• By Ken Perrotte

Military Times Fishing Gear Guide: Accessories


WILDERNESS SYSTEMS CATCH COOLER

Dozens of new kayak fishing accessories are debuting, with new storage options abundant. Wilderness’ new Catch Cooler is a soft cooler designed to fit in the bow of a sit-on-top kayak. It has two segmented compartments with ice-pack slots: Keep your catch cold in one and your food and drink in the other.

The large compartment designed to hold fish is a puncture-resistant, TPU-coated, rip-stop 420-denier nylon that’s easy to clean. It has a mesh net on top and is easily transported with shoulder straps. $149.99. Available now.

ROD-RUNNER WITH WALL MOUNT

Tackle storage and transport can be a problem, but the well-designed Rod Runner system makes it easy to carry several rods simultaneously, prop them on the sand or dock while fishing, and then hang them in a convenient location when finished. It’s made of light, but durable, plastic and accommodates baitcasters and spinning reels. A new holder with a base pin helps support accessories such as nets or gaffs. You can hang the rods vertically and remove them all in one quick motion.

The wall-hanging mount, sold separately, is made of powder-coated steel, has an extra-large backplate and includes all mounting screws and anchors. It supports up to 75 pounds. The Rod-Runners run $39-$59, with the wall mounts going for $16.20. Available now.

HUK ATTACK FISHING SHOE

Voted the top new fishing shoe, the Huk Attack is a well-designed product addressing three essential angler needs: Comfort, traction and drying speed. The shoes have a wet-traction, nonmarking outsole to go with form-fitting, fast-drying uppers with speedy “Performance Lacing.” They come in the wildly popular Kryptek camouflage pattern. It’s available in sizes 7-13. $84.99. Available in September.

WILEY X BOSS/OMEGA SUNGLASSES

Wiley X’s new line of sunglasses provide lightweight, excellent coverage and comes in Kryptek camo patterns. The WX Boss combines Kryptek’s Highlander pattern with advanced polarized, mirrored, amber-tinted lenses; it’s designed for fishing in bright conditions or sight-fishing in shallow water. The sunglasses feature Wiley X’s patented soft, removable Facial Cavity seal to block out peripheral light, wind and airborne debris.

For anglers seeking a more nautical style, the WX Omega glasses are offered with amber-tinted, polarized emerald mirror lenses and Kryptek Neptune camouflage frames. All Wiley X adult eyewear styles meet ANSI-Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards. You can also order them with prescription and bifocal lenses. $160. Available now.

POPTICALS POP-OUT SUNGLASSES

These innovative glasses conveniently fold down into a compact shape about half the size of the original frame. They can be stored in a protective case that floats. The new POPH2O series features several tint options for the polarized NyDef nylon lenses made by Carl Zeiss Vision. These are unique, comfortable new glasses, with lenses about 20 percent lighter than those made of polycarbonate.

One knock is they’re not yet available with ballistic-rated lens, something company representatives say is in the works. $189. Available now.

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