Managing your kayak gear

Fishing from a kayak is first and foremost a sport that should be approached from a minimalist’s perspective. The lighter your kayak and gear is the further and longer you can paddle and fish. However no matter how much we down size and cut out unnecessary gear there still seems to be a lot of gear to deal with in such a limited space.

 You should really consider developing systems to store your gear in your kayak in a manner that is secure, easily accessible and safe. These are some tips that you can use in developing your own system.

If you don’t want to lose it…Lease it. Let’s face it gear costs money and most of us can’t afford to make gear sacrifices to the deep on a regular basis. Leashes can be cheaply made or bought to secure your gear to your kayak. When using leashes make sure that the lanyards are not an entrapment hazard to you.

Electronics and water do not mix… Use of a dry box or dry bag for cameras, cell phones, or any other item that definitely doesn’t need to get wet is a good idea.

Rig to flip… This simply means to tie your gear to your kayak or stow it away in the hull or in a dry bag with the intent that you will probably roll your kayak. If you have gear that will float then it is not necessary to tie it down.

Kayak fishing first aid kit…. You cannot take out everything to treat any illness known to man, however you at a minimum need a bottle of sterile water for cleaning wounds and washing foreign debris out of your eyes, various sizes of bandages, a good set of pliers some antibiotic ointment and any other thing for dealing with cuts and punctures.

Ditch bag… This is simply a dry bag that you will take with you on all your kayak trips. What you keep in the bag will depend on the season or conditions that you are kayaking in. A ditch bag holds the items that you will need to survive if stranded or separated from your kayak. Some of the basic items that you should have in a ditch bag would include- Dry clothes, shelter, flash light pr head lamp, bottled water, some energy bars, twine or rope, Toilet paper in a Ziploc bag, Water proof matches, emergency blanket and first aid kit. You can customize for varying conditions.

Certain gear should be stored on your person or in your PFD… Let’s face it, if you ever get separated from your kayak there are certain things you will need with you. You will want a signal device on your PFD; a whistle works fine for this. Also you will want a decent knife that is easy to access and secured so that if you drop it you will not lose it. A knife is great if you ever get fouled in ropes or lines. Water proof matches or a good wind proof cigarette lighter for building fires is not a bad item to have in your PFD either. When selecting a PFD you might want one that has good options for storage of tools and gear.

A thoughtful and well laid out kayak is efficient and more user friendly. So lay out all your gear then decide what is absolutely necessary and what is not. Where should the items be stored? Do you need quick access to them or can you put them where they can be stored out of the way like inside the hull or in the crate? Get out and adjust your storage as needed. One thing I have discovered is that most of the stuff you think you need you will never actually use.

Be safe and enjoy your time on the water!

RAM Rod Holder Fix

Ram makes some great products for kayak fishing! The adjustability and flexibility are second to none. However if you have ever used RAM products on your kayak then you will be aware that sooner or later the rod holder will begin to grip the ball less and less. This slippage could result in the loss of a very expensive rod and reel combo. RAM-ROD(TM) 2007 Fishing Rod Holder with Single Socket for 1.5"" Diameter Ball Bases

There is a simple solution that anybody can do in a few minutes that will make it grip the ball better than it did when it was new.

The first step would be to disassemble the socket and clean the insides of the socket with denatured alcohol.

Then you will want to spread a thin film of LEXEL inside the sockets. Sashco Lexel, 5.0-Ounce, Clear

Allow to dry over night and reassemble...This will improve the grip if not make it better than it ever was.

High/Low First Class Seat Oganizer Review

Native Watercraft accessories are first and foremost built with a quality that is often overlooked by a market that is all about mass production and often leaves attention to detail and quality lacking. That being said you absolutely get what you pay for.

The High/Low First Class seat organizer is the perfect accessory for the First Class seat found in the popular Slayer series, Ultimate FX series and the Slayer Propel models.

This is one accessory that is a must have for anyone that owns or is purchasing any of the Native Watercraft kayaks listed above. The High/Low First Class Seat Organizer easily wraps around the bottom bars of the seat. This ingenious design optimizes the conveniently close storage area already right below your fingertips. Along the top level are four small pockets for tool storage. It also has two large pocket that perfectly fit Plano boxes on the bottom level. Made from the same great First Class Seat fabric, it is easy to clean and drains well to keep water off your tools.

If you have ever caught a fish in your kayak and then had to search for your tools that have slid under your seat or gotten frustrated about the pile of tools under your legs in your cockpit, then you will understand the simplicity and value of this accessory.

This accessory installs easily by wrapping the bottom bar on the front of the seat and secures with straps to the rear seat bar. It is made in Fletcher, NC has four slots for tool storage. There are two larger pockets that hold bigger items like tackle boxes and first aid kits or what ever you want to stick there. There are D rings for the tethering of your tools. It is also very easy to access from the high or low seat position.

If you have a Native kayak with The first Class Hi/Lo seta...Do yourself a favor and get this little item, it will be worth it.