Friday, 20 December 2013

~ Merry Fishmas & Happy New Year to All! ~ <*((((>{

Thank you to all who participated in this years Facebook giveaway: 12 Days of Christmas!

Everyone's support and encouragement to the daily draw winners was quite outstanding. It's great to see what an awesome online fishing community we really have!

We hope that each and every one of you enjoy the rest of the holiday season. Please be safe when traveling, and on the ice if you plan on ice fishing. Always remember to wear your PFD when out on the water and operating a watercraft, which also sets a good example for our little lunkers!

Good tidings to all! We wish everyone an exciting 2014!


The Scotty Crew!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

'Tis the Season for Scotty's 12 Days of Christmas!

You won't want to miss this holiday giveaway!

We are pleased to announce the approaching arrival of our 3rd Annual "12 Days of Christmas" giveaway!

On the following 12 days (listed in the above graphic), you can enter your chance to win a spectacular Sport Fishing or Kayak Fishing Rod Holder and Accessory prize pack! Each pack comes complete with a Scotty key-chain lanyard and decals too!

Here's how you'll enter:

1.)  Head on over to our Scotty Fishing Products Facebook page and
      give us a "LIKE" 

2.)  Check back each day during our 12 Day draw, for the new daily
      giveaway graphic

3.) "LIKE" each of the new daily giveaway graphics to
      automatically be entered to win that days draw!

*Be sure to like the post from our direct Facebook page, and not off of a friends
re-post in your news feed, in order to show up in our draw. We are unable to see third party activity.* 

4. )  Check back the following day to see if you're our lucky winner, as
       we will be announcing the previous days results the following morning
       after 7am PST. /10am EST.

Good luck everyone, and thank you for your support!

We hope you all have a super fun and safe holiday season!  :)

* Facebook Draw Rules & Regulations: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Maximum of 1 share/person/day. Applicants must share the original Scotty Fishing Products Facebook post in order to be eligible. Applicants are numbered according to the order/time in which the participant liked that daily draw post. A number is selected randomly and announced after 7am PST the following day; after the daily draw picture was posted. Winners that are announced are responsible for direct messaging Scotty Products with their valid, preferred shipping address and contact phone number in order to receive their draw prize. Winners will also have the opportunity to decide on a Kayak Fishing or Sport Fishing related prize pack.

(Previous winners during the 2012 "Scotty 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway"will no longer be eligible for future wins during the 2012 giveaway period. If name is drawn, an automatic re-draw will take place.) *

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Show us your "Scottystache" Contest!

 Show us your best mustache fishing picture! Whether you’re out on a boat, kayak fishing or casting from a dock... If you’re rocking a “Scottystache” then we want to see it!    (Psssst... Photoshopped entries welcome, but we'd love to see the real deal!)

 One lucky winner will be crowned with superior Scottystache status on Friday, November 29th after 7:00am PST. The winner will take home a customized Scotty Rod Holder & Accessory Prize Pack made for a fishing King or Queen! (Yes, we encourage “Mo Sistas” too!)


To enter, you must submit your best "Scottystache photo" to either our Scotty Fishing Products Facebook page, Tweet it to us on Twitter at @ScottyProducts or upload it to your Instagram..

But remember, you must include both these hash tags below in your upload to be eligible to win! 

#Scottystache  +    #Movember

(There is no limit to how many entries you can upload!
So get posting and good luck!)

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

October Giveaway WINNER!

Congratulations to Dee Kaminski who has won this months product giveaway in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Thank you to everyone who participated and stay tuned for more giveaways on our Facebook page and other social networks! Tight lines <*((((>{

~ Be sure to see how you can support this month by visiting or  :)

Monday, 7 October 2013

October Product Giveaway!

It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are doing our part to spread the word on our Facebook page!

Be sure to "like" us on Facebook, and follow these steps to win yourself a white Scotty Rod Holder prize pack, including our famous Power Lock and Baitcaster Rod Holder, and a special pink rope bracelet! 

Here's how you enter!

1.) "Like" us on Facebook at

2.)  Click here to "Share" the image that's below to your personal page.

3.) "Like" this same image that you see below.

4.) Instantly be entered into a draw for the special prize pack!

* Draw deadline is October 22nd at 7am PST. * Winner will be announced that morning, so be sure to check our Facebook page then to see if you've won! * Must share our original Scotty Fishing Products post to have valid entry. * Please note that we can not see if you've shared the image, if you do not share our original post from OUR company fan page. *

~ Be sure to see how you can support this month by visiting or  :)

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Scotty Downrigger TLC

~ A friendly reminder from your friends at Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products ~ 

Hey Everyone! It's a great idea to get your downriggers serviced before a full Summer of fishing. A lot of people like to also get them "winterized" before putting them away in a dry place during the months they are not in use, so that they are ready to go for next season.

