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outerwear for kayak fishing?

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Bought a kayak (Hobie Outback with a mirage drive thanks Jerry)

What style/make PFD's and paddle gear does everybody suggest.

For the summer time I assume I'll be mostly sticking with the UV protective shirt and shorts. And any pair of shoes I feel like getting wet. And of course a lot of safety equip.

I also have two 3/2 wetsuit's a full and short.

Will these get any use? or should I be looking at dry suits or some breathable waterproof sailing gear. I hope to be using my new kayak as much as possible so any suggestion for gear would be great.

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RP gave you some great advice.

Regarding the PFD, Stolquist for one, makes a high back PFD that will work well with your hobie seat. You can get them with a few pockets too. Jerry should have them. Lots of vests have flotation fairly low on the back and they will tend to be uncomfortable with a high back seat.

You should get some good use from your wetsuits, even the full suit if it is not too tight to work your mirage drive. Probably won't be a problem. You might want to get a light colored splash top to wear ofer the wetsuit to keep it from getting too hot in the sun. Also it will keep water off the suit which will be important in cooler and windy conditions. Wetsuits work great in the water but when wet and exposed to wind they can be a bit chilly.

For the cold water nothing beats the drysuit but you're pretty well off with what you already have.

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