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Ulua Fishing Gear

For three generations, the Tokunaga family has been fishing for and catching ulua.  And that's why the S. Tokunaga Store is particularly well set up for all the gear you'll need to make that happen for yourself as well.  Custom rods and great reels, night lights, tabis, hooks, gear bags, and fluorocarbon line are just part of what they offer.  Below are some additional "must have" items for your fishing trip.

 

It's never a good thing to lose a fish when you've made so much effort to get to the fishing spot, find bait and cast into the perfect spot.  But losing your whole rig because you didn't take the precaution of having a tag line to your reel is seriously bad juju.  This stainless steel spring clip fits into the eyes on either side of the reel.  It's easily attached for fishing and released when the big one hits.  It measures ~ 6" from spring to clip tip and ~ 4 1/2" from "elbow to elbow" in the open position.

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This stainless steel alarm bell measures 3" wide at the base and 3 1/2" from base to spring attachment.  The midrange tone is loud and clear, and easily heard above pounding surf.

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Big brother to the stainless steel alarm bell shown above, this bell measures ~4" wide at the base and ~4" from the base to the spring attachment.  With a deeper and more resonant voice and loud enough to wake the dead, this bell will surely announce the arrival of one "heavy-set" ulua.

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At nearly 15" long and with a 5/8" diameter rod frame, this galvanized steel rod holder will provide a solid base for your favorite rod and reel when pounded into the right lava crack with a small sledge hammer.

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Tired of scratches on your surf rods and reels out on the lava?  This stainless steel rod organizer should do the trick.  At nearly 14" long, when pounded into a convenient crack in the rocks, this handy gadget will hold three rods with ease.

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At nearly 36" long, this all aluminum sand spike is a handy, all purpose rod holder.  Although often used in soft sediments, it's just as handy if the right sized crack is available in seaside cliff lava flows.  The lower cylinder has a pole butt stop to keep the reel clear from the upper one.  This type of rod holder is suitable for spinning rod and reel combinations up to line capacities of 50# test.

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This stainless steel sliding gaff is 30" long and weighs 2.5 lbs.  The gaff hook gap is 3.5".  It has two line clips and a ring swivel at the upper end.  The construction is clean and sturdy.

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The original "Hilo Guides" were introduced to Hawai'i in the 1940's by Sumie Tokunaga, founder of S. Tokunaga Store.  These flexible, durable stainless guides were designed to replace the old "boat style" guides.  Grandson Michael Tokunaga, avid fisherman, custom rod builder and present owner of S. Tokunaga Store still sells these guides.  "Hilo Guides" have a more weather-resistant surface and a higher frame for greater line clearance.  Copied by many but still the best!

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Size 4/0 Slide swivels shown above are slightly larger than life size.  Shown on the left, the "bright" colored swivels are priced as follows:  5 pieces - ; 10 pieces - ;  25 pieces - ;  100 pieces - .  Shown on the right, the "dark" colored swivels - an S. Tokunaga Store, Inc. innovation! - are priced as follows:  5 pieces - ;  10 pieces - ;  25 pieces - ;  100 pieces - .

Size 4/0 Slide swivels with egg sinker added for faster on-line travel;  with 2 oz. egg sinker (left), 3 pieces - ;  with 1 oz. egg sinker (right), 3 pieces - .

Size L (Large) Stop swivels shown above are slightly larger than life size.  Shown on the left, the "bright" colored swivels are priced as follows:  5 pieces - ; 10 pieces - ;  100 pieces - .  Shown on the right, the "dark" colored swivels - an S. Tokunaga Store, Inc. innovation! - are priced as follows:  5 pieces - ;  10 pieces - ;  100 pieces - .

Stainless Steel Barrel Gaff - This is a specially designed sliding gaff for those ulua fishermen interested in catch and release.  As shown above, there is a 3/16" slot running parallel to the length of the barrel.  Within the barrel there is a wire clip that extends from the top to the bottom of the slot.  Once the line has been inserted into the slot and behind the clip, the line can't come out of the barrel again unless the user moves the clip by hand.  Also within the barrel and attached to the cross rod is a half-moon shaped piece of stainless sheet metal.  When the hauling line is attached to the swivel and the barrel is vertical, this half-moon shaped metal becomes horizontal with enough space between it and the inside of the barrel to allow the gaff to move easily up and down the line.  When the gaff reaches a swivel, tension is released on the line and the half-moon shaped piece becomes temporarily vertical, allowing the gaff to move past the swivel and down the leader.  This is a very useful and clever piece of work.

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