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In The Know – April 2005

Yo-Zuri Live Bait Series

The Yo-Zuri Live Bait Series features six flexible, soft-body models in a variety of sizes and colors to match any fishing situation. Each features through-wire construction for solid hooksets and durability, with lifelike holographic eyes and realistic, fish-fooling finishes. The sinking Shallow Vibe comes in 2- to 2 3 ⁄ 4 -inch models for retrieving or vertical jigging, and the Live Bait Minnow floater dives to three feet and includes sizes from 1 ⁄ 4 -ounce, 2 3 ⁄ 4 -inch models up to 5 1 ⁄ 8 -inchers weighing an ounce. Other models include the Twitchin’ Minnow, ZZ Walker surface bait, the Live Bait Popper and Live Bait Crank. Contact Yo-Zuri America, 515 N.W. Enterprise Dr., Port St. Lucie, FL 34986; (888) 336-9775; www.yo-zuri.com.

 

 

Panoptyx Eyegear

To keep up with today’s speed junkies, Panoptyx Eyegear is engineered to fit facial curves and is rated to speeds up to 80 mph. A patented foam eyecup with an outer waterproof neoprene layer provides complete eye protection from wind, sun and dust. A filtered vent aperture allows air to move slowly across the inner lens, keeping it fog-free while keeping dust or pollen from reaching the eye. Panoptyx polarized lenses cut glare and provide 100 percent UV protection, while ColorTec Copper Flash lenses augment light sensitivity. A wrap-around frame facilitates peripheral vision and is available in seven water-rated styles starting at $115, including polarized lenses. Prescriptions are available. Contact Panoptyx, 1252 Quarry Lane, Suite A, Pleasanton, CA 94566; (925) 484-0292; www.panoptyx.com.

 

 

Bite Primal Flats Boot

The Bite Primal Flats Boot incorporates the support of a hiking shoe into a lightweight, quiet flats shoe, and features an easy-entry, adjustable neoprene gravel guard to keep sand and shell away from your feet. The perforated dual-density foam footbed is ergonomically designed for stable footing and comfort. Designed for use with or without waders, the Primal Flats protects toes with a heavy-duty toe bumper. Drainage ports push water away from feet and a quick pulley tie system makes them easy to put on. Suggested retail price is $89.99. If you prefer a shoe without a gravel guard, the Primal Felt Wading Shoe features a felt sole and more rear support and lists for $79.99. Contact Bite Footwear, 7120 185th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA; (800) 248-3465; www.biteshoes.com.

 

 

Carolina Bait Tray

When exposed to fresh water, saltwater baits like ballyhoo deteriorate quickly, losing their fish-attracting appeal and washing out quickly dragging behind the boat. The Carolina Bait Tray maintains the baits’ cold temperature while keeping them organized and accessible, while hundreds of strategically placed holes keep water drained away from them. Constructed from heavy-duty 16-gauge 304L marine grade stainless steel, the trays create a thermal barrier in your cooler, allowing ice to last much longer. Four different sizes fit a variety of Icey-Tek, Igloo and other coolers. Suggested retail ranges from $89.99 to $149.99. Contact James & Company, 620-A Valley Forge Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278; (919) 245-1731; www.carolinabaittray.com.

 

 

SeaDek Non-Skid Marine Traction

Available in die-cut pads, kits and sheets, SeaDek Non-Skid Marine Traction is constructed from EVA shock-absorbing foam in 3- and 5-mm thicknesses. Boat deck installation is as easy as peeling away the backing and sticking in place. A 16-mm helm station pad is also available. Prices range from $17 to $115. Contact SeaDek, Inc., 485 Gus Hipp Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955; (321) 632-4466; www.seadek.com.