Hand-held Magellan GPS receivers
Four new hand-held
Magellan GPS receivers have been released by Electronic Navigation.
Magellan's new range is available in four product levels, designated Meridian
GPS, Meridian Gold, Meridian Marine and Meridian Platinum.
Each of the four compact Meridian models provides seven different navigation
screens and secure digital memory card (SD card) capabilities that provide
nearly unlimited memory capacity.
Key features include larger, clearer screens; the potential to use detailed
Navionics charting and unlimited memory capacity to store personal waypoints and
routes — and also provide elevation, a barometer, and a fluxgate compass. The
Meridian GPS receivers show the user's exact location to within as little as
The range of digitised maps is being increased constantly and greater areas
of New Zealand are expected to become available for the Magellan soon.
Each model is a fully-featured GPS with 12-parallel channel receiver and can
store up to 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes of up to 30 legs — more when
using a memory card. Battery life from two AA sized batteries is up to 14
Magellan GPS receivers are distributed by ENL in Auckland.
Alutecnos Albacore game reels
Alutecnos is proud of the fact that their reels are the result of a
collaborative effort involving all their staff.
They have eight models of single-speed reels available from 12 to 80/130
sizes, and six in two-speed versions (30-80W).
All aluminium parts have been machined from bar stock and are subjected to
rigorous dimensional and quality control checks throughout the manufacturing
process, and are ultrasonically cleaned, buffed and anodised with a gold
Their reel seats are particularly sturdy and robust, and are secured by four
Alutecnos was the first brand to introduce infinite anti-reverse in their
reels, and the five bearings and gears are made from tempered stainless steel
for great corrosion resistance. Drag washers are constructed from the latest
carbon composite material and have the appropriate protection to ensure smooth
operation throughout long battles. 'Sticky drag' is virtually eliminated.
All Alutecnos Albacore reels come in a convenient carry bag and are
distributed by Composite Developments in Albany.
Rapala Blue Fox Flash lures
Rapala has introduced an exciting range of bladed spinners for those
anglers who target trout in 1.2-1.5 metres of water.
This deep running spinner has a 30° blade to keep this fishing 'torpedo' down
where the big fish like to hold, and also flutters attractively as it descends.
Available in a variety of well-proven colour combos, the Blue Fox Flash lures
also feature a dressed tail with mixed flashing fibres, a chrome-plated body and
a blade augmented by laser holographics and paint, a stainless shaft, and an
extremely sharp VMC hook for maximum penetration and resistant to bending out
Rapala Lures are distributed by Douglas Johnson in Auckland.
Quicksilver Marine Priority Start
All boaties dread the thought of turning the key at the end of a nice day on
the water and finding the battery dead.
Marine Priority provides automatic battery protection, so you can listen to
the radio, run navigation lights and the fishfinder without worrying about the
While you are fishing, Priority Start constantly monitors the battery's
condition, and disconnects the battery if the voltage falls below 11.9 volts,
preserving enough power to ensure your engine will still start. And when you hit
the ignition key, Priority Start automatically reconnects the battery.
Priority Start is compact, waterproof, vibration and shock proof, and easy to
For more information on Quicksilver products, contact your nearest
authorised Mercury, Mariner or MerCruiser dealer.
Simrad RA30-24nm radar
The Simrad RA30 radar has been developed and introduced so that it is
suits small boat owners and is competitively priced. It is part of a compact new
radar series that are ideal for when space is limited.
The flat 7' high definition display is full colour and offers a choice of
radome or open scanners, and there's crystal-clear presentation of Semi 3D, Full
Screen and Navigation data display data.
Rotary control makes it easy to operate, and other features include:
double-speed antennas; stepless range selection; night display; echo tracking
with true motion; second station capability; and optional mini ARPA with target
The Simrad RA30-24nm radar is distributed by Advanced Trident Ltd
in Kingsland, Auckland.
Black Magic Game Swivels
Good quality game swivels are a necessity when chasing the big fish with
Firstly they must ensure twist in the main line is prevented and they must
create a strong link between the leader and the main line. Game swivels are
probably the most neglected part of an angler's tackle. They are rarely washed
and are used time and time again without any thought of maintenance. Black Magic
have come up with a double ball bearing snaplock style game swivel which feature
double welded rings to prevent them binding up.
Bruce Martin aboard the charter vessel Predator used them successfully for
all of last season, giving the product a clean bill of health at the end. The
black swivels are available in four weights - 10, 15, 24 and 37kgs.
Distributed by Black Magic Tackle and available in good tackle
Power Pro Micro Filament Line
Spectra Fiber was there at the ground floor of the 'superbraid
revolution', and this new Power Pro Micro Filament Line, made from 100% Spectra
Fibre, is a result of their experience and 'Enhanced Body Technology.
The main differences is that this braided line now feels smoother and has
more body, so is less harsh on hands and guides. Spin-offs from this include
smoother casts, better knot performance and a firmer lay on the reel spool.
It still has almost zero stretch so is very sensitive, and the diameter is
less than a quarter that of nylon in a similar breaking strain.
