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GEAR KAYAK BASS FISHING MAGAZINE WINTER 2015 EDITION

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Thank you for checking out the Winter Edition of the Gear Guide from Kayak Bass Fishing Magazine. You’ve probably seen some gear issues from other magazines like I have. I wanted to do the KBFMAG version a little different. First, I wanted it to come out right before “Rigging Season” starts (also known as winter). Something else I often felt lacking was the information provided. The KBFMAG team has included the descriptions from manufacturers and companies that make the cool stuff that made it. Each of the pictures is hyperlinked to their websites so you can get even more info. Just double click the picture and it will open a new browser window for you. The final difference that you’ll see is the lack of advertisements. The Gear Guide is featuring my favorite items I have seen at Outdoor Retailer, retail shops across the country or purchased myself and really enjoyed using. The nature of new things is unfortunately staggered release dates. A few items didn’t make the issue which I am looking forward to seeing more in the Spring. The Native FX Propel is at the top of that list. I spent quite a bit of time checking out the prototype and speaking with Woody Calloway about its features. We will most likely have a feature in the Spring Issue of KBFMAG as more pictures and demos happen and as the prototype changes to the production model. We have covered a little bit of everything. You’ll see sections for different categories and things from kayaks to clothes. You may or may not like all the stuff you see here and that works too. That’s the great part of kayak fishing in the 20-teens: options. Included you will find items that would be perfect as stocking stuffers or bigger gifts for Christmas. If you have questions, please let me know by shooting an email over to kbfmag@gmail.com. Thanks for reading and have a great Rigging Season! Chris


KAYAKS AND SUP


C-135 (YAK ATTACK) EDDYLINE

The award winning C-135 YakAttack Edition comes specially priced with all the essentials from YakAttack that anglers require. The C-135 offers the serious kayak fisherman a lightweight alternative to the heavy polyethylene rigs currently plying the back waters. Its performance benefits from the Eddyline legacy of design. Acceleration is quick, and just a few strokes will bring you up to speed. Well balanced and easy to handle in wind, this kayak is very stable, as confirmed by Pro Fisherman Charlie LaBar, “The C135 is the most stable platform I have ever fished from in the10 years that I have been kayak fishing.” The hatches and tankwell are easy to reach from the cockpit and the deck platform is abundant when the seat is flipped up.

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 13’ 5” WIDTH: 34” WEIGHT: 69lbs WEIGHT CAPACITY: 450lbs PRICE POINT: $2599 AVAILABILITY: NOW

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MIRAGE i11S HOBIE

Elegant simplicity: The new i11S takes MirageDrive motivation and distills it to its essence. This low-profile performer with a rigid inflatable drop stitch hull is the lightest weight hands-free kayak in the Hobie fleet. Ideal for quick trips after work, or jetting to another continent (while escaping most airline oversize baggage fees). Hop on and go, throw a optional H-Crate in the back and grab a fishing rod. It packs plenty of stability into its low profile design. Plus a fin is provided, to assist when tracking is needed. Yet fully featured, with Hobie’s supremely adjustable Vantage CTi Seating System and the fingertip control of the Twist and Stow Rudder. The i11s is minimalism, presented in industry leading Hobie style.

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 11’ 3” WIDTH: 39” WEIGHT: 64.5lbs WEIGHT CAPACITY: 400lbs PRICE POINT: $1999 AVAILABILITY: NOW


CROSS ADVENTURE BIC ACE-TEC SUP

The 11’ CROSS is the most stable, user-friendly board in our range, making SUP a breeze for riders up to 300lbs | 135kg. It’s been optimized for family use, fishing and is an incredibly stable yoga/ fitness platform. With ten deck attachment points there’s plenty of room to secure and store gear. The two attachment points located to the rear of the carry handle function as tie-down spots for a cooler, which can be used for storage while fishing. The nose and tail attachment points easily accept after-market carry handles for ease of transport. ACE-TEC is a light composite that gives the board excellent stiffness and the best of glide on the water, at an affordable price.

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 11’ WIDTH: 34” WEIGHT: 30lbs WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300lbs PRICE POINT: $1299 AVAILABILITY: NOW KAYAK BASS FISHING MAGAZINE


TARPON 130X

WILDERNESS SYSTEMS Since the early 2000’s, the Tarpon has been revered as a performance-driven SOT that’s the perfect platform for kayak fishing. It’s from that very heritage that the Tarpon 130X was born. Maintaining the sleek and speedy performance attributes that enthusiasts love in the original Tarpon, the new 130X is updated with modern visuals and abundant feature upgrades such as the versatile FlexPod OS, allowing for storage, electronic and propulsion opportunities, as well as the new AirPro MAX Lite seat that boasts the renowned comfort features of the MAX seat with a new slide-on-track system for increased fore/aft trimming.

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 13’ WIDTH: 32” WEIGHT: 72lbs* WEIGHT CAPACITY: 375lbs* PRICE POINT: TBD AVAILABILITY: SPRING 2016* *- ESTIMATES


PESCADOR PRO 12 PERCEPTION

Anglers looking for a performance-driven fishing kayak? Look no further than the Pescador Pro. Getting more of an overhaul than just a refresh of the beloved Pescador series, the Pescador Pro is a real fishing kayak for real fishing enthusiasts. Featuring a new removable stadium-style seat with two seating positions - upright and recline - that can move on the fly with a molded-in accessory track recess. Storage and rigging opportunities are abundant with a stylish bow tankwell with mesh cover, rear tankwell, molded-in rod holders, recessed tackle box storage, accessory track system, and even a center console for rigging fish finder electronics.

