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    Default Getting Started - List of things needed and nice to have

    After more than 10 years of being absent, I'm preparing myself to dive into the world of kayak fishing. I have a made a list of things that are needed and nice to have below and also in a spreadsheet to plan and track my purchases. I wanted to solicit people's feedback on my list and see if I'm missing anything. This is a result of my research and of course my opinion.

    This is for Maryland/VA bay fishing in warm seasons.

    Kayak - required
    1. Kayak
    2. Transport - this can range from Styrofoam blocks, roof racks, trailer or a new vehicle.
    3. Paddle
    4. Kayak repair kit - anything related to safety with your kayak

    Safety - required
    1. PFD
    2. VHF Radio or some sort of way to communicate that you are in trouble
    3. Safety knife
    4. Flag
    5. Light - if fishing in the dark
    6. Whistle - required by law
    7. First aid items - kit or simple as ziploc bag with stuff
    8. Float Plan - could be simple as texting someone where you are or actual itinerary of your day

    Sun Protection - required - I prefer this to be required unless you embrace the risk of getting cancer
    1. Sun block or clothe for sun protection
    2. Sunglasses
    3. Hat

    Fishing - required
    1. Fishing rod
    2. Fishing reel
    3. Fishing License - based on regulation of the area
    4. Fishing tackle - hooks, weights, lures and etc.
    5. Fish measurement - hog trough, ruler, measuring tape
    6. Fishing pliers

    Accessories - optional - tier 1
    1. Fishing rod transport - rod holders, crate and etc.
    2. Kayak Cart - based on distance you need to travel to get to your fishing spot, weight of the kayak, physical ability
    3. Fish landing equipment - net, fish holder
    4. Fish keeping equipment - cooler, fish bag, clips
    5. Tackle Organizer
    6. Tools - screwdriver, wrench and etc.
    7. Backup straps - just in case your straps fail for transport
    8. Hand Sanitizer
    9. Bug Spray - depends on location and bugs

    Accessories - optional - tier 2
    1. Fishfinder setup - fishfinder, mounts, battery, wires
    2. Anchor setup - anchor, anchor trolley
    3. GPS or map

    Accessories - optional - tier 3
    1. Camera Setup - camera, mounts, holders
    Last edited by Seasalt; 03-15-2017 at 02:44 PM.

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    I would move pliers to required, and things I would consider adding to required would be hand sanitizer (especially in the summer, the warm Bay water can harbor many pathogens which can turn a simple wound into a serious condition), sunglasses/sun hat, a waterproof cell phone sleeve (amazon), and as for optional but still important, maybe a fish measuring device like a hog trough, and some neoprene booties (great for wearing while lugging a kayak over sharp rocks, pebbles, etc. As for specifics, I recommend ugly stik rods, shimano sahara or baitrunner reels, daiwa bg sw reels, and for lures I recommend paddle tail swimbaits and 1/4 oz heads all the way up to 2 oz heads depending on how deep you are fishing. Though if paddle trolling (my favorite method), I would always recommend having a 1/4oz head with a paddletail out while moving around, most of my fish are caught on that, and it's a good way to figure out where to stop and fish.

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    Good feedback. Yes, I think I will need to add a new category for sun protection. Thanks! Updated my list.

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    Your list is excellent and very similar to checklists I have in my garage to help me remember to bring what I need. I actually have two checklists, one for each of my kayaks because the ancillary items needed for each differ.

    Two things not mentioned on your list that I carry are:

    Tools -- I bring two small screwdrivers and a small adjustable crescent wrench. I keep them in my boats. Both of my boats have a number of screws and bolts and in the case of my Mirage Drive a variety of moving parts that may need on-site tightening or repair. My tools have indeed come in handy -- once to reattach a Mirage Drive fin and once to adjust my rudder.

    Backup Ratchet Straps -- I use ratchet straps to car-top my boats. I carry an extra set in my van as a backup. On one occasion I had to use a backup strap. The rear strap on my boat failed at some point on a trip from my house in Pasadena to Jonas Green. I didn't know it until I got to the park but I recall hearing a thump while I was departing my neighborhood. I stopped and checked and didn't notice anything amiss. But I suspect the strap started to fail at that point. Interestingly I drove the route, approximately 15 miles at times at 55 mph with only the front strap firmly holding my Revo in place.
    Mark

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    Good list. Remember storage of the yak and gear as well.

    As an option consider long sleeve upf50 clothing instead of sunscreen. Including a buff. Protect your feet also.

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    That is a good checklist. I would add a small ziploc or other container with a few bandaids, some Neosporin and a pack of Goody's or BC powders. The headache powders have rescued me a few times! I never go out without kayak fuel either; at least 2 PB&J sandwiches, a large Snickers bar (the ones with two in a pack) or a granola bar and a couple Gatorades.
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    Thanks for the review and feedback. Updated the list with first aid and clothe for sun protection. I left out food and water because that seems too obvious.
    Last edited by Seasalt; 03-14-2017 at 10:11 PM.

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    Some people advocate bringing that wound seal or Celox powder that facilitates clotting. If badly cut I'll use duct tape, superglue or consider more extreme measures (sew it with a fish hook and braid).

    Some people bring hook cutting pliers. Barbless fishing is a bettter solution.

    Kinda morbid but accidents do happen.

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    Seasalt, when I saw the lenght of you list I thought no way, then I read it. I carry or use everything on your list except the repair kit and hans sanitizer. Dynamite list you have there and I would only add one thing as necessary. I didn't see Mr. Peebottle on your list, an empty Gatorade bottle works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCHawk View Post
    Seasalt, when I saw the lenght of you list I thought no way, then I read it. I carry or use everything on your list except the repair kit and hans sanitizer. Dynamite list you have there and I would only add one thing as necessary. I didn't see Mr. Peebottle on your list, an empty Gatorade bottle works fine.
    Good point Captain. I remember needing to pee when I was in my kayak and away from the shore, I think I was near the lighthouse at Sandy Point. I wonder how other people handle this situation.

    Well, my beloved, dysfunctional football team, their assistant coach uses a Gatorade bottle also. I wish I can piss on the entire team right now.

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    Last edited by Seasalt; 03-15-2017 at 12:04 AM.

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