When it comes to gearing up for kayak fishing, you really only need a few essential items such as your paddle,PFD, rod holders, a paddle leash and an anchor. But, when your fishing adventures become more numerous and you find yourself hitting your favorite fishing spots earlier and for a longer period of time, so will the need for more specialized kayak fishing gear. Check out this gear guide for some suggestions. - Roland @ACK
Typically when people find themselves in the great outdoors, most never think that anything could possibly go wrong. I mean most places we go are on well traveled trails right?
Let me paint a scenario for you. Say you are an avid outdoors photographer traveling to a state park to shoot pictures of wildlife in its natural environment. These state parks can encompass tens of thousands of acres and are usually crisscrossed with hundreds of trails. You pick your trail and set off in search for that perfect picture. Now anyone can take photos on the trail of random animals that they see, but you want to get into those animals environment and get some really good shots, so you decide to stray off the trail. In your search you become so engulfed in your surroundings that you forget exactly how far off the trail you have become, or even what direction the trail is in. You suddenly come to the realization that you are lost with nothing on you but maybe a bottle of water and your camera equipment. Now what are you going to do?
This type of situation happens all the time in the outdoors all over the country and unfortunately many of these scenarios do not end pretty for the lost person because they are ill prepared to handle a survival situation. For this sole reason, no matter where I go in the outdoors or what I am doing while I am there, you will not find me without some sort of survival gear.
Just as important as portable packs for the wilderness are those that provide emergency preparedness in any situation. These kits for your car or home will help you endure through multiple weeks of a disaster situation with things like matches, food rations, compact sleeping bags, water filtration and much more. We also carry items like Emergency Water, Food Rations, standalone fuel InstaFire and plenty of other disaster preparedness items that would make great supplements to any camping, emergency or survival kit.
I was recently reminded of how important it is to have the proper gear for a safe and enjoyable paddling adventure. A customer came into our San Marcos location with an amazing story of survival. While enjoying her usual kayaking route off the Texas coast, she found herself stranded in deep water. Her boat hit an object under the surface causing her to flip. Her PFD was hooked to the stern of the boat so she had to swim underwater to grab it and put it on. While she was struggling to put her PFD on, she lost both her paddle and rod. She endured six hours in the open water before she was finally rescued at 2 a.m.
I learned of all this when she came by our store to buy a new Hobie Mirage Sport. This experience also led her to purchase a few other items to ensure her safety on future voyages. To replace her current PFD, which she never wore because it was too uncomfortable, she purchased the MTI Helios Inflatable PFD. The Helios PFD offers a low profile that sits loosely around the neck and chest. It instantly inflates when you pull on the tab. Now she has no excuse not to wear a PFD and based on her experience, I’m now sure she will always wear it.
In addition she purchased a paddle leash and a rod leash. For less than thirty bucks she can be sure that she will never see $400 worth of gear sink or float away ever again.
She did have glow sticks but as a replacement she purchased the Pelican Mini Flasher LED Light which can be clipped to your hat or PFD. The light simply turns on with a twist and burns up to 120 hours and is completely submersible.
Let this short story be a reminder to all about how important it is to use your PFD and carry a few extra items that will ensure your safety. With simple precautions paddling is an extremely safe activity, but it is always best to be prepared for the worst. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot. When you visit any one of our stores or contact one of our customer service representatives, we’ll be happy to guide you on the gear you need for a safe and enjoyable paddling adventure.