Power Pro Microfilament Line is distributed by H Dutton &Co in
No Ding Sinkers
Damage to gelcoat on fibreglass and composite boats and paint surfaces
on alloy boats have been estimated to cost boat owners $8,000,000 annually. Much
of this is due to impact damage from sinkers.
That's why No Ding Sinkers were developed. A durable, resilient material was
sourced and has been used to coat 'tear drop' sinkers in a range of sizes. The
concept was found to be unique and has been patented.
As well as helping to prevent sinker damage to hulls, the coating also
prevents lead sinkers from marking the surfaces they contact, and greatly
reduces toxic lead from wearing or flaking off and into the environment. Even
better, these sinkers do not weave through the water as most other designs do,
and the plasticised coatings are non-reflective, so fewer barracouta are
No Ding Sinkers make Tournament-type sinkers in 2, 3, 4, 5, 68, 16 and
27-ounce models, as well as downrigger balls in 3, 6, 8 and 10-pound, in a
choice of black or orange.
For more information on No Ding Sinkers in Whangamata, phone 07 865
Abu Eon 5600
The Abu Eon 5600 is a revolutionary new reel with a unique planetary
gearing system. It features three gears rather than just one, enabling six times
the surface area to be covered by the gears, making this revolutionary reel much
more durable than other reels in its class.
The drag is conveniently positioned, but has twice the surface area of
traditional baitcasters. Designed to handle the rigours of today's superbraids,
the Eon also possesses a disengaging levelwind and has an easily adjustable
With a recommended retail price of $379, the Eon has a useful line capacity
of 300metres of 8-kg nylon and a powerful retrieval ratio of 4:1.
Daiwa Sealine-X Boat stand-up rod
Looking for an effective 'puka, kingie, tuna and marlin stand-up rod
with 15-24kg capabilities? This composite graphite-glass Sealine-X rod from
Daiwa could well be the answer.
It's fitted with high quality components, including Aftco butt and tip
guides, long wearing Perfection guides, a super-long EVA foregrip, and a solid
metal reel seat and butt.
A graphite butt section provides great lifting and hooking power, while the
upper section is fibreglass and folds away under pressure, leaving the angler
with a shorter length of rod for even greater control and power.
The bindings are black over metallic blue with silver nips — very handsome on
a black blank.
The Daiwa Sealine-X Boat rod are distributed by Brittain Wynyard in
The Dock Buddy is a self-tensioning berthing rope that consists of a
braided nylon exterior and an internal bungie cord. There is a fastening loop at
each end (which can be altered by sliding the plastic collars), and two tubes of
soft EVA are also incorporated to provide floatation.
Available in black, blue and blue-white, and in lengths of 4', 5' and 6', the
Dock Buddy keeps your berthed boat secure and eliminates loose rope in the
The Dock Buddy is a product of Trader Services Ltd in Westhaven,
Pacific Mariana Dynomite
This new Pacific lure looks like a winner. The Mariana Dynomite has a
long slim head, enabling it to perform in all positions, from the flatline in
close to the 'moose' position way out the back. And this also means it should
handle most sea conditions — no matter how rough it gets!
The colour scheme looks promising, too. A metallic fleck purple and
black-stripe overskirt covers a blue-silver underskirt — and the reflective
paua-insert head doesn't hurt the overall effect at all!
The slim profile suits 10/0 hooks, and it's well suited to either 24- or
Pacific Lures are distributed by Kilwell Sports Ltd in
Plano Magnum 1444 Tackle Box
The Plano Magnum 1444 tackle box is for serious anglers. This
multi-layer box contains a wide assortment of storage spaces, both fixed and
adjustable, and is designed to hold all manner of tackle, from small swivels and
hooks to big spools of nylon, reels and knives — and lots of it.
Plano terms the box a 'Tackle System' and in this case appears to be
particularly appropriate. The lid opens up to easily access small and medium
items of tackle, while the mid-section divides into three layers. One tray is
see-through and securely contains even the smallest items with a flush-mount
lid, and the bottom is contoured to make item removal easier. This tray serves
as a cover for a larger lure storage area.
In the base are two large compartments for holding big items such as trace
line, reels or lunch.
Made in the USA, Plano boxes are strongly made and distributed by
RA Conaghans in Auckland and Alexto Sports in Dunedin.
Pflueger Trion Baitcaster
A cracking gear ratio of 6.3:1 makes this Pfleuger Trion Baitcaster a
lot of fun for those anglers who like to fish light line and lures.
The line capacity of 220 metres of 3-kg nylon is perfect for trout, snapper,
trevally and kahawai jigging and spinning, especially as it has thumb bar auto
release and on-off flipping switch — great for instant depth adjustment.
Five stainless steel ball bearings and a Uni-Lok instant anti-reverse bearing
combine to provide the reel with a smooth performance, while a machined
one-piece aluminium frame and anodised aluminium spool give plenty of structural
Other features include a six-pin adjustable centrifugal brake system, a
smooth multi-disc, main-gear-applied, star-drag system, and a titanium-coated
line guide on the level-wind mechanism.
The Pfleuger Trion Baitcaster is distributed by Shakespeare K2
Outdoor Products (NZ) Limited in Panmure, Auckland.