2008 ISE Sacramento
The ISE Sacramento show continues the rise of the big bait trend with bigger
Image: The company Real Image, owned by Roy Bradshaw,
isn’t widely known except to anglers in California. This young and growing
company is maker of some exciting and effective products that deserve a mention
as we were introduced to their products at the ISE Sacramento fishing show.
The Real Image tape uses
main concentration is producing reflective tape and products that employ their
“fish laser” live-like holographic images and shiny prism tapes. The reflective
tape, some with and without holographic images can be used on trolling tackle
such as dodges and flashers, spools, and lures. These are effectively used by
California anglers who troll for both salmon and trout. If your favorite lure
has lost its pattern and shine simply purchase Real Image’s tape of your choice
of color or pattern, cut it to shape and stick it onto your lure.
The tape can be added to any
dodger, or used to customize spoons and jigs
The prices on the Real Image products are very
competitive and at times less expensive than its competitors. For example, the
Real Image 11 inch Dodger (pictured) that has their prism tape on one side and
anchovy tape on both sides only cost $8.99, whereas a standard dodger from a
competitor at that size normally costs ten dollars or more.
Roy holds up a dodger already
customized with the Real image tape
The holographic tape by Real Image will vary in
price. For instance, a pack of two 3x6 tapes of holographic shiners cost only
$0.95 and holographic anchovies for $2.99. Real Image has a whole assortment of
tapes and lures in different patterns and colors that makes them a one stop shop
for your reflective needs.
Del Mar exhibited their Man-o'-War at the show, these sunglasses were designed
Del Mar: In the last few years Costa Del mar has really come on strong when
it comes to optics that appeal to anglers. The Man-o'-War was a massive hit at
ICAST, and now anglers can purchase the award winning sunglasses in one of three
frames (shiny tortoise, matte black, or silver), and over 10 possible lenses.
comes in a dizzying array of styles, but what really makes them great is the
ability to add or remove side shields for various sports
Aside from the massive customization the
Man-o'-War is popular for it's customizable side shields which can be removed
for daily use, or added for maximum protection against dust, sand, and spray.
The sunglasses retail for $129.99, and can even be customized with prescription
Angler Craig Gottwals showed us the Man-o'-War in his favorite style
The retrieve is so fast on
this reel that it is possible to actually work topwater lures with this reel,
and bringing life to baits like spooks has never been easier. The Megaforce may
not be as refined as it's popular baitcasting siblings but it is hard to argue
what a good value the reel is, and with a price point of only 59 dollars for a
5BB+1RB reel I guess it really isn't that hard to believe that the Megaforce has
been flying off the shelves.
Lites reel mounted on the Roddy Hunter rod, a complete package for 24.99
Roddy Hunter: While
they may not be tournament reels and rods the offerings from the Roddy Hunter
line was garnering a lot of attention from kids at the show. Hi's Tackle was
selling these combos, and they down to their last two when we arrived. The
combos featured a Robby Hunter rod and a Roddy Lites Reel.
When the reel
is cranked LED's light on both sides of the rotor
The reels did exactly as their name implies, and
lit up on both sides of the rotor once the reel is spun. The ultra-bright led's
are so intense that you can see the reel light up even in direct sunlight. While
not designed for any real purpose other than being entertaining, the reels were
a major hit among kids that seemed mesmerized by the product.
Ok, so its not
a Fuego, but it is a good starter reel for kids
The reels are balanced reasonably well for a
composite reel, and the drivetrain is supported with three bearings. With or
without lights the combo is priced at an extremely aggressive price of only
24.99 for the entire combo.
The reel is
available in multiple colors
Conclusion: With the conclusion of the
Sacramento ISE the show packs up and moves East to Denver, where there is a
heavy emphasis on fly fishing. Judging from the number of manufacturers that
displayed their offerings and the crowds of outdoor enthusiasts that came out it
looks like the season is off to a strong start. Upsize your tackle boxes, flex
those muscles, and cast those big baits....its time to get back to fishing.
Check out more pictures from
the show in the