Kayak Rigging Tips

Kayak Rigging Tips
Rigging your kayak is an important step for any fishing expedition. Rigging puts all of your fishing equipment in the best spot and prepares your kayak for the water. If you have ever fished from a kayak before, you know you can have trouble locating extra line or a reel or a lure simply because the kayak does not have much space. These tips will make things easier.
 

Keep it Simple

You don't need a lot of equipment when fishing from a kayak, but many people load it down with extra items. A net, a rod and a tackle box are all you really need. Just put just a few tools inside your tackle box--a knife, pliers for emergency repairs, your lures and bait.

 
 

Sinking

Certain types of kayaks have bulkheads, which keep them stable--even when water gets inside. If your kayak does not have a bulkhead, you'll need to find your own way of stabilizing it for fishing. Float bags are an excellent choice, because it's easy to install the bags. Try adding bags on the stern and another set along the bow.

Sealing

If you find your kayak leaking water or notice any cracks on the side, you'll need to repair it. The best product for this situation is a substance called Marine Goop, which is available from most home improvement stores, including Lowe's and Home Depot. Simply apply the product to the cracks and let it dry overnight. It cures and shrinks to the spot, effectively sealing the area and making it completely waterproof.

 

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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