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Old 01-06-2012, 12:08 PM
dbjpb dbjpb is offline
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Exclamation kayak rigging and safety

Nobody likes to lose any of their gear. Nobody intentionally goes out fishing
and does not expect to return. Sometimes a kayak manufacturer or an over
zealous sales person may sell you something you really don't need. In fact
it may even cost you your life. I can't tell you how many kayaks I have
seen fully rigged with fish finders, extra rod holders, and even GPS navigation systems? Keep in mind if you are fishing in water over your head and you accidently end up in the water you will need to be able to turn your kayak
right side up and still have room to climb back into your kayak. Any paddle leashes or rod leashes could potentially get in your way? Also these new modern trident kayaks encourage you store all your gear in the rod pod.
If you are unfortunate enough to flip your kayak while the rod pod is open
and you are retrieving your gear you will be in big trouble. You may even
sink your kayak. I highly recommend anyone who has a kayak to carry a
whistle, pump, compass , knife, safety flag and a vhf radio with them. It is also a good idea to wear a drysuit, pfd, and some type of gloves this time of year. These safety accessories may save your life. Also the fish finder, gps, and rod holders need to be placed in a location that still allows you to reenter your kayak after you flip? Also try to kayak with a buddy and make sure someone knows where you are kayaking at.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:24 PM
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Amen dbjpb. A lot of what you've said has been outlined many times in previous posts, but it never gets old. I don't mind reading it again especially this time of year. In fact, it may be new info to someone who's just getting into this hobby. I don't know how many times I've seen pictures of a kayak with rod holders and FF/GPS mounted on the gunwales right around the hip/knee area. The thing is so congested that the only way they could probably enter is by climbing themselves into it from a dock.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:41 PM
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Great point on the rod pod. I've been guilty of not fastening it after access. No more!
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:05 PM
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I found this online. A video gone viral .http://www.kayakanglermag.com/index....ait&Itemid=142
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