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By Jeff Merrill

ENGEL UL60 ULTRALITE COOLER

ENGEL UL60
ULTRALITE COOLER

The new Engel UL60 Ultralite is a high-performance 60-quart cooler and features advanced injection molding for unmatched durability and crack resistance. Its leak-resistant drain and non-slip base enhance functionality, while the included wire basket and divider optimize organization. The UL60 excels in ice preservation for up to seven days, thanks to its ultra-light, closed-cell foam insulation. This hard-shell cooler is lightweight yet robust, equipped with a drain plug, built-in bottle opener, and tie-down slots for easy transport and use. Engel redefines outdoor cooling solutions with the UL60’s innovative design and practical features. Every element of the newly designed UL60 has been carefully considered and built-in including precise accommodation of a standing wine bottle, the addition of a level floor for rapid drainage, and compression latches along with a silicone gasket for enhanced sealing and protection for extended ice preservation. Contact: Engel at
561-743-7419 or visit
www.engelcoolers.com.
FURUNO FVC600 AND FCV800 FISH FINDERS

FURUNO FVC600 AND
FCV800 FISH FINDERS

Furuno introduces two new standalone fish finders with all-new features fishermen will love and built on the foundation of award-winning Furuno features that fishermen have come to rely on. The 5.7-inch FCV600 and the award-winning 8.4-inch FCV800 can drive either a Chirp or dual-frequency CW (Continuous Wave) transducer, allowing fishermen to configure the unit to suit their specific needs. Desirable features such as Bottom Discrimination, Accu-Fish, and TruEcho Chirp help deliver greater detail and target separation for baitfish, gamefish and structure. Furuno’s RezBoost offers higher resolution, crisper visuals and improvements in the Accu-Fish function. Both models come in a sleek, piano-black presentation with comfortable rubber keys and a robust RotoKey rotary knob controller. Soft-touch keys are inclined at the top and bottom, making them comfortable to press and the units easy to use. A second display can be installed for those desiring multiple stations to show the echoes and navigation data from the FCV600 and FCV800 via the built-in wireless network. Contact: Furuno at 410-479-4420 or visit www.furunousa.com.

HOOK OPTICS CUSTOM-ENGRAVED SUNGLASSES

HOOK OPTICS CUSTOM-
ENGRAVED SUNGLASSES

With more than 40 years of experience in both fishing and the optical industry Hook Optics premium sunglasses are designed for comfort and built to last. Featuring premium polarized lenses made by Zeiss and custom colored, the lenses offer a specialized infrared blocking technology that enhances clarity while preventing fatigue. An extra layer of salt treatment helps withstand extreme weather conditions. Hook Optics now offers lenses with personal engraving on all styles. Precision engraving not only adds an individual touch but also serves as a deterrent against theft. Whether adding your name, logo, or line art of your boat, the precision engraving adds a personal touch to your sunglasses like never before. Stand out from the crowd and protect your investment with Hook Optics anti-theft engraving option. Simply visit their web site, choose a style frame and then upload your art file. Contact: Hook Optics at 410-390-3926 or visit www.hookoptics.com.

HUK ICON PERFORMANCE SHIRT

HUK ICON
PERFORMANCE SHIRT

Huk’s Icon Performance knit shirt and hoodie pullover build on the success of the Icon X and offer a new design with innovative features and improvements for greater comfort and performance. Available in long or short sleeves for men and women, the Icon Performance Knit Shirt offers an enhanced construction that most notably removed the “X” stitching design across the back panel for a full mesh back section for maximum moisture wicking, air flow and breathability. Additionally, a transition from set-in sleeves to raglan sleeves offers anglers an increased range of motion. Made of 100 percent polyester, cutting-edge cooling technology within the double-knit front panel cools the body by absorbing and dissipating heat while UPF 50+ sun protection protects the wearer from harmful UV rays. Huk Icon is also available in a pullover hoodie for added coverage in the head and neck area. Integrated anti-microbial properties in the fabric prevent odor-causing bacteria while quick drying and moisture removing capabilities contribute to its exceptional performance by quickly wicking away sweat and moisture. Contact: Huk at 800-226-7956 or visit www.hukgear.com.

