Holiday Gift Guide 2017
Built for the active lifestyle, the Reactor watch line (available at Perry’s Emporium in Wilmington) is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want a fashionable, great looking watch that performs. Each model in the Reactor line is forged from solid marine grade 316L stainless steel or titanium for the ultimate in strength. Typically the most vulnerable part of a watch is the connection between watch band and case, but Reactor’s solid threaded screw bars are rated at an incredible 600 lbs. of pressure (on average) providing at least 500% higher strength than most competing watches.
The Reactor screw-down crown system promotes the highest level of water resistance integrity, and the three-gasket structure stays water tight even if left unscrewed. And Reactor doesn’t just say the watch is tough—they stand behind all of their watches with an unconditional two-year guarantee. You can shop Perry’s Emporium online at www.perrysemporium.com, but this brick-and-mortar fine jewelry store has built their reputation on outstanding customer service, so an in-person visit to check out and try on the Reactor line (starting at $300) is recommended.
Combining innovative cooler design and classic coastal styling, ICON coolers are proudly made in America to offer unparalleled performance. Each cooler is rotationally molded for extreme durability and packed with professional-grade foam for longer lasting ice. The ICON 75 (approx. 77 quart interior capacity) is the largest of the company’s current line-up and is proudly manufactured here in North Carolina. It was designed specifically for the marine market, boasting a similar footprint to a standard 94 quart injection-molded marine cooler and fits nicely under most leaning posts and in front of most consoles.
The cooler sports oversize, non-skid, non-marking feet to keep it in place in the roughest of conditions. Other features include tie-down ports, lid lock ports, a wide open-angle integrated hinge system, removable lid gaskets, and dual drain plugs. The ICON 75 comes in two versions of white—Ice White and Bonefish White—and retails for $399.99. Check out the full array of ICON coolers and keep up-to-date on new product releases at www.iconcoolers.com.
Costa Mag Bay and Tuna Alley
The Costa Mag Bay sunglass line is named in homage to the mangrove-lined, estuary Magdalena Bay in Baja, California, that has some of the best sport fishing anywhere. The Mag Bays are large-fit and ready for larger-than-life adventures.
Costa’s Tuna Alleys are named after the legendary 15-mile stretch of sand cutting through the deep blue Bahamian waters. With integral hinges, a patented vent system, and made from tough-as-nails nylon, these performance fishing sunglasses won’t be missing much.
Both 580P (plastic) and 580G (glass) lenses are offered in the Mag Bay and Tuna Alley frames, each offering blue and yellow light blockage to enhance color while offering wearers incredible clarity as well. The glass lenses offer the greatest clarity and scratch resistance, and the plastic lenses are lighter in weight and more impact resistant.
Check out Costa’s Mag Bays and Tuna Alleys ($189-$249) at a local dealer, or visit www.costadelmar.com for more information.
Cinnetic Cinergy Small Tracker Reel
Designed for the demanding angler with an affinity for light tackle fishing, the Cinergy Small Tracker fits many of the features found in much larger reels into its small, light frame. Drag can be everything, and Cinnetic’s high resistance drag washers dissipate the heat produced during fish combat, keeping an adequate friction coefficient that even works under high temperatures.
In other words, the drag is smooth and won’t fail even in high pressure situations. The body and sides of the reel are made of aluminum, with housing-sealed engineering which prevents salt crystals from getting inside. And the new ultra-ventilated rotor is lighter and increases the smoothness, resistance, and balance of the entire reel system. The Small Tracker also boasts a stainless steel bearing system, three of which are sealed, and a 100% stainless steel main shaft. The Cinergy Small Tracker, offered in 2500, 3500, and 4000 sizes, can be shopped at www.cinnetic-us.com.
RinseKit Portable Shower
Fast, efficient, and portable, RinseKit cleans up your fishing gear with a perfectly pressurized spray. Better than a bucket and more convenient than a hose, this award-winning product’s time-saving power gets your gear clean and back on the go. Lightweight and easy to use, RinseKit gives a 3-5 minute pressurized shower without pumping or batteries.
