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Portland Boat Show

January 14th, 2010 · No Comments


Well, the Portland Boat Show was bunk for kayakers. Not a whole lot going on. There was a single NuCanoe represented and a couple Airie and Maxxon inflatables as well. Hopefully things will be better at the Sportsmen’s Show in a few weeks.


Yes, but…

There were a couple items that I came across that I had to share.

The first thing I found was from On The Water Sports. Robert Dinubilo not only brought a tricked out NuCanoe to the Portland Boat Show, but he also brought along some Stow-B-Low Crab Pots. I’ve seen these online before, but never in person. The Stow-B-Low is a PVC framed colapsable crab pot. It has a rather ingenious design that gives it an umbrella-like folding function, so it folds up, and sets up, in very quick fashion. It comes with its own carrying case too. Folded it would be easy to get a half dozen pots in most kayak rear tank wells! 6x6x30, all folded. When open it has a LARGE 34″x34″ foot print. Being PVC it’s very light weight, so you do want to get some weight in there to help it fight the currents. But its pyramid shape will hold well, and likely better than square traps, with less weight than your average trap would require.

Stow-B-Low crab trap

If I could change this product, I would put the weight inside the PVC. Nothing to have to remember when setting the pots once that is accomplished. It’s still a great device. Find out more info at http://www.onthewatersports.com or http://www.stow-b-low.net

Another great product has been around for over 15 years, yet I don’t think I’ve ever noticed it before. Perhaps I only noticed because I now fish from a kayak so religiously…

American Outdoor Coolers are the best softsided cooler I have EVERY seen. They’re thickly insulated, and completely water/leak proof inside and out! A video I saw earlier today doing a bit more research on these coolers shows one survive a 120+°F day in Death Valley. I would consider the 24 Pack the ideal size for kayak fishing. At this size you’re looking at a cooler that is 17″x10″x12″, small enough to only take up half of your tank well, but big enough to keep a case of beer, um, I mean, all your bait, lunch, and catch cold for a whole day of fishing.
AO 24 pack
The AO Coolers also ofter great attachment points to keep your cooler secure. I’m just going to have to talk them into getting my color though. Find more at http://www.aocoolers.com

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