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Kayaks allow us to do many things bass boats are unable to do. We are able to get into the skinniest backwaters, the rockiest rivers and those remote ponds holding some of the largest fish we have ever caught.
With that being said, these areas can get very little traffic. Being prepared for a variety of unfortunate events can make a bad day better. Most of us will not face a life or death situation when fishing but they do happen. The items I have listed below can easily be stored in a medium size dry bag and should be with you on every trip.
I think it was my first float down the Susquehanna River when I realized anything could have gone wrong. We were catching fish and floating down the river without a care in the world. Needless to say as very inexperienced kayak anglers, we were far from prepared for any situation we could have been faced with. The day was a success and we made it home safely like many other trips before. It was the very minor nonlife threatening situations we were not ready for. After stopping to eat lunch we quickly realize we have no good way to get our hands clean. The back of Chuck’s neck was a good indicator that we both forgot to apply sunscreen before launching. After rifling through our crates looking for the sunscreen we knew we did not have, a five-hour paddle back upstream to grab sunscreen out of the truck was not an option. Just a few weeks ago I found myself almost face down on the ground after the handle on my kayak gave way. I assume the screw worked its way loose after being bounced around trip after trip. Having a mulititool easily remedied that situation.
I wish I could sit here and write about some crazy life threatening experience I was able to survive because of what I had in my dry bag. The reality is I can’t. I have used my fire starting kit one time to ensure I could build a fire if need be. Have I needed it? No. But having the tools necessary to get warm in the event of an emergency is reassuring. Learning from my seemingly simple mistakes and listening to the misfortunes of others, I was able to take a hard look at the everyday dangers that come with being on the water. Without the ability to race across the lake or shoot down the river, as kayak anglers we need to be prepared for a variety of situations every time we are on the water.