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Old 03-12-2015, 11:54 PM   #21
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Yakavelli, where were you and what type of snake climbed in your yak? Just reading that have me the chills, I don't do snakes, if that happened to me I would literally die!
I was trout fishing a little after dark, inside the entrance to Bayou Texar. I was enjoying the serenity of the evening when I noticed something moving across the water in my direction. Looked like it could've been a baitfish or something. It was dark. I only saw it by the reflections on the surface. I had no idea what it was until it stuck it's head up onto my bow. Somehow, I got that yak up on plane in reverse and when I finally stopped about 50 yds away, I grabbed for my mag light and realized I had let it slip off my lap. So here I am I'm the middle of night without a light to see if the snake made it on board or not lol. Needless to say...I needed to go home and change my undies! I have no clue what kind bit was...but I wasn't trying to tell...just 100% shittin-n-gittin!
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:01 AM   #22
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Step 1-Tie your light to your PFD.
Step 2-Tie your PFD to your body.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:07 AM   #23
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The answer to your question.....YES. I've fished with some of, what I consider, the best Captains and Crews in the world. Message from them.....FIRST put the rod leash on. Not, 'by the way'.........but 'FIRST'. Even in calm water, you can turn almost any kayak over and deposit all your stuff on the bottom. It's not a belt and suspenders type of thing....just common sense. I'm glad you are skilled and adept but some of us come up on 'real world' situations and I've learned that it's best to have a contingency for any situation.
Well I've never been on a boat which had rod leashes. Never seen them on the pier either. I'm not against anyone using them on a kayak. I'm firmly in agreement in that anyone who feels they need them should use them 100% of the time. Anyone who has to ask "do I need them" should use them 100% of the time. I feel the same way about life jackets...to each their own. You won't here me preach that nobody should use them. I'm only preaching against the statement that EVERYBODY should use them. In real world situations, some of us hold our own quite well...and if the situation is dire enough, the last thing I'm worried about is my tackle. It's replaceable.

For the record, I do prefer my stuff to be secure during passage through the surf.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:35 AM   #24
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I hope I'm not coming across the wrong way and I'm sorry to have taken this thread in this direction. My apologies guys.

It's just a pet peeve of mine...the over safety-fication of the country as a whole. Cars with anti collision sensors. Laws that kids must wear helmets on bikes. Q-tips aren't even supposed to go in ears anymore! The list goes on and on. I just don't think we should let safety equipment fog our judgment and dull our senses. We have become a nation of people who are forced to believe we're surrounded by idiots...and in doing so we've all been led to believe we can't take care of ourselves. Sorry about my rant on the leash issue...perhaps I should've kept my mouth shut. I meant nothing against you 'slim...I know you're only offering sound advice. Thank you for that...
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I hope I'm not coming across the wrong way and I'm sorry to have taken this thread in this direction. My apologies guys.

It's just a pet peeve of mine...the over safety-fication of the country as a whole. Cars with anti collision sensors. Laws that kids must wear helmets on bikes. Q-tips aren't even supposed to go in ears anymore! The list goes on and on. I just don't think we should let safety equipment fog our judgment and dull our senses. We have become a nation of people who are forced to believe we're surrounded by idiots...and in doing so we've all been led to believe we can't take care of ourselves. Sorry about my rant on the leash issue...perhaps I should've kept my mouth shut. I meant nothing against you 'slim...I know you're only offering sound advice. Thank you for that...
I know what you mean, Yak. I do agree with you to an extent as well. My only issue with the safety debate is that we lose kayakers every year because they weren't wearing a life vest when the you know what hit the fan. These, apparently, were folks who didn't think they needed to wear life vests.

Will there be times that I am on my kayak without a life vest? Probably. Will I ever have it off if I think I should have it on? Absolutely not. I whole-heartedly agree that we, as Americans, should be afforded the right to use our better judgement. Unfortunately, we have those few who don't really understand that concept. For examples of these folks, google "Darwin Awards." you won't regret it...

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I know what you mean, Yak. I do agree with you to an extent as well. My only issue with the safety debate is that we lose kayakers every year because they weren't wearing a life vest when the you know what hit the fan. These, apparently, were folks who didn't think they needed to wear life vests.

Will there be times that I am on my kayak without a life vest? Probably. Will I ever have it off if I think I should have it on? Absolutely not. I whole-heartedly agree that we, as Americans, should be afforded the right to use our better judgement. Unfortunately, we have those few who don't really understand that concept. For examples of these folks, google "Darwin Awards." you won't regret it...

Better yet, here's a link. PLEASE click it... http://www.darwinawards.com
A good percentage of these lost kayakers probably would've met the same fate with the life jacket on. There are times when one should simply stay away from the gulf...period. The most recent is a good example. The guy who disappeared out of orange beach. I heard so much about him NOT wearing his life jacket yet I fail to see how that fact makes a difference on a day like that. He made a very poor decision by even attempting to kayak the gulf that day. A stiff north wind is nothing to mess around with. Better judgment was the only thing could've saved his life that day and he should've used that while standing on dry land. The only safety equipment that might've been useful would've been a radio/GPS combo.

Sure, a life jacket might save the life of someone in many situations but a strong and aware mindset would eliminate the majority of these situations from ever existing in the first place. I just want people to think before they act. Poor decisions make for poor outcomes. Being safe is far superior to buying safety.
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I have a PA14 and the misses has a slayer propel 13. I leash because I am clumsy. Yep I admit it... Heck I have caught fish and gone to set my rod down and realized had I let go it would have been gone. But I do fish with others that don't use them. They can be a pain but like I said. .... I keep a flashlight, a radio with extra batteries, a whistle and an actor in mine. I have way to many rod holders but that is the way I like it. I have scotty rod holders and a scotty anchor lock. If I need to adjust position I just move the anchor to a different holder. I also keep a good flag with a light on top just in case. The list goes on but those are what I like to have with me. We usually cruise out a few miles in the Gulf to just putting around the bay and sound. Your welcome to run out with us anytime. BUT spend some time getting used to the kayak. If headed out to the GOM spend plenty of time playing in the surf and some waves. The bay can get crazy too. Know your limits and what your kayak can handle. Congrats on the new yak!
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:29 PM   #28
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Pensacola Kayak & Sail has Slayer Propels and you can demo one any time you stop by. They are also having a demo day on March 21 where all of their kayaks will be set up by the water for demos. Lots of deals going on so be sure not to miss it! I will be out there helping out and able to answer any questions you may have about Native Kayaks!
I am looking to get the slayer propel 13. The last time I came in from the Gulf on my Ascend 128T in 3 foot surf it nose plowed and flipped. It does not "surf". Have you been in the surf with the Slayer 13? How does it handle?
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Yes you did low n slow...yes you did haha
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