PENN BATTLE II SPINNING
Improving A Best Seller
The popularity of the PENN® Battle® spinning reel continues to grow as anglers recognize the durability and fishability found in this finely crafted reel. Inspired by design innovations made possible through new technology, PENN introduces the improved Battle II.
Included in the improvements is line management. PENN added line capacity rings to let the angler know when the spool is properly filled. This ensures that the casts are not subject to excess line stripping from the spool, resulting in improved castability.
The Battle II has enhanced corrosion resistance due to the improvements of using five sealed bearings and one anti-reverse bearing.
The Battle II incorporates keyed carbon fiber washers in the HT-100™ drag system that utilizes both sides of the drag washers and increases maximum drag by 15 to 50 percent.
Many original Battle features remain in the Battle II, including the full metal body, sideplate and rotor; instant anti-reverse, heavy-duty aluminum bail wire and superline spool.
Eight Battle II spinning reels are offered in 1000 to 8000 sizes. New to the lineup is the 2500 size designed for inshore/light braid applications.
Nine Battle II spinning combos are also available for inshore, near shore, boat and surf applications. Each rod is paired and balanced with a Battle II reel and range from 6 feet, 6 inches to 10 feet long in actions from medium-light to heavy. Battle II combo rods include a
Full metal body, sideplate and rotor
HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
Five sealed stainless-steel bearings
Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
Machined and anodized aluminum spool
Line capacity rings
Graphite composite blank
Aluminum oxide guides
graphite composite blank, aluminum oxide guides, graphite reel seat and either a cork (inshore) or EVA grip.
MSRP for the new Battle II reels range from $99.95 to $129.95; combos are priced from $129.95 to $159.95. All Battle II products will be available in September of 2014
By Bill Wetzel
The October nor’easter was on its way as the increased wind and rain began to batter my home. I knew the fishing was going to be good as “Mr. Spock’s” voice from the weather station called for winds to increase in excess of 50 knots with hard driving rain. Sometimes I wonder if the weather station robots have personalities when snotty weather comes in, or is it just my imagination that the weird voice gets jacked up a notch? As for me, when a weather system like this comes, my hands start to shake. Not the kind of shake that I think you would notice, but the kind that is just enough to confirm my addiction. Since I had no charter and did not want to wake my wife I didn’t crawl out of bed until 6:30am. I know what you are thinking. “6:30 is way too late. Practically the middle of the day”. You are correct, and that was my mistake. Read on. As the nor’easter rattled our windows I geared up to get the hell out of the house as fast as I could. At the same time I was in no particular hurry, figuring if there is going to be a bite it would be an all-day event. I even stopped at south Hampton beaches on my way to my office in Montauk. Mistake two! There I only found very dirty big ass water. Not worth the time. I arrived in Mother Land at about 9:30am. As I crawled my buggy into the north side I found no parking on the beach (due to tide heights) so I had to park down one of the paths. I tell ya, rain that feels like needles piercing the skin, 15’ waves driving piles and piles of white water, and 50 knot plus winds just does something to me. I have to admit I had the big fish shakes big time, and could barely tie my bucktail onto my leader. As I walked closer to the water I saw tails, and more tails, and more tails, and more tails!!! Sweet Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Immediately, I put my 11/2 oz. lime green buck with red rind into a nice low teen blue, then another, then another! I banged about 12 or so blues and about 5 bass until 10:30 or 11am when the action ended. All big blues, but why did not hit any big bass? By noon the north sides tide was up, and it was not fishable any longer. I headed to get a bite to eat and stopped by Johnny’s B&T. There I met up with Willie Young and Vito Orlando. Vito was happy as a pig in poop with a smile from ear to ear. “Ohhhh no—here it comes, I thought”. He let me know he banged a forty, a thirty, and a high twenty. His biggest bass since 1979!! All caught at first light by the way. What could I do but be happy for one of the best surf casters on the planet. I congratulated him, and then sat through Willie Young’s story of his fish at first light. Damn it! I felt great for the boys, but a knot developed in my stomach like an addict that needed his fix. My head was spinning to come up with a plan. It was to either hit Horton’s point or Sore Thumb for my next stop, as I thought Montauk was going to be toast for the rest of the day. I was leaning toward the thumb thinking that Horton’s probably would just be big blues. BUUUUT – After speaking with Willie he convinced me to stay in Montauk for the ebb. I said to Willie—“I think the water will be too high to fish before dark”, as after dark would just be a suicide mission. Willie shook his head “naaah it will ebb quickly”. So I went against my instinct and stayed to fish with Willie for the evening bight, which never happened. It sure was fun standing there and BSing with Willie while we got pelted by 50mph winds. NO joke—it really was a good time. There is something about just being in that kind of weather that makes me feel so darn small and so alive. It is a feeling every surf caster should feel as frequently as possible. Hmmmm, one more thing. If you are in Montauk and it is blowing NE, get your lazy ass out of bed (I am actually referring to my lazy ass), call in dead from work, and catch some bass!
