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FISH & GAME GEAR – May 2019

New Adventure Styles from Costa

Cheeca and Rinconcito

SURF. SAND. SUN. These words provided the inspiration for Costa’s new lifestyle frames – Cheeca, Panga and Rinconcito. The new styles are perfect for adventures on and off the water and feature the latest on-trend colors and patterns.

Cheeca is named for the historic sportfishing lodge that introduced past presidents, celebrities and foreign dignitaries to fishing and old Florida Keys charm. The new women’s frame offers a small fit and features sleek, styled temples and bio-resin nylon construction. The Cheeca frame is available in three color options including Rose Tortoise and Matte Shadow Tortoise. These stylish sunglasses look and feel as good on the boat as they do sipping a key lime colada.

The women’s Panga frame fits slightly larger than the Cheeca and is available in five distinctive colors including Matte Seafoam Crystal, and Shiny Tortoise/White/Seafoam Crystal. Light and versatile with deep, winding curves, like the beachfront boats of the Caribbean and Central America, Panga is the ultimate companion for sun-filled adventures in the sand and surf. The frame features tri-fusion bio-resin construction, integral hinge and CAM systems, combined with classic West Coast styling.

Rinconcito is the little brother to Costa’s popular Rincon frame and blends West Coast style lines with edgy curved temples. This new men’s medium-fit style is named for the iconic Southern California right point break. Featuring bio-resin construction, integral spring hinges, and Hydrolite® nose and temple pads, Rinconcito is a must-have for days spent chasing waves. The new style is available in four frame colors including Matte Black and Matte Tortoise.

The new styles features Costa’s patented color-enhancing 580 lens technology in both Lightwave® glass and impact-resistant polycarbonate. Costa’s 580® lens technology provides 100 percent UV protection and polarization and selectively filters out harsh yellow light for superior contrast and definition while absorbing high-energy blue light to cut haze and enhance sharpness. In addition, Costa’s lens technology reduces glare and eye fatigue.

The new styles range in price from $179 to $259. For more information on the new frames visit CostaSunglasses.com.

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Mojo Bass Glass from St. Croix

NEW FOR 2020, St. Croix has reimagined the Mojo Bass Glass series—and what you’ll find is the addition of IPC mandrel technology and designs to meet the needs of anglers that know and understand the value of a premium moderate action glass rod… and at a Mojo Bass price point.

The Mojo Bass Glass series includes five moderate action rods—four new casting models and one new spinning rod—covering a wide range of technique-specific applications. What anglers will find are specially-designed models suited to target cranking, chatterbaits and rattlebaits, multi-purpose crankbait fishing, as well as a model designed specifically for plus-sized crankbaits.

The casting rod line-up starts with the MGC610MM TARGET CRANKER, a 6’10” medium power rod. Next is the MGC72MM CRANKER, a 7’2” medium power rod. Fans of chatterbaits and rattlebaits should rejoice over the MGC72HM RIP-N-CHATTER, a 7’2” heavy power stick incredibly adept at shaking a rattlebait or slicing a chatterbait through the salad. And, for those big crankbaits, meet the MGC74MHM BIG CRANKER, a 7’4” medium-heavy power rod. Lastly, on the spinning rod and crankbait front, St. Croix is happy to offer the MGS72MM CRANKER, a 7’2” medium power rod. All models retail in the real-world range of $140-$160.

“The rod designs all start with IPC mandrel technology and super premium, 100% linear S-glass. In terms of aesthetics, they’ll be painted Mojo Green Metallic. The cork shape on the casting model does not have a foregrip; it has a casting ring like Mojo Bass, and the guide platform is the same as Mojo Bass with Kigan Master Hand 3D black guides. We changed the design on the reel seat to make it more ergonomic and provide improved angler comfort. The EVA butt caps are also preferred by a lot of anglers, so that was a nice crossover with the Mojo Bass series, too,” says Gavin Falk, Project Engineer, St. Croix Rod.

“But comparatively speaking, to the old Mojo Bass Glass, when you pick them up they’re better balanced than the previous designs. Mojo Bass Glass blanks have been engineered to perform as efficiently as possible. The castability is effortless. They’re extremely easy to use,” says Jason Brunner, Director of Engineering and Manufacturing, St. Croix Rod.


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