New & Noteworthy

OIL-FREE LUBRICANT Imagine a lubricant that can be used on anything on your boat, or, for that matter, on anything that slides, spins or turns, and you'll understand what the Ultra-Pro lubricant can do. The stuff repels moisture, leaves a scentless, invisible film and gets things moving again. Best of all, it doesn't drip. (From $6.99; 800-255-3505;

ALL-AROUND WET SHOES Hodgman Flats Stalker Wading Shoes (first designed for Southern wade-fishing) worked well for me as general-purpose wade/boat shoes last summer. They have a tough non-marring sole, side zippers, a one-way valve that purges water as you walk and an enclosed toe. ($59; 800-221-4221;

ULTRA-PACKABLE WADING JACKET After a few stormy days on the water wearing the Gore-Tex PacLite Stowaway Wading Jacket from L.L. Bean, I have five remarks: 1. I loved that it folds up into its own hand-warmer pocket. 2. My arms stayed dry while releasing fish, thanks to the cinch on its cuffs. 3. I had no problem adjusting its low-profile cordlocks with one hand. 4. The jacket has a big lure-box pocket in front, right where it's needed. 5. It has hand-warmer pockets that zip closed. ($159; 800-221-4221;

FISH GRIPPER/SCALE The gripNweigh from X-Tools is a fish gripper with a digital readout scale and watertight electronics. The weights of five fish can be stored in its memory. It'll weigh fish up to 25 pounds, has a two-year battery life and vinyl padding rather than bare metal...and it floats. ($89.99; 941-894-0040;

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