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Hogy Approved Products
by Captain Mike "Hogy" Hogan
Having just got returned from a tarpon fishing/filming
trip to Key West, I have travel on the brain, so this
installment of the Hogy Approved Products is focusing
on two recent discoveries I've made. Whether it's traveling
from boat to boat, boat to surf, on the road or on a
plane I'm personally endorsing these two products as
significantly enhancing my angling experience.
ST. CROIX SURF TRAVEL SPINNING RODS
AQUASKINZ ULTIMATE CARGO BAGS
St. Croix Triumph® Surf Travel Spinning Rods
Four-piece travel design
Premium-quality SCII graphite
Aluminum-oxide surf guides
Fuji DPS reel seat
Custom cork tape handle
search for the perfect travel "surf stick" began
in Wabasso Bait and Tackle, just outside Sebastian, Florida.
Owner, Terry Parsons, a former striper angler from New
Jersey (who has a drool worthy plug collection for the
record) told me about the fantastic surf fishery from
the beach just outside Sebastian Inlet. (More on that
in future articles after I try it…) Apparently
there is a run each fall in late October when big snook
and tarpon are relatively easy to reach from shore. Some
of these fish are big and it can be windy that time of
year so a "Northeast style" surf stick (9'
to 10') is perfect for the job - an outfit not easy to
come by in Florida. This was all it took! I immediately
pictured big snook and tarpon pictures, fish taken on
Hogys! Thus my search…
Now is a good time for me to admit that I'm a "rod
snob" There, I said it. I am very particular about
a rod's casting performance and how it applies action
to the artificials that I'm using, namely Hogys. After
all, soft baits are only as good as the angler. Although
I do most of my fishing from boats, I do spend a fair
amount of time fishing the surf that requires, obviously,
different gear. Sure there are a lot of surf rods on
the market, but try finding a travel version! Now try
to find one that is offers just the right harmony between
being heavy enough to cast big baits but is also light
enough so you're not Advil's best customer.
The Perfect Soft Bait Travel Surf Rod
As owner of Hogy Lures, I view the fishing world through
soft bait glasses. That means, I need a rod that is versatile
in terms of casting various weights (our soft baits come
in all sizes ranging from less than an ounce to 3 ounces).
Secondly, since I'm typically casting larger soft baits,
I need a rod with plenty of backbone to tame big game
fish, trophies large enough to take a Hogy, wherever
I am, regardless of species. Until March, I had yet to
find such an animal until I met Jay Gemma, the St. Croix
sales rep from New England.
Long enough to make 100' plus casts over surf. (9to10')
but light enough for casting all day.
Moderate Fast Action, One that quickly loads, but
with enough "tip" to walk-the-dog with soft
St. Croix Triumph® Surf Travel Spinning Rods
Although I purchased the 9' and 10' models this winter
specifically for my trip to northeast Florida to chase
those large snook and tarpon that haunt me, I have only
used the outfits in New England for stripers to date. The
4-piece Triumph was a thing of sweetness! The 9' version
is now a truck accessory that is as permanent as my tire
iron! (In addition to a spinning reel loaded with 40lb
braid, flouro, and a surf pouch<link to last story> filled
with 10" Original and Double Wide Hogys.) Since
I'm on the road so much on business, I'm ready to go
in a moments notice. Also, more than once, I've been
able to sneak out for a lunch time "hot bite" without
heading home. A HUGE time saver! Best of all, the rod
is easily hidden so as not to tempt a less than honest
In short, this rod is perfect for what it does. Will
a 4-piece rod ever perform as well as a one-piece rod?
No. But St. Croix hit the money on this one - it is a
travel rod that simply doesn't feel too much like a compromise. This
rod is a MUST for any angler who travels, drives a lot
or needs to conserve space. Retail cost is approximately
$170. Call us and ask for Hogy if you'd like additional
information on setting this rod up, bait sizes etc. Check
'em out St. Croix's Website: http://www.stcroixrods.com/rods/default2.asp?rodname=67§ion=salt
Aquaskinz Ultimate Cargo Bags
You're probably getting the idea that I'm a gear nut.
In my defense though, I think "gear appreciation" runs
in fishermen. However, when it comes to running a guide
business, anything that make's your life easier is worth
its weight, space and yes, the almighty dollar.
year at the New Jersey Surf Show, and others, I saw Kadir
Adturk's (owner of Aquaskinz) latest and greatest, The
Ultimate Cargo Bag. Well, so did a lot of people and
demand being what it is, I just got mine about a month
ago and to say the least, it was well worth the wait.
A little about my business. As a guide, I fish not only
on my boat, but also on those of some of my clients.
So an easy tackle management system is a must. By easy,
I mean: adaptable, accessible and logical. My guiding
is also unique in that I only fish with Hogy Brand soft
baits paired with the Hogy System. I need a customizable
storage solution. Many of the tackle storage systems
on the market only offer limited capabilities.
Stage Right: The Ultimate Cargo Bag
beauty is totally customizable: You can either insert
plug tubes that will accommodate dozens and dozens of
hard baits, or as I do, stack up a number of Plano 3700
series bins filled with Hogy soft baits. But there's
more! The bag is peppered with cargo pockets with overbuilt
Velcro strips that will accommodate spare reel spools,
line, bags of terminal tackle or almost any fishing accessory
you can imagine. In typical Aquaskinz fashion, nothing
is omitted. For example, there are clear tag holders
so you can label the contents. In my case, the pockets
hold sunscreen, pliers, worm glue, jigs, hooks… you
get the idea, there's lots of them. On the bottom
of the bag, there is even more storage, which I load
up with, yes, more Hogys.
Now I'm not sure if Aquaskinz recommends this as checkable
luggage or not, but I recently checked mine on a trip
to film some tarpon fishing in Key West and it went through
with zero hassle. Another plus for the overbuilt bags
in my opinion, but please check with Aquaskins before
You really have to see it in person to fully understand
its capabilities. I'm sure ten different anglers would
organize it 10 different ways. All I can tell you is
this. It is now a key component of my fishing arsenal.
My storage whining is now over; I'm not sure what my
gripes will be now.
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