Cool Fishing Gear For 2021 | Great Days Outdoors

This post is focused on rounding up some cool fishing gear for 2021, with updates each month. We also have an ongoing post for new hunting gear, as well. Check back in each month as we update with some of the newest gear on the market.


Shimano TwinPower SW

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The new TwinPower SW from Shimano provides enough strength and durability to dominate the most challenging fighting offshore fish. The Infinity Drive gives anglers more cranking power under load and, utilizing their Heatsink Drag, the 10000 and 14000 models deliver spectacular drag performance by dissipating heat away from the spool which reduces drag-force drop caused by friction. Increased performance during long hard fights is also provided through the insulation of this heatsink drag. With this cool new fishing gear, anglers will be in the driver’s seat against the most hard-fishing game fish.


Suggested Retail Price: $479.99

Dock Shock Mooring Kit

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The Dock Shock kit contains two shocks to attach to your boat or pontoon to make docking a breeze! The heavy-duty shock cord eliminates damaging jolts to your boat and dock caused by the wind and other boats. The hook end doubles as a loop to slide through a cleat, slide over a dock post, or clip to your boat. Available in 24″, 40″, and 60″ lengths.

Suggested Retail Price: $49.99-$59.99 

Find Buried Treasure


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For all of treasure hunter want-a-bee’s the Go-Find 22 is the perfect choice.  Innovative, smart and easy to use the lightweight and portable Go-Find 22 weighs only 2.2 pounds.  It features two find modes, three sensitivity levels, five volume levels and is powered by four AA batteries. It’s 51.4 full length packs down to only 21.9 inches and it is designed to be used by people of all ages.

Suggested Retail Price:  $139.00

Newport Vessels Launches NK-180S Kayak Motor 

 NK-180S Kayak Motor

This new Kayak motor incorporates a prop design that delivers smooth, powerful acceleration with a 24-volt brushless motor and top speeds of more than five knots on kayaks.  The NK-180S features integrated steering with a variable speed throttle controller.  Steering cables can be set up to turn the motor like a rudder using the kayak’s OEM mounted foot-pedal systems.  The motor package can be easily installed on most fishing kayaks

Suggested Retail Price:  $799.00

SPRO Power Bucktail Jig HD 

SPRO Bucktails

The unique head shape and eyelet placement give the Power Bucktail a natural gliding action on the drop and keeps the body parallel for a natural presentation. It sports Gamakatsu O’Shaugnessy hooks that are designed to hold on to big touch fish. The hooks are wrapped in a generous amount of bucktail hair for a larger profile to attract big fish.  Available in 6- and 8-ounce weights.

Suggested Retail Price:  $16.99-$18.99

Frabill Floating Net are Not Just for Trout

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These wide-opened designed wide hoop nets won’t spook fish and offers durability for long-lasting use.  A comfortable rubber grip provides plenty of grip for wet hands ensuring that the net won’t slip at landing time.  Since the hoop is buoyant the net will stay on the surface should it end up in the drink and makes it the perfect choice for kayak or wade anglers.

Suggested Retail Price:  starting at $17.99

 Cool New Fishing Gear – Rods and Reels

Fitzgerald All-Purpose Series Casting Rods

Fitzgerald All-Purpose Series Casting Rods

These workhorse rods are designed, built and tested to provide quality and performance.  Based on the Fitzgerald Fishing proprietary high modulus blank that is engineered for sensitivity and durability, they feature high quality cork grips for comfort, a carbon fiber reinforced reel seat and American Tackle Guides with saltwater gauge stainless steel frames. Available in medium, medium heavy, heavy and x-tra heavy actions.

Suggested Retail Price:  $189.99

Denali Rods Provide Quality and Value

Denali Ryker rod

Combining exceptional quality and craftsmanship with a reasonable price Denali Ryker series casting rods feature a light and durable IMg blank which delivers sensitivity yet high strength.  It incorporates Duraloc guides, Maxx Blanc contact reel seats that deliver maximum feel and control and a comfortable soft touch EVA grip to reduce angler fatigue.  It is available in 6’6” and 7-foot lengths in different actions.

Suggested Retail Price:  $59.00

13 Fishing Omen Black 3 Spinning Rod

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The new Omen Black series rods from 13 Fishing come in lengths, actions, and powers that cover both current and up-incoming techniques. Each rod is light and more sensitive, without sacrificing durability, thanks to the Japanese 36 Ton Toray Graphite blanks and Vector Graphite Technology. Complete with full-cork 4A Portuguese handles, diamond coated ALPS 316 stainless steel guides with zirconia inserts, and an evolve custom ported reel seat, these new rods offer exceptional balance for an incredible value.

Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 – $140.00

Land your Next Trophy with an H2O XPRESS™ Tac-40 Casting Rod 

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Strong, sturdy and durable, the H2O XPRESS™ Tac-40 casting rod combines helical core construction to reduce torque while increasing blank power and offers a comfortable and lightweight split-grip EVA handle plus a rubber painted Fuji ACS reel seat.  Its one-piece design incorporates semimicro Kigan SiC line guides and it is available in 6 ½, 6 ¾, 7 and 7 ¼ foot lengths.

Suggested Retail Price:  $129.99

New Winch Rods from Abu Garcia® Designed for Crankbaits


The new AG Winch series of crankbait rods are offered in seven and one spinning variations. They feature cork and high-density EVA grips and ergonomic Fuji® rod seats with stainless-steel guides with Zirconium inserts.  They are built with customer composite-construction with a more moderate action for fishing everything from jerkbaits to shallow and deep-diving cranks, squarebill and flat-sided cranks and even bladed jigs.

Suggested Retail Price: $149.95

Halo XD III Pro Series Packed with Affordable Quality


The Halo XD III Pro Series rods are crafted from high-end graphite with exposed blank reel seats.  The handles incorporate EVA foam with integrated “Sensi-Touch” cork rings to maximize sensitivity ensuring a comfortable feel and enhanced detection of bites.  Stainless steels guides with zirconium inserts are standard.  Actions range from medium to extra-heavy depending on rod type with lengths from 7 to 7 ½ feet.


