We’ve been out scouring the West Coast sportsmen’s shows this winter, in search of the coolest new fishing stuff…and let me tell ya, brother, we found plenty! From boats to plastic baits and everything in between — there’s a lot of stuff out there that you just may need.
Here are some of our favorites…
A Fresh Take on Driftboats
We’re always suckers for new boat concepts and Chuck Gross at Pavati Marine is an energizer bunny full of slick new ideas. Okay, so he’s obviously the “drift boat with doors” guy, which makes so much sense, but he’s just introduced his new fully customizable floor layout.He starts with a full-length flat, level floor (trust me — oh so nice from a moving around standpoint) — that just happens to be fully removable, by the way — in which he integrates slots that all the seats, tackle systems, rower’s foot brace, etc clip into and out of easily. It’s basically like playing with big kid Leggos. You can lay the interior of the boat out — in a snap — however you want it on a given trip. Pretty sweet!
Chuck has also come up with an easy fix to an old problem with his new snap-in anchor nest. We’ve all done it — slipped the anchor into the nest at the end of the day without securing it, only to find that 30 pounds of lead bounced around inside the boat all the way home. Not pretty! Well, this baby solves that…
And that’s just the beginning…the kid is full of good, innovative ideas — see more at the Pavati website.
Swimbaits for the Rest of Us
For those of us not named Skeet Reese or Kevin Van Dam, amassing a workable collection of swimbaits is an expensive proposition. These days you can spend more on a rubber bait that looks like a trout than you paid for your first truck. Now, however, thanks to Ho Pham, the president of the Real Fish Bait Company, us Regular Joes can actually afford a collection of swimbaits without taking a second out on the house.
Pham has an impressive list of cool baits that cost less than ten bucks, including Crappie, Bluegill, Tilapia and, our fave, the goldfish…
Pham said the idea behind the goldfish was partially to give the bass something they’ve never seen before. And, as anybody who’s had a bass in an aquarium can attest, largemouth have never met a goldie they don’t like.
Real Fish Bait Co. will have trout and shad models out soon too and Pham has plans for all sorts of baits in the near future like spanish mackerel, sardine, bullhead, baby bass, brook trout, balllyhoo, baby pike, brown trout, anchovy, baby tuna and a bunch more.
What’s really cool about this small company is Pham truly wants to know what his customers want. To that end, you can log onto Real Fish Bait Company, and tell him exactly what types of baits you’d like to see him produce — and in what sizes.
Sweet New Bass Sticks
Well, if you’re going to pick up some of those swimbaits, you might as well get a nice rod to throw ‘em on. It just so happens that you’re in luck! Lamiglas has just come out with a new lineup of rods: The Excel Series, which features 10 graphite models and 1 glass version to cover pretty much any bassin’ situation you’ll encounter: froggin’, small swimbaits, crankin’, rip baits, drop shot, etc…they’re all here.
The Excel’s feel really nice & light and have crisp actions.What’s really great about them is they come in at a really user-friendly price-point in the $99-$119 range. These days, to get a sick, American-made rod for a hundred bones is almost unheard of. Check ‘em out at Lamiglas
Back and Better than Ever!
It was a sad day for salmon and steelhead guides across the West when we found out Shur-Cure egg and prawn cure kinda just dropped off the map. For many of us, this stuff was like gold — the easiest cure to use ever created and the fish really, really seemed to like it. Unfortunately, the cure’s creator, Mr. Shur-Cure himeself, Budd Mackey, got tired of making it a while back and all of us diehards had to find a new cure.
Well, we’re please to say that we found new owner Deb McQueen at the Portland show and she’s got Shur-Cure back up and running full speed. Big Fred almost cried when he saw that it was back…
Really, the stuff is that good. It comes in wet cure and sprinkle-on formulas for eggs and prawns. Plus, Shur-Cure is sulfite-free, which is a big plus considering all the news surrounding the potential ill effects sulfite-based egg cures make be having on juvenile salmonids. Call Deb at Extreme Marine, 503-815-9997.
Finally, Somebody Thought of This!
Let’s face it, the worst part of owning a driftboat is the whole tilt it up so it can drain scenario. You know the story — you go to rinse it out or store it and always seem to be propping it up precariously with a 2×4 or stick or whatever…It’s just a matter of time before the boat comes cashing down on somebody or it hits so hard that you break the trailer tongue.
Well, finally there’s an answer! Ken Smith has come up with a simple yet totally ingenious drift boat stand that allows you to prop up the boat safely.
With 4 bolts, you quickly and easily install this bad boy to your trailer and you’re good to go. Just pull the pin, lift the trailer and the leg drops into place. Put the pin back in and you’re done…And when it’s time to hit the road, the stand easily kicks up and out of the way.
Check ‘em out at Ken’s website, www.smitty-tackle.com
The Eel Deal
Being the Delta striper junkies that we are, we were drawn like moths to the flame to the Vision Hooks & Tackle booth when we saw their new line of sexy swimbaits: the Surf Eels and Sand Eels.
Though we have yet to get any into our hot little hands, these babies have that holographic paint job and skinnier profile that look a lot like small smelt, baby steelhead and salmon that stripers seem to really enjoy eating. See more colors at the website.
Cut it Up!
Finally, this one comes to you from our “we’re not really sure why we need this, but it sure looks fun,” file. Allow us to present Motion Marine’s Lil’ Mo Jet. These micro jet sleds come in three different sizes (12′, 12′ and 16′) but the little guy somehow looks the coolest.
Starting at just under $7K, you get a 13′X5′, 700-pound rocket that, when you add that old jet ski motor, can take you into all sorts of cool places you’d never take the big sled.
See it a Motion Marine