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#11781178 - 08/16/16 09:38 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: soje]
Mike87angler Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/15/16
Posts: 11
I like the yakattack anchor trolley.

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#12423987 - 09/12/17 01:28 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Cowboy KJ Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/07/17
Posts: 14
Loc: McKinney, TX
Is everyone in agreeance that we just need the 360 light on the back? The state website reads like we need the red and green lights too PLUS a lantern. Any law enforcement reading this?

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#12424112 - 09/12/17 03:06 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Neumie Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/25/06
Posts: 3174
Loc: SA, Hallettsville, or Rockport
I compiled this list awhile back. The TPWD code references are up to date as of Sept 1st 2017. I think the federal regulations are still correct as well.

PFD (aka Lifevest) Requirements
  • You must have a Type I, II, III, or V PFD for each person on the kayak [TWSA Title 4 § 31.066(a)][CFR Title 33 § 175.15]
  • Children under the age of 13 must always wear their PFD [TWSA Title 4 § 31.066(b)][CFR Title 33 § 175.15(c)]
  • Type V PFDs must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's label to be legal [CFR Title 33 § 175.17(a)]
  • Inflatable PFDs may only be worn by adults over the age of 16 and weighing more than 80lbs [CFR Title 46 § 160.076]
  • All PFDs must be in good, serviceable condition without any cuts, tears, rotten material, etc [CFR Title 33 § 175.23]
  • All PFDs must fit each person properly [CFR Title 33 § 175.21]
  • Each PFD must be readily accessible to each person [CFR Title 33 § 175.19]

Distress Signaling Devices - Audible & Visual
  • On inland waters you are not required to have an audible signaling device [TWSA Title 4 § 31.073(a)]
  • On coastal waters you must have an audible signaling device capable of making efficient sound [USC Title 33 Chapter 34 § 2033(b)]
  • You are not required to have visual distress signaling devices on inland waters [TWSA Title 4 § 31.073(a)][CFR Title 33 § 175.5]
  • You are required to have USCG approved visual distress signaling devices suitable for night use when kayaking between sunset and sunrise on coastal waters [CFR Title 33 § 175.115]
  • Visual distress signaling devices must be readily accessible [CFR Title 33 § 175.120]
  • Visual distress signaling devices must be in serviceable condition [CFR Title 33 § 175.125]

Light Requirements
  • You must exhibit at least one bright light, lantern or flashlight visible all around the horizon from sunset to sunrise in all weather [TWSA Title 4 § 31.064]
  • All-around white lights must be visible for 2 miles [USC Title 33 Chapter 34 § 2022(c)]

Registration and Numbering
  • Kayaks, regardless of length, do not have to be registered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.022(c)]
  • Kayaks, 14 feet or longer, equipped as a sailboat have to be registered and numbered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.022(c)]
  • Kayaks, regardless of length, equipped with a motor (electric or gas) have to be registered and numbered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.021(a)]
  • If you register and number your kayak know that there are more minimum requirements that apply than listed above


Minimum Requirements Summary:
Lakes and Rivers: PFD and 360 light between sunset and sunrise
Bays and Gulf: PFD, 360 light between sunset and sunrise, sound signaling device, and visual signaling device suitable for night time use between sunset and sunrise
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#12814878 - 07/03/18 11:43 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
JohnButte Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/05/12
Posts: 1015
Loc: Lake El Butto, Pearland
I'm sure this is a dumb question, but as I haven't bought a kayak yet i'm gonna ask anyway. When throwing one in the back of a truck, what do you do to tie it down? A pic would be very helpful as I'm a bit slow and a visual learner.

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#12835535 - 07/20/18 01:18 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: JohnButte]
DrewTX Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/31/16
Posts: 18
Originally Posted By: JohnButte
I'm sure this is a dumb question, but as I haven't bought a kayak yet i'm gonna ask anyway. When throwing one in the back of a truck, what do you do to tie it down? A pic would be very helpful as I'm a bit slow and a visual learner.


I don't have any pictures but I use 3 small ratchet straps to tie mine down. Be VERY careful to not over tighten them. you can stress the plastic and warp or even crack the hull on your kayak. Depending on the length and weight of your kayak, you might consider a tailgate extender. Just a bar that goes into your receiver hitch and T's at the end for extra support.

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