Suggested Retail Price:  $99.00

Tsunami SALTX Surf Fishing Rod

Incorporating a 100 D15 Nanotech, IM7 carbon fiber blank construction along with an offset, 70/30 F3 friction fit ferrule location allows this light-weight, strong and easily transportable two-piece rod to cast with a one piece feel.  The SALTX features Fuji Silicon Carbide braid proof “K” frame guide rings assuring secure reel attachment, comfortable shrink vinyl grips and other features allow the rod to deliver high performance.

Suggested Retail Price:  starting at $279.00 

St. Croix Mojo Bass Glass

Available for both spinning and casting, the St. Croix Mojo Bass glass rods offer sensitivity, balance and backbone and are 15% lighter than previous models.  They feature super-premium 100% linear S-Glass construction making for strong, lightweight rods.  They feature Kigan 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and black frames and other high-quality components and deliver top performance and the variety of models cover the bass waterfront.  Definitely some of the best new fishing gear for 2021.

Suggested Retail Price:  $140.00-$160.00

Penn Announces First Battle® Fly Fishing Saltwater combos

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Available as a four-piece, medium fast rod in 8 and 10 line weight rods, the Battle® Fly Fishing combo comes pre-spooled with a looped WF floating line and backing, encased in a mesh hard rod tube and reel carrier.  The die-cast reel is anodized to protect it from harsh saltwater conditions and features a fully adjustable disc-drag system and an anodized, double up-lock aluminum reel seat.

Suggested Retail Price: $249.95

Okuma Longitude Surf Fishing Rod

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Constructed of sensitive graphite composite material, these rods feature double-footed stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts, a durable rubber butt cap, stainless steel hooded graphite reel seats with soft touch EVA cushions above and below and non-slip cork wrap butt and fore grips all of which enables sure casting grips in any weather conditions.  The Okuma Longitude two-piece rods are available in 8-12-foot lengths.

Suggested Retail Price:  $39.99-79.99

St Croix Rods for Kayakers

For kayakers looking for must have fishing gear, the St. Croix Mojo Yak rods are designed with them in mind and feature high-sensitive graphite blanks for distance and accurate casting along with the backbone to hoist fish up.  Available in spinning and casting models they include Kigan Master Hand 3D guides, a shorter split-handle configuration with Winn polymer grips and a shortened butt for easier casting and better presentation while sitting low to the water.

Suggested Retail Price:  $150 – $160

Berkley® “Lights the Night” with Illuminated  Glowstik Fishing Rods

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Berkley® introduces its Glowstik, an illuminated fishing rod designed for anglers fishing in low light or dark conditions.

These battery powered rods feature a fiberglass blank construction with a LED Core illuminating a fiber optic cable running the length of the rod. Sporting stainless steel guides with titanium oxide inserts and rubberized handle, the Glowstik is available in spinning and casting models.

Suggested Retail Rod Price: $79.99 to $89.99

Ugly Stik® Announces New Carbon Rod Technology

The new lightweight Ugly Stik® carbon rods ae crafted of 24-ton graphite, which means they are 37% stronger than other standard graphite rods while still delivering sensitivity and balance.  The carbon Ugly Stik® rods include stainless steel guides and WINN® split grips for added comfort and control.  The series is available in casting and spinning rods and combos.

Suggested Retail Price:  $9.95 to $119.95

Tsunami Shield Spinning Reel

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The Tsunami Shield spinning reel is all metal, water resistant and has 13 internal seals to keep out sand, water and dirt.  It features a CF3 carbon fiber drag system capable of putting out up to 30 pounds of max drag on the larger size units and has an aluminum rotor, body and handle arm for reduced weight.  Available in five sizes.

Suggested Retail Price:  $99-$109.00

13 Fishing Concept A Gen II Freshwater / Saltwater Casting Reel

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The new Concept A2 casting reel from 13 Fishing is great for both freshwater and saltwater. You can stop trophy fish in it’s tracks with the 25lbs of stopping power in the Bulldog Carbon Drag system and the ultra-low palm fitting design allows for 25% more line capacity without increasing the overall size. The strong and durable reel is packed with unique, patented 13 Fishing only features and a new low-friction braking system that provides anglers smaller more relevant adjustments for all lure weights. Definitely a piece of cool new fishing gear for 2021.

Suggested Retail Price: $180.00

Penn Battle III DX




Penn Battle III DX spinning reels are built to withstand whatever the saltwater angler puts them through.  They are constructed with a full metal body and side plate and incorporate CNC gear technology with a brass main gear and a 6+1 sealed stainless-steel ball bearing system.  These reels have a H-100 drag system with wave spring to allow linear adjustment and are available in six models.

Suggested Retail Price: starting at $119.00

Daiwa Tatula CT Entry Level All-Round Reel

The Daiwa Tatula CT was designed as an entry level baitcaster able to handle everything from plastics to cranks to chatterbaits.  It weighs 7.2 ounces and is easily palmable. It features Daiwa’s patented Magforce Z magnetic casting and braking system which is located on the exterior of the reel making adjustments easy.  It also includes the T-Wing System level-wind which results in less backlashes.

Suggested Retail Price:  $129.99

Shimano Symetre Spinning Combos

One of the best fishing brands around, Shimano, is now offering new Symetre spinning combos in 14 different rod/reel configurations from ultralight to inshore saltwater models. Going from size 1000 up to 4000 the long-casting reels are perfectly matched with a high-quality, lightweight graphite rod that features durable stainless-steel frame guides with aluminum oxide inserts, split-grip EVA handle and a custom metal locking nut reel seat. Available from 5 feet to 7 feet in varying actions.

Suggested Retail Price:  $99.00

Abu-Garcia Revo® SX Low-Profile Casting Reel

When it comes to bait casting reels, Abu-Garcia has consistently been in the front of the pack.  The lightweight alloy and carbon Revo® SX features 9 stainless steel ball bearings plus 1 roller, state-of-the-art clutch, drag and brake systems, 24 lbs. of drag, a compact bent handle and star available in two different gear ratios for both left and right handed anglers.