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Lamiglas has a new Ron Arra model XSRA1363-2 Long Cast, 11’6”,2 pc., 70/30split coming out. We reached out to Josh Cooper, Designer and Product Manager at Lamiglas for some more information
Ron Arra line of rods has been extremely popular over the years. Give our readers some background
These rods are really what started Lamiglas (possibly the industry) into the true performance side of surf fishing. Todd Vivian (the rod designer here before me) worked very closely with multi time world champion caster Ron Arra to build a rod that would cast like a smaller version of a tournament rod but would also be pleasant to fish with. That’s the nice thing about Ron he is not just a tournament caster he is also a fisherman. That is what these rod all about today. While it is not necessarily our highest end rod series, it offers a different action to those that know how to load a rod properly to gain that extra distance.
How does Arra line of rods differentiates from other rods in Lamiglas lineup?
Really the actions are what make them unique, they are powerful in the cast but still have a deep flex while fighting fish. This is something that Todd and Ron worked hard to get just right. Also the blanks are built of a higher modulus graphite than say the GSB blanks so the diameter of the blank can be kept down which aids to making that deeper flex.
Fill us is on this new model XSRA1363-2 Long Cast, 11’6”
The new model was a concept from Ron himself. He asked for a rod that would utilize some more modern concepts in mandrel tapers, materials and ferrule design, to achieve longer casts, keep the blank durable, and still have it two piece. This is why we went with a 70/30 split and a mod/fast blank design with an extremely powerful butt section. Once Ron cast it he called me right away and said “it is exactly what I have been looking for”. It casts really well with little effort but when pushed hard (like Ron Arra hard) it will through amazing distances.
And for those of you who are wondering how often should you service your Van Staal reel, here is a little advice from Bert, an Authorized Van Staal Technician at White Water Outffiters in Hampton Bays, NY
By Dave Anderson
Here we are moving into July (already!) and it’s tourist season at the shore. The water is warm and ocean is very inviting. Today I was doing some yard work and found myself feeling like I just had to go for a swim! I headed to the beach closest to my house, maybe a 20 minute drive, but it’s not much more than a place to cool off. The water on this beach is deep right off the bank and the bottom is made up of mixed boulders, weeds, sandy patches and, everyone’s favorite, stank muck.
But, places that feature these kinds of varied bottom types are the kinds of places that have huge potential to hold baitfish and attract the kinds of fish that keep us out on the rocks at 1 a.m. rather than soaking up the AC on a July night. With the air temps hovering around 90 and my shirt looking like someone had just poured a five gallon bucket of water over my head, I grabbed a divers mask before I hopped in the car.
The 20 minute drive felt like 200 minutes, especially because I didn’t allow myself to crank the air, I wanted that full-on body shock when I dove into the waves! After a sufficient period of floating over the rocks and cooling down, I pulled the mask over my eyes and dove straight to the bottom. The summer water was gin clear but as I neared the bottom it became clouded with large particles that seemed to breathe in and out of the weeds as the waves passed. This is worth noting because if you fish during the day, you know your best chances for success are down near the bottom and that low-hanging silt will make it easier to fool a daytime bass with an artificial.
