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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.

Fishing – More Than Just a Family Tradition

By | Eddy Gear

(Pictured above: Me, my grandfather, and my father. Circa 1980)

Something in me knew that “this is amazing” when my grandfather handed me that cane fishing pole for the first time. I was in love the first time I watched that bobber dart under the water and could feel that catfish pull against that primitive fishing pole. When I landed my first fish, I was hooked — for life.

I can still hear the creak of the barn door as my grandfather opened it and I can still smell the fish food as he scooped it into a small one-gallon bucket so that we could head to the pond and get the catfish in a feeding mood. I still remember my sister getting grossed out by my dad cutting up the chicken livers and baiting our hooks. I will never forget the way my dad taught me to hold a catfish so that I would not get stung by its fin.

I cherish these memories. The simple act of “taking a kid fishing” helped shape me to become the man I am today.  I cannot imagine how different my life would have been if my grandfather and father had not taken me fishing.

I’m 100% certain that those early-in-life fishing trips kept me out of trouble through high-school and college, taught me how to respect life, gave me a desire to work (to earn money for fishing equipment, of course), and helped shape me into me a pretty good father. There are so many life lessons to be learned while fishing and when you fish with a family member, the bonding and learning are like nothing else.

Over the years I graduated from cane poles to Zebcos to high end spinning tackle, from johnboats to kayaks to flats boats to bay boats, from avid and obsessed recreational angler to tournament angler to full-time fishing guide. And, it all started with a simple fishing trip to my grandfather’s catfish pond.

My son at 5 years old.

These days, I am carrying on the family tradition with my kids. My son was “hooked” when he caught his first bluegill on his “Superman pole” at 2 years old. Since then, he’s graduated to first-mate on over 750 charters (before he even turned 12 years old) and he’s caught redfish, snook, trout, tarpon, bass, striper, crappie, catfish, permit, barracuda, shark, mackerel, sheephead, rainbow trout… the list goes on and his passion for fishing grows every day.

I hope that the fishing tradition that my father and grandfather passed on to me, and I have passed on to my son, serves him as well as it has me. And, I hope that one day, he will have a family of his own to pass this amazing passion down to as well.

Eddy-Gear was started out of the same passion for the outdoors and fishing. It was this family tradition that was passed down from generation to generation that gave birth to the brand and the products. That’s why when you fish out of an Eddy-Gear kayak, you’re not just a customer, you’re a family member. And, we hope you pass the tradition down to your family as well. 

 


Written by Capt. Clay Eavenson