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Sot Fishing Kayaks For Fishing Only – or Fun? You decide!

By | Eddy Gear, Fishing, Kayak Fishing, Kayaking, Military discount, sot kayaks, Sponsored Tournaments

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Sot Fishing Kayaks – Are they for fishing or fun? At Eddy-Gear.com, our job is to help you decide! Sot kayaks for fishing are a new variation on an old way of doing outdoor life. The kayak has been around since the early days when North American tribes used this style of watercraft for fishing and hunting excursions. While today’s kayaks resemble their earlier counterparts, many changes have been incorporated to offer improved maneuverability and portability, including sot – the “sit on top” and 2-person kayak made just for fishing. Perhaps the most important change is the wide variety of kayak styles that people can buy today. Of course, the materials used to create Sot Fishing Kayaks have also changed with most modern styles being crafted from molded plastic that is noted for its durability and strength. At Eddy-Gear.com, we get feedback directly from our customer base that drives our designs and our outdoor gear offers the very best in innovation and durability for all types of kayaks, including Sot Fishing Kayaks .

The style of kayak that you purchase is going to be determined primarily by the purpose you have in mind. In particular, the type of paddling that you intend to do is going to have a huge impact on which style of kayak you purchase. Are you going to engage in white-water paddling, flat-water paddling, ocean paddling, coastal water paddling, stream paddling, or lake paddling? Since kayaks are designed with a specific style of paddling in mind, your choice of kayaking adventure is going to have a huge impact on your decision. Yakangler.com is a great place to research the experience you are looking for and how it may or may not be well served by a Sot Fishing Kayak.

Even though there is a bit of overlap from one style of kayak to another, each kayak offers specific features that have been designed to simplify maneuverability for a specific style of paddling. Can you imagine trying to use a kayak intended for flat-water use to navigate wild rapids? It might just be a bit too difficult to pull off without any problems occurring.

If you aren’t quite sure what style you want in a kayak, take your time to browse through the Eddy-Gear.com online site selling kayaks or visit a brick-and-mortar shop. If possible, check out a free demo day at a local kayak shop. You should be able to test ride several styles of kayaks to help you make your decision. We have the deals you will yak about so be sure to come back to Eddy-Gear.com for your purchasing needs. We offer military, first responder, and law enforcement discounts.

Summary: Kayaks have a lot to offer water enthusiasts when it comes to fun and maneuverability. From red to blue to yellow, kayaks are sold in a variety of colors and styles. What kind of paddling do you have in mind? Let us help you decide at Eddy-Gear.com!

Cold Weather Fishing Tactics

By | Fishing

If you’re an avid fisherman, you don’t let cold weather prevent you from participating in your favorite pastime. A little nip in the air isn’t gonna hold you back from going after a good time and catching a few fish. So, here are some cold weather tactics to help you be more successful on your next cold weather fishing adventure.

Slow Down

As you know, fish are cold-blooded animals. So, when the water temps drop, so does their core body temperature. When their body temperature drops, so does their metabolism. What does this mean for you? Slow down your presentation. Many species of fish, in the wintertime, will try to conserve energy and are less willing to chase down fast-moving baits.

Scale Down

As I mentioned earlier, many species of fish will have a lower metabolism during the wintertime. That means they won’t need as much food to survive on. Try using smaller baits than you would use during the warmer months of the year.

Sleep In

There’s no need to get up super early and head to the water just to freeze to death while fishing. Wait until the sun comes up and starts to warm the water. Just a 1 degree jump in water temperature during the day can prompt fish to eat.

Deep Early, Shallow Late

The surface temperatures of the water are the most quickly affected by air temperature. So, early in the day, fish deeper water as the deeper water will retain a little of the previous day’s warmth a little longer. By midday, head for shallower water to find fish as the sun and air temp will affect the water temps of the shallows much more quickly than deep water. Fish know this and now you do too.

Bundle Up

Wear more layers than you think you will actually need. Typically the air temperature over the water will be at least a few degrees lower than the air temperature over land. Better to have more clothes for warmth than you think you need than to wish you had a few more layers once your out there. You can’t catch fish sitting in your living room but you might head there quicker if you are underdressed.

Have Fun

Fishing is not always about catching fish. Sure, catching fish is a lot of fun but enjoy the experience. One of the great things about wintertime fishing is that it keeps a lot of the “fair weather fishermen” at home. Be prepared for the conditions, use some of these tips, and enjoy the experience and you’re bound to have a great fishing adventure!

