Teams Location: Rockport, Texas
The Shakespeare Ugly Stik has been my fishing rod preference for several years because they work well and are very tough. As clumsy as my actions and mis-actions are a tough rod is required. How tough are they? Check out this video to get a good idea of why they are my choice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZo7c1eQhYkDizzy Dick asked a question in the comments from yesterday’s blog. He was wandering about tying things down in the yak in case of upset. There is very little carried in the yak to lose. The paddle is tethered to the yak with a tough lanyard. The seat is strapped in with four straps. Water is carried in two bottles. One is stored inside the yak and the other is loose or sitting in the bottle holder molded into the area between my legs. Only one fishing rod is carried and it is carried captive in the rod holder installed between my legs.
The tackle box is very small and fits in a shirt pocket normally.
My time in the yak is usually less than three hours in a session. Therefore my load of stuff is fairly minimal. Any snacks are usually kept in the center hatch with the spare water bottle. My eyeglasses are tethered to my head. The hat worn uses a chin strap to keep the hat with me. My camera rides in my PFD pocket. THE PFD IS ALWAYS WORN ON MY BODY IN THE PROPER MANNER.My fish gripper and long nose pliers each have floats attached to them so they are retrievable if they fall out of the boat. The anchor line has a float at the boat end. The anchor is only attached to the boat on the very rare instance that the Yakking Team has any reason to anchor. On Falcon Lake we used the brush gripper that BillyBob made from a jumper cable clamp. It worked very well and is tied to the yak by a short rope.
There you have the details for fishing/sightseeing from the yak. The yak is a great asset for trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.