It has been a banner year for kayak and fishing gear manufacturers. Tons of new products have been hitting store shelves all over the country. Let’s face it, kayakers can be a cheap bunch, but we are always interested in quality products and want more bang for our buck. Many of these new products revealed at ICAST 2014 seem to fit the bill.
FS member Mackokid asked for advice on which speargun to buy to freedive for cobia and to shoot snapper and grouper. But what is his best choice? KOAH? a Mako? a Riffe? There are lots of spearguns on the market, lots of opinions about them, too, but there’s some good advice on Mackokid’s thread.
The Flexstick anchor is a completely new way to anchor your kayak. Instead of the traditional pole that you stab directly into the ground when at a complete stop, the Flexstick allows an angler to deploy while in motion, stopping the kayak in waters up to around seven feet deep.
Curt Arakawa of Daiwa Corp. talks about their MagSeal technology used on their line of salt and fresh water spinning reels. Magnetic oil is one of a new generation of Nano Fluids that can change density and shape when a magnetic field is applied.
Shannon and Jared of Mustang Survival introduce the new Elite Inflatable PFD at ICAST 2014. Engineered specifically for the serious angler, the Elite Inflatable PFD has been designed with five key features to enhance every day on the water.
inReach Explorer Integrates Route Planning, Waypoints and Navigation with Global Two-Way Text Messaging, GPS Tracking and SOS Alerting – All in One Rugged Handheld Device.
SOG has produced its first fishing specific knife, designed to make fish cleaning or bait cutting a breeze. The fixed blade – made of 8CR13MOV stainless steel – is anchored to a glass reinforced nylon handle. The knife comes in either a 6-inch or 7.5-inch blade.
As paddleboarding grows and proves to the world that it is here to stay, Tidal Roots builds boards a little bit differently. For one, Tidal Roots constructs their boards out of wood with a hollow core which gives the user a unique aesthetic experience while not sacrificing functionality.
It’s a captain’s worst nightmare, falling overboard and watching helplessly as the boat continues under power. Even if you haven’t seen it yourself, we’ve all at least heard stories of boats slowly circling or running dead ahead at high speed, but with no operator at the helm.