Before I had left for surf expo last week I had been on the water with kayak a bunch. I choose the kayak because besides being more stealthy it allows me to get super shallow this time of year.
With the cooler temperature the fish just hangs out shallower much longer than they would in the summer time. More oxygen in the water etc.
Wading fishing is the key to covering more area and stealth once I get to my fishing location. Sure I can stay in the kayak but I feel I cover the area better if I wade fish.
One of the accessories I like to use if I’m out on a long day is the chest pack. It allows me to bring more gear like leaders, extra lures, pliers, cutters, jig heads etc.
The chest packs is awesome but some of the ones I use to use in the past would have a bunch of zippers in them. This was great in freshwater but once you start using it in saltwater it gets ruined pretty easily. If you’re like me, I use the products, I do not buy them to look pretty and put them away. I actually use the products, wow what a concept!
Sometimes I forget to rinse the items I use(which you should do always when fishing in saltwater). For zippers this becomes a disaster as they corrode and render your expensive pack virtually useless.
William Joseph, one of the leaders in fishing packs, has came out with the Mag Series of packs. These packs utilizes naturally occurring long lasting magnets to open and close the bags. To me this is genius, and perfect for a guy like me that often forget close them at times. No more slinging lures all over the place because i forgot to zip up the bag. The mag series virtually closes itself.
The mag series essentially solves many of my issues with 1. forgetting to rinse after fishing 2. forgetting to close latch after grabbing something. I plan on replacing my boat bag with the mag technology as well. Nothing more annoying than running in a boat, forget to close your bag and all your stuff spills out all over the darn place!
As you might have guess there were plenty of gear bags at the show. The bag that had my attention was the William Joseph mag series bags. This bag uses an earth magnet to open and close the majority of the lids instead of zippers. They tell me the reason they use an earth magnet is due to the fact that the natural magnets last quite a bit longer than man made magnets.
This is a dream come true for me on multiple levels. Being mostly a saltwater fisherman I have gone through many bags in my time. Mainly the trouble is caused by saltwater sprays. If I forget to rinse the bag off and clean the zippers really well after a day of fishing, the zippers will corrode and eventually get stuck. This obviously renders the bags essentially useless. The issue has plagued me for years no matter how expensive the bags were. All it took was one slip up and it will eventually corrode on me. This new mag series by William Joseph will certainly solve this issue for me as there will be no zipper to corrode and get stuck.
The second issue is more about me being lazy. Many times I am adding leaders, getting pliers out, and changing lures on a boat. When the action is hot I tend to leave the lids open because I never know if I or someone else need to access again quickly. I have a bad habit of leaving the lid open and it creates a big mess. As you can imagine what happens when the run gets a bit rough. All the gear spills out all over the deck or even fly out of the boat to never never land.
With the mag series it is just one flip, it to close and one flip, it opens. A one handed operation. A dream come true for a non neat, non compulsive fisherman such as I. yeah baby!
The price point of the mag series bags is more expensive but there is lifetime warranty and it sure beats changing bags every few months. I am pretty sure this will be my next boat bag.
They also make Wading packs using the magnet technology.