Two of Northern California’s most revered fishing brothers, Abe and Angelo Cuanang, are teaming up with Cousins Tackle Corp. – creating a “family affair” that will have salmon, striped bass, sturgeon, halibut, lingcod and other saltwater gamefish swimming for their lives.
Through a new sponsorship agreement, Cousins Tackle will provide Abe and Angelo with a variety of premium-quality, American-made graphite and composite rods, each hand crafted in its Huntington Beach, California factory with actions fine-tuned for Northern California inshore fishing techniques. Whether it’s salmon mooching or downrigger trolling, fishing stripers outside the surf line, drifting for barndoor halibut or tackling soft biting, hard fighting sturgeon, Cousins has a perfect tool for every species and fishing technique.
Every rod in the company’s 140-plus model family stems from a collaboration by real-life cousins Bill Buchanan and Wade Cunningham, both tackle-industry veterans with decades of experience. A staff of more than 47 employees rolls every blank in-house, then finishes each Cousins rods with the finest components such as hand-sanded Grade A cork grips, lightweight Fuji reel seats, Fuji K-Series stainless steel guides with Alconite inserts, triple wrappings and three coats of UV-resistant slow-cure finish. The result is a rod that looks and fishes like no other premium stick on the market.
The Cuanang brothers have honed their angling expertise over decades of fishing the San Francisco Bay and adjacent ocean waters. They are well known not just as avid anglers, but also as outdoor writers/photographers, angling educators and ambassadors for this region’s unique fishery. They are usually easy to recognize, fishing local waters aboard their well-traveled, iconic Boston Whaler 17′ Sakonnett – a boat that has appeared in hundreds of magazine photos, books and TV shows over the years. The Cuanang brothers are accustomed to attracting attention, both for the fish they’re catching and the crowds of other anglers that often seem to congregate wherever they go.
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