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
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.
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.
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Hooks, jig heads, weights, floats, and leader materials make up terminal tackle. It is highly recommended to carry a wide variety of hooks in your tackle box for any kind of catch. Multiple sizes of circle and “j” hooks from #1 through 8/0 will do the trick. Go with some smaller sizes i.e. #1 or 1/0 or sheepshead and snapper and then change to 2/0 – 4/0 for larger species like snook and redfish. When chasing tarpon I use 7/0 or 8/0. Using mostly circle hooks for most of your fishing needs is helpful because of the ease on the fish and the angler. They take all the guesswork from the hook set. It’s also good to use weighted screw in type hooks for my soft plastics, so you will want some of those as well. 1/16 oz-3/8 oz will be fine. Switching to jig heads again variety seems to be best. 1/16 oz – 1 oz depending on the application will cover all your bases. Don’t get too caught up in colors, but some variation may be beneficial. Weights come in all shapes and sizes and a little of each would suit your needs. Some pinch on’s for easy on and easy off are great. Egg sinkers work best for deeper water and knocker rig application and therefore should be a part of your tackle. You can sometimes use worm weights for soft plastics, so add a few sizes. Floats are used for many applications, but a few need mentioned. Popping corks should be a staple item in every tackle bag, just make sure and get the ones with the titanium shaft; they won’t get all bent up after a few fish. Also go with the ones that have a concave front as opposed to oval, they make more noise in the water which will lead to more strikes. It’s good to have a variety of other common floats when using live bait around mangroves or over the grass flats. Use the weighted floats, you will get further casts. Finally, let’s take a look at leader material. Fluorocarbon has been the big deal for quite some time and is recommended by many avid anglers. Have a few different strengths; 15lb-30 for smaller species and 70-100 for larger. You can cut pre-length leaders and put them in zip lock bags, it will save you time later.
Fin-Atics.com offers a huge variety of terminal tackle both in store and online in the Jersey Shore area. Feel free to contact us regarding any questions you may have.
Choosing a hook for saltwater fishing isn’t always the easiest. When it comes to choosing the size and shape of your hook, there are some important things to know. There are a wide variety of hooks for every fishing style, so it’s likely to be an ongoing learning process as you change your fishing techniques and types of fish.
You can use a small hook to catch a wide variety of fish. For example, a number five size hook can catch fish from a quarter pound to 25 pounds. However, angling and landing that number 25 fish, when using a small number five hook, requires careful and expert angling, or landing with a net.
Choose brand name hooks that are well known and proven to be of great quality. There are also many of other name brand hooks that work even better than Eagle Claw and Mustad. Ask your fellow fishermen what they use. Retailers often push what they either make the most profit from or they are trying to push overstocked items.
Different lengths have different purposes. Short shank hooks are good for their strength and long shank hooks are easier to remove.The short shank hook, by design, is more durable and will not straighten out or break easily. In areas with many coral heads or a drop off, use a strong, short shank hook, heavier lines, and always keep the line taut with the fish on. Instead of forcing the landing of a fish in these conditions, an alternative is to let a big, strong fish tire itself in the deeper water and reel it in in the shallow, line breaking area, after it is no longer putting up a hard fight.
If you are in the Cape May County NJ area and are looking for great quality fishing hooks, bait, or other tackle, come check out Fin-atics in Ocean City NJ! You can also check us out at our website.
Tautog now join the other species we are allowed to target, Tautog 15 inches: 4 fish Jan. 1 – Feb. 28, 4 fish Apr. 1 – Apr. 30, 1 fish Jul. 17 – Nov. 15, 6 fish Nov. 16 – Dec. 31. They will be found close to structure such as jetties, piers, docks, pilings and of course wrecks and artificial reefs. Just drop down a small green crab or piece of clam next to the structure and be ready for a quite bite.
Fluke are starting to move toward the inlets as they make their way offshore. Fish near the inlets in deeper water with larger baits like the Gulp! 5” Swim Mullet with a heavier bucktail in the 2-3oz range. This will get you down into the depths were the bigger fluke hide. Get out and Fish!