KRISTAL XG2500

KRISTAL
XG2500

The new Kristal XG 2500 is the most powerful electric reel in Kristal Fishing’s arsenal and features a high torque motor suitable for retrieving large triple-tiered dredges as well as swordfish, big grouper or other saltwater gamefish. With the XG 2500, the power and performance are quickly apparent. Variable retrieve speed settings allow for a specific retrieval rate to be set based on the given use and these settings can be stored for future use, eliminating the need to reset later. Available in 12- or 24-volt models, each requires 50-amp DC service with a 50-amp circuit breaker and power draw is roughly 25 amps per hour. Interchangeable spools allow for use of various breaking strengths of monofilament, braid or wire. Examples of line capacity range from 3,000 yards of 80-pound test braid, 2,000 yards of 150-pound test braid or 1,500 yards of 200-pound test braid. Retrieval speed ranges from 0-420 feet-per-minute with a maximum drag setting of 150 pounds of resistance. Other features include a jigging setting, auto-stop and a line counter. Contact: Kristal Fishing at 305-592-8686 or visit www.bluewaterpowerreels.com.

NOMAD TACKLE SQUIDTREX XL

NOMAD TACKLE
SQUIDTREX XL

Nomad Tackle’s Squidtrex XL is the world’s first patented vibrating plastic squid lure and is designed for trolling or jigging and features an additional front tow point, which allows for trolling at up to 10 knots. Now, Squidtrex XL is available in three sizes including a 6½-inch weighing 250g, 7½-inch weighing 400g and a monster 9-inch that weighs in at 600g. These bruisers are specifically designed for presentation down deep in the water column. An additional forward tow point for trolling and a belly eyelet for additional hooks when needed make the Squidtrex XL more versatile than ever. Made of super durable TPE, Squidtrex XL features a squid-scented lure with a UV and glow finish. Through-wire construction ensures a solid hook-up and all sizes come ready rigged with a trailing heavy-duty assist hook so they are ready to go right out of the box. Contact: Nomad Tackle at 302-258-2180 or visit www.nomadtackle.com.

SAVAGE GEAR PANIC POPPER

SAVAGE GEAR
PANIC POPPER

The Panic Popper from Savage Gear’s latest addition to the company’s saltwater lure line and is designed to meet the needs of avid anglers who are targeting surface-feeding gamefish. It is available in 11 colors and four sizes including 95mm, 135mm, 165mm and 195mm making it suitable for inshore or offshore applications. Panic Popper is geared for a wide range of big game species. It is equipped with heavy-duty 4X strong hooks and split rings that ensure your quarry stays hooked through long battles. Panic Popper boasts heavy-duty hardware capable of withstanding up to 120 pounds of drag while its action mimics that of a distressed fish. The cupped face of the Panic Popper creates pressure, resulting in surface turbulence as the water is pushed away creating commotion similar to that generated by a fish evading the chase and becoming the next meal. Contact: Savage Gear at 785-786-2710 or visit www.savagegear.com.

WOLFPACK TACKLE TUNGSTEN AHI HEAD

WOLFPACK TACKLE
TUNGSTEN AHI HEAD

The new Tungsten Ahi Head from WolfPack Tackle is designed to provide superior swimming action with every detail engineered to provide a life-like presentation for tuna and billfish. Whether rigged with a ballyhoo or a WolfPack Ahi Tail, the weighted keel will keep the lure upright and swimming perfectly. High density tungsten provides more weight than lead packed into a smaller package. This provides a smaller, sleeker profile, while keeping the same modular ability as the Ahi Head with exchangeable nylon hair and WolfPack Snap-and-Go Ahi Tails. The artificial diamond eye reflects light at every angle, and the ultra-durable electroplating provides protection to the lure while also giving the lure a premium color and finish. Tungsten Ahi Heads are available in two sizes, 2-ounce and 4-ounce, in five colors and are compatible with small-collar Wolfpack Tackle hair and tails. Contact: WolfPack Tackle at 215-322-9304 or visit www.wolfpacktackle.com.

ZACATAK LURES STAINLESS SERIES

ZACATAK LURES
STAINLESS SERIES

Zacatak Lures Stainless Series features three jet-type lure models including the Molokai, Voodoo and Zebra designs. They are CNC-machined from 304 stainless steel. The additional weight of the head allows the lure to be pulled in a variety of sea conditions at various trolling speeds from several positions in the pattern. With its flat nose, the Molokai Jet mimics a fleeing baitfish as it slices through the water and can be trolled at the highest speed of all the stainless series profiles without additional weight added. The Voodoo Jet features a prominent angled face generating a distinct life-like side-to-side swim pattern that resembles the vulnerable and injured behavior of prey. The Zebra Jet moves smoothly through the water in a sleek, straight trajectory. This profile is often selected to run tight to the boat as it maintains a steady path, preventing tangles in the spread. All models are available in size large measuring 15.5 inches with dozens of skirt color options to choose from. Contact: Zacatak Lures at 954-783-1320 or visit www.zacataklures.com.

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