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Topic: Shark shield question  (Read 801 times)

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Pm'd you brah but was meant for the forum, nonetheless, had mine wrapped in my crab pot and it was a hand buzzing minor doozy :smt006 :smt005
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I forgot which version I have but it's from 2012 or so. Battery lasts for a long time -- about 7 hours? Try adding a sinker at the end of the line to keep it from skipping on the water as you're moving.
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I have the Freedom 7.  It fit through the scupper on my Viking.  I brought it out for SimplyFishing... and I have no idea how long it lasted as I launched at 0630 and it was off by the time I came in at 1300.  :smt102    I used an extra length of fishing line to dummy-cord it to the kayak... but honestly, with the tail through the scupper, I doubt it would pop out in a rollover.
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I used to have nave a freedom 7 that I bought second hand. 5-6 years ago, I was paddling across Tomales bay side by side 5ft apart with another guy who also had his shark-shield in the water. I watched a 4ft leopard shark swim right between us on the surface unfazed.


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I used to have nave a freedom 7 that I bought second hand. 5-6 years ago, I was paddling across Tomales bay side by side 5ft apart with another guy who also had his shark-shield in the water. I watched a 4ft leopard shark swim right between us on the surface unfazed.
Yeah but you never saw the GWS that it scared off.  Thatís how you know itís working. 
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I used to have nave a freedom 7 that I bought second hand. 5-6 years ago, I was paddling across Tomales bay side by side 5ft apart with another guy who also had his shark-shield in the water. I watched a 4ft leopard shark swim right between us on the surface unfazed.

Interesting, but doesn't really address the issue as to whether the shark shield will deter an attack. The most relevant info for kayakers is summarized here:

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mine went off today at about 6-7 hrs..it will beep for few minutes and blink green while doing that to let the user know--its time to freestlye or go home
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mine went off today at about 6-7 hrs..it will beep for few minutes and blink green while doing that to let the user know--its time to freestlye or go home
What's the fishing report? :smt006, mine goes about 6 hours
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... mine goes about 6 hours

Mine lasts exactly 5 hours and 45 minutes, like clockwork. It's 4 or 5 years old and has held up well, in spite of being abused (dragged across sand, dropped onto concrete, etc.).
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I used to have nave a freedom 7 that I bought second hand. 5-6 years ago, I was paddling across Tomales bay side by side 5ft apart with another guy who also had his shark-shield in the water. I watched a 4ft leopard shark swim right between us on the surface unfazed.

Probably because a shark doesn't even feel it until it's within 3' as stated on their site. Enjoy 😀


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I used to have nave a freedom 7 that I bought second hand. 5-6 years ago, I was paddling across Tomales bay side by side 5ft apart with another guy who also had his shark-shield in the water. I watched a 4ft leopard shark swim right between us on the surface unfazed.

Probably because a shark doesn't even feel it until it's within 3' as stated on their site. Enjoy 😀
3' is enough to shit myself lol
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I used to have nave a freedom 7 that I bought second hand. 5-6 years ago, I was paddling across Tomales bay side by side 5ft apart with another guy who also had his shark-shield in the water. I watched a 4ft leopard shark swim right between us on the surface unfazed.

Probably because a shark doesn't even feel it until it's within 3' as stated on their site. Enjoy 😀
3' is enough to shit myself lol

3' is also enough for it to hit your bow, or bite your head off, without it even feeling a tickle. The more you know. Haha.


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How important do you think having a shark shield is?  Do you feel that it's worth it?
Everyone is different.  If you know statistics you probably don't need one.  If you know them and are a bit skeptical regarding drivebys and kayak attacks then it is a possible tool.  Worth it?  It does help me with some strange confidence that I'm a percentage safer with it, but not to be oblivious to the hair on my neck and the eerie conditions that some have written about here before a sighting or even a bump or actual experience.  Supposedly, if it's your time to meet your maker then your going home shark shield or not, I put the sticker on my kayak in case the unit is not effective and the shark can read :smt005........look out for those whales and those 400lb sea lions also........ :smt006

Yep, I'll point out that Eddie fishes solo a lot, so the SS seems to be giving him the confidence to go solo.  He's making it work and catching fish, so yes, the SS appears to be very effective.  I've got buddies who are more than happy to go out with me and my SS, otherwise, they put together outings with several people -- each additional yak drops the odds for all the rest of the yaks, especially with noobs.  You could just save yourself a wad of $$ by bringing a bunch of noobs with you, even better if you don't really know them that well.   :smt005 :smt005 :smt044 :smt044


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... You could just save yourself a wad of $$ by bringing a bunch of noobs with you, even better if you don't really know them that well.

Human shark shield (HSS).
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