If you live in Florida or other locations below the snow belt, chances are you fish nearly year-round. Lucky you. For everyone else, spring is a rite of piscatorial passage. And it’s also a time to invest in new gear for the season.
We’ve rounded up a collection of current and new tackle, apparel and other gear for women anglers who anticipate new adventures as the weather warms.
Grundens Pisces Bibs
Is this a great invention or what? Finally a set of breathable, durable bibs that give women an easy outlet, so to speak, for relieving themselves on the water. The suspenders stay put while the lower bib un-zips and swings away. The nylon shell fabric features 10K waterproof performance. Grundens also included a zippered chest storage pocket, corrosion-resistant YKK zippers and hardware, and hook-and-loop adjustable lower cuffs. Available in sizes XS through 2XL, the bibs cost $169.99.
Shimano Speedmaster II
The Speedmaster II lineup just added two new sizes — 8 and 10 — providing reliable options for nearshore and bottom-fishing. The lever-drag reels offer a 6.2-to-1 gear ratio and can retrieve 38 inches of line per crank. Their rigid Hagane bodies prevent misalignment of moving parts under the heaviest loads. The LD 8II holds 200 yards of 20-pound mono or 440 yards of 40-pound braid. The LD 10II holds 215 yards of 25-pound mono or 440 yards of 50-pound braid. The reels can deliver 18 pounds of max drag and cost $229.99 to $239.99.
Columbia Cool Release Airgill Shirt, Cast and Release Stretch Pant
Offering Omni-Freeze Zero sweat-activated cooling, UPF 50 sun protection and water-and-stain repellency, this long-sleeve tech shirt is 100 percent polyester. Airgill comes with vents, zippered hand pockets, a sunglass cleaning patch and rollup sleeves with snap holders. It comes in pink pop or Gulf Stream (pictured) in sizes XS through 2XL and costs $90. The Cast and Release pants are 95 percent nylon and 5 percent elastane and deliver UPF 50 sun protection as well as advanced stain repellency. The pants come with a reinforced pliers pocket, utility loop, drop-in phone pocket and a 27-inch inseam. Available in cool grey (pictured) or black and in sizes 2 through 16, they cost $80.
Costa Aleta, Mayfly Sunglasses
Costa says that while both of these women’s frames are performance/lifestyle hybrids, the Mayfly (bottom) was intentionally designed for technical use on the water, with input from female pro staffers. The frames feature fully adjustable and vented nose pads, top and side shielding, sweat channels and eye drains, and they start at $193. Aletas employ lightweight bio-resin and double-injected Hyrdolite for a better grip. Micro shields and hooding keep excess light out. Aletas start at $182.
How about a new fishing brand from Academy Sports + Outdoors? The new H2OX line has evolved from the H2O Express brand and includes rods, reels, combos, hard baits, soft plastics, tackle storage, terminal tackle and line, pliers, knives, nets and even more. The gear is designed to hit all angler-experience levels beginning with the Premier Series for entry-level anglers to the Ethos Series, which mixes elevated features and value, and the Evo Series, designed with elite-angler input for premium technology and innovation.
Salt Life Tectonic Lightweight Performance Hoodie, Transcend Fishing Shorts
Made with perforated mesh, flatlock seams and thumbholes, Salt Life’s Tectonic hoodie delivers UV 30 sun protection while wicking away moisture. The lightweight shirt is made from polyester and Spandex, comes in sizes S through XL and in light Aruba, coastal blue (pictured) or grey; it costs $54. Transcend shorts feature four-way stretch fabric, a 4-inch inseam, front slant pockets, mesh pocket bags and an inner waistband, and notched leg slits. Available in sizes 0 through 14, the shorts come in washed navy (pictured) or charcoal and cost $48.
Ugly Stik Carbon Inshore Rods
These new spinning and casting rods are built on 24-ton graphite blanks with graphite tips for lightweight balance, crisp action and increased sensitivity. Ugly Tuff stainless-steel guides eliminate insert pop outs. The nine-rod series also features either cork or shrink-tube foregrips and shrink-tube rear grips. The seafoam ocean-blue rods come with medium-light, medium or medium-heavy power ratings with fast or extra-fast actions in a variety of lengths. They cost $99.95.
