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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Outfit your Kayak for FISHING!

How to Outfit Your Angler Kayak

Kayak angling is a fun and proven way to catch fish. Outfitting a kayak for fishing is much like outfitting any other fishing watercraft. The kayaks limited storage capacity does present some challenges, but we have created a guide to help you start customizing your kayak for fishing.
















Seating

The first and foremost thing you should consider when you start to properly outfit your kayak is the seat. This is probably the first thing you thought of, since no one wants to get a sore behind while trying to enjoy their kayak fishing trip. The most simple and obvious solution to improving your seating situation is to add padding to the original seat. You can use a self-adhesive foam pad, most of which include traction for improved control.

Another solution to help you refine your kayak seating is to reposition the seat. The most frequent adjustments made to the seat are to move it up or down. This can increase stability and leg room.

If adjusting the seat position and adding padding just aren’t cutting it for you, you can always replace the existing seat with an aftermarket seat.

Rod Holders

Rod holders are an invaluable aspect when outfitting a kayak because you can’t paddle and hold the fishing rod at the same time (unless you have a pedal powered kayak!). It’s helpful if you bring multiple holders so that you can bring several different rods on your kayak fishing adventure. To optimize space on the kayak it’s good to use a holder that offers multi-positioning for rods, quick release capability, or enables you to store a variety of rods in the same holder.

Flotation Vest

It is paramount that you use a flotation device when you are using any watercraft. However, when kayaking it’s best to purchase a kayak-specific designed vest, as it allows for better upper body movement and does not constrict you while you are paddling and casting.

Fishing Tools

This will vary from person to person, but it’s a good idea to have a multi-tool and various other items including the following: knife, scissors, forceps, clippers, a hook file, and pliers. Be sure to store these items in a place where they are easily accessible, because you will frequently be using them.

Anchor System

It’s important to get an anchor and a kayak anchor trolley kit for those windy days. The anchor allows you to stay put while fishing, and the trolley kit enables you to manipulate the position of the line for optimal positioning.











Safety and First Aid Kit

Be sure to check your state or provinces on-the-water requirements to determine what you are mandated to carry. The bare minimum of what you should bring includes a signal mirror, a whistle, a bilge pump, a bail or sponge, a throw rope and a working flashlight.

Electronics

New electronics are being utilized in the world of fishing, such as a Fish Finder/transducer. You can hang it over the side of the boat or (as most do) glue it inside of the boat. The transducer signal shoots through the plastic of the boat. Just get some really good glue, and glue the transducer to the bottom of the kayak, attach the transducer to a battery and you are ready to go fishing!

Crate System

Something that you can add to the back of your kayak is a “crate system”. You can either buy one that is already made, or you can fashion a milk crate into a carrier for your tackle. The milk crate has been around for a long time. It gives you storage compartments for your gear and enables you to fasten your tackle holder to your boat, ensuring that it will stay securely in place. This is a great option for functionality and for the betterment of the environment because you are recycling.
















Tackle Boxes and Trays

Some kayaks come with tackle tray designated spots. If yours doesn’t then you can always carry small trays in your vest or pants pocket. It’s wise to use airtight containers so that you don’t end up with rusty fishing hooks. A crate system is a great way of keeping all your tackle containers organized.

Kayak fishing is an exciting, inexpensive, simple and healthy sport that can be enjoyed solo or as a bonding experience for two. It is still considered a frontier sport since it is still in the early stages of development. It can be challenging to find viable information about it, and that is why we have created this guide to help you outfit your kayak to its fullest potential. We hope this helps and that you have many fun angling adventures!

Remember that ACK.com stands ready to outfit your next adventure as your Kayak Fishing Headquarters. Click on over and see what we have to offer!



About the Author:

Joseph is an avid kayaker based out of the central Texas area. He has paddled many of central Texas’ waterways and has attended and/or participated in many kayak fishing tournaments, races and paddling festivals. He’s currently employed at Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) and loves that he gets to spend time working with his favorite toys.

3 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Great post. I use my kayak to fish for bluegill but my setup is nowhere near as nice as yours.

Kevin Bloodhounded said...

Well done Joel! You're welcome back any time! BH

allum hawk said...

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