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I am new to kayak fishing and I am buying a Malibu XL Pro 2 Tandem next week (Early Christmas present) with the full fishing/dive package and I was wondering, do you use double paddles like a regular kayak when fishing or do you use the doubles?:confused::confused:

Also, what do you do with the paddles when your casting or drift fishing,,,are there any paddle clamps or velcro straps avalable? :confused::confused:

Oh yeah, do you use a manual or auto PFD?:confused::confused:
 

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I use a standard kayak paddle and lay it in my lap while drifting and casting. If I am anchored I stow it. I use a manual inflating PFD. It is what I am used to, but if your not used to being in the water under disstress then I would a foam PFD. The water activated ones will always be going off if you use them.
 

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If you can find a used "Aqua-Bound" paddle, get it. The lighter the better. All the yakker's I know and fish with use the standard PFD, not the auto-inflate models. NRS makes a really nice one with pockets and straps in all the right places. Those brands seem to hold up well, so getting a used version of one will really save you some $$$$.

Oh yea, just get a paddle leash, you can even make your own, to keep that paddle in the boat when your fighting a fish. I'm a hypocrite, 'cause I don't have one, but I just lay the paddle on my lap when casting or fighting a fish. I don't need anymore things in the yak to have that stupid Mirrolure getting hooked into...:D

If possible, install a cup/can holder. Any fish that's boated goes straight for your beverage in between your legs. I think the side-eyes have drank more beverages than I with the amount of liquids that have been dumped by rambunctious hooked fishees.

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I made my own yak leash out of bungee cord. To stow it while drifting I wedge a blade into the for'ard bungee straps. You can also buy paddle clips to attach to your yak. If you don't go with a strap, then make sure you have a spare paddle where you can get to it. It'd suck to be a mile off shore, drop your paddle, and not be able to get it back...
 

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Your yak should come with some small bungees on the side to secure the paddle. I did buy a paddle leash that keeps the paddle tethered to my yak in case of a rollover.

When you get that thing rigged, give me call. We can head to Hartwell for some striper fishing. I'm planning on buying a bait tank, soon, to put on the back of my yak.
 
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