I recently got a chance to go on a late night fishing trip. I was particularly excited because this was going to be a great opportunity for me to test out some new equipment that I had purchased for my kayak.

As usual the weather conditions were not predicted correctly. Instead of 5-10 mph winds we had the pleasure of experiencing 15-25 mph winds. This made for difficult paddling with strong currents and a nasty head wind when it was time to return to our launch point. Those same strong currents required that I safely secure my kayak while trying to cast my lines so I went ahead and deployed my Bruce Claw anchor. It was a good choice because of its ability to be retrieved quickly and easily in case it became hung up on the bottom. And as you can imagine, this was important that night because of the strong currents and the amount of crushed rock piles we were fishing over.

That same night, I got to test drive my new fishfinder, the Humminbird 385ci. This unit proved to be really handy at night because of its ability to locate bottom structure and depth as well as being able to plot points on a map. The GPS effectively allows me to mark waypoints, paths traveled and gives me the option to zoom in on a map to get a better idea of where I am or where I wanted to go — perfect for night fishing. The combination of depth and structure had to be just right or we’d never find the fish. Lucky for us, the Humminbird 385ci helped us out tremendously and we were all able to catch our limits of Trout even got a bonus Redfish to boot!

As a kayak angler, I personally recommend these products especially if you plan to find yourselves in the same type of conditions. Give them try and good luck!