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Jaykay
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Esky

Post by Jaykay » Tue Jun 11, 2024 9:26 pm

Hi Yakkers
Thinking about a practicable esky for the compass , any recommendations ?

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Re: Esky

Post by Andrews » Wed Jun 12, 2024 9:30 pm

Hey mate,

Great question!
Any decent esky should be plenty enough for storing your catch, I wouldn't stress to much!

I personally invested in a Dometic cool Ice 22 ($110) because I found the design functional:
- The width to weight ratio sits nicey on the compass
- It's a nice height for me when putting my catch away reaching over the wheels
- The material handle is handy to one-hand carry the esky
- Bungee latches which are handy
- Solid for when I drop it on accident
- Doubles as a seat when on the shore

I added two 316 stainless steel saddles, one either side at the mid-point.
Ran a bungee to carabiner / clips on either side to hold the esky tight when on the water, and the clips are wider than the saddle so they can't fall off.
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Re: Esky

Post by Jaykay » Thu Jun 13, 2024 11:16 am

Excellent reply Andrew and with pics 👌
Have seen them in BCF and they look a solid piece of kit
Looks like I will be investing in one 🍻

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Re: Esky

Post by Hatetangles » Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:21 pm

I was going to buy a brand new one but then decided to use one I found on the street a few years ago to save some cash which is approx 550 x 350 x 350 in size. must be about 35l capacity..
Mine fits snug in the middle bungee opening. No mods done, no rod holders no clips to even hold it down lol, it sits freely in the back, and with the weight in there (ice blocks/cold drinks) it aint going anywhere...
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Re: Esky

Post by Andrews » Sat Jun 15, 2024 3:52 pm

Solid esky there!
I think as long as it keeps your catch cold, you're set!
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Post by Tim399 » Sat Jun 15, 2024 6:59 pm

Hi Jaykay, some good recommendations above. Just to throw a spanner in the works, if you are not planning on mounting rod holders, etc. to the esky and it is just for holding your catch, I use the bags similar to the below link when targeting fish. They’re very light, well insulated and are easy to swing around from the rear to your lap to keep count of your catch, etc. without twisting right around. From memory I paid about $100 for it around 8 years ago.

When choosing what to put in the rear well, it’s also worth considering how you will remount the kayak if you fall out/flip. If you can remount over the sides, an esky in the back won’t be an issue, however if your kayak has high sides and rod holders on top of the gunnels like mine does, remounting over the rear will be the only option. This will require a fairly clear path to get back into the seat.


When targeting squid I just use a lunch box with a plastic tub insert as it doesn’t take up much room, can fit beside my seat and has a Velcro lid to easily open and drop the squid into. My wife is allergic to fish to I keep squid and fish seperate.

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