I leveled off and began swimming down the slope of the bottom. Something that always grabs me right away when I’m deep under the water is the sound; waves rushing by, a boat motor idling a hundred yards away rumbles like it’s right next to you, intermittent clicks and crunches erupt from all sides—it’s a peculiar place to be! But even with all of these sounds, it feels stuffy and quiet at the same time.
On my next dive, I hit the bottom 10-feet below and swam over the top of a mat of weeds and small boulders, roughly the size of toasters and microwaves. As I was kicking along I started to notice that I was spooking these 5- to 6-inch baitfish, they were a shimmering whitish color and darted up out of the weeds swimming forward in bursts of about five feet before burrowing back into the weeds. I don’t know what they were—kingfish maybe? But as I watched these little fish and their actions I started to see some real value in observing.
I made several more deep dives in different weedy spots and each of them held these baitfish in numbers and all of them used the same “flee and burrow” method when they saw, or perhaps, sensed that I was getting too close for comfort. All I can think of right now is a 5-inch rubber shad, sunk to the bottom and fished with deliberate, fast and long hops and after each “hop” allowing the shad to sit for a period of at least three seconds.
It also has me thinking about white bucktails fished with a short white pork trailer or even a 6-inch Slug-Go threaded onto the hook. The belief has long been that a bucktail imitates a squid, but when you think about the fact that bucktails should be fish very close to the bottom and consider the fact that most bucktailers employ a sharp swimming and jigging routine, then you’re probably having the same epiphany that I just had! Visual guidance from the very bait the bass are chasing, there’s no better teacher than Mother Nature and there’s no better way to hone your method than to have your face rubbed in the facts. I suppose I should go back there tonight and put it to the test.
I know most of you own a pair of Korkers. And I have to say that Korkers came a long way in boot design over the last few years. However, the studs in the soles, the most important reason of why we buy these shoes has not improved. They work great on a new pair but too many fall out if you are not constantly on top of them. I also know many of you are not too keen on spending more $ on studs after you purchased your wading boots, regardless if they are Korkers brand, Simms, Cabelas or whatever. But I have to tell you, if you are going to spend any time fishing the jetties or climbing rocks, you must take a look at studs from Grip Studs at http://www.gripstuds.com/Surf_Fishing.php Dave tested them last year and wrote a glowing review in the issue #20 of the Surfcaster’s Journal Magazine on pages 18-19. This May I got some and I added them to my Korkers Chrome boots. I purposely only added them to one foot ,just to see the difference between boot with only Korkers studs and one with mixture of Korkers studs and Grip Studs. Instead of striping existing Korkers studs, since I lost a bunch on left foot I decided to just ad Grip Studs in their place. I drilled a hole first trough the plastic Korkers inserts then used a drill and Grip Stud Install tool that came in a package to add Grip studs into the sole. I started using them on Cuttyhunk in late May and used them every time I went out this June, which was quite a bit. I did not fish on sand this June at all other than one night in State Channel. I was basically a jetty monkey, about five nights a week. How many fish did I catch ? If we count Sea Robin and Fluke, quite a few. Yeah, that good. Regardless, I got about 25 trips in , some swimming and crawling at Cutty rocks, long walks over dry pavement, quite a few trips over parking lot locally and of course, local jetty rocks most of the time. There are not many products on the market I would unequivocally say “Get it” but darn it I think Grip Studs are as close as I ever got to saying that. First, the most important stuff. They Grip insanely and unlike Korkers studs your feet wont “slip” as much as they are very “sticky”. How many Grip Studs did I lose since late May? How about ZERO! How many are dull or bent? ZERO. Grip studs feature solid tungsten carbide core-to-tip shaft and a rust-resistant finish . Once you screw than in your sole, boot, waders, sneakers, flip flops, its almost impossible for them to ever fall out. This is a description from their website. Secure your footing on slimy weed covered rocks and in heavy surf with Grip Studs™ high performance boot studs. These durable traction studs with their unique wide–auger shank do not bend, back-out or fold over in the sole like other narrow-threaded studs. …. I know there has been a considerable debate over the years about using this or that type of studs. Some guys recommending Locktite , other are recommending all kinds of home remedies and fixes. I have never tried other brands of studs and after trying Grip Studs I know I don’t have to even consider it. I am adding the remainder of my package to my right foot and when my boots fall apart I will back the Grip Studs out and use them again
As I briefly mentioned yesterday, the new issue of the Surfcaster’s Journal Magazine is live. If you have any issue logging into your account, please contact us. It could be that your subscription is expired or we have a card on file that you since changed. No worries
Obviously you do not need the App to view magazine. For those of you like myself that read everything on desktop, the app wont make any difference. For those of you that live on tablets, it will ,as Tommy would say, change your life!
