Penn Live Liner Spinning Reels
Live Liner 5600L and 4600L spinning reels have a fully tension-adjustable free-spool function that allows you to let a fish run with little or no pressure while the bail is closed, then simply flip a lever and set the hook. They’re ideal for throwing live or dead baits to big fish (you can expect smaller sizes in the future) that like to hit hard and run. The Live Liner models hold 325 and 240 yards of 12-pound-test and weigh 21 and 20 ounces respectively; they have a 4.6:1 retrieve, infinite anti-reverse, heavy-duty gears, and carbon-fiber drag. Both are priced at $139.99. Penn Fishing Tackle, 215-229-9415; www.pennreels.com.
SureFire E2E-HA Flashlight
SureFire makes most of its flashlights for police and the military, but this one is for hunters. It’s overengineered to the nth degree, and throws a stupefying beam of light that seems impossible in a flashlight of its length (41/2 inches) and weight (3.3 ounces). It runs on two lithium batteries, is waterproof, and has a finish so tough it can file a hole in other aluminum flashlights. You can get it with a blue filter, which is supposed to show blood in the dark, and a red filter for finding your way to your stand without spooking critters. Also available is a special carrier that holds spare batteries and a bulb. The price for the light alone is $85. SureFire, 800-828-8809; www.surefire.com.