HOBIE MIRAGEDRIVE 180
Hobie was the first to introduce a pedal-propulsion system for kayaks, in 1997. MirageDrive has evolved to offer a reverse function in the new 180 version, which will be integrated into 2017 Mirage kayaks. By mid-2017, the system will retrofit to existing pedal boats with a stand-alone accessory. The MirageDrive 180 weighs 8 pounds and produces full power in both directions using two shift cables. The system adds $150 to new Hobie single-model kayaks and $300 to tandems.
SAVAGE GEAR PANIC POPPER
Savage Gear’s Panic Popper features a cupped-face design to(throw more water farther. Its extra-heavy-duty hooks and split rings create solid sets to bring more fish to the boat. Hook hangers have been tested to more than 120 pounds of pulling pressure. Available in two sizes —’5V4 inches (1V4 ounceg) and 73/4 inches (4 ounces) — the poppers cost $8.99 and $15.99.
BLUEFIN USA CAMO HOODIE
Made from a silky microfiber material, Bluefin USA’s camo hoodie is a long-sleeved rash guard with a front pouch pocket and antimicrobial properties. The form-fitting hooded tee features SPF 40-plus sun protection and dries quickly. The light blue hoodie comes in sizes XS to XXL and costs $49.
Costa says its newest style of sunglasses honors the fight of the brutish, sought- after giant trevally. Trevally frames are made from a nearly indestructible bio-based resin and come with integral hinges and hypoallergenic nose pads. They come in unisex colors, including tortoise, matte black, matte orchid and matte tortuga fade. Customize your Trevally sunglasses using any of Costa’s polarized 580 glass or polycarbonate lenses, as well as prescription lenses. The glasses start at $159.
HUK PACKABLE RAIN JACKET
Huk’s new packable rain jacket is 100 percent water- and windproof while remaining breathable and quick-drying. The polyester jacket features taped seams, a three-piece elastic draw-cord hood, Velcro cuffs, underarm zips and lower weltered zip pockets. Available in black or charcoal gray and in sizes S to XXXL, the jacket packs into its own pocket and costs $99.99.
AFTCO SXHD ROLLER GUIDES
AFTCO’s Super Extra Heavy-Duty roller guides and tip-tops are machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and employ ceramic ball bearings to meet the highest standards in corrosion resistance. Delrin insulators and stainless logo plates eliminate corrosion between rollers and frames. Oversize contoured feet grip rods with extra strength. Available in three sizes — No. 62, No. 72 and No. 82 — and in nine colors, SXHD guides cost $520 per set; tip-tops cost $84.
SALT LIFE SLX UVAPOR AQUASHIELD PERFORMANCE TEE
Salt Life’s SLX UVapor Aquashield long-sleeved pocket tee features a sublimated graphic on the left chest and back. It also comes with a built-in face shield with die-cut holes, attached at the neck. Made from a sun-protcctivc fabric that’s 88 percent polyester and 12 percent Spandex, the lightweight tee also offers an underarm ventilation system for added breathability. The Aquashield tee comes in white and Malibu blue and sizes S to XXL. It costs $56.
CUDA FISH MEASURE
Made from waterproof nylon, Cuda’s Fish Measure device also comes with a removable straight edge that can serve as a starting point for measuring fish. The flexible material rolls up and fastens with Velcro for easy storage; it rolls out to gauge the length of your catch. The 50-inch measure costs $14.99, and the 120-inch version costs $19.99.
OKUMA KOMODO SS
Okuma’s new 450-size Komodo SS baitcaster is built around a stainless main gear, pinion gear, drive shaft and spool shaft for internal strength and corrosion resistance, allowing anglers to push the max-drag output to 30 pounds. The SS comes with seven stainless high-performance bearings, plus a roller bearing; offers a 6.3-to-l gear ratio; and starts at $259.99.
Fin-Nor’s Offshore spinning reels feature a flex-free aluminum body and rotor; an oversize power knob; and the company’s MegaDrag system, with up to 10 carbon- fiber, aluminum and stainless-steel washers, designed to handle big offshore predators. Available in six sizes, starting with the 4500 for 17-pound fhono or . 50-pound braid, and ranging up to the 9500 for 20-pound mono or 65-pound braid, Offshore reels offer 4.7- or 4.4-tb-l gear ratios and cost $159 to $189.
Z-MA1M EZ KEEPERZ
Built on a patented keeper design that holds all types of plastic baits, the Z-Man EZ KeeperZ has a barbed, U-shaped stainless clip that allows for easy weedless rigging and ensures proper hook alignment while minimizing tearing. Each EZ KeeperZ is built around a custom weighted black-nickel hook. A rubber O-ring holds baits snugly against the hook point. Offered in hook sizes 3/0,4/0 and 5/0, with Vi6-, Vs- and 3/i6-ounce weights, a three-pack of EZ KeeperZ costs $5.99.
WILLIAMSON SUBSURFACE PRO
Expanding on its Pro series of lures, Williamson the Subsurface Pro, a 5Vs-inch hard bait that’s weighted to flutter horizontally on the fall. Work it back to the boat using any of a variety of techniques, including slash, rip-and-stop or walk-the-dog. The SubSurface Pro weighs 2 ounces, comes with two in-line VMC single hooks, and is available in 10 color patterns. The lures cost $13.99 to $15.99.