STORM 360GT SEARCHBAIT

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Looking to try an awesome new bait that can be used to catch fish anywhere? Storm recently announced the 360 GT Searchbait that has fish biting everywhere.The slick new baits are designed to be fished virtually all over the world in any body of water. The Searchbait combines an irresistible action to fish with natural color patterns found around the globe. They are precisely accented for performance and come in different size and glitter patterns for the ultimate presentation.

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Top pros in the industry are already raving about this slick new bait. “A searchbait is a lure designed to be retrieved horizontally, imparting fish-attracting action over a large area in which fish have many places to hide,” explains legendary Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame angler Al Lindner. “You basically cast and retrieve the bait to cover lots of water and when you find fish, it allows you to slow down your presentation to make the most of your opportunities. That’s what fishing a searchbait is all about.”

“I’m always looking for a searchbait that I can throw out there that looks realistic and can cover a lot of water,” says Jacob Wheeler, winner of FLW’s 2012 championship tournament. “The 360GT Searchbait does just that with an amazing, lifelike action. It’s crazy — this bait is in a league all its own.”

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The Storm 360GT Searchbait is the perfect confidence lure, it was specifically designed to be fished anywhere by anglers of all skill levels — from kids and novices to the world’s most elite pro anglers. 

For more information visit www.RAPALA.com and click on the Storm tab.

 

 

 

 

Fishing With The iBobber: Castable Bluetooth Fishfinder

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Ever wonder what it would be like to see what’s directly beneath your cast? Traditional fish finders only show you scans underneath your boat. I had the opportunity to test the iBobber, a cool new fishing product that is a game changer for fishfinder units. The iBobber is a castable Bluetooth fishfinder that syncs straight to your Android or IOS device via a simple user friendly app.

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The iBobber is a simple to use device that looks just like a fishing bobber. You simply sync the iBobber to your phone via Bluetooth using the app and it’s ready to go. It can be dropped in the water near you (make sure you attach it to your leader/line) or cast in any direction to begin reading the activity in the water. It is capable of scanning depths up to 135′ deep and easy to read. The app has a simple interface equipped with a sonar, waterbed scan, weather, calendar and even a trip log!

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I took it to the ocean this past weekend and was excited to test it out. To begin using I simply had to drop it in the water which powered the unit on (no switch to worry about). Once in the water I turned the app on, connected via Bluetooth and voila! It instantly began giving me readings through the sonar. The fishfinder I have mounted on the kayak was also giving similar readings so I instantly knew this was the real deal.

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I tested the unit at a honey hole I have plotted on my GPS that has produced many fish before. As you see from the screen shot above, the readings show a decent school of fish. What was more important to me was seeing the 20′ drop in the ocean floor I was looking for.

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The next thing I tested was the waterbed mapping. Selecting “waterbed” on the app initiated the mapping sequence. It prompted me to cast, then hit “OK” so I can begin slowly retrieving. Once retrieved another “Ok” finalized the waterbed image on the app. Since I was drifting north of the marked position on the GPS I casted directly south over the spot. The waterbed image (above) once again proved accurate showing the same 20′ drop I previously saw while on the sonar.

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Overall, the iBobber is very easy to use and best of all versatile and cost effective. I’ve only tested from a kayak but the possibilities are endless. This can be used from boats, kayaks, off the jetty or at a pier with scans beginning at 3′ depths. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a simple to use fish finder. No need to rig up power cables or mount transducers.

Ever thought you would be viewing scans of fish through your phone? Thanks to iBobber and their innovative product, now there is an app for that too!

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: The product was provided to theoutdoorboys to facilitate the review. All opinions and comments stated are my own. All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.

JimyJigsUSA – Testing The Rudo 225G: Mahi & Japo 180G: Nemo

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Testing out new gear is something I enjoy very much. It gives me a reason to go out and do the things I love. I recently had the opportunity to test out a couple saltwater fishing jigs from JimyJigsUSA. Specifically, I tested the Rudo 225G: Mahi Mahi and the Japo 180G: Orange Nemo.

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JimyJigsUSA is a company that prides themselves in creating high quality fishing jigs. Each jig is hand crafted and painted with a high gloss durable coating. If you’ve ever fished with jigs you know the importance of a high quality paint job. As you see from my small collection, I’m no stranger to jigs. I try to keep different styles and colors readily available as the type of jig I use would depends on water conditions, depth and fish bite in general. I’ve also lost more than my fair share of jigs due to toothy fish or unfortunate tangles with structure.

