Ardent Shows Pretty Nifty Products
Jerry Boling of Ardent had several shrewd new applications to
show across a range of products. First and foremost, a
highly-customized flipping reel. Second, a nifty tool. Last but
hardly least, a cool culling ball system.
Flippin' and Pitchin' Reel. If you live to flip
and pitch, this reel may be something from your wildest dreams.
The reel has a wide nose cone opening with a ceramic insert.
There are no moving parts, no level wind pawl to lay the line
from side-to-side on the spool. The lack of any line-laying or
level wind mechanism reduces friction, so pitch-casting is
smooth, accurate and goes the distance.
The spool is dramatically narrow than usual. The result is the
line self-lays itself perfectly on the narrow spool. Max line
capacity is 75 yards of 20-lb test mono. For those who prefer
braid, there is a nailhead on the spool arbor so mono backing is
not necessary. With braid, tie direct to the nailhead.
It starts to get interesting when you notice there is no drag
star to set. There is a drag, but you can't adjust it. The F500's
internal drag is called 'Perma-Lok' is factory pre-set to slip
only on a 20-lb pull. The stout stainless steel handle can
'handle' more stress and pressure than typical aluminum handles,
and there are 5+1 stainless ball bearings on the reel. MSRP $149.
This extreme flipping/pitching reel looks to be right up a
Mexican angler's alley!
Multi-Tool. Leeloo, the protagonist in The
Fifth Element had her 'multi-pass' and now you can have something
just as nifty - the Multi-Tool. Fishing writer Margie Anderson
who has a thing for gadgets told me to check this out. I am glad
I did. Like many tools of this kind, it is built around a toenail
type clippers. The clippers are for braid or mono. Then there is
a hooked line cutter for more difficult braid. It continues to
get better with a line threader that's useful for getting line
through the pawl eye of a baitcasting reel. Also a jig eye
cleaner and hook sharpener.
If you like gadgets, this one from Ardent seemed nifty.
System. A series of six buoyant balls can be
dialed and locked in to display from 0-15 pounds and 0-15 ounces.
It's a push-button dial, you can set it in seconds, and then it
locks on the number you set it on. Possibly the niftiest culling
idea I've ever seen. I can see where these will reduce a lot of
reweighing and uncertainty when culling fish in the livewell,
resulting in less stress on fish and anglers alike. Heck, even if
you just dial them from 1 through 5, with 5 being the next to
cull, it is far more consistent than trying to remember whether
it's the blue one or was it the green one's turn to cull next? I
know you've been down that road before!
One of the niftiest culling ideas I've seen yet.
Special Features of ICAST 2008:
- Ardent: Ardent
Shows Pretty Nifty Products
- Daiwa: Daiwa
Stays in High Style
- Endless Innovation: Hundreds
of Hot New Products at ICAST
- Frogs: Gambler,
Gene Larew, Kanji, Mann's, Rein, Secret Lures, Snag Proof, Spro
- G.Loomis: G.Loomis
Goes for the GLX Excellence
- Hooks: Good-Looking
Hooks from Eagle Claw, Gamakatsu, Mustad, Owner, TTI, VMC
- ima: ima
Japan Debuts North American Exclusive Baits
- Jackall: Day
of the Jackall Lures
- Lines: New
Fishing Line from Bioline, Blackwater, Cajun, SeaGuar, Sufix,
- Lucky Craft: Feeling
Lucky and Crafty
- MegaStrike: Mega
- Optimum Baits: Optimum
Debuts Double Diamond Swimmer
- Plano: Plano
Wins Best of Show Award in Tackle Management Category
- Quantum: Quantum's
New KVD Tour Rods and Reel Cover all Cranking Situations
- Rods: Rod
Highlights from American Rodsmiths, Big Bear, Kistler, Lamiglas,
World-Class Hard Baits by his own Principles
- Shimano: Shimano
Curado Voted 'Best of All' New Products
- Strike King: Kevin
VanDam Comments on Strike King's New Bass Baits