Suggested Retail Price:  $159.99

Shimano® Stradic CI4+ Spinning Reel

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The Stradic CI4+ Spinning Reel offers strength, power, advanced technology and other features in a lightweight rust proof package suitable for both freshwater and saltwater angling.  CI4 reinforced carbon fiber construction results in a reel that is significantly stronger and lighter than Shimano’s normal graphite reels. The X-Ship gearing system combined with the cold-forged aluminum Hagana gear insures smooth powerful reeling even under a heavy load.

Suggested Retail Price:  $229.00

Okuma Reintroduces  Cedros Spinning Reels

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The Okuma Cedros is lighter, stronger and sleeker than ever and features a rigid and corrosion resistant magnesium and aluminum alloy construction.  Available in three classes, 8,000, 10,000 and 14,000, the reels have a precision dual force drag system (44 pounds of pure drag), dual anti-reverse, a manual bail trip function for ultimate reliability, multi-disc drag adjustment and more, making it some of the best fishing gear in 2021.

Suggested Retail Price:  $159.00-$179.99 (Depending on size)


Plano Guide Series™ Reel Locker

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The Plano Guide Series™ Reel Locker™ features a revolutionary molded top and bottom for extra rigidity to keep expensive reels protected. Each hard shell also includes no-slip rubberized feet to guard against vibration no matter where reels are stored or how they’re handled.  Removable soft-touch felt dividers customize storage for up to 12 reels and the locker can be carried via padded handle or removable shoulder strap.


Suggest Retail Price:  $79.99


Cool New Fishing Gear – Tackle

13 Fishing JABBER JAW CRANK 60


A cool piece of fishing gear to checkout is the new Jabber Jaw Crank 60 from 13 Fishing. The chattering bill rigged inside the full metal jowls creates a new level of chaos for any near by fish. Equipped with patent pending metal cheeks for an enhanced “clicking” noise, high definition holographic eyes, ultra-high definition paint, and VMC premium hybrid black nickel hooks, this chattering bait will have you landing fish more often then not.

Suggested Retail Price: $11.99

13 Fishing CABOOSE CRAW – 4″ – 5PK 

13 fishing CABOOSE CRAW

The new 4” Caboose Craw from 13 Fishing is a cool piece of fishing gear on the market. The crawfish design creates strong vibrations for powerful stimulations in the water. The lure is made of a super strong TPE material to reduce breakage and the highly buoyant claws help maintain a realistic defensive position when sitting still.

Suggested Retail Price: $5.99

SPRO Introduces New E POP 80 Popper

SPRO 80 popper

The E POP 80 serves as the popper bait providing anglers a perfect bait for that aggressive topwater bite.  It offers an extremely loud popping action with a loud knocking sound.  It is designed to be walked and creates a life-like action. It is paired with a Gamakatsu #4 treble hook in the front and a #4 feathered treble in the rear. Available in nine patterns. 

Suggested Retail Price:  $8.20

New Bucking Shrimp Acts Like Real Shrimp

 Bucking Shrimp

When rigged forward and when pulled on the bottom the Bucking Shrimp does move forward but, when jerked quickly it creates a vacuum under the head and legs. The lure then reverses and starts “bucking” like a real shrimp does in evasive maneuvering. Available in 12 different patterns, it incorporates Intelliscents®, which uses real fish and shrimp bits for smell and flavoring.

Suggested Retail Price:  $7.99 (4 pack, 2 rigged)

Yo-Zuri TopKnock Floating 3D Inshore Pencil

The floating Yo-Zuri TopKnock Pencil features the patented 3D Internal Prism that reflects light in all directions.  It includes a large single internal cadence rattle located in the tail for fish attracting sound while “walking the dog” and helps in making long casts, even in a strong wind.  It is constructed of touch ABS resin and features 2.3X Super Tin treble hooks Available in 4-5 inch and 5/8- and 1-ounce weights.

Suggested Retail Price: $7.99

Rapala Rap-V Blade Crankbait 

The 2 ½ inch, ½-ounce Rap-V blade freshwater crankbait can be worked in variable depths and produces instant on the lift or retrieve. It offers two-line tie positions; front line tie for a slower fall swimming action and a rear line tie for a faster fall, head down action.  It offers a VMC® Snap, black nickel round bend & double belly hook and a distinctive loud BB rattle system.  

Suggested Retail Price:  $8.99

Berkley Crazy Legs Jerk Shad

The Berkley Gulp Alive Crazy Legs Jerk Shad has twin curly tails lures imitates a struggling saltwater bait fish and is sure to grab the attention of finny predators like sea trout, striped bass and snook. These five-inch baits are best rigged on a weighted EWG swimbait hook jig head, or as a trailer on a bucktail. It is available in a five pack, in seven colors.

Suggested Retail Price:  $6.99

Zoom Bait Brush Hog Bait

This versatile bass lure can be fished weightless, Texas rigged or Carolina style and you can pitch them, swim them or do whatever catches fish.  Hogs are a combination of design elements from lizards, crawfish and worms to attract attention while displacing water and producing bass catching action.  Zoom utilizes a salt mixture to make a fish hold on longer to allow you a hook up.

Suggested Retail Price:  starting at $4.29 (pack of 8)

Rapala RipStop®

The Rapals RipStop® has a 2-part plastic body with an integrated lip, VMC® black nickel hooks and a tail design that creates a fast-ripping, flashing swimbait action. It’s hard-stopping, forward motion stops on a dime, with a subtle shimmy before coming to a rest, then ever so slightly lifts its head with a super slow-rise. Fish it with cast and wind, wind and stop, twitch, snap to match conditions.

Suggested Retail Price:  from $9.97

SPRO Announces New BBZ-1 Swimbaits

Combining segmented hard bodies and replaceable soft plastic tails, the BBZ-1 swimbait produces a predator irresistible swimming action.  Available in sizes from 2.5 inches up to 8 inches in 16 color schemes, these lures imitate a variety of baitfish.  They work from the top down to the bottom of the water column, with floating, slow sinking and fast sink options in both fresh and saltwater.