Simply fill RinseKit’s 2-gallon chamber from your own faucet, and the spigot’s exact water pressure stays contained for up to a month. No moving parts inside the unit and no batteries or electronics are used in the RinseKit, meaning the simple device has nearly nothing to break or fail, creating reliable performance that lasts. Keep your rods and tackle clean and running smoothly with RinseKit. RinseKit retails for $99.95, and more information, including a list of local dealers, can be found at www.RinseKit.com.
DryCASE Duffel Bags and Backpacks
The DryCASE Liberty Ship waterproof duffle bag has enough room to store everything you’ll need (and then some) on any excursion. It includes a fully waterproof main compartment capable of holding 80 liters, and inside is a velcro closure with an integrated pocket to store smaller items. The duffel bag also features a front mesh pocket to keep wet items out of the waterproof area, webbing to secure carabiners, and removable and adjustable shoulder straps.
The DryCASE Masonboro waterproof backpack is perfect for any person who lives and breathes the outdoors. This 100% waterproof backpack features a two-way purge valve, and it includes a fully waterproof main compartment capable of holding 35 liters of gear, an internal zippered waterproof pocket to store smaller items, a front mesh pocket, a side water bottle holder, bungee cords that can hold your other DryCASE items (such as smart phone cases, floating Bluetooth speakers, and waterproof headphones), and padded shoulder straps and back support for a comfortable fit.
The Liberty Ship duffel bag retails for $119.99 and the Masonboro waterproof backpack is available for $99.99 on www.drycase.com.
PENN Passion Combo and Conflict II Combo
The PENN Passion combos feature Passion reels which use a full metal body for strength, combined with an RR30 rotor to reduce weight. A 5+1 stainless steel bearing system combined with PENN’s proven HT-100 drag system provides smooth operation during the cast, retrieve, and while fighting a fish. The rod has ergonomic WINN grips designed to fit the female anglers’ hands, along with a graphite composite blank, graphite reel seat, and aluminum oxide guides.
The PENN Conflict II combos feature a freaky light design and silky smooth HT-100 drag. The RR30 Rigid Resin body and rotor are extremely lightweight and durable. Internally, the Conflict II is powered with CNC Gear Technology, and high quality stainless steel ball bearings. The PENN Passion combos retail for $129.99-$149.99, and the PENN Conflict II combos retail for $199.99-$249.99. Both models are available at tackle retailers up and down the North Carolina coast or can be shopped at www.pennfishing.com.
Stick-It Anchor Pins
Recommended for flats boats up to 24’ or bay boats up to 20’, the Stick-It Anchor Pin can provide anchoring ability in up to 8’ of water, and unlike fiberglass models, the Stick-It Anchor Pin is a custom-formulated rod backed by a five year warranty. So whether you’re fishing the flats, sand bars, or muddy bottoms, the Anchor Pin is a faster, quieter, and stronger anchoring system for shallow water situations. For an out of the way and even more secure anchoring system, look to Stick-It’s Motor Mount Bracket.
This is a universal mounting bracket, and the complete system includes an aluminum, powder-coated motor mount bracket, an 8’ Anchor Pin, the trolling speed anchor pin holder, 3/4” mounting clips, rough water safety straps to mount behind the mounting clips for extra security, a neoprene impact cushion, and complete instructions. More information on all Stick-It products, including a 5/8” x 5.5’ anchor pin perfect for kayaks and canoes, can be found at www.stickitanchorpins.com.
Fisherman’s Post Fishing School Tickets
There’s no better gift for an angler than something that will make them a better angler, and Fisherman’s Post Saltwater Fishing School tickets fill the bill handily. Each featuring over a dozen of the area’s finest captains and professional anglers, the Fisherman’s Post Saltwater Schools give anglers a chance to interact hands-on with the experts in their area on subjects ranging from flounder and trout fishing to offshore trolling and grouper digging. The Wilmington half-day event will be February 11, following Saturday’s full-day event on February 10. Anglers can also choose to attend the Morehead City Saltwater School at Crystal Coast Convention Center on February 24.
Fisherman’s Post Saltwater Schools have been ranked among the top in the nation by Sport Fishing Magazine and score highly enough on participant evaluations to see many repeat students. Anglers can buy advance tickets for the schools at West Marine and Tex’s Tackle in Wilmington, and Chasin’ Tails Outdoors and West Marine in Morehead City. For more information (or to buy tickets direct), call (910) 452-6378 or visit www.FishermansPost.com.