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Gamakatsu Under Spin Head Mini

Gamakatsu has launched a mini version of their popular Under Spin Head when a little finesse is in order.

The Under Spin Head Mini features Gamakatsu’s premium size 1 Finesse Heavy Cover 60-degree hook, the wide gap design means you can still rig bulkier plastics and have plenty of bite. Ideal for smaller finesse presentations, the head profile is streamlined to glide through cover. Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock holds swim baits and other plastics gently but firmly, keeping the presentation straight on the hook.

Attention-getting, recessed lifelike eyes provide a focal point for predators. The small chrome willow blade is attached to a quality ball-bearing swivel so it spins freely, even with slow retrieves to simulate baitfish and create a subtle trigger

Gamakatsu Report

Cover Neko Hook

Gamakatsu has introduced the Cover Neko hook to perfect the newly-popular technique of Neko Rigging.

Their design is based largely on the input of Major League Fishing pro Shin Fukae, the only angler to win an Angler of the Year award at the tour level in both Japan and America. He has been instrumental in bringing the Neko technique to the United States and explaining it to appreciative anglers.

Current Neko Rig hooks are easy for amateurs to learn and can be used with a variety of soft plastics, but prove difficult for use around brush, laydowns and grass. Now, with Fukae’s tweaks makes it easier.

The Cover Neko Hook consists of a shiner-style straight eye hook with an attached swivel to prevent line twist. There’s also a strong, 90-degree wire keeper to lock plastics in place.

Taken together, it’s a tool that will let anglers fish through cover easily while maximizing hook-up percentages. These new hooks come three to a pack, in the three most popular sizes.

Cover Neko Features:

  • Shiner straight eye hook for weedless Neko fishing
  • Swivel prevents line twist
  • Strong 90 degree wire keeper locks plastic in place
  • Sizes: 1, 1/0, 2/0
  • Color: NS Black

For more information, visit www.gamakatsu.com.

Strike King Report

Strike King Tour Grade Spinnerbait

In 1964, a small-town angler with a creative spirit began building a revolutionary new lure out of his garage in Memphis, Tenn.  He used handmade skirts and safety pins to fashion what he called the “New Original Strike King Bass Lure,” with a single, spinning blade.  The old catalog pictures of this wire-framed piece of fishing history are reminiscent of a lure that is in virtually every tackle box in the country today.  But 55 years ago, it was not called a spinnerbait.  It was simply called the Strike King.

Lowrance Report

Ghost® Trolling Motor with Active Imaging 3-in-1 nosecone

Lowrance has released a software update which introduces the new Ghost 360 feature and new compatibility for NAC-2 and NAC-3 autopilots.

The latest software update unlocks the Ghost 360 for users of the Ghost® Trolling Motor with Active Imaging 3-in-1 nosecone, which offers anglers a high resolution 360-degree detailed image around their boats. This new capability utilizes automatic steering rotation of the Ghost Trolling Motor, allowing anglers to pinpoint key structure and targets in a 360-degree view of the bottom and the ability to show both standing structure and structure that is laying on the bottom. This new feature is available on all Ghost compatible multi-function displays (MFD), which includes the Elite FS™, HDS Carbon and HDS LIVE™.

Plano Report

Plano Stowall pouches

Anglers looking for a convenient storage option for soft plastics and other bulky items like phones, wallets and sunglasses won’t have to look very far thanks to the new Plano Stowall pouches.

New from Plano, the Stowall features a transparent design that allows for easy identification of contents and a waterproof closure to help keep contents dry.