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It was gorgeous day fishing on the Withlacoochee River, Florida, until I hung an expensive swimbait on a tree. No problem, I troll over, reach out and then splash head first into the water. Pop up, swim to the back of  the boat and get back in, a little embarrassed but no worse the wear. Then the bad news sunk in: my $250 .00 pair if RX sunglasses were gone! Lost in a murky Gator infested cove …Gator Withlacoochee

This started my search for another cost-effective way to protect my eyes and give me the polarized effect for seeing underwater. There was no way I could afford another pair of RX sunglasses. I remember running into Ish Monroe at the Live Eyewear booth at ICAST where he told me to check out the Cocoon sunglasses, designed specifically to be worn over prescription eyewear. The average cost was around 50 bucks which was a relief to know. Cocoons are the leading brand of optical quality sunglasses designed specifically to be worn over prescription glasses. All backed by a limited lifetime warranty! PicMonkey CollageG

I’ve been using them now for some time and can give them my two thumbs up review! The new Style Line MX fit perfectly over my eyeglass frames and felt comfortable through out the day. If you wear RX glasses give Cocoons a try!

Danny Barker

I’m a Calif. transplant living in Ocala, FL. I’ve lived here for the last 6 years. My home town of Sacramento/ Folsom, Ca is where I lived for 40 years. Some of the best bass fishing in the country with the Delta, Clear Lake, Folsom and tons of other outstanding water. I write/moderate for a cool website called the Unemployed Fishing Club Unemployed Fishing Club, I’m also a writer/ Field Editor for North Central Florida Fish Explorer.com. Looking forward to contributing to MLO. Look me up on FaceBook too !

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ISOBB_MOVIE_POSTERWe’re proud to announce the first in a series of short videos that detail the secrets of monster bass. A year in the making, this series is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work to bring you the very best information about big bass we could put on film. We’ll explore their habits and habitat, and take a look at why they do the things they do. The main focus on these short videos is to help you find and catch the biggest bass you can.

Our first video, “In Search of Big Bass,” gives you a bass’ eye view of their habitat and feeding habits. If you’re a fan of bass fishing, this is a must see video!

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UPDATE: Thanks for the response! We’ve listened to your feedback (now less than the price of a premium cup of coffee)!

Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.

Last year at ICAST Orlando I ran into the guys from Boomerang Tool Company who have this really cool tool called the Snip. It’s a line cutter that’s light and strong; it uses rust proof “Grade 420” stainless steel blades that cut through monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid, like butter. By far the most convenient line cutter I’ve used.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 3.25 x 1.25 x      0.75″ (8 x 3 x 1.5cm)
  • Weight: 1.25oz (35g)
  • Jaws: 420 Stainless Steel

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Their other product which was not available at the time of this review was the Grip Pliers but wanted to mention it. This tool is a great general purpose plier and it also has a spilt ring feature on the end which makes changing out hooks a piece of cake. Having been a machinist for 35 years the machine work is top notch! Two more things the jaws are replaceable and so are the carbide blade line cutter . Check out both of these tools you’ll agree that they’re a must have…

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GRIP Fishing Pliers Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7 x 2.65 x .5″
  • Weight: 3.6oz
  • Jaws: Stainless Steel
  • Handles: Precision machined aluminum
  • Always-Ready jaws
  • Replaceable carbide blades
  • cup-to-cup and point-to-cup crimping
  • includes nylon holster
CLIP Tether Specifications

  • Dimensions: 3 x 1.625 x 0.75″ (8 x 3 x 1.5cm)
  • Weight: 1.25oz (35g)
  • Spring: 420 Stainless Steel
  • Cord: 36″ Kevlar™
  • Body: High Impact Plastic

You can buy the bonus pack for $61.85 check out this link …http://www.boomerangtool.com/shop/grip-snip-clip/Until next time….Stay on Em!

Danny Barker

I’m a Calif. transplant living in Ocala, FL. I’ve lived here for the last 6 years. My home town of Sacramento/ Folsom, Ca is where I lived for 40 years. Some of the best bass fishing in the country with the Delta, Clear Lake, Folsom and tons of other outstanding water. I write/moderate for a cool website called the Unemployed Fishing Club Unemployed Fishing Club, I’m also a writer/ Field Editor for North Central Florida Fish Explorer.com. Looking forward to contributing to MLO. Look me up on FaceBook too !

