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The Versatile Garden Sprayer

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The Versatile Garden Sprayer Photograph by Rob Choi

If you fish from a kayak, then your gear is going to get wet. It's just the way it is. The mere fact that we are just inches above the water makes it near impossible for our gear not to get wet. Whether it's simply the drip from your paddle, to your hands, on to your reel, or from the splash and/or handling of a fish, to even dunking your reel by accident.... it is inevitable.

And if you fish the salt, like I do, it is of the utmost importance that you rinse your gear promptly after you get off the water. Through the years I have ruined more equipment by failing to do just that. It could have been just laziness or simply just fatigue from paddling/fishing all day, regardless it was getting expensive. As I accumulated nicer equipment, I realized that no matter how awesome the rods and reels were, if I didn't maintain them, they would turn to crap just like my old stuff.

 

Upon accepting this simple nature of the game I kept about a dozen used water bottles in my car filled with tap water so I can pour it on my gear while packing up the car at the end of a trip. I didn't want to wait until I got home because sometimes it would take quite a while before I got back or I might not be headed straight home. After using the bottles for most of last year, I got tired of empty ones rattling around in my car, not to mention having to refill them all constantly. So when the light bulb came on I was like "Duh, why didn't I think of this sooner?"

Fishing rod spray down.

I've been using a garden sprayer for several months now and it's getting the job done well. I found a small one gallon sprayer at the hardware store for around $10. I don't have to fill it up as often since I'm able to focus the spray on exactly where I want instead of dumping water all over. Also, it doesn't take up too much room in my little hatchback. I don't even take it out unless I have to fill it up. It stays bungee tied inside and all I have to do is pump a few times for pressurized fresh water. The adjustable nozzle is great for my rods, reels, radio, various tools... anything sensitive to rust or corrosion. It even comes in handy to wash off sand on your shoes, feet, hands, sunglasses, whatever. I will still take apart, clean, oil and lube my reels once or twice a year, but in the mean time my garden sprayer will help.



About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia and a Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com. He has earned a reputation among the locals as the fish junkie with reckless abandon to logic, time, and societal norms in his pursuit for the "tug that is the drug".  He shares his love of the sport through his blog www.angling-addict.com.

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Rob Choi

About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from Richmond, VA and although he lives close to the mighty James River, he frequents the Chesapeake Bay more often. His addiction to the salt has earned him a reputation among the locals as the fish junkie with reckless abandon to logic, time, and societal norms in his pursuit for the “tug that is the drug”. What he lacks in long term experience, he makes up in his passionate dedication to the sport now. He shares his love of the sport through his blog, www.angling-addict.com, as well as being a prostaff member at Ocean Kayak, Maui Jim Sunglasses, YakAngler.com, YakAttack, Werner Paddles, and crew member of HOOK 1 and Kayak Bass Fishing.

Website: www.angling-addict.com

Comments  

 
# Hammerhead 2011-04-04 20:20
Great idea! Thanks for sharing, that will be great for multi-day trips and tournaments.
 
 
# robchoi 2011-04-05 16:47
Thanks Hammerhead!
 
 
# jmpurser 2012-01-21 02:10
That is freakin' brilliant!
 
 
# Deckape 2012-08-16 07:53
I wish I found this spectacular tip sooner! But later is better than never! Thanks Rob
 

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