Lucky for us, summer is right around the corner, and that means camping, swimming, and best of all, fishing. While you’ve been hibernating this winter, dozens of new gadgets, must-have fishing equipment, and accessories have been released and we are excited to share them with you. We teamed up with Ryan Tevepaugh, a real estate investor, entrepreneur, and most importantly an experience fisher, to tell us everything we need to know to be prepared for the start of a great season.
If you’re someone who loves fishing but can’t handle sitting out in the sun all day, AFTCO has the thing for you: A Geo Cool fabric performance shirt. This fabric uses mineral infusion to keep you cool, dry, and protected from harmful UV rays. This shirt maximizes its protection by covering your arms, ears, and neck in fabric that is rated at UPF 50 — and on top of it, its quick drying and moisture wicking! To maximize the benefits of this shirt, Ryan Tevepaugh suggests still using sunscreen and adding gloves and a hat into the mix.
Aqua-Vu HD10i Pro
This next one is a splurge item, and may be the most advanced underwater camera available: The Aqua-Vu HD10i Pro. The huge 10-inch screen has a super bright display that is easily viewable in day light. It transmits a high-definition (720p) color image and works in any water conditions. The entire system, of course, is entirely waterproof and has HDMI video output and 125 feet of cable. Ryan Tevepaugh explains that this piece of technology is not for everyone but is a joy to use when fishing.
VMC Neko Skirt Lure
It is time to get into some fishing accessories, and we are starting with the VMC Neko Skirt lure. Improving the Neko rig, one of the hottest techniques in bass fishing, required only a modest cosmetic addition. Dressing up the nail weight with a rubber and silicone skirt, this new lure creates enticing action with slight movement in the water. When the angler shakes and pauses the bait, the skirt strands flare and contract like jig skirts. This is a must add to your tacklebox this summer.
Mobile Line Spooner
Ryan Tevepaugh highly recommends adding the mobile line spooner by Berkley to your list of must-haves. This accessory anchors firmly in place under a door or a chair leg so you never need a helper to hold a spool of fresh line while you fill up your reels. This mobile line spooner is designed to accommodate both filler spools and quarter-pound spools, and it supports a non-skid rubber pad that will protect your doors, floors and furniture.
Finally, Simms has just released new guide wading boots that have the durability of your most trusted work boot, but the comfort of your bedroom slippers. The new G3 Guide Boots have added ankle support with Simms unique ‘Rivertread’ technology, which aims to give you an enhanced feeling underneath the boot, making it easier to navigate tricky spots. The dual-density midsole also improves shock absorption, giving your feet and back some relief after a long day on the water.