January/February 2021 Fishing Products Review

LIVETARGET Erratic Shiner

LIVETARGET Erratic Shiner

The Erratic Shiner by LIVETARGET combines traditional spoon craftsmanship with a next-generation design. Its Inner Core Technology creates the first-ever anatomically precise spoon that simulates a swimming shiner. The bait’s darting effect imitates an injured baitfish. A vibrant life-like inner core mimics the narrow profile of a minnow. At the same time, its translucent Exo-Skin produces an erratic wide-wobble pulsates in the water, creating an irresistible flash, triggering the strike in game fish. A sleek design glides through the air for longer casts, covering more water. The Erratic Shiner also works well as a trolling and jigging lure. It’s available in four sizes from a quarter ounce to three-quarters of an ounce and in 10 life-like colours for different water conditions, including two glow patterns for low light and murky water.

MSRP: $10.99
livetargetlures.ca

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Yakima SpinFish Sizes

Yakima SpinFish Sizes

The popular SpinFish bait-holding lure is back, and it’s now available in two new sizes – a 2.0 (two inch) and 2.5 (two-and-a-half inch) versions. Like the original, larger lures, the SpinFish consists of the patented, pull-apart, easy-fill bait chamber. The scent-dispersing design holds your favourite bait. When trolled or still-fished in current, this lure will produce a vibrating, spinning, wounded-baitfish action and alluring scent trail. A cotton ball placed in the front half of the lure slows down bait dispersal when using canned tuna or liquid scents, adding to the lure’s versatility. According to Yakima Bait president and CEO Dan McDonald, “These new smaller SpinFish sizes match smaller forage that walleye, perch, trout and kokanee depend on and larger predator fish often devour too.” Rig the SpinFish with a conventional sinker or bottom walker or behind lake troll, dodger or flasher. Available in many colours and patterns.

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MSRP: $9
www.yakimabait.com

Garmin Quatix 6x Solar Watches

Garmin Quatix 6x Solar Watches

For a life on the water, Garmin designed the Quatix 6x Solar, a solar-charged, GPS smartwatch series with a host of features for boating, fishing, cruising and sailing. Housed in a tough frame, it’s waterproof to 100 metres while its large, sunlight-readable display captures light and charges the watch, extending its battery life. The Quatix 6x Solar offers comprehensive connectivity with compatible Garmin chartplotters and other marine electronics for autopilot control, data streaming, SailAssist race assistance, Fusion-Link entertainment control and more. It displays optional BlueChart G3 coastal charts and LakeVü inland maps with integrated Navionics data. Other connected features include smart notifications, Garmin Pay contactless payments and on-device music storage. The battery performance on the Quatix 6X Solar is up to 21 days in smartwatch mode and up to 24 days with solar charging. Sold with titanium hardware and includes a blue silicone band.

MSRP: $1,599.99 CAD
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Gamakatsu G-Case System

Gamakatsu G-Case System

The all-new G-Case 7000 by Gamakatsu is a serious storage solution with an exciting suite of custom features. The case is a home for bulk storage and is compatible with all sizes of Gamakatsu’s G-Boxes. The G-Case lid opens from either side for quick access. It’s a durable, hard-sided box that acts as a catch-all with many configuration options. An interior open tray holds loose items like line spools and tools, and the exterior provides access to frequently used gear or add an optional rod stand. The optional exterior, side-mounted jig compartment attaches securely to the G-Case 7000 and offers an open, top-slotted compartment for quick access to your go-to lures. Store and dry them after use as well, before moving lures back into permanent G-Box utility cases. This exterior storage option is a time saver in the field. An optional shoulder strap makes carrying the G-Case a breeze. Size: 19 inches by 13 inches by 13 inches.

MSRP: $89.99
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Buddy FLEX Heater & Cooker With Gear Bag

Buddy FLEX Heater & Cooker With Gear Bag

Stay warm and cook your catch this winter with the Buddy FLEX heater, cooker and gear bag. The heater is an 11,000 BTU high-performance, omnidirectional mesh burner with 180-degree heat coverage. It includes an integrated gas-powered accessory control and a quick-connect accessory rail system. Buddy FLEX features advanced safety systems, like low-oxygen, tip-switch and thermal shut-down. The updated design incorporates an optimized wind barrier and pilot shield for reliable outdoor use. Accessory doors offer convenient storage in its modular design. Pair the FLEX heater with a matching 5,000 to 8,000 BTU infini-variable cooker using the integrated hose with quick-connect fitting. A purpose-built Buddy FLEX gear bag, constructed of heavy-duty Cordura nylon, holds and protects the Buddy FLEX heater and cooker, as well as two one-pound tanks, and extra gear during transport.

MSRP: Heater – $195 CAD; cooker – $104 CAD; gear bag – $77.50
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