If you’re a serious kayak angler, you carry a lot of gear with you if you’re going to spend the day on the water. One of my recent purchases is the Shimano Banar Boat Deck Bag. I haven’t regretted it for a moment. Carrying all my smallmouth bass tackle in one easy to use bag has been great.
This bag features a shoulder strap for carrying, as well as two padded handles that are very comfortable and easy to grab if the bag is sitting behind you in the kayak.
The main compartment has two zipper handles with tassels, making it easy to open when you’re on the water.
A flap covers the zipper, making the whole gear bag fairly waterproof. It’s important to note however that the bag is marketed as WATER RESISTANT, not WATERPROOF, so it’s not completely impervious.
Inside, the main compartment is fairly nondescript, but it’s a bag. It doesn’t need a ton of features in that area. There is a netted zipper bag on the inside of the cover, which is a great place to store smaller items for easy access.
I keep my smallmouth bass tackle and lures in small sized Plano boxes, and in the medium version of the gear bag, I can carry 2 or 3 easily.
Uses for the Shimano Banar Bag Series
Aside from carrying my tackle, I’m thinking about getting a second bag to carry my photography equipment. I usually bring my Canon Rebel EOS XS on fishing trips with me, and that can be nerve wracking. Having a water resistant bag to carry my photography gear in would be a big plus. It’s easy enough to get in and out of the bag, so I feel as though it’s good enough to meet my needs in that area. You don’t want to miss a good hero shot because you can’t get to your camera.
While I haven’t done this myself, it’s likely also a good bag to carry non-perishable food items for day trips. It’s not a cooler bag by any stretch, but granolas, cookies, pretzels etc would be fine in it.
For around $30, I don’t think you can really beat this bag as far as value goes. It’s well constructed, well thought out, and attractive.