Not quite, ha-ha
You do have the ability now to use the App to view magazine off line. For example you can download the new issue, go to the beach and read it without having wifi. Obviously in the past you could only read the magazine while online. You can also pinch/zoom on your tablet after tapping it once.
Why did we do it? Becouse you guys are worth it, simple as that. None of us wants SJ to become something that is boring in any way.
Ok, the app itself.
Here is how it worked for me. Go to either Goggle Play Store (Android) or Apple App Store and search for app named 3Dissue. Download the sucker to your device. Its Free
Now go back to your browser. Open your browser like you normally would and log into your SJ account. As the new issue appears you should be automatically prompted by the app by being asked “Do you want to view this with the App”
Click yes or whatever that might be and give it a minute or two and the whole new issue will load up on your device. Then you are all set. In the future you can just tap on the app on your device and go to library and pick and chose your issue
As of right now, today, only current issue 26 is available on the app however our Genius department is working right now on making the whole Archive section available to you via app in few weeks. So stay tuned for more good news and enjoy.
The winner of Pelican Flashlight with adjustable lanyard from Hansom Tackle is firstname.lastname@example.org
You have until Sunday to contact us via email@example.com with your shipping address and we will forward it to guys at Hansom tackle. Thank you all and thanks Hansom Tackle for making this possible… http://www.hansomtackle.com/
and some neat news from SJ columnist “Crazy” Alberto Knie
Al is working on his new TV show, Tactical Angler for 2015
Here is a first released trailer
More info at http://www.tacticalangler.com/
Just a quick note before work, I will expand on this. New issue is up along with a new free App that you can download from either Google Play or Apple App store.And possibly the best cover ever. You can now zoom and pinch SJ on your tablet and view it offline. Tommy put some info on how to get the app inside the mag. Enjoy Editor’s note…i like the idea of a single hook. Anyone has their plugs rigged up like this? Zeno \ NEW WILLIAMSON® POPPER PRO CALLS ‘EM TO THE TOP \— D\esigned to mimic an injured baitfish breaking the water’s surface, the new Williamson Popper Pro features a cupped face and a versatile, pencil-style body perfectly suited for popping on top with both slash-and-stall and walk-the-dog retrieves. “The Popper Pro replicates the sounds that a frantic, injured baitfish makes as it kicks its way across the surface,” says George Poveromo, host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” TV show. “That commotion can be just the ticket to call fish up from the deep, or in from a distance, and trigger them to strike.” Poveromo ties on a Popper Pro when fishing both inshore and offshore. “That chugger is so universal it can be used for Snook and Tarpon as well as Dolphinfish (Mahi-Mahi), Tuna and Cobia,” he says. Precisely weighted for maximum casting distance, the Popper Pro features heavy-duty in-line VMC® hooks for optimum swimming action, point exposure and hook sets. It’s available in seven color patterns: Ayu, Black Purple Phantom, Bruised Purple, Blue Sardine, Dorado, Green Mackerel and Red Head Flash. The Popper Pro is available in two sturdy sizes, both built to withstand prolonged assault from aggressive pelagic gamefish. The smaller version is 5.125 inches long, weighs 1.25 ounces and features rugged stainless steel through-wire construction. The larger bait is 7 inches long, weighs 3.375 ounces and features stainless steel pin-and-swivel rigging. Born on the rugged south coast of Africa, Williamson makes lures for those who thrive on the challenge of finding and conquering the world’s largest fish. Hard-won knowledge and a sincere passion for offshore angling assure that there’s a Williamson lure to fill every spot in any saltwater spread. Call them to the top with the unique pop of the new Williamson Popper Pro. Suggested retail price: $12.99-14.99 An extremely versatile topwater lure ideal for targeting multiple gamefish species, the new Williamson Surface Pro calls up fish when worked both fast and slow. “Watching a fish explode on a topwater lure is one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll ever have on the