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 12’ WIDTH: 32.5” WEIGHT: 64lbs WEIGHT CAPACITY: 375lbs PRICE POINT: $829 AVAILABILITY: NOW

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SKIPPER JACKSON

We have made a specific model for those energetic lighter weight anglers - the Skipper. We often noticed that kids were kayak fishing in shorter, adult-width, kayaks that are really meant for adults. These young anglers find these kayaks slow and hard to paddle which makes it challenging to keep up with mom or dad. With the Skipper, we’ve designed its hull from the ground up with the youth fisherman in mind, making it narrow enough so they can easily keep up with adults without getting too worn out or frustrated. The Skipper also offers a stable enough platform for standing while casting just like mom and dad do in our larger adult focused versions.

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 9’ WIDTH: 28” WEIGHT: 50lbs* WEIGHT CAPACITY: 200lbs PRICE POINT: $999 AVAILABILITY: DECEMBER 2015* *- ESTIMATES


CUDA LT JACKSON

Well, the Cuda LT may not be equivalent to “sending a man to the moon” but it’s an impressive achievement none the less; it’s virtually a lighter-weight carbon copy of the Cuda 12 thanks to “thermoforming” technology. The LT version is also sleeker aesthetically and due to the lighter weight is slightly higher performing and a little more stable than the original Cuda 12. This new version maintains the deck features that everyone loves from the Cuda 12 - central hinging hatch, rod for various rod and tackle storage options and adds a couple new features to help the angler out, including new Yakattack tracks for and aft!

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 12’11” WIDTH: 32” WEIGHT: 64lbs WEIGHT CAPACITY: 350lbs PRICE POINT: $1799 AVAILABILITY: NOW

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ADIOS DIABLO

The Adios from Diablo Paddlesports combines the best characteristics of a SUP and a kayak. Some unique features include a wider body for easier balance and greater stability whether sitting or standing. It also includes a custom designed pullup leash for easier standing, a larger cockpit than traditional kayaks and plenty of added room. The tri-hull and wider design make this model a true “one-of–a-kind” on the water. Perfect for paddling or stand-up fishing on rivers, lakes, streams or open bodies of water. The Adios can spin 180 degrees with minimal effort and with the available skeg can hold a straight line for long paddles

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 12’ 6” WIDTH: 36” WEIGHT: 69lbs WEIGHT CAPACITY: 600lbs PRICE POINT: $1599 AVAILABILITY: NOW


PROFISH RELOAD VIKING

The Profish Reload combines the very best features of the Profish 400 lite and the Profish 440. Add the innovative new features and it provides the kayak angler with the finest fishing kayak available. Fast, stable, and easy to manage on and off the water, this is the kayak of choice for anglers seeking touring endurance combined with the stability to land record class fish! The Reload Tackle Pod™ system offers a worldwide first: a fully integrated and removable sounder, battery, and transducer setup combined with a large tackle storage space. It’s now quick and easy to remove or reload your valuable sounder, transducer, and tackle - the ultimate in convenience. *With the Tackle Pod™ removed for transporting the Viking Profish Reload is much lighter and easier to load onto your roof rack.

KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH: 14’ 9” WIDTH: 30” WEIGHT: 64lbs WEIGHT CAPACITY: 440lbs PRICE POINT: $1399 AVAILABILITY: NOW KAYAK BASS FISHING MAGAZINE


CLOTHING


ASTRAL Astral Aquanaut The trails around Asheville are just as steep and technical as the rivers. So we designed a multi-sport shoe that can dig in the dirt as well as it plays in the water. If you need a high performance trail and river shoe for Spring/Summer, the Aquanaut delivers.

Intended Use: Trail / River multisport shoe for warm season or climates. Foot to Ground Distance: 17mm heel , 16 mm ball Flexibility: Medium Weight/shoe: 260g (9.17 oz) Sizes: Available in Men’s US Sizing 8-13

Astral HiYak This is ASTRAL’s hardiest kayak-specific shoe to date. It offers ground-conforming stability, excellent foot protection and insulation without neoprene. The result is a lighter, more durable, and faster drying water-boot with phenomenal gripping powers.

Intended Use: Kayaking (all kinds), raft-guiding, river SUP. Foot to Ground Distance: 12 mm heel, 11 mm ball. Flexibility: Maximum. Weight/shoe: 250g (8.82 oz.) Sizes: Available in Men’s US Sizing 7-13 Whole Sizes Only. KAYAK BASS FISHING MAGAZINE


ASTRAL Astral Loyak The Loyak is a low volume, high performance shoe that provides the highest levels of durability, superlative grip and supreme comfort. It’s casual look and flexibility make it an ideal shoe for traveling, kayaking, SUPing and just simple LIVING!

Intended Use: Kayak, Raft, SUP, sail, and everyday summer shoe. Foot to Ground Distance: 12 mm heel, 11 mm ball. Flexibility : Maximum. Weight/shoe: 180g (6.35 oz) Sizes: Available in Women’s US Sizing 6-11 Whole Sizes Only

Astral Mary Jay The women on our team have been asking for this style since the get-go. With a perfect blend of style and water-based functionality, it is far more than your average Mary Jane.

