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Fish Fighter Downrigger Weights & Piranha Propellers | Tackle & Toys by Capt. Mike S

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Fish Fighter Downrigger Weights & Piranha Propellers | Tackle & Toys by Capt. Mike S

FISH FIGHTER DOWNRIGGER WEIGHT Would you pay $85 for a downrigger weight? Not me. But half that price wouldn’t be out of line and perhaps a bargain considering the big-bucks “canon ball” does the work of two or more weights and comes with the unique features of the Fish Fighter variable weight model. When I used manual crank downriggers on my boat, I had ‘rigger weights of various sizes to use, depending on how deep I needed to fish. No sense in hand-winching up a 12-pounder if I was only lowering it 15 to 25 feet. An eight-pound weight would...

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Keelshield, Peg Flutter Spoons & Stern Planer | Tackle & Toys by Capt. Mike

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Keelshield, Peg Flutter Spoons & Stern Planer | Tackle & Toys by Capt. Mike

KEELSHIELD With normal use, the “pointy” end of your boat is the location on the outside of the hull most likely to be subject to normal wear and tear as well as abnormal distress. Until I found a healthy chip in the gelcoat of my boat close to the water line, right at the bow, I hadn’t given this much thought. I have no idea of whether the ding was caused by running into one object one single time while running at speed or hitting dozens, maybe hundreds of miscellaneous chunks of flotsam or jetsam. Regardless, I fixed it, but...

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Kyocera Outdoor Ceramic Knife & Sheath (Camp or Kitchen)

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Kyocera Outdoor Ceramic Knife & Sheath (Camp or Kitchen)

Ceramic Knives - everybody who has used one and owns one knows...but what is the appeal?  The simple answer may be: Kyocera Ceramic Knives maintain their edge 10x longer than steel. Perhaps it's the fact that it is rust-proof and resistant to germs and acids. To the outdoor enthusiasts, angler, camper or hunter - this alone is a major factor. The heavy nylon sheath with Velcro strap keeps the Kyocera Ceramic Knife safe and secure, and you can attach to your belt for easy access. Prepare an outdoor meal, fish, game...ideal for kitchen or campfire use. Note: not for use on...

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Lamiglas "Spinsation" | Designed for Spinner Fishing

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Lamiglas "Spinsation" | Designed for Spinner Fishing

The legendary rod Lamiglas has designed a rod with one technique in mind: Spinner Fishing. Let's not pretend that casting spinners is all it's good for, but it's definitely specialized in that area. This rod is a higher-end graphite option from Lamiglas, in the Infinity Series. For a price-point spinner rod take a look at the X-11 series, specifically the LX86MS or LX96MS (casting versions are also available in LX86MC or LX96MC) Recently the Infinity rod was redesigned with a new, lighter handle configuration - an excellent upgrade from the previous handle. The Spinsation goes even further by dropping the...

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Toyotas, Trolling Plates, Landing Nets and Revelators | Tackle & Toys by Capt. Mike

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Toyotas, Trolling Plates, Landing Nets and Revelators | Tackle & Toys by Capt. Mike

TACKLE AND TOYS By Capt. Mike Schoonveld TOYOTA SEQUOIA For us guys with boats that sit on trailers between fishing excursions, the major “toy” between the boat and the lake is the vehicle to which the trailer connects. The size of the boat dictates what size of tow vehicle is required, of course, but for most Great Lakes work, the vehicles need to be somewhat substantial. The Toyota Sequoia I used to tow my boat through four states last May, on roads which varied from gravel to six-lane expressways was substantial. The Sequoia Toyota furnished me for this test was...

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