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Improved Promar Hook Resistant Net and New Ahi Glow in the Dark Squid Heads

Date: 7/28/10
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: AhiUSA/Promar
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Introduction: AhiUSA/Promar is known most of all for their quality nets and this year they redesigned a number of nets after our review as well as released new Glow in the dark Sabo Squid Heads for targeting a complete range of saltwater fish.


Newly redesigned ProMesh hook resistant landing net


Promar ProMesh Net (2010 version): At the end of 2008 we published a review on the Promar ProMesh net and although it was a favorable review there were definitely areas that we noted which had room for improvement. Promar answered with the new 2011 version of the ProMesh landing nets.


Jason goes over the improvements which pretty addressed our cons from our review


The new ProMesh Series of Hook Resistant nets make use of a new netting design. The older model had small holes which kept hooks out but if you did get a hook into the netting it was somewhat tough to get them out. The new netting pattern is designed with an oval shape that keeps the hooks from snagging easily but if it happen to get a hook in you have a much wider gap to dehook your lure from the net.


Handle detached for easier portability


In addition we mentioned that some metal parts on the older version of the net corroded during testing. This has now been addressed and the new net features metal components constructed out of stainless steel.


New mesh pattern


Three difference sizes of the ProMesh


Though all these improvements were made Promar actually dropped the price. The suggested retail price of the 2010 version of the Promar ProMesh in the 36 inch length is now only $54.99 compared to the $59.99 price which was what it was when we reviewed it previously.


Introducing a new Glow in the Dark Sabo Squid Head


Ahi Sabo Squid Heads: Last year at ICAST AhiUSA introduced the slick looking Sabo Squid Heads that feature a lead core with an outer acrylic shell. The colors available in 2009  some effective patterns with minimal glow to them, just a slight glow on the edges. This year they are introducing a full glow in the dark Squid Head that will be killer in deeper water for multiple species of fish.


Available colors


Now anglers can get the Sabo Squid Head in these exciting colors - Brown, Green, Pink, Blue, and Glow(new). Sizes come in 1/2, 3/4, 1, and 1.5 ounces though new heavier sizes are being worked out right now in the same head dimensions. The Squid Heads are available now and will retail for a very reasonable price of $4.99 to $5.99.


Thanks Jason Morton for going over the new products with us


Conclusion: Promar and AhiUSA had other exciting products to showcase at ICAST but these are the two that primarily caught our attention. The Promar ProMesh Series of hook resistant landing nets are now redesigned and improved. Still able to keep hooks away but now easier to remove the hook if it does get in. This is much preferred over the previous design, which while very clever didn't perform as well in real world testing. The AhiUSA Sabo Squid Heads continue to be popular and now the new Glow in the Dark model will be even more popular for targeting fish in the depths.










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