Okuma Tesoro Star Drag ReelOkuma.jpg
The new Okuma Tesoro star drag reels feature the newest in technology in a growing list of battle-proven reels in the inshore and offshore market. Today’s anglers want the lightest, strongest reels possible, with enough capacity to overcome the largest fish. The Tesoro reels utilize advanced technologies to create both exceptional feel and rock-solid durability. Made from forged and machine-cut aluminum, the Tesoro star drag reels incorporate large stainless-steel gears for quick line retrieve and exceptional torque, as well as an advanced free-spool system and oversized handle. The Tesoro star drag reels are available in sizes 10 and 12. 

Beckman Astoria Landing NetBeckmanNet.jpg
Beckman Fishing Nets are available in a range of models, with both treated and untreated netting, in multiple-sized handles. Last issue we introduced the Chinook as a good choice for a saltwater net. This issue, we are introducing the Astoria as a solid all-around salmon net that comes in either a 4-foot or 6-foot handle length. It features a drawn aluminum handle, strong and reliable hoop, internal Y-bar construction, which gives strength to the hoop, bonded nylon Sport-Mesh material for the netting, and a quick-connect channel that allows the hoop to connect to the handle quickly and store in a smaller space when not in use.

Beckman Chinook Landing Net, 6-foot handleBeckman.jpg
G. Pucci and Sons has recently acquired Beckman Fishing Nets and will be continuing the tradition of practical and tough landing nets. They are available in a range of models, with both treated and untreated netting, in multiple-sized handles. The Chinook is well-suited to saltwater fishing and comes in either a 4-foot or 6-foot handle length. It features a drawn aluminum handle, strong and reliable hoop, internal Y-bar construction, which gives strength to the hoop, bonded nylon Sport-Mesh material for the netting, and a quick-connect channel that allows the hoop to connect to the handle quickly and store in a smaller space when not in use.

Penn Squall Lever Drag 2-Speed ReelPenn.jpg
The Penn Squall Lever Drag 2-Speed is basically a Penn International made out of graphite, and this reel is exactly what anglers need to tame big fish in saltwater around Alaska. They are lightweight and corrosion-resistant and come in three sizes—with the differences being capacity, max drag and gear ratio. The Quick-Shift 2-Speed and Dura-Drag systems have been perfected in their International reels and passed on to these Squall models. The main and pinion gears, as well as ball bearings, are made from stainless steel.

Quantum Monster PTQuantum-Monster.jpg
This reel is built to tame high-powered species such as king salmon, and it gets its name from the very large spool that proves substantial line capacity. It’s built of tough aluminum and protected by Saltguard 2.0, which contains a Quantum-exclusive SCR Alloy that is free of impurities that lead to rust in lesser-built reels. The SCR Alloy is then covered in Quantum’s proprietary coating process to further prevent rust and increase long-term performance. The Monster series features their Performance Tuned Carbon Stainless Ceramic Drag System with a max drag of 23- to 26 pounds; right- and left-hand models are available in gear ratios of 6.4:1 or 7.1:1, promoting fast line pickup.

Penn Battle II Spinning ReelPENN_Squall_Lever_Drag_50_alt1-2.jpg
Battle II Spinning reels feature a full metal body, sideplate and rotor, as well as HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers, five stainless steel ball bearings, a heavy-duty aluminum bail wire, and a superline spool that includes a rubber gasket so superlines don't slip and no backing is needed. There are eight models in the series that span the needs of most anglers in Alaska.

P-Line Double Squid Skirt
MSRP: $3.99

The optimum lure for saltwater applications: halibut fishermen will use the bait to add life to their favorite jigs and bait rigs, while trollers can create clone-like lures by simply inserting lead into the head and adding their favorite leader and hooks. 10 colors, 5 of which are glow models.

Promar ProFloat Landing NetPromar-ProFloat-Landing-Net.jpg
This new floating landing net is ideally suited for Alaska's float tuber who targets fish to about 10 pounds. It sports a 13.5" x 18.5" frame and a 7.5" handle with a lanyard.  The floating material is on the handle and frame, making this net extremely buoyant. The basket is quite deep and flat, allowing this net to be a good choice for anglers landing trophy trout. The rubber-coated netting is hook-resistant and fish-friendly. We are excited to test this out on the next stillwater adventure.

