Chris Grech

Chris Grech is the Product Editor for Allcoast Media.

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January 07, 2014

Grand Slam Fluorocarbon Coated Line

by Chris Grech

The new Grand Slam Fluorocarbon Coated fishing line is an extra strong, 100% copolymer with a Fuorocarbon outer coating. The line is virtually invisible and can be used in any water conditions but is ideal when stealth is required. It's a top choice when visibility is a concern, such as fishing in clear shallow waters or in top water. Made from the highest quality copolymer, Grand Slam Fluorocarbon Coated is extremely supple and easy to cast using bait casting and spinning reels. The line is ultra manageable, easy to knot and delivers high knot strength and abrasion resistance. It's available in 300-yard filler spools and larger 1-pound spools from 4 to 20-pound test.

$9.99 for 300-yards
$59.99 for 1-pound spool

September 30, 2013

Acme Kastmaster XL

by Chris Grech

Acme's popular Kastmaster XL is a stretched version of my all-time favorite metal jig, the company's Kastmaster slab-sided spoon. The XL is the perfect light-tackle weapon when targeting a variety of saltwater gamefish while casting, jigging or on the troll. With four sizes available (2-1/4", 3-1/2", 4" and 4-1/2") and four prismatic colors to choose from, anglers can use the Kastmaster just about any way they want. With its unique shape and swimming action, the Acme Kastmaster XL is particularly deadly when predatory gamefish are feeding on smelt, sand eels, silversides, sand lance, candlefish, and other slender-bodied baitfish. Each feature a jewelry-quality silver finish, combined with prism-tape accents in Blue, Green, Silver Chartreuse or Pink to match a variety of forage and catch fish under a range of light and water conditions. This lure is specially designed to maintain its swimming action at any speed so anglers can feel free to experiment by speeding up and slowing down until they find what fish want that day. Whichever Acme Kastmaster XL you tie on, and however you fish it, you can rest assured this high-quality lure will stand up to all the punishment tough saltwater fish can dish out. Each lure features stainless steel split rings, built-in swivels and heavy-duty 4X-strong VMC treble hooks that stay put during the line-burning runs, head shakes and aerial maneuvers of determined fish.

$5.99 - $8.99

August 07, 2013

Calcutta Lure Wrap

by Chris Grech

The Calcutta Lure Wrap is the smart way to secure your lure or rig to your rod when not in use. Made from durable nylon and equipped with a hook and loop closure for added versatility, the Lure Wrap keeps rods tangle-free and perfect for transportation and storage on and off the boat. Available in lengths of 4, 5 and 7 inches they safely protect all types of lures (and your cushions) and are backed by a 1-year warranty. They are great to keep on your boat, in your car, in your tackle bag and also make an excellent gift for the angler that already has everything imaginable. Pick up a couple extra because once you tried it you'll wonder why you didn't get one years ago.

$6.99 to $8.99 MSRP

June 16, 2013

Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnow

by Chris Grech

The Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnows are a family of proven lures that should be in the arsenal of every serious angler. This is now the next generation of the classic with the latest in technological manufacturing advances but the same proven fish catching ability. Crystal 3D Minnows feature the patented 3D Prism Finish, Ultra Violet colors and Bleeding Ruby Red or UV Sapphire Blue balanced weight inserts that act as an "attack point" near the belly hook to ensure a positive hook-up. The floating version can be used twitching on the surface, the sinking gets to the fish quickly, while the Magnum targets larger fish species. The Deep Diver is designed for trolling but can be used for casting as well. All styles have a brilliant crystal fish attracting reflection, a responsive darting action, durable ABS body material and new sharper stronger hooks. Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnows are available in a variety of colors and patterns but my personal favorite is the Magnum (6 ½", 1 ½ oz) in the new color Holographic Sardine. Other new colors for the Magnum line include Holographic Bunker, Holographic Chartreuse and Holographic Mullet.

$7.95 to $28.99

May 12, 2013

Power Pro Super 8 Slick Braid

by Chris Grech

One of the latest editions to the Power Pro family of braided lines is the Super 8 Slick. The 8 fiber construction is braided under high tension and the result is reduced line friction on the spool and guides for superior casting with less line noise. Just like original Power Pro, Super 8 Slick starts with ultra-strong braided Spectra Fiber which is then treated with the Enhanced Body Technology (EBT) to create a round, smooth and super sensitive line. Currently, the familiar eight sizes from 10 to 80-pound test are offered in Hi-Vis Yellow, Marine Blue, Timber Brown and Aqua Green. Spool sizes available include 150, 300 and 1500 yards. Next time you replace your line try Super 8 Slick in 30-pound test Timber Brown and test it out for yourself. It will handle just about any inshore challenge with ease.

