Though quiet on the fishing front it was a very thoughtful day I had at sea today. Not including all of the my camping gear and clothing, my load out today was a test run for what I was planning to take to Fraser Isl in our upcoming expedition. Among other things such as camera mount positions, I was also looking closely at fishing gear. Speaking of which, today was the first day I have had to try out an Okuma Salina 3 reel. We're talking high speed... size 16000! This bad boy is going on my Godzilla!
Recently I acquired a pair of Kokatat Tempest waterproof pants, which I've had recommended to me by several members of this site, as well as from Scott Lovig, who has had a lot of feedback from hundreds of satisfied customers. Given that the bulk of his customers reside in Victoria it was hard to ignore this, because getting wet in Victorian waters often means getting cold and thus uncomfortable.
I've reviewed some pretty unique compact camp cooking solutions over the years, most notably among them the Cobb Cooker system and the Vital Survival Stove. Ranking right up alongside these for quality and ingenuity is the Kelly Kettle boiling and cooking system, which I inspected today. These really are a fantastic idea that could be applied to numerous outdoor pursuits, including kayak camping.
Knowing full well how popular i-pads and i-phones are among some of the Modern Kayak Fishing regular readers I couldn't not dedicate a few moments of my time to write about the new TPU cases from Sea to Summit that have been developed specifically for those devices. I've just inspected both models and was every bit as impressed with them as I have been with my other TPU case (used for my Android phone - discussed here).
While GoPro was busy revolutionizing the field of action sports videography it has long been that the rest of the industry has been asleep at the helm. Sony look set to challenge this not-so niche market dominance with their new Action Cam, which should be available later this year. Boasting a lot of similar qualities to the GoPro Hero cams the Sony Action cam should prove to be equally attractive to kayak fishermen.
Leatherman have been showing off their latest innovation in multi-tool design and I'm particularly interested in this One Hand Tool (OHT) model specifically for it's potential kayak fishing applications. Not only have I always been a fan of Leatherman tools, I'm especially fond of models that offer one-hand opening action on the blades. But this tool takes the whole one-hand thing to the next level, by offering one-handed operation of, well, every tool on it (16 in total).
Quite some time ago I found myself admitting that I may have a bit of a glove fetish thing going on, which seems to be evident by the size of my kayaking glove collection. What my collection is missing, however, is a half-finger glove that is equally suitable to hauling and furling on my Hobie Adventure Island as it is to handling fish and fishing hardware. I think I may have just found the missing link there in the Ronstan short-finger glove.