Keeping it Dry – Best Dry Bags for Kayaking

Keeping gear dry is essential for a great day on the water and it is important to choose a reputable brand when you start your search for the best dry bag. The market is flooded with dry bags and what it comes down to is if you need just a splash proof bag or one that can handle going over the falls. Don’t be the guy that ends up in a wet sleeping bag, with a ruined phone, eating soggy trail mix.

Best Kayak Fishing Anchors

When I first started kayaking I was one of those people that would use anything heavy as a kayak anchor. I brought along old dumbbells, cinder blocks, metal plates, rocks, you name it. It was only over time I realized that an anchor doesn’t have to be heavy to do a good job. In fact the best anchor is going to be light enough not to weigh you down, but heavy enough to keep you securely in place.

NRS Chinook Life Jacket

NRS has just released a new version of their already wildly popular Chinook vest for fishermen. When I say new what I mean is they released new colors because the vest is the exact same as it was before. This isn’t a bad thing however, since it’s hard to improve on something that is already great. The Chinook is packed full of features for kayak anglers and it is so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing it.

TRAC Portable Aerator

Portable aerators are exactly what you need to keep bait alive. They provide water-flow and oxygen into your bait tank and help everything stay lively to attract more fish. Most portable aerators on the market are actually bubblers which provide oxygen in the water but don’t actually create flow. The cool thing about the Trac aerator is that it can provide flow or spray water across the surface.

CreekKooler Portable Kayak Cooler

Often times I get to review products that are all competing against each other and the only differentiation is a new feature, color, or technology. That’s why it is awesome when a product like the CreekKooler comes along and it’s so different from what you would normally see that it’s just a blast to test out. I’ve seen floating coolers before but they have all been inflatable and not nearly this durable.

Plano Zipperless Z-Series Tackle Backpack

I never wanted to use a backpack for saltwater fishing because they aren’t usually waterproof and salt water quickly deteriorates the zippers if you don’t wash it down immediately. Plano has come up with a quick access zipperless tackle backpack that is great for gear storage and keeps you visible when wading through the backwater.

C-TUG Ultimate Kayak Cart

C-Tug Kayak Cart

C-TUG makes one of the higher end kayak carts available and their design is definitely different than the normal metal tube frame with rubber tires found on most carts. The neon green pads and slick black frame really makes it stand out and it just looks like a solid cart all around. I had the chance to run this cart down some rocks, steps, and slopes with a 13′ kayak – see how it handles.

Scotty Rod Mounts

Kayak rod mounting systems on the market today are excellent and there are a wide variety to choose from due the increasing popularity of kayak fishing. A few things to look for are rigidity, adjustability, and accessibility when it comes to a holder for fishing rods. Scotty mounts consistently deliver on all three of these, and they have excellent bases that keep the rod holders very secure.

Assault Hand Paddle Review

Assualt Hand Kayak Paddle

It’s always fun working with smaller companies who have come up with a great fishing tool, and Backwater Paddles has done exactly that. The Assault Hand Paddle concept is simple – a paddle you can use with one hand that’s sturdy as a rock. The team at Backwater Paddle Company kept kayak anglers in mind when designing this hand paddle.

Rapala Scatter Rap Deep Husky Jerk Lure

Rapala Scatter Rap Deep Husky Jerk

Rapala has added a scatter rap lip to the Husky Jerk lure which now gives it more erratic action. It is supposed to have a built-in triggering mechanism that adds a revolutionary evasive action perfect for casting or trolling. The lip should make this lure unpredictable in it’s swim pattern and let it change direction quickly and randomly on either a fast or slow retrieve.