$19.99 for 150 yards MSRP

January 31, 2013

Berkley Gulp! Saltwater Mantis Shrimp

by Chris Grech

Berkley recently introduced their new Gulp! and Gulp! Alive! Mantis Shrimp to their already mega arsenal of fish catching goodies. These new baits are 3-inches in length and feature a split tail, four sets of action-driving legs and a set of tentacles on the head that adds another dimension to this realistic bait. All that plus the already legendary attractant built in that helped make Berkley Gulp! the go to bait that it is today. The color pictured is New Penny Fleck which I have already had success with. A total of 14 colors are available to match just about any fishing scenario that you may encounter. If you have never used Gulp!, you're really missing out. Give these a shot and spice up your natural baits or rig one on its own and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. It's available in the common 6-pack packages as well as larger oval and quart buckets.


November 29, 2012

White Water Pride Spreader Bars

by Chris Grech

These amazing White Water Pride Spreader Bars have been one of the most popular bars in the past three years. They are available in three styles which include...

6-inch squid
9-inch squid
Mini Green Machines

All are meticulously rigged with four birds in the front of the bar which help the bar track properly in all sea conditions while trolling at any speed. The birds also provide enough buoyancy to float the bar so it looks simply amazing in the spread. They are deadly on bluefin, yellowfin, bigeyes and albacore but will catch just about anything that swims. White Water Pride Spreader Bars are available in as many as ten possible color combinations and can be purchased right off the shelf or custom built with upgraded hook baits, fluorocarbon main chain, etc. The guys at White Water Outfitters will basically custom rig it anyway you like.

I spoke with Captain Jamie Hummel of the charter boat "Sasquatch" and he said, "In 35 years of Canyon fishing, I have never seen a lure or bait that consistently catches fish day in and day out like my 6-inch rainbow colored Pride Bar by White Water Outfitters. This is what helps me be successful and why I always have a few in my spread."

The increased popularity of these bars has resulted in new styles that will soon be available in winter 2012/2013. To place an order or for more information, please contact Bryce Poyer or the rest of the friendly staff White Water Outfitters. You will not be disappointed.

Price $149 and up
Phone: 631-594-3336

April 09, 2012

Berkley PowerBait Realistix Power Jerk Shad

by Chris Grech

The new Berkley PowerBait Realistix Power Jerk Shad will produce that extra flash and movement to produce strikes from all types of gamefish. These baits also include the proven Powerbait scent and flavor in addition to the erratic darting motion that imitates a struggling baitfish. All Power Jerk Shads include 3D eyes and holographic inserts for lifelike detail. They are 5-inches in length and come in 6-packs of the following colors: Arkansas Shiner, Pearl Watermelon Shad and Pearl White.

March 28, 2012

The Ranger by Robert's Lures

by Chris Grech

The Ranger by Robert's Lures is one of the favorite casting lures of anglers across the world. Unfortunately, it's one of those lures that is always forgotten about. These lures shine for just about every fish on the planet from tuna to mahi to cubera snapper. A couple of friends of mine recently returned from Panama where Robert's Ranger was literally the only lure they used all week for cubera snapper, roosterfish, tuna etc.

Another good friend of mine took a once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip to Christmas Island this past December/January and it was their top producer of tuna, trevally and just about everything else that they caught. He told me, "Our guide had never heard of our reels (Van Staal) and had no clue what Yozuri lures were but knew exactly what Rangers were and said we should have brought more since we lost twenty to the sharp coral."

He put it best when he said, "If I was stranded on an island and only had one lure to feed myself, it would be a Ranger."

With that said, if you've never tied on a Robert's Ranger, I think it would be worth a shot.

December 29, 2011

AFW Ball Bearing Swivels

by Chris Grech

These solid brass AFW Ball Bearing Swivels and Snap Swivels with welded rings are a must for any serious angler who simply wants the best. The patented bullet shape provides fluid rotation and decreased water resistance and are engineered to survive the fiercest one-on-one battles. The unique gun metal black finish minimizes reflections and cloaks the tackle. Swivels have a solid brass body, stainless steel bearings, and welded rings for maximum security and to endure the unforgiving offshore environment. The tournament snaps are tempered and made of solid brass, designed to stay closed and keep you connected to the fish. Don't even think about making a trip to the canyon, or to any locations that holds tackle busting fish, without these battle-tested ball bearing swivels in your tackle box. The AFW ball bearing swivels come in all sizes ranging from #2 rated at 65lb test to #10 at 660lb test. The ball bearing snap swivels are available from #2 rated at 44lb test to #10 at 450lb test. Packages consist of 1 to 5 pieces (depending on size) as well as bulk packs of 50. Prices vary.

December 06, 2011

Penn Squall Lever Drag

by Chris Grech

Shopping around for the holidays? How about a new conventional reel for that special angler in your life? Or maybe just for you?

November 10, 2011

Winterizing tackle... already?

by Chris Grech

It's that time of year again. Fall is winding down and winter is quickly approaching.