Suggest Retail Price: starting at $15.10

Doc’s Original Goofy Jigs for Pompano…and more

These handmade durable lures cast like a bullet and were originally developed to target Florida pompano but are effective for mackerel, redfish, speckled trout…pretty much everything.  Available in sizes from 1/8 to ½ ounce in colors ranging from white to yellow to pink and even blaze orange.  A number of variations are available including jig, teaser and bucktail fly combinations and also separate teaser flies.

Suggested Retail Price:  N/A

Tightlines Announces New UV Hy-Brid Craw Bait (79) 

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The new Tightlines UV Hy-Brid Craw combines striking UV fish grabbing colors, a “Whisker crawl’n” action, is scent specific to a natural crawfish and has a clicking craw sound from a rattle positioned in the craw tail.  The result is a flipping and pitching designed bait that provides excellent visibility in murky or dirty water conditions, making it an excellent piece of new fishing gear for spring and summer rainfall.

Suggested Retail Price – $9.99 for a 4 pack

New Mepps® Aglia® Bait Series

The Mepps® Aglia® Bait Series combines proven Aglia® fish striking and catching ability with the specific colors and forage patterns of the prey favored by predatory fish.Offered in 12 airbrushed blade patterns and two-color tail combinations, the Aglia® Bait Series spinners come in sizes #0 – #5 and are available in dressed treble hook, plain treble hook and plain single hook models.

Suggested Retail Price: $4.25 – $8.40

Sea Striker Pompano Jigs

Sea Striker Pompano Jigs are hand tied incorporating heavy duty nylon thread and a robust saltwater hook.  Designed for near shore surf fishing they cast like bullets. The egg-shaped head takes the lure to the bottom and, hoping it off the sandy bottom creates small sand explosions which imitate burrowing sand fleas, which are pompano’s favorite food. The ¼ ounce jigs are available in white and chartreuse. 

Suggested Retail Price:  $6.47 (3-pack)

Z-Man’s Adds 5” and 7” Size to DieZel MinnowZ Line

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The softness, action and 10X touch ElaZtech® durability of the DieZel Minnow results in a bulletproof lifelike swimbait at all retrieval speeds.  It’s molded in hook slot and split dorsal fin provides easy weedless rigging and problem-free hooksets, even when ripping it through grass and other surface cover.  Now it is available in a 5” and 7” size in multiple patterns, absolutely making it some of the best fishing tackle in 2021.

Suggested Retail Price:  $4.49 (5 pack)

Livetarget Freestyle Frog Makes Fish Striking Waves

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Injected Core Technology™ (ICT) enables the LIVETARGET Freestyle Frog Inner-Core to offer a life-like frog profile, while the soft Exo-Skin gives the lure its tantalizing action on the surface and well as below.  The durable and versatile lifelike inner core mimics a swimming or fleeing frog and the lure’s upright V-shaped legs result in strike triggering action. It is available in three sizes and eight colors. 

Suggested Retail Price:  $9.99

SPRO Gouken “Tough-as-Nails” Fluorocarbon 

Gouken fluorocarbon

The Gouken small diameter line maintains a balance of power, sensitivity and camouflage at the same time delivering abrasion resistance.  Instead of refracting off the material, it allows light to pass through resulting in a high degree of invisibility.  It is available in 150-yard spools in 10, 12, 15, 16 and 20-pound test. 

Suggested Retail Price: $18.99

Spiderwire Ultracast x8 Braid

Now available in low-visibility Inshore Camo and high-visibility Aqua Camo, this smooth eight-fiber braid is engineered for long casts and offers a high-strength-to-diameter ratio.  The “low-vis” inshore camo blends with the underwater environment for skittish fish while the “hi-vis” aqua allows an angler to track his line to better react to bumps and strikes.  It is available in a number of spool sizes in 4 -100-pound test.

Suggested Retail Price:  from $14.24

Soft Steel Presents New Fluoro-Stretch Line

Fluoro-Stretch line is a 100% fluorocarbon line with the stretchable properties of monofilament line.  That means a tighter cinch on your knot bringing your knot strength to 95%, stronger with more “shock” absorption than standard fluorocarbon lines.  Available in breaking strengths of 10 to 150 pounds, the new Fluoro-Stretch will be available in 25-yard spools and 5-yard singe shot lengths.

Suggested Retail Price: $6.99 to $89.99

Fish at Night with the PowerPro MoonShine Braided Line

Specifically engineered for night time fishing, the new PowerPro Super8Slick V2 Braided Line MoonShine glows in the dark when illuminated by a blacklight.  Made with a core of eight tightly woven 100% spectra fibers the tough Power Pro MoonShine offers a soft super smooth coating that enables long casts with clear visibility.  Available in eight to 80 pound test in 150-300 yard spools.

Suggested Retail Price:  from $20.99

Sufix 832 Advanced Superline

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Sufix® 832® Advanced Superline® is the strongest, most durable small diameter braid on the market. R8 Precision Braiding and fiber technology provides superior strength, roundness and line consistency. 832 Advanced Superline has 8 fibers and 32 weaves (pics) per inch. GORE® Performance Fibers improve abrasion resistance, casting distance and accuracy and reduce line vibration. HMPE fibers provide high strength & sensitivity, hydrophobic water-repellent protection and small diameter. 

Suggested Retail Price:  From $16.99

Gamakatsu Announces New Octopus Outbarb Circle Hook

Tests have shown that when an outbarb is combined with the Garmakatsu’s circle hook design it results in deeper penetration and a higher hoot retention rate.  Garmakatsu’s new Octopus Circle Outbarb hook is 1X-strong and perfect for techniques like jigging, chunk baiting and bottom fishing. It is available in NS Black in sizes ranging from 3/0 to 12/0 and packs of 3, 5 and 6.

Suggested Retail Price:  $4.52 to $6.86

Baby your Crankbaits with Plano’s EDGE Master Crankbait Boxes

Make sure that your crankbaits, whether they are normal size, finesse, jerk or small profile get the respect they deserve with a Plano Edge Master Crankbait box.  Available in two sizes, these boxes have soft rust inhibiting silicone fingers that gently cradle crankbaits and eliminate contact between lures, even when turned upside down.  Your lures stay tuned and untangled. 

