Performance fishing gear maximizes your experience on the water, providing durability, comfort, and functionality for every angling adventure. Here are the latest recommendations from the experts at Fish Alaska.

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Performance Fishing Gear for Alaska

13 Fishing Axum Competition Spinning Reel

Tuned for tournament freshwater fishing, the Axum Competition Spinning Reel features the 13 Fishing Competition Drag. The drag system offers a smooth payout and enhanced adjustability with innovative microfiber washers that glide effortlessly along hard-polished aluminum drag washers, providing exceptional performance even at lower settings. The reel has many advanced features, including a precision CNC aluminum drive gear, brass pinion gear, anti-reverse, sealed ball bearings, and a cast-iron carbon frame and rotor. The reel is available in three sizes, each with a 6.2:1 gear ratio and 15 pounds of max drag.

Harvest Right Home Pro Freeze Dryer

performance fishing gearThree Bears Alaska is stocking the medium- and large models of this freeze dryer. The medium size allows you to freeze dry 10- to 15 pounds of food per batch, with a 3000-pound-per-year usage rating. The large unit is rated for 18- to 27 pounds per batch, and 5000 pounds per year of fresh food. Each model comes with the following: freeze dryer, premier industrial vacuum pump, vacuum pump oil, oil filter, stainless-steel trays (set of 6), guide to freeze drying, mylar bags (50 count), oxygen absorbers (50 count), and impulse sealer. Freeze drying your own food gives you another means of long-term storage, and it also lets you customize the dehydrated foods you plan to consume on remote adventures where space and weight are a concern.

Lamiglas G1000 Pro Series

The G1000 Pro is a premium and durable handcrafted workhorse. Since 1974, the G1000 Pro Series has been a staple among the salmon and steelhead communities up and down the West Coast. Today, anglers across the USA (and beyond) are well aware of the reputation and capability this rod lineup brings to the table. The light-action steelhead models are a dream, fully capable yet light in hand, balanced, and effective. The heavier models have accounted for some of the largest king salmon ever caught on the Kenai River. Fuji double-locking reel seats, subtle blue trim, and a gorgeous polished-graphite finish round out a beautiful but classic look and feel. Whether you’re fishing the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska or the middle coast of California, a Lamiglas limited lifetime warranty will give you extra reassurance against defects.

P-Line 7.5” Coated High Carbon Plier

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The P-Line 7.5” High Carbon Plier features a tungsten-carbide cutter to easily cut through nylon or braid. The ergonomic handles are spring loaded for smooth operation.

P-Line Fish Gripper & Scale

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The P-Line 10-inch Fish Gripper & Scale features stainless-steel construction and an ergonomic handle. The gripper features an integrated fish scale that maxes out at 40 pounds.

Spyderco Stretch 2 XL Lightweight Saltperformance fishing gear

Spyderco’s Stretch 2 XL Lightweight is the result of more than three decades of evolution that began with their classic folding hunting-knife designs. Through years of relentless refinement, they arrived at a full-sized, full-service cutting tool that is incredibly lightweight and easy to carry. Now they have taken that evolution a step further by crafting that design with ultra-corrosion-resistant materials to make it a member of their elite Salt Series of knives. Tipping the scales at a mere 3 ounces, the Stretch 2 XL Lightweight Salt showcases a 3.99-inch blade crafted from H-2 austenitic steel.

Available in a choice of PlainEdge or fully serrated SpyderEdge formats, the hollow-ground blade is supported by a sturdy back-lock mechanism housed in a lightweight fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle. The handle is injection molded in a bright-yellow color for high visibility and features a non-slip Bi-Directional Texture pattern for optimal grip security, even when wet. The knife’s completely symmetrical design includes a fully configurable four-position pocket clip that provides a choice of tip-up or tip-down carry for both left- and right-handed users.

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Pro-Cure Brine ‘N Bite Complete

Pro-Cure Brine ‘N Bite Complete is a fantastic option for anglers fishing herring and anchovies. It helps firm up your baits for longer, more successful trolls, and adds a burst of powerful amino acids that will help to improve your success on Chinook, silvers, and halibut. Available in Natural Shine, Chartreuse Glow, and Brilliant Blue, they are a prov en winner.

Skinner Sights Gen 2 Ruger American Picatinny Rail with Integrated Peep

Ruger has released the Gen 2 version of their very successful American rifle series. Skinner Sights has released a 13″ Scout-style rail for the new Gen 2 Ruger American rifles. This mount allows options for conventional scopes, Scout scopes, and red-dot optics. Featuring a Skinner peep sight on the rear and an AR A2-type sight in the front for backup to the optics, should they be removed. Can be used with or without two forward attachment screws (drill-and-tap recommended for mounting heavier forward-mounted optics).

Silver Horde Coho Killer

This spoon is one of the very best lures for catching saltwater salmon on the troll. We have used it with great results in both Southcentral and Southeast fisheries over the last two decades. Kelly Morrison and the crew have released new patterns over the years, and they complement this highly productive spoon. In conversing with Kelly, he shared that some of his pro staff and other anglers add a barrel swivel between the back of the spoon and the hook. They are doing this on the Coho Killer and other spoons as well. They say it helps prevent the spoon from getting bent and helps prevent the fish from leveraging the hook out. Kelly suggests a #7 swivel and to be sure to use a good-quality one as some of the imported ones are not very strong. He also suggests anglers avoid adding too large a swivel, as extra weight will impede the lure’s action.

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Big Ray’s Men’s Karluk Zip Wader

The Karluk Wader offers a waterproof full-front zip for easy on and off, as well as extra venting when you heat up on long treks to the water. To make these waders tough, they are built with a 4-ply nylon upper, and a lower leg double layered with 6-ply nylon for extra abrasion resistance. Other important features include: dual suspender-attachment points for essential gear; an inner zippered device-storage pocket; dual zippered fly-box chest pockets; TIZIP MasterSeal 10 waterproof front zip; two micro-fleece hand-warming pockets; double-taped, 4 mm neoprene ergonomic booties; and 4-ply nylon gravel guards with lace hooks. Karluk Waders are designed by Alaskans and proven for the diverse waters of the Last Frontier.

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