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FriedKalamari

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Hey everyone I'm putting together a shopping list for all those 'little things' needed before for going out in the ocean.

Hoping everyone can give me the ok on the equipment I'm buying especially the pfd and radio. 

Feel free to recommend anything else I need (I already have a wetsuit, garmin 300c ff, fish grippers, and bilge pump).  This is for a Hobie Outback.


Uniden MHS75 Handheld Submersible 2-Way 5W VHF Marine Radio
http://a.co/j4VhbYd

ONYX MoveVent Dynamic Paddle Sports Life Vest
http://a.co/i17b7Kn

Brunton 70P In-Dash Marine Compass
http://a.co/j96Rt1n

Scotty #1073DP Laketroller Manual Downrigger, Post Mount
http://a.co/iSc1A6A

Double Tube Survival Whistle, Portable Aluminum
http://a.co/gi1h2wn

OFFSHORE 30L Heavy Duty Waterproof Backpack Dry Bag & Cell Phone Case
http://a.co/6VwbmFf

Maxcatch Fishing Priest Aluminum Fish Bat for Small Fish 9.5inch (blue)
http://a.co/fFRaPCQ


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Maxcatch Fishing Priest Aluminum Fish Bat for Small Fish 9.5inch (blue)
http://a.co/fFRaPCQ

We're going to need a bigger bat.


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I recommend getting some experience on the ocean before taking your downrigger out.

I don't see GPS on the list.

Immersion wear?

I also recommend having redundancy on things such as VHF, compass and GPS.

Best of luck~  :smt001

PS - Your VHF and PFD look fine.
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Also you are required to carry a net of at least 18" diameter.


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I dont know anything about that vhf but I know the standard horizon hx300 is very popular and the one I use. Its easy to operate and hasnt given me any problems. I have that downrigger and I think id rather have the scotty depthmaster with a cut down boom. The laketroller is a little flimsy and mine was having problems with the drag on the first trip. Its was also kind of difficult to reel in. The depthmaster looks more solid and has a better system for taking the downrigger in and out of freespool. Last thing is that walmart has cheaper dry bags but dont have straps to use as a backpack. 


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You can get a less expensive compass.  A suunto or ritchie should run about $40 for a decent one.  Carry a second orienteering compass as a backup.

A standard fox 40 whistle is fine.  $6 at walmart.

You need a net minimum 18" opening.

drysuit or wetsuit.

Sticky at the top of the safety forum:

http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=27534.0


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Maxcatch Fishing Priest Aluminum Fish Bat for Small Fish 9.5inch (blue)
http://a.co/fFRaPCQ

We're going to need a bigger bat.
Or you can save some money and buy a piece of metal pipe from Home Depot.  I don't even carry one... I usually knife it in the brain

Down to 1 Hobie Revo...


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Feel free to recommend anything else I need (I already have a wetsuit, garmin 300c ff, fish grippers, and bilge pump).  This is for a Hobie Outback.

Uniden MHS75 Handheld Submersible 2-Way 5W VHF Marine Radio
http://a.co/j4VhbYd

ONYX MoveVent Dynamic Paddle Sports Life Vest
http://a.co/i17b7Kn

Brunton 70P In-Dash Marine Compass
http://a.co/j96Rt1n

Scotty #1073DP Laketroller Manual Downrigger, Post Mount
http://a.co/iSc1A6A

Double Tube Survival Whistle, Portable Aluminum
http://a.co/gi1h2wn

OFFSHORE 30L Heavy Duty Waterproof Backpack Dry Bag & Cell Phone Case
http://a.co/6VwbmFf

Maxcatch Fishing Priest Aluminum Fish Bat for Small Fish 9.5inch (blue)
http://a.co/fFRaPCQ

OOOhhhh.... vicarious shopping!
Radio seems fine.  I have the Standard Horizon HX300, which I really like. Don't have any experience with Uniden.
For PFD, I'd go with a brand for kayak anglers, which has more pockets.
Marine compass... I don't have.  My backup for the compass on my FF is a whistle/compass combo found online and at REI, much cheaper, smaller, kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Waterproof backpack... I don't use, I'm more of a minimalist though.  A small drybag may meet your needs... unless you got a lot of stuff you plan on taking in your yak.  I try to fit everything in my Plano box.
Fish bat?  Don't use one.  I use a knife to stab the ling's brain, cut gills, then clip... or buy a small metal pipe at HD for fraction of the price.
Downrigger? For ocean, I've used it for salmon fishing once, and nice to have for trolling lakes.  NOt a must, since there are alternatives (Deepdiver, banana weights, etc.)

Other than the net mentioned in one of the replies, you might want the following:
Hog trough (to measure minimum size on your ling or halibut, or any other fish except RF)
Plano box with rod holder attachment.
coffee sack (potato sack) to keep your catch covered from the sun
I'm sure a gameclip is on your list, and make sure to attach it to a clip, or it will disappear from your tankwell
Bunch of PVC and pool noodles for DIY projects

Happy shopping!
Down to 1 Hobie Revo...


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Maxcatch Fishing Priest Aluminum Fish Bat for Small Fish 9.5inch (blue)
http://a.co/fFRaPCQ
We're going to need a bigger bat.

haha. it is a bit small huh.  anyone catch halibut? 