Suggest Retail Price:  from $34.99

Plano Offers New KevinVanDam Signature Series Tackle Bags

Available in two sizes, the special KVD waterproof fabric tackle tote features a molded top that can hold one StowAway secured by an elastic bungee, 34 accessory attachment points, plus tie-down slots, a pliers holder and room for five (six for larger model) StowAways. Additional features include a large mesh back pocket, a compartmentalized front pocket, an elevated waterproof base, waterproof cell phone pocket and more.

Suggested Retail Price:  $69.99-$89.99

Protect Your Saltwater Lures with the Plano Rustrictor™

If you fish saltwater, you know the importance of washing tackle after every outing but that doesn’t always happen.  Now, Plano has a new tackle box that helps prevent neglected lures from rusting away. Once closed the Rustrictor™ box fills up with a Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor vapor, whose ions create a 360° wall of protection and stops rust before it can start.

Suggest Retail Price:  $5.99 – $14.99

Cool New Fishing Gear – Boats

Garmin Freshwater Force Trolling Motor 

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The Garmin Force trolling motor sports a powerful efficient brushless motor, which allows anglers to quickly move from drop off to structure in record time with the flexibility that allows anglers to “throttle back” when they need to fish slower and easily stands up to substantial currents.  The award winning unit features built in Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearU scanning sonar and integrates with other technologies.

Suggested Retail Price:  From $3,099

Jackson Kayak Ships the New Flex Drive-E Motor

The Jackson Kayak Flex Drive – E is an electric drive that swaps out with your kayak pedal drive in seconds to offer an effortless powered option to your Jackson Kayak. Compact, water resistant, marine ready and maintenance free.  Forward, reverse and speed are controlled with a single knob. It’s powered by your choice of either deep cycle or Lithium battery power.

Suggested Retail Price:  $799.00

Ghost Trolling Motor

Reliable, rugged and built to last, the new ultra-quiet Lowrance Ghost freshwater trolling motor lets anglers fish longer, run faster and move in closer without spooking fish. Ghost has a revolutionary brushless motor with the most thrust and the longest run time of any trolling motor on the market. With integrated Lowrance sonar options, GPS waypoint anchoring and a three-year warranty, Ghost is the new standard for your trolling motor upgrade.

Suggested Retail Price:  $2,999.00

Millennium Marine Pro-M 100 Series Boat Seats

The adjustable and tight reclining Millennium Pro-M series boat seats incorporate breathable, mold and resistant ComfortMax fabric with anodized aluminum construction designed to withstand the harshest elements. The UV resistant seat offers unmatched lumbar support ensuring hours of sitting comfort.  It weighs 13 pounds, has a weight capacity of 400 pounds, mounts to any standard boat seat pedestal and comes with a one-year warranty. 

Suggested Retail Price:  $125.95

Spyderlok Rod Pod Offers Solution for a Hands-Free Single Rod Hold

The Spyderlok Rod Pod design keeps the rod in place with secure locking angles and it swivels a complete 360 degrees and 180 degrees vertical for ultimate versatility and adjustability.  It features anodized aluminum construction, a low glare finish, stainless steel hardware, a durable rubber boot to protect the rod handle, easy two knob removal and no tools required for use.  

Suggested Retail Price:  $89.99

Old Town Introduces New Sportsman AutopilotTM

Available in two sizes, the Old Town Sportsman AutopilotTm 136 and 120 use fully integrated Minn Kota 45 pound thrust saltwater-safe motors with GPS Spot-Lock virtual anchoring.  Since it is controlled with the touch of your thumb using the Bluetooth connected iPilot remote, your hands remain free to fish.  The UV resistance seat is durable dual-layer Textilene and it has a large open cockpit and aft tank.

Suggested Retail Price:  $3,999.99

Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman Hybrid Canoe

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The Discovery 119 is a stable, lightweight “grab-n-go” watercraft for both anglers and hunters that is easy to handle on and off the water.  With an 11’9″ length, a 32.5″ width and a weight of only 56 lbs. OT 119 can float over 350 pounds. The package includes a contoured adjustable kayak-style seat, two rod holders, padded armrests, available in three colors and more.

Suggested Retail Price:  $899.00

Vibe Outdoors to Offer Shearwater™ 125 Kayak

Designed as an angling kayak, the Vibe Shearwater™ 125 is constructed of rotomolded single piece polyethylene and is available in either a pedal, power or paddle model.  It weighs in at 72 pounds and is 12’6”long. It features a four position high-low Vibe Summit® Seat with standing perch, eight flush and horizontal rods holders, a removable sealer fish-finder pod with built in transducer and more.  Available early this year.

Suggested Base Retail Price:  $1,299

Go Easy Boat and Equipment Hauler

Go Easy Boat and Equipment Hauler

The GO EASY is the most versatile boat and gear hauler on the market. Insanely lightweight yet featuring some serious cargo capacity.  It offers a low profile making it easier to load and unload heavy boats.  It features watertight wiring harness and lights, weighs in at only 280 pounds but has a 525 pound carrying capacity and is available in three package options. 

Suggested Retail Price:  starting at $1,995

Cool New Fishing Gear – Equipment

Astral V-Eight Fisher PFD

Astral V-Eight Fisher PFD

This minimalist yet high performance V-Eight personal flotation device incorporates Astral patented Airescape™ technology which allows anglers to be cool and safe when the fishing is hot.  This low profile and breathable pdf is designed for kayak fisherman to accommodate high back fishing seats.  It features a large pocket for phone and other essentials, an external folding knife pocket and clipping points for line nips and retractors and more.

Suggested Retail Price:  $130.00

Onyx A/-M 24 Inflatable Life Jacket

The low-profile Onyx® A/M-24 Inflatable Life Jacket inflates only when needed so you can enjoy unrestricted movement while boating or paddling. It inflates automatically when it is immersed in water or when the wearer pulls the inflation handle.  It is constructed of durable ripstop fabric and features a neoprene neckline that provides all day comfort. Features highly reflective piping, fits adults over 80 pounds and more.