Intended Use: Casual, water-based recreation. Foot to Ground Distance: 12 mm heel, 11 mm ball. Flexibility: Maximum. Weight/shoe: 140g (4.93 oz.) Sizes: Available in Women’s US Sizing 6-11


HUK Huk Performance ICON This is our monster, our big fish in the big pond. Our most technological mid-layer mock neck top - for all the necessary dirty work. We use a durable Poly knit with moisture transport to keep you comfortable, with an added mesh vent at lower back for temperature regulation. We’ve added stain release to keep the blood or any other stains at bay, and anti-microbial to keep you from smelling like your catch. Our last touch was to add a small amount of spandex to make sure none of your movement is restricted. Our cooling technology works to keep you comfortable under the sun with SPF to keep you protected. This is the piece of equipment you won’t leave home without.

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HOWLER BROS. Matagorda Tech Shirt Many technical shirts try to blow your mind with an inexplicable number of tabs, vents, pockets and doo-dads. As is the Howler way, we kept our Matagorda Tech Shirt clean and focused on what is most important like a simple pocket configuration so you won’t have to go hunting for your gear even when it’s close at hand, a button-down collar to keep everything calm when the wind gets angry, roll-up sleeve tabs, and a vented rear yoke for air flow.


HOWLER BROS. The Merlin Jacket The Merlin Jacket builds on the ultra light and enchantingly warm foundation of our popular Merlin Vest. Like its fellow sorcerer, the Merlin Jacket is constructed of water resistant polyester micro ripstop and is insulated with breathable and thermally efficient Primaloft One™. But, the Merlin Jacket goes the distance with full sleeves for even greater core warmth when the mercury goes low.

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HOWLER BROS. The Silver King Snapback Our snapbacks run a bit larger and feature a taller crown than our standard mesh back hats. The pliable flat brim features a glare-cutting navy under side, and is fully shapable for a custom fit. Howler monkey icon tag on the back left. Snap back closure. Available in Navy.


COSTA DEL MAR Costa Cortez 580G The Sea of Cortez has been called “the world’s aquarium,” and few waters can match its variety and abundance of marine life. These rugged sunglasses with linear venting, tough nylon material and large fit, were built strong enough to hold their own as you explore any body of water. Built by hand and backed for life. Every pair of Costas includes a lifetime warranty. The glass lenses have the greatest clarity and are scratch-resistant. This style is prescription ready.

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COLUMBIA

Columbia Sportswear Men’s Eager Air Interchange Jacket Stay warm on the ski slopes with the Columbia Sportswear Men’s Eager Air™ Interchange Jacket, which is made of 100% nylon and features a zip-in, 3-point interchange system with a removable, adjustable storm hood and fleece lining. The waterproof ski jacket features interior security and zippered hand pockets, adjustable cuff tabs and an adjustable draw cord at the waist. Modern classic fit.


RIGGING


YAKATTACK Yak Attack Vertical Tie Downs These tie-downs come with a Mighty Bolt base that fits in any YakAttack GearTrac, MightyMount or most other factory installed track systems. Perfect as an anchoring point to secure a cooler or any other accessory to the track. Designed to work with 1’’ and 1.5’’ flat webbing and can also be used with bungee.

Yak Attack RotoGrip Paddle Holder The YakAttack RotoGrip Paddle Holder sheds a new light on the age old problem of paddle management. Compatible with YakAttack’s MightyMount, GearTrac, and most other kayak track systems, kayak and SUP anglers have lots of options for installing and configuring this handy little gadget. Super low profile, the Rotogrip Paddle Holder grips the paddle shaft between two soft rollers, securing your paddle quietly and with just the right amount of tension.


YAKATTACK

Yak Attack ParkNPole Link The ParkNPole Link is a smarter two piece version of the popular 8’ ParkNPole. The two piece construction makes transportation easy to and from the water or makes it possible to store inside the hull of your fishing kayak. For a longer option purchase the 46’’ extension making the total length 12’. At 12 feet, the ParkNPole Link plus the extension, make for a great push pole and also helps when anchoring in deeper water. Made from specially formed fiberglass and UV stabilized, wear resistant nylon. At 1.8 lbs, it is incredibility lightweight and extremely durable.

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YAKATTACK Yak Attack LeverLoc Anchor Trolley HD The first anchor trolley designed specifically for the job, the YakAttack LeverLoc Anchor Trolley features a LeverLoc line clamp, which locks your trolley line in place with a simple “flip of a switch” motion. Keeping the trolley lines in line is the PadHook, a simple but clever design that combines the functionality of both a pad-eye and a hook, keeping even the tightest trolley lines in place on the side of the kayak, not over your gunwhale. When not in use, the easy-knot trolley ring snaps into the base of the LeverLoc, quietly secured until deployed. Includes 35’ of USA made 550 paracord with a highly reflective tracer. This model features the HD option, which gets you two extra PadHooks plus backing plates for the pulleys and LeverLoc, enabling a heavy duty install when compared to the self-threading screws included in the standard kit. Features Harken® Pulleys for super smooth operation.


ANCHOR WIZARD The Anchor Wizard Kayak Anchoring System Anchor Wizard has created a complete kayak anchor system with a revolutionary spool design to contain up to 60 feet of 1/8” anchor line. Turn the handle backward to drop your anchor in a free-spool release, with the ability to regulate the speed of the drop by “feathering” the handle back and forth. Once anchored, you can release more line using the spool at your fingertips to work your kayak along a weedline or position yourself over identified structure that fish are holding to below you. A simple forward crank of the handle in the clockwise direction will lock the spool and keep you anchored in place while you fish away without fighting the wind or current! When you are ready to move to a new fishing spot, simply crank the spool forward to take up the line until the anchor slides into the flanged nosepiece tube and is safely stowed out of the water and atop your kayak. Made of Precision Cast 319 Aluminum fresh and saltwater fishing has never been easier from a kayak!