Scotty has a great list of Authorized Repair Depot's including our own Marine Service Department here in Sidney, BC Canada.

If you are tight on time, and have a strict deadline for when you need your downriggers back (for a fishing trip or planned charter etc.) please be sure to bring them in with time to spare, before the Summer rush hits. We want to make sure that you are able to get your downriggers back as soon as possible, so you can get out on the water fishing!  <*(((>{

<< For a list of our certified repair depot locations click here >> 

As always, thank you for your support!

~ Scotty Crew

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

WINNER: 2013 Hot Summer Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Hot Summer Giveaway on Facebook!

Your support is greatly appreciated and we hope you will continue to be a part of our online Scotty community on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram!

Each person that entered had the opportunity to choose between a Scotty 2106 HP Electric Downrigger or a new 2500 Line Puller!

So without further adieu, the winner of the 2013
Hot Summer Giveaway is....  *drum roll*

Congratulations to Peter Sergeeff who will be
sent a new 2500 Line Puller! 

Thank you again for your support and stay tuned for more
Scotty online giveaways on our social networks! Tight lines!

Monday, 26 August 2013

HOT SUMMER GIVEAWAY - It's the last week to enter!


Don't forget to hop on over to our company Facebook page and enter our Hot Summer Giveaway! 

You might just win your choice of either a new Scotty Line Puller or HP Electric Downrigger! Please share this event with your friends online and good luck!

* Please note that this giveaway does not view on mobile. You must enter from a computer. Sorry in advance! *

Monday, 22 July 2013


Scotty is excited to be hosting our 2nd Annual Hot Summer Giveaway!

This year we will be giving everyone the chance to choose their dream prize! The winner will be able to receive either a new 2500 Line Puller or a 2106 HP Downrigger! So whether your into catching some crustacean or landing that big fish, we've got you covered!


Our giveaway will be running from August 1st - September 1st (winner chosen at random) and it is super easy to enter!

You will need to hop on over to our Scotty Fishing Products Facebook page during the giveaway period, and click on our event app that will be right below our Facebook banner image. It will ask you to please "like" our fan page to enter, and then all you will need to do is provide your name, email address, and whether you would prefer a Line Puller or HP Downrigger!

Be sure to share this event with your friends, and tweet that you have entered this great giveaway (if you have Twitter.) 

So be sure to check out our Facebook page come August 1st, and good luck to everyone!

* Winner must reside and have a valid shipping address within the continent of North America.
* Please see contest poster for more Giveaway Terms & Conditions
*Please note that your email address will be used to receive our blog post updates via email, but you are more than welcome to unsubscribe after the giveaway is concluded... However, we would LOVE to have you stay a part of our Scotty online community and follow our blog posts! We typically only blog a few times per month.  :)

Remember to use the hash tag #TheWayToFish all Summer long, as you might just be our "Fan Pic of the Week" or win a special "I Heart Scotty" T-shirt!   <*(((((((((>{

Friday, 5 July 2013


Trust is a quality that's earned over time. Through our greatest triumphs, and humble defeats... It's built on dependability, extraordinary strength and true confidence... At the end of a long but epic day, trust is about being able to deliver on promises, time after time. Built to last. Made to work. 

Trust Scotty: The Way To Fish!

Since 1952, our passion has been to manufacture superior products.
The total commitment to quality, fair pricing and unmatched service means our customers everywhere can expect reliability and satisfaction from every product that carries the Scotty name.

Featuring - Becky Gardhouse, Taro Murata & Ryan Hare
Directed by - Positive Media (

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Making of "TRUST SCOTTY"

We've been working on a little promo video back East in Ontario for a few months now, and we are very excited to share with everyone the final result tomorrow...

Be sure to join us on Facebook tomorrow, for your chance to win some some Scotty Rod Holders, as will be running a giveaway through the weekend with the launch of our special promo video!

Also, we would love it for your to be a part of our Scotty Fishing YouTube channel and subscribe today!

There is a lot that goes in to making a video, big or small... We would like to take the time to thank Pasi Posti with Positive Media and a special thanks to Becky GardhouseRyan Hare, and Taro Murata for their involvement with this endeavour.

Here is some behind the scenes footage, of the making of "TRUST SCOTTY" - Enjoy and stay tuned!