Suggested Retail Price:  $ 189.00

Morakniv Stainless Steel Floating Knife 

Morakniv Floating Sport

Weighing in at under two ounces, the Floating Knife from Morakniv has a 3.8-inch razor sharp blade made from 12C27 Sandvik stainless steel with a Scandi grind, which makes it easy to maintain.  The comfortable and secure barrel-formed ergonomic handle features a highly visible lime green polymer core surrounded by cork ensuring floatability and the lime color makes it easy to spot in the water.  

Suggested Retail Price: $29.99

AFTCO Fillet Knives

AFTCO’s new 8″, 10″ and 12″ fish fillet knives feature full tang corrosion resistant 4116 German stainless-steel blades with an up-sweep blade design that maintains an efficient cutting surface while fileting.  The 56-58 Rockwell hardened blade insures sharpness and edge retention. The ergonomically designed over-molded handle is constructed of textured polypropylene which results in a comfortable in-hand feel and a secure and maximum hold in wet conditions.

Suggest Retail Price:  starting at $66.00

White River Knife Company Introduces New Stylish Filet Knife

This hand finished filet knife from White River Knife and Tool is made from heat treated and precision ground CPM25VN steel and the 8 ½ inch blade is honed to a razor sharp edge to make easy work out of the toughest filet task.  The Mahi Mahi green G10 ergonomically designed handle provides a no slip hold in wet and even slimy conditions.

Suggested Retail Price: $150.00

Frabill Introduces Heavy-Duty “Beast” Net

The beefy Frabill Trophy Haul Predator net is built to handle some of the biggest species the depths have to offer, including stripers, redfish, snook and all freshwater species.  The Predator features a heavy-duty large hoop, reinforced 72” sliding yoke handle, over-molded rubber grips, fish-friendly conservation netting and a lighted module and reflective hoop for improved visibility. It offers control and balance not found in standard fishing nets. 

Suggested Retail Price:  $169.99

Frabill Up-sizes Magnum Bait Station

The Expanded Frabill 30-Quart Magnum Bait Station has an injection-molded base with a heavy-duty non-slip bottom.  One inch of commercial-grade foam insulation controls the temperature, a waterproof and airtight gasket creates tight seal between the lid and well resulting in healthy and lively bait regardless of the weather. It includes dual two-speed D-cell battery powered water-resistant aerators built into the lid.  A 110V adapter is sold separately. Definitely one a piece of cool new fishing gear for 2021.

Suggested Retail Price: $189.99

Mustad Blueline Hero Fishing Pliers

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The new lightweight and sturdy spring-loaded Mustad Blueline Hero fishing pliers are made of high quality 420 grade stainless steel with textured jaws to insure a strong and secure hold plus a strong tungsten line cutter.  The black Teflon finish eliminates corrosion and rust and the double-molded ergonomic handles provide an enhanced grip and are easy to use ensuring comfort for those long days on the water.  

Suggested Retail Price:  $24.99

Angler’s Best Livewell Buddy® Enables Easy, Pain-Free Fish Retrieval

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The Livewell Buddy® is a flexible, floating circular silicone net that allows fish to move freely through circulated water and easily fits in any standard livewell.  It can also be attached alongside a boat, canoe or kayak and even tethered to a wading fisherman. It eliminates “fish splash” and “finning” injuries and makes retrieving your catch or baitfish, even the elusive pinfish, easy and safe.

Suggested Retail Price:  $39.99

Frabill Nets Give Anglers Leverage Over Trophies

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A good fishing net can make or break a day and cost you a trophy.  To make sure that doesn’t happen Frabill is offering a new advanced series of nets in three variants, the Standard Trophy Haul, the Power Extend, and the Bear Claw. Constructed from anodized stainless steel each variation is built tough and made to withstand use in both fresh and saltwater.

Suggested Retail Price:  $69.99 – $129.99

Gamakatsu All-Weather Fisherman’s Pliers

The Gamakatsu stainless steel spring-loaded pliers have precise crimping jaws that fit various sleeve sizes. It’s precision split ring feature makes changing or replacing split rings easy and saves your fingernails.  It cuts braid, mono or fluorocarbon and features non-slip grip handles, PTFE coating to aid against corrosion and rust and a lanyard and sheath so they are right where they need to be when you need them.

Suggested Retail Price: starting at $25.44

Yakima Lets You Transport Your Fishing Rods in Simple, Safe and “Ready to Fish” Style

The Yakima ReelDeal™ fishing rod mount securely carries up to 8 fully rigged-up and ready to fish full-length fishing rods of just about any style on your roof rack.  The single-button side access makes for quick loading/unloading and the included SKS (Same Key System) locks keep your rods safe and secure. Tool free clamp design allows easy installation and removal.

Suggested Retail Price:  $169.99

SIG Optics ZULU6 Binoculars


The ZULU6 series of image-stabilized binoculars are expertly designed to allow the clarity of a mounted spotting scope in a hand-held, portable package. Natural human movement is compensated for, allowing for user to keep maximum focus. The ZULU6’s can stand up to the harshest of environments thanks to their lightweight construction, spectracoat, lenshield, and lensarmor technology. Available in a 10x and 16x magnification, the ZULU6 is guaranteed to provide extreme clarity with unmatched image stability.


Suggested Retail Price: starting at $799.99 – $899.99


Cool New Fishing Gear – Clothes, Shoes, & Accessories

Under Armour Iso-Chill Shorebreak Long Sleeve

Under Armour Iso-Chill Shorebreak Long Sleeve

The new Iso-Chill Shorebreak long sleeve shirt from Under Armour is the perfect piece of cool new fishing gear to add to your wardrobe. The Iso-Chill fabric is great at keeping you cool and dry, while also protected form the sun with a UPF 50+ rating. It disperses body heat, wicks away sweat, and dries quickly, keeping you cool all day. The Iso-Chill Shorebreak features articulated sleeves, ensuring your movements are unrestricted, and is made for both men and women.