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TORQEEDO Torqeedo Ultralight 403 The name says it all – the ultra-lightest outboard on the market: 7 kg including battery.The integrated on-board computer provides a GPS-based calculation of the remaining range. The Ultralight 403 doesn’t limit your paddling performance but can – when called on – give you the right push: ideal against the current, the wind or tired arms. It packs a powerful punch and shows real endurance when it matters. Its customised mounting options means it can be used with many makes of kayak and canoe such as Hobie, Grabner, Prijon and Rotomod.


TORQEEDO INSERT WILDERNESS SYSTEMS

Torqeedo Insert for Wilderness Systems Partnering with the proven technology of Torqeedo – leaders in lightweight, lithium-powered motor designs – the Wilderness Systems Motor Drive raises the ante on kayak propulsion technology. With top speeds reaching up to 6 mph at a range of around 20 miles, and featuring a solar-rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to 8 hours and can charge while underway, the Motor Drive can simply take you farther, faster. The unit is lightweight at only 15 lbs. including battery, and comes equipped with an intelligent remote throttle that displays your GPS-calculated speed, remaining range and battery run-time. With a fully variable forward/reverse functionality, you can set the throttle to the speed and direction you want and you’re free to fish with two hands. The Motor Drive is quiet, low-maintenance, and a cinch to integrate and use in compatible Wilderness Systems kayak models (currently the A.T.A.K., Thresher and the new Tarpon 130X).

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HOBIE H-Rail Railblaza G-Hold The Hobie H-Rail Railblaza G-Hold secures paddles, push poles, nets, gaffs or anything of moderate size up to 2 inches in diameter. The flexible quick-release strap has two securing points for security of minimum and maximum diameters, providing strong retention. It clamps to the 12-sided H-Rail without any drilling or tools needed. When the clamp is secured, the G-Hold does not twist or slide along the rail. Loosening the clamp allows you to remove the accessory or slide it along the length of the rail. Fits the H-Rail on all 2015 and later Pro Angler 12, 14, and 17 kayaks.

H-Rail RAM Ball The Hobie H-Rail Ram Ball attachment allows you to attach Ram Ball mounted accessories to the Hobie H-Rail. The Ram ball clamps to the 12-sided H-Rail without any drilling or tools needed. When the clamp is secured, the Ram ball does not twist or slide along the rail. Loosening the clamp allows you to remove the accessory or slide it along the length of the rail. Fits the H-Rail on all 2015 Pro Angler 12, 14, and 17 kayaks.


HOBIE H-Rail Rod Holder This rod holder attaches to Hobie’s patented H-Rail making it adjustable from side to side and easy to remove. It also adjusts from front to back by releasing a lever and clamping it closed at the desired angle. The rod holder can be oriented inboard or outboard depending on the desired use. It is a tube design with a removable gimbal pin and a reel holder that can be rotated or removed to orient baitcasting or spinning rods into the perfect position. Two oversized padeyes built into the design can be used to secure the rod holder to the boat and prevent it from slipping under high loads. Hobie recommends using a rod leash to tether your rod to the kayak when fishing for big game.

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RAM RAM Tough-Claw The RAM Tough-Claw™ is the perfect mounting base for quick and easy tool-less installation and removal on round, square, odd shaped rails and bars. The Tough-Claw™ can be clamped on rails from 1” to 2.25” outer diameter. Ideal for mounting tablets, action cameras, smartphones, rod holders for rod storage and much more in a wide variety of applications. Perfectly suited for mounting on the yoke of an aircraft, handlebars and seat posts of bicycles, kayak rails, roll bars and much more, the RAM® Tough-Claw™ will soon become another essential RAM® component in your collection of mounting options.


RAM RAM X-Grip The RAM Universal Cell Phone Holder is the perfect compliment to the modern sleek interior of today’s vehicles. The X-Grip cradle has a clean and clever four leg design that sports great holding power without hiding your phone behind foam pads and plastic. The spring loaded X-Grip holder expands and contracts, allowing for a perfect custom fit of your cell phone. The mount consists of a 2.5 in diameter round base with the universal AMPS hole pattern and double socket arm. Designed into the mount is a 1 in diameter patented rubber ball and socket system with adjustment points at the both ends of the socket arm to allow for almost infinite adjustment and perfect viewing angles.

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RAILBLAZA Railblaza E Series USB StarPort The Railblaza E Series USB StarPort is a unique and versatile electrified port enabling you to charge electronics at 2.1 amps coupled with the versatile Starport base mount. The E Series USB StarPort combines a USB connector within our StarPort base allowing you to charge your tablets, mobile phones and many other devices. It is designed for use on a 12 VDC supply, rated at 2.1Amps. For charging only and not for data transfer. Combine the E Series USB StarPort with the RAILBLAZA Mobi Mobile Device Holder, or ScreenGrabba iPad & Tablet Holder and you can hold your device and charge it. ROHS compliant with CE and RCM certification you can connect this to any power system with confidence. It comes complete with a DC to DC converter, and a 900mm long cable, simply connect to a 12V supply.


