Gary R. Soldati,
...for the serious fisherman
Most tackle shops carry this tackle. First, shop local! Then go to
Century NG SPOD Rod, 12’ rated 2 to 6 oz. This rod is very versatile,
powerful with a softer tip to throw the lesser weights. This is the rod
I caught my 51 on! Contact Mike Kulick at KMCustomRods.com for more
My primary rod for
my biggest plugs is now the CTS S-7 12’ rated 4 to 8 oz. as I fish them
with Trollers, SLIM Trollers and Sand Pikes XLs!
My back up rod is
the CTS PJ series Model #PJ 1009-2 rod, 10’ rated 4 to 8 oz. This is
also good for throwing BWL and SLIM Trollers. I still can’t believe that
a rod this light can throw such a heavy plug! Contact Rich Hedenberg at
RHCustomRods.com for more info.
Zee Baas – ZX 25 (for the Century rod) and ZX-27 (for the CTS S7) –
very smooth action. Contact
www.zeebaas.com or call Devin at (203) 659-0015. He is a great
source of info!
Fireline Original fused 30 lb. test (not a braid). This line tests
stronger than it is rated. It is made for a spinning rod and holds up
very well in the rocks!
Seaguar Fluorocarbon 50 lb. test. This leader material has held up very
well in the rocks for me. Also 60lb. Ande Mono.
UK Vizion 3AAA eLed Headlamp. It is submersible and waterproof. For more
info and where to purchase
www.underwaterkinetics.com The batteries last so long I end up
changing them before it is needed!
Maglite with sheath, somewhat waterproof.
60 Pound BogaGrip
If you are using plugs with multiple treble hooks, this is a must!
Forget the 30 lb. boga. I’ve had too many friends say, “I knew it was at
least 30 lbs.”!
DonnMar CP950 TI Titanium Pliers with lanyard and sheath. For more info,
visit www.AllTackle.com /
pliers are so good I stopped washing them after a night of fishing!
Pricey but indestructible!
Explorer 11-158. I've had this knife too long to remember where I got
“Buck” 0220BLS-B. This does not come with a sheath.
I wear a wetsuit bootie (with a thick aggressive sole) with a Korker
(Rock Trac Plus) studded sandal over it. It’s pretty good to swim in.
For longer swims, I wear the Outcast step-in fins that easily fit over
my bootie/studded sandal combination. You can find these fins at
I recommend Mike’s Lunker Lotion in “Bunker/Menhaden" available at
www.AtlasMikes.com It is a gel
so it lasts longer, it turns bumps into solid strikes, it will catch you
fish when nobody is catching, plus it will keep your hooks from rusting.
Just put some in the hook holes of the plug and on the tied tail. I
never fish without it.
Most of my surf bags were made by Tom White of Commando Surfcasting. Now
that Tom is no longer making bags, I have a tall 2-tube bag made by
Jamie Hawley of Flatlander Surf Casting (contact
FlatlanderSurf@gmail.com). Jamie makes a bag that will hold my
Troller, SLIM Troller or Sand Pike XL, all 10” plugs (not including