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Stohlquist "Fisherman" PFD

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Stohlquist Fisherman PFD

PFD Make & Model

Brand:
Stohlquist
Model:
Fisherman
MSRP ($):
129.95

Ready and loaded, this new kayak fishing life vest is the ideal PFD for the sit-on-top paddler. Comfort and water safety with all the necessities, close at hand. Put to work, while you play, the Stohlquist "Fisherman" high back life jacket - PFD provides excellent cockpit management with places for the little things that could end up in your seat, or overboard. Ready to load...new features include an array of pockets with anchor-points, front zip entry closure, padded neoprene shoulders, plus new ultra-soft and environmentally friendly Gaia flotation foam.

Features:

  • Open sides for ventilation
  • High-back flotation rides above back rest
  • Adjustable 1-1/2" webbing shoulder and side adjustments
  • Locations for tippets, retractors, nippers, leader, hemostats, pliers

Specs:

  • Colors: Mango, Cactus
  • S/M:     30-42"
  • L/XL:     42-54"
  • Universal:     30-54"

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Works great while crabbing
Works great in the winter
Works great bass fishing
Works great while bow fishing

Editor review

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5.0

Great all around fishing PFD

I’ve used the Stohlquist Fisherman PFD for over 2 years and have nothing but compliments about it.

#1 it is comfortable, if a PFD is not comfortable you will not wear it. The Fisherman has a high back which allows me to sit comfortable in Jackson, Native, Hobie, and Wilderness framed seats. The sides and lower back are vented so you don’t feel like your roasting in an oven when wearing it on a hot summer day.

#2 it’s functional, the two main pockets act as both great storage compartments and a work area. I pack the right pocket full of stuff so don’t us that one as a work area but my left pocket is often used to hold hooks and lures while I’m switching gear out while on the water.

#3 No gripes… that’s right I can’t think of anything negative to say about his PFD. It is a great option for anyone looking to get a PFD that they will actually wear while on the water.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfortable and Functional
Cons:
None that I can think of after 2 years of use
Works great while crabbing
Works great in the winter
Works great bass fishing
Works great while bow fishing
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5.0

Great PFD

I wear this PFD every time i hit the water. Even if I'm only in a foot of water fishing this PFD is as much a gear vest as a floatation device. Clippers, hook file, soft plastics, small jighwads, all kinds of stuff will fit in this guy. I carry a handgun and even it fits nicely in one of the pockets. When I'm on the river and the water is low I have beached my yak and walked a mile upstream wearing this thing simply because it can hold everything i really need to keep fishing for a while. I don't have any legitimate complaints about this jacket. I have the green color and it looks really sharp. Oh yeah and it does function perfectly as a life vest.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Great pockets and access to features
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5.0

Kept all 250+ afloat after slight miscalculation

When the seat in my Predator MX changed positions and dumped me . . . (totally my fault), this PFD kept me floating safely. I actually would have preferred to be able to swim a little better in it, but I'm sure most would agree that if you were incapacitated, it would be better to ensure that you would float. I do wish the pockets were just a little deeper. It doesn't entirely fit my phone inside a dry bag.

User Info

Waters Fished:
Large Lakes
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Works well
Cons:
Pocket is just slightly too small for my phone
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5.0

Excellent Fishing PFD

This will be my 4th or 5th season using this vest. I love it and have no desire to replace it. I love the two chest pockets, sometimes too much I as cram them full of lures and snacks.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Extremely comfortable and easy to don and doff.
Cons:
None
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4.0

Stohlquist Fisherman

I have had this PFD for almost 4 years. It is the first one I purchased. It has held up well to heavy use and is comfortable, with the high back and large arm openings, making paddling easy. I keep my whistle, pliers, knife, vhf radio, keys, fishing license, and extra terminal tackle in it at all times. It has loops and zippered pockets within the pockets and loops on bottom and back to keep everthing organized and easy to get to. You really foget you have it on until summertime.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfortable, lot of pockets.
Cons:
Hot in summer.
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4.0

Nice, functional vest

The Stohlquist Fisherman vest was my second kayaking vest purchase, and I bought it for the pockets and storage that it offered. The Fisherman has very nice front pockets. When you open them up, the pocket covers are rather rigid, and can act as a small work area to hold hooks, split-shot, and pliers.

The high-back of the Fisherman vest is great for back comfort while fishing - it shouldn't bind against the backrest of your kayak seat.

The only issue I really had was wearing the Fisherman in the summertime. There are no air-ducts cut into the front or back of the vest, so I found it to be very hot to wear in the heat of summertime. I guess that is the trade-off for those big pockets in the front.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Zippered pockets, places for tools, high back
Cons:
Lack of airflow can make summertime wear uncomfortable
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