October 18, 2023
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New and unique fishing stuff, as reviewed by the In-Fisherman staff from the June 2023 issue.
Twin spins have been on the market since at least the 1960s, but never so beautifully crafted as the Stanley-Hale Double Trouble Twin Spin, available in 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 ounce, 24 colors, and four blade combinations: double nickel Colorados; double nickel willows; double gold Colorados; double gold willows.
$8.79 | fishstanley.com
It’s not new, having been on the market from Guide Daryl Binkley from the Norfork Reservoir area of Arkansas, for over 20 years, but Bink’s Spoon is noteworthy as one of the most productive options for species ranging from walleyes and stripers, to largemouth and smallmouth bass. Spoons ranging from 1/8 to 2 ounces, each have a high-grade swivel, along with multiple color options.
$3.99 to $5.99 | scheels.com
Hybrid Swing Head
The “cobra” shape of the Gamakatsu Tungsten Hybrid Swing Head swivels easily through grass but also tickles over hard bottom with a natural-looking action. The precision wire harness makes hook changes easy. Available in sizes from 3/8 to 1 ounce, the swivel head is ideal for slow swimming retrieves with a variety of softbait bodies. Tungsten makes for a compact design with increased sensitivity.
Starting at $8.19 | sportsmanswarehouse.com
Pull Start Fire
No matches, lighters, or kindling needed. Pull Start Fire starts a blaze with the pull of a string. Windproof and rainproof. Lights wet wood and burns for 30 minutes. And it’s safe to cook over.
$19.99 for 3 | sportsmanswarehouse.com
The Dangle Lures Camden and Darla are unique in-line spinner designs with EWG hooks. The Camden, at 3/16 ounce with a #2 French spinner blade riding on a clevis, fishes a bit faster the Darla, also at 3/16 ounce with #2 blade riding on the spinner shaft, so that it fishes well both with and against current. Hook choices are 1/0, 2/0, and 3/0, which couple perfectly with many trailer styles that can be fished Texposed to work through cover
$6.50 and $6.25, respectively | danglelures.com
The Cascade Mountain Tech Monahan Retro Lantern blends old-school style with modern convenience and performance; running on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it offers 400 lumens of dimmable power, and a built-in powerbank to charge your devices. It has a stable base and it’s easy to carry or hang above a workspace.
$29.99 | cascademountaintech.com
Minnows to Marlin
In From Minnows to Marlin, Larry Walker narrates fishing memories covering three-quarters of a century and circumnavigating the globe. He pioneered a bass-fishing operation in Honduras and was among the first to sample Cuba’s bass fishery. He chased marlin off African and swordfish near New Zealand; ran commercial fishing operations in Honduras and Jamaica; and did a stint as a nightclub owner in Dallas during the crazy 1980s; but always returning to the chase for remarkable fish, no matter the location or logistics.
155 pages, color center section, $25 | amazon.com
Deadly Finesse Trio
Henning Tackle offers three hand-tied spinner rigs to trick finicky walleyes when nothing else will. The Death Spin has a slow-death hook in combination with a tiny Indiana blade that runs well down to 0.8 mph; the Death Prop Spin has a slow-death hook with a tiny propeller blade (runs down to 0.8 mph); the Death Fin Spin has a slow-death hook with tiny, winged blade (runs down to 0.6 mph). All the leaders are 12-pound mono tied at 42 inches.
$2.16, $2.91, and $3.79, respectively | henningstackle.com
LED Bottom Bouncer
The Fish Daddy Bouncer Flare Bottom Bouncer is built with sturdy 0.45 wire and is equipped with a LED to help attract fish. The weight range is 1/2 to 4 ounces. Light options include 7 LED colors or 6 glow colors. A waterproof housing holds the LED. Screw it open to activate the LED.
$9.99 | fishdaddyoutdoors.com
Deluxe Bait Cooler
The Flop Box 10 is rotomolded polyethylene, with 1.25-inch-thick closed-cell foam insulation, holding 10 quarts of water. The pump is powered by a 23-Ah 3.7-V lithium-ion battery that provides up to 90 hours of constant run time, or 120 hours of intermittent run time. Besides the battery, the box has a bait basket, a chill plate, and a USB-C charger.
$275 | flopindustries.com