Minimalist vs Kitchen Sink

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  1. Creek

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    So here it is. What essential gear do you think is needed in order to have a successful float tube session? This list is primarily to help out the newbies so they can see what they will need to have vs what they might want to have. Feel free to reply with your thoughts and I'll keep adding your essential items to both lists. I really don't think there can be any wrong suggestions - all gear serves a particular purpose and necessity to someone. Let's see what we all come up with. I'll add a few to start.


    MINIMALIST - the few things you have to have along for sure, no exceptions)
    * Float tube and pump
    * Fins
    * PFD
    * Valid fishing license
    * Rod and a lined reel
    * Bait, lures or flies
    * Cell phone
    Whistle or horn-safety if boats around
    Pliers or hemostats


    THE KITCHEN SINK - the things you might not really need to have along, but having them along makes you feel better or look alot cooler:emoji_sunglasses:)
    * Sunglasses
    * Large-brim hat
    * Bottle of water
    Waders
    - UV Gloves
    - Sunscreen
    - Chapstick
    - Seal / Patch kit
    - Scale
    - Sunflower Seeds!!!
    face sun buff
    hemostats or pliers
    fish finder
    net
    small flashing led light- Harbor freight
    SPF long sleeved hoodie
    Blaze orange shirt
     
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  2. Bonecrusher

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    Kitchen sink:
    - Waders
    - UV Gloves
    - Sunscreen
    - Chapstick
    - Seal / Patch kit
    - Scale
    - Sunflower Seeds!!!
     
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    Minimalist
    whistle or horn-safety if boats around

    Kitchen sink
    face sun buff
    hemostats or pliers
    fish finder
    net
    small flashing led light- Harbor freight
     
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    SPF long sleeve hoodie.
     
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    On lakes where boats are allowed I always have my long sleeve blaze orange shirt. To me this is minimalist gear. I believe most SD lake also require 200 inches of blaze orange visible above the waist line and a whistle.

    I also consider water a must have.
     
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    Hemostats or pliers should be on the must have list, imho.
     
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    What about cigars?
     
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    My first float I had a paramedic with me. Category?

    Thanks again Creek!
     
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    Tough to float without it!

    In the salt I would want lip grippers. Wish I had a pair last year in the fresh when I was trying to wrangle a big cat onto my tube!
     
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    Depends on where I’m fishing..typically freshwater for me is kitchen sink..saltwater a pack of baits a pack of jig heads and some nail clippers
     
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    How do you float tubers feel about putting a whip and flag on your craft like they do in the dunes. I would think those drunk jerks in the boats would be scary.
     
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    I absolutely do this in my kayak as I am much more likely to be fishing offshore or crossing channels in the bay/ lake more frequently. In the tube I'm pretty much a shore huger except for the rare channel crossing. In regards to the original question I have transitioned to a much more minimalist approach for both the yak and the tube through out the years. 2-3 rods (bass boat is usually 8+) and a couple of consolidated trays. Couple waters, couple Cliff bars, couple pairs of pliers and that's about it.
     
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