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Friday, 30 July 2010 01:00

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The first booth I stopped at when I walked in the doors to ICAST was one that I returned to at least twice a day for the rest of the show.  Precision-Pak manufactures a variety of fishing gear organization products, and many of those are made just for kayaks and kayak anglers.

_MG_7783To begin with, Precision-Pak takes the standard kayak angler's milkcrate and bumps it up a knotch.  The CRatePak is designed to fit around your milkcrate.  A Velcro cover allows for easy access to your tackle and items inside the CRatePak.  The cover also features a handy map pocket.  Have a rod holder inside your crate now? Get rid of it and free up some space for more gear! The CRatePak includes 3 rod holders on the outside of the pack.  You also get a sternlight mount spot that works well with the YakAttack Visipole, and even works with the new Visipole Carbon.  Most DIY sternlights will fit as well.  Also on the outside is a variety of pockets.  The CRatePak can be secured by the four attached D-Rings, and also is outfitted for a shoulder carry strap to make hauling your gear from car to kayak a bit easier.  With a MSRP under $50, this is one of the least espensive things you could buy for outfitting your kayak.

_MG_7789If the CRatePak just won't cut it for you, the new CratePak-Max might just suit your fancy.  Constructed from the same rugged 600D water resistant ripstop fabric found on the CRatePak, the CratePak-Max does not require the use of a milkcrate. Instead, the CratePak-Max has its own sturdy padded sidewalls complete with carry handles and shoulder strap.  The bottom features quick draining, and non-corroding plastic grommets.  Outside you'll find the trio of rod holders again, the stern light attachment, several larger pockets for storing gear/tools, D-Rings for securing your kayak and other accessories, and reflective piping for added visibility. Seems Precision-Pak has thought of just about everything!  On the inside of the CratePak-Max you'll find a cavernous interior that will stow away several large tacle trays - two of which are included! You'll also find the CratePak-Max also comes with a six-can cooler to keep your beverage chilled.

yakcatch_inyakSo, if the CratePak-Max has your beverage cool, what about dinner? One of Precision-Pak three sizes of YakCatch Insulated Bags should take care of that!  These bags are made strong from UV protected nylon and feature closed-cell foam and PEVA insulation.  These work great up on the bow of your kayak - especially if you don't need into your front hatch after you've set out on the water.  If you'd like, though, you can easily mount in the tankwell though.  The YakCatch offers two ways to access the interior.  You can go right through the top via the long center velcro opening if the YakCatch is behind you.  With the catch bag infront of you, access is simplified with the zipper and velcro end.  Just open and slid the fish in!  On the inside, other than the great insulation, is a PVC dry-bag the same size as the YakCatch.  This keeps the grime off the YakCatch, and inside the easily washable PVC bag. Their smallest bag is great for rainbow trout. The medium is the answer for those of you chasing Reds.  I'll take the large for our Chinook salmon!

31DNp9VJDLL._SL500_AA300_Finally, Precision-Pak also introduced the Pluto Lightweight splash jacket.  Made of nylon with 2.5mm breathable PU lamination printed with Dupont Teflon, the Pluto Lightwight is going to shed the rain and spray without hesitation.  Because it's a lighter jacket, it's great for those days when the sun peaks out between rain clouds, or when its just warm enough not to require all the layering. The Pluto Lightweight features neoprene cuffs to keep the water out.

Precision-Pak definitely has a ton of gear for kayak anglers.  The rest of their lineup includes other gear bags like the YakMates, rod and reel storage cases, paddling gloves, several spash tops and splash pants, and more.  Their prices are very reasonable too! I urge you to check out their website at www.precision-pak.com and check out their line up.  While you're at their site you can find links for vendors in your area.



Last modified on Friday, 24 December 2010 15:26
Isaac Miller

About the Author: Isaac Miller considers himself an "equal opportunity angler" and will fish anything that will take a hook. Isaac often makes live internet video broadcasts when fishing from his kayaks, giving up-to-the-second reports on conditions and tackle choices. He also blogs at www.isaac-online.com and is a YakAngler.com Pro Staffer as well as Co-Host for Kayak Fishing Radio's Wild West show, PR Director for Recycled Fish, and co-owner of Green Tackle.

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