Luther Cifers is a pioneering, engineering kind of guy. In tune with the needs of the kayaker, kayak angler he has fashioned and refashioned ideas into products that are very useful to the serious kayak angler. The better kayak shops, if they don’t have his products and accessories, they will. I will likely do more individual reviews of his products but they are “listed here.” The link to their web site is there. Follow “Products” to get a closer look at each item.
Changes to the industry, he is in charge of a lot more now than before. I am hoping to be working with him more in the future. Over time, he has gotten it very well covered.
He has done well covering accessories needed by the kayak guys. What I’ve already used. As owner of Capmel.com and a kayak fishing guide, this web site is very big for the kayak fishing crowd. This information should be very useful. My review links are viewed millions of times.
The Carbon VisiPole/Visi Carbon Pro is something that I heard about a while before I actually saw one. When I opened up discussions with Luther about his products, it was the one that I asked him about first. He sent one to me and when I first got a look at it, I was impressed. The design is very smart. Jointed fiberglass tubing, with a bungee going through the “fishing rod-like tube”, it is easy to assemble and disassemble.
Tracks, straps, adapters, mounts, cleats. They have it all. The light is one of the most useful items for me. But their other accessories are useful. My review from years ago on his VisiCarbonPro light:
From the Yak Attack web site:
• Manufactured from domestically manufactured, 3/8″ fiberglass tube. Permanently attached to the light and the floating base (when a floating base is selected).
• With an overall height of 4′-6″, you will truly be visible from 360 degrees.
One thing I didn’t realize until I was talking to other people. The visi pole “flag” is also a light bag. When not in use, the VisiPole folds down and fits nicely into the flag. It folds all the way down to a length of 14 inches.
The flag itself is great for visibility but the primary function of this equipment for me is as the 360-degree light for nighttime use. The light is top-quality. When I am examining new equipment, I look very closely at the performance, durability with respect to the cost of the item. With so many things, you can buy a cheaper piece of equipment and have to replace it way sooner than if you make a different choice. I experienced the durability problem with some lights that were not exactly cheap. The VisiPole and is worth every penny. My VisiPole is still “working every time” and it is such a joy to set up, breakdown and store. I will be adding more of them with the nighttime fishing of summer arriving soon. From the Yak Attack web site:
• Uses the same light body designed by YakAttack and manufactured by TekTite® for the VISICarbon Pro™. With remarkable light diffusing technology, an incredible balance of brightness and burn time ensures you get the visibility you need and a surprisingly low operating cost.
• With a burn time of more than 100 hours on 3 AA batteries, you’ll save as much as $20 on the first set of batteries compared to other popular safety lights lasting only 8 hours on a set of batteries. Using your VISIPole II for an 8 hour night of fishing, your operating cost will be less than 25¢!
• Waterproof to a depth of 1000 feet.
Mounting options are available for however you need to do it. I have the Native Fishing Buddy so on my kayak I am using the “Light on 3/8″ Fiberglass mast with Floating Base”. Others can consider options where the VisiPole is going into a base mount. There are a lot of advantages to the VisiPole choice over other options, the biggest of which is that it achieves what it is supposed to. Other lights I had in the past were probably more like “250-degree lights”, the reason being- they did not sit up high enough. My body would block the light if I put these shorter lights in one of the rod holders of my crate system. The VisiPole has the appropriate elevation for the light to be a great beacon in the night.
It is easy to turn on and off and it is easy to replace batteries, something that does not have to be done that often (see battery life and projected “operating cost” above).
Give this a look. If you like to go out very early in the morning or make nighttime trips, you are going to want to get one of these.
More of Yak Attack accessories to familiarize yourself with:
Plastic Threaded T-Knob (sold in a package of 6)
The track system components and accessories
Panfish/Panfish Portait (camera mounts)
Rotogrip Paddle Holder
Leverloc Anchor Trolley
Vertical Tie Downs
Tie Down Eyelets
Side Mount Rod Tube
Gear Trac Hardware
The Black Pak: http://www.capmel.com/the-black-pak/
Information on Yak Attack: www.YakAttack.us
Technical Support and Forums: http://www.yakattack.us/Products/Products.html
Edits to this review are likely. I will get input from Luther on things I have missed and things I don’t have exactly correct. Call ahead to shops to ask what of his items they carry. If they are a legit kayak fishing outlet, they are going to have Yak Attack products.
Owner and Guide: www.strikethreekayakfishing.com
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