Tight lines,

The Scotty Crew!  <*(((((>{

Monday, 24 June 2013

GEAR REVIEW: No. 302 Scotty Stabilizers

Feel secure and stable in your kayak or canoe while fishing with the Scotty Stabilizer System. 
Made with easy to inflate inner bladders that offer over 30 lbs. of extra buoyancy.
Scotty’s new Locking Brackets make installation and removal quick and easy!  Remove or reposition the pontoons with the push of a button.

The No. 302 Stabilizer system can easily be adapted to fit on most canoes without drilling holes by using the Scotty No. 449 Portable Clamp Mount. Each pontoon includes a Scotty locking mounting system for easy installation and removal.  Simply unlock and swing the system inboard to move them out of the way. 

Each Stabilizer Kit includes:
2 - inflatable pontoons
2 - 28" anodized arms with post
4 - No. 241L Locking Combination Side/Deck Mounts
2 - No. 280 Baitcaster Rod Holders

Each 28" anodized aluminum support arm includes a gear and post system at
either end that allows you to make subtle adjustments to properly fit your
stabilizer system to virtually any water craft.

The 30 inch long x 8”diameter (zipper opening) pontoons are manufactured from heavy-duty puncture and tear resistant PVC outer shell material.

To learn more about our paddle sports & kayak fishing gear, please check out

Thursday, 13 June 2013

For the dad that loves to fish... as much as we do!

Father's Day is right around the corner! 

Stumped on gift ideas for that awesome dad of yours? Does he like to fish?! If so, then we've got some great Father's Day gifts for that marvellous man in your life!  

*WARNING: These gift ideas will produce extreme gratification, and we warn the "gifter" of tight hugs and loud "thank-you's" in advance. Scotty is also not to be held responsible for the absence of any husbands, dads, or grandfathers who will be "MIA" and out fishing until dark during these next few months ahead.*  ;)

~ Dad on the Fly ~

Our 265 Fly Rod Holder comes complete with a 241 Combination Side/Deck Mount and can be mounted to a kayak or small watercraft. Great for Rod and Reel storage, or hands free trolling! 

~ Sportfishin' Dad ~

Our Scotty Aluminum Landing Nets have unsurpassed quality! Their aluminum alloy handle and hoop with tough corrosion-resistant finish make the net extremely durable and strong. Guaranteed quality, complete with a 5 year warranty! Available with 4ft or 6ft handles. 

Our 3015 Electric Downrigger Cover is a great addition to any dad's downrigger and fishing collection. This durable cover helps protect the downrigger from the harsh elements and keeps them looking like new! 

~ Pro Paddler Dad ~

Our new Scotty Slide Track is a great addition to any small watercraft. Mount it to your tin boat or kayak and easily slide on your favorite rod holders or accessories using our revolutionary 438 Gear-Head Track Adapter! Depending on the type of fishing dad's doing, these products offer versatility for multi-species angling.  

Our 480 Rocket Launcher Rod Holder w/ Gimbal Adapter is a perfect option for rod storage on a kayak with built in Gimbal Rod Holders. This product helps to elevate dad's expensive rod/reel setup up off of the water line, for added security and adjustability. 

Happy fishing everyone, and we hope all you great dad's out there have a wonderful Father's Day weekend! See you on the water!  <*((((>{

Friday, 7 June 2013

SNEAK PEEK: New Scotty Products Coming Soon!

We make fishing and outdoor gear with YOU in mind!

We are always coming up with new gear here at Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products. From sport fishing to kayak fishing, we do our best to design and produce innovative products that will make your fishing experience truly better.

Since 1952, Scotty has been manufacturing and assembling products in little Sidney, BC Canada. The total commitment to quality, fair pricing and unmatched service means our customers everywhere can expect reliability and satisfaction from every product that carries the Scotty name.

So let's get out there and fight some fish, and not the fishing gear... Choose products that are built to last, and built to work. You can always trust Scotty: The Way To Fish! 


200lb. test - Low Drag Microfilament Premium Power Braid Downrigger Line

No. 2700K - 200ft 
No. 2701K - 300ft
No. 2702K - 400ft

Scotty® Premium 200 lb. test Power Braid is our latest high tech, low drag, black microfilament braided downrigger line. This custom manufactured braid offers the ultimate in strength, consistency and durability. The use of braided downrigger line helps combat electrolysis around your fishing gear and outlasts stainless steel cable. No crimps required! 

