Fishing Gear Reviews

REAL WALLEYE-SKIN WALLET • REVIEW BY CAPTAIN MIKE SCHOONVELD

REAL WALLEYE-SKIN WALLET • REVIEW BY CAPTAIN MIKE SCHOONVELD

What can I say. It’s a wallet and it’s made out of walleye skin. Neat, huh? I’m familiar with items made from cow skin, deer skin, kangaroo, ostrich, snake, alligator and pig skin, but nothing made from walleye skin—until now.   Anyone who is in touch with all things fishing, hunting and other consumptive outdoor sports has probably heard that the fur trade is in a deep depression. That doesn’t bother most trappers, like me, who trap furbearing animals for multiple reasons not related to money, but for people like Clint Boyd a trapper in Manitoba who makes a living out...

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NEBO SLIM+ 1200 FLASHLIGHT

NEBO SLIM+ 1200 FLASHLIGHT

I do like multitasker devices, but when it comes to a flashlight, I only want one thing. I want a bright, powerful beam. Some secondary considerations are size (smaller is better than larger) but tiny (like a penlight) is too small. Most other features are just “nice to have” but not essential.  In the LED light world, most of us are still learning just what the term “lumen” means. In the flashlight world, 1200 lumens is very bright. It hurts to shine the light in your eyes on a sunny day.  So the Nebo Slim+ 1200 checks my most important...

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SUFIX ADVANCE FLUOROCARBON LINE

SUFIX ADVANCE FLUOROCARBON LINE

I’ve reviewed two other types of Sufix lines, both 832 Advanced Superline (braid) and Sufix Advanced Lead Core in this column. In my opinion, they performed as advertised and as good as I hoped when I spooled them on my reels and used them in actual fish-ing conditions. I expected nothing less when I put Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon on my reels last winter to put into use when the 2022 season got underway.  Though this line was developed to use as a reel’s main line, to cast, jig or troll your lures or bait, I used it as leader material....

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SMITH’S SEAHUNTER FILLET KNIFE

SMITH’S SEAHUNTER FILLET KNIFE

When a friend of mine took on Smith’s Consumer Products as a client in her PR and marketing company, I made a quick revisit to Smith’s website. I’ve used a few Smith’s products, knives and sharpeners previously and all have been high quality.  What caught my eye was the Seahunter 9-Inch Curved Fillet Knife. To refresh your memory, all the products reviewed in this column are items I’ve personally used and evaluated. I sometimes solicit items I’m certain will continue being useful to me after I’m done with them for my Tackle and Toys work.    I’ve reviewed plenty of fillet...

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PLANO FROST COOLER

PLANO FROST COOLER

  PLANO FROST COOLER One thing I noticed a few years ago at the annual ICAST show was the number of booths solely or partially dedicated to selling “rotomolded” coolers. Rotomolding (short for rotational molding) has been around for decades and so have plastic coolers. So what was all the buzz about?  Through much of the plastic cooler history, the goal was to produce plastic coolers which would do a reasonable job of keep-ing things cold (occasionally hot) for a reasonable price. We’ve all used dozens of these in different brands and sizes over the years. We’ve all had hinges...

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