How’s it going all. I just wanted to pick the brains of a bunch of guys with a lot more experience than myself! So I have a Cumberland because I hadn’t done a ton of research beforehand and just wanted to get out there on my trip to Panguitch Lake.
So...about my ABS rod holder system. As you see in the picture I have some cheap $40 off brand lucky fish finder. I got some 10lb velcro from Walmart and bam. (Since I’ve modified it and made a mount out of an outlet plastic cover). Ya know I did a bit of research and thought about the hummingbird fishin buddy or something around the 100 buck range, but I realistically need to know the general depth the fish are in. Plus, I’m an apprentice electrician and don’t have a ton of dinero lol. FOR ME, it does the job perfectly, but I would appreciate why some of you guys prefer some higher end models.
Okay, after taking it out for one spin I’ll definitely modify my rod holders more. There’s a 4 way abs valve that I’ll probably get for one or two of the slots. I found that once I caught the fish and needed to net it that it was quite difficult. So instead of building and entire system for my right side I saw there was this Y-looking piece at Home Depot that might fix my issue. I read somewhere in this forum about threading the ABS rod holder and I REALLY want to look into that. I’m trying to get my system down in size as much as I can. I’d love to know if anyone has pulled that off.
I know most guys seem to have a garage for storage, but my only space is a walk in closet lol. Plus I packed 5 people into my Toyota Sequoia and had quite the space issue. So I did some research and will likely get a weatherproof bag for the top of my car and just keep it in my garage 24/7 ready to go. I think the 15sq ft one will be enough space to fit everything, but if anyone has something similar let me know!!
Can anyone explain to me why the slimmer PFD’s are upwards of 150 bucks?? Craziness. I had my regular life jacket on and it didn’t seem to bother me at all honestly.
Now I had rushed and bought the cheapest amazon waders I could get, which was for about 45-50 bucks. Nothing to shout about. I did get a bit wet on my shins when I was wading about chest deep, but being in the float tube I never retained water. I would love some wader suggestions maybe around 150 bucks?? I know a lot of guys recommend Simms, but man that’s just too much of an investment for me personally. ALL WISDOM ACCPETED.
Now here’s where I struggle a bit too. Should I get waders with boots or booties??? I’m leaning towards booties so I can get more comfortable water shoes. It seems to be about getting as comfortable as possible out in the water.
I know most guys recommend Force Fins. I can totally respect that. I got the fins that come in a combo with the Cumberland and HATED them lol. If anyone can send me in the right direction of some used ones or I’ll just keep an eye out for them on eBay or something. OR if anyone has used similar models to the Force Fins I’d love to know how those worked out!!
Alright...what’s up with 7 Bass ??? I LOVE their website man, but everything is out of stock. I could think of so many fun projects or additions for the float tube with their glue on mount system or glue on D-Rings, but they’re all out of stock. I think there’s a store out in LA. Maybe I’ll make the drive one of these days and see what they have in stock. Are there similar products out there to 7 Bass’s accessories???
I’m fishing for trout most of the time and if you guys catch a keeper how are you storing it??! I just used a stringer last time and it worked SO SO lol. I did have a bit of a tangle at times, but not too bad. I’d love to get one of those float baskets and let it float off my side.
If anyone actually read all that I appreciate it haha!! This forum has a ton of knowledge and helped answer a ton of my questions! Thanks and good luck out there.