No. 1158   Depthpower Downrigger Accessory Kit
No. 1159   High Performance Downrigger Accessory Kit

The Scotty® Downrigger Kits contain essential replacement and repair items to “keep you fishing” when using Scotty® downriggers. These accessories fit conveniently in a 1 L Watertight Emergency Container and include:

1 x Single Drive Belt for Depthpower Downriggers (only in No. 1158 Kit)
1 x Single Drive Belt for High Performance Downriggers (only in No. 1159 Kit)
1 x Snubber
2 x Soft Stop Bumpers
2 x Large Coastlock Snaps
4 x Stopper Beads for Stainless Steel Line
4 x Stopper Beads for Braided Line
1 x Mounting Knob ( for Downrigger Swivel Mounts and Rod Holders)

1 x Scotty Decal

No. 374   Sure Stop Downrigger Stopper Kit

The Scotty® Sure Stop Terminal Kit comes complete with over 7 feet of custom 240lb. test black nylon seine twine, a heavy duty in-line swivel and a heavy duty coast lock terminal end. You attach your downrigger line directly to the heavy duty swivel and the swivel itself becomes the stopper bead for the auto stop on the downrigger. The Scotty® Sure Stop Terminal Kit works extremely well when using braided downrigger line and ensures that your downrigger ball will stop short of the pulley...every time. This product is a must for the serious downrigger fisherman.

No. 426   Side Slide Track Adapter

The Scotty® Side Slide Track Adapter is a quick, effective means of firmly locking down your post mounted Scotty® rod holders and accessories when track is mounted on its side as opposed to being top mounted. The adaptor easily slides into place and utilizes the revolutionary Scotty® Gear-Head technology, allowing you to quickly change rod holder positions with a simple “twist”. You can use your favorite, fully adjustable Scotty® rod holder or accessory and adjust it to any vertical or horizontal position without having to drill permanent mounting holes. Designed to fit Scotty® Track, and most other small track systems, this product is a must for serious anglers.

( Shown with Scotty Track and Baitcaster
Rod Holder. All products are sold separately.)

No. 368   Sounder Mount
The new Scotty® Universal Sounder Mount uses a new multi pattern universal top plate and the patented Scotty® post mount design for quick removal and infinitely adjustable rotation. Simply fasten your sounder bracket to the top plate, then lock down the sounder mount into your favorite Scotty® mounting system. Locked, loaded and ready to start catching fish!

( Shown with Scotty Combination Side/Deck Mount, and
Fish Sounder. All products are sold separately.)

Well Nuts

No. 133-4 No. 133-16 No. 133-100

Securely fasten a multitude of products onto thin walled structures with ease! Well Nuts work by expanding inside a pre-drilled hole, securely anchoring whatever it is you need to mount. These high tech, neoprene mounting nuts effectively seal out dirt and grime at the assembly joint and are great for mounting Scotty® products onto kayaks. Scotty® Well Nuts are available in 4, 16, or 100 pack options. Fasteners included.

Have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?

Be sure to send us your fishing pics at @ScottyProducts on Twitter,  Instagram or tag us on Google +! 

Thursday, 30 May 2013


Want a chance to win a special "I love Scotty" T-shirt?

We will be giving away these shirts at random all Spring and Summer long! I'm sure by now you are wondering, "how can I win one of these fantastically rad t-shirts?!?!" The answer is easy!

1.) Follow us on both Twitter and Instagram 

2.) Post up your favourite fishing photos all Spring / Summer long and include the hash tag #TheWayToFish in your post status. 

3.) Relax, sit back, and wait to see if you are one of our lucky winners! 

* Winners will be announced at random, on both our Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Facebook feeds.

You can post as many pictures as you want, and their is no limit in entries per person! We'll be sure to include a one of a kind mini Scotty Downrigger key-chain and boat decals with your special t-shirt pack!  

So go fishing, get posting, and good luck! 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Snap Happy!

We're on Instagram because there's only one thing we love half as much as fishing and making fishing gear... looking at fishing PICTURES!!! 

Give us a follow today at @ScottyProducts (The same as our Twitter handle) for an inside scoop on everything Scotty!

You can show your love for Scotty Products by adding the hash tag #TheWayToFish to your next fishing pic! We love to "re-tweet" so be sure to share your pic to your personal Twitter account too! 

Happy snappin' and tight lines!

The Scotty Crew  <*((((>{

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Fisher Mom!

Mother's Day is right around the corner! 

Stumped on gift ideas for that amazing mom of yours? Does she like to fish?! If so, then we've got some great Mother's Day gifts for that special lady in your life. 

