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Well as the 2013 Kayak and Kayak Fishing season begin its a important time to take inventory of your physical condition. Its time to evaluate your physical condition, look over your kayak and gear and make sure everything is ready to go.

Also the first time out, keep it simple and try to hit the water with a buddy.

I have been going thru all my gear for our 100 mile trip in June. I have replaced all electronics with new batteries and also gave the batteries a wipe down with machine oil, to help prevent corrosion or rust. I re lubed the drysuit zippers and checked entire drysuit for failures.

I have gone thru all the kayaks, checking rudder lines and systems that can fail while on the water.

Its going to be another great year out on the water. If there is any good that came from Sandy, it would be the re shaping of the New Jersey shoreline. Its going to be exciting to re-explore the shore and find new fishing holes.

Well remember safety first and see you on the water

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Gear that you have and wouldn't leave without when heading out sailing or fishing for the day. 

If you can ... don't go out alone. It is always better to fish with a friend and to travel together in case something happens. Plus who is going to get that awesome shot of you out there on the water with that monster fish?

When I head out fishing I never ever leave without my 2way radio and my SPOT GPS. The radio is great for reaching other nearby boats or Yakers that can help plus a station like mine where I can reach the coast guards. The SPOT satellite messenger, I have the old addition looking to buy the new one works amazing if ever in distress and a way your family or friends can tack you to see where you are going and where you are at. As long as it can pick up satellites then you'll be transmitting your location. If in an emergency a red button is all you have to push and a 911/sos goes out and trust me someone will be there they have people monitoring this all the time. 

Some other good ideas before heading out would be to make sure you have a floating dry box for a cellphone and extra batteries with a few numbers of people you can call locally such as a friend living on the coast or a few Captain's numbers if something happen you could get ahold of so they can rescue you. I know in our area NJ/NY the winds/tides can be nasty at times and with just a paddle takes a tole where you feel like you cant go no more, once you stop the tide takes you right back out leaving you where you started or further out to sea. Here is a good time to make sure in one of you hatches you have a dry bag with some warm cloths in there. If you like I do at 6am some days getting in around 6pm your body is beat and it get cold out there.  

Always check the Marine forecast before heading out on a trip. Sometimes in a Yak when you are out on the water and a storm is coming in remember that in a Yak where you are going looks close by but its a ways away. When fog rolls on in be very careful make sure other boats hear and see you. 

Here is a list of things on my Yak.

  1. Proper Clothing for any situation
  2. PFD on your body with two strobe lights one in front and back. 
  3. Bilge pump
  4. 2 way radio
  5. Compass or GPS
  6. Paddle Leash
  7. Whistle
  8. Knife attached to PFD
  9. Rope I normally carry around 25-50 feet with me. 
  10. Flash Light, I use a green military lazer that travels for miles very thick green lazer.
  11. Sail Plan
  12. First Aid Kit
  13. Extra Paddle
  14. Water Bottles

This is just the basics if of what you should have in any situation. So stay safe and keep those lines tight. 

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