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ISE Show 2011 – Reels, Accessories and Watercraft (continued)

Abel: Known for their premium fly reels and pliers Abel has recently expanded their offerings with additional hardgoods including belt buckles and money clips. New for this season are a number of new custom painting options called “High Definition” finishes. These finishes feature two different painting methods including a bead blasted base and another more traditional paint finish for an even more richly detailed look and feel.

Abel introduces new HD finishes


Also new this season is a new machined nipper that features extra strong jaws capable of cutting through braided lines. These jaws are replaceable and come with a two year warranty while the nipper frame is warranted for life. On the right side of the nippers anglers will find a hook cleaner that is pressed fit into the aluminum body.


Also new from Abel are cleverly designed premium nippers

On the back of the nippers is a stainless lanyard ring which is also machined to stand up to torque. The nippers weigh .7oz. and are rated for saltwater applications since the aluminum body is completely anodized.

The nippers are available in a wide range of patterns including the company's custom fish patterns


As you might expect with a product from Abel the nippers are available in a dizzying array of solid patterns and for those anglers looking for something more exclusive the company can also paint the nippers with any of their custom fish patterns. These nippers are just starting to become available and retail for 50 dollars each for the solid finishes and 100 dollars each for the hand painted fish patterns.


Abel has partnered with Surefire to introduce custom LX2 flashlights


Abel is also offering Surefire LX2 flashlights finished with both solid and custom fish painted patterns. These American made flashlights are fully machined and are produced under contract with SureFire. They weigh in at 4.3oz. and are 5.40 inches in length, the flashlight is equipped with dual output settings of 15 and 200 lumens. These flashlights are just as premium as the company's reels and retail for $250 dollars for solid matte finishes and custom fish patterns cost an additional 50 dollars.


Jeff Patterson, Director of Sales, showed us the latest products from Abel


Promar: From the net specialists at Promar comes a new trout net that is appropriately called the Crystal Clear Net. This net features non-snag rubber netting that us clear and molded so that it uses less plastic making it both clearer and lighter.


The Crystal Clear Net is designed to be both lighter and more stealthy


The netting is replaceable and each Crystal Clear Net retails for only $29.99 and is available now from retailers. Quite a deal for a net that won't spook fish and will help protect them during the landing process.


Ben shows us the new net offerings from Ahi


Phoenix Boats: The coolest bass boats at the ISE show didn't come from the normal big name players, instead they came from the fast rising Phoenix Boats brand. These boats are the product of Gary Clouse, President of Phoenix, and the boats are designed to redefine quality, performance and fishability through quality design and innovation.


Zander reads about "Operation Outdoors USA" while Jarrett shows us the details on his rig


From the outside these boats looks like traditional high performance bass boats but look closer and the detail in design is impressive. We met with Pro Angler and TV Host Jarrett Edwards who walked us through the in depth features that make the Phoenix boats so unique.


Phenix boats feature a well laid out sporty console


Like most other bass boats the Phoenix boats feature a nice clean layout but there are differences starting with the hull itself. The hand laid hull features a tighter knit fiberglass cloth and an all composite construction. The company only uses Ashland AME 5000 resin and Jarrett stressed that each boat sits in the mold for 4 days to ensure a proper bond. Boats are available with the complete range of motors, Mercury, Yamaha, Evinrude and Honda outboards.


The second console pops out with a single lock


Some of the cooler features include the removable second console and when it comes to storage this boat offers more than anything we have seen to date. Starting with a completely flush net holder that holds even the hoop and a massive center storage locker that organizes a ton of standard boxes. In the lid anglers will find a measuring board as well as areas to stow lures and bags of plastics on the fly.


Jarrett shows us the huge storage capacity...


Rigging up before the sun has come up? Not a problem, the Phoenix boats come with a LED snake light right inside the box that can be angled any direction to aid with selecting and tying on the right lures.


...as well as the included LED snake light


If that wasn't enough anglers will find the "rotary tackle system: which is basically a lazy susan that holds even more tackle boxes on a rotating system underneath the stool in the next box.


Under the stool is a rotary tackle system!


Jarrett shows us the fiberglass weave used on traditional bass boats...


...versus the much tighter fiberglass cloth utilized on each and every Phoenix boat


In the lineup is the 721 ProXP, 719 ProXP and the 619 Pro. The President, Gary Clouse was a Bassmaster Open Series Angler and you can tell that his influence can be found throughout as there are many clever features that anglers will really appreciate. A number of pro anglers are starting to migrate to the Phoenix brand including 3 time Elite Series Champion and 9 time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier Greg Hackney. 


Jarrett Edwards and Karen Hartung of Delta Marine show us the very sweet new rigs from Phoenix


These boats are available now and each boat is handmade in Tennessee. Karen Hartung of Delta Marine brought these boats to the show and the response was excellent. Jarrett had one of the boats wrapped with his colors and Veterans signed every angle on the boat. This particular boat is part of his "Operation Outdoors USA" campaign and Veterans have the opportunity to join Jarrett on a trip to Lake Powell and the boat will be donated to the Lone Survivor Foundation who will utilize it by helping today's wounded warriors heal on the water. We can't think of a more noble cause. 










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