I don’t know about you, but when I go fishing early in the morning I like to drink some coffee to kick my brain a bit. Unless it’s a very long commute I bring it on the boat/kayak with me. Nothing like a hot cup of coffee on the water.
Nine out of ten times however, I end up spilling it all over the boat. This sort of things is quite annoying.
Buying a cup holder would work but I wanted something I could take with me. I fish from my boat, other people’s boat, stand up paddle board and kayaks. I wanted a solution that will work for them all. A cup holder, besides being limited to a one size mug, most cannot be removed and used on other vessels.
The last few months I have been on hunt to find the perfect coffee mug for boating. What I needed was wide based non skid bottom mug with insulation that holds hot liquid for a few hours.
A couple days ago I believe my search has come to an end. I have found a spilled proof, double lid, 22 oz, double insulated stainless steel, wide base silicone covered bottom coffee mug. My dreams come true! I quickly press the buy now button.
I tested yesterday out on the water. During a shoot, I drank sparingly testing the how long it held the heat. The java was bought at 8:30 am as I drove to the shoot location. I drank some along the way and at 2 pm it was still hot. The air temperature was in the 60′s and by 6 pm it was still warm! I was sold.
The double spill proof lid works as predicted and at 22 ounce capacity it is plenty for coffee. The wide base held the mug during normal idles and short runs no problem. This will work perfect for all the vessels I will be fishing out of as well as the dash of the truck too.
The cheapest I found was $18.00 dollars off amazon.com it’s worth every penny.
There is no doubt that Lifeproof case is the most successful Iphone waterproof case out there. With success comes competition as well as knock offs.
Competition is great as it invites new ideas and innovations. However, knock off/copies on the other hand (copies so identical, down to the name it’s hard to even tell) is going backwards for everyone.
Recently, there has been a bunch of lower priced Lifeproof 5 cases on Ebay that is really cheap.
I decided to buy one just to see what the difference is. There is definitely a difference especially in performance. The fake one it’s hard for people to hear you when you talk. The sound is muffled on both end and the material and constructions is definitely sub par. And I’m willing to bet the units did not get water tested at the factory.
That being side, the copies are pretty darn good as far as looks goes anyways. If I did not have an authentic one to compare to, it would be very difficult to tell them apart. The packaging was spot on, fonts, inserts, serial #, almost everything was a match. It was not until I set them side by side that I could tell a difference.
Instead of describing the difference(which is tough to do) I will show it to you via video.
The moral of the story is, if the price is too good to be true, it probably isn’t the real deal. Why try to save a few dollars and risk your expensive Iphone 5? It’s just not worth it IMHO.
When I can only go out fishing for a couple hours I prefer to kayak fish. It is fast, convenient, easy to clean after and you can be pretty stealthy.
When I catch a nice fish, one of the thing that annoys me most is how limited you are, with the inability to take good photos. When fishing solo like I often do, it’s tough to get a good photos to share.
It’s either sitting on your lap or you can set the camera on your kayak and get a hunchback of notre dame shot.
So the other day I figured a way to get a better shot. Though not perfect by any means, it’s much better than the alternative.
-Iphone with a lifeproof case(water proof)
-Handle bar mount(easy mount and pivots for good composition)
-Camera timer app(321 camera timer is what I use as it allows for multi timer shots. it’s 99 cents but I think it’s worth it for the multishot functions.)
-Stake out pole (Wang Anchor is what I use)
The concept is quite easy. Once the fish is landed. You mount the camera/iphone/lifeproof on your stake out pole and stake it out. Set the timer app and take as many cool photos as you want.
This way you get your kayak in there, the scenery as well as your gear and envy try some action shots like water dripping etc. It’s looks a ton better and not to mention you are not hunched over like you are having back issues.
The iphone allows for front facing camera so you can frame your shots properly. Also with the app you can set it for multiple shots as well as the time between shots so you can try different angles and be creative.
Here is quick demonstration video. I wanted to shoot it outside but it was raining today.
One of the more annoying part of fly fishing especially if you like to travel is the idea of storing used fly lines. When traveling, one can never be sure if you will need floating, sinking, clear tip, weight forward etc. At upwards of $100 for fly line it’s not like spin fishing where you can just throw your line out.
For most people, what ends up happening is that they loose them, it ends up in big mess or you don’t remember what the line is.
Omnispool and Australian based company has came out with an excellent solution. It’s an encased plastic spool complete with handle, label and cleaning attachments. The spools are also fitted so they can be stacked for easy organization and transport.
Their Facebook Page
Here is a video I shot today demonstrating how easy it was to use. No more zip lock bags, soda bottles and mess.
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As you guys know, at times I do quite a bit of traveling. One of the things I always need and at times forget to bring, is a travel charger.
Since me and everyone else is constantly on their phone these days the battery do not last very long. It always run out and I find myself disconnected and going through withdraws lol.
All joking aside, for the $13 this item is tough to beat.
It is not the most powerful usb charger out there so it will not charge an IPAD or bigger tablets. What it does do is have 2 usb output, allows you to use the wall, 2 AA batteries, 9 V battery and cigarette lighter.
Here’s the Amazon link if you find your self needing a charge while home or traveling.
I saw this product a couple years ago but wasn’t really interested because it was only available in plain colors. Now they have came out with Saltwater trio which looks great.
The Simms sunsleeve is essentially a buff for your arms. This way you can either wear it under your button up type shirts or wear it with your short sleeves shirts. You get protection from the elements and it looks pretty cool.
It is made out of microfiber with 50 uv protection. It dries quickly, easy to stow and keep on the boat. It also protects you from poling abrasion as you pole yours skiff. Put it on just like a sock and stow just like one as well.
The sunsleeve runs $26.00-$34.95 depending on where you find it.
As far as sizing goes, they come in s/m and l/xl. I’m wearing a L/XL and my arms are 15.5″ (though I wanted to lie and say 17.5″) lol.
Salty Fly LP 4/4s skin and Iphone 4/4s/5 plus Samsung S3 cases now available.
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Just got in the J.Stock series of Iphone 4/4s, Iphone 5, and lifeproof 4/4s skins.
Jeremy is a local fisherman and artist in the Tampa bay area. Check it out.
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Inshore Slam: Tarpon, Redfish, Snook , trout
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Retail Shops that carries the Saltyshores Iphone 4/4s cases and Lifeproof skins.
6018 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231
Captain Ted’s Tackle
1189 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33953
Lehr’s Economy Tackle Inc
1366 N Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL 33917
1829 South Osprey Avenue Sarasota, FL 34239
Dogfish Tackle Co
8750 Park Blvd # 102 Largo, FL 33777
Betts Fishing Center
8926 126th Ave Largo, FL 33773
The Saltwater Angler
243 Front Street Key West, FL 33040
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