~ Mom on the Fly ~
For the mother who loves to fly fish. We've got a Rod Holder
that will fit her rod and reel perfectly - Great for rod storage when
paddling or trolling with a fly. 

~ Sporty Sport-fish Mom ~
For the mother who targets big game fish and loves open water.
From accessories, strong rod holders to safety equipement,
the options our endless!   

~ Powerful Paddler Mom ~
For the avid paddler or kayak angler, we've got lots of small watercraft
accessories that make her "on the water" experience that much better! 

 ~ Marvellous Multi-Mom ~
For the fisher mom that does it all... We've got cool products for that! From camera mounts to downrigger weight storage hooks and everything in between. There's bound to be something Scotty
to add to this anglers collection!

From all of us here at Scotty, we would like to wish all the great mom's a wonderful Mother's Day weekend coming up, and hope you have lots of fun out on the water! Be safe and tight lines!

Happy Fishing!   <*((((((>{

Monday, 6 May 2013

Gear Up & Get Out!

It's that time of year again! Early morning fishing trips, and long Spring/Summer evenings out on the water. Your gear is all clean, ready to use and you're set to catch some fish!

It's even better heading out on the water, when you are confident with the gear purchases that you've made for the season of a lifetime. With every Scotty purchase, you can feel good knowing that quality customer support and service is a simple phone call away. When you call us here at Scotty, our receptionist will answer your call and direct you to a customer service representative that will be able to answer all of your questions and get you back out catching fish in no time!

Call us toll free at - 1.800.214.0141

You can also email us here via our website if you prefer, and we will respond to your message as soon as possible! 
Did you know that all of our Scotty Downriggers come with a Limited Lifetime Downrigger Warranty!

Register your Downrigger(s) today here >> Registration Form

Register your new 2500 Line Puller here >> Registration Form

We want your experience out on the water to be amazing, every single time! So gear up with us today, and fight the fish... Not the fishing gear!

Happy fishing from the crew at Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products!


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Scotty Slide Track Giveaway!

It's going to be a great Friday and weekend fishing friends! 

WHEN:  Friday, April 26th - Monday, April 29th 2013
Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products Facebook page and @ScottyProducts Twitter Feed!

We're getting excited to give two lucky winners a sweet Scotty Slide Track package including a Rod Holder of choice, Scotty Camera Mount, multiple Gear-Head Track Adapters and decals! The two lucky winners will be drawn at random on Monday, April 29th at 7:00am PST, and will be announced via our Facebook / Twitter feeds. 

Scotty Slide Track Giveaway Details:

What you need to do in order to slide into the 2013 fishing season! -

- Enter on FACEBOOK

1. )  LIKEour Facebook giveaway post + company fan page!

2.)  SHARE - our giveaway post and instantly be entered to win!

Rules & Regulations: Maximum of 1 share/person. Applicants must share the original Scotty Fishing Products Facebook post in order to be eligible. Applicants are numbered according to the order/time in which the participant shared that daily draw post. A number is selected randomly and the according winner is announced after 7am PST on April 29th, 2013. Winners announced are responsible for direct messaging Scotty Fishing Products with their valid, preferred shipping address and contact phone number in order to receive their desired draw prize. Contact information will not be stored on file, and a phone number is for shipping purposes only.

- Enter on TWITTER

1. )  FOLLOWour Twitter page + "Favourite" our giveaway tweet! 

2.)  RE-TWEET original giveaway tweet + instantly be entered to win!

Rules & Regulations: There are two ways to "re-tweet" to enter to win - User can re-tweet our original post traditionally, and also copy our giveaway tweet, and type "RT: @ScottyProducts" with the remaining giveaway text to also be entered to win. There is a maximum of 2 entries per twitter user on Twitter. Applicants are numbered according to the order/time in which the participant shared that daily draw post. A number is selected randomly and the according winner is announced after 7am PST on April 29th, 2013. Winners announced are responsible for direct messaging Scotty Fishing Products with their valid, preferred shipping address and contact phone number in order to receive their desired draw prize. Contact information will not be stored on file, and a phone number is for shipping purposes only.

Good luck to everyone and happy fishing!   <*(((>{

Monday, 15 April 2013

Scotty Customer Videos!

Hey fishing friends! Did you know that we post our customer videos to a special playlist on our company YouTube channel?!

Feel free to submit your videos by posting them up on our Facebook page, Google+ page, or tweet them to us at @ScottyProducts!

You're support is greatly appreciated and we love to see how you put your Scotty gear to good use!

