Gifts Over $250
Accurate says it’s paying allegiance to tough-hearted reels of the past with its new DPX2 “Dawg Pound” conventional reels. Created to offer ultimate stopping power in a small braided-line package, the DPX2s feature a triple dog-and-pawl design.
2. Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition Handheld GPS
Rugged and waterproof, the 510 bundled with a Navionics Gold micro SD card combines high-sensitivity GPS reception with easy-to-read mapping and accurate navigation. Use more than 30 navigational data fields — create waypoints, record tracks, and route from point to point. The integrated 3.2 mega-pixel camera, microphone, and speaker enable anglers to record geo-referenced images and voice notes. The touchscreen unit employs just two customizable buttons. Powered by two AA batteries, the 510 lasts up to 16 hours. Price is $479.99. Call 800-707-9971 or visit magellangps.com
Steiner has packed the technology and performance of its 7x50 Commander XP binoculars into its new, compact-size 7x30 model. At just under 20 ounces, the 7x30 Commander XP ($549) offers a 392-foot field of view at 1,000 yards, and comes with Steiner’s NANO lens coating that repels water.
The new Yeti Tundra 110 Cooler offers 24.1 gallons of capacity in its 37-by-177⁄8-by-20-inch package. The one-piece, roto-molded box features Yeti’s pressure-injected PermaFrost insulation, T-Rex lid latches and ColdLock gasket.
5. Shimano Talica 20 BFC Reel
Shimano optimized its new Talica 20BFC (Billfish Concept) to offer precise drag control for 20-pound-mono-designated tournaments targeting sailfish and white marlin. The BFC retrieves 60 inches of line per crank with its 6.7-to-1 gear ratio and features Shimano’s High Efficiency Gearing and a cold-forged aluminum frame and spool. It holds 640 yards of 20-pound test, with 15 pounds of max drag. Price is $799.99. Call 877-577-0600 or visit fish.shimano.com.
Okuma’s new Makaira SE reels come with a yellowfin tuna etched on the side plate, which might tell you why the company introduced this special edition. Available in five sizes — from 8 to 30, holding 40- to 130-pound braid — the SEs feature open spool bearings with TSI‑301 oil, which increases free-spool, Okuma says...
7. St. Croix Legend Inshore Rods
St. Croix’s high-modulus SCIV graphite Legend rods boast 33 percent greater strength than their predecessors. The company uses a Fortified Resin System that combines a special resin with new curing ovens to keep carbon fibers in proper alignment. The five spinning and four casting rods feature zero-tangle guides with zirconia rings and titanium frames, Fuji SK2 split reel seats and cork handles. Prices range from $270 to $350. Call 715-762-3226 or visit stcroixrods.com.