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1. Strikemaster Lithium 24V
Yup, you read that right. Don’t worry…the Lithium 40V is NOT going anywhere. Think of this as a lightweight run-and-gun version of the already proven ice-cutter:
That ^ compact unit is a new lightweight auger head combined with SM’s popular Lite-Flite Lazer drill. Gets 100 holes per charge with the 6″ drill and 50 holes per charge with the 8″ drill (based on 16″ of ice).
Total weight of the 6″ is 13.3 lbs, and 14.3 lbs for the 8″.
You ever go to grab something you think is gonna be heavy and it ends up being WAY lighter than you expected? Like a moving box full of can koozies…grocery bag of paper towels…or maybe an empty suitcase…. Feel like the Lithium 24V is gonna have that same effect — can’t wait to pick one up for the first time.
2. Clam Pro Tackle Tikka Jigging Mino
> “Designed specifically for a deadly vertical presentation, the new Tikka Mino is the ultimate balanced jigging minnow for ice anglers [but has open-water applications too]. It swims and darts like a panicked baitfish, and has unique Prism Holographic colors that attract predator fish. As a 1-piece, zinc-alloy bait, the Tikka is super strong and there are no plastic fins to break. There are 14 colors in 4 sizes.”
Coming this fall.
3. Elliott Rods Evolution Ice Series
We’ve come a long way from those wooden jiggle sticks your grandpappy used to use in the darkhouse…hand-lining in panfish next to a wood-burning stove. Nothing wrong with that [!] unless you’re looking to up your game….
You diehard hole-hoppers already know the benefits of loooonger ice rods — better hooksets, keep fish pinned, more control over your bait, etc — so you’ll be pumped to know Elliott’s coming out with a trio of 42-44″ hardwater sticks. High-end, ultra-sensitive [!!] with Syncork handles and all:
Few details on the 3 new models:
> The ES44UL-XF is a solid glass 44″ rod with an extra-fast ultralight tip action to detect lite biters that smoothly transforms into a stiffer midsection and powerful enough to handle most fish that dare meet the challenge.
> The ES44L-F is a 44″ solid carbon fast-action blank that excels at small spoon presentations or light-line presentations. It weighs nothing in your hand and fishes with both finesse and authority.
> Rounding out the series is the ES42M-F, a 42″ solid carbon blank that is a master at working rattle spoons, Jigging Raps or any reaction lure presentation. The fast-action tip section parlays into a perfectly structured mid and butt section for the best hook sets and fish fighting performance.
Available Oct 15 on Elliott’s website, and judging by how fast the rest of their stuff flies off the online shelf, you better be a fast clicker.
4. Northland Glo-Shot Fire-Belly Spoon
Can now get that proven spoon-catching shape with 8 hours of red, green or chartreuse glow. They were able to keep it compact = helps cut through the water column and also seal the deal when its face-to-face with the fishes.
5. “Gold Hologram” PK Rattle Spoons
The new-last-ice-season jigging spoon is getting a tasty new wardrobe:
> We believe in fishing glow colors in the mornings, and switching to metal colors in the afternoon…designed this lure so you don’t need to take it off all day!
Here’s “purple tiger glow” with the “gold hologram” back:
> The PK Rattle Spoon is truly a triple threat! Includes a loud brass rattle chamber that will stay on, attached #2 PK Wyoming Blade out of the packaging, and a gold hologram on one side with a cool paint design on the other. Noise + flash + action.
> Tip with a minnow head or 2-3 full minnows — find out what the fish want and use your electronics to see how the fish respond to your jigging technique. When fish approach the spoon, slowly raise the lure above the fish while slowing your jigging and hang on!