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I set out to test the jigs on my last offshore kayak fishing trip. I started with the Rudo 225G which produced 3 Bonita for the day. Although Bonita are not my fish of choice, they put up a decent fight no matter the size and are always fun to catch. What was more exciting to me was seeing the friends I was fishing with were coming up empty handed while the JimyJig was producing. Not to say I like my friends NOT catching fish, I simply was thrilled to see the success of the jig I was using.

It’s always a great feeling when catching fish. I switched up to the Japo 180G but didn’t have the same success. I did have a hookup on it that came loose halfway through my fight. It was interesting to feel the difference in the retrieval from the previous Rudo style. I am confident that on my next trip I will have better success.

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Both styles of jigs have a distinguishable retrieval. They are each designed for a certain style of retrieving. The Rudo is a speed jig that drops quickly at any depth. I found that the retrieval was effortless as the jig cuts through the water quickly. Speed jigging with the Rudo was a pleasant experience as I didn’t experience any muscle fatigue or general tiredness due to the ease of retrieval.

The Japo drops to the ocean floor at a slower rate, but can vary based on weight. However the jigs design is that of a flutter jig. The jig will naturally descended slower and more erratically giving the impression of an injured or fleeing fish. On retrieval the jig will have more resistance due to the dancing motion.

More information about these awesome jigs from JimyJigsUSA can be found on the web at www.jimyjigsusa.com. They have plenty of different styles and color variations that can certainly help you catch that trophy fish you’re after. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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Disclosure: The products were provided to theoutdoorboys to facilitate the review. All opinions and comments stated are my own. All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.

NEW Rapala, Williamson & Sufix Products Announced At ICAST 2015

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With ICAST 2015 in session everyone is excited about all the cool new products being announced. ICAST has popularly become the “IT” event for the fishing world with great reason. Tons of great brands gather at this event and put on displays of their latest and greatest gear. The Outdoor Boys are big fans of Rapala and their other brand lines such as Williamson and Sufix. Naturally, we were very excited to see the new Rapala announcements at ICAST.

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The first product that caught my attention was the new HD Custom Finish Lures. They are fashioned with the perfect detail to fool even the most finicky of fish, Rapala’s new Custom HD (High Definition) finishes are the most life-like replicas of nature available in a hardbait. Talk about taking “Match the Hatch” to the extreme. The custom HD finishes are available in some of the world’s favorite Rapala lures, including the DT® (Dives-To) Series, Scatter Rap® Shads, Scatter Rap Minnows, Shad Raps® and Original Floating® Minnows, the new Custom HD finishes feature ultra-realistic color and scale details printed on classic Rapala foil to add lifelike flash.

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The next cool product announced is Sufix Nanobraid Nanofilament Braid. Yes, you heard that right! Sufix NANOBRAID features an ultra-thin diameter for extreme sensitivity and long casts without sacrificing strength. Made from 100 percent Dyneema® fibers, it boasts a uniform diameter, increased abrasion resistance and superior knot and shock strength. Wide angle braiding technology gives NANOBRAID a tight weave, resulting in a super strong, silky smooth line. Three times stronger than other lines in the category, “NANOBRAID is ridiculously thin compared to similar test regular braid,” says Holst. “The line’s small diameter makes for less wind resistance, which helps anglers more easily detect even the subtlest nibble.” What more can you ask for of a braided line?

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Since I like to make my own rigs I was excited to see that Williamson is launching a Crimping Tool Combo in 2016. I usually buy each piece I need for rigging individually. Having an entire kit from a trusted brand will be great. The new Williamson™ Crimping Tool Combo simplifies the task of offshore leader rigging with a matched system of crimps, a premium crimping tool and rigging accessories. The kit includes 300 aluminum crimps (100 each of three sizes), 300 copper crimps (100 each of three sizes), 40 loop protectors (3 sizes, easily cut to length), 50 luminous thimbles, 25 luminous sleeve protectors and a premium, all packed in a convenient tackle box. Detailed instructions on the inside of the tackle box take out all the guesswork for anglers with clear references to connect crimp sizes to both leader diameters and pound tests. Everything is labeled. Everything is organized, immediately accessible, and compatible with monofilament and wire leaders of 65-to-400-pound test.

