Gear Review: Yeti Panga Waterproof Backpack 28

WHAT IS IT?
Yeti Panga Waterproof Backpack 28

WHAT SETS IT APART?
Yeti expands its lineup of durable, submersible gear bags with the introduction of a spacious backpack built to protect your belongings from dunks and downpours. DryHaul Straps and QuckGrab Lash Points on the sides and top make for easy transportation, while a removable chest strap and waist belt offer added stability when you need it. Yeti’s high-density, puncture- and abrasion-resistant ThickSkin Shell and HydroLok Zipper fend off the elements, while an interior sleeve and mesh stowaway pocket allow for easy access and organization.

HOW DO I USE IT?
Measuring 12 1/2 inches long, 7 inches wide and 20 inches high, the Backpack 28 offers 1,700 cubic inches of storage space. The Backpack 28 sits upright, thanks to its flat bottom edge, while maintaining a streamlined shape. Both points promote convenient storage in your tackle room in the tow vehicle, along with a dependable and spill-free posture on your boat deck. The Backpack 28 has no exterior pockets or secondary compartments, but attaching the optional Yeti Sidekick Dry, which easily connects via hook-and-loop straps to the HitchPoint Grid, adds a dedicated waterproof space for valuables and smaller items — all protected by a magnetic Hydroshield Closure.

HOW MUCH?
$299.99

MORE INFORMATION:
Yeti.com

ANGLER’S INSIGHT:
Yeti proved its design prowess by blending a comfortable form with real-world function. From transporting tackle and graphs from the truck, to neatly storing foul weather gear and a change of clothes, to fishing on foot with a day’s stock of snacks and essentials; the backpack form made with Yeti’s dependable material will handle an array of fishing needs. This pack also makes a handy carry-on bag for flights to/from your angling destination.

Costa Sunglasses Launches New Beach-Ready, Adventure-Ready Styles

Surf. Sand. Sun. These words provided the inspiration for Costa’s new lifestyle frames – CheecaPanga and Rinconcito. The new styles are perfect for adventures on and off the water and feature the latest on-trend colors and patterns.

 

Costa Cheeca

 

Costa Cheeca in Rose Tortoise with Copper Silver Mirror 580G lens

Cheeca is named for the historic sportfishing lodge that introduced past presidents, celebrities and foreign dignitaries to fishing and old Florida Keys charm. The new women’s frame offers a small fit and features sleek, styled temples and bio-resin nylon construction. The Cheeca frame is available in three color options – Rose Tortoise, Shiny Black and Matte Shadow Tortoise. These stylish sunglasses look and feel as good on the boat as they do sipping a key lime colada.

 

Costa Panga

Costa Panga Spring 2019
Costa Panga in Matte Seafoam Crystal with Gray Silver Mirror 580P lens.

The women’s Panga frame fits slightly larger than the Cheeca and is available in five distinctive colors – Matte Seafoam Crystal, Shiny Tortoise/White/Seafoam Crystal, Shiny Black/Crystal/Fuchsia, Shiny Taupe Crystal and Matte Seafoam Crystal. Light and versatile with deep, winding curves, like the beachfront boats of the Caribbean and Central America, Panga is the ultimate companion for sun-filled adventures in the sand and surf. The frame features tri-fusion bio-resin construction, integral hinge and CAM systems, combined with classic West Coast styling.

 

Costa Rinconcito

 

Costa Rinconcito Spring 2019
Costa Rinconcito in Matte Gray with Gray 580P lens

Rinconcito is the little brother to Costa’s popular Rincon frame and blends West Coast style lines with edgy curved temples. This new men’s medium-fit style is named for the iconic Southern California right point break. Featuring bio-resin construction, integral spring hinges, and Hydrolite® nose and temple pads, Rinconcito is a must-have for days spent chasing waves. The new style is available in four frame colors – Matte Atlantic Blue, Matte Black, Matte Tortoise and Matte Gray.

“We are constantly inspired by the beauty of our oceans and Costa’s latest lifestyle frames resemble everything we love about the water,” said John Sanchez, vice president of product development at Costa. “The new frames are thoughtfully designed for all adventure-seekers, providing both style and performance for activities on and off the water.”

The new styles features Costa’s patented color-enhancing 580 lens technology in both Lightwave® glass and impact-resistant polycarbonate. Costa’s 580® lens technology provides 100 percent UV protection and polarization and selectively filters out harsh yellow light for superior contrast and definition while absorbing high-energy blue light to cut haze and enhance sharpness. In addition, Costa’s lens technology reduces glare and eye fatigue, and its Lightwave glass is 20 percent thinner and 22 percent lighter than average polarized glass.

