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Event Article: 2009 ICAST Coverage


High Impact Acrylic Protected Freshwater and Saltwater Jig Heads by Ahi USA
 

Date: 7/19/09
Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: Ahi USA
Reviewer: Team TackleTour








Introduction: Ahi USA is primarily known for their saltwater products but that all might soon change with the introduction of jig heads for both freshwater and saltwater anglers. New at ICAST this year are the Sabo Jig heads which feature realistic detailing along with an impact resistant acrylic outer shell.

 

Designed for freshwater anglers are the new Ahi USA's Sabo Jig Heads. More patterns and sizes will be made available in the near future

 
Sabo Jig Head: Bass anglers, are you tired of those beat up, paint- chipping jig heads? At this year's show Ahi revealed their new line of Sabo Jig Heads. The Sabo Jig Heads make use of an impact resistant acrylic material to form a protective shell that the company describes as "extremely" durable. No more scratched or chipped lead head with these heads.

 

We compare the Sabo Jig Head to a normal lead head. The Sabo heads are larger but of the same weight

 

Additional features of the new Sabo Jig Heads are that they are 2X the size of standard jig heads but without twice the weight. The outer shell helps deliver authentic fish detail with exciting colors to match your plastic swimbaits and conditions. The Sabo is also constructed with a laser sharp point hook with keepers to ensure the plastic will not easily slide off the jig head.

 

Recommended for swimbaits, grubs, twin tails, and other plastic lures

 

The Sabo Jig Heads are available in four colors - rainbow, green, pink and brown, and in five weights - 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, 1, and 1.5 ounces.

 
Sabo Squid Head: If your not into fishing swimbaits how about tubes or even bits of actual squid, this can all be done with Ahi's new Squid Head. This Squid Head also makes use of the same protective acrylic outer shell as the freshwater jig head and is equally impact resistant with squid-like detail and vibrant colors enclosed within. At the booth we actually stomped on them and the plastic mantle held up perfectly.

 

Introducing the new Sabo Squid Head, also encased in an acrylic shell

 

The Sabo Squid Heads have tuned action fins that makes the lure dodge and dart erratically when jigged vertically and on the drop, much you would expect to see from a darting squid trying to evade predators. The squid jig head uses a saltwater worthy laser sharp point hook with a heavy gauge wire that helps ensure durability when you've hooked into a big game fish.

 

Rig the Sabo Squid Head with Hootchies, skirts, plastic squid, or cut bait. More sizes and colors will be coming in the future including a glow-in-the-dark

 

The Sabo Squid Heads come in four colors - brown, green, pink, and blue, and four weights - 1/2, 3/4, 1, and 1.5 ounces.

 

The Squid Heads are unique in that the fins give it erratic action when jigging

 

Sabo Bullet Head: The Sabo Bullet Heads, also encased in the high-impact acrylic outer shell, are 2X the size of standard jig heads without twice the weight. A larger head-per-weight ratio offers anglers a more uniform and authentic look.

 

When you want to go deep, look to the Sabo Bullet Heads. They are large, heavy, and glow in the dark to draw attention

 

These jig heads come in only one pattern which is "glow-in-the-dark." The head comes with realistic 3-D eyes and barbs to properly hold onto tails. It makes use of a saltwater worthy laser sharp point hook that's great for targeting those big fish. The new Sabo Bullet Heads are designed to be rigged with single tail grubs, worms, eels, twin tail scampies, swimbaits, and more. It comes in 1/2, 3/4, 1, and 1.2 ounce sizes for both freshwater and saltwater applications.

 

Jason Morton of Ahi USA shows us the exciting new Sabo jig heads

 
Conclusion: When we walked up to Ahi USA/Promar, we expected Jason Morton to show us some new net, trap, or possibly a new gaff, but when he pulled out jigheads we knew that Ahi was expanding their offers in a new direction. The Sabo jig heads, made for freshwater and saltwater anglers, are totally encased in a high-impact acrylic outer shell. They are designed to look more realistic than competing heads and the impact resistant plastic layer helps keep that genuine look longer. Because of this design the size of the head will be larger but have the same weight of a traditional jig head, and yet another function of the acrylic shell is that Ahi USA is able to produce more unique finishes and color tones than traditional paint can. The Sabo jig heads will be available roughly two months after ICAST, and is likely just one of many new lure introductions we can expect to see from this quality brand.



 

 

 

 

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