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reel sonar logo for the new mobile fish finderThere hasn’t been a “game changing” innovation when it comes to fishing equipment in at least a decade. You can, of course, point to any number of recent products and claim they are innovative, and while true,”game changing” design or ideas are few and far between. One area in need of innovation is the mobile fish finder category.

ReelSonar, a product being developed by serial entrepreneur Alexander Lebedev and a team of engineers from a variety of disciplines, hopes to change all that.

It all began when Lebedev asked himself a simple question. “I was fishing with my brother on Lake Union (Seattle) last April and thought to myself, why no one has yet to come up with the mobile fish finder?”

The ReelSonar Bobber in detail for the new mobile fish finderHe quickly found out that SmartCast by Hummingbird was such a device, but it is relatively obsolete and a lot bulkier than what he envisioned. He thought about how bringing mobile technologies to an outdated system seemed like a logical step. A casual fisherman himself, he knew many people, including his father-in-law, an avid bass angler, who might benefit from a mobile fish finder.

With a background in medical ultrasound technology Lebedev thought he could improve upon the system and incorporate a variety of newer technologies that would help bring a mobile sonar system to the masses. With that, ReelSonar was essentially born.

Already an old hat at building technology start-ups, Lebedev took what he learned from Mirabilis Medica (a therapeutic ultrasound treatment for uterine fibroid) and JeNu Bioscience (an aesthetic ultrasound for wrinkle reduction) and applied it to developing this idea into a functioning prototype. First, Lebedev assembled a team of knowledgeable experts who shared his vision. Then, along with a team of hardware Engineers, RF Engineers, Embedded Software Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, App Designers and Anglers, the team spent hours  bouncing around ideas, talking to professional and amateur anglers, researching, designing and testing ReelSonar technology.

A New Player in the Mobile Fish Finder Category

ReelSonar will have mobile apps to make the new mobile fish finder easy-to-use ReelSonar is a new wireless, mobile fish finder that uses sonar technology, embedded into a bobber, that fisherman can use to locate fish. The device then transmits the data via Bluetooth to nearby smartphones and tablets. Embracing current technology, its patent-pending elements combine more expensive fish finders functionality with the convenience, community, and affordability of mobile apps.

“My goal was to create a unique fish finder that utilizes advanced technology in an inexpensive way that is easy to use – paired with a device that many people already have,” related Lebedev.

Live tests for the device have worked out quite well so far. Said Lebedev of the process, “Development has gone perfectly; though there is still work to do, but all technology hurdles are now solved. We are now in fundraising mode to bring the ReelSonar mobile fish finder into production.”

Currently ReelSonar gathers data on whatever is in the surrounding water up to 150 feet deep. “My goal was to create a unique fish finder that utilizes advanced technology in an inexpensive way that is easy to use – paired with a device that many people already have,” said Lebedev.

Feature Rich Product

A Close Up of the ReelSonar bobber, a new mobile fish finderSeveral features allow the unit to be priced well below other fish finders on the market, and still use a 3 Volt rechargeable battery. Low frequency ultrasound transmits strongly through water without the signal getting lost, and fish are highly reflective surfaces, making the signal easier to process. “When there is enough sensitivity on the receiving circuit, paired with a well-designed signal processing unit, there is no problem with power,” explained Alexander Lebedev. The app (on Android and iOS devices) displays data and images in a dynamic, user-friendly interface – no separate display panel is needed.

Lebedev has a bright outlook for his developing product and can see how this product will change how people fish. “It is great learning tool for youngsters. Teach kids what is under the water. This tool will help to be a little bit smarter about the surroundings and water conditions. Its got water temperature and salinity meter. Great tools to see if it is a good spot for bass or trout.”

Some details about the ReelSonar device:

  • Locate fish and underwater structure up to 150 feet away, and 150 feet deep
  • Map the entire water bed using synthetic aperture, from a composite of multiple images (this feature is also useful for boat navigation in unknown areas)
  • Check water temperature and salinity
  • Bite Alarm – the smart bobber lights up, and the app signals when fish are near the bobber
  • See relative sizes of fish, and estimate how many there are
  • Get suggestions on bait and lures based on data and location
  • Keep track of favorite fishing ‘hotspots’ and location history using GPS tags
  • Tap into or contribute to aggregate ‘hotspots’ based on other ReelSonar bobber data
  • Record location, date, size/weight and photos of the day’s catch all in one place

With R&D nearing completion, ReelSonar will retail for under $100. Besides the app itself, it consists of the bobber and its USB recharging cable, making it easily portable. Because users cast the ReelSonar bobber as far as they like, it extends the under-boat views of existing boat-mounted fishfinders. It works in any water temperature, in fresh and salt water, in boats or on the shore.