The new styles range in price from $179 to $259 depending on lens selection. For more information on the new frames and Costa’s full line of sunglasses, visit CostaSunglasses.com.

About Costa
As the first manufacturer of color-enhancing all-polarized sunglass lenses, Costa combines superior lens technology with unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted in Florida, Costa has made the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983, and now its product portfolio includes optical frames. Costa’s growing cult-brand status ties directly to its mission to provide high quality products with a focus on sustainability and conservation as the company works hard to protect the waters it calls home. From the use of sustainable materials to its Kick Plasticinitiative, IndiFly Foundation and strong partnership with shark research organization OCEARCH, Costa encourages people to help protect the Earth’s natural resources in any way they can. Find out more on Costa’s website and join the conversation on FacebookInstagram or Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.

 

 

 

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Winterize your boat: The motor

How you handle your outboard in the winter depends to a large extent on how you use it. If you occasionally fish when it’s warm, that’s one thing. If you let it sit for three or four months, that’s another.

Industry experts say that for the occasional user the two big things are proper warmups and keeping water out of the lower unit.

Proper warmup
Experts define proper warmup as letting your motor run at idle for a few minutes before you blast off towards your favorite fishing hole. You want the thermostat to open and water to run through the system so that the motor is being cooled properly. You’ll know this is happening if water is running out of the telltale port (pee hole).

What happens when you blast off too quick is that the motor gets hot and then when the thermostat opens the cooling system pushes cold water against hot metal.

Do not run the motor if the telltale port isn’t peeing water after a minute or two. That’s an indication that something is wrong. Have it checked out by someone who knows what they’re doing.

Keeping water out
Keeping water out of the lower unit is easy enough if you trim the motor down and let it drain before you leave the ramp, and if you always store the motor trimmed vertical. Getting all the water out is simple if you just look around for a pothole in the gravel, asphalt or concrete and position the motor over it before you hit the trim button. That’ll open up enough room to get the motor all the way down.

Do not, under any circumstances, run your motor dry to get the water out of it. It only takes a few seconds to overheat one, and once that happens you’ll need to check your bank balance and head towards the local dealership with your hat in your hand.

Another common problem with running outboards dry is that the impeller gets damaged by the heat. It doesn’t always show up right away, but it will show up sometime in the future.

If you store your boat outside, some experts recommend wrapping the lower unit with plastic as an extra protection against the weather. If you do this, make sure it’s tight. Otherwise you could actually trap water around the lower unit and make matters worse.

Storage tips
The situation is more complicated if your boat is going to sit all winter. There are all types and designs, makes and models of outboards. Each one is different, and the new outboards are very different from the older ones. Some require fogging and removal of the plugs. Others require nothing more than what was described above for occasional use.

The thing here is to get accurate information about your exact motor. A good place to start is the internet, but make sure you know what site you are on and who’s providing the information. Manufacturer sites are reliable and will give you good information. Be wary of discussion boards and private sites, however. Some of the stuff that’s posted on them is good, but much of it is nothing short of crazy. Unfortunately, a lot of the time it’s hard to tell the difference.

You’ll also want to check with a local dealer who has a good reputation and who services your make of motor. They’ll be able to give you good information and will have whatever parts or products you need to properly winterize your motor.

Of course, you’ll need to drain all the water out of your lower unit, make sure it’s full of grease — never store one empty — and store it in the vertical position.

If you take care of your outboard, it’ll give you hundreds and hundreds of hours of reliable service. If you don’t, it’ll frustrate you and make your fishing a chore instead of a pleasure.

Winterize your boat: The hull and trailer

Ed Harp

Many of us are forced to store our boats for long periods of time over the winter. Do it right and they’ll perform like a fine watch come spring. Do it wrong, or neglect it entirely, and you’ll have a big repair bill or a ruined trip come spring.

We’ve put a few tips that’ll help with proper storage into three parts. The first deals with your hull and trailer. The second deals with your motor. And, last but nowhere near the least, we’ll talk about your fuel system.

Wash it down
Whenever possible it’s best to wash your rig before you store it for the winter. You can do that the old-fashioned way with a garden hose, soap and a brush, or you can use a spray wax and cleaner on it. Either way, cover everything with a spray wax or shine before you store it. That’ll keep dirt, dust and grime from sticking to it.