Okuma Metaloid Lever DragMetaloid.jpg
MSRP: $189.99 - $299.99
Looking for a saltwater reel to tame the leviathans swimming in Alaska’s saltwater? This new family of reels from Okuma may well be the answer. The Metaloid lever drag is available in three sizes: M-5SN (narrow), M-5S and M-12S and each reel is available in a single- or two-speed design. The lineup of reels is built tough for saltwater, combining a one-piece 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame with 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gears, four stainless steel bearings and a Carbonite drag system with maximum drag ratings of 24- to 34 pounds. The M-5SN and M-5S single-speed models feature a 6.4:1 gear ratio, while the two-speed also has a low gear of 3.8:1. The M-12S single-speed has a 4.7:1 and the two-speed adds a 2.1:1 option. Combine that with a long handle arm and oversized grip, and an angler can quickly put line back on the reel.

Mudhole.jpgMud Hole Custom Tackle MHX Saltwater
Rod Kit

MSRP: starting at $130.95
This series of kits offers everything you need to get on the saltwater and start catching salmon, halibut and bottomfish; plus, it includes a how-to DVD for the novice rod-builder. One of their most popular kits from the series is the MHXSWK-11 (pictured), which features a SW66H rod blank, a rod well-suited for targeting halibut. Whether vertical jigging or soaking bait, this 6-foot, 6-inch rod is rated for 20- to 60-pound-test and will get the job done. 

PENN Battle II Saltwater Spinning Reelpennbattle03.jpg
MSRP: $99.95-$129.95
Just hitting the market, the Penn Battle II spinning reels are the ideal choice for anglers with an opportunity to toss hardware in the salt. Offering attractive cosmetics, a durable design and silky smooth HT-100 drag, the Battle II looks great and fishes even better. The full metal body construction allows these reels to maintain precision gear alignment under severe punishment, and there is enhanced corrosion resistance due to the use of five sealed bearings and one anti-reverse bearing. Penn has also added line capacity rings to let the angler know when the spool is properly filled. This ensures that the casts are not subject to excess line stripping from the spool, resulting in improved castability. And finally, the Battle II incorporates keyed carbon fiber washers in the HT-100 drag system that utilizes both sides of the drag washers and increases maximum drag by 15- to 50 percent.

Danielson CoatedSteel Downrigger WeightsDanielson.jpg
MSRP: $13.99 to $46.99


New for 2015, Danielson is releasing two styles of downrigger weights, round and pancake, and both are made of steel and coated in vinyl. The steel weights are less expensive than lead and the vinyl coating protects against rust and protects the boat. The round weight is available in 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, 12- and 15-pound options, while the pancake comes in 8-, 10-, 12- and 15-pound sizes. Both are designed to track straight and prevent cable twist. 

Promar Boater Floating Telescopic GaffPromar2.jpg
MSRP: $44.99
This gaff ranges in size from 43- to 72 inches, allowing for compact storage and 6 feet of reach when fully extended. We used it to gaff salmon, halibut and lingcod over the rail of a 34-foot ocean boat and it worked great hoisting fish to 50 pounds. The 3-inch gaff hook is razor-sharp and is made from high-grade stainless steel, while the rest of the gaff is made from corrosion-resistant anodized aluminum. The EVA foam grip handle is easy to hold even in slippery conditions. The Promar Telescopic gaff also comes in a smaller size, 28- to 45 inches and retails for $37.99.

Scotty Marine 2106 HP Downrigger Scotty_2106HP_Downrigger.jpg
MSRP: $699.99
This high-performance downrigger is well suited to trolling Alaska waters. The downrigger is capable of lifting 20-pound weights at 260 feet-per-minute and 10-pound weights at 312 feet-per-minute. One of its new features is an illuminated digital line counter. It’s pre-spooled with 300 feet of Scotty’s HP (high-performance) stainless steel downrigger wire. It’s got a swivel pedestal mount, an adjustable Rocket Launcher rod holder and a stainless-steel boom that telescopes from 36- to 60 inches.

Okuma Cold Water 350 Line CounterOkuma.jpg
MSRP: $159.99
This versatile reel offers many advantages for the angler in Alaska. For instance, a commonality across multiple salmon techniques is knowing how much line is out and being able to replicate that position. If it’s mooching in the saltwater at a specific depth, back-trolling plugs in the river, trolling in the salt using downriggers, or back-bouncing in some of Alaska’s Chinook strongholds, this reel is well-suited to handle all options. The reel features a mechanical line counter, powerful 5.4:1 gear ratio, a full multi-disc Carbonite drag system capable of 25 pounds of max drag; it offers a capacity of 150 yards of 65-pound-test braid and incorporates a rubber oversized handle that makes it easier to tame Alaska’s robust salmon.