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New Shockles Bungee Cord is Strong Tough and Unique!


APtravelnews-New Products-October 29th,–I finally found a “Bungee Cord on Steroids.” The Davis Instruments company has recently released to its distributors the “Shockle.” Whats a Shockle? A super strong –holds up to 300 pounds, tough U V-resistant nylon covered 10X stronger bungee cord than you’ve ever experienced. The units comes in 12, 18 or 24 inch models. To fully stretch one of these babies. You have to put at least 25-pounds of pull before being able to snap the 316 Stainless Steel snaps. Great for Kayaking, camping, RV’s, sailing and fishing. I tested an 18-inch Shockle to hold my farm ladder on top of my golf cart roof without it sliding around. The bungee is so strong that my ladder didn’t budge on my bumpy ride to the barn. These bungees hold fast ropes, hoses, lumber on the back of the trailer or pickup, anything you want to keep tightly held and controlled. I give a big “thumbs-up” to Davis and their Shockles! Oh, and by the way, if you carry bicycles on your vehicle, these bungees will secure them for you tightly!. P1030007

Check them out for yourself by going: or give a call to: 510-732-9229

Key Largo to Key West; The Florida Keys is Truly Americas Accessible by Auto Caribbean

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Los Cayos=(Those Bones) as the Spansih called the Keys Hundreds of years ago!
Los Cayos=(Those Bones) as the Spanish called the Keys Hundreds of years ago!

APtravelnews-December 2, Key Largo, FL.—UPDATED*Key Largo, Florida is the gateway to and through a total of 43-bridges to the main islands (yes, I counted the bridges) making up the Florida Keys available for visit by locals and tourists, alike. When I wrote the Official Travel Guide to the Florida Keys-“43-Bridges To The Florida Keys,” I concentrated on Key Largo, due to its proximity to the mainland and due to the fact that everyone who visited the Keys by auto for the first time would seek out the welcome Center to more easily facilitate and be able to be informed best, on how to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities the Keys have to offer.

When we travel, we always consider the following primary reasons that are most important we would expect when traveling away from home: Excellent accommodations and amenities, great meals, neat places to visit and safety of locations for us and our family. Today, restaurants that serve local sea foods and fish, besides all the usual dishes from the main providers of steaks, chops, Asian, Italian and good old American Apple pie places too, are all available in the Keys and especially in Key Largo for starters, on our way down the US-1, Overseas Highway. This highways is like the string that links a fine set of little islands or Keys like pearls, towards Key West-132-miles further south and the end of the habitable islands that make up the Florida Keys!  Just Google the Florida Keys and watch out; you may get hooked as firmly as I hope my next game fish does!

43 bridge to the Florida Keys now available personalized!My book Forty-Three Bridges is now available personalized for $12.00 free shipping! Go: 

Waterfront dining is a given in the Keys! Fish, shrimp, FL. lobster (crawfish)  conch salad, pelicans soaring by, a breeze that Keys residents say "life is a breeze in the Keys."
Waterfront dining is a given in the Keys! Fish, shrimp, FL. lobster (crawfish) conch salad, pelicans soaring by, a breeze that Keys residents say “life is a breeze in the Keys.”
Yes, I always release red drum (Red Fish) they taste terrible compared to snook or snapper!
Yes, I always release red drum (Red Fish) they taste terrible compared to snook or snapper!  However, they do fight very well on the shallow water flats!

New Fishing Lures, Lines and Terminal Tackle For 2015

Lures, line, quick attach fishing floats for 2015.
Lures, line, quick attach fishing floats for 2015.

APtravelnews & AP Product News-January 2nd,–Crossville, TN–Recently we had the opportunity to join in as members of SEOPA’s (Southeastern  Outdoor Press Association) 50th Anniversary Conference at Fontana Lakes Resort in North Carolina. During the conference, media types have a chance to visit with various outdoor products manufacturers and view, test and enjoy items, active outdoor sportsmen and women would use in their hunting, fishing and boating life-all kinds of items, from game and fish seasonings, duck and turkey calls, to tree-stands, guns, fishing rods and even hand warmers for those who ice fish, or stay out in the cool and cold of fall and winter.

A little known fact by anglers gleaned from a visit to the Chattanooga Aquarium, probably one of the very finest in the world is that the Tennessee River has more freshwater species than any other body of water in America. I have lived in TN. for 10-years and I have never fished the river OK!, please don’t ask why! Yes, this is going to change, as I am heading for the river today! Stay tuned.

The following fishing items are all I may be using during my forays to the river: Berkley makes a wide variety of baits both soft and hard baits and the new Flicker Minnow Pro in Slick Purple Bengal in size 7, is one I will try first. It dives to from 14-17 feet in depth and I know if G-D is with me, a perch, bass or hopefully a trout is going to commit to a whack at it!  Sebile Action First, provided a neat looking floater called the Squarebill Sunfish. I am fairly confident a sassy bass will strike this on a first cast to the water lilies in a bend in the river. If they don’t bite on the floater, I’ll try their Lipless Sinker with rattles; who knows? Fortunately, these companies make these lures in different sizes and colors and just like my fly fishing excursions with my fly box full of you name it in color and size, my tackle box gives me the arsenal of possibilities that persnickety  fish might like!

From catfish mono line, to crappie and the rest of the gang, new lines appear to be just that, new! I’ve got Gamma Touch Flourocarbon, Stren, Berkley IronSilk in green, and all in weights that will fill my old reels with fresh ammo presentations in abrasive resistant styles. Something I always thought would be a good idea also fell into my bag; “Frog Hair Adjustable Single use EZ-On float indicators from Gamma. No rubber bands, just quick-attach little threads and ready to fish little Bobber’s in several sizes and coloration styles. If I were you, I’d at least check out all this in the big box stores and mom and pops too!







 Another face to face meeting with "Mr. Brown."
Another face to face meeting with “Mr. Brown.

Celestron Fire Cell Lights, warms and Charges Mobile Devices

FlashLight, hand-warmer, and USB charger for so many mobile devices! This item is terrific!
Flash Light, hand-warmer, and USB charger for so many mobile devices! This item is terrific!

APproduct  News-October 22nd—Crossville, has a few very handy and neat products and this one;  FireCel a Rechargeable Hand Warmer dresses out into a 3 in 1 package capable of charging your mobile devices, being a Multifunctional LED Flashlight and also a no Scent hand-warmer. The unit is smaller than a pack of cigarettes has a lanyard cord, a USB Cable, a Soft carry bag and it charges IPhones, iPods, Smartphone’s and most USB charged devices.

The hand warmer is a dual temperature unit either 110 or 130 degrees and there is no scent unlike chemical and fuel based heaters.

The red or white flashlight has five modes and the battery system is a 2500mAh Lithium Ion Rechargeable model.

Boy do I love this little, powerful, useful “guy.”  There are two things I can say about it personally:  I will never leave home without it and if anyone does, he will never know what he is missing as he cries: darn it my cell battery has gone dead and oh, heck my hands are cold after touching his automobile wheel early on a winters morning and oh yes, of course “dog gone it; where is the door lock key entry, wish I had a flashlight?” This little “puppy” has it all and takes up almost no space in pocket or purse. I have two units, one for my glove compartment and the other for my jacket pocket!

Go:   Celestron, is a Torrance, California, LLC.  Check this and other great idea products that are no longer an idea, but a reality!