Product Review               

03-21-16


           Berkley Rods, Baits
                Berkley Lightning Rod Combo
                Berkley Buzz Ramsey Air Rod
                Berkley Powerbait Shaky Snake
                Berkley Havoc Change Up
                Berkley Fusion19 Hooks
                Hardy Wraith Fly Rod
                Hardy Ultralite CA DD Fly Reel

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Berkley Lightning Rod Combo
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The new Berkley Lightning Rod combo gives anglers the rod they’ve trusted for decades in a spinning or casting combo they can count on for many years to come. Each rod is defined by its toughness and sensitivity with multi-modulus graphite construction. The low-profile baitcast reel has a ported aluminum spool, a four-plus-one bearing system and an ergonomically-curved handle.

Spinning reels are highlighted by a seven-plus-one bearing system, a ported, aluminum spool and instant anti-reverse switch. Offered in three low-profile and three spinning combos, the Lightning Rod reels feature EVA handle knobs, which add comfort during long days on the water. The low-profile baitcast reel has a ported aluminum spool, a four-plus-one bearing system and an ergonomically-curved handle. Spinning reels are highlighted by a seven-plus-one bearing system; a ported, aluminum spool and instant anti-reverse switch.

Each rod is defined by its toughness and multi-modulus graphite construction. For anglers craving more sensitivity, the Lightning Rod combos add a sensitive touch through the inclusion of a skeleton reel seat. Each fore grip uses Hidden Thread Technology to reduce wear and tear on angler’s fingers. The SS304 line guides are durable and sturdy, giving anglers the same high-quality standard for which Lightning Rods are known. Casting rods offered are 6 to 7 feet in length in medium and medium-heavy action; spinning rods for the combos are 5 feet 6 inches to 7 feet in length with light to medium-light actions.

Spinning models have an MSRP of $59.99 and baitcast models have an MSRP of $69.99.

About $ 59.99 - $69.99

800-237-5539         berkley@purefishing.com

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Berkley Buzz Ramsey Air Rod

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Known for being one of the greatest anglers in the Pacific Northwest, Buzz Ramsey proudly shared his lifetime of expertise to help the Berkley® team create the ultimate Buzz Ramsey Air Rod series salmon and steelhead rods. The Buzz Ramsey Air Rod series rod blanks feature a Complex Matrix composite construction, which creates a stronger, lighter and more sensitive rod.

The Buzz Ramsey Air Rod series rod blank features a Complex Matrix composite construction, which creates a stronger, lighter and more sensitive rod. Each rod is equipped with SS304 guides with titanium nitride coated SS304 inserts that handle the daily pressure of hard-pulling salmon, steelhead and trout. Eleven trolling and casting models are available, each with rubberized shrink-wrapped handles for more durability in rod holders.

Berkley designed the Buzz Ramsey Air Rod with an exposed blank through reel seat for better feel no matter what technique is fished. For spinning equipment, Ramsey and Berkley created seven models with full, premium cork handles and extended foregrips for long casts. Spinning light to medium-heavy action models range in length from 8 feet 6 inches to 10 feet 9 inches. The 11 medium to extra-heavy action trolling rods, in lengths from 7 feet 9 inches to 10 foot 6 inches, are equipped with rubberized trolling handles.

About $ 99.99

800-237-5539         berkley@purefishing.com

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Berkley Powerbait Shaky Snake
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With lighter presentations becoming the norm, Berkley PowerBait introduces something new to give anglers the advantage in finesse fishing. The new Berkley PowerBait Shaky Snake is perfect for finicky fish that just won’t commit. This 5-inch dancing machine offers a beefed up head that tapers into an egg sack. Its corkscrew ribs add a fluid motion that coaxes even the laziest bass to eat. The ribs on the Shaky Snake add more surface area, allowing more scent dispersion throughout the water column.

The new Berkley PowerBait Shaky Snake is perfect for finicky fish that just won’t commit. This 5-inch dancing machine offers a beefed up head that tapers into an egg sack. Its corkscrew ribs add a fluid motion that coaxes even the laziest bass to eat. The ribs on the Shaky Snake add more surface area, allowing more scent dispersion throughout the water column and with the exclusive PowerBait formula, fish hold on up to 18 times longer. The tail design brings this bait to life with its effortless motion from the lightest vibration of the rod tip.

Although small, this finesse-style bait is fierce when it comes to attracting big bass. Anglers can rig this on a 2/0 shaky head hook or use it as a drop shot bait. Either way, the Berkley PowerBait Shaky Snake is ready to dance its way through the water in search of giants. The PowerBait Shaky Snake has 15 colors to choose from per package of 10.

About $ 4.99

800-237-5539         berkley@purefishing.com

www.berkley-fishing.com


Berkley Havoc Change Up
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Baits that flip, pitch, punch or throw and fit large hooks while maintaining a stable action can be difficult to find. The new Berkley HAVOC Change up was designed by professional angler Scott Suggs to handle all of these tasks. The husky, elongated four-inch body accommodates a 6/0 wide-gap hook without impeding the action of the bait. Suggs’ designed this bait to be thrown in the thickest, nastiest cover.

