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Waterproofing Connectors

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Water, salt, dirt, and corrosion are the worst components for damaging your cable connectors. Unlike a motor boat where the cable connectors are typically protected from most of the harsh weather conditions, kayaks are completely exposed. Taking salty waves over our bows landing on sandy beaches and constantly getting rained on are routine. For a minimal cost you can protect your cable connectors to obtain the maximum lifespan out of these expensive cables.

When your electronics are connected, there’s usually no issue. The screw connections on the back of the depthfinder or GPS are designed to be watertight. But what about the times you leave the powered gear home and go it by instinct alone? The solution is simple: dielectric grease, and rubber caps that are designed to protect the protruding end of a nut and bolt.

The result is a water-tight protected cable plug. You should still be careful to keep it from getting into sand or other debris. The grease is sticky, and adding grit can make a pretty big mess.

You can find these screw protectors at your local hardware store. They come in different sizes, so measure the cable end you would like to protect prior to purchasing.

Adding a small dab of dielectric grease on the contacts of the female plug, then placing the cap over it, adds even more protection. This tip should prevent corrosion and extend the life of your electronics cables.

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Matthew Trucks

To introduce myself my name is Matt. Born and raised in New Jersey. Have been fishing since I was a young boy with my father on his boat the I’m Gone. Over the years he taught me much about fishing and the skills for catching fish. In my 30′s now I still use the techniques he taught me plus ones i have learned from experience and friends.

In 2008 I sold my 20 foot Wellcraft boat. That winter was looking for another boat when I stumbled on kayaks. The sit on top style for which i had never seen before. At this point in time I had yet to ever see any kayak anglers fishing Raritan Bay. With enough information and searching online for a used kayak I came across my first kayak. It was a Perception Caster 12.5. I decided to purchase a used boat to see if it was possible to fish off of a small platform like a kayak. It took a few days of fishing before the boat was rigged to my liking. Added a fish finder a rudder and rod holders to where I wanted them. Also added an anchor trolley.  Since then I have been fishing for many species of fish including Striped Bass, Fluke, Weakfish, and Black Fish. Sometimes I will fish the low sodium but more often im fishing the bays and back salty rivers.

In 2010 I was voted onto the East Coast Kayak Fishing Team. Great times with the guys from the team. We typically get together at the Jamaica Bay kayak fishing classic as most members are from New York and New Jersey. Honestly we should get the whole team together at the Elks Fluke Tournament. It would be a blast!

In March of 2012 I was accepted to be a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team! As being a knowledgeable and skilled kayak angler also from falling in love with the new Jackson Kayak Cuda 14. Jackson Kayaks has revolutionized fishing kayaks with its extensive fishing line of boats. Both innovative and geared toward the angler Jackson kayaks have become a top of the line fishing kayak brand. I am proud to be a member of their fishing team for a third year!

In 2012 I also helped organize the Elks Fluke Tournament Kayak Division. The 5th annual and first to benefit Heroes on the Water. Although the weather did not cooperate it was still a great time to fish with fellow anglers. Again in 2013 i helped as part of the tournament committee. The weather in 2013 was spot on perfect!

Also in January 2013 I accepted a leadership team position within Heroes on the Water New Jersey chapter. The leadership team is composed of volunteers whom devote time towards all behind the scenes planning and management. A majority of the planning and organization is completed by the leadership team.  I was fortunate to join 9 other LT members whom work to provide events for wounded Unites States veterans to come kayak with a fishing guide. Please see the Chapters website for more information about volunteering or donating towards the program at http://heroesonthewater.org/chapters/new-jersey-chapter/

If you are new to the sport and have any questions for me also please feel free to email me Matt [at] ThePlasticHull.net or comment on my posts here. I am glad to help anyone and love to meet people new and or interested in the sport of Kayak Fishing.

So i hope you enjoyed my introduction. Please feel free to PM me with any questuons and enjoy your time on Yak Angler!


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# Bob Strempek 2015-04-01 20:45
Good info, the last dozen or so times n the water i went without the FF, I know the water so no need. Yeah my FF connection is flopping around in my side pouch, I need these. Thanks man for the nice article.

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