New Fishing Gear for May 2020

10 new products for the spring fishing season.

May 1, 2020
Yeti Roadie 24 hard cooler
Yeti Roadie 24 hard cooler. Courtesy Yeti

Yeti Roadie 24

Yeti says it’s responding to fan comments and suggestions with the release of the new Roadie 24 hard cooler. The new model weighs 10 percent less (and yes, we’ve inspected the new model and can verify that); it holds 20 percent more, and the company says it performs 30 percent better thermally. The new cooler presents a more vertical profile (it’s 17 ½ inches high by 16 ½ inches long and 14 ½ inches wide) than the previous Roadie. It can accommodate a standard bottle of wine and fits better behind the driver or passenger seat of a vehicle. New Quicklatches are quite honestly simple and easy to operate. A new flexible woven handle has also replaced the original metal bar. The Roadie 24 comes in four colors and costs $199.99.

Penn Clash II spinning reels
Penn Clash II spinning reels. Courtesy Penn

Penn Clash II


Penn has introduced the second-generation Clash II inshore reel, which features Penn’s CNC gear technology and HT-100 carbon-fiber drag system. The reel’s clutch armor system and hydrophobic line roller bearing ensure strength and protection to critical components. The Leveline slow oscillation system promotes precise line lay cast after cast. Available in 1000 to 5000 sizes with high-speed models in the 3000 and 4000 class, Clash II features a full metal body and sideplate. Max drag ranges from 9 to 20 pounds; prices range from $209.95 to $249.95.

Bluefin USA Face Shield/Neck Gaiter
Bluefin USA Face Shield/Neck Gaiter. Courtesy Bluefin USA

Bluefin USA Face Shield/Neck Gaiter

Bluefin USA’s neck gaiters, made from ultrafine microfiber, can be used as a face and neck shield. The 36 different patterns were designed to be soft and stretchy for a lightweight feel. The gaiters offer UPF 30+ sun protection; they’re moisture wicking and quick drying. When used as a face mask, they can help limit respiratory droplets. They measure 19-by-9 ½ inches and cost $18.

Standard Horizon GX2400B Matrix fixed-mount VHF radio
Standard Horizon GX2400B Matrix fixed-mount VHF radio. Courtesy Standard Horizon

Standard Horizon GX2400B Matrix

Standard Horizon’s new GX2400 Matrix fixed-mount VHF radios replace the company’s earlier GX2200 series. Features of the new units include NMEA 2000 and 0183 compatibility, second-station wired RAM4 or wireless RAM4W capability, and an upgraded display with a brighter backlight. The 25-Watt GX2400 comes with a built-in 66-channel GPS receiver and AIS/AIS SART target display and more. Available in black, the unit costs $449.99.

XtraTuf women’s Slip-On deck shoes
XtraTuf women’s Slip-On deck shoes. Courtesy XtraTuf

XtraTuf Slip-On


XtraTuf has released its Slip-On deck shoes in a women’s version. The shoes feature the same slip-resistant Chevron outsole as the company’s Legacy Boots. They are 100 percent waterproof with a rubber and neoprene upper and come with an XpressCool lining for breathability. The shoes weigh just under 2 pounds, come in sizes 5 to 11 in seafoam green, and cost $85.

Shimano SP-ORCA FB 150S sinking pencil baits
Shimano SP-ORCA FB 150S sinking pencil baits. Courtesy Shimano

Shimano SP-ORCA FB 150S

Shimano’s new sinking pencil baits introduce Flash Boost technology to the company’s saltwater lure lineup. Flash Boost reflective foil suspended on springs inside the lure emit a fish-attracting shine. The lures come in six colors (injured sardine pictured above) primarily to target tuna and other pelagic species. They measure 5 7/8 inches long and weigh 2 ½ ounces and wobble side to side as they sink. The SP-ORCA FB 150S comes equipped with Shimano’s propulsion weight-transfer system for longer casts and through-sire construction. The baits cost $22.99.

Columbia PFG Low Drag men’s and women’s boat shoes.
Columbia PFG Low Drag men’s and women’s boat shoes Courtesy Columbia

Columbia PFG Low Drag

Columbia’s PFG Low Drag boat shoes, available in men’s (pictured) and women’s versions, are made with a water-and-stain-resistant, quick-drying mesh and leather upper and a siped Omni-Grip rubber sole. Lightweight cushioning in the Techlite EVA midsole enhances impact absorption. Men’s lace-up Low Drags come in sizes 7 to 17 and in three color combinations (dove/blue chill pictured). The women’s version comes in sizes 5 to 12 and in three different color combinations. They cost $85.

Humminbird Solix G2 multifunction displays
Humminbird Solix G2 multifunction displays. Courtresy Humminbird

Humminbird Solix G2

Humminbird’s new Solix G2 multifunction displays combine technologies such as Mega Side Imaging+, Mega Down Imaging+, dual-spectrum chirp sonar, AutoChart Live and Cross Touch control for anglers with all levels of experience. Mega Imaging+ extends Humminbird’s imaging capabilities down 200 feet for and 200 feet to each side. The high-frequency megahertz range provides the clearest, sharpest imaging returns available.The G2 units also come equipped with Dual Spectrum CHIRP sonar, which allows anglers to choose between wide mode, showing bigger and better fish arches, and narrow mode, maximizing detail and target separation. Available with 12- or 15-inch displays, the units cost $3,099.99 and $3,699.99 respectively.

Huk Rogue Wave 4-inch boots
Huk Rogue Wave 4-inch boots. Courtesy Huk

Huk Rogue Wave

Huk has introduced two new color options for its 4-inch Rogue Wave boots. Hannibal camo (pictured), created by K.C. Scott, came from that artist’s fishing experience on Panama’s Hannibal Bank. Rogue Waves also now come in white. The boots feature a waterproof rubber and neoprene upper, Grip X outsole traction pattern, and an 8mm molded EVA footbed. They weigh 38 ounces per pair, come in men’s sizes 8 to 13 and cost $85.

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Gamakatsu Superline Swimbait Heads
Gamakatsu Superline Swimbait Heads. Courtesy Gamakatsu

Gamakatsu Superline Swimbait Heads

Gamakatsu’s Superline Swimbait Heads are built on a high-carbon NSB-coated hook with a 60-degree bend that keeps baits running true regardless of presentation. The angled shank also sheds weeds. The leadheads come with a stainless-steel spring that secures the swimbait and are available in weights from 1/8 to ½ ounces on 4/0- or 5/0-size hooks. Choose painted or unpainted heads for $5.99 to 6.99, depending on size.


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