How to Outfit Kayaks for Fishing

How to Outfit Kayaks for Fishing
It's important to rig your kayak for fishing based on the size and location of the fish you want to catch. Prioritize the location of your equipment on the kayak and maximize your space by only rigging what is absolutely necessary for the type of fishing you want to do. Remember, don't overcrowd your space and keep accessories to a minimum.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Choose a rod holder. Flush-mounted rod holders and rod holders mounted on adjustable brackets are the most common types used on kayaks. Customized rod holders are also available. Secure the rod with a rod leash.
Step 2
Add an extension to increase maneuverability. Height extensions enable you to fish with a conventional rod without bending or pulling upward to maintain control of the line.
Step 3
Use an anchor system. One option is an anchor trolley, which you can use to change your anchor point as necessary. Include a chain when fishing close to rocks. You might also want to use a drift chute. These are designed for deep waters where anchoring is difficult if not impossible.
Step 4
Maximize your space with paddle keepers. These bungee cords fit to the sides of your kayak and keep your paddles out of the way until you need them.
Step 5
Accessorize with a hard-sided cooler. Attach the cooler to the side of your kayak or store it inside to keep game and bait from spoiling. A bait bucket is an alternative storage option for bait.

Tips & Warnings

Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) designed specifically for kayaking. PFDs are easy to wear in a small space. Storage pockets may be large enough to hold a small tackle box or portable radio.
Use a lanyard to carry small tools such as scissors and hook files.
Always brings a first-aid kit when kayak fishing.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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