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Since I mostly fish from a kayak the next product will be a hit for me personally. The Williamson™ Lightweight Travel Rod Belt will now be a part of their product lineup. The Williamson™ Lightweight Travel Rod Belt is a small, intelligently designed rod belt destined to be an instant favorite whether on the local reef, or half way around the globe.Its simple design is the key. The rod belt is built from heavy-duty nylon webbing with double-reinforced stitching for added strength. Its easily adjustable hook and loop fasteners deliver a quick, secure and comfortable fit. A padded and armored rod pocket cover the user and secure the rod butt, protecting from pain and bruising from long days on the water. The rod pocket is lined with rubber webbing to add grip and control to the rod. Drains shed water when the weather is sporty. Additionally, its minimalist footprint is light and collect very little heat

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For more information on products listed, visit www.rapala.com. And, be sure to check out Facebook.com/RapalaUSA for the latest tips and tricks to take your angling acumen to the next level.

Useful Apps For Planning Summer Adventures

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Save4Summer #CollectiveBias

ZTE-ZMAX-JIGS-HOOKS-TREBLE-webAs an outdoors man by hobby and a technologist by trade, I like to incorporate technology in everything I do. Planning an adventure ahead of time allows me to save money on my trips. While i’m on the go, carrying a laptop for online research is not the best option for me so I rely on my trusty ZTE ZMAX connected through Walmart’s Family Mobile 4G LTE service.

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As we all know, having a smartphone serviced through a reliable network that doesn’t break the bank goes a long way. The Walmart Family Mobile service start at $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. These huge savings help me allocate my money towards buying gear and booking trips for the summer.

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While I’m out and about, I rely on certain apps to facilitate information, book trips, check the weather/tides, GPS as well as calling a cab. The most important feature to me on a phone and app has been a GPS. Knowing where you are and where you’re heading is crucial in the outdoors. Going for a long hike on a new trail has inherent perils that you are safeguarded by having a GPS. Having an all in one device like my ZTE ZMAX smart phone enables me to stay connected no matter how far off the beaten path i’ve traveled.

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This summer I plan to take my family on bi-weekly camping trips to new camp grounds throughout the state of Florida. There are many beautiful fresh water springs that we’d like to check out as well. Being able to save some money will play a key role in allowing us to travel more. The summer marks the perfect time to switch to a cost effective plan such as the Walmart Family Mobile. Since I made the switch i’m happy knowing that I will be saving month to month and will look forward to using my new phone to check out my apps.

Useful Apps:

Google Maps – Having a GPS available at the palm of your hands is convenient. Helps get you from point A to B without getting lost. Getting to where you need to be fast allows you to have more time and your adventure and less time driving.
Google-MapsNavionics – HD chart plotter, Marine Maps, Logs Routes, Time & Distance, Maps with Depth information. App is helps keep track of your location on the water just like a GPS would. I use this to see how far i’m drifting while kayak fishing. I either plan to paddle back to my original launch point or continue drifting if the current is too strong. Land back north of my launch and catch a cab back. I normally drift with friends, leave one behind with the gear while we go back for the trucks.

Navionics-webUber – Cab service application. A cab is called to your location via GPS. Online account is opulated with credit card information. Cab fair is automatically charged to your card on file at a much lower rate than calling a cab service. Get picked up within minutes, no more long waits.
Uber-webKOA – Find campgrounds near you or at a desired location. App is a wealth of information for planning a future trip to an unknown campground. You can even conveniently book your trip through the app.
KOA-webI purchased my awesome ZTE ZMAX and Walmart Family Mobile service at my local Walmart. Drop by your local store for phones and plans. Get started with your summer planning and savings!

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Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/ax84 or your local Walmart for current pricing.
What cool apps do you use to help plan your summer fun? Have tips to save this summer? Share your useful tips or ideas via comments!

 

 

Kayak Drift Fishing Off The Waters Of Boynton Beach

Disclosure:  All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.

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Fishing off a kayak is definitely among my favorite things to do. Nothing beats an exciting day catching your own dinner. I love being able to try new techniques as well as test out new gear to help improve my fishing game. On my last fishing trip I tested out some new gear from Rapala. I use their fishing lures, jigs, fluorocarbon leader and braid lines from the Sufix brand. Having quality gear will go a long way to help you catch your trophy fish.

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This past weekend I got together with a good bunch of friends and headed off to fish the waters of Boynton Beach, Florida. Our day started just before sunup as usual. We headed for depths of about 70ft before dropping in our baits. We had an action packed morning slow trolling live google eyes.

My first hookup was with a beautiful Mahi that I’m not proud to say I lost. I was heartbroken losing such a great fish. After that I dropped in another live goggle eye that was immediately hit by a king fish. After almost surfacing the kingfish, it went for a last run. I noticed my reel didn’t stop screaming as more line was rapidly peeling off. Suddenly I had a hard tug on my pole and I began going on a 20 minute speedy kayak ride heading south.

