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Cheap vs. Expensive Equipment for Kayak Angling

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54 mins ago, The Riddler said:

Middle of the road for me too. I wish I told you I leash all my gear because I don't. With that being said I have donated middle of the road stuff once....ok twice. 

Funny thing, I haven't lost a rod out of the yak yet, but I DID accidentally throw a rod in from shore (don't ask how).  Once that thing hit the water, it was gone.  Crashing surf off the rocks, water where it fell in was only 4 or 5 ft deep and super clear.  Could not find it at all.  Luckily it was a cheaper rig.

 

Now I probably jinxed myself...:banghd:

Edited by Skunkoff

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I do not tether because im always moving rods around the holders. Only thing that i tether is my mirage drive. I just don't bring anything im not prepared to loose. I lost 2 combos in 8 years and neither was expensive. 

 

For surf landings and sometimes launches i stow my reels, FF, gear boxes in a large dry bag that i strap to the kayak. I strap the rods to the side of the yak incase i flip.

 

I did watch my buddy lose over 2k worth of gear on his first (and last) surf launch. 

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55 mins ago, odiemike86 said:

I do not tether because im always moving rods around the holders.

I do too, that's why the butt buoy system works so well. 

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3 hours ago, odiemike86 said:

I'm going to give that a try this year. How do you attach the line to the rod butt?

I heat seal the end of the rope well, then put a ~1.5" round head SS sheet metal screw with a SS washer through the rope an inch or so from the end into a piloted hole in the rod butt. Never been too clear to me what's in there, but it holds.  On the pool noodle end I cut a big washer out of polyethylene or polypropylene, the top of a takeout container would do. Just stick it through and knot it.

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There are durable, light, high performance rods out there and they have been for decades and they are not rediculously expensive. United Composites. Have never had a failure with any of my saltwater, fly rod, or freshwater rods, youngest one is 15+ years old.

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Ugly stick and a 712 with a backup of the same stored below deck.

 

No floats. Tryed it and didnt like the ergonomics.

 

No leashes. When I go over, the less lines/cordage,the better. 

 

I have tested my Scotty rod holder during a capsize. It held the rod fine and didn't add any significant drag when righting my boat. If it gets in the way during a real emergency, a quick yank and let it sink. Same goes for the rest of my fishing gear.

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