RAILBLAZA Railblaza CameraBoom 600 Pro Series Redesigned from the ground up, the Railblaza CameraBoom 600 Pro Series is the perfect way to hold your camera and capture the action while out on the water. Whether you are hauling in a record breaking catch or about to take a beautiful nature photo, you can capture the moment from the perfect angle using the Railblaza Camera Boom 600 Pro Series. The top platform of the Railblaza Camera Boom 600 Pro Series is fully removable, allowing you to use it as a low profile camera mount and you can retask the pole to carry a light or any other Railblaza accessory. Five adjustable axes provide infinite adjustablity, with the 5th axis being for “horizon correction�. This allows you to adjust the Railblaza Camera Boom 600 Pro Series properly if it is mounted on a sloping surface so that you can still get the horizon level with the tweak of this 5th joint.

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KANULOCK KanuLock Straps With regular tie-downs anyone can walk up to your car and take your board within 10 seconds, without any tools and without attracting any attention. With KanuLock straps your board or kayak can’t be slid out, the straps are reinforced with stainless steel and can’t be cut with a knife, they make less wind noise and are very easy to use. Lock any board or kayak to any roof-rack, it is so simple. Reinforced with 2 x 2.4mm Stainless Steel cables, KanuLock straps cannot be cut with a blade or knife. The widest part of most boards and kayaks can be positioned between the front and back straps making it impossible to be slid forward or backwards out of the straps.


TACKLE WEBS Tackle Webs Suspending Storage System Tackle Webs Suspending Storage System consists of marine grade weather resistant materials. The outdoor ready tackle storage bag is designed to create additional storage space onboard marine vessels is convenient, safe and secure. Tackle Webs bags are designed to be installed anywhere on a vessel where there is metal fabrication, such as a T-tops, seats, kayaks, milk crates, sailboats, pontoon walls, poling /casting platforms and railings. Crafted out of high-quality, UV-rated materials from start to finish, Tackle Webs storage bags are built to resist the harsh elements of the outdoors. The patented design is tough, easily installed, and provides secure storage for fishing tackle, dock lines, towels, sandals, garbage or anything that fits in the bag.

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SUPERNOVA SuperNova Kayak Lights Our super bright LED strips offer the Kayaker many advantages. Increased visibility gives you peace of mind that everyone else on the water knows you’re there. You’ll be seen for miles! SuperNova Kayak Light Kits are made with super bright LED strips. Our LED strips are very high quality SMD 5050 and rated IP68 Waterproof. We use 60 LED per meter strips (unless noted otherwise). They are durable, submersible, and salt water ready! We offer custom lighting solutions. If you have an idea or specific need, or don’t see what you want, please request a quote. We’ll make it happen! Each of our LED lighting strips is built by hand by one of our technicians here in Austin, Texas. We hold ourselves to the highest of standards and pride ourselves in doing excellent custom work.


HUMMINBIRD

ELECTRONICS


LOWRANCE Lowrance Elite-4 CHIRP Elite-4 CHIRP Fishfinder/Chartplotter All-NEW, easy-to-use 4.3-inch fishfinder/ chartplotter that combines CHIRP Sonar with DownScan Imaging™ technology, a super-bright, LED-backlit color display, built-in GPS antenna and high-definition mapping options. The Elite-4 CHIRP includes all of the proven features of the Elite-4 HDI Series with the addition of CHIRP sonar technology —providing greater sensitivity, improved target resolution and superior noise rejection for clearer, easy-to-see bait fish and game fish targets – all at a surprisingly affordable price.

Lowrance Elite-7 CHIRP The Elite-7 CHIRP includes all of the proven features recently launched with the highly successful Elite-7 HDI with the addition of CHIRP sonar technology -- providing greater sensitivity, improved target resolution and superior noise rejection for clearer, easy-to-see bait fish and game fish targets.


HUMMINBIRD Humminbird HELIX 5 SI GPS The HELIX 5 SI GPS features a brilliant 800H x 480V, 5” 256 color display with backlight. Side Imaging/Down Imaging and DualBeam PLUS sonar with 4000 watts PTP power output, Precision Internal GPS Chartplotting with builtin UniMap cartography with a micro SD card slot for optional maps or for saving waypoints. Maximize your angling experience with the Humminbird HELIX 5 SI GPS

Humminbird HELIX 7 SI GPS Sometimes, you need every possible weapon at your disposal. Days like these call for the HELIX™ 7 SI GPS and its full arsenal of amazing technologies, including Side Imaging®, Down Imaging® and SwitchFire® Sonar. The seven-inch widescreen is the perfect canvas for your choice of split-screen views. The single card slot accommodates Humminbird® LakeMaster®, AutoChart™ and AutoChart™ Pro, as well as Navionics® Gold/ HotMaps. Leading-edge technology has never been closer in reach. KAYAK BASS FISHING MAGAZINE


GO PUCK GO PUCK 5X Mobile Power The Active Lifestyle is on the go and in many cases, with their hands full. So we made sure our power solution would give them a hands-free, convenient experience. Simply clip the GO PUCK to your belt or strap. In other cases, we may choose to mount the power elsewhere, such as on a tripod to provide a secured location for charging your devices.Conveniently mount the GO PUCK on a band or with a screw. Capable of withstanding 50 G’s or 25 lbs. of pull force, we are confident our Active Mounts can support your usage. With two Active Mounts, you can easily integrate the GO PUCK into your action camera setup.


GOTENNA goTenna Create your own off-grid network in under a minute with goTenna. When there’s no cell coverage or wifi, activate goTenna by pulling the antenna out, then wirelessly pair to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth-LE. Set up your account in seconds—now you’re ready to type out texts or share a location using goTenna’s free offline maps. goTenna is a cognitive digital radio combined with an app that generates its own signal and automatically coordinates with other units within range. It does all the heavy-lifting, so you can chat 1-to-1, with a group, or even broadcast openly to anyone nearby. Range is dependent on terrain and elevation, and comparable to other 2W VHF radios. Higher altitude > lower altitude. Wide open areas > dense, obstructed areas. To maximize performance no matter where you go, attach goTenna externally and as high off the ground as is practical.