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Unfortunately I never got a chance to see what took me for a ride as my freshly installed 500 yards of 40lb braid was completely peeled off my reel. In other words, I got spooled! Yes, I know… another thing not to brag about. It was my first time ever getting spooled. Not sure if it was a rookie mistake but nevertheless it was an adrenaline packed experience. As seen in the photo above, I’m holding on to my pole for dear life as I’m being pulled on the kayak.

Judging from the non-stop pull on my drag, I’m speculating that a big Wahoo could have possibly ate my Kingfish. Not so sure a shark would have peeled line fast and without any stopping. I’d love to hear thoughts on this subject, feel free to leave a comment.

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After that exciting experience I immediately switch poles and reach for my jigging rod. This paired with my Williamson Gomoku Pink Jig proved to be an effective combination. I head into deeper depths averaging 250 to 300 feet of water in search for tuna. After my first couple drops I got the first hit on a football sized black fin tuna. The jig turned out to be tuna candy for sure! This will be my go-to jig for tuna. I was able to pull 4 in total that ended up being dinner for the night. All in all, I had a great time fishing and a successful day.

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As for dinner time, I’m more of a cooked meat kinda guy. I know the sushi lovers will cringe at seeing cooked tuna. I do plan to try to cook a medium rare Ahi style tuna some time soon.

The simple meal I prepared was on a recipe passed on to me by my friend Rob. Ready for it? Sear it in Sweet Thai Chili sauce….. that’s it! Easy right? I guarantee you will love it if you try it.

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Rapala Shadow Rap

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RAPALA’S NEW SHADOW RAPS SHIMMY SEDUCTIVELY WHILE SUSPENDING

Are you interested in Dynamic Jerkbaits that Mimic a Minnow’s Last Moments to Trigger Big Bites? Rapala is releasing the new Shadow Rap lure on February 17, 2015.

The new Shadow Rap and Shadow Rap Deep are suspending jerkbaits that combine a horizontal struggle and vertical fade to mimic a dying minnow’s final moments — an action designed to trick fish into moving in to strike on an easy meal. When paused with a slack line, the bait delivers a unique presentation, quivering and shimmying from side to side, replicating a barely alive minnow.

Most jerkbaits follow a forward trajectory with each twitch of the rod. The Shadow Rap’s action stands out. It darts side-to-side, rotates with the right jerk, and even moves vertically. The bait triggers bites on its initial kick, attention-grabbing snap back to live and on its slow-fading fall making it an ultra versatile option – especially in cold waters.—At day’s end, a shadow doesn’t die, it slowly fades away. So it is with Rapala’s new suspending jerkbaits, the Shadow Rap® and Shadow Rap® Deep. Combining a horizontal struggle with a vertical fade, the lure perfectly mimics a minnow’s final, quivering moments before its end of days — triggering unforgettable strikes as predator fish move in for an easy meal.

“The Shadow Rap does something I’ve never seen another bait do — I call it the ‘death quiver,’” said three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and 2014 Forrest Wood Cup Champion Randall Tharp. “When you pause it on slack line, it shimmies from side to side as it’s suspending there. So even when it’s sitting still, it looks just barely alive.”

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Tharp and fellow Rapala® pros Michael Iaconelli, Brandon Palaniuk, Ott DeFoe and Jacob Wheeler will all be armed with Shadow Raps later this month at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. The baits will be unveiled there to the public for the first time, but the Rapala pros have had them for months. And they are impressed. Big time.

“It could win the Bassmaster Classic,” said Palaniuk, the 2013 Classic runner-up.“You can bet that the Rapala Shadow Rap is going to be in my boat.”

Wheeler, a FLW Forrest Wood Cup champion and runner-up, is equally enthusiastic about the Shadow Rap heading into his first Classic.

“That fading away action I think might just be the ticket to getting those fish to bite down there at Hartwell,” said Wheeler. “That bait does stuff that not another bait out there in the market does.”

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While most jerkbaits follow a forward trajectory with each twitch of the rod tip, the Shadow Rap’s action stands out. “Not only will it dart side to side, but with a certain jerk, you can make it spin around almost 180 degrees,” Tharp explained. “But it also moves vertically too — it will dive down, then move up.” So a Shadow Rap will trigger bites on its initial kick and its snap back to life, as well as on its slow-fading fall.