water,” says Williamson pro George Poveromo, host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” TV show. “The Williamson Surface Pro elicits those explosive surface strikes that we as anglers can’t get enough of.” Whether conditions call for a steady walk-the-dog retrieve, a rip-and-stop cadence, or a quick slashing retrieve, the Surface Pro delivers action to fit the bill. “When the bite’s really on, sometimes all you need to do is just hurl the lure out there and hang on,” Poveromo says. “But sometimes you have to experiment a little with your retrieve speed and style. The Surface Pro delivers enticing action when fished both fast and slow, so you can give the fish what they want.” Worked slowly but erratically, the Surface Pro resembles a “severely injured fish darting and slapping around on the top,” Poveromo explains. “Speed up your retrieve to mimic a bait fish that’s really scurrying, then try to pull out of there with a very fast retreat.” Poveromo ties on a Williamson Surface Pro to target Snook, Tarpon, Cobia, Tuna and schooling Dolphinfish (Mahi-Mahi). Anglers in the northeast can use it to target striped bass. “It’s a really universal type of lure,” he says. -more- Precisely weighted for maximum casting distance, the Surface Pro features heavy-duty in-line VMC® hooks for optimum swimming action, point exposure and hook set. It’s available in seven color patterns: Ayu, Black Purple Phantom, Bruised Purple, Blue Sardine, Dorado, Green Mackerel and Red Head Flash. The Surface Pro is available in two sturdy sizes, both built to withstand prolonged assault from aggressive pelagic gamefish. The smaller version is 5.125 inches long and weighs 1.625 ounces. The larger version is 7 inches long and weighs 3.5 ounces. Both sizes feature heavy-duty oval split rings and laser-cut plate hook hangers. Born on the rugged south coast of Africa, Williamson makes lures for those who thrive on the challenge of finding and conquering the world’s largest fish. Hard-won knowledge and a sincere passion for offshore angling assure that there’s a Williamson lure to fill every spot in any saltwater spread. The Williamson Surface Pro will become your new go-to bait to call fish to the top. Suggested retail price: $12.99-14.99 ###
This is the week of ICAST, a giant fishing show that is taking place in Orlando this year. I always said that one year we will attend but it wont happen this year do to scheduling conflict. I will try to reach out to some of our friends to get you some news this week.
First is Dave Colley, the representative and Regional Account Manager from St Croix Rod company. I’ve noticed that they had a 12 foot Legend Surf rod at the shows this winter. At 12 foot rod is not for everyone and I was curious what was behind their thinking. So naturally I asked Dave for some more information.
Dave, why a 12 foot Legend Surf model?
Like the legends that came first it started as an idea of a longer rod to fit a particular area. Montauk, standing on a rock you just swam to and not being able to use your feet to help load the rod. The rod needs to bend all the way through with less effort an still be able to throw 150+ yards with a 3 to 5oz plug or pencil. The rod is rated 1-6oz and handles 6 well.
How and where did this beast of a rod went trough testing and development?
We made several versions and sent them to Rich Swisstack and Davy Torrick for testing. The first rod we did was in an 11 because we had the tooling for it and they received that in the fall. Both of them loved it and signed off the rod so we ordered 12 foot tooling. That came in through the winter and it’s kind of difficult to test rods with snow on the ground but we found a way. They took the test rods to a park and started with bank sinkers 2oz to 6 and found out in a hurry they needed more room. Feet planted together 2oz sinker 165 yards easy cast. So then they started going up in weight same cast 4oz 200 yards. Swiss threw all the braid off his reel.
What kind plugs is mind is this rod designed for?
The LSS120MHMF2 is designed for big pencils long distance style! 1 to 6 gives you the option to cover a lot of plugs swimmers and the like. It has some SC1 glass in the tip section like the MM models blended with SC4 throughout the rest of the rod. ART, IPC tooling, FRS are all incorporated in the Legend series.
Thank you Dave, You can get more information at St Croix website at http://www.stcroixrods.com/products/saltwater/legend-surf/