I’ve been thinking about the stuff I’ve bought for fishing and what’s been most useful and most frivolous. So far this year two things stick out as the most useful pieces of gear
I’ve bought so far. First and foremost is the Aquapac waterproof case for my phone. Anyone who’s fished with me probably knows how terrible I am with electronics, and how much electronics hate saltwater. So far my tally is three deceased iPhones and two digital cameras (Canon s90, which I loved, and the Canon 880, which I liked ok). Jason Puris at the Fin actually gave me the heads up on this thing, so credit goes to him, and once I saw it I knew I would be a moron for not getting one. Not that I wasn’t already a moron for losing five pieces of expensive electronics before I wised up and paid the $32 (tax included) for the case. Man, I’m dumb sometimes. The good news is Aquapac also makes a digital camera case for little point and shoots and for DSLRs also. If I ever get around to buying another digital camera (thinking of the Panasonic DMC-LX5), I’ll have to pick up one of these too. On a related note, if you fish and buy your cameras from B&H or wherever, and they offer you that extended warranty for $40 or $60, take it. I’ve replaced cameras and other electronics no questions asked with that over the last few years. And if you’re a doofus like me who soaks electronics in the water pretty often, well I don’t have to say any more.
The second best thing I’ve bought this year is this wading jacket from LL Bean. This thing has saved my ass from getting soaked pretty much every time I’ve worn it. Whether it was when I was eating it in Montauk, getting pounded out in the Rockaways, getting lightly splashed on the Breezy Point jetty at low tide this jacket hasn’t done me wrong. It’s not a dry top so don’t plan to go swimming in it, and don’t store anything in the front pockets that you won’t want to get wet, even if you have it stored in Ziploc bags. But the jacket is lightweight and waterproof and the adjustable cuffs on the sleeves work great for keeping you dry when you’re fishing jetties, rocks, the surf, or from a boat. If you’re planning on swimming then you probably already have a dry top or wet suit. Some comparable Patagonia ones can range up to $450; this one is only $130. What a deal.
What about you guys? What’s the most valuable gear you’ve picked up this year? Oh yeah, heading back to the Rockaways Wednesday evening, so hopefully I’ll have something interesting to report.