Homemade Fishing Rig for Kayaks

Homemade Fishing Rig for Kayaks
Kayaks are a great way to get on the water and take in the fresh air, sunshine and scenery along a shore or coast. In addition to paddling, many people enjoy using their kayak as a platform for fishing. Often able to access areas where larger boats cannot go, the small size and maneuverability of a kayak often times make them an excellent choice for fishing. Rigging a kayak for fishing can be easily accomplished by most people using in a short amount of time.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic milk crate
  • 2 inch PVC pipe (2 lengths that are 12 inches long)
  • Plastic zip ties
  • Snips
  • Bungee cords with hooks
  • Pliers
Step 1
Obtain two lengths of 2 inch PVC pipe that are 12 inches long. These will be used as up right rod holders. Place a plastic milk crate on a work surface.
Step 2
Position one of the PVC lengths in one corner of the milk crate. Determine now if you want your fishing rods to stand straight up or to extend out at an angle. If you want the rods straight up, position the tube securely against the corner. If you want the rods at an angle, position the bottom of the tube several inches from the bottom corner of the crate. Keep the tube along the side and corner of the crate.
Step 3
Secure the PVC tube to the crate with plastic zip ties. Use as many ties as necessary to secure the tube to the crate.
Step 4
Repeat the attachment process for the second tube on the opposite side of the crate. Check to make sure both tubes are securely attached and trim excess from the end of the zip ties with snips.
Step 5
Attach bungee cords to the sides of the crate. Hook the end of the cords into the plastic openings on the crate. Crimp one or both hooks around the plastic openings to secure the bungee cord in place. Assorted fishing items and equipment can be secured using the bungees.

Tips & Warnings

Attach other holders and accessories to the crate with assorted fasteners. Milk crate fishing setups allow for easy customization. The crate allows you to store and easily transport all of your fishing equipment to and from your kayak and provides easy access when on your kayak.
Attach the milk crate to your kayak with additional bungee cords for stability.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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