Gear, gadgets & Gizmos

Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009

Keep it cool

According to John Weedman, general manager at Western Auto-Marine, the Ice Cube from Igloo is a great addition to any recreational fisherman's boat.

Weedman said it's just big enough to carry the essentials.

This unique cube-shaped Marine cooler boasts two rod holders, two detachable drink holders, side grips, a locking extendable handle and a pair of durable easy-roll wheels that will make hauling your drinks or your catch a breeze.

There's also a storage compartment on lid for bait, lures, snacks or just about anything that needs to be kept within easy reach.

In addition, integrated ultraviolet inhibitors protect against sun damage.

The Ice Cube retails for $79.99 and can be found at Western Auto-Marine.

For more information on other Igloo products, go online

Lure em in

When it comes to fishing lures, it doesn't get much more traditional than a spinner spoon and a hook.

Weedman said they've had a hard time keeping the colors chartreuse, lime and blue in stock.

"We've been trying to frantically re-stock our supplies to keep up with the demand," he said.

The "Gold Star" from Silver Horde seems to be especially popular.

Prices vary depending on the color, but they can found for $5.99 at Western Auto-Marine.

In addition, the "Ace High Fly" (pictured below), also from Silver Horde, has been extremely popular, according to Weedman.

"This lure slims down to look like a needlefish,"he said.

The hot colors this year seem to be chartreuse, blue and purple.

These retail for around $3.89 at WesternAuto-Marine.

Other places to look locally are Harri Plumbing & Heating, Fred Meyer and DeHart's in Auke Bay.

Latest in lightweight rods

If John Weedman, general manager of Western Auto-Marine, had to pick a favorite fishing rod, it would be the Trevala jigging rod, by Shimano.

Weedman said this is a lightweight rod perfect for handling 20-50-pound test line. It has a very sensitive tip which makes it perfect for detecting even the slightest nudge.

The Trevala rod blanks use Shimano's TC 4 Construction® with new concept Fuji® Alconite® or Hardloy® guides and a Fuji reel seat. The custom-shaped EVA fore grip and rear grip have an ergonomic design. The rod also features a hook keeper.

But if you're into trooling, Weedman said longer rods, which offer more control in the water off a downrigger, are picking up in popularity.

Look for 10' 5" rods, like those from G. Loomis and find both these types of rods at Western Auto-Marine.

Electronic bait technology

This little gadget attaches to a leader or line and sends an electronic pulse into the water meant to mimic bait.

The package, retailing for $20.99 contains three chips and, according to Weedman, has become increasingly popular.

Find these at Western Auto-Marine and at other local outdoors stores.

High definition fish-finder

Lowrance now offers the new HDS series of fish-finding, sidescan and downscan technology for any outdoorsman.

Weedman said there is everything available from combination machines to those that just offer either a GPS unit or fish-locating capabilities.

Prices range from $600 for the single capability units, up to $3,000 for larger and more powerful components.

Find this at Western Auto-Marine or online at

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