2016 Boat Gear Guide

Boat Rods

Okuma Makaira Abalone

$150-$450; okumafishing.com

Okuma Makaira Abalone
Makaira Abalone rods deliver lightweight, easy-handling offshore action yet retain the power and durability of traditional E-glass rod blanks. An extensive selection of technique-specific actions allows anglers to pick a rod for vertical jigging, trolling, and live-bait fishing. Premium abalone inserts give every rod a custom-built look.

Tsunami Classic Bottom Rods

Tsunami Classic Bottom Rods
These 7-foot casting rods come in three actions perfect for bottom fishing in the Northeast. The 701H will handle inlet fluking and shallow-water sea bass while the heaviest model, the 701XXH, has the guts for deep-water sea bass and tautog.

Daiwa Proteus SS

$160-$170; daiwa.com

Daiwa Proteus SS
These 7-foot casting rods come in three actions perfect for bottom fishing in the Northeast. The 701H will handle inlet fluking and shallow-water sea bass while the heaviest model, the 701XXH, has the guts for deep-water sea bass and tautog.

Cousins Tackle Atlantic Boat Rod

Cousins Tackle Atlantic Boat Rod
Built on a graphite blank with E-glass reinforcement, these rods are fine-tuned to deliver the medium-fast actions preferred by East Coast boat anglers. Each of the more than two-dozen casting and spinning models is outfitted with Fuji Aluminum Oxide guides, exclusive EVA form grips, lightweight Fuji reel seats with stainless steel fittings, and rubber bulb-style butt caps.

G-Loomis E6X Inshore Saltwater Rods

$160-$220; gloomis.com

G-Loomis E6X Inshore Saltwater Rods
G-Loomis’ multi-taper technology combined with E6X blank material, quality components, and full cork handles provides the proper balance and needed strength for all types of inshore action. Both spinning and casting models are available in the right lengths and actions for lure and live-bait use.

Boat Reels
Penn International VSX

Penn International VSX

$530-$1300; pennfishing.com

The Penn International VSX series is designed for heavy drags and braided lines. It’s precision machined from high-strength aircraft-grade aluminum in their Philadelphia machining center where Penn has been designing and producing durable, highquality reels since 1932. The Dura-Drag system results in a smooth startup and virtually eliminates hesitation, even under extreme drag settings.

Maxel Hybrid Star Drag

Maxel Hybrid Star Drag

Small, light, and powerful, the Maxel Hybrid Star Drag is a perfect match to the lightweight but super-strong rods being used by saltwater fishermen. A great choice for jigging, trolling, or bottom fishing for anything from tautog to small tuna, the Maxel Hybrid has a fast 6:1 gear ratio and can deliver up to 28 pounds of drag. Available January 2016.

Shimano-Talica Two Speed Lever Drag

Shimano Talica Two-Speed Lever Drag

$480-$1200; fish.shimano.com

Talica reels were built to take advantage of modern braided lines. These compact, powerful, two-speed reels are ideally suited for chunking or livebait fishing with short topshots. The Talica is available in 11 different sizes to handle a variety of offshore fish from football-size bluefin to 200-pound-class bigeye.

Okuma M-5II Metaloid

Okuma M-5II Metaloid

The 2-speed M-5II is a lot of reel in a small package. It doesn’t even weigh a pound, but it packs 24 pounds of drag and can crank in 42 or 24 inches of line per turn. I‘ve used the high-speed ratio to handle jigging for stripers, but have been most impressed with its performance on bottom-fishing trips for sea bass, fluke, and blackfish.”
–Joe Pechie, advertising sales.

Daiwa Coastal

Daiwa Coastal

$230; daiwa.com

Though the use of baitcasting reels in salt water isn’t as prevalent in the Northeast as it is in the Gulf States, inshore anglers are beginning to catch on to their effectiveness. Fluke fishermen especially like the superior line control of baitcasters when jigging bucktails. The Daiwa Coastal features cast control, comfortable EVA knobs and a tough aircraft-grade aluminum spool. It weighs a very light 8.1 ounces, but can dish out 15.4 pounds of drag pressure when needed.

Quantum Cabo PTS E

Quantum Cabo PTS-E

The flagship reel in Quantum’s saltwater line, the Cabo PTS-E features a sealed ceramic, stainless steel and carbon fiber drag system. It also has a titanium bail wire with magnetic clutch, an SCR aluminum body and side cover, and hybrid ceramic bearings in key load locations— all features that make this reel perfect for tackling cow stripers and slammer blues while ensuring it will last you multiple seasons in the salt.

Cheeky Reels Cydro

Cheeky Reels Cydro

Boston-based Cheeky Reels introduced their first line of spinning reels this summer. Designed for salt water, the Cheeky Cydro features a run-stopping multi-disc drag system and an aluminum frame and body. Available in three sizes from the back-bay-sized 3500 to big-bass-sized 5500.

Boat Accessories
Onyx Automatic Manual 24 Inflatable Life Jacket

Onyx Automatic/Manual 24 Inflatable Life Jacket

The Onyx A/M 24 automatically inflates upon immersion in water or when the wearer pulls the “Jerk to Inflate” handle. The life jacket also comes with backup oral inflation, keeping you afloat during any circumstances.

Spot Gen 3

Spot Gen3

When your fishing trips take you beyond cell service, the SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you’re okay or sends emergency responders your GPS location, all at the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam.

SonarPhone SP200 T-Box

SonarPhone SP200 T-Box

“This summer I tested the SP200 TBox on a pond where I vacation in Maine. I was using it on a small tin skiff with an electric motor, viewing the readings on my iPhone. The pond is pretty much uncharted, so it was a big help in finding structure and determining the bottom type. I’ve been fishing the pond for 20 years, but I found several rocky outcroppings that I never knew existed, and they held quality fish. The SP200 was simple to use, affordable, and provided quality sonar.”
-Andy Nabreski, designer

Global Star Phone GSP 1700

Global Star Phone GSP 1700

When plans change on the water and you are out of cell phone range, the ability to contact your loved ones on shore is important. The portable, handheld Global Star GSP 1700 Satellite Phone helps you stay in touch, even when well beyond cell phone range.

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  1. Larry

    Your review on the Daiwa Proteus SS rod states it’s 7 feet but I believe it’s 6’4″. Also, the model 701H and #701XXH are incorrect. Could you please confirm and update? Thanks for your help!

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  2. Alex O'Connor

    Your review on the Daiwa Proteus SS rods are the same for the Tsunami Classic rods. Can you please update and correct? Thanks,

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