December 13, 2023
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New and unique fishing stuff, as reviewed by the In-Fisherman staff from the October-November 2022 issue.
From greasy, grimy, gruesome to “so clean you don’t want to step on it,” quick and easy, with Star Brite Ultimate Vinyl Clean, for boat floors so bright “you’ll have to wear shades.” Also for car, RV, and boat upholstery; interior/exterior trim; foul-weather gear; outdoor cushions or canopies; and more. 32 ounces. Also check Star Brite Long Handle Brushes.
Check retailers for pricing | starbrite.com
Pocket Tail Minnow
Paddletail swimbaits are a staple among freshwater and saltwater anglers, usually rigged simply on a jighead. The SPRO Pocket Tail Minnow, with its distinctly ribbed body, is made of a tough elastomer material that floats to give the body more action. The 3.75-inch Minnow is available in 16 colors.
$6.99 (5-pack) | fishusa.com
Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Bait Pump
No more D-cell batteries. The Engel Bubbler has two electromagnetic pumps with rubber bladders to generate airflow. No rotational parts, gears, or cogs, so there’s almost nothing to seize or break. All hardware is marine-grade stainless steel. The pump runs on a high-capacity lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a 36-hour life. Variable speeds. Ultra-quiet.
$49.99 | scheels.com
Compression Circulation & Warm Feet
Technology from the ski slopes brought to bear for ice fishing, as the graduated compression profile of Ski Merino Compression Socks from CEP increases blood circulation to keep feet warm. The socks are amazingly light, a blend of merino wool and high-tech synthetic fibers that keep feet dry as the compression design stimulates muscles and blood flow. Antibacterial silver treatment reduces odors.
$54.95 | cepcompression.com
Straightforward, rugged 2-ply bootfoot hip boots from Compass 360 by SJK (Slumberjack), the Oxbow 2-Ply Bootfoot Hip Waders have a 300-denier polyester outshell and vulcanized single-piece construction, sealed with rubber seam tape. Simple as that.
$99.95 | slumberjack.com
Deluxe Vacuum Sealer
The NESCO VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer has a 130-watt double-vacuum pump to ensure maximum air extraction when sealing larger food items, and double heat seals for added strength. Choose from three seal settings—Dry, Moist, and Double—then choose your vacuum pressure—Normal or Gentle—to keep delicate foods intact. Roll-storage compartments with a built-in bag cutter make bag-size selection quick and easy.
$144.99 | scheels.com
Wind Blok Gloves
From AFTCO, Wind Blok Gloves leave half of each finger exposed while a thermal-lined wind-proof outer layer keeps the core of hands and wrists warm, promoting circulation to the fingers so they can maintain dexterity and sensitivity. The palm and the base of fingers are lined with raised silicone for sure gripping. A zippered cuff makes for a snug fit and easy on and off.
$30 | aftco.com
Managing Cold Weather in Style
Huk’s Waypoint Insulated Jacket, made from 100-percent recycled nylon, features 80-gram Primaloft ECO insulation, has two zippered hand pockets and a hidden zippered chest pocket, stretch fabric, and binding at cuffs and hem. Six sizes from small to 3XL, five color options, and it’s so light it packs into its own pocket for easy carrying.
$150 | scheels.com
Precision Swim Jig
Precision-engineered and perfectly balanced, the Midwest Finesse Swim Jig is built on Z-Man’s patented StabilTrack jighead design. The head’s grooved underbelly prevents rolling on the retrieve. 3D eyes stand out, while a light brushguard and sparsely skirted configuration matches light line and pint-sized trailers. Six color patterns and three sizes (5/32-, 3/16-, and 1/4-ounce).
$4.99 | fishusa.com
Nifty Nice on Ice
New lure options from Snyders Lures: The Pin Minnow (#8 and #12), a slightly beveled spoon with a thin neck and an indented belly, plus flicker blades top and bottom; the Walleye and Crappie Clubs (#4 and #6) with a thin blade and a teardrop body at the base, plus a longer single hook; and the Kahle Slider (#1, #4, and #6) with a unique offset keel weight on a Kahle hook, plus a glow keeper bead and flicker blade. Check colors and pricing at snyderslures.com.