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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 00:00

Securing Small Items and Tools

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Each time you rig a kayak, there are new products and ideas that could be implemented to help make your human-powered watercraft catch fish - or so we think. The word that always comes to my mind when making rigging decisions is “convenience”.

I like to carry small multitools or knives. These items either get buried in my pockets, or work their way out to around behind my seat, or fall through a scupper hole. I like to put one in each kayak, along with line cutters and my GoPro remote, and keep them within quick reach. Add pliers, lippers, and several other small tools that you may use while fishing, and your kayak can become an disorganized mess.

I first used tethers often used for fishing rods and kayak paddles. I even bought some telephone cords to make my own tethers. Having more than one or two will eventually create a tangled mess inside your already limited space. When practicing catch and release, limiting the amount of clutter in your kayak aids in the quick and easy release.

I wanted to reduce the time it takes to retrieve my tools and avoiding the tangled mass of tethers and lines, especially when fishing in a tournament. Having everything within reach is important when I’m on a school of fish.

There are several manufacturers that make retractable devices that aid in keeping your kayak organized: Gear Keeper, Hobie, and the Boomerang Tool Company are only a few. Both Gear Keeper, and Hobie retracting tethers come in different sizes and retractable lengths.

I had a collection of these in my garage and decided to attach one to one of my knives. I liked how convenient it was and decided to add retractors to my snips and my remote. I am sure there are many other applications for retractable devices.

Most kayaks will have places to mount the retracting tethers. To make it even easier, you can attach a carabiner that could hold multiple retractors. With most of my small tools attached to my kayaks, I never have the frustrating experience of searching for them.

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Richard Ofner

Richard Ofner started fishing in the fall of 2008 from a kayak, targeting all freshwater species. He has fished all over the Great Lakes Region from Lake Michigan, Lake Superior to the French River,  and Bay of Quinte in Eastern Ontario. Taking advantage of all the opportunities Southwestern Ontario has to offer, Richard seeks out trophy Muskie, Walleye and Bass which can all be caught minutes away from where he lives.  The last few years Richard has ventured into Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas participating in several Kayak Fishing Tournaments.

He has organized the Border City Classic, in Windsor, Ontario which has grown to become one of  the Great Lakes Region’s largest Kayak Fishing Events. It is also one of the Hobie World Qualifiers since 2014. 

During the winter months where he can't get on the water he will do seminars, work fishing and boat shows, and write for blogs to help promote the areas vast resource of fishing opportunities and helping others to discover the sport of kayak fishing. Taking videos and pictures on the water of other people fishing in kayaks has also expanded into his kayak fishing experience.  
As a Hobie Fishing Team Member you may see Richard out in one of his Mirage Driven Kayaks mainly targeting Walleye, Bass, and Muskie, and will travel a few hours to target Salmon, Trout, and Sturgeon.



# onefastrph 2015-11-22 19:18
I use retractors for some items but also like to use elastic toggle balls (in the tarp section of most home improvement centers). Put a deck eye on your yak, run the bungee from the toggle ball thru the deck eye then use a Nite-Ize S-biner to attach whatever it is you don't want to lose.
# willhack 2015-12-05 09:21
Save even more space, and attach lighter items like clippers and forceps to retractable cords that can be pinned to your vest fly-fishing style, or attach them to a lanyard around your neck. I always use a breakaway lanyard to avoid any choking risk if I ditch.
# Racerx 2018-08-12 10:34
What I use are retractable badge lanyards that I picked up at Staples. They have a clip similar to the ones shown in the article built into the body of the lanyard, and I think I picked up a pack of 4 or 5 for less than $10. Much cheaper option. I use them for my pliers, a nail clipper, and a pair of stainless clippers for cutting braid, plus I just clip them to my tackle backpack when I'm bank fishing.

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