Check out some of our latest customer videos below!

Happy Fishing from the crew here at Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products! <*((((>{

Thursday, 28 March 2013


We are now on Google+! 
Be a part of our fishing circle at +ScottyFishingProducts and share your fishing stories, pictures and experiences with us and our online fishing community!

>> Check out our profile and add us today!

Monday, 25 March 2013

TIPS FROM THE PROS - Kayak Fishing Safety

Kayak Fishing & Safety
By Mike Zilkowsky
Scotty Pro-Staff Kayak Angler

As a Safety Professional in Alberta’s oil field I am constantly mentoring fellow workers on the need for safety equipment and using it correctly. My job is to ensure that everyone works safely so that they can get home to see their families and participate in the hobbies they love, which for me is fishing!!!! Here is a list of what I believe we should all have and carry with us out fishing to ensure we make it back home from our fishing adventures.

Every year we hear of people that have lost their lives due to not wearing a P.F.D. With P.F.D.s designed for kayak fishing addressing comfort and versatility, there is no longer a reason to not wear one. The first thing to do is to try it on and be comfortable wearing it prior to being on the water. Try different types, different makes and different styles until you find the one that fits you best. Just be sure it has the proper rating and approvals for its intended use.

Even though kayaks are not required to run the red, green and white lights, we should still take the time to think about our visibility in low light conditions. Many of us paddle around bright orange or yellow kayaks, but many of us also paddle the darker green, brown or camouflage models as well. Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products has developed the  SEA-light and it is perfect for kayaks. Whether you purchase the 825 SEA-light with the suction cup base or the 828 SEA-light with the 42” adjustable pole, with a 2 mile visibility you will not regret your purchase.

I bought myself the 823 SEA-light last year with a 20” pole and love it. I have been on very large lakes with tons of motor boat traffic and paddling in at dark would have been a lot more dangerous if the other boats were not able to see me.

Preferably a knife designed to attach to your P.F.D., but any sharp knife will do. Whether you need the knife to cut bait, cut your line or cut the anchor rope, be sure you knife is sharp and easily accessible. The biggest mistake a lot of kayakers and fishermen make to not having that knife within reach. Things can go sideways in a real hurry and sometimes the difference between paddling and swimming can be having your knife within reach.

Safety Kit
Depending on the type of kayak you have you will either be required to have a bilge pump or baler on board. Scotty® has some great safety kits available that contain everything you need to comply with the Canadian Coast Guard Regulations, and those items are needed for any body of water you are paddling on. Keep a whistle attached to your P.F.D., keep a buoyant heaving line accessible as well as you bilge pump or baler. Add a few items to your kit as well. First aid supplies are a must! Bandages and disinfectant are the most important.

I speak from experience after having a Northern Pike decide to hook me through the finger with the same treble hook that was in its mouth. Which brings me to another item…. Good pliers or side cutters. Make sure you have something to be able to cut through any hook you have to remove it, should you happen to find yourself hooked!

Paddle Leash
There is nothing worse that losing your paddle. Remember the old adage “Up a certain creek with out a paddle”? Imagine being out on a big body of water and not being able to paddle back. Ensuring you paddle is attached to your boat with a leash will definitely ensure that you are not in this predicament. I use the Scotty® Paddle Leash and absolutely love it. No matter what leash you use, just use it. Either that or bring another paddle along for the ride.

Paddle Plan
Most of all, let someone know where you are planning to go and if possible the time you are expecting to be back. Things happen and if someone knows where you plan to be, it is a lot easier for them to find you. That being said most areas we fish have some sort of cellular coverage now, so if you are on a hot spot and going to run late make sure you pass that along so you don’t become the focus of a search party.

Water Re-Entry
And last but not least, find open water and flip your kayak. Learning how to right your kayak and re-enter it could save you. I find the easiest way to right a sit-on-top kayak, is to have a short rope to help out. I have a small rope with a carabineer at each end, probably 4.5 feet long. I attach the rope to the handle of the kayak then toss the line over the kayak hull. Swim around to the other side and create a loop to stand in. Stand up in the loop, reach across the kayak, grab the handle and tug back. You should be able to right your kayak in a few tries and hopefully you had everything tied down and didn’t loose anything.

To get back on it now I find the easiest way for me is to pull myself up the bow and slide on. Regardless of how you do it, just practice it a few times and you should hopefully not have any issues should this arise while out on the water.

Hope this helps everyone looking for a few safety tips for kayak fishing!

Tight lines and see you at the launch.