Suggested Retail Price: $40.00

Under Armour Shorebreak 2-in-1 Amphib Shorts

Under Armour Shorebreak 2-in-1 Amphib Shorts

The new Under Armour Shorebreak 2-n-1 Amphib shorts are made tough but lightweight with a stretch-woven fabric which moves better in every direction through 4-way stretch construction. The Under Armour Storm technology repels water without sacrificing breathability and offers UPF 40 protection from the sun. The Amphib waist band is made with the Iso-Chill tech so that it stays cool to the touch. Built-in 6″ Boxerjock® shorts add coverage and comfort, while the hidden secure, zip back pocket will keep valuable items safe.

Suggested Retail Price: $40.00

Under Armour Micro G® Kilchis Fishing Shoes

Under Armour Micro G® Kilchis Fishing Shoes

The new Under Armour Micro G® Kilchis fishing shoes are a great piece of cool new fishing gear for 2021. Your feet will stay cool with the highly breathable, quick-dry design. Synthetic overlays protect against abrasion and a contoured midsole and footbed are designed for rapid drainage. The full-length Micro G® foam midsole allows for all day comfort and the non-marking rubber outsole grips well on smooth, wet surfaces making these shoes perfect for a day on the boat.

Suggested Retail Price: $80.00

Irish Setter® Mudpaw Slip-on Waterproof Shoes 

Mudpaw Slip-on Waterproof Shoes 

Incorporating TempSens technology, IS Mudpaw waterproof slip-on shoes regulate the temperature within the shoe to maintain foot comfort.  Moisture is hyper-wicked away from the foot facilitating evaporative cooling.  In colder weather, it pulls moisture from the skin but traps it to create a thermal barrier to create a comfortable interior temperature.   ScentBan™ antimicrobial scent control helps eliminate odors within the shoe.

Suggested Retail Price: $89.99-$99.99

Hawaiian Lifeguard Association Watches

Perfect for outdoors people  who want a tough and completely waterproof watch for their outdoor adventures.  The case is made of 42 mm 316L brushed stainless steel with a screw case back and a screw down locking crown.  It features a thick lume on hands and dial numbers and a Japan quartz 3 hand plus date movement behind a K1 hardened mineral crystal. It comes with a single strap.

Suggested Retail Price:  $250.00

Fish Monkey Blocker Gloves for Warm Hands

For cool, damp and drizzly days on the water, the FM Blocker neoprene glove keeps your hands warm and dry and provides exceptional feel and dexterity.  The Blocker is wind and water resistant, soft, stretchy and, since it is just a single layer, thin. That allows all-day comfort as well as full hand functionality.  Finger slits in the index fingers and thumbs allow detail work without removing gloves.

Suggested Retail Price:  $29.95

Fish Monkey Introduced a New Full Finger Wooly Fishing Glove

Fish Monkey has added a full finger wool model to its Wooly series.  Offering unmatched fit and comfort, these breathable wool gloves can absorb up 30% of their weight in water without feeling heavy or damp. Because wool in a natural insulator and its fibers wick moisture away keeping your hands warm even when wet.

Suggested Retail Price:  $19.95- $24.95

New Costa Ocearch® Tuna Alley Angler Sunglasses

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Named after the legendary 15-mile stretch of sand cutting through the deep blue Bahamian waters where the Bluefin tuna migrate north, the Ocearch® Tuna Alley sunglasses incorporate integral hinges, a patented vent system, polarized 100% UV protection with different 580  polarized lense options (including mirrors) and has a tough-as-nails rectangular single bridge nylon frame. These lightweight high-tech glasses are the perfect piece of new fishing gear for both salt and freshwater fishing.

Suggested Retail Price:  $259.00

Ombraz “Sidearmless” Sunglasses

Ombraz “Sidearmless” Sunglasses

By eliminating sidearms, Ombraz sunglasses are virtually indestructible and since they have no sidearms, relieve tenderness and pressure points where traditional sunglass sidearms meet the side of the head and eliminate any discomfort from wearing. They feature high-quality Zeiss optics, are smudge and scratch-resistant and incorporate an in-molded adjustment system and re-optimized nose pads for comfort and reduced fogging. Available in varying sizes and lens colors.

Suggested Retail Price: $140.00

High Performance Footwear Designed for Off-Shore Anglers

The XTRATUF 6 inch Ankle Deck Boot collection is specifically crafted for Off-Shore anglers who have to keep their footing and perform in often less than easy conditions.  These lightweight, waterproof slip-on boots incorporate a slip-resistant Chevron outsole, an XPRESSCOOL™ liner for additional comfort, pull-on tabs and weigh approximately 3.16 pounds.  They are perfect for use in any marine situation that requires slip resistant footwear.

Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $80.00

Hook+Gaff Offers New Rugged Field Watch

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Designed for active outdoor enthusiasts, the HG3 Field watch offers a comfortable left-side crown orientation which eliminates the crown uncomfortably digging into the wearer’s wrist.  It incorporates a watertight brushed 316L sturdy surgical stainless steel casing, an anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Swiss Super Luminova™ illumination technology the lights the watch hands and hour markers without need for a battery and the interchangeable Cordura® strap.

Suggested Retail Price:  Starting at $300.00

Cool New Fishing Gear – Fishing Gadgets

Garmin Introduces New High-Tech Scanning Sonar

Garmin sonar

The Garmin GT36&HD-TM transducer offers ultimate versatility, featuring Ultra High-Definition ClearVu and SideVu scanning sonars for crystal-clear images of fish and structure which means you spend less time finding fish and more time catching them.  Multiple sonar frequencies have you covered, no matter what depth you’re fishing, delivering 455 kHz, 800 kHz and 1,000 kHz for top performances at all depths. Definitely a cool fishing gadget.

Suggested Retail Price:  $399.00

Westinghouse iGen160s Portable Power Station


Small but rugged, this portable generator charges all your electronic devices.  It offers 100 running watts and 150 peak watts and can charge up to 9 devices at a time and can charge up to 40-hours of lights.  It weighs only 3.75 pounds and can be charged in 6 hours via a car charger, wall charger and optional solar panel charger.  It features a dual flashlight and reading light.

