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Kayalu Kayalite Product Review

Kayaklu is a small company based out of Cambridge, MA and made entirely in the US.  They offer a wide variety of kayak fishing products, including an 18″ light called the Kayalite.  I recently had a chance to use and review the Kayalite – and came away very impressed. My initial reaction was that it looked gimmicky…but then I started to look a little closer.  The concept was simple.  You […]

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Silent Traction System – STS

The Silent Traction System does exactly what its name says.  It provides a sound dampener as well as added traction anywhere you want it on your kayak.  The self adhesive system is easy for any DIYer to install on most boats (more on that soon). I have it on (2) Jackson Coosas, (1) Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120, (1) Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160, (2) Hobie Pro Anglers, and (1) Hobie Revolution […]

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REVIEW: Doug Hannon WaveSpin DH3000 Reel

This review started with the purchase of this spinning reel on 7/3/11. I bought a spinning reel for throwing weightless worms and drop shotting for bass.  After fishing with the reel for almost a month a terrible thing happened.  I was out in my kayak, fishing at my local lake when I heard a “kerplunk”. As I turned to see what had made the noise I saw my new rod […]

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Surf to Summit Dry Bags

Dry Bag (Medium and Small) Manufacturer: Surf to Summit MSRP: $18.99, $20.99, $23.99 Surf to Summit may be known for their top of the line kayak seats, but they also make dry bags (among many other kayaking accessories). Their dry bags come in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large. All of which are available at HOOK 1. This summer I put the Small and Medium sized bags through their paces […]

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Mad Frog Liberator Mini

Manufacturer: Mad Frog Gear Manufacturer Part No: MiniL MSRP: $34.99 I use the Mad Frog Liberator Mini on several kayaks to deploy my transducer. I had seen this product for a while, but didn’t think it would work like I wanted it to so I hesitated on buying it. I ended up buying one on a whim, and installed it in minutes (5-10). I took it on the water and […]

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Sea-Dog SD Cable Outlet

Manufacturer: Sea-Dog Manufacturer Part No: SD Cable MSRP: 8.99 The Sea Dog Cable Outlet is a good plug to use to power your 12 volt electronics. I use them for powering my fish finders. I recommend using dielectric grease on the brass connections, and 16-18AWG stranded wire. I also recommend applying a coat of Goop or Lexell to seal the plug to the hull of the kayak the ensure no water enters the hull, […]

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GEAR REVIEW: Yak Catch Fish Bag

As a conservation minded angler, I now release the vast majority of the keepable fish I catch.  But sometimes I target a species that isn’t being overfished nor in serious decline.  Plus, there’s always something special about harvesting food for yourself and/or your family (as long it’s done responsibly). For a while I just put the fish I caught on a stringer and tied it off to the side of […]