Warren Reporter on February 08, 2015
Washington man designs surf system backpack for mobility in fishing destinations
Want to have that perfect fishing trip down at the shore? Pack everything needed into a cumbersome - but necessary - carry all tackle box, bucket and beach cart. What a hassle dragging all of these items along the sand and rocks.
Ted Blake of Washington experienced many of the moments, just like other fishermen. Finally, he'd had enough and decided he was going to design a product that made things a lot easier.
After three years of development Blake's Coastline Surf System backpack was introduced to the fishing market in early 2014. In just a short time, and with little fanfare, so far, his innovative backpack is selling all along the east coast, from Massachusetts to Florida. The pack, which is available nationally, is designed to easily fit everything in a contained backpack that is needed for a surf fishing trip.
"The idea for my backpack was inspired by a personal experience," admitted Blake, who is from New Jersey and regularly fishes along the Jersey coast. "I was walking on to the beach one day when another fisherman was leaving. I stopped to assist him after watching him struggle to carry his gear. He had two or three fishing rods, tackle box, sand spikes and a bucket. It wasn't the first time I'd seen this happen with others, and myself on occasion. It was tough to watch."
It was at that moment that he watched the fisherman struggle that a light went off in Blake's head. "This was the ah-ha moment for me. I decided that I was going to come up with a better way, a 'hands-free' system to make fishing a better experience, an easier and more enjoyable experience."
What makes the backpack unique is its portability to any fishing location, such as the beach, fishing from a jetty, easy access on to a pier, and also to back country locations. While intended for those purposes, there is no reason it could also be used for access to lake and river fishing, too.
The backpack allows for optimum storage and flexibility to take what you need in an organized arrangement of tackle bags (designed to fit industry standard boxes for your lures and plugs) or carry fresh bait in sealed containers (Example: zip lock bags/press and seal containers). Fold-down legs and telescoping tripod keeps your gear high and dry and firmly in place on the beach, jetty or pier. And multi-purpose sand spike/rod holders "will keep rods secure as you walk, climb or bike to the fish," stated Blake.
Additionally, notes Blake, "There are many ways for each fisherman to customize their pack. For instance, I have adapted a light weight chair w/strap, great snake lights for night fishing that can clip on to illuminate your area, and carabiners can be adapted for other items you want to carry."
Up until the introduction of the Coastline Surf System backpack, the only other option for fishermen has been the bulky beach carts, which require a large vehicle for transport. Indeed, the Coastline Surf System's hands-free system makes it easy to carry along your "trophy" fish. "It's a virtual beach buggy that fits comfortably on your back," said Blake.
The new pack has impressed many, including Al Ristori, who has been writing about fishing for N.J.'s leading newspaper, The Star-Ledger, for over 30 years. This "might be the most unique product (out there)," he wrote. "The Coastline Surf System is a backpack rigged so the angler can conveniently bring two rods, surf spikes and all the equipment required to the beach."
What other benefits are there to the backpack? It is light weight, is made of salt water resistant durable poly material, has multiple utility pockets, a "tube" for gaff, net or a lantern, a built in cutting board, and a padded adjustable harness, to name a few.
The Coastline Surf System backpack can be purchased online for $149, all inclusive. For more information about the backpack or to place your order, visit www.coastlinesurfsystem.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.