Want to take part in the development of this great new product? Get more details and updates at Indiegogo

Ed Castro is a writer & web developer living in San Diego, California. An avid hiker and camper, Ed spends his days playing with the latest outdoor products and exploring the great outdoors. He recently purchased a new rod & reel in order to return to the sport that introduced him to the great outdoors.

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It’s only a few days before Christmas and you may be scrambling to find just the right gift for that “outdoorsy” type on your list. Never fear! Aside from all the great products we’ve reviewed in the past year, like MattLures 7″ WakeBait Bass or the Huddleston Deluxe 8″ Weedless Swimbait or even the Flip In The Bird Topwater Lure, we’ve compiled a Last-Minute Holiday Outdoor Gift Guide just in time for you last-minute shoppers. Okay, so we’ve procrastinated a bit on this list as well, but it’s never too late to highlight the perfect gifts for the outdoor fanatic in your life. Sure some of these are pricey, but that’s the price you pay for being late too the party! We’ve also thrown in a few for more realistic budgets to make sure there is something for everyone regardless the current state of your bank account. In no particular order:

Hitcase ProThe Hitcase Pro

I don’t own an iPhone, but plenty of my friends do. What could make them scream with glee come the morning of the 25th? How about a case that turns their iPhone into a sports camera? The Hitcase Pro is more than just the toughest iPhone case on the market, with it’s wide angle lens, it turns your iPhone into an action camera like the GoPro®. Photographers often like to say the best camera is the one you have with you. Very often these days that happens to be your phone as well. Hitcase embraces this trend with the Hitcase Pro, a waterproof and shockproof case for your iPhone with a wide angle lens. The combination of a ruggedized case with a wide lens effectively turns your iPhone into an action sports camera like the GoPro. Combined with Hitcase’s free iPhone app, Vidometer you can record GPS, speed and elevation data right onto your action sports video.

Get it: $129
www.hitcase.com

SportsmanVictorinox “Sportsman” Swiss Army Knife

There really isn’t a tool that is as universally loved as the original Swiss Army Knife and no outdoorsman or woman is complete without this classic pocket knife. I can’t tell you how many times this little handy pocket knife has saved the day, whether it was the cork screw to open that bottle of wine at the top of a peak, or the file to smooth out a broken nail that keeps catching on your sleeping bag, the Swiss Army Knife is the most used tool on every camping or hiking trip I take. The Sportsman knife is as classic a Swiss Army model as there ever was, including a blade, file, screwdriver, tweezers, corkscrew, and the requisite toothpick. A can’t-go-wrong gift for outdoorsy folks on your list.

Get It: $26
www.victorinox.com

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier

You can last days without food, but water is an essential element in survival, which is why every hiker/camper should have a water purifier in their pack. Of course, a great many water purifiers are just to bulky or unwieldy to take on every trip, but that would change if you had this little gizmo in your backpack or camp kit. Zap your water to purify. A great gift for backpackers or world travelers, this small device puts out UV light that destroys bacteria, viruses, and protozoan cysts—such as giardia—that can make you sick.

Get It: $79
www.steripen.com

PowerPot Thermoelectric GeneratorThe PowerPot

I’m a fan of innovative products that multi-task and I think I’ve found a product that fits that bill quite well. One of my pet peeves when hiking or camping is finding used batteries on the trail or campsite. With this particular power source, you can eliminate some if not all your battery needs. The PowerPot® is a robust, lightweight generator that converts heat into DC electrical power. Simply add water to the pot and place it on a heat source appropriate for boiling water. The PowerPot® will immediately start powering up your mobile electronics. The PowerPot® comes equipped with a standard USB (5V) port, making it compatible with devices you already have. The cable has three feet of heavy-duty, flame-resistant wire. The solid-state voltage regulator provides up to 5W of power to charge your high-tech devices. The PowerPot® gives you the power to charge your electronics anytime, in any situation. Use it in the backcountry or at home during a power outage. This model is suitable for charging cell phones, GPS units, iPods, and lithium ion batteries. The power can also be used directly to run speakers, lights, fans, or other low-power appliances.

