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Smeltinator Jig from Northland TackleSmeltinator Jig from Northland Tackle

The Smeltinator Jig used by Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson to win last year’s Bassmaster Classic is now available from Northland Tackle.

With 13 colors, four sizes (1/8-, ¼-, 3/8-, and ½-ounce), and five hook sizes (1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, and 5/0) from which to choose, the jigs come three per card for suggested retail of $7.99

Smeltinator Magic

The 2023 Bassmaster Classic wasn’t the first time that Gussy stacked big weights and solid limits of smallmouth bass on the Tennessee River out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Back in March of 2021, Gussy first put the “moping” technique to use, sinking Kenora, Ontario-designed Smeltinator Jigs to fill his ‘well for weigh-in at the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite. Gussy went wire-to-wire for four days of the event, weighing 63 pounds, besting second place by an impressive seven pounds. Gussy trailered home to the far north with over $100,000 in his pocket.

Flambeau Report

Flambeau Ultra Divided “UD” Slim Waterproof Tuff TaineFlambeau Ultra Divided “UD” Slim Waterproof Tuff Taine

The Ultra Divided “UD” Slim Waterproof Tuff Tainer offers the 5000/3700 series footprint with a 20% depth reduction built specifically to individually store notoriously tangle prone space wasters: hard-sided stick baits (jerkbaits, spooks, prop baits, spybaits, etc.).

The “UD’ fits up to 32 individually compartmented baits with an additional option to remove dividers to conveniently accommodate 6”+ baits. Additional features include anti-migration ribbing, waterproof construction, 3 Drawtite™ cam-over latches, and Zerust®-infused dividers for anti-corrosion protection.

Features include:

  • Ultra Divided Loadout: Designed for individual hard bait storage.
  • Indiavidual safe keeping: Fits up to 36 individually compartmented baits with removable partitions
  • Slim Build: Features the standard 5000/3700 length/width dimension with a slimmer belt line of 1.7" depth.

For more information, visit https://www.flambeauoutdoors.com/Fishing.

Strikemaster Report

StrikeMaster’s new Lazer™ Lite 10-inch Drill UnitStrikeMaster’s new Lazer™ Lite 10-inch Drill Unit

Spend more time fishing and less time drilling with StrikeMaster’s new Lazer™ Lite 10-inch Drill Unit.

Built tough with StrikeMaster’s proprietary synthetic resin molded flighting, the Lazer Lite Drill unit gives hardwater anglers the lightest 10-inch (hole diameter) drill unit on the market. That means hardwater anglers can be more nimble and experience less fatigue drilling more holes to get on fish faster.

The new drill unit has been designed to be used exclusively with StrikeMaster’s Lithium 40V powerhead, which provides hardwater anglers maximum torque needed to drill big holes through thick ice fast. The Lithium 40V powerhead features a 40-volt, 5-amp hour, lithium ION battery, an electric, forward and reverse DC brushless motor, and a planetary gear system offering a 15.9:1 gear ratio to power through the thickest ice.

The drill unit features twin serrated stainless-steel Lazer Blades that slice through ice like a hot knife through butter. It offers full-length segmented flighting, and a carriage that is formed from exclusively engineered compounds. The drill unit features a reinforced “T” Connection to Carriage with the heavy-duty steel hex shaft. The unit’s super sharp Power Point keeps the drill unit in place while drilling.

The Lazer Lite 10-inch Drill Unit weight s 6.8 lbs. and has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US $219.99.

Garmin Report

Garmin Ice Fishing BundlesGarmin Ice Fishing Bundles

Garmin has new ice fishing bundles for the coming season.

Designed exclusively for ice anglers, these all-in-one bundles have been updated to include the award-winning ECHOMAP™ UHD2 chartplotter series. Garmin’s new ice fishing lineup also includes a first-of-its-kind LiveScope™ Plus Ice House System that lets anglers display live sonar on a TV or external display.

The ultimate portable solution on and off the ice, the LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI now includes the ECHOMAP UHD2 93sv chartplotter with a bright, sunlight-readable 9” touchscreen display. In addition to possessing the latest live-scanning sonar technology, the LiveScope Plus system is the latest all-in-one bundle offering improved resolution, reduced noise, clearer images and better target separation so it’s easier for anglers to pinpoint and follow schools of fish below the ice.

It’s also preloaded with Garmin Navionics+™ inland mapping with unparalleled coverage and detail of more than 23,000 lakes with an included one-year subscription to daily map updates, plus built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity which lets anglers wirelessly share sonar data, waypoints and routes with another ECHOMAP UHD2 unit. Plus, its lightweight lithium battery offers improved mobility and plenty of battery life to fish all day.

The ECHOMAP UHD2 93sv has also been added to the LiveScope Ice Fishing Bundle, which includes an LVS32-IF transducer and lead acid battery.

Rapala Report

Rapala Shad Rap EliteRapala Shad Rap Elite

With the new Shad Rap Elite, Rapala turns up the power on its legendary Shad Rap fishing lure to deliver premium features that super fans of this highly effective and productive lure will appreciate.

Introduced in the early 1980s, the Shad Rap went on to become one of the most successful fishing lures of all time. Today, Rapala is introducing a next generation of the Shad Rap – the Elite – which is loaded with new features that freshwater fish everywhere will find hard to resist.

Built around the popular and proven original Shad Rap, the Elite consists of premium balsa wood, a profile shape of the natural shad baitfish, and the swimming action of a wounded minnow.

Equally effective cast or trolled, performing from ultra-slow presentations to super-fast without fail. Slightly heavier than the original, the new Shad Rap Elite can be cast longer allowing this bait to be fished in harsher conditions or on a bait cast. Forged, flattened, one-piece, through-wire construction improves durability as it battles all species around the world.