Kayak Storage Tips

With the current popularity, kayaks are becoming a favorite sport for everyone. Owning a kayak is important if you enjoy going out on kayak adventures. But your kayak can be quickly deteriorated or damaged because you do not know how to preserve it carefully. With the helpful following tips, you can prevent a premature ending to your kayak’s lifespan.

Kayak Storage Tips – Jersey Shore Kayak Dealer Advices

Tip 1: Protect It from the Elements

Kayak Storage Tips - Jersey Shore Kayak Dealer Advices
Kayak Storage Tips – Jersey Shore Kayak Dealer Advices

Sunlight can degrade just about any kayak hull material, from fiberglass to plastic to coated fabric.

  • If house or garage storage is not possible, then try to find a shaded spot.
  • If shade is limited or not available, find a weather-resistant tarp that will cover the entire hull at all times of day. Suspend the tarp above the hull, as contact with the hull promotes mold or fungal growth in wet conditions.
  • Sun-protective sprays like McNett UV Tech can be applied to hard-shell boats to enhance their from-the-factory UV protection. Apply a generous coating at the beginning of each season and prior to storing your boat for any long period of time to help shield it from sunlight and oxidation.
  • For inflatable kayaks, keep your boat disassembled indoors when storing it for long periods of time.

Weather can also cause some hull materials to oxidize and/or degrade.

  • If you store your boat outside, make sure rain and snow can’t collect in the tarp and press down on the hull.
  • Prolonged exposure to cold can damage the fabric skins used in certain inflatable kayaks.
  • Even if you store your boat in an unheated building, be aware that repeated freezing and thawing can cause damage to fiberglass boats if water has seeped into seams, joints or cracks in the hull (it will expand and contract as it freezes and melts).

Salt water can degrade hull materials and corrode metal parts. If you paddle in salt water, be sure to rinse your boat thoroughly with fresh water before you store it.

 

Tip 2: Distribute Weight Evenly

Most kayak hulls will deform or bend over time if exposed to uneven weight distribution. Plastic and fabric hulls are the most susceptible to damage, but fiberglass and wood-hulled boats can also fall victim to this.

Support the boat at several points along its length, using padded cradles, angled surfaces and/or wide, nylon straps that match the curve of the hull.

Practices to avoid include:

  • Supporting your kayak from its ends only.
  • Standing it up on one end.
  • Hanging it from its grab loops.
  • Laying it down on its side on a flat surface for long periods of time.
  • Storing it near a significant heat source like a furnace or water heater.
Kayak Storage Tips - Jersey Shore Kayak  Dealer Advices
Kayak Storage Tips – Jersey Shore Kayak Dealer Advices

Tip 3: Protect Against Theft

If you can’t store your boat in a house or garage, then:

  • Try to keep it hidden from view as much as possible.
  • Position it so that it’s difficult for a thief to grab it quickly and run.
  • For added protection, thread a durable security cable through a sturdy part of the boat (like a wire grab loop) and lock it to a post, fence or building.

For more helpful South NJ kayak storage tips as well as tackle, bait, and other fishing equipment, check out Fin-atics. Serving the South NJ area, this fishing tackle store offers quality supplies both in their Ocean City NJ store and online at good prices. Contact them at (609) 398-2248 or visit the website.

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Black Drum Fishing Tips

The Black Drum is a large inshore fish that can often exceed 70 pounds. They have recently been reported as far north as the Sandy Hook but Delaware Bay is where they are most commonly found in large numbers. Some black drum are caught in the surf each year, but most are caught by boat. There are many charter boats in the Cape May area that specialize in catching black drum. The best months are May and June. Equipment needed to catch them can be purchased at almost any bait and tackle shop.

Bait and Tackle Shop Tips – Catching Black Drum

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Catching Them:
It’s best to fish from an anchored boat. Use a fish finder rig with just enough weight to hold bottom. The most effective baits are whole fresh clams or shedder crabs if you can find them at the bait and tackle shop. It is recommended to use a 3 foot 50-80 pound leader with an 8/0 – 12/0 hook. Cast your line out and let it settle to the bottom. Reel in slack until you come tight to the sinker. Set the pole in a holder in free spool with the line out alarm on. If a fish picks it up give, them a little slack. If you’re fishing a J hook click your reel into gear and set the hook sharply with a upward rod motion. If you are fishing a circle hook simply click the reel in gear and let the fish hook itself. These fish travel in tight schools so if you catch one there are sure to be many more so stay alert. The best place to find them is of the coast of the Cape May area. 
Basic Black Drum Fishing Tips:
  • Use fresh clams rather then frozen if you can get them at the local bait and tackle shop.
  • Shedder crabs work well too, and be purchased at almost any bait and tackle shop
  • You need a fairly heavy set up; 20–50 pound class rod and reels are best.
  • Fish travel in schools and move around a lot. When you get your shot you have to take full advantage so have some pre tied rigs made up so you can get back in the water quickly.

For more helpful Jersey Shore fishing tips as well as awesome saltwater fishing gear, bait, and other fishing equipment, check out Fin-atics. Serving the Cape May County area, this fishing tackle store offers quality supplies both in their Ocean City NJ store and online at good prices. Contact them at (609) 398-2248 or visit the website.

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