New coolers, dry bags, and tackle bags have taken on a large piece of the kayak fishing pie in recent years, and the products available at this year’s ICAST show were perfect for kayak angling.Yeti, K2 Coolers, Engel Coolers, Glacier Coolers, Pelican, and IceMule Coolers were just a few of the many new brands of cooler companies seen at this year’s ICAST show in Orlando, Florida. Hard Coolers, Soft Sided Coolers, Dry Bags, Tackle Bags: you name it and they were there in full force. Yeti also introduced a new 5 Gallon Bucket which took Best Boating Accessory Award at the show.
Canyon Coolers has a great sized cooler for kayak fishing or fishing of the SUP with the Scout 22.
Seek adventure on the asphalt, dirt, or water. The road never ends with the new Adventure series Scout by Canyon. This all new heavy duty 22qt cooler is uncompromising in performance, function, and flexibility. We have added a drain plug, thicker insulation, and the flexibility of almost a dozen attachment points and a jungle cord carry all lid. We offer the same super premium Made in the USA shoulder strap as on our Outfitter 22, a soft, pliable, durable, polymer-based rubber. Resistant to sun fading, and flexible to 40 degrees below zero. The strap won’t slide off your shoulder in wet or dry, warm or cold. It holds firmly to all fabrics. The 1″ wide nylon webbing is molded directly into the thick rubber shoulder pad making the strap extremely strong and flexible.
- Dimensions: 15.5″H x 17″W x 13.25″D
- Capacity: 16 cans + 20lbs of ice
- Weight: 14lbs
- MSRP: $169.99
Yeti is a company we’ve all known about for years with their coolers, soft sided cooler bags, and tumblers. Yeti entered the 5 gallon bucket arena this year with their LoadOut Bucket, which took the “Best Boating Accessory” award at this year’s ICAST show. Many in the fishing community weren’t really too keen on the idea of a bucket being top accessory and social media was blasted with their “surprise”. Nevertheless, the LoadOut from Yeti is sure to become your “do everything” 5 gallon bucket.
- Dimensions: 13.25″ x 13.25″ x 15.875″
- Weight: 5lbs 8oz
- Colors: White, Tan, Charcoal, Seafoam
- Materials: Roto-molded, Food Safe Plastic
- MSRP: $39.99
Pelican Products pumped it up a few notches at this year’s ICAST show with the introduction of a new line of hard and soft coolers. We spent a bit of time checking out the new line and learning why this new line is going to be great for kayak anglers.
20Qt Realtree Fishing Collection
The new 20qt Realtree Fishing Collection is awesome, no other way to explain this one. The blue pops big time and really catches your eye. While there are other great colors in this new line, I really liked the fishing collection color. Another great feature shown to us with the 20qt is that it’s basically the perfect height to sit on when taking a break from the water.
- Interior: 12″L x 6.70″W x 14.10″D
- Exterior: 18.80″L x 12.60″W x 17.70″D
- Volume: 19QT
- Insulation Thickness: .78″
- Weight: 12.52lbs
24 Can Soft Cooler
Offering a convenient and lightweight alternative to hard coolers, The Pelican™ Elite Soft Cooler is ADVENTURE READY. This Soft Cooler is durable, easy to carry, waterproof, leakproof, and keeps ice for multiple days. Features include: Quick access, dual-lock buckle system, 100% leak proof zipper, compression molded anti-slip base, and stainless steel tie-down and bottle openers.
- Interior: 15″L x 8.5″W x 8″D
- Exterior: 17″L x 13.5″W x 10″D
- Volume: 25QT
- Can Capacity: 24 cans
- Weight: 5lbs
IceMule’s Pro Catch Fish Cooler comes in 3 sizes for any size fish: 22″, 32″, & 42″. The simplest and most effective fish catch cooler ever. Whether you’re fishing or just paddling, this is the soft-side cooler you need. Tough exterior and interior fabric so you can use it with or without a liner.
- Capacity: 54L
- In Use Dimensions: 42″ x 9″ x 8″
- Weight: 5.5lbs
- MSRP: $159.95
K2 Coolers had a great looking 20QT cooler within their Summit Series. Available in Glacier White, Duck Boat Green, and Steel Gray colors to match most kayaks. K2 Coolers prides themselves in providing an extremely rugged and durable ice chest that delivers maximum ice retention without breaking the bank.
- Can Capacity: 14 cans
- External Dimensions: 16.9″ x 12.625″ x 15.63″
- Internal Dimensions: 12.9″ x 9.125″ x 12.125″
- MSRP: $159.00
DryCase introduced a great looking dry bag that doubles as a backpack making it easier to transport and the Snows Cut soft sided cooler at this year’s ICAST show.
- 100% Waterproof main compartment
- 35 Liters of storage
- GNARLWALL Marine Grade Waterproof Technology
- 2 Way purge valve
- Perfect size carry-on bag
- Drink holder
- Bungee straps
- Padded lower back support
- Padded waist & hip support
- Waterproof padded shoulder straps
- Tie downs/front straps
- Chest straps
- Internal zippered pocket
- Removable internal Velcro wallet compartment
- Durable rubber top hold handle
- Webbing to secure carabineers to the side of the bag
- 100% waterproof roll down closure
- 40 liters of storage
- Purge valve for removing excess air to “Vacuum Seal Contents to keep cold longer
- Drain valve
- Extra wide opening for easy cooler access
- 30mm thick insulated waterproof liner
- Waterproof zipper
- Clear outer storage pocket for phones
- 8 D-ring tie down points
- Rugged side carry handles
- Removable tote strap for hand carrying
- Backpack shoulder harness for transporting on back
- Extra zippered insulated side
- Cooler pocket holds 48 cans
- Limited lifetime product warranty
- Also available in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades design
Glacier introduced a new 35QT soft sided cooler at this year’s ICAST show. Big yet ideal to fit in the tank well of your kayak to keep your drinks and snacks perfectly cool for those all day kayak fishing trips.
