Solo and Night mission setup

 I've just made a setup for when the weather turns to crap or night running.

I've been wanting one of these PLBs for my dirt bike and an imminent Cape Yord riding adventure inspired my purchase. Works out perfect for addition to the auto inflate Floaty.

Added the Torch so I can see the thing to activate it at night. Torch and PLB attached by elastic lanyards.

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I enjoy a solo fish and have

Wed, 2019-02-20 11:37

I enjoy a solo fish and have done a few at night and go the whole hog but I also deck myself out the same when taking my young kids out without the Mrs. A PLB with GPS is essential equipment in my opinion.

 
Crewsaver auto inflate  life jacket – bloody comfortable and is a nice tight fit not getting in the way of my fishing
I clip my handheld VHF to the back strap of the jacket and hardly notice it’s there
I pop my PLB in my pocket or attach it  to the back strap of my jacket. I carry this on my body every trip out.
I have installed an MOB+ wireless killswitch and wear the fob on my wrist
I have a waterproof grab bag with flares clipped around the leg of my detachable bait board for quick access
I want to give the night fishing bit more of a crack this year so will also be adding a strobe light to the mix although I also wear a Lensor head lamp the whole time. I also have a second Sim card with my Optus plan so will prob look at keeping my phone when I replace it and keeping the old one charged up in my grab bag too.
 
I also religiously log on with sea rescue and am always conservative with return times and will set my alarm and check back in and extend my ETA if needed.
 
Hopefully all the above is a complete waste of money and I never have to use any of it but it's bought piece of mind for myself and the Mrs. Actually the handheld VHF is very handy in Mandurah when I drop off some crew at the flats and we drift the flats in the boat nearby.
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Make sure your PFD has a crotch strap

Wed, 2019-02-20 13:04

I have read discussions on another forum and a coroners report which suggests PFDs not fitted with crotch straps can be more of a hindrance than helpful. I am somewhat surprised that crotch straps are not standard on all PFDs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-CmyKdy3MU

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Cheers Jamesy, mine came with

Wed, 2019-02-20 13:47

Cheers Jamesy, mine came with one but I haven't fitted it. Will get that sorted before the next trip

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SMB

Wed, 2019-02-20 17:29

You could add a good loud whistle and maybe a SMB (Surface Marker Bouy) used by divers

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 Interested in the crotch

Wed, 2019-02-20 21:17

 Interested in the crotch strap. You wouldn't know it's needed without a live test as per the video. The one I have doesn't have one & considering the whole point of auto inflate for me is that it should work if you are unconscious or severely impaired, I will want to test & most likely include this.

The PFD does have a whistle. 

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Shit hey. Good video. Hope my

Wed, 2019-02-20 21:45

Shit hey. Good video. Hope my fat guts keep mine on right cause no way a crutch strap fitting me!