I recommend getting some experience on the ocean before taking your downrigger out.

I don't see GPS on the list.

Immersion wear?

I also recommend having redundancy on things such as VHF, compass and GPS.

Best of luck~  :smt001

PS - Your VHF and PFD look fine.

I need to think about gps as I realize now the garmin 300 that came with the setup doesn't have it.  Separate handheld or perhaps buy a new ff altogether.


I dont know anything about that vhf but I know the standard horizon hx300 is very popular and the one I use. Its easy to operate and hasnt given me any problems. I have that downrigger and I think id rather have the scotty depthmaster with a cut down boom. The laketroller is a little flimsy and mine was having problems with the drag on the first trip. Its was also kind of difficult to reel in. The depthmaster looks more solid and has a better system for taking the downrigger in and out of freespool. Last thing is that walmart has cheaper dry bags but dont have straps to use as a backpack.

Thanks for the feedback on these ! I'll research the downriggers more.



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As others have said, you can save money on the compass and fish clubber. For the compass, I have this one mounted to the center hatch on my hobie (easy to see and out of the way)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000FEXZGW?psc=1

To beat down the fish, I've got a short piece of heavy PVC, with small float attached.

I've got the Scotty depthmaster downrigger and it is awesome, but it takes some effort to mount it on a kayak. 

I didn't see a game clip (essentially, a super heavy duty stainless stringer) on your list, and I'd consider that essential.
« Last Edit: November 23, 2017, 10:27:26 AM by NowhereMan »
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Maxcatch Fishing Priest Aluminum Fish Bat for Small Fish 9.5inch (blue)
http://a.co/fFRaPCQ

We're going to need a bigger bat.
Or you can save some money and buy a piece of metal pipe from Home Depot.  I don't even carry one... I usually knife it in the brain

You must be better at finding fish brains than I am. I tried that on a halibut. Once.


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Maxcatch Fishing Priest Aluminum Fish Bat for Small Fish 9.5inch (blue)
http://a.co/fFRaPCQ

We're going to need a bigger bat.
Or you can save some money and buy a piece of metal pipe from Home Depot.  I don't even carry one... I usually knife it in the brain

You must be better at finding fish brains than I am. I tried that on a halibut. Once.

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Maxcatch Fishing Priest Aluminum Fish Bat for Small Fish 9.5inch (blue)
http://a.co/fFRaPCQ

We're going to need a bigger bat.
Or you can save some money and buy a piece of metal pipe from Home Depot.  I don't even carry one... I usually knife it in the brain

You must be better at finding fish brains than I am. I tried that on a halibut. Once.

I just use one of those small cheap SF Giants bats at the checkout counter at Big 5. Works just fine.  :smt044


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You must be better at finding fish brains than I am. I tried that on a halibut. Once.

You must have gotten a nice lapdance when it berzerk on you! To be honest, I've only gaffed the halibut, but always knife any ling that doesn't lay down... lol
Down to 1 Hobie Revo...


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Also you are required to carry a net of at least 18" diameter.

You can get a less expensive compass.  A suunto or ritchie should run about $40 for a decent one.  Carry a second orienteering compass as a backup.

A standard fox 40 whistle is fine.  $6 at walmart.

You need a net minimum 18" opening.

drysuit or wetsuit.

Sticky at the top of the safety forum:

http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=27534.0

Good call on the net didn't realize this was actually a requirement.




OOOhhhh.... vicarious shopping!
Radio seems fine.  I have the Standard Horizon HX300, which I really like. Don't have any experience with Uniden.
For PFD, I'd go with a brand for kayak anglers, which has more pockets.
Marine compass... I don't have.  My backup for the compass on my FF is a whistle/compass combo found online and at REI, much cheaper, smaller, kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Waterproof backpack... I don't use, I'm more of a minimalist though.  A small drybag may meet your needs... unless you got a lot of stuff you plan on taking in your yak.  I try to fit everything in my Plano box.
Fish bat?  Don't use one.  I use a knife to stab the ling's brain, cut gills, then clip... or buy a small metal pipe at HD for fraction of the price.
Downrigger? For ocean, I've used it for salmon fishing once, and nice to have for trolling lakes.  NOt a must, since there are alternatives (Deepdiver, banana weights, etc.)

Other than the net mentioned in one of the replies, you might want the following:
Hog trough (to measure minimum size on your ling or halibut, or any other fish except RF)
Plano box with rod holder attachment.
coffee sack (potato sack) to keep your catch covered from the sun
I'm sure a gameclip is on your list, and make sure to attach it to a clip, or it will disappear from your tankwell
Bunch of PVC and pool noodles for DIY projects

Happy shopping!

Thanks for good tips here, adding these.  I'm definitely the same way on being a minimalist.  Really would prefer not to have 'stuff' all over the place.  I'll scratch the compass and whistle i had I like you inexpensive combo idea.

The fishbat was reminiscent of experiences catching halibut.  can't imagine pulling one of these onboard a kayak fully kicking.
« Last Edit: November 15, 2017, 08:40:13 PM by FriedKalamari »