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Building on the popularity of their Comanche Z520, the engineers at Ranger have added the new Z521 to their product line. The Z521 Comanche measures an efficient- yet-spacious 21 feet, 3 inches in length with a 95-inch beam for the sturdiest fishing platform of any high-performance model in production. Rated for 250 horsepower, the Z521 is available with a wide range of precision-matched outboards to meet the pref- erences of anglers across the country, while a 52 gallon fuel capacity ensures plenty of range for long runs in search of fish. The interior is highlighted by a completely redesigned console that’s not only taller for more protection, but offers built-in mounting options for today’s popular, large-screened electronics directly above the steering wheel – eliminating the need for gimbal and swivel mounts in most cases. The redesigned consoles also integrate a stylish-yet-functional concave beveling on the outside, allowing the tips of rods stored on the front deck to stay more secure while in use. With tons of storage throughout, the Z521 incorporates the same stainless steel key lock system with powerful compression locks and triple-lip-sealed storage lockers as previous Z500 models, keeping gear extremely dry and delivering comforting peace of mind.

Designed by fishing industry stalwart, Scap Cicero from Wetumpka, Ala. Trans- ducer Shield and Saver is perfect for new rigging of transducers externally mounted on the trolling motor, and in the case of large Side Imaging transducers, will support their bulk on the jackplate or trolling motor. But, don’t think ingenious product is only for anglers who are rigging a new boat, or new electronics, Transducer Shield and Saver can allow for secure rigging of a skimmer transducer on the trolling motor when the factory rigging mount has broken. Cicero is a problem solver by nature, and when Side Imaging was introduced, anglers found them too bulky and insecure to rig on trolling motors. Cicero’s TMSI 997/1197 allows for solid, secure mounting of the large transducer on the trolling motor. Knowing angler’s penchant for remaining stealthy, Cicero offers metal straps that are powder coated black. They are available separately, but come with each Transducer Shield purchase.

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tranSDucer ShielD anD SaVer

Wade Cunningham built a reputation for produc- ing high end fishing rods in the past. Now, following Ish Monroe has climbed the tournament trails a hiatus, Wade is back with his new Pro Magic Series to Elite Series success, and his penchant for heavy of rods. Cunningham was one of the first rod build- cover techniques like flippin’ and froggin’ are well ers to incorporate the now popular split grip handles known. Snag Proof Manufacturing of Cincinnati, that have become a standard in the industry. Oh. sought Monroe’s help for designing a new Wade Fishing Rods re-enters the market with frog and the result is Ish’s Phat Frog. his initial offering, the Pro Magic Series. Using his The Phat Frog features the first of its kind many years as a rod blank designer and rod builder, Inner Tube Construction, creating a nearly Wade has constructed a series of rods designed to unsinkable frog. Monroe sought a heavier fish like a high end model with the affordability now bait, and the Phat Frog weighs in at close to required in the marketplace. ¾-ounce, which will produce better castability Each of the Pro Magic Series are technique on windy days. Phat Frog is built on a Gamak- specific rods, built to Wade’s specifications with atsu EWG Frog hook, and the legs are swept grips designed to match the technique, custom back making hooksets more effective. blanks and American Tackle Lock Ring guides for flawless performance.

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Snag prooF – phat Frog

2007 Bassmaster Classic Champion Boyd Duckett has entered the rod building fray with his new company’s first offering, Micro Magic Rods. Featuring a unique all white blank finish, Duckett’s Micro Magic is more than just a cosmetics package. Each blank taper is custom designed, and made to Duck- ett’s standards. Micro Magic features AA grade cork handles available in both split grip and full handle models. Outside of the white blank, the first and most noticeable feature is the size of the guides. Duckett Fishing has included the use of the new Micro Guide system, which is reported to improve casting distance and accuracy, but also sensitivity. Because of the closeness of the line to the blank, the transmission of bottom composition and strikes is transmitted more quickly. The rods range in price from $149 to $169 for split grip handles, and $159 to $179 for full cork models depending on size; they range from 6’6” to 7’11” depending on technique.

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Duckett FiShing – Micro Magic roDS