Commercial Fishing

Posted on March 4, 2013 by

Review Roundup: Ready, Set, Fish!

Over the weekend I spent a lot of time working on our backlog of reviews and preparing our 2012 contributor contest entries. I also managed to get out on Saturday for some winter fishing and although it was the first trip of the year, and fishing is never a guaranteed thing, we managed to find a great location and land a few fresh winter steelhead.

Winter Steelhead Fishing && WE FISHIN MANE t-shirt!

So while I’m packing WE FISHIN MANE t-shirt orders and the prizes for last year’s contributor contest why not check out these four fantastic reviews, including a review of the tangle-free WaveSpin fishing reel from KokeMachine.

XTRATUF II Boots

XTRATUF Boots The XTRATUF II are 100% waterproof neoprene boots, paired with a slip resistant sole and added stabilizers to support your feet and ankles. They retail for about $100-$120 USD and are available in men’s and women’s sizes. While they aren’t pretty, they come from a brand with a serious reputation among commercial fisherman, and some street credibility in Alaska and the pacific northwest where they’re known as the “Alaskan Tennis Shoe”. I’ve tested these boots for over a month now, but yesterday was my first opportunity to test them on some winter fishing.

Continue reading our review of the XTRATUF II boots…


WaveSpin Reel

Wave Spin Reel - RIG IT! As a man whose fishing game is so often crippled and hilarified* by severely nasty tangles and bird’s nests, when I first read about the WaveSpin reel, despite my reservations, I was hopeful that this reel might mean the end of those dark days. The reel features a unique spool design that resembles a saw blade. Although one might think that this feature is added for bad-ass stylistic purposes, it is actually the mechanism that prevents tangles. By forcing loose loops of line into the grooves and out-of-the-way of outgoing line on a cast the loops are eventually pulled out in the proper order. The “teeth” also reduce the friction on your line allowing for smoother and longer casts.

Continue reading KokeMachine’s review of the WaveSpin fishing reel…


Big Smallie Hair Jigs

Big Smallie Tackle - High Quality Handmade Hair Jigs The hair jig comes with a legendary reputation for catching fish. Some might consider them “old school” and pass them in stores without a second glance, while others know them as a veteran’s tool for cold water fishing. If these underrated lures are missing from your tackle box you’re probably missing out on fishing opportunities. Big Smallie Tackle Hair Jigs are handcrafted lures by Ryan Lampe, and they look fantastic.

Continue reading our review of Big Smallie Hair Jigs…


Suncloud Polarized Optics

Suncloud Polarized Optics - Impulse (Men's) If you have a large head like I do, then you know how hard it is to find a quality pair of glasses that fit. For that reason, I’m very pleased to say that these Suncloud Polarized Optics fit without any pinching, but also look great. The wrap around frames help to block out light and the polarized lenses are very sharp. The brown tint filters out blue light while increasing the overall contrast, making them perfect for cloud-free days, shallow water fishing, and even driving.

Continue reading our review of Suncloud Polarized Optics…


XTRATUF Boots
Posted on January 10, 2013 by

XTRATUF II Boots – First Impressions

If you’re looking for a pair of boots that will take you through winter in style, or if the word ‘fashion’ appears anywhere on your radar, be ready to look away. However if you’re looking for a pair of boots that will take you through a career in commercial fishing, or across some mucky terrain to your favorite river bend year after year, then look no further.

The XTRATUF II boots are the next generation of the original XTRATUF boot designed in the 1960’s, and there’s a very good reason they’ve only made one revision in over 50 years. These boots have serious reputation among commercial fishermen of the pacific northwest and the people of Alaska, who call them the “Alaskan Tennis Shoe”.

XTRATUF Boots

The XTRATUF II are seamless neoprene boots that are 100% waterproof, paired with a slip resistant sole and added stabilizers to support your feet and ankles. They retail for about $100-$120 USD and are available in men’s and women’s sizes.

XTRATUF BootsXTRATUF Boots

Over the past week I’ve worn my XTRATUF boots more than my everyday boots. We got several inches of snowfall in only a few days and I spent several hours outside shovelling. I also wear these boots to walk my dog Pilot, which means running up and down snow-covered hills until I’m ready to pass out. The boots are very well insulated and keep my feet warm the entire time I’m outdoors. The soles are nice and certainly feel quite slip resistant in my experience. I’m not ready to lay down a verdict on them just yet, so stay tuned for a full review.

New Record Bluefin Tuna Price for 2013
Posted on January 6, 2013 by

Another Year, Another Record Bluefin Tuna Sale

Around this time every year we see huge bluefin tuna auctioned off to the highest bidder in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, and every year they set a new record (no doubt due to overfishing). This year the bar has been set at $1.7 million dollars, that’s more than 4 times the record from last year by the way. And the tuna sold is nearly 50 kilograms lighter than last years!

New Record Bluefin Tuna Price for 2013

Even the buyer, sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, who also paid out the record price last year, said the cost was “a bit high”.

This year’s record-breaking fish was caught off north-eastern Japan and weighed in at 222kg (489lbs), some 47kg lighter than last year’s prize-winner, which fetched 56m yen.

The prices do not necessarily reflect quality or size and are more linked to publicity and setting the tone for the business year.

He said he wanted to “encourage Japan” with his bid.

The price works out at about $7,600 per kg ($3,500/lb).

Japan consumes more than half of the world’s bluefin catch.

via BBC.co.uk