Suggested Retail Price:  $139.99

The Zeus Portable Jump Starter & USB Charger

Zeus portable charger

This portable battery charger can get your vehicle back on the road, fully recharge your power tools, and revive your dead devices if no power supply is nearby.  The Zeus offers 20,000 mAh which is enough power to start even the largest trucks multiple times.  It can charge your iPhone Plus at least 10 times and has a built-in flashlight.

Suggested Retail Price:  $150.00

Streamlight ProTac 90X USB


The ProTac® series of tactical lights is a complete rechargeable system that includes a Streamlight SL-B26™ protected Li-Ion USB rechargeable battery pack with an integrated micro-USB port and a charging cord. This multi-fuel capability enables users to charge the light on the go or insert cell batteries when a charging source is unavailable and delivers 1,000 lumens. Made from rugged 6000 series machined aluminum it weighs 4.9 ounces. 

Suggested Retail Price:  $115.00

Weston Vacuum Sealer Extends Frozen and Refrigerated Food Life

The Weston Professional Advantage vacuum sealer can extend the life of frozen meats for up to three years and vegetables for almost two years.   Sealed and refrigerated fruits can last for up to two weeks and cheese for as long as four months.  The Weston Advantage can seal bags up to 11 inches wide and offers four separate modes and an easy-to-use control panel.

Suggested Retail Price:  $199.99

See the Light with the HEADSPIN Convertible Lighting System

The HEADSPIN Outdoors convertible lighting system includes lighting modes allowing users to turn the light off and on, adjust intensity and activate flood, spot or flash mode. The system includes the light, headlamp mount, flashlight mount, rail mount, wall-changing station and is equipped with a magnetic base for easy attachment to your boat or any metal surface all housed in a tough and portable case.

Suggested Retail Price:  $135.95

Take Safety to the Beach with Beachsafe

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Beachsafe is a mobile personal safe that features a built-in charger, a solar panel, battery pack, two USB port and a cooling fan all protected by a blue, durable ABS plastic water-resistant case to protect your phone and other belongings from heat, sun, rain, waves and whatever else nature throws at you.  It comes with a 3-foot stainless steel securing cable and a 4-digit reprogrammable combination lock.

Suggested Retail Price:  $59.99

Outdoor Edge Introduces New Survival Tool

The all-in-one 1.8 ounce ParaSPARK survival bracelet features a 1.3-inch patented sheepsfoot blade and a brightly marked liquid-filled compass. The buckle houses a 110-decibel whistle as well as a fire-starting ferrocerium rod. The large bracelet is hand tied from 17 feet (14.4 feet for the medium bracelet) of reflective black seven-strand nylon paracord plus one strand of wax-coated firecord and a monofilament fishing line.

Suggest Retail Price:  $33.99

Reliable Portable Power When You Need It

The 37,000 mWh high-grade Lithium-Polymer JumpStart battery is compatible to jump most cars, trucks, SUV’s, boats, ATV’s and other power equipment and can re-charge up to 1,000 times.  It also includes a powerful 8W, 330Lumen LED flashlight with 4 modes (low and high beam, SOS and strobe) with a 495 foot reach. Ergonomically designed, the JumpStart is constructed of machined aluminum to withstand rugged use.

Suggested Retail Price:  $119.00

Cool New Fishing Gear – Miscellaneous

Killerdock Announces Slot Fish Cleaning Station

The Killerdock Slot fish cleaning station is constructed of strong non-corrosive high grade aluminum followed with a clear SystemXMarine ceramic coating that offers protection from saltwater, UV rays, cleaning solutions and more. The 52” x 24” cutting surface features a two degree slope to drain water, blood and entrails through the rear slots.  Includes an accessory tray, knife sharpener and cup holder. Easy two person installation.

Suggested Retail Price:  $1,245.00

Magellan Outdoors IceBox Dual Open 20 Quart Cooler

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Featuring a dual-opening lid with a stainless-steel locking system for secure closure, the IceBox Dual Open 20 has two built in bottle openers, a drain plug and an ergonomic grip allowing for comfortable transportation and portability.  It has anti-skid feet for stability, an efficient refrigeration V-Seal, is dry-ice compatible and the nontoxic cooler box is tasteless and easy to clean.

Suggested Retail Price:  $95.00

Bear-Resistant OtterBox Coolers

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The Otterbox Venture Coolers are available in three different sizes and will keep ice for up to 10 days (longer for different models).  Each cooler can be customized with accessories such as cutting boards, ice packs, cup holders and even “All Terrain” wheels for the 45 and 65 quart models.  All Otterbox coolers are certified bear resistant when secured with the locking kit and feature a limited lifetime warranty. Not just designed for fish, anglers can certainly utilize these coolers as new fishing gear, wether they are icing down freshly caught fish or their favorite beverages. 

Suggested Retail Price:  $195.49 – $382.49

Igloo Introduces New Mission Series Cooler

From the backyard to a spontaneous adventure in the wild, the Mission cooler series was created with all the best features of Igloo’s hard-side coolers in mind. Ultratherm® insulation, along with a silicone rubber lid gasket provides long term ice retention. Other features include a lockable lid, FDA approved food grade liner, oversized heavy duty grab handles and other benefits.  Available in 50, 72 and 124 quart sizes.

Suggested Retail Price:  $139.99 – $249.99

DAP Introduces Tank Bond™ Adhesives Line for Strong, Durable Bonds

The Tank Bond family of products from DAP blends both strength and precision and includes Tank Bond Thread Stopper, Tank Bond Liquid Grip, Tank Bond Heavy Duty Advanced Epoxy, and Tank Bond Thread Locker. Combined these adhesive products are strong enough to tackle repairs ranging from tools, home products and outdoor maintenance to boats, bicycles, automotive, motorcycles and even musical instruments.

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Turn Your Aluminum Beverage Cans into Cups


Now, whether you are at your campsite or even in the field you can easily and safely convert your beverage can into a cup with the new Draft Top in just three convenient steps: open the tool, insert onto the can top and twist.  The result is an incredibly smooth edge that’s safe to drink from.  Best of all, the Draft Top easily fits into your pocket.

Suggested Retail Price:  $24.99

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