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New Gear and Electronics for February 2021

New tackle, boating accessories and marine electronics.

February 5, 2021
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Penn Battle Fly rod and reel combo
Penn Battle Fly Combo Courtesy Penn

Penn Battle Fly Combo

Penn has put the award-winning Battle technology into its first-ever saltwater flyfishing combo. The combo comes with a four-piece, medium-fast, 9-foot rod and a compatible die-cast, anodized reel with a disc-drag system. The reel comes pre-spooled with a weight-forward floating line, backing and a tapered loop leader. The rod features a double up-lock aluminum reel seat with a carbon spacer. Combos are available in 8- or 10-weight sizes and packaged in a ballistic-mesh-covered, hard rod tube with reel pouch. The combos cost $249.95.

Shimano Butterfly Wing-Fall lures
Shimano Butterfly Wing-Fall Courtesy Shimano

Shimano Butterfly Wing-Fall

Designed for conventional speed jigging as well as slow-pitch jigging, Shimano’s Butterfly Wing-Fall jigs generate several falling actions — wide roll, cradle swing and back slide. The Kyorin finish gives the lures a lifelike appearance in six different colors, including (pictured left to right) anchovy, blue/pink, and blue sardine. Available in six sizes from 80g to 250g, Wing-Fall jigs feature through-wire construction and a pair of single assist hooks. They cost $11.99 to $17.99.

Okuma DTR Custom Offshore/Inshore fishing rods
Okuma DTR Custom Offshore/Inshore Rods Courtesy Okuma

Okuma DTR Custom Offshore/Inshore Rods

Okuma designed its DTR custom rods with Capt. John Pisa of Home Run Charters specifically for his home waters of Venice, Louisiana. The offshore rods (pictured) feature models for jigging, popping and trolling with either 24-ton carbon or carbon/e-glass blanks and Okuma’s ultimate flex reinforced rod-tip technology. All feature ALPS machined-aluminum gimbals and tapered TPE foregrips. They come in lengths from 5 feet 8 inches to 7 feet 6 inches. DTR Custom Inshore rods are technique-specific and built on 24/30-ton, low-resin carbon blanks. The 7-foot and 7-foot-2-inch rods feature SeaGuide XO and XQ series angled 316 stainless-steel guide frames with zirconium inserts, Fuji skeleton reel seats, and cork full or split grips. Inshore rods cost $119.99 to $129.99 and offshore rods cost $139.99 to $399.99.

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ICOM M94D handheld VHF
ICOM M94D Courtey ICOM

ICOM M94D

Icom has just introduced the first handheld AIS radio — the M94D. The AIS receiver delivers vessel-traffic information on the handheld’s display. The AIS target call function lets you easily set up a DSC individual call. Distress calls can be made quickly with the rear panel button. Other upgraded features include 6 Watts of RF power and 1,500 mW of audio output with improved sound clarity. Extended battery power means about 10 hours of operation. Assign up to 50 favorite fishing spots or destinations as waypoints with the enhanced navigation feature. The floating handheld weighs 12.6 ounces and costs $299.99.

Raymarine Axiom+ MFD
Raymarine Axiom+ Courtesy Raymarine

Raymarine Axiom+

The successor to Raymarine’s Axiom line of MFDs, Axiom+ multifunction displays come with a quad-core processor, increased onboard storage (up to 16 GB), and an IPS LCD screen that’s 25 percent brighter than previous models. The HydroTough nano-coated display improves touchscreen performance, enhancing impact resistance and repelling water and oils. Axiom+ comes with four built-in sonar channels, including RealVision 3D, and an ultra-sensitive GPS/GNSS receiver. The networkable Axiom+ units start at $749 (7-inch), $1,099 (9-inch), and $2,499 (12-inch).

Lewmar PowerGrip Power steering wheel
Lewmar PowerGrip Power Wheel Courtesy Lewmar

Lewmar PowerGrip Power Wheel

Lewmar’s new PowerGrip wheels feature a three-spoke design and a pre-installed ball-raced Power Grip knob. Rim materials include stainless steel (cast, welded or black-painted) and carbon fiber. The deep-dish design comes with integrated molded-rubber grips on some models. Rim diameter measures 13.5 inches. Prices range from $106 to $699.

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Humminbird Apex MFDs
Humminbird Apex Courtesy Humminbird

Humminbird Apex

Humminbird’s new Apex series of multifunction units delivers dual-channel chirp sonar support and full networking capabilities on a full-HD, 1920- by 1080-pixel display. Control functions using touchscreen or softkey inputs. Available in 13.3-, 15.6-, and 18.5-inch models, Apex units support Mega Side Imaging+, Mega Down Imaging+, and Dual Spectrum chirp 2D sonar as well as optional accessory 2D chirp transducers up to 2 kW. Choose either a chartplotter model with a transom-mount transducer or a control-head only model with an option to pick an accessory transducer. Prices range from $3,699.99 to $4,999.99.

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