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GOPRO GoPro HERO4 Session 50% smaller and 40% lighter than other HERO4 cameras,1 HERO4 Session is the most wearable and mountable GoPro ever. With a sleek, versatile design, it’s at home anywhere—from the surf to the snow to hanging with friends. Ultimate mounting flexibility. The HERO4 Session comes with specially designed mounts and accessories that work seamlessly with other GoPro gear to give you more mounting options than ever. It delivers stunning video quality. Capture high-resolution 1440p30 and 1080p60 video that’s sharp and lifelike. High frame rate 720p100 video enables exceptionally smooth slow-motion playback of your best moments.


DJI DJI Phantom 3 Professional Finally, a flying camera that packs years of experience in aerial imaging into one compact, easy to use system. With the Phantom 3 Professional, you’re shooting 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and capturing 12 megapixel photos that look crisper and cleaner than ever.The Phantom 3 Professional’s camera has an f/2.8 lens with a 94⁰ field of view, virtually eliminating the unwanted lens distortion common in other cameras not built to shoot from the air. Built from 9 separate elements, including two aspherical elements, that reduce weight and complexity without sacrificing image quality, this lens brings the brightest, truest colors to life. When paired with DJI’s industry-standard gimbal stabilization technology, your camera is held perfectly stable no matter how you fly. This 3-axis gimbal makes complex shots and hovering for long exposure photos easy. Your camera is capturing smooth, stable footage throughout your entire flight, and the camera and gimbal are fully controllable by the included remote controller and dedicated DJI Pilot app.

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JETBOIL JetBoil Minimo Cooking System It’s not just about boiling, it’s about cooking. MiniMo delivers UNMATCHED simmer control, metal handles, and a low spoon angle for easy eating! Starting with the innovative new valve design, MiniMo delivers the finest simmer control of any upright canister system on the market. Thanks to our proprietary regulator technology and enhanced regulator diaphragm, MiniMo ensures this consistent performance down to 20°F (-6°C). It’s redesigned cooking cup, the perfect combination of size, sturdy metal handles, and optimized height, provides users with an easyto-eat experience.


LIFEPROOF LifeProof FRE Power WaterProof, DropProof and now 2x the battery life, LifeProof FRĒ Power iPhone 6 battery case gives your iPhone a second wind. Rapid Recharge technology quickly refuels FRĒ Power’s internal battery. Designed to give iPhone 6 four-proof protection. WATERPROOF | DIRTPROOF | SNOWPROOF | DROPPROOF With a built-in 2,600-mAh battery, your iPhone 6 power case delivers 2x more battery life. Auto-Stop Charge and Rapid Recharge ensure greater endurance and faster recovery. The iPhone 6 battery case is customized to work seamlessly with every port, button, control and feature.

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PADDLES AND PFDS


ASTRAL Astral Ronny PFD The Ronny delivers the best answer to today’s high seat-back recreational kayaks. Featuring our Thin-Vent™ back design, light weight construction, and a variety of easy access pockets, this lifevest has been designed for maximum comfort. The Thin-Vent™ Back is compatible with all seats and offers breathability along the user’s back. With featherlight construction, a variety of easy access pockets, quick access knife tab, stowable drink holder, mesh liner for added comfort and reflective trim, the Astral Ronny has everything you need in a PFD.

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MTI MTI Solaris F-Spec PRACTICAL FISHING UTILITY HIGHBACK Designed for the sit-on-top kayak angler. Complete F-SPEC outfitting with a drop down handy workspace or beverage rest. Keeps your fishing gear close at hand – not overboard! • Fishing Bridge drop-down platform • Pin-on retractor holder, lash tabs and D-rings front & back • Multiple low profile gear storage pockets & exterior elastic tackle box holder • Cool mesh back with 6 points of ad justment for fit


MTI MTI Helios 2.0 YOKE STYLE PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO WEAR A BULKY VEST • NEW FOR 2015: Complete redesign for improved fit. Longer stole shape with comfort V-Yoke,3D Mesh lining, and padded neoprene neck. Front Pocket and back DCAS for Strobe light or net. • New improved fit and women’s colorway • Zippered front storage pocket • Reflective trim • Includes Signal Whistle • Bayonet Style CO2 Cylinder Included • Indicator Window • No secondary donning required

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BENDING BRANCHES Bending Branches Angler Optimus Angler Optimus Stand-Up Grip Extension This kit transforms a bb Angler kayak paddle into a canoe paddle or stand-up paddle with a simple snap button changeover. More ways to get closer to the fish! Unlike some poling options on the market, the Angler Optimus doesn’t require you to purchase the entire kayak paddle with it. Meaning, simply purchase the attachments you need and get on the water. Angler Optimus 8FT Pole This kit transforms a bb Angler kayak paddle into a canoe paddle, stand-up paddle or 8 ft. push/stakeout pole with a simple snap button changeover. More ways to get closer to the fish! Unlike some poling options on the market, the Angler Optimus doesn’t require you to purchase the entire kayak paddle with it. Meaning, simply purchase the attachments you need and get on the water. Angler Optimus 12FT Pole This kit transforms a bb Angler kayak paddle into a canoe paddle, stand-up paddle or 12 ft push/stake-out pole with a simple snap button changeover. More ways to get closer to the fish! Unlike some poling options on the market, the Angler Optimus doesn’t require you to purchase the entire kayak paddle with it. Meaning, simply purchase the attachments you need and get on the water.


