Ric Burnley
Wilderness’ new Kayak Krate is the flagship of a fleet of smart new accessories for any boat.

Wilderness Systems brought their A game to an impressive new line of accessories for any kayak angler.

Adding to their innovative new pedal and motor powered boats, they’ve introduced a crates, live wells and storage systems that will fit any brand of boat.

The star of the show is their new Kayak Krate.

Anglers have been using milk crates to store tackle and gear since the dawn of kayak fishing. Wilderness has taken the idea to the next level. The new crate can be set up with three vertical rod holders on each side. The rod holders can even be elevated to fit in smaller tank wells. An open main compartment holds tackle trays or uses a hanging file system to store bags of lures or tools. The lid is actually another storage unit with a clear top to hold loose lures, gadgets and small items. The crate has universal lash down points to keep it in the kayak and the lids are water resistant. The Kayak Krate will cost 129.99.

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If you’re a live bait fisherman, you’ll love the new live well.

This all-inclusive bait tank holds a battery and pump in one unit. There are even USB charging ports in the front of the live well. An outlet drains water into the tank well and a flexible inlet hose fits through any scupper. The spring loaded hatch is sealed to keep water from sloshing out. They even included a bait net to keep the bait from damaging itself. Molded handles and tie downs make it easy to move and secure. The battery is rechargeable or it can run on solar power. The live well will run 299.99.

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The live well incorporates battery and pump in one unit.

Speaking of batteries. Wilderness is offering a water resistant battery that provides 15ah of power, enough to last a fishfinder and GPS all day. The battery is big on power but small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. USB ports and plug in quick connect leads allow you to charge a phone and run electronics. A built-in battery level indicator warns you when the juice is running low. To make it easy to install the battery in any Wilderness boat, they offer a battery case that has a gear track and outlet hole to mount the fishfinder display and run wires. Just another easy and clean option for mounting electronics on your boat.

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The battery case holds battery and cables inside. A gear track secures the fishfinder display. The small box is a 15ah battery that can be charged with the solar panel (back).

The list of new accessories is long, but highlighted by a range of storage bags from a soft-sided fish box that will fit on top of a bow hatch or in a tankwell, dry bag that also fits easy into the trunk hatch on a Thresher or ATAK, and mesh storage pockets that attach to a seat back or crate with bungees.

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Mesh pockets hold anything, attach anywhere.

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The fish bag (above) and dry bag increase storage and tough enough to survive life in a kayak.

Wildy didn’t forget the small details, either.

They have a Kevlar tether for rods and gear, rod leash with Velcro attachments and a cool flexible light that can be a nav light, work light or even a fish-attracting light. All of the accessories were designed and tested under the eye of Wilderness’ pro staff. With all these accessories coming out of the Wildy lab, the mad scientists have really gone crazy!

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