- 1680D nylon double polyurethane coated fabric outer shell
- Welded inside liner – mold & mildew resistant
- External Webbing with multiple attachment points
- Heavy duty padded no-slip shoulder strap
- 1 1/4″ thick polyurethane foam insulation
- Detachable bottle opener inside
- Zippered outer storage pocket
- Heavy duty D-ring tie down points
- Heavy duty zipper
- 35QT Ice Box
- SIZE: 20” x 12” x 12”
The new Engel Backpack Cooler features a rugged, tear-resistant 500-denier polyester diamond ripstop outer shell with a waterproof TPE coating for easy cleaning. On the inside, there’s a radiant barrier liner of reflective foil, in addition to a 1-inch thick layer of closed-cell foam insulation – another exclusive Engel feature you won’t find on other bags. While the insulation effectively minimizes heat transfer to maintain cold inner temperatures, the radiant barrier liner reflects the sun’s long-wave heat radiation to further enhance the Backpack Cooler’s cold-keeping capabilities. Under typical conditions, the Backpack Cooler will hold ice for up to three days.
- Exterior Dimensions: 19″ x 8″ x 17.5″
- Can Capacity: 24 cans
- MSRP: $129.99
Mustang Survival introduced several new items at this year’s ICAST 2017 show, included a great looking new dry bag. Dry bags are perfect for kayak angling, especially for those all day fishing trips or extended camping/kayak fishing trips as it ensures your gear stays dry!
Highwater 22L Waterproof Day Pack
Designed for everyday life on and around the water using material and technology knowledge gained from our decades of experience designing and manufacturing dry suits for military, Coast Guard, and rescue teams.
- Fully waterproof 210 Denier PVC-free ripstop nylon fabric shell
Roll-top closure ensures main chamber stays dry
Lash points let you attach and carry your fishing rod with ease
Three quick-access exterior drop-in mesh pockets for frequently accessed items: two water bottle sleeves on the sides, and one large volume pocket with key-clip on front
- Slim padded backpack straps keep hands free
Excellent size to house the essentials you need to keep dry: a change of clothes, your cellphone, wallet, and keys
- MSRP: $99.99
Flambeau Outdoors introduced several new items at this year’s ICAST show, including a remake of the old skool tackle box that we all remember Grandpa using. New items included a collaboration with Mike Iaconelli including new tackle bags and tackle boxes.
Quotient IQ Series Tackle Storage
Teaming up with Bassmaster Elite star Mike Iaconelli, Flambeau Outdoors is reinventing the conventional tackle tray with a new design offering unmatched possibilityes for creative customization and a ramped-up dose of anticorrosive Zerust: the result is the Ike Quotient “IQ” Series Tackle Storage line.
Plano Fishing introduced several new items at this year’s ICAST show with new Kryptek tackle bags, updated fan favorites, and even new kayak fishing tackle storage systems with the V-Crate and the Soft Crate.
The V-Crate takes the popular milk crate model and improves it in every category for storage that’s the first of its kind, engineered specifically for kayak fishing. The unique V-shape wraps the kayaker with StowAway utility boxes on either side for east access that requires little mobility. The V-Crate has a lot of storage power in the center module as well, but it manages to remain compact to fit most kayak models. It’s maneuverable, too, with the ability to hinge backward in low clearance situations.
- Unique V-shaped provides easy side access
- Each side holds 2 StowAway utility boxes
- Angled fit and rubber straps keep sides secure but open for easy viewing
- Large, open bulk storage in center module
- Waterproof compartment in base secures valuables
- Unit hinges backward to accommodate low clearance
- Side rail system easily attaches rod holders and other accessories
- Compact, elevated base fits most kayak models
- Detach main unity from base for easy transport or stowing
- Dimensions: 26″L x 16.2″W x 18.1″H
- 4 3700 Series StowAways included
Plano designed the Soft Crate to complement storage options many kayak fishermen are already using. The soft, lightweight bag feels like a tackle bag, while the shape is sized specifically to fit inside a milk crate or rest on the deck of a kayak. The paneled design features multiple compartments sized to fit StowAway utility boxes or offer bulk storage. All sections are easily removable, allowing you to customize the bag to meet your needs. The Soft Crate is ideal for beginners building up their gear collection, or skilled anglers who need options to make a bag of their own.
- Lightweight design travels easily
- Fits securely in milk crate
- Four-panel design carries as much or as little as you need
- Easily remove panels & utilize attachment points for customizable storage
- Large open interior with 2 sections of bulk storage
- Side storage panels double as sturdy carry handles
- Lid features large storage area and additional zippered pocket
- Numerous D-rings & 2 tool holders offer easy access to pliers, hook removers, etc.
- Secured by series of sturdy zippers, straps, and latches
- Durable water-resistant fabric
- 12″L x 17.5″W x 12.5″H
- 2 3600 StowAway utility boxes included