Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kayak Ditch Bag

Fishing the inshore saltwater grass flats and passes of the Tampa Bay area may seem easy and harmless, which it can be. Of course I've never been one to just settle for the easy things so I sometimes find myself at the mouth of the Bay grouper fishing in deep water, around Johns Pass or Clearwater Pass, or the always popular Fort Desoto...all of which offers the opportunity to find yourself swept out to sea by an outgoing tide, storm or wind.

As evidenced by my close call at Sand Key I thought I'd share a simple yet important piece of gear that I take with me on every trip out with the kayak.

I made mine out of a water tight stuff sack and attached it to my PFD.

Inside, I keep a lightweight First Aid kit, a 20 oz sealed bottle of water, a small survival kit, (small rope, signal mirror, plastic shelter, small headlamp, small muti-tool)and super loud high pitched whistle.

Keep this with you while out on the water. It'll help ease your mind and might even save your life one day.


  1. Great kit you put together. You don't happen to keep a VHF radio with you, do you?

  2. No sir - no radio - but I DO keep my cell phone in a water tight box....