“It’s perfect — it’s exactly what I want,” said Iaconelli, the 2003 Classic Champ. “I want that bait to have these little tiny movements — little tiny flashes and rolls. Then, on the pause, I want it to be just barely lurking out — just barely going down.”

Featuring a minnow body profile, flat sides and metallic finish with textured scales, the Shadow Rap is designed to target bass and other gamefish in two-to-four feet of water. The Shadow Rap Deep targets fish in four-to-eight feet. Both models come armed with three No. 6 VMC Black Nickel Round Bend Hooks and are available in 14 color patterns: Albino Shiner, Blue Back Herring, Blue Ghost, Bone, Bud, Carbon, Clown, Ghost, Ghost Shiner, Moss Back Shiner, Olive Green, Purpledescent, Silver and Yellow Perch. Each measures 4 3/8 inches and weighs 7/16 of an ounce.

“The Shadow Rap’s going to be a player for me — both the regular Shadow Rap and the Shadow Rap Deep,” Iaconelli said. “These lures are great at imitating what those fish are feeding on.”

Asked to describe the Shadow Rap in one word, each Rapala pro’s personality was apparent in his answer

“Trick,” Iaconelli replied. “Because it does things that are very tricked out.”

“Freak-Nasty would be my word of choice,” Palaniuk said.

“Natural,” DeFoe answered.

“Lifelike,” Wheeler replied.

And Tharp?

“It’s ‘Frickin’ awesome!’” he exclaimed. “Whoops, that’s two words!”

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The Rapala Shadow Rap and Shadow Rap Deep are available at sporting goods retailers nationwide. For more information visit www.Rapala.com or connect with the brand at www.Facebook.com/RapalaUSA.

 

 

 

Kayak Kaddy – Floating Storage Accessory

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Are you a kayaker, stand up paddle boarder or like to cruise on a canoe? If so I’m sure you’ve run across the same issue I’ve encountered. Storage, of course! Everyone knows that vessels such as kayaks, canoes and the popular stand up paddle board have very limited storage capabilities. Kayak Kaddy has come up with a solution for that!

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Kayak Kaddy is a 42.9 in (L) X 22.5 in (w) X 10.22 in (H) floating storage made from roto molded high density polyethylene resin. It is made from the same durable materials that kayaks are constructed from. The kaddy has the sleek shape and design of a small kayak with plenty of storage room in its easily accessible hatch. The hatch has an internal storage volume of about 35 liters with a Gamma Seal lid to keep your contents dry. Also comes equipped with bungees for securing items as well as pad eyes to use with the straps included.

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The best part of the kaddy is that it can be customized to your personal specifications and colors. Kayak Kaddy offers many accessory options such as rod holders and different attachment configurations to fit your towing needs.

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Everytime I’ve been out on the water towing my awesome kaddy I have had people come over to me and ask questions about the kaddy. Not only does the kaddy look good but it can be used in many ways in the water. If you’re going on a kayak access camping trip you can tow around extra items that don’t fit in the kayak. I’ve personally used it many times for fishing on the flats. I’ve been able to store away everything from extra gear and tackle to actually storing my catch of the day. The uses for the kadddy are endless. If you’re a flats angler I’m sure you’ve jumped off your kayak once or twice to fish standing in the water, I know I have. Instead of anchoring the kayak to me I’ve secured it to the mangroves and just walked around with the kaddy tethered the my belt clip!

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The best part of towing around the kaddy was the ease of use without too much added drag. I initially thought I would encounter a lot of drag while towing the kaddy and quite the contrary, I haven’t felt much difference. Of course you will have some drag but the slight difference is worth the convenience of having the kaddy. I’ve used the kaddy under 2 different towing configurations. For my standard paddle kayak I have simply attached the strap to the handle on the back of the yak. While using my Hobie Outback that uses a rudder system I have simply attached the kaddy to my existing anchor trolley. I found that for easy towing I prefer the back handle attachment but for over ease of use and accessibility I prefer the anchor trolley. The trolley gives you the ability to tow the kaddy as close or as far as you’d like. To get a good idea of how well the kaddy tows have a look at the video above.

For more information on this awesome floating storage solution check out Kayak Kaddy’s website. Don’t forget to visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Offshore Kayak Fishing – Pompano Beach 8.3.14

Disclosure:  All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.

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“Pay it forward” is something I try my best to do any chance I get. Life has been great to me and I show my appreciation in any way I can. Since March of this year I began kayak fishing. It has been a slow but fun and exciting adventure. I never imagined that I would be paddling out several miles into the deep blue sea while fishing. I used to think offshore fishing was something that could only be done on a boat.

