QUICK GUIDE TO GEAR FOR STAYING SAFE ON THE OPEN OCEAN IN YOUR KAYAK
Open ocean kayak fishing is very different to estuary and inland kayak fishing. If you are planning to try open ocean kayak fishing, it is important to plan ahead and have the right gear. Here is a look at some of the gear you must be carrying if you are planning to head out into the dangers of the open waters.
PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE
It goes without saying a personal floatation device is required and we have covered that in other Quick Guides. The only addition to thinking about is a PFD that has ample pockets so you have easy access to the tools you should be carrying when out on the ocean water. A kayak anglers personal floatation device is highly recommended because they have all those spaces and places to put what you need in easy reach.
NON-FOLDING SHEATH KNIFE
A non-folding sheath knife is the best option when you are out on the open ocean. They can be safely secured when not in use and are more readily available when you need them. It is best if you can make a stable mounting point on your vest. Stainless steel knives are the best because they can handle the elements.
A multi-tool that includes devices to work on your kayak if necessary are highly recommended. Whistles are an obvious inclusion. Fishing accessories and tools that include a whistle and compass are perfect.
Radio communications are extremely important when kayak fishing out on the open ocean. Waterproof radios are always the best. VHF is the ultimate choice but UHF work well for group communications.
A fishfinder and GPS will be really handy. GPS units come in handy for all sorts of reasons.
Related: Quick Guide to Buying a Fishfinder
Binoculars with 7-8 times magnification are excellent for open ocean kayaking.
FIRST AID KIT
A basic kit should be a part of any kayak angler’s kit.
This is one we often overlook. Extendable paddles are great because they don’t take up much space when they are stored.
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