November 15, 2023
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New and unique fishing stuff, as reviewed by the In-Fisherman staff from the March-April 2023 issue.
The Malone MegaSport LowBed has 86-inch load bars only 25 inches from the ground to make loading and unloading kayaks easier. Galvanized construction, submersible LED lighting, and 10-inch pontoon tires allow for backing down ramps into the water. An easy-to-reach second tier provides transport for additional gear like a cargo box, extra boat, or pair of rod tubes. The MegaSport LowBed lineup starts at $3,599. Check maloneautoracks.com for trailer models, accessories, and pricing.
A tasty protein snack, Old Trapper Beef Jerky is lean cuts of steak with a bit of brown sugar for sweetness, and wood-smoked. Bucking the industry norm of smaller bag sizes, these are 1/4-pound bags, in choices of Old Fashioned, Hot & Spicy, and Peppered recipes—from $10 (in stores) or $80 for a case of 8 (online).
Various prices | scheels.com
Meridian X Jacket and Bib from Gill Fishing is built with Gill’s XPLORE fabric combined with XPEL technology for waterproof protection and breathability. Vortex Hood keeps the hood in place at high speeds; a high-cut thermal face guard provides warmth and rain protection; and four front pockets make for quick access to accessories and gear. The jacket is available in shadow, shadow camo, and twilight, while the bib is available in black and shadow camo.
$350 (jacket) and $325 (bib) | gillfishing.com
Backpacker’s Pantry meals are handy, delicious, and nutritious shorelunch options, with more than 30 meals, from breakfasts, to entrees, and deserts, ranging from classics like Louisiana Red Beans and Rice, to Wild West Chili & Beans, to Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, and Beef and more eclectic choices like Pad Thai Chicken, and Three Sister Southwest Quinoa & Beans—pricing depends: Red Beans is $3.99 per bag, Chili is $8.99, while Pad Thai is $12.99; 1 or 2 servings per bag.
Various prices | scheels.com
Ugly Stik Carbons
Fifty percent stronger and now 30 percent lighter, for more sensitivity, Ugly Stik Carbon Species Specific rods are available in catfish, crappie, and salmon/steelhead models, featuring Ugly Stik toughness—plus solid graphite tips, 100 percent 24-ton graphite, stainless-steel Ugly Tuff guides, and a 7-year warranty.
28 models, $59.95 to $119.95 | scheels.com
The Compass 360 Point Guide Wading Jacket is constructed with HydroPore3.0, their top-of-the-line waterproof and breathable fabric. The high-density polyester shell finished with NanoTex withstands the harshest fishing conditions. There’s a stowaway hood, fleece-lined high-water pockets, and internal and external neoprene cuffs.
$129.95 | sjkgear.com
The SPRO Rk Crawler 50DD, a compact crank weighing 1/2 ounce and measuring 2 inches, dives 9 to 12 feet and offers a “kick out” action, along with a wide wobble. Many color options.
$12.99 | scheels.com
Autotuning & Long Casts
Nomad Tackle Swimtrex is a vibrating lipless lure that swims like a real baitfish when sinking, a result in part of a unique Autotune System with a pivoting line tie. The 66, 72, and 80 sizes weigh 1/2-, 3/4-, and 11⁄5 ounce, respectively. Shikari is a long-casting, shallow-diving, suspending stickbait with an internal tungsten weight-transfer system, which also perfectly balances the lure. The 95 weighs 3/8 ounces, while the 115 is 1/2 ounce.
Check pricing, colors, and more lure options at nomadtackle.com
The Ultimate Backpack
Ruggedly constructed, waterproof and airtight, with comfortable ergonomic shoulder straps and removable chest and belt straps, the Yeti Panga Backpack (28-liter capacity) is the ultimate pack for those who live their lives on or near the water. Yet it packs just as neatly as a personal bag for a plane flight or many other situations. Also check 50-, 75-, and 100-liter duffels.
$300 | scheels.com
Cold Weather Gloves
The Fish Monkey Wooly Long Cold Buster Gloves in half-finger or full-finger versions are comfortable options for chilly weather. Wool continues to insulate even when moisture is a factor, as it always is when fishing. Nonslip leather palms and lower fingers with silicon imprinting provide sure gripping.
$22.95 and $24.95 | scheels.com