The new Benjamin Bulldog .357 (shown here in Realtree Xtra) meets recently adopted FWC standards for general gun season on private lands. Based price is $849.99. Weight is 7.7 pounds; air reservoir charges to 3,000 psi, delivering 10 shots per fill up to 800 FPS. The bolt action rifle is 36 inches overall with a 26-inch picatinny rail, and fed by a 5-shot magazine. See www.crosman.com/bulldog-synthetic
Planning a flyfishing trip to the tropics this summer? If so, here’s your utility tool of shirts, packing Omni-Freeze Zero sweat-activated cooling system; UPF 50; flat zippered pockets for leaders and such; close-fitting but breathable cut for maximum freedom of movement; thumb holes to cover the back of your hand; even a little sunglasses cleaning patch. Available in men’s sizes in Cool Gray, Riptide and Vivid Blue (shown). MSRP $100, although many of the Omni-Freeze Series are currently on sale!
Sea Eagle Fish Skiff with outboard power packs a lot of versatility—and capacity for two.
The Sea Eagle Fish Skiff is a hybrid inflatable boat/paddleboard. It’s a durable, drop-stitch boat with three inflation chambers—two sides and the floor. On a recent trip on the Indian River Lagoon, we ran the Fish Skiff with a 5-horsepower Honda 4-stroke. The engine weighs 60 pounds and carries 1.5 liters of fuel (a bit under half a gallon) under the cowl. Honda data indicates 43 minutes of operation at WOT.
The Skiff is rated for 1 or 2 persons. With Sea Eagle’s John Hoge and me on board, and the Bimini top up, we got about 10 mph. Solo, I made 15. In an inflatable with a flat bottom, that feels plenty quick. You can also paddle the boat like a standup board.
Through some quick turns, the 100-pound boat felt sure and stable. I bounced though a few boat wakes on the ICW, and the floor—though in fact it is inflated, like the sides—felt solid. I didn’t take any waves over the bow, but the bolt-on wood transom is elevated slightly to allow water to drain, if you do ship some water.
Especially pleasing was stability at rest: I was able to step from below the Bimini top and stand in the bow—solo— cast for a long drift across a flat, and then walk back to the operator’s seat.
Rolled up, it will easily stow in an SUV, RV or other vessel. Boat and motor package, with twin seats, Bimini top and other supplies, sells and ships via UPS for $3,849. The base boat with single seat and paddle, goes for $1,799.
Heading out for crappie or trophy largemouth this winter?
Keep those Missouri minnows or shiners kicking with the new heavy duty portable livewell from Frabill. It has a full inch of foam insulation to keep baits cool, and the 12-volt integrated aerator allows for easy opening and closing. Thirteen- and 19-quart models are available ($89 and $99, respectively). Features include non-rusting composite latches, carry handle, shoulder strap, and integrated ruler on top.
The subtle, relaxed side-to-side action of the X-Rap® Twitchin’ Mullet is designed to perform a wide twitching walk-the-dog swimming action.
In cold, clear water, small lures are trout, redfish and snook candy. Rapala this year adds a really sweet 06 size to its X-Rap Twitchin’ Mullet family, 1 1/8 inches and 1/8-ounce smaller than the original size 08 model. The lure runs with an aggressive side-to-side, slow-sinking action. Glide and drop into those creek bends and potholes. Bunch of great color patterns. $10.99
Look for those red latches on the new Plano “Rustrictor” Stowaway boxes. These unique tackle storage systems are infused with a proven Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor. Plano says it’ll block rust and stop corrosion 5X longer than a standard tackle box or competitor’s products. The VCI ions attract to metals, creating a wall of protection without any kind of filmy, smelly residue. Available in seven of Plano’s best-selling models from 3500 to 3700 sizes. Learn more at www.planomolding.com
Headin’ for the tuna grounds? Spool a new Accurate BV2-800 or BV2-800N two-speed lever drag reel with 80-pound braid and tell the sharks to take a hike. TwinDrag system offers up to 36 pounds of pressure. Push-button shift from 5:1 retrieve to winch-like 2.2:1 gear ratio. $649.95 MSRP for standard or narrow editions.
Carbon fiber ’rigger rage shows no sign of slowing.
These new 18-foot carbon fiber outrigger poles from Tigress retract to less than 6 feet for trailering, bridge clearance and storage. Designed for sportfishers under 40 feet, the components include 316 stainless steel polished eyelets, redesigned rings and tips, and a 3K carbon fiber woven finish available in matte black or matte black/silver. Thermoplastic butt sleeves fit all Tigress top mounts. Heavy-duty mesh storage bag included. Sold as a pair; $1,499.