In the February 2022 Gear Bag we take a look at an inflatable boat, a knife some pliers a great fishing lure a duffel to put in all in and a thermos to enjoy a hot beverage while out fishing.
Sea Eagle FishSkiff 16
Adding a third seat to the 16-foot Sea Eagle FishSkiff inflatable fishing boat lets you and two of your friends get to the big fish. Made with double-layered hull material for added durability and all drop-stitch construction for a super-rigid fishing platform, the FishSkiff can reach speeds up to 17 mph with a 6 hp motor. It fits in most car trunks and inflates in minutes. Use with one, two or three people with plenty of room for all your gear. We’ve used this boat for several years in many environments and it’s a proven winner.
Donmar Checkpoint 900 Titanium Pliers
These pliers are strong, lightweight, and well designed. They feature sharp, tungsten-carbide blades that can cut braided line (and are replaceable), rubber grips that give the user a solid nonslip grip, an internal spring that allows you to operate the pliers with one hand, a gripping surface on the jaws (20-degree diamond pattern), and they will not corrode which is especially helpful in saltwater locations. Made from titanium, they are both strong and light.
Ahi USA Live Deception Jigs
It’s a rare Alaska saltwater fish that won’t eat a baitfish like herring. So, metal jigs that approximate baitfish are typically effective and we’ve used the Live Deception Jig successfully for many years. Try the smaller sizes—2- and 3-ounce options—for coho, Chinook and rockfish, and move up to the 6- or 8-ounce sizes for lingcod and halibut. The jigs are ultra-realistic and feature images of live fish transferred onto the jigs. They come in four patterns: anchovy, green mackerel, sardine and blue mackerel. Sizes include 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, and 8-ounce models.
Spyderco Endura 4 Titanium Damascus Plainedge
Stunningly beautiful and wickedly sharp, this folder is both a tool and a work of art. The blade is made from D.P.S 15, which is a blade material that consists of VG-10 stainless steel sandwiched between two outer layers of Damascus steel. Each Damascus layer is comprised of 15 layers of forge-welded steel which is patterned and etched. The result is an awesome, eye-catching knife. The handle scales are made from 6AL-4V titanium, and the knife is assembled with stainless-steel parts including back spacer, liner tube, hardware and clip. Clip configuration allows for left or right side, tip-up or tip-down carry.
Yeti Panga 100L Duffel
This duffel is ruggedly built and is eminently waterproof. The heavy-duty Hydrolok zipper keeps water out. The bag is large enough to fit most of the gear you’ll need on a normal trip to Alaska and has been our go-to bag for a few years. It’s got straps that you can carry in your hand as a normal duffel, or wear on your shoulders as a pack.
Zojirushi Stainless Bottle SJ-TG08/10
This thermos is one of the best we’ve ever used. It keeps coffee hot all day, is the right size to be portable and therefore gets lots of use, and with the built-in cup lid you are ready to have a cup of hot coffee wherever you are. And when you hunt and fish in Alaska, you can guarantee that some days will be cold and wet, and a hot beverage will warm you up.
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