How to Turn Your Kayak Into a Fishing Kayak

How to Turn Your Kayak Into a Fishing Kayak
Your philosophy of kayak fishing should match your philosophy of fishing. If you prefer to have every tool you could possibly need at your disposal, you may wish to extensively modify your kayak with fancy equipment to help you make your catch. If you'd rather fish lightly and simply, on the other hand, your kayak will need little more than a place to put your rod while you paddle.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod holders
  • Tools
  • Bait bucket
  • Waterproof GPS/sonar system
  • Submersible VHF radio
  • Battery
  • Battery bag
  • Lights
  • Life jacket
  • Cloth
Step 1
Install one or more rod holders on your kayak. Place the rod holder on the deck either in front of or behind the cockpit and mark the places where the bolts go with a permanent marker. Drill the appropriate holes in the deck and bolt on the holder.
Step 2
Install a bait bucket. For a simple solution, tether a fish bucket to your kayak with rope or bungee cords. Alternately, install a live bait well inside your kayak with a continuous pump to keep the bait alive and swimming.
Step 3
Install your electronics. You should include a waterproof GPS/sonar system and submersible VHF radio all wired to a 12-volt marine battery. Install the battery in a sealed battery bag in the bow of the kayak to prevent it from getting wet. If you are using a live bait well, wire the battery to the pump as well to circulate water through the kayak.
Step 4
Equip your kayak with running lights. Buy at least a single bolt-on white all-around light and attach it to the front or back of the hull to warn other boats of your presence. Place green and red lamps on the right and left sides of your kayak, respectively, if you wish to let other boats know which way you are facing. Get a headlamp to wear to help you fish after dark.
Step 5
Get a comfortable vest-type life jacket. Sew on extra pockets for fishing equipment.

Tips & Warnings

Be sure all electrical equipment is protected from water and your circuits are protected by fuses. Should you capsize, this may save your equipment and your life.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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