Simms BugStopper Leggings, BiComp Hoody
Simm’s BugStopper Leggings are made from a polyester-spandex, insect-repellent knit blend with a high-waisted fit and wide waistband. Insect Shield protects from mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and other biting bugs. Available in sizes XS through 2XL, the leggings ($109.95) feature a 28-inch inseam and a thigh pocket and come in sapphire daze (pictured), black, or woodland camo storm. The BiComp long-sleeve hoody delivers UPF 30+ sun protection, stretch-woven polyester fabric, and a zippered hip pocket. The hoody ($99.95) comes in sea breeze (pictured) or woodland camo cinder and in sizes XS through 2XL.
Fin-Nor Cleat, Tillies Bank Sunglasses
Depending upon the style of frames you prefer and the size of your face, two of Fin-Nor’s recent sunglass offerings might fit your needs. The Cleat (top left) is described as a male-oriented 8-base frame, but this wide-arm style blocks light and helps reduce glare on the water. Cleat also comes with a venting system, spring hinges, and an adjustable nose pad—to comfortably fit a variety of face shapes. Frame colors include matte blue wave and matte black; various colors of glass and polycarbonate lenses are available. Cleats cost $189. Tillies Bank’s 6-base frame is female-targeted. It comes with spring hinges and is available in flats pool tort, matte deep shallow blue, and honey ripple fade with a range of lenses. Tillies Banks cost $179.
G. Loomis NRX Inshore 883S MR
G. Loomis designed this 7-foot-4-inch inshore spinning rod with an increased rate of tip recovery for maximum casting range and accuracy. Super light, sensitive and strong, this rod features the nano-silica resin system that allows Loomis to use less material without losing strength. The company also uses titanium-framed SIC K-frame stripper guides to keep braided line from tangling on the frames at the stiffest point of the rod. After the first three K-frame guides, Loomis added nickel-titanium RECOIL guides to reduce weight and increase that tip recovery rate. The 883S MR has a split-grip handle, medium-heavy power, and fast action, and is rated for 15- to 40-pound braid. It costs $740.
AFTCO Air-O-Mesh Sun Hoodie
The Air-O-Mesh fabric is highly breathable and made from polyester and spandex. It offers UPF 50 sun protection and is quick drying and stain resistant. The long-sleeve shirt comes in sizes XS through XL and in two colors: eventide heather (pictured) and moonlight jade heather. It costs $55.
Marsh Wear Prime Shorts
AFTCO partner Marsh Wear offers the redesigned Prime Shorts, now with a thinner waistband. The high-rise style shorts have a 4-inch inseam and are made from stretch fabric that provides UPF 40 sun protection. Other features include front slant pockets and a back zippered pocket. The shorts come in sizes XS through XL and in two colors: antler (pictured) and smoke. They cost $55.
Bajio Ozello, Eldora Sunglasses
For spring, Bajio offers these two new women’s frames—Ozello (top left) and Eldora. Ozello is a small-fit frame that’s part of the classic-fishing Wide Body family while Eldora is part of the Tight Lines collection, also sized small but built to transition from boat to bar. Ozello features a non-slip nose pad and rubber temple tips and is made from a plant-based material. Eldora features vented rubber side shields, ergo rubber nose pads and temples, and flex hinges. Both frames are available in three colors with seven lens-color options. Ozellos and Eldoras with polycarbonate lenses cost $209 each; glass costs $259.
Penn Authority Reel
“Authority” aptly describes Penn’s line of high-performance saltwater spinning reels that debuted last summer. The Authority line comes in sizes ranging from 2500 to 10500 and features an IPX8 waterproof-rated sealed body and spool, CNC Gear technology with a stainless-steel gear train and pinion gear, and the Leveline slow oscillation system. The 12+1 bearing system delivers a smooth retrieve, and the Dura-Drag generates maximum drag pressure. The reels cost $499.95 to $599.95.
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Huk Waypoint Flow Tank, Next Level Short
The Waypoint Flow tank top is made with recycled polyester, rayon and Spandex. The fabric also offers 50+ UPF sun protection. It comes in sizes XS through XL and in crystal blue, Wedgewood, winsome orchid and coral reef (pictured); it costs $60. The top-selling men’s Next Level Short has been redesigned for women. Features include an adjustable waistband, side and back pockets and a 5-inch inseam. The material is cotton, polyester and Spandex. Available in XS through 2XL, and in night owl, new khaki and Sargasso Sea (pictured), the shorts cost $70-$75.