Bermuda is one of our destination features this month and NV charts gets you there with Region 16.1 Bermuda Islands Chart Set just in time for the Newport to Bermuda Race. A ring of coral reefs surrounds Bermuda and vessels must strictly adhere to specific routes for safe navigation. The new Bermuda chart set is the latest and most complete charting package for the Bermuda islands to appear in many years and is a multi-faceted package of paper and digital charts packed with additional information, including plotted waypoints, more distinctive shore and shallows cartography, aids to navigation and light characteristics, tidal information, and more. Available in paper and instant-download digital format for use with chartplotters, PCs, and mobile devices with NV Charts’ free NV App. NV Charts products in digital format are also available on SD memory cards for chartplotters, including Lowrance, Simrad, and B&G chartplotter systems, and are compatible with all instruments in the Lowrance HDS Series, Gen. 1 & 2; Simrad NSE, NSS, and NSO systems; and all B&G Zeus series systems. NV Charts in all available formats can be purchased online.
Rapala unveils two new Scatter Rap lures built on classic Rapala balsa body shapes. The Scatter Rap Crank Shallow covers water up to 3 feet deep, and the Scatter Rap Crank Deep dives 10 to 12 feet deep to tempt fish in varying depths. In addition to vertical coverage of water columns, the Scatter Raps extend horizontal coverage for more efficient, and more successful, fishing. These lures perfectly mimic a spooked baitfish fleeing attack by moving from one side to the next to trigger reactive bites. Both Scatter Raps are 2 inches, weigh 5/16 of an ounce and are available in 18 color patterns, including four new custom patterns. MSRP $9; rapala.com
Fathom Offshore’s Blue Water Pre-Rigged Trolling System is an all-star lineup of six medium tackle lures designed to tempt large meatfish to small billfish as you troll. Designed to maximize effectiveness and time on the water, this system removes the guesswork from selecting the right lures and where to run them. Simply match Fathom Offshore’s 6-pack of lures with the recommended position on the included spread chart. This trolling system pack comes in a medium lure bag in red or blue, and baits include the Double O’ medium, Calico Jack Slant medium, Chain Smoker medium, Sails Call, Same Ole’ Roll medium, and the Mo Head Chugger Medium rigs. All lures come rigged and ready on 12′ of 250-lb mono with the “Fathom Rigged” 9/0 fully stainless trolling lance single hook set. MSRP $355; fathomoffshore.com
Safely carry five fishing rods in one hand with extreme comfort and easy maneuverability with the Rod-Runner pole caddy. Avoid tangled lines, broken guides and costly repairs, and customize your tackle needs with interchangeable rod holders for light or heavy rods. The lightweight, durable carrier has removable legs for compact storage in a truck, SUV or compact car, and the angled stance design keeps fishing gear safely off the ground to allow users to quickly and easily transport, wash down or rig secured rods. Protect and respect your expensive fishing rods with a Rod-Runner. MSRP $70; rod-runner.com
The PoleTap SmartRod by Tackobox demands respect as the world’s first fishing rod with built-in light and/or sound “bite alerts” that detect when the line is receiving action from a fish. The patented integrated accelerometer bite detection technology couples with an attractive, hardcore two-piece medium action rig with three sensitivity levels. Two CR2032 Lithium batteries power the bite detection, and it is available in three sizes: a 6’6″ spincast rod, a 7′ spinning rod and a 7′ spinning combo of the rod and reel. The water-resistant design keeps your PoleTap SmartRod ready for serious use. MSRP starts at $40; tackobox.com
A.R.E. introduces the Rod Pod™, a fishing rod carrier built to safely transport fishing rods on the roof rack of any vehicle or truck cap. Developed by professional angler Britt Myers, it is constructed with durable PVC plastic and corrosion-resistant stainless steel hardware, can be mounted on any type of roof rack, and is built to withstand years of fishing trips and all types of weather. Measuring at 8’4″ long and 6″ in diameter, Rod Pod accommodates a number of rods, is lockable and protected by a textured black elastomeric coating for long-lasting good looks. MSRP $495 (includes stainless steel mounting hardware for any existing roof rack); 4are.com
Ecooda Hornet HS series spinning reels from Eposeidon offers ultimate performance with seven high-quality shielded stainless-steel bearings, a double backup anti-reverse bearing, corrosion-proof ceramic bail wire guide, and carbon fiber drag washers. Hornet’s special-design O-ring-sealed waterproof body and spool provide extreme saltwater protection. A rock-solid aluminum body features a computer microbalanced forged aluminum rotor, lubrication port, stainless steel main shaft, machined stainless steel and brass gears, and lightened CNC machined aluminum power T-handle. The Ecooda Hornet HS spinning reels come in sizes 6000 through 20000, and are built to withstand the elements to land massive trophy fish. Hornet’s patented design power launch forged aluminum spool gives farther, tanglefree casts, and the state-of-the-art carbon fiber drag system is built to pull up to 66 pounds of drag. All of these high-performance and rugged features add up to deliver the Hornet’s sting. MSRP $139.85; eposeidon.com