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Shimano Report

Shimano’s “DC” Anti-backlash Feature Now Offered in More Affordable ModelsShimano’s “DC” Anti-backlash Feature Now Offered in More Affordable Models

Shimano’s Digital Control (DC) braking system is now within reach of all anglers and budgets with the new ICAST award-winning SLX DC 150 series that are now available at tackle shops for under $200.

Built on the proven ‘Can’t Stop Fishing’ SLX low-profile platform with a sturdy all-metal HAGANE Body, the reels utilize the same I-DC4 digital brake control system used on Shimano’s popular Curado DC reels to drastically reduces the learning curves for anglers new to baitcasting reels, and also raises the performance level in casting dynamics among experienced anglers.

Zoom Baits Report

Zoom's Z-Swim 3.8 Combines Action and DurabilityZoom's Z-Swim 3.8 Combines Action and Durability

Zoom Bait Company announces the release of the new Z-Swim 3.8, a ribbed swimbait that swims naturally, emulates a wide variety of baitfish and can be used from the surface down into the deepest lairs of wary bass.

Savvy tournament anglers have utilized this style of lure in all types of water for several years, but the addition of a model featuring Zoom's special touches will make it substantially more effective.

South Carolina pro Brandon Cobb, winner of the 2019 Elite Series tournament on Lake Hartwell, as well as the recent Texas Fest on Lake Fork (where he averaged nearly 7 pounds per fish over the course of four tournament days), called it "the perfect swimbait." He noted that "it's durable yet has a soft body that stays on a jighead, while still offering a great swimming action."

Zoom Report

Zoom BeatdownZoom Beatdown

Zoom Bait Company announces the release of the new “Beatdown” soft plastic, a stubby finesse bait that the company says will take Ned Rigging to new levels of effectiveness.

“This is a technique where the key is to do less and don’t overthink it,” said professional angler Gerald Swindle, a two-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year. “If you want to experience fast action and lots of bites, you need to let it do its thing on light line, usually 6- or 8-pound test.”

Swindle worked closely with Zoom’s designers to make sure the Beatdown combined some of the best of the competition’s design features with additional characteristics that make it user-friendly and more effective.

T-H Marine Report

New T-H Marine Culling System Simplifies Process Without Piercing FishNew T-H Marine Culling System Simplifies Process Without Piercing Fish

T-H Marine Supplies of Huntsville, Alabama, has redesigned its G-Force Conservation Cull System for the 2019 fishing season.

The new and improved cull system, known as the G-Force Gen 2 Conservation Cull System, is now available and in stock from a variety of retailers.

"It's important to us that our customers and potential customers know that we've listened to their feedback," T-H Marine President and CEO, Jeff Huntley stated. "We were thrilled to get innovative and help protect fisheries with our first G-Force Conservation Cull System, and we are beyond excited to offer a vastly improved version designed to be the best non-piercing cull system on the market."

G. Loomis Report

Newly-designed G. Loomis E6 Salmon Rods Now AvailableNewly-designed G. Loomis E6 Salmon Rods Now Available

G. Loomis newly-designed E6X Salmon rods in 11 models are now available at retailers.

From back-bouncing with heavy lead in big water, mooching herring and anchovies, or pulling plugs, “the E6X rods are offered in the lengths, powers and action for all the popular lure and bait presentations for salmon fishing in both fresh and saltwater, including tributaries of the Great Lakes,” said Dave Brinkerhoff with G. Loomis’ product design team. “Through our Multi-Taper Technology, in designing the rods we are able to focus on line control and action accuracy, rod balance and blank construction. We can keep them light, but with the power needed when hooked into big fish and fishing big waters.”

The 11-rod series includes one-piece 8-foot back-bounce and 8’2” hot shot rods, two-piece 8’6” and 9’ hot shot rods, and two-piece 9’, 9’9” and 10’6” trolling/plug rods. There’s also a 10’6” ‘BC’ handle rod specifically for mooching. All the rods have a sleek, buff blank finish, and feature graphite rear and front grips.

“As with all our E6X rods, anglers are offered the expected performance from G. Loomis, and at a comfortable price,” noted Brinkerhoff. “With our company roots in the Pacific Northwest, that extra passion for salmon – and steelhead – fishing shows in these rods.”

They retail from $299.99 to $359.99.

As with all G. Loomis rods, the newly-designed E6X Salmon rods are handcrafted in Woodland, Washington USA, and are backed by G. Loomis’ limited lifetime warranty and ‘Xpeditor’ service. For more information, visit gloomis.com, call 800/GLoomis, or stop by your nearest G. Loomis tackle dealer.