Long time lurker, first time joining and posting.
I have a 12’3" SOT fishing kayak(Third Coast: Avalon 120). I have had it for over a year and have it rigged with a fishing crate in the back.
My kayak crate is orange and my paddle blades are orange(Bending Branches: Angler Classic).
One of my fishing hats is bright orange.
I fish mostly slow FL rivers and quiet mangroves in/around Tampa Bay, with an occasional long distance fishing trips to LA and AR.
I have yet to be in a situation where I thought that I needed a Kayak Flag. As a matter of fact, I wanted to keep as low a profile as possible, to the extent that I did not want to become a target via the flag.
I have seen videos of boats almost hitting or even bumping into kayaks with and without a flag.
What is the communities thoughts on flags?
Have they benefited anyone? e.g. I know that I wouldn’t get struck by a boat because I have one…
Even with my flag up, some drunk @sshole still kept coming at me @ full speed…
Or even…as some stories that I heard while on a few bayous in SW LA, where shots are fired at the flag, as it is a Target for target practice.
I was eyeballin’ a ‘Bell’ bicycle flag at a local box store. It was less than $5, about 48" long with a small pennant bright orange flag on it. I though t that this would be a cheap alternative to a YakAttack Flag, plus it is taller. However, that is what prompted this thought.
Any input would be appreciated.