Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Top 3 Kayak Angler Gifts This Year

     Christmas is getting closer and it got me thinking about my personal wish list. There are always new gadgets and gizmos every year that I can never bring myself to buy during the year, and Christmas is the perfect time for me not to feel guilty for dropping the moey on expensive toys.

1. First on my list is the Black Pak from Yak Attack. The Black Pak isnt a new product but it had definately proven its worth since its introduction. Traditionally I have always been a fan of DIY fishing crates, but the more I fish with guys that have Black Paks the more I can see the versility of them.

2. Number two on my wish list is the C-Tug kayak cart. This particular cart is a bit pricy for my usual budget, but this a wishlist after all. You cannot argue the overwhelming positive reviews and high quality. The C-Tug has no issues traversing over any terrain and easily collapses for convienent storage. Not only does it make unloading a breeze but its also a great way to protect your yak from unnecessary dragging damage.

3. One of the most innovative new products this year for kayak fishing is the Hydrowave Mini. This is a portable electronic deice that emits the natural souds of predatory fish feeding on bait fish. This sound entices more "keeper" fish to flock to your area. This gives the angler a distinct advantage anywhere on the water.

     Weather you're fresh into kayak fishing or a seasoned vet, any of these great products are sure to make you're holiday special. If you are having trouble deciding on what you or you're loved one would like, a Mariner Sails gift card will let them pick their own prize. For gift card information visit 972-241-1498
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Preparation is Key

     I'm not a pessimist by nature, but I believe in being prepared for the "what if" situation. My typical kayak fishing trip usually consist of pushing off around sun up and heading back in six or seven hours later. No big deal. I've had one close call since I began kayak fishing, and that was because of my own stupidity and inexperience. I have trolled countless forums, websites, and first person stories about how mother nature can flip the script on you in the blink of an eye. 
     I'm not saying that the "perfect storm" will come flying across lake Lewisville or that fishing from you favorite launch spot will heave you stranded miles away from civilization, but I do believe that a careless approach to any outdoor activity can lead to less than desirable situations. 

     A perfect example of what I'm talking about is a story I was told by a close friend in South Carolina. An avid kayak fisherman set out of a simple day trip of five or six hours, like he usually did on the weekends. It was mid February and very cold out side and in the water. After fishing for a few hours he decided to pack it in and head home when he turtled his kayak trying to sit back down from a standing position. He wasn't exactly in the middle of nowhere, but he was five or six miles away from his truck. Hypothermic effects started to set in very quickly he realized and he decided that trying to paddle it out was not his best option. He always kept a dry bag in his front hatch that had dry socks, t-shirt, waterproof matches, and a variety of other handy items. He paddle himself to the nearest shoreline and immediately made a fire and stripped off his wet clothes. He put on dry socks and a dry shirt and warmed himself for an hour or so before trying to paddle back to his launch spot. He made it home just fine with only a scary story to tell. 

     You can find stories just like this, and some even more tragic, that happened close to home when conditions go south in a hurry. You don't have to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, but it doesn't hurt to tuck away a few items that could turn a bad situation around in a pinch. I too carry a dry bag in my front hatch that has dry socks, matches, Life Straw (for dehydration emergencies), emergency blanket, superglue, and a first aid kit. I packed the bag once and never take it out of my kayak. Call me overly cautious, but I believe being prepared for a life threatening situation, or just a bad situation, can make all the difference in the world to me.