The Kokatat T3 Super Nova Angler Semi Drysuit is about as safe as comfort can get. With a neck seal made of neoprene, it can only be considered a semi-dry suit. Testers have reported just about an ounce of water seeping past this seal. But, since the neck seal is not rubber, it is much more comfortable for most users. The neoprene is much easier on circulation, and can easily be vented to help let heat escape. The Angler suit is also more durable than its non-angler cousins thanks to Cordura® reinforcement patches on the knees, seat, elbows. The Super Nova Angler also features a relieve zipper, front entry, and built-in waterproof socks.
The Bass Pro Shops XPS Lazer Eye crank bait has been my 2010 lure of the year. Granted, the Lazer Eyes have been around for a few years, so this isn't a new bait, but it was new for me. I picked this up on a whim while visting a BPS store for the first time in my life. The FireCraw pattern I picked out proved an immediate success at the Lake Harding tournament of the Georgia Kayak Tournament Trail, and I've picked up many other fish on this lure ever since. Striped bass, smallmouth, largemouth, walleye and even rainbow trout have been brought to my kayak on this single lure I bought back in March. The one bait gave me an awesome 18 smallmouth day on the Willamette.
2010 brought us a new kayak I've been lusting over since I first saw it. Diablo Paddlesports Chupacabra is a dreamboat if you like standing up to sight or fly fish from a kayak. At 10.5' long and just over 3' wide, this kayak is crazy stable and can heft quite the payload. The ABS construction helps keep the weight down, and creates a smooth surface for suction-cup style mounts like some you can find from RAM mounts. The Chupacabra loans much of the same features of its bigger brother, the Adios, and you will find it very suitable for your fishing needs. I just wish I can convince the wife that I'd rather have it than her kayak...
Kayaks, by their low-to-the-water sleak nature can be hard to see, no matter how bright your kayak is. Safety is a primary concern. The YakAttack Visipole features a light weight mast with LED light and safety flag. New for 2010 was the Visipole Carbon. Even lighter than the original, it also featured a flag that acted as a storage pouch for the carbon fiber folding mast. The Visipole is also equipped it a couple different mounting options. I've been told many times by power boaters that my Visipole is the single best thing they've ever seen about my kayak.
Boomerang Tool's caught my eye at ICAST this year and I fell in love. Their built in retractable lanyard just spells kayak fishing to me. Clip it within reach, and never worry about losing it. I loved my 201C pliers, and still miss them every day I fished since they were stolen. I'm also eagerly awaiting their blunt tip safety knife. Fly anglers will love their line snips too!
The product I can't stop talking enough about is Bioline. I've been using Bioline for a couple years now and love it with a passion. Unlike typical monofiliments, Bioline will biodegrade in about 5 years - a far cry faster than the 600 years most lines will take. We all snag up at some point, I feel better knowing that the line I leave behind will not be around long.
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