The husky, elongated four-inch body accommodates a 6/0 wide-gap hook without impeding the action of the bait. Suggs designed this bait to be thrown in the thickest, nastiest cover. The slender tail explodes into a bulbous body with two riveted pinchers and ear tags. A deep hook channel creases the body to keep hooks hidden.

Available in 13 color options, the Change Up can be fished on any body of water across the country, from the back-forty farm pond to the mighty Mississippi, the Change Up can do it all. The Berkley HAVOC Change Up comes in a package of eight.

About $ 3.49

800-237-5539         berkley@purefishing.com

www.berkley-fishing.com


Berkley Fusion19 Hooks
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The new Berkley Fusion19 hooks are available in nine bass-specific designs including extra-wide gap (EWG), superline EWG, weedless EWG, weighted EWG, offset worm, dropshot, heavy cover, swimbait and weighted swimbait hooks. A technologically-advanced polymer coating called Slickset causes the hook to easily penetrate with less force.

These needle-point hooks are designed to withstand the toughest, thickest cover without damaging structural integrity. The traditionally rich Japanese philosophy of making superior swords and knives combined with a technologically-advanced polymer coating called Slickset™ gives anglers the advantage. Utilizing Slickset coating, Fusion19 hooks easily penetrate with less force to catch more fish, and conserve energy during long days on the water.

Each package of Fusion19 hooks features an innovative, resealable clam for easier storage. Fusion19 packaging helps novice and advanced anglers quickly, while fishing or at the store, identify the hook to best suit their need. On each package, there are easy-to-read keys to identify which soft baits work best with each hook. Fusion19 hooks have a smoke satin finish in counts from four to eight hooks per package.

About $ 3.99 - $5.99

800-237-5539         berkley@purefishing.com

www.berkley-fishing.com


Hardy Wraith Fly Rod
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The new Wraith fly rod from Hardy® separates itself from the field with 3M® Sintrix® 550 technology that generates incredible line speed and unprecedented tip recovery for longer casts. The rod retains a high degree of line control and a feel that performance anglers demand. Sintrix® 550 resin adhesive is used to bind the carbon fibers for the Wraith freshwater and all-water rods. This unique process produces a 60-percent increase in compression strength and a 30-percent weight reduction over conventional carbon fiber rod blanks.

Sintrix® 550 resin adhesive is used by Hardy to bind the carbon fibers for the Wraith freshwater and all-water rods. This unique process produces a 60-percent increase in compression strength and a 30-percent weight reduction over conventional carbon fiber rod blanks. Wraith rods are also 15- percent stiffer for added fighting strength without adding bulk or sacrificing durability.

Wraith rods are equipped with the finest of components, including REC® black pearl recoil guides with Fuji® titanium stripper for optimum casting distance. The rod blank is considered an ultra-fast action with less flex and ideal for handling large fish or windy casting conditions. The 9-foot, 5-weight, freshwater model weighs only 2.9 ounces and is comfortable in hand even after a full day of casting.

The custom reel seat securely holds the reel in place. Both freshwater models measure 9 feet in length and come in 5- and 6-weight options. Five 7- and 8-weight all-water series models are offered in 9-, 9.5- and 10-foot lengths. All four-piece Wraith rods are packed in a custom travel tube with rod bag.

About $ 849.00 and up

800-237-5539         berkley@purefishing.com

www.hardyfishing.com


Hardy Ultralite CA DD Fly Reel
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With its reputation for high-end quality and unrelenting performance, Hardy introduces the new Ultralite CA DD fully designed and developed by the Hardy Team in Alnwick, England. The finest freshwater, large-arbor reel ever produced by Hardy, the Ultralite CA DD fly reel features aesthetic and structural improvements for serious anglers.

The CA DD body is made from aerospace-grade 6061 bar stock anodized aluminum for superior strength with a lightweight feel. The finest freshwater, large-arbor reel ever produced by Hardy, the Ultralite CA DD fly reel features aesthetic and structural improvements for serious anglers. The CA DD body is made from aerospace-grade 6061 bar stock anodized aluminum for superior strength with a lightweight feel. There are eight sizes available, from size 3000 to 10000, with the 3.54-inch size 3000 (for 3- to 5-weight lines) hitting the scales at just 4.6 ounces.

New for Hardy is the 340-degree, color-coded disc drag. The drag setting can be identified with a simple glance as the red dots on the drag knob clearly indicate a stronger drag and lighter drag settings are indicated by green. The drag can be configured from zero to maximum in just one turn of the knob. The reel also features a captive spool release system to prevent the loss of any small parts when changing spools.

The Hardy Ultralite CA DD fly reel is available with a two-tone titanium or black finish. MSRP is $275.00 - $309.00 for the black version and $275.00 - $419.00 for the titanium reel, each with a soft neoprene case. Extra matching spools are also available.

About $ 275.00 - $419.00

800-237-5539         berkley@purefishing.com

www.hardyfishing.com


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