View all 14 posts from this thread
MAK Angler Lineup of Plug Bags and Accessories
Oct 1 2012 11:01AM
|The MAK Angler line of plug bags has continued to delight anglers this year. Specifically, this thread references products in the "ANGLER" line, developed to create a new price point in between the entry level plug bag and the super-high-end lines (Hunter, AS Elite, Commando, Ebbpoint, MAK Surfcasting, etc.)|
The goal of the line was to provide high quality bags and accessories at a more manageable price than the super-high end models. Post any comments, questions, stories, etc. that have to do with the line.
My personal experience with the line has been positive so I thought I'd chime in here:
I'd been REALLY wanting the MAK Angler tin and bucktail pouch. In my mind, a good belt pouch needs to be rugged since it will be getting wet / drying out / getting rubbed on rocks / etc. Additionally, it'd be great if it didn't get water-logged. Having a heavy bag strapped around your waist is no fun. The MAK pouch delivered for me, I love it. Check out a pic of my bag (currently setup w/ tins for chasing Albies). The view is taken from what you'd be looking at w/ the bag strapped on your belt:
Oct 18 2012 12:04PM
|Heads up everyone, we're giving a MAK angler 2-Tube tall bag away, details here:|
Oct 18 2012 1:13PM
|I love my medium belt pouch. I keep it full of 9" sluggos. The hooks don't get stuck in the tough material. And if you're into fashion, the logo is hot!|
Oct 18 2012 1:58PM
|Still looking for the perfect bucktail pouch. Was in the shop a month or so ago looking at this lineup. The accessories really have me excited, as I like the high end bags, but the accessories generally get worn out so quickly that it is nice to have a medium price point option for these.|
Oct 18 2012 2:26PM
Oct 18 2012 5:00PM
|very sharp bag!|
Oct 18 2012 8:55PM
|Warning: the image you are about to see may be disturbing for some viewers|
That AS bucktail pouch is less than 2 months old and has almost totally disintegrated. After about a month I wished I had ponied up the cash for the mak one the first time.
Oct 19 2012 7:37AM
|Yesterday, I returned an aquaskinz small-tall (to a different shop, can I say that here?). It was 3 weeks old and its condition looked like the buck tail pouch above. I also have a medium that has held up fine for 3 seasons, so their quality control seems to be slipping. I will definitely be considering a mak to replace it.|
Oct 19 2012 10:31AM
|The Mak Angler series is great for the price point, you are getting a higher end bag with a middle of the road price. |
one thing that should be pointed out is his bags feature 6" of velcro when everyone elses are 4". it helps in the big surf or swimming out to rocks.
Im also looking for a bucktail pouch. like the looks of that one.
Oct 19 2012 10:38AM
|I have both the small and medium aquaskinz bag. I also have two Aqua skinz bucktail |
holsters. I bought these about 6 years ago...and they have held up pretty well....until
recently they have started to show signs of replacement. The velcro is getting weak
and the belt loops on the small plug bag got torn last year and I had to sew them back on.
About a month and a half ago I bought the MAK Angler 2 tube tall and the MAK Angler
bucktail pocket. I have used them a dozen times....here are my thoughts.
1. The nylon used in the MAK is so much better...compared to the Aquaskinz bags I own.
It is so big a difference,especially because there is no way for a hook to hang in
the material. Several times I have had plugs locked in the material or in the drainage
holes of my Aquaskinz bags. I have yet to see any evidence if this will ever happen
with the MAK angler products. The materials are so much nicer. It is a hands down
winner in the comparison.
2. MAK has a much more aggressive use of velcro....without the use of any
buckles or clips. I see this as a good thing...nothing to break or jamb with sand. Its a
much more easy and reliable opening and closure...especially when things get cold...and
you are operating with club hands.
The MAK Angler 2 tube tall...
I like it...and would recommend it.
I like fishing as light as I can...but for the size this bag offers plenty of room. There
is plenty of room in the front buctail/tin pocket...and in the plug compartment. There is
enough room in the plug compartment to wedge extra lures.
The only negatives that I feel is that the plug tubes are not snug and swim around a bit.
I am torn about this...as its nice to jam extra stuff in the voids, but if you don't I can
see the tubes lifting out when reaching in for some plugs....especially one handed. I wish
the top flap covered the opening of the plug compartment a little better. Part of me wishes for the
use of a square or rectangular opening tube to maximize the interior volume.
The negatives are not a deal breaker by any means. I really like the bag. Probably the best for the price.
The MAK Angler Bucktail pouch...
For starters...I like it and for the most part it is probably is the top product for the task.
Its nice how there are two rows that are sized differently to hold small and big bucktails. It holds a lot of lead.
That said....I am still getting used to it. The materials are so much nicer, but I am not
sure how I feel about the size and the double rows. There was something elegant about the design and profile
of the Aqua Skinz bucktail holster....and the price was tough to beat $15 vs $70...excellent until I saw
the crnelson's image above.
The MAK holder has a bigger profile/offset from the belt(double rows). It hasn't been much
of an issue, but I am still getting used to the change in profile I feel like I am
sticking my hand into a bear trap when reaching in to grab something...hooks on both
sides of the pocket. Scottw suggested a trick where you can nest the hooks of the
bucktails into the neighbor's pocket. This helps, but I found that it can cause
bucktails to get popped from their holders when you pull the neighbor bucktails out.
I tend to avoid wearing gloves, but would imagine...a gloved hand would make
this even more of a challenge. Its not to say that the same thing doesn't happen
with the Aqua Skinz holster. One advantage with the MAK pouch is that if you do accidentally
pop a bucktail out of its tube....it will most likely end up inside the bottom of the pouch
instead of on the sand or in the surf. I have a feeling that I have lost more bucktails
that way...than I do from snags.
One of the things that I really like about the MAK lineup are the couple extra simple bags they offer.
Prior to seeing these I have been buying diving pockets and fitted them with tubes to use as plug bags.
Some of them are remarkably similar in size and shape as the Small plugbags offered by these different
surf fishing companies....the only difference is that they are between $20-$30. What is fantastic is that MAk is offering
similar bags for the same price point, but with the snag-resistant materials and better drainage. I purchase
a MAK rigged eel bag from the edge for under $30...that I intend to customize with some square tubes. What I really like about
these simple bags is their profile and price point. Between the Angler 2 tube tall and the 2 tube short I am making
from the rigged eel bag, I will have the equivalent of a 4 tube bag on my belt....Rockin!
Oct 19 2012 10:43AM
|those jig heads have sharp teeth|
Oct 19 2012 10:44AM
Oct 19 2012 10:59AM
|MAK ATTACK - two tube is just the right size for me|
Oct 19 2012 1:17PM
|I've used the two tube tall and the large pouch all season, great thing about them is that I can pull the tubes out of the bag and stick my plano boxes in it and the pouch and my camera, leader spool, ... etc when I get on the kayak or go looking for albies, plenty of storage room for everything that I need...very versatile combo, rugged too, I've beaten them up pretty good and they certainly stand up to the punishment|