BassWestUSA - July/August, 2009, Page 76

the top shelf

TA C K L E , TO O L S & G E A R

The Strike King Red Eye Shad is one mean lipless crankbait. Designed by Strike King’s Na- tional Pro-Staff, the Red Eye Shad has incredible action and features great paint jobs, premium hooks, 3D eyes and free floating rattles to give you the best action and sound of any lipless crankbait on the market. The action when it free falls is awesome as the bait flut- ters down while maintaining a horizontal attitude rather than nose diving like many others. The best angler in the world, Kevin VanDam has used the Red Eye Shad to win tournaments like the Elite Series Citrus Slam on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in March of 2008. Not only has it helped him win individual events, but the Red Eye Shad was instrumental in his claiming the 2008 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Title. Available in a multitude of colors, including Strike King’s famous Sexy Shad, and three sizes; 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4-ounce; Strike King’s Red Eye Shad is destined to become a go to bait for anglers across the country.

STrike king red eye Shad

Boing is Back! What was once the secret Kentucky Lake destroyer has come back around. Boing is the next generation of topwater. The difference is in the “Boing” sound that the bait generates. The technology stimulates a fish’s sound-receptor by creating both the low and high spectrum frequencies. This transfers to a burst of acoustic information and electrical signals that are conveyed directly to the fish’s brain. The top water Boinger is constructed of extremely durable Lexan. The sound chamber contains material which will never bend or break. The hook eyes are constructed of stainless steel. Boing Lures takes the time on each lure to make sure you get the best possible bait for your money. Boing lures, audio attraction that eclipses all others.

Boing lureS TopWaTer

Made in the USA, Ardent Reels are constructed to withstand the rig- ors of top flight tournament angling. The Ardent Reels XS1000 Free Spool Casting Reel is their top of the line reel and is preci- sion engineered for superior on the water performance. It’s designed for greater casting distance and maximum backlash resistance. The lightweight magnesium frame and ergonomic design ensures fatigue free fishing. The 10 stainless steel ABEC ball bearings produce incredibly smooth retrieves and the highest quality components ensure superior durability. The Ardent XS600 Free Spool Casting Reel delivers great on the water performance. This 6 ABEC ball bearing reel produces incredible casting distance and superior backlash resistance and is built around the same lightweight magnesium frame as the XS1000. The XS600 includes the smooth Strike Saver drag providing absolute lockdown capability and the quick release side plate allows easy access to the adjustable centrifugal brake system. The Ardent F500 Flip-N-Pitch Reel is specifically designed for effortless pitching, thanks to a ceramic line eye and narrow spool that reduces line friction. The Perma-lock Drag System is factory-set at 28 pounds, more than any conventional reel on the market, for strong hook sets and retrieves. The stainless steel handle won’t break or bend. And the aluminum alloy frame and covers provide lightweight strength. In short, with the Ardent F500, you get a reel that’s easy to use, and hard to break.


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July/August 2009