What are the best fishing kayak accessories? This is a question that is often asked by new kayak anglers. While there is no definitive answer, there are certain items that are essential for a successful kayak fishing trip.
What are the best types of kayaks for fishing?
There are many different types of kayaks on the market these days, and it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. If you're interested in kayak fishing, however, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind.
- First, you'll want to make sure you choose a kayak that's stable enough to handle the water your fishing. Still water, moving water and the ocean all present very different challenges. the best fishing kayaks are designed for a specific pursuit.
- Second, you'll want to your kayak has enough storage space for all your fishing gear. You don't want to be cramped up in a tiny kayak with all your gear crammed in around you. Pay specific attention to how you will fish from your kayak, and create a simple 'packing list' before you go.
- Third, you'll want to make sure your kayak is comfortable. You're going to be spending a lot of time in it, so you want to make sure it's comfortable for you. Seats have become much high quality in recent years, but you'll also want to consider your life vest, as they style can impact your comfort (and you should always wear one at all times).
Finally, you'll want to make sure your kayak is durable. Fishing can be tough on equipment, so you want to make sure your kayak can stand up to the abuse. It's a good idea to keep a small sponge or brush on board - it's much easier to wipe off fish guts and blood while it's still wet.
There are many great kayaks on the market these days, so do your research and find the one that's right for you. With a little bit of effort, you can find
A paddle is the next essential item. There are many different types of paddles available, so it is important to choose one that is comfortable for you. There are also many different materials to choose from. and some even have features specific for kayak fishing built in. *Don't forget a quality paddle leash to ensure your don't lose your paