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Andy B

I need to confess

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I learned THE lesson today. I dumped my kayak and lost about $1250 bucks in gear, including my brand new/used once Avet reel and matching rod. What a waste. And to make things even worse, I lost my camera too, which had some really important pictures on it from this weekend. Now I know what it feels like for all those people that lose their cameras on vacation. I feel stupid and embarrassed.

 

Just before I dumped, I caught a really nice 20.5" Seabass. I let him go but I was looking forward to posting a pic of him.

 

No need to respond. I just needed to admit this outloud so I could try to get over it. :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

 

Thanks for listening.

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Looks like guys named Andy haven't had any luck with their gear this week.

The other Andy broke his VanStaal rod.

I don't think anyone is gonna beat up on you.

I fish with some pretty expensive gear and have leashes all over my yaks. I don't care if it looks dumb.

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Sorry to hear about your losses. You need to leash your stuff down just in case but I think you know that now. Mine had a leash but it wouldn't have mattered either way. Some things just happen.

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After over 10 years of kayak fishing and years of preaching, "leash it or lose it" here, I lost my camera on the Flats this spring. I even said to myself I should get another leash out...

 

I feel you pain and have nothing to say that you don't already know.

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Most of us have dropped something over the side, and many of us have dumped a yak. Spend enough time on a yak and you or your gear will go in. Forget all of the ifs, paddle, or peddle forward and cover ALL your bases next time out.

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Andy the main thing is you are around to post what happened to you.Thank God for that.

I don't use very hi $ gear but i have rod floats on my rods and other gear.. Only leash I use is for my paddle.I'm afraid of getting caught in one of the leashes when I dump. Notice i said when not if.

Sorry it happened to you.

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Dude that sucks ... No your not the only one.

 

For the investment we put into gear its surprising how many of use don't buy a leash or make our own. Aside from the bait cooler and a small box of soft plastics/tubes in my crate for easy access everything of value is leashed in some fashion. Learned that lesson early on when a set up went over the side in a lake the first summer i had the yak. Luckily it hung there suspended just long enough to grab again.

 

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I don't use leashes because I don't want to get tangled up in them if/when I dump my kayak. When I upgrade from my low end sit inside kayak to a nice sit on top I'll probably store most of my gear inside. Then again If I lost my rods I'd only lose about $100, I only have one decent rod and reel.

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Entanglement is a possibility .. I have some titanium Lure Saver split rings laying around I may add them to the lanyard. They should hold if somethings dropped over board or in a roll over but can be pull away in a tangle.

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First time out this year I got out to stretch my legs, the kayak was parked back end slanted down to the water and when I got back in it took off like a ship being launched and being suprised I rolled right over in the ice cold water.Luckily my husband was there and I was quickly pulled out and dryed off'd. It is always amazing how FAST things happen.

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I leash my rods and keep all my other stuff in a dry bag that is also leashed when surf launching. In back, I use a crate with a top that is also secured. After losing and breaking some gear, I'm a lot more careful.

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What a bummer.

I've been lucky. In the past 10 or 12 years I finally dumped it last year. Stupid me in a hurry to get in the yak and over it went. Only had one rod with me since I was doing a float trip on the creek. More hassle than it's worth with the trees. Probably would have broke the second rod if it was in the boat because I usually have a cord around the spare. The rest of the stuff I just picked up since the water was only a couple of feet deep.

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I've used a bunch of dog leases ... work good and cheap... and all ways have a spare for the dog.. :)

however I dont ALLWAYS use em.... I need to.... thanks for the heads-up

 

the loop end goes on the crate or something.. and with a zip tie.. I create a little loop on the rod to hook on too with the spring loaded end.

 

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