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Saturday, 02 August 2014 20:11

Leash it!!!

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Leash it!!! Chris Funk

We have all heard about folks losing gear to the water gods.  Whether by accidentally dropping it or even turtling your yak. Everyone pays a price at some point.  Since I started kayak fishing 3 years ago I was worried about losing my gear and money sinking down into the abyss so I started leashing almost everything or making sure it floats.  I am extremely happy that I did that, because I finally turtled my kayak in a rapid.  In 2 short, extremely fast seconds, I was riding high and then swimming trying to save my gear.  Chris Funk was surprisingly fast and caught this great image!  Thankfully my gear was stored in my crate but as I righted my kayak my crate lid opened up and my gear started to come out.  I grabbed everything that I could see, most which floated, but lost two boxs.  All my jigs and spinners sank fast.  Thankfully, since my rods and crate were leashed they stayed on the yak and my measuring board and water bottle floated.  But remember folks, you never know when it’ll happen.  Whether from a rapid, a boat wake, or a quick movement on your part you are bound to eventually go for a swim.  Dress for it and leash your gear!


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Spencer Jones

Although starting to kayak fish in the summer of 2012 Spencer has fished since he was a kid.  He fishes everything from small creeks to large lakes mainly targeting large and smallmouth bass, northerns, and anything he can convince to bite the hook.  When he is not on the water he teaches choir at a middle and high school and teaches private piano lessons, and composes music. Spencer also loves working out and helping folks get healthy and fit!  He lives in Neenah with his lovely wife, 2 dogs, and 4 cats.

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# marsh_life 2014-08-02 20:55
Was Chris quick or was it a setup? :lol:
# smj190 2014-08-02 22:36
Hahaha! A little of both. I waited until he got his camera ready but wasn't planning on turtling!
+1 # Scott Rispaud 2014-10-01 12:01
I fish a lot of tournaments, mostly saltwater and most of them in the Atlantic. Leashing everything and attaching floats to the items that need it, is a must. When it comes to my tackle boxes, I use waterproof from Plano but, I have attached pad eye hooks to the sides of my gear crate so a bungee can cross over them and keep them safe as well. The waterproof boxes also hold enough air to keep them afloat.

Tight lines.

Kayak Kowboy
+1 # Scott Rispaud 2014-10-01 12:29
As an Atlantic Ocean fisherman, I tether everything and if its not tethered, it has a float. Maybe try putting pad eyes on the inside side wall of your crate for bungee cords that go over the top of you lure boxes. Also consider the waterproof boxes as they trap air and will float if you go "turtling"
# smj190 2014-12-14 00:07
Since this experience I have tethered my crate to the kayak and used water proof boxes for my heavier lures.
+1 # MichChef 2014-10-27 20:44
The day I bought my yak I bought a paddle leash knowing that I never wanted to be separated from my paddle. I've yet to go out fishing in it, but plan on many trips this Spring and Summer and I'm taking your advice to heart. Everything in my yak will be glued, screwed or bungeed. Thanks for the advice.
+1 # basscatlildave 2014-12-09 16:06
Good read I have turtled for no reason

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