Stringray XL Review — by Chris Lender

By | Eddy Gear, Kayak Fishing

I’ve been fishing my Eddy-Gear kayak for almost a year now and I am Hooked! The stability of the Stingray XL is awesome! A sturdy hull has it feeling not so tippy, so getting up and standing up is no problem, I can even turn around and fish out of the back. I’ve seen videos of a guy standing on the nose and fishing. It carries a heavy load with ease. I usually have a lot of gear with me; custom tackle crate, 8-foot cast net, 5-gallon bait bucket, and depending on the fishing I am doing  3 to 6 rods. All of which fits neatly behind my seat in my storage area. Even when weighed down with all that gear, it still glides nicely through the water, I think almost easier.

In the nose of the Stingray XL is a front hatch that has even more storage — I hide my dry bag and snacks in there.  The dry compartment/ storage area between your legs is where I stash my fish finder battery and all my bug spray and my quick-to lures.  On my left side, I use my quick strap to latch my paddle down. On my right, I have my stake anchor. I also carry a 10lb mushroom anchor that keeps the nose of my kayak steady while I fight big fish along the mangrove lines. I constructed a mount that attaches my transducer to the bottom of the Stingray XL where there has been a transducer port with 2 lead screw holes molded in. (SUPER HANDY!) I used one of the many provided locations on the center storage lid to mount my Humminbird fish finder. It allows me to see the structure and fish under me making the job somewhat easier. I put a second forward facing swiveling rod holder on the left side of my hull to match the right side, where Eddy-Gear has placed dual pre-set screw holes. It looks pretty cool, kind of like a gunship.  I use it to hold a Gopro stick for pictures and videos while fishing.

Stuck right in the middle of all this equipment is my favorite part of the Stingray XL. The new elevated seat that comes with! The higher positioning is a huge advantage for scanning in the water as it really helps with looking for bait or sight casting fish. This elevated seat totally changes the game! It’s my first kayak with a raised seat and I’ll never go back! Better view, way more comfortable, and no sitting in a puddle of water all day. Nothing better than a whole day of fishing with a dry butt! Plus, the back support is an amazing feeling during a long day on the water.

The only thing that saves the day more than the elevated seat is the foot controlled rudder system. Man, I mean Saves. The.  Day! Pushing all that gear around by paddle takes some effort but easy turning is a huge, MONSTER help.  The rudder system makes positioning the kayak for anchoring more precise. It makes drifting in the wind much more controlled and easier. While anchored, you can ensure your kayaks nose is pointed up current so no spinning or facing the wrong way occurs.  The StingrayXL rudder system gives a huge advantage when fighting bigger fish that tend to pull the kayak. Being able to change directions and not having to use your hands to do so is clutch!  I’ve experienced what anglers here in Sarasota call the Siesta sleigh ride, which is when you hook up and get pulled around by a tarpon. They literally pull you around in circles! It’s awesome!

I am a huge fan of the Stingray XL from Eddy-Gear kayak line.  It’s got all kinds of stuff a kayak fisherman needs! I’ve paddled it offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, looking for grouper and snapper on the nearshore reefs.  I have pulled some monster snook over 40 inches out from under the mangrove roots and some redfish almost as big. Sneaking across the flats on a speckled trout hunt is a blast. Standing up and sight casting pot holes, slinging top waters and twitch baits hoping for a gator. My Stingray XL has handled it all like a champ.   I’m getting ready for the fall King Fish run, going out and looking for some big smokers, so fingers crossed. I’m completely and overly happy with my Stingray XL and its performance. I would recommend it to fisherman of all levels! It is a solid, sturdy, and stable fishing machine. Give it a shot, it won’t disappoint. Tight lines and enjoy!

Eddy-Gear Team Member

Chris Lender

Kayaks are going mainstream – kayak storage systems added to apartment build plans.

By | Kayaking, Paddlesport News

If you have ever felt like you were sticking out like a sore thumb in your apartment complex as you dragged you kayak up the stairs to your 3rd level apartment, banging around, making noise, looking awkward…  then you might want to talk to your apartment complex about adding some kayak storage. Not only would it make your life easier but it would help you prevent damage to your kayak and save you precious room in your apartment.

Some companies are getting very creative with their ideas about kayak storage. Check out the images from a build plan for a new apartment complex that we received from one of our business associates. They are using wood framing, corrugated tubing, and chan link doors on the front so that you can fit a large number of kayaks in a small space. This allows for easy, lockable, storage for your kayak and gear.

As kayaking grows in popularity, we should see more and more solutions created to make kayaking more accessible. These kayak storage solutions at apartment complexes, condos, and townhomes should help kayakers enjoy their sport even more.