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Tuesday, 29 June 2010 02:00

Kayak Ditch Bag

Written by Rob Dee
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Fishing the inshore saltwater grass flats and passes of the Tampa Bay area may seem easy and harmless, which it can be. Of course I've never been one to just settle for the easy things so I sometimes find myself at the mouth of the Bay grouper fishing in deep water, around Johns Pass or Clearwater Pass, or the always popular Fort Desoto...all of which offers the opportunity to find yourself swept out to sea by an outgoing tide, storm or wind.

ditchbag_closedAs evidenced by my close call at Sand Key I thought I'd share a simple yet important piece of gear that I take with me on every trip out with the kayak. I made mine out of a water tight stuff sack and attached it to my PFD.

Inside, I keep a lightweight First Aid kit, a 20 oz sealed bottle of water, a small survival kit, (small rope, signal mirror, plastic shelter, small headlamp, small muti-tool)and super loud high pitched whistle.

Keep this with you while out on the water. It'll help ease your mind and might even save your life one day.

Read more of Rob's Inane Musings HERE

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# Flakey One 2011-02-16 23:17
Got my first kayak and thought I was all ready to go........never thought of a survival kit. Will get working on it.
# Rjlabrecque 2014-07-04 11:16
Terrific advice. Simple effective pack! I have a small emergency first aid kit with me even just wading in ponds/streams. Just never know...
# MichChef 2014-10-23 10:14
Normally I'll be kayaking on populated lakes, but I can see where this would come in handy when I start making kayak camping trips to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Thanks for the heads up!

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