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Old 11-04-2014, 08:41 PM   #1
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Hey all. This'll be my first fall/winter fishing from my yak. Got a predator 13 back in July and LOVE IT. What makes for the best wardrobe in cold weather (budget friendly)? I have lots of underarmour cold gear tops, but what else might be a good idea?
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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The best thing I have for me any ways is a pair of knee high waterproof Chota boots. Keeps my tooties nice and dry and warm.
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The best thing I have for me any ways is a pair of knee high waterproof Chota boots. Keeps my tooties nice and dry and warm.
Ditto. Love my Chotas! Next, waterproof pants if you're gonna be sitting in water as I was last season in my Outback. Have a Pro Angler now that has an elevated seat so I stay dry. Next, something to keep your head warm. Then something to keep your hands warm. I've had days where I called it quits because I could no longer crank my reel.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:08 AM   #4
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I've been looking at the Predator 13. You take it in the gulf? Does it handle it well, or do you pretty much keep to the bays? I'll need to google up Chotas. Sold anywhere or just at speciality shops? Thx.
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LOVE my predator. I'm 6'4" 280lbs and I feel safe on it standing up! Haven't gone in the gulf yet at all. Gonna wait till it warms back up for that, mostly so I have the wind at by back coming back in lol. Been staying around the big lagoon area mostly, putting in at johnsons. Paddles great, but it is wide. Also I think I need to put more weight up front to bring the bow keel down into the water, otherwise, she tends to wander a bit. Getting ready to MacGyver up a rudder.

I was leaning towards long johns and underarmour hold gear under chest waders and a jacket. I have stuff to keep my head warm. I'm mostly torn on how to keep my feet/hands warm.
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Old 11-05-2014, 02:38 PM   #6
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when i used to yak i would where my booties and gloves that i use for surfing when its cold or in cold places they will keep your feet and hands warm even if u fell in the water or had to dip ya hands in to grab fish witch is common as for your body its just prefence and how wet u think u will get just my two-cents
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Chotas are sold at Pensacola Kayak and Sail
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:34 PM   #8
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You need to keep your feet warm and butt dry. The air temp is one thing, but cold water is not your friend. I have a pair of wind and water proof paddling pants that keep water intrusion to a minimum and a pair of Chotas to stay dry. I layer up top using a lot of wicking fabric stuff. I avoid cotton. Lastly, you will want a top to keep the wind and water off. Gloves, hat, etc.

Finally, wear your PFD, even if you don't usually wear it when it's warm. Hypothermia from an unexpected dunking can kill you quicker than you think...
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:51 PM   #9
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All good thoughts. Problem I have is budget. I have a hand-me-down pair of chest waders and plenty to layer under it. I have a few jackets that will probably work but aren't designed for it.
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I usually wear some thermal layers under jeans and cover with a chest high pair of waders. You'll want a wading belt on the outside to prevent water from filling them up in case you flip or wind up swimming somehow. And a nice windproof/waterproof jacket
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