WERNER Werner Camano Hooked The Camano features our most popular award winning blade design. Providing the perfect combination for anglers who want enough power to follow schooling fish all day, using the relaxed all around low angle stroke. Matched with ample fit and design features, you can outfit yourself for a lifetime of fishing. The Camano uses great material choice and manufacturing skill to allow for a perfect combination of light swing weight and stiffness. Fiberglass blade construction gives you a compromise between swing weight and value. Available in our carbon blend straight shaft and standard diameter in longer lengths for wider boats and raised seats. The Smart View Adjustable ferrule is the most simple, precise fitting on the market. The solid feel of a 1-piece paddle and nothing to snag your line or tackle means the Werner Camano is a great choice for anglers.

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FAVORITE

FINDS


LIFESTRAW LifeStraw Go The LifeStraw Go incorporates award-winning technology into a refillable water bottle so you can carry safe drinking water with you on the go. Stop at a river, stream, or even a puddle. Fill up the bottle, screw on the lid, and sip filtered water through the mouthpiece. The LifeStraw速 Go water bottle incorporates award-winning filter technology into a durable, convenient bottle which filters at least 1,000 liters of water over its lifetime without requiring batteries. Its lightweight and slender design makes it perfect for hiking, travelling, and camping in areas where water may be unsafe to drink due to contamination by bacteria or parasites. LifeStraw速 Go uses advanced microfiltration membrane technology that removes up to 99.9999 percent of bacteria

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WATERSHED Watershed Ocoee The smallest of our popular duffel-style submersible bags. The Ocoee fits in tight places such as below the deck of a kayak or under a boat seat. Great for a few pieces of extra clothing and lunch, a first aid kit. Accessorize with a Watershed padded liner, divider set and shoulder strap to make a great waterproof camera bag.


ORION Orion Coolers 85 Our largest sized cooler, the Orion 85, allows for storage of a multiple quartered game, limits of large fish, over a week of food storage, or enough ice for the family reunion at the lake. Transported via rafts, in the back of a truck, or strapped to a trailer, this cooler gives you cold storage serving your longest, most aggressive adventures, or shorter group outings. Each cooler has YakAttack gear tracks on each side for easy customization via RAM accessory integration, a key innovation that allows you to add holders for fishing rods, phones, cups, fish finders, GPS and more. Holding your cooler in place are our 6 tie down points (4 of which are bottle openers) giving multiple ways to secure your cooler for transport.

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ORION Orion Coolers 25 Compact and highly portable, the Orion 25 is easily transported by canoe, car or kayak, and the preferred size for shorter outings and day to weekend use. The 25 is the perfect companion to carry to remote locations when the mode of transportation is you. It also makes a good casting platform on small watercraft like SUPs, Gheenoes, or flats skiffs. Each cooler has YakAttack gear tracks on each side for easy customization via RAM accessory integration, a key innovation that allows you to add holders for fishing rods, phones, cups, fish finders, GPS and more. Holding your cooler in place are our 6 tie down points (4 of which are bottle openers) giving multiple ways to secure your cooler for transport.


LINE CUTTERZ Line Cutterz Ring One of the most overlooked aspects of fishing is how we cut fishing line. No matter what type of fishing you do, there is no way to avoid having to cut line. Are you using clippers? Maybe a knife? Are they hooked to a laynard around your neck, in your pocket or tackle box? How many times have you dropped your clippers in the water or lost your knife? How long does it take you to find your cutting tool when the bite is on? With the patent pending Line Cutterz ring, you can make a safe and convenient cut while focusing your attention on catching more fish.

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SEBILE

Sebile Pivot Frog Sebile’s Pivot Frog, coming in 2 1/2� size and 8 colors, adds much needed innovation into the hollow frog category. Using the Gravity Hook System, a pivoting single wide gap hook, allows the hook to freely rotate position. This allows for fewer snags and increases hook up and landing ratios. Two hook systems are difficult to hook bass while the Pivot Frog focuses all the force applied by the angler on one hook point! Fish it in open water and the slop working the bait between pads while pausing intermittently.


RAPALA

Rapala Shadow Rap The Shadow Rap features a minnow body style, flat sides and a metallic finish with textured scales. The look and swimming action of this lure is so close to a real minnow on its last leg, fish are simply unable to resist. Sharp left to right turns allow you to fish the Shadow Rap with little forward travel, so you can stay in the strike zone longer. It features super sharp VMC black nickel round bend hooks and is available in 14 color patterns.

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SPRO SPRO Rat SPRO’s newest addition to the family, the BBZ-1 Rat won Best of ICAST in the hard lure category. The SPRO Rat is designed for those larger predator fish that every angler is looking for. It entices awesome surface strikes by triggering the instinctive reaction that those larger fish are looking for. When the fish are hungry the SPRO RAT is the real meal deal! The SPRO Rat can be worked in several ways - you can bulge it, v-wake it, walk the dog, pop it or you name it! Bill Siemantel designed the placement of of the hooks so and the hook up ratio is incredible. Of course the SPRO Rat is equipped with sticky sharp Gamakatsu hooks.