Get it: $125
www.powerpot.com

Eureka Apex 2xTEureka! Apex 2XT Tent

I think I have 4 or 5 tents in my gear collection. Aside from having one-person and multi-person tents, I also seem to have picked up tents for every weather condition. I’ve been in the market for a lightweight tent that I can use no matter what the elements and the Apex 2XT is the perfect way to eliminate at least two other tents from my gear list. This lightweight, compact tent was built to withstand the elements. The two-person Apex 2XT tent is ideal for backpacking and wilderness camping. This versatile three-season tent assembles easily with a free-standing fiberglass frame. Durable waterproof fabric, raised floor seams, bathtub floor, and a full coverage fly, provide reliable protection from the elements.

Get it: $149
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suncloudSuncloud King Polarized Sunglasses

Up until a few years ago I thought all sunglasses were the same. So long as they shielded my eyes, I was good to go. All it really took was a day out on the water with Mike Long to prove that idea wrong. He was spotting fish 40 or 50 feet away from our boat while all I was seeing was the sun reflected off the water. Polarized sunglasses are the way to go and the Suncloud King polarized sunglasses are the best I’ve found below $50. Polarized lenses reduce 99% of visible glare from water, snow, sand and pavement for increased visual acuity and decreased eye strain. The Polycarbonate lenses are 20 times more impact resistant than glass and a third the weight; they’re also acid- and heat-resistant, which means i’m not gonna break them as easily as the other pairs of sunglasses I’ve purchased in the last decade.

Get it: $49
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SnowHozukiLanternSnow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern

I’ve tried out a number of camp lanterns through out the years, but few of them have ever really done what I need them to do when I need them to do it. I wanted a lantern that I could carry easily or that I could attach to some part of my body when I was walking around and then was small enough that I could attach it to my tent when it was time to sack out. I had relied on my headlamp for years, but I found it awkward to hang from my tent at night and easily turn it on or off as needed. The Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern solved a great many of my issues with camp/hiking laterns. It’s lightweight, can attach to a variety of objects, and has multiple settings that allow you to use it as a flashlight, camp latern, or tent light. The candle mode setting allows the LED to flicker like a candle, which is kind of neat! Choose from 3 brightness settings (low, medium, high) in both candle mode and standard mode so you can illuminate the whole campsite or just the tent

Get it: $39.95
REI.com

Got some other great ideas you want to share? Put them in the comments and we’ll add them to our Last-Minute Holiday Outdoor Gift Guide!

Ed Castro is a writer & web developer living in San Diego, California. An avid hiker and camper, Ed spends his days playing with the latest outdoor products and exploring the great outdoors. He recently purchased a new rod & reel in order to return to the sport that introduced him to the great outdoors.

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robocup_productAs an outdoor enthusiast, there are a number of tools and gadgets I use regularly that I take for granted. Things that make life a little easier, a little more comfortable. Recently I added yet one more item that seems to be one of those useful things you wonder how you got along without previously.

While I do a lot of physical activities when I camp, there is also periods when I am in the great outdoors where I’m sitting, like fishing, or cooking, or even socializing. Often, whatever I am drinking tends to get knocked over or simply prevents me from using both hands since I have to hold on to it.

I’ve tried various ways of multi-tasking, holding my drink in one hand while doing something else with the other, and it rarely turns out well. Now, thanks to the ROBOCUP, i have a consistently stable way of  holding a beverage and anything else I may need within arms reach.

robocup_fishingchairThe ROBOCUP is marketed as a “patented portable caddy for drinks & poles” but I’ve found plenty of other uses for this simple device.

On a recent surf fishing trip, I attached the ROBOCUP to my beach chair and it not only held my drink, but my phone, my fishing pole, and whatever else I could stuff into its deep holders. There are even little straps I can use to secure my pole or other items so they won’t get lost or tumble out.

I actually even used it while working in my garden to hold some tools! I’m sure I’ll find more uses over time… it’s just that useful!

Company: The RoboCup LLC
Product Name: The RoboCup
Gear Categories: Personal, Portable, Fishing, Camping, Boating, Accessories
Material: Lightweight Plastic
Features: No tools required, squeeze to open. Bottom cap unscrews for fishing poles, umbrellas, or other long-handled tools.
MSRP: $24.95 (available from Kotulas.com for $19.95)

Pros: Easy to attach, simply squeeze the cup holders. Easy to clean, and highly portable.

Cons: Non really, but if I could change anything, I’d ask that the clamp be on a swivel to allow you to attach it to horizontal bars and structures as easily as you can vertical bars and structures.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

Ed Castro is a writer & web developer living in San Diego, California. An avid hiker and camper, Ed spends his days playing with the latest outdoor products and exploring the great outdoors. He recently purchased a new rod & reel in order to return to the sport that introduced him to the great outdoors.

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