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How do you kayak fisherman go about keeping what you catch? Do you use a stringer? Soft cooler?
 

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I use a stringer with metal clips. It keep's the fish fresh enough untill i get back to the truck where i carry a cooler/ice.


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I use the same thing as above
Do you guys use this for inshore fishing? I have used a stringer in the salt before but someone told me that I was nuts to do it in a yak. I had never had any problems but I know the potential is there.
 

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Never noticed fish going bad being in the warm water at all if they are dead? Normally I like to cut a few gills to kill the fish quickly. Just wouldn't want them to spoil being in the water for a half a day dead.

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I had some bluegill on a stringer last week and was clear and shallow enough water to watch this big bowfin follow my boat for a good while, i had to slap the water with a paddle several times and he didnt seem phased.

Imo, i would never do this inshore. There are too many decent sized predators.
I dont fish inshore a lot though, so my experience in the matter is minimal. Just going on my own instinct

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If a shark decides he wants the fish on my stringer then "hey pal, here's an easy meal". Same goes for a small gator. The thought of them or their "threat" isn't enough to deter me. I'm a kayak minimalist. I carry a few extra lures a couple jigheads and a bag or two of my favorite soft plastics and a large bottle of water.
 

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The original poster didn't specify long distance paddling I don't think. Also, the basket I suggested will fit in a hull.

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I pull the fish in and throw them by my feet when paddling long distances back.

I grew up fishing in FL, tons of time on the water down there in a kayak in the salt and freshwater swamps full of snakes gators and sharks. never once had any issue with them spoiling or something trying to eat them.
 

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Also, the basket I suggested will fit in a hull.
By inside the hull I mean inside the rod pod so you can't even see it from the outside. I doubt you would want a fish basket in there even if you could get it in there. The fish bag I use has a zipper and I keep frozen water bottles in it.
 

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I used an AO soft cooler last trip out 1 bag of ice bungee down got a red and threw him in pulled the bungee back over. It was great I got it specifically for this reason.
 

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If a shark or gator wants you, he'll get you without a stringer of fish.
People would absolutely freak if they knew what and the size of what cruises well inside our waters.
You can go to the backside of Harkers and hook into sharks 3-500 pounds.

You got two options. Miss out or gut it out.

Notice the legs in the bloody water. He aint missing out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ucd4OXqUo
 
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