FISH & GAME GEAR

TEXAS TASTED
February 25, 2017
INDUSTRY INSIDER
February 25, 2017

Flambeau Turns Tail on Turkeys

The MAD answer to upping the game against springtime toms. The simple, reliable pull-string operation of the new Spin-N-Strut allows you to now entice a gobbler to come pick a fight through controlled decoy movement. Here’s the perk: no electronics, no noise, and no batteries means all natural “tomfoolery.” Read and respond after a quick 30-second setup to the body language of an approaching longbeard cam-actuated body rotation and a full range of fantail positions. Pull the string from your position in cover and the fantail slowly rises as the body simultaneously rotates. Release the tension and the decoy resets. 

Spin-N-Strut’s tail raising action is manually (and silently) controlled.

It’s one thing to grab the attention of a roaming gobbler with a hen call, but to seal the deal, the Spin-N-Strut motion ramps up the realism of the trap you’re trying to set to a whole different level. The call brings them in close, the Spin-N-Strut coaxes them in for a final bout. The only difference between the Spin-N-Strut and the bird now in your sights is a heartbeat. Includes high-definition synthetic fantail and the option to use your own real fantail. MSRP $169.99.

Fin-Wing is Reshaping the Spoon

There’s something to be said for reliability, especially when it comes to lure performance. For decades, the casting spoon has been one of the most trustworthy. The wobble and flash will always cause fish to believe they’re on the threshold of an easy baitfish meal. Knowing this, every inshore angler worth a salt carries at least a representative selection. 

Fin-Wing is a uniquely shaped spoon.

One of the most proven and versatile saltwater casting spoons is the Fin-Wing from Keweenaw Tackle. 

Because of Fin-Wing’s inimitable scooped shape and wide profile, the patented spoon can fished in multiple ways. For one, the Fin-Wing can be retrieved slowly, imbuing hang-time, keeping the bait in the strike-zone longer, letting fish dial-it-up for a charge, not to mention summoning nearby fish that would have gone completely untapped by a fast moving – and sinking – conventional spoon. This hovering capability is especially in the shallows where a standard spoon of its size would be snared in the oysters in a second. 

Another Fin-Wing phenomenon is its subsurface appeal. As desperately as inshore anglers want to taste a topwater bite, sometimes that just isn’t happening. The typical backup program involves pitching a jig. Retrieved at the right speed, the Fin-Wing flounces just below the surface, throwing flash and vibe like a salsa dancer. So sit on that jig for a while and let the Fin-Wing shake its hips below the surface.

A symbol of American ingenuity and hard work, the Fin-Wing design has been catching fish of all stripes since 1948. Today, the lure is the pride of Keweenaw Tackle Company; built in the Copper Country to the same rigid standards as the handmade original, using only the highest-quality materials and superior long-lasting finishes. Find out more and see the lure in action online at www.keweenawtc.com.

Superior ELMAX Steel, Innovative TrackLock

Make FirstEdge Tactical hunter a winner!

To be sure all of their knives meet the rugged demands faced by tactical/survival knives, FirstEdge started with the unmatched quality of ELMAX steel for the blade. This same advantage is now offered in their new TrackLock Tactical Hunters, designed for hunters and other outdoorsmen.

Their innovative new TrackLock ultra-strong locking mechanism (patent pending) was created by FirstEdge to provide fast, safe one-hand opening and closing with ease. The rugged 5-1/8-inch handles are coarse-textured black G10 for a sure grip, and the knife weighs 5.9 oz. Actually, to meet hunters’ preferences, it is available with a choice of manual, assisted opening or fully automatic.The solid 3-1/8-inch drop-point blade is .132” thick and comes with a choice of plain edge or partially serrated. It’s flat-ground and has a black oxide finish. Superior quality ELMAX stainless steel is heat-treated to an ideal Rockwell hardness of 60-61 for reliable service. It has extremely high wear-resistance, maximum corrosion-resistance, high compressive strength and dimensional stability that maintains size and form under heavy use.

Sharpness obviously is a critical quality, and ELMAX steel provides that two ways. ELMAX blades hold an edge far longer, so there is no need to stop in the middle of a vitally important use to apply a new edge. Retail prices of the FirstEdge TrackLock Tactical Hunter range from $275 to $325.

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