines. The ProPliers with Retractable Gear Tether, provides lightweight handling and superior corrosion resistance with tungsten blades for cutting wire. The Fishing Zinger with Fox40 Safety Whistle meets current safety regulations for personal watercraft. Be sure to use the coupon code: SALTYSHORES for free shipping through Dec 31st, 2015. Saltwater Gift Set
Safely carry 5 fishing rods in 1 hand with unmatched comfort and maneuverability. Avoid tangled lines, broken guides, and costly repairs. Great for Trucks, SUVs, even compact cars. Angled stance design keeps rods & reels safely off the ground, allowing you to easily transport, wash down, or rig secured rods. Customize to your tackle needs with interchangeable rod holders for light or heavy rods. Lightweight and durable with removable legs for compact storage. Rod Runner Pro
Boca Bearings Fishing Reel Tuning Kit features some of our best and most popular items used to fully upgrade and tune your fishing reels. The Fishing Performance Tuning Kit contains: 1 – Spool Pin Pliers, 1 – High Speed Oil, 1 – 2 oz Grease Power, 1 – 100ml Clean Touch, 10 Spring Clips and a Plastic component storage box. For a 20% discount off your order, be sure to use the coupon code: 20JEFF15 Boca Bearing Tuning Kit
The Precision Tropic Plus Ghost Tip is the go-to line for fishing spooky saltwater fish in shallow water. Constructed on a monofilament core with our Tropic Plus coating and the choice of a 9 foot clear intermediate tip, the line presents your fly with minimum disturbance and visibility. The Ghost Tip is especially effective when fishing in very windy conditions because the clear tip allows you to cut back your leader for more accurate presentations without spooking the fish. Cortland Fly Line
Full-tang construction ensures strength, stability and balanced. Added safety guards provide protection from the blade and fish spines and a trigger grip with thumb and finger pads which offer better control. Hand-sharpened fixed, straight-edge blade.
CCA Bubba Blade
The RinseKit is a portable, pressurized shower. No pumping and No batteries. It fills in 20 seconds, storing the strength of a regular household spigot to deliver pressurized spray for up to four minutes. The system holds up to 2 gallons of water and features a spray nozzle that offers seven different settings from jet stream to soaking shower. RinseKit can be filled with hot or cold water. Includes a Hose Nozzle, 6′ Hose, Hose Bib Adapter, On/Off Valve, and Quick Connect. Rinse Kit
Weego Jump Starter Battery Pack+ Standard starts your engine, charges your phone, and fits in your pocket! They are recommended for use on gas engines up to 4.6 liters, and diesel engines up to 2.4 liters. The ultra slim and compact design weighs less than 8 ounces and is about the size of a cell phone. It is perfect for jump starting cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, ATVs, and more. Also charges smartphones, tablets and speakers. Each package includes a pre-charged battery pack, jumper cables, wall charger, car charger, a 3-in-1 USB charging cord with micro, 30-pin and lightning connectors.
Weego Battery Pack+
The backpack is 100% waterproof and one of a kind, because of its purge valve. The purge valve allows you to inflate or compress the backpack, and even use it as a draining tool if using the pack as a shower or cooler. The backpack includes a fully waterproof main compartment capable of holding 30 liters, an internal zippered waterproof pocket to store smaller items, a front mesh pocket so you can keep wet items out the waterproof area, side water bottle holder, bungee cords that can hold you other DryCASE items, and lots of padding on the shoulder straps and back support for a comfortable hold. DryCase Mansboro
The PowerGrip H20 is the most progressive GoPro accessory to date. It will power the GoPro for 12hours. The PolarPro team has spent over a year researching, designing, filming, and taking user feedback to create one of the most powerful GoPro pole systems to date. The Built-in 6700mAh rechargeable GoPro battery is waterproof to 99ft (33m). PowerGrip H2O
$100 and Up
The Big Kahuna is available in 3 sizes: 4.7, 8 and 13 gallons. Rugged design, it is perfect for using as a camp shower, on a remote job site, emergency preparedness and more. It has a self-contained 12 volt submersible pump so all you need is to add water for an instant shower anywhere! This portable shower is easy to operate with vented, integrated patented water tight lid. Some of the additional features include: 8’ coiled shower hose included, variable pressure controlled shower head, and a compact design. Assembled in the USA. Big Kahuna Shower
The Hobie H-Crate comes packed with numerous features; 4 integrated rod holders and a Bungee retainer systems that allows you to secure your rods safely and securely. Each wall of the H-Crate has a grid of recessed mounting points for easy accessory mounting. Hobie H-Crate
Fish Hunter is a completely portable Smartphone fish finder that measures water depth and surface water temperature as it works to pinpoint fish. Manufactured with military grade specifications, the downward facing sonar transducer is securely wrapped inside a sealed, waterproof rubber ball. Using a high frequency transducer the Fish Hunter fish finder provides superior resolution and accuracy in all marine weather conditions. FishHunter Portable Fish Finder
Waterproof to 33FT (10M), IP68 rated. The case is drop tested and survived 20ft (6m) It has a crush resistant unibody construction. The Photo Pro also comes with 4 aluminum and glass interchangeable lenses (Normal 0 Lens, 165 Degree Wide Angle, Macro, Telephoto 2x Zoom) The case is fully mountable and has other accessories available for purchase.
