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Trailer Smarter: Check Those Codes!

When it comes to trailering your boat, besides keeping your trailer in tip-top shape, keeping the vehicle you tow with up-to-spec is just as crucial. If you are throwing a check engine light (CEL), the odds are you’re losing precious towing power and eating up unnecessary dollars at the gas pump.

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New Paddle Craft Gear for 2014

It has been a banner year for kayak and fishing gear manufacturers. Tons of new products have been hitting store shelves all over the country. Let’s face it, kayakers can be a cheap bunch, but we are always interested in quality products and want more bang for our buck. Many of these new products revealed at ICAST 2014 seem to fit the bill.

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Motorguide xi5

Dallas Hodges of Motorguide introduces the Motorguide xi5 at ICAST 2014 in Orlando, FL. The Xi5 is designed to exceed the expectations of today’s discriminating customer. It’s engineered to be reliable every day – and durable over the long haul.

Garret Pita with a black grouper that he shot off Key West in 120 feet of water.

How to Choose a New Speargun

FS member Mackokid asked for advice on which speargun to buy to freedive for cobia and to shoot snapper and grouper. But what is his best choice? KOAH? a Mako? a Riffe? There are lots of spearguns on the market, lots of opinions about them, too, but there’s some good advice on Mackokid’s thread.

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Comfort Offshore Starts with Dry Feet

Modern deck boots enhance safety and comfort. Dry feet are a hot commodity on a fishing deck awash in chilly water. Ask any seasoned bluewater fisherman or mate.

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Lock It or Lose It

Inexpensive ways to secure your most prized possession. Storing your boat at the end of the day can be nerve-wracking, with all the reports of boat theft in Florida these days.

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Sage Salt Series

Jesse Robins of Sage introduces their new line of fly rods, the Salt Series at ICAST 2014. For more information visit www.sageflyfish.com.

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Flexstick Anchor

The Flexstick anchor is a completely new way to anchor your kayak. Instead of the traditional pole that you stab directly into the ground when at a complete stop, the Flexstick allows an angler to deploy while in motion, stopping the kayak in waters up to around seven feet deep.

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Daiwa Mag Sealed Technology

Curt Arakawa of Daiwa Corp. talks about their MagSeal technology used on their line of salt and fresh water spinning reels. Magnetic oil is one of a new generation of Nano Fluids that can change density and shape when a magnetic field is applied.

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Mustang Survival Elite Inflatable PFD

Shannon and Jared of Mustang Survival introduce the new Elite Inflatable PFD at ICAST 2014. Engineered specifically for the serious angler, the Elite Inflatable PFD has been designed with five key features to enhance every day on the water.

The new Pop ShadZ is a first-of-its-kind soft plastic topwater bait from Z-Man Lures.

ICAST 2014: New Products Sneak Peak

ICAST 2014 officially opened today in Orlando and it’s bigger and better than ever. A fisherman’s playground, ICAST debuts the latest and greatest in fishing technology, advancements, and ideas.

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Yeti Coolers Hopper

The Yeti Coolers Hopper is the first portable, soft-sided cooler they have produced. Designed to keep ice frozen for days without melting, it’s perfect for the beach, the boat, camping adventures, and whatever else you can dream up.

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ICAST 2014: Best of Show Winners

This year, the New Product Showcase, the tradeshow’s flagship event, was as competitive as ever. On Tuesday, the votes were tallied up and the Best of Show winners were announced.

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Z-Man Pop ShadZ

Glenn Young of Z-Man Lures introduces the new Pop ShadZ, a versatile soft plastic topwater bait. Made possible due to its natural buoyancy, 10X Tough ElaZtech construction, the new Pop ShadZ is a first-of-its-kind soft plastic topwater bait.

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ICAST 2014: New Fly Fishing Products

With the sport of fly fishing progressing so rapidly, the products are getting better and better. Reels are getting lighter, rods are getting stronger and the technology going into them is bar none, the best.

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Penn Battle II Spinning Reel

Mike Rice, Penn brand manager, introduces the new Penn Battle II at ICAST 2014. The predeccessor is the Battle, the Battle II has enhanced corrosion protection due to the use of five sealed bearings and one anti-reverse bearing.