DAIWA Daiwa Zillion HD Zillion Type HD is now Magsealed to make it more resistant to saltwater for inshore fishing. Zillion Type HD also has a stronger drag 15.4 two more pounds of drag to help you fight those stronger fish. The handle has been increased to a 100 mm Swept Handle to give you more leverage. And the handle now has an EVA custom handle knob. The new Zillion Type HD is the right reel to handle the saltwater and brackish water environment.

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RAILBLAZA Railblaza C-TUG Trolley Wholly constructed from UV resistant, non-corroding engineering plastics and stainless steel, the C-TUG Trolley will carry up to 120kg (300lbs). Featuring tool-free assembly, our rugged and unique design means you can assemble it in under a minute, move your boat from your kayak rack to the water, then pull it apart and stow it inside your kayak or canoe while you’re out on the water. Replacing your old beach wagon, scupper trolley or whatever else you use, the C-TUG will suit most hull shapes including Wilderness, Ocean Kayak, Old Town, Viking, Hobie, FeelFree, NuCanoe, Jackson.


YAKATTACK YakAttack Surface Mount Retractor Secure your gear without bulky leashes or floats using the YakAttack Surface Mount Retractor. This super versatile unit combines the innovation you’ve come to expect from YakAttack and genuine T-Reign retracting mechanism, 36” Kevlar cord, and a removable 4” tether. Designed for surface mounting, this kit comes complete with blunt end thread forming screws for threading directly into rotomolded and thermoformed kayaks.

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BOOMERANG Boomerang Fishing SNIP The Original Boomerang Fishing SNIP is a revolutionary fishing line cutter that allows you to spend more time fishing and less time worrying about dropping or losing your gear in the water, or fishing around your tackle box for the tool you need. These innovative fishing line cutters cut through braid, mono, and fluoro lines in just one click- clean and smooth every time! These attach conveniently to your vest or belt loop, and have a durable retractor, keeping your line cutters secure and handy when you need them. The Original Fishing SNIPS are a must for every tackle box.


ENO ENO Reactor Hammock THE SLEEPING PAD SOLUTION. If you’ve ever tried to put a sleeping pad in your hammock you’ll know it inevitably ends up sleeping on you. With our new Reactor Hammock, we’ve not only solved this sleeping pad conundrum, but invented our most versatile hammock to date. The Reactor incorporates a second layer of breathable nylon that creates a sleeve to secure your sleeping pad during the night. Whether you want to feel the breeze or hide from it, the Reactor delivers.

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CAMELBAK CamelBak Forge A better on-the-go coffee & tea experience. Now you can experience your on-the-go beverages, reinvented for heat. An innovative travel mug to keep your morning fuel hot at home, at work, or working against mother nature’s terrain. At last, a CamelBak product specifically designed for hot beverages. Our vacuum-sealed, double-walled steel travel mug is insulated to keep your coffee or tea hot for over 4 hours. Plus, the self-sealing lid makes it easy to drink one-handed without worrying about leaks or spills.


YETI YETI Rambler Don’t you hate it when your favorite beverage loses its frosty (or piping hot) goodness before you have a chance to fully enjoy it? We sure do, and that’s why we over-engineered our Rambler Tumblers with kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall vacuum insulation. The result is a tough, hard-wearing personal drink cooler that maintains ice twice as long as plastic tumblers — and it works just as well for hot beverages.

YETI Hopper Ordinary soft-sided coolers are flimsy, frail, and only slightly better at cooling beverages than just leaving them in the shade. But the YETI Hopper is a portable cooler of a different color. No matter where you carry it or how you handle it, the Hopper won’t leak or break. And just like all YETI Coolers, it’s over-engineered to keep ice for days.

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FISH GRIP The Fish Grip The Fish Grip is a tool that fits you and it fits the fish; not just effective, but comfortable. Pulling a hook out of a fish’s mouth is far simpler when you employ The Fish Grip, but more importantly, it can grant you control over what can normally be a flopping fiasco. Like any great tool, the fish grip has gone through a number of iterations to become the adept tool that it is today. Each curve, knob, and indention were custom designed and purposefully address the needs of landing a fish without harm to you or the fish, in the short- or longterm.


REDDINGTON Reddington Path Combo A moderate-fast action rod great for beginner casters or those who have a more relaxed casting stroke. 2-piece and 4-piece models offer flexibility for the traveling angler. •All water, moderate-fast action rod •Durable anodized aluminum reel seat, ideal for all fresh and saltwater applications •Alignment dots for easy rod setup •Rods come with black cloth rod tube •Combo includes: Path rod, Path reel pre-spooled with RIO Mainstream® WF fly line, and zippered carrying case 8 and 9 weight, saltwater application, available with RIO Saltwater® Floating Line

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ORVIS Orvis Must-Have Fly Assortment Don’t get caught on the river without our essential trout fly selection.An assortment of essential trout flies that will catch trout anywhere, anytime. A lightweight Floating Fly Box loaded with 8 of our most popular trout patterns, including Indicator Adams Parachutes, Elkwing Caddis, Copper John nymphs, and Woolly Bugger streamers. Four of each for a total of 32 flies. Sizes and pattern color may vary depending on stock levels.


EGO EGO S2 Slider Compact The S2 Slider Compact landing nets feature the revolutionary slider handle extension technology, providing maximum reach with the shortest possible handle. The compact modular platform allows this net to store easily on kayaks and smaller boats with limited space while offering 36� of extended reach.

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KBFMAG Gear Guide Winter 2015  

Kayak Bass Fishing Magazine's Editor Chris Payne brings you all the cool stuff that came out this year or will be out in 2016. Complete with...

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