Optic Pro Kit iPhone 6/6s
The Nocqua Sport Edition, is an underwater light systems for paddlers. As a follow up to Nocqua’ s pioneering launch of the 2000 and Spectrum Pro Series flexible light systems, the Nocqua Sport is designed to make the experience even more accessible. The Nocqua Sport is constructed with the same flexibility as the Pro series – able to be used on SUP, kayak, and canoes – but is even more versatile due to its compact size and advanced LED and battery technology. Use the Coupon Code: SALTYSHORES to receive 20% off and FREE SHIPPING. Nocqua Sports Edition
No matter how fast the wind and water are moving, you won’t be. With Power-Pole’s signature strong hold, the MICRO gives you a smooth stop on the spot in less than 7 seconds flat. Whether you’re anchored in sand, rock or muck, it’s swift, it’s silent, it’s secure. And, yes, it’s small. Micro Anchor
Whether you are fishing the Everglades, offshore, or even hiking up in the mountains, the Delorme inReach Explorer is a gift that keeps your favorite explorer safe and connected is the gift that keeps on giving. The Explorer is a global satellite communication device that allows adventurers to send and receive text messages, post on social media and trigger an interactive SOS anywhere in the world. Users can plan and share (in real time) their routes and use the built-in navigation to keep them on track. It can also be paired wirelessly with iOS and Android devices to access topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts, and make text messaging and posting updates to social media even more convenient. Delorme is offering a $75 mail-in-rebate through Dec 31st. Delorme inReach Explorer
Be sure to check back soon as things are still being reviewed and the best deals could be added in the coming weeks.
Jan S. Maizler
It was good to get back to my “second home” in Florida, Sanibel Island. I had timed this particular trip with Captain Mark Westra to coincide with the fall baitfish migration. Therefore, a hopefully calm Gulf would offer up mackerel, bluefish, and false albacore in addition to the cooler season-invigorated snook and redfish in the inside waters of San Carlos and Estero bays.
The drive from Miami was short and sweet since the trip began on a fair weather late Sunday. Check-in at Island Inn Sanibel was always a joy and my wife and I unpacked in a lovely Beachview Cottage.
Since the sun was sinking, I quickly got out to the beach to capture a sea and skyscape of the dusk highlighted by a cold front to the north. We had a fine seafood dinner at the Inn’s Traditions Restaurant and turned in.
I met Captain Mark at the Punta Rassa boat ramp next morning at 7:30 a.m. His vessel was an impressive 22-foot Shearwater powered by a 225 H.P. Yamaha ready for battle loaded with two livewells full of whitebait. In a half-day spanning San Carlos to Matlacha, we released about 15 snook to 12 pounds, 2 redfish, 1 big bluefish and loads of big jacks.
Our second day of angling featured some line storms preceding a cold front and we spent the next 6 hours fishing and dodging showers. Our first stop was in the open Gulf amidst a huge school of migratory predators consisting of mackerel, bluefish, and big ladyfish. We took countless gamesters casting topwater plugs and D.O.A. Baitbusters. The rest of the trip was spent back on inside waters where we took another 6 snook . Captain Mark lost a huge snook that blew up on a large whitebait and once hooked made a sizzling run along a mangrove wall and then a quick turn into the depths of the roots.
It was a wonderful trip !
Captain Mark Westra
Flat Top Charters
Island Inn Sanibel
3111 West Gulf Drive
If you ever find yourself needing to tie wire leader and just don’t have a crimper tool available this is a great option.
Here my friend Jay shows us how to tie a king fish rig using only stranded wire and a cutter.
The wire he uses can be bought on Amazon. The 20lb test sells for $6.00