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Gear & Gadgets: Rapala introduces the new Rippin’ Blade, and more gear to get you outdoors

The Rippin’ Blade is a hi-tech blade bait designed to be cast, pitched, or vertically jigged. (Photo courtesy of Rapala)

Building on the success of the Rippin Rap, Rapala is introducing the Rippin’ Blade. This slender, lipless, blade bait lure produces a tight, instant vibration on the lift or retrieve and because it is perfectly balanced, it falls upright, reducing line twists and fouling. The Rippin’ Blade comes in 10 premium colors that give a fresh look to the blade bait market.

The Rippin’ Blade is a hi-tech blade bait designed to be cast, pitched, or vertically jigged. Blade baits excel in cooler water and the Rippin’ Blade is no different, proving it’s place as a cousin to the Rippin’ Rap.

Whether its early springtime walleyes, late fall smallmouth or anything in between, the Rippin’ Blade is going to earn a place in every angler’s tacklebox. What’s more, with three-line tie positions on the top blade, it’s easy to customize the action to fish any situation or time of the year. And with its tungsten weighted belly, it gets to the bottom fast and is easy to fish in deep water, heavy current or strong wind.

The lure features a durable, metal frame-plastic body construction, a VMC® crankbait snap, and two, super sharp No. 6 VMC® black nickel round bend treble hooks. The new Rippin’ Blade comes in ten eye-catching colors: chrome blue, clown, chrome tiger, firetiger, gold, gold chrome tiger, glow, purpledescent, silver, and wonderbread. The new lure is being introduced in size no. 7.

For more information, please visit Rapala’s website at


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The Alijoz 400 is a heavy-duty, high-line capacity casting reel equipped with a Baitfeeder Switch. It features a magnetic brake system that enables long-distance casting and has a maximum Drag Power of 38 LBS making it suitable for saltwater scenarios where large bait and big fish are targeted.


• High-strength aluminum alloy frame

• Bait-Feeder Switch

• Precise Gear finishing

• Powerful Drag up to 38 pounds

• Long-Distance Casting

• The effort-saving balanced rocker arm

High-strength aluminum alloy bracket:

It is constructed with a high-strength aluminum alloy integrated frame and an aluminum alloy side cover (at the handle end), making it lightweight and durable. Its high-strength properties make it resistant to corrosion from saltwater.

The effort-saving balanced rocker arm: It features an extended balanced handle, measuring 120mm in length, which provides the optimal leverage ratio and maximum torque. Made of high-strength aluminum alloy and equipped with a large EVA knob, it offers a greater leverage effect during battles with large fish, making it easier for anglers to handle and exert control.

For more information, please visit Piscifun’s website at


Bushnell ® , an industry leader in performance optics, has announced the BackTrack Mini GPS, a purpose-built and portable navigation tool that’s ideal for hunters and long-range shooters. The BackTrack Mini is loaded with features to give outdoorsmen and women critical intel while in the field, all conveniently accessible in a lightweight, easy to carry design.

Using GPS satellite technology, the BackTrack Mini tells you where you’re at and where you’re going without the need for cellular network service or downloaded map data. Also critical, the BackTrack Mini has a 34 plus hour (GPS run time) rechargeable battery life, ensuring users can navigate without relying on a typical smartphone’s short-lived battery in harsh conditions.

It also features a built-in compass with temperature, time, barometric pressure and elevation. The unit also uses this environmental data to calculate a forecast of best times of the day to hunt and fish.

With a 2.25” display and easy, 4-button operation, the BackTrack Mini GPS is intuitive and simple to use (even with gloves on). Plus, it includes features which allow a user to backtrack to their basecamp as well as set up, save and share waypoints via Bluetooth with Bushnell Connect. Waterproof and drop-proof BackTrack Mini GPS is designed with a durable exoskeleton to withstand the bumps and bruises of whatever adventure you throw at it. Visit to learn more about the BackTrack Mini.


Moose Utility Division would like to introduce our new Black-Out Series Light Bars. Constructed with high efficiency Osram LED chips, they provide a 6000k bright white light output in an 80/20 combo beam pattern. They feature an indirect light system to provide a smooth appearance with no exposed fasteners on the surface.

All lights include both and end mount system and a sliding adjustable rear mount. Also, a wiring harness using DT connectors, relay, and backlit rocker switch is included. Lightbars are available in 3” cubes providing 4,800 Lumens up to a 50” bar providing 50,280. Head on over to your local dealer or to check these out.

About Moose Utility Division

As the industry leader in ATV/UTV parts and accessories, Moose Utility Division has dedicated itself to providing the enthusiast with the highest quality and best performing products available. For more information visit You can also follow us on Instagram/Facebook @MooseUtilities.


Federal Ammunition and Duluth Pack have teamed up to create a capsule collection of expertly handcrafted carry-all bags, hunting gear, and quality limited-edition apparel. The exclusive line of Federal products made by Duluth Pack is appropriately named “Home On The Range” which is a nod to the great homeland origins and rich histories of both Minnesota-based companies.

The new line of merchandise ranges from the popular Rambler outdoor pack and Upland Hunting Game Vest to full-length zipped Canvas Chaps and Grab-N-Go bags. There’s also a stylish beanie available, plus limited-edition, graphic sweatshirts, and t-shirts.

The collaboration seems natural, since both are iconic Minnesota brands. Both companies have such a long history of classic, reliable, and generationally trusted products, along with corporate values that align well. The Home On The Range collection is available exclusively on the Federal ecommerce site.

With items added frequently — alongside exciting sales and promotions — customers are encouraged to check Federal’s Merchandise section on the company’s website regularly to see what’s new. Federal ammunition and products can be found at dealers nationwide and online.

For more information on all products from Federal, visit

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