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Event Article: 2008 Fred Hall Long Beach Coverage

Fred Hall Long Beach Show: Part 2 - Saltwater Coverage (continued)

P-Line: There are tons of metal jigs out on the market today. They come in all different sizes and shapes and while some produce excellent action, others do not. We went up to the P-Line booth at the show and noticed they had some very familiar looking jigs on display. The new P-Line Laser Minnows at first glance appear to be almost identical to the Megabait Live Jigs that we really like for bottom fishing and also Albacore tuna fishing.


The new P-Line Laser Minnows have some exciting patterns


This iron would produce excellent action when tossed for bottom fish along with offshore species such as Albacore Tuna and Dorado


The Laser Minnows are manufactured with a reflective holographic laser tape and comes in 16 exciting patterns. You can buy them in different sizes: 1/2, 3/4, 1, 2, and 3 ounces. The smaller ones are killer for bass and stripers while the larger ones are great for bottom fishing.


Oliver Ngy of P-Line and owner of Hookeduptackle.com shows us the goods


Bluewater Optics: Aside from rods, reels, lines, and lure we all wear some type of sunglasses to protect our eyes from the harsh sun and make use of polarized lenses to help our sight while fishing. At the Fred Hall show we ran into a company that had unique and very stylish eyewear for anglers.


Bluewater Optics have sunglasses with an all-aluminum frame


Padded supports ensure greatest comfort


The Bluewater Optics have different series of shades from frame shape to sizes, but here's what makes them stand out. The frame is constructed of either purely aluminum or aluminum/silver alloy. It features sturdy spring hinges, a soft comfortable temple and arm pad inserts, and silicone nose pads for added comfort. The bridge/nose pad supports are fully adjustable and made of stainless steel. The lenses are injection molded, 8 base de-centered polarized polycarbonate lenses and they provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. The Bluewater sunglasses carry a limited lifetime warranty and even have a $25 lens replacement program. These shades come in eight different frame styles with five lens colors and retails from $119 to $139.


There are 8 different frames and 5 lens colors to choose from. All their frames carry a limited lifetime warranty. They also have a lens replacement program for only $25


Bruce Leeson shows us the quality shades


Accurate Reels: At every show we always run into a few manufacturers that have something secret hidden under the table. The problem is how top secret the product is and if we are able to get the scoop to pass the information onto consumers. At this show Accurate had the show stopper. We heard that Accurate had a prototype of a new design that balanced power with light overall weight and made a bee line straight for their booth. Note the photos you see below are of a prototype and the finish isn't in its true production form.


Accurate's top secret conventional reel which doesn't even have a name yet


Notice the finish isn't even finalized in this prototype


The new Accurate reel, which does not even have a name yet, is a super light weight for its size as we held the prototypes in our hands. The reel features a 2-speed design and uses a dual drag system with greased drag washers that are identical in size and puts equal pressure on both ends. Right now the reel comes in a 30 and 50 size. The 30 will hold 500 yards of 80 pound spectra while the 50 will hold 500 yards of 100 pound braided line. Gear ratios will be 5.0:1 at high and 2.2:1 at low speeds. These reels will debut around May 2008, so by that time we will be able to get you more detailed information. Price point for these reels will be around $600.


These reels are amazingly lightweight for their size


We were shown the 50 and 30 size


Ben Secrest of Accurate shows us these awesome top secret reels, if the mass production reels are anything like these prototypes Accurate will have yet another winner on their hands


Conclusion: The Fred Hall Long Beach fishing tackle and boat show is the largest on the West Coast, especially for saltwater tackle. This show is packed from start to finish and anglers from all over the State and even neighboring States flock to Southern California to attend this vivacious show. Attendees are able to see some of the latest and greatest tackle and boats, and also participate in the many free seminars held throughout the show halls. The Fred Hall Long Beach show is truly enjoyable and educational, and a must visit for those who want to take part of in an exciting consumer and industry event.


Check out more pictures from the show in the TT Gallery


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