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For the past couple months I’ve had the honor of fishing with one of the best South Florida offshore kayak anglers. My buddy Rob from South Florida Kayak Guide took me under his wings and has patiently been showing me the ropes. His help has been instrumental in my development as a kayak angler. Kayak fishing is a sport that requires not only some physical ability but it also requires keen observation and situational awareness. Having Rob as a teacher has definitely shortened the learning curve and improved my over all skills, so for that my friend, I am very grateful.

Since my recent decision to compete in the next Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament: Summer Slam Part II, I’ve been making my way to the ocean weekly to tune in. Time and experience in anything you do is the key to improvement and overall success. I’m looking forward to just being out with all the kayak anglers from all over Florida and just have a good time.

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Today I brought out my good friend Mike who has hardly fished, let alone kayak fish. The day was meant to be instructional and recreational. We were just looking to have a good time, it didn’t matter much to us if we landed huge game fish or tiny Grunts. We just wanted to fish!

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With a little direction and paddling Mike was able to land a Barracuda. I think it’s safe to say this is his first fish ever. Within a few minutes of dropping our live baits and paddling Mike’s bait was nailed. I immediately reeled mine in so I can get closer and assist him. His drag was screaming as the feisty Barracuda took line. Luckily Mike kept his composure and remembered how I showed him to fight the fish. He let the drag do the work tiring out the fish while he patiently waited and reel while the fish took a break. After several minutes, he owned it!

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I was also able to fight a nice fish. I landed an Amberjack that fought me for just about 5 minutes. These guys are fighters. He kept my drag screaming as well, swimming down as fast as he can. I was at about 60 feet of water so I was able to bring him near the surface a couple times before he sent my drag screaming again.

The day was a success. We managed to avoid the storms, catch some fish and made it back home safely. Always remember, try to pay it forward any opportunity you get. There’s always a chance for you to do something good for someone else, it will always be fulfilling for you as well. In this case, I simply got to fish with a good friend. I know that Barracuda made his day.

Until next time my friends, tight lines!

 

 

 

 

T-Reign: ProSheath Fishing Pliers and Sheath Combo – Review

Disclosure: The product was provided to theoutdoorboys to facilitate the review. All opinions and comments stated are my own. All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.

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As I get more and more into offshore kayak fishing I’ve been slowly acquiring quality gear to help me on my adventures. Fishing off of a kayak is different from fishing from a boat. With limited space to work with your precious gear can either be lost or even worse, accidently take a dive into the deep blue. I actually had this happen to me with my last set of fishing pliers. Boy was that disappointing! Having your valuable equipment secured via a leash or a tether is very important while fishing from a kayak.

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I recently came across the ProSheath Fishing Pliers and Sheath Combo  by T-Reign while flipping through the pages of the early summer 2014 edition of Kayak Angler magazine. Just looking at the description of the tethered retractable plier had my attention immediately. I knew this was the exact type of tool I would need for fishing.

As soon as I received the package in the mail I was ecstatic. Once I opened the package I immediately linked the tether to the plier and mounted the sheath on my hip. First impression, I thought wow, super light quality tool! I immediately walked to my garage to begin rigging some of my fishing combos with new leader and hooks for my next fishing trip. Solid tool with razor sharp teeth for easy cutting of line.The features from T-Reign are listed below.

  • Heavy-duty, thermoformed sheath covered in 600 denier nylon with 36″ Kevlar® self-retracting tether reel
  • Two belt attachment options: stainless steel belt clip and two fixed loop straps
  • Pliers: aluminum body with replaceable tungsten carbide cutters to easily cut braided wire and mono line
  • Corrosion resistant stainless steel jaws featuring split ring opener and crimps
  • 5-year service policy for pliers; lifetime service policy for sheath

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The picture above was taken after my third trip to the ocean. I use the pliers with the sheath mounted to my hip while in the ocean. Every trip I submerge myself waste deep while mounting and dismounting the kayak. Normally I simply rinse my gear with fresh water when I’m done and air dry. The quality of these pliers are great, they have not rusted and perform flawlessly. All the while being so light I barely even remember I’m wearing them, until I need them of course. I try to keep it simple with tools and use these pliers to remove hooks from fish as well as to cut line. My latest use, which they were a life saver, I had to do a quick repair on my Hobie Mirage Drive in the middle of the ocean while the nuts came loose from the bolt. I’ve never been more glad to have an easily accessible tool without worrying about accidently dropping them into the ocean.

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