If you have trouble removing water spots, a combination of white vinegar and water will work miracles. Let it sit on the spots for a few minutes and then rub hard with a cloth.

Once all the cleaning is complete dry it as best you can. Believe it or not a leaf blower works great for this. It’ll blow the water out of tight places so they don’t freeze over the winter.

Put a thin layer of grease or oil on anything that moves — locker lid hinges, your jack, trolling motor and whatever’s back by your outboard. Do this with plastic pieces as well as metal pieces. They get dirty and stick, too.

Deter critters
Make sure you remove any plastic baits from your boat along with any leftover food. Mice like food and they love scented plastics. Once you’ve done that thoroughly vacuum the carpet. After that, it’s time to break out the moth balls.

There’s almost nothing that’ll keep bugs and spiders, as well as most mice, out of your boat like old-fashioned, nasty smelling moth balls. The easy way to put them in the boat is to cut the feet out of old pantyhose, put a handful down in the foot part and then tie the leg closed with a simple overhand knot. A dozen or so will be enough for most bass boats.

Cover the boat with your cover or a tarp and the smell will last for months inside it. When spring arrives discard the hose in the trash. The smell will disappear in a few hours once you open it up.

One other thing: When you park your rig you might want to put a few more around the jack, the wheels and under the motor. That discourages most critters from even trying to get in.

Along with the moth balls you’ll want to close the drain plug and your livewell intake. They offer easy access to critters you don’t want around. Throw your breakers, and your hull and trailer are in good shape.

Battery maintenance
The only other thing you want to consider while winterizing your hull and trailer is proper battery storage. This gets complicated. There’s no such thing as general advice because there are several different types of batteries, and they all have different storage requirements.

Industry experts suggest you check the internet for specific instructions concerning your make and model, and they emphasize that you should follow them to the letter. Take battery maintenance seriously. Batteries can cause serious, and expensive, problems if they’re neglected.

This sounds like a lot of work when you read about it, but in truth, everything here can be done on a long Saturday afternoon. It’s time well spent.

Fishing trips are great for your mental health, new study says

If you’re feeling down or burnt out, it might be time to get back into nature.

According to Niels Eék, psychologist and co-founder of mental wellbeing and self-development platform Remente, spending time in nature may be the key to good mental health.

“Several researchers have looked into the health benefits connected to spending time out in nature. One study specifically, which was recently published in BioScience Journal, found that daily exposure to nature can, among other things, help reduce feelings of stress and even improve your self-esteem, for up to seven hours. Reconnecting with nature can also help you become more mindful and present in the moment,” Eék said in a statement.

A study from the University of Michigan suggests that being in nature not only improves your mood for the time, but also has positive long-term effects when it comes to depression and memory.

Moreover, a study from the University of Michigan suggests that being in nature not only improves your mood for the time, but also has positive long-term effects when it comes to depression and memory, as well as decreasing the risk of certain cancers and high blood pressure.

So what should you do to boost your mental health effectively in nature? Well, there is always camping, biking and hiking, but some experts believe the best way to take care of your mind is to go on a fishing trip.

An Australian survey funded by the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Scheme reports relaxation and stress relief are the main benefits people get from recreational fishing, according to reps for Fishbrain, a mobile app and social network for people who love to fish.

The free app has attracted millions of users who have discovered fishing as their newfound self-care hobby. The app uses an interactive map to allow users to find the best places to fish, as well as record their catches, plan trips, share tips and techniques, and purchase the latest gear.

“Fishing is one of the most popular sports in the world and one of only a few truly global hobbies,” Johan Attby, CEO and founder of Fishbrain, said in a statement “With data and sophisticated technology at its core, and an engaged community as its heart, Fishbrain has become a social network that both inspires and equips users across the globe to have more fun by fishing smarter, not harder.”

So it’s easier than ever to go fishing, even if you’re a newbie, without the added stress of not catching anything.

Fishbrain’s users can attest to the mental health benefits of fishing. “Fishing has become critical to my mental health. My job as a sales/production manager can be quite stressful at times, and nothing relieves stress and centers me like fishing,” said Gabe Beaudry of Central Oregon.

“Going fishing outdoors increases your vitamin D, which helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body, keeping your bones and teeth healthy. It boosts your immune system and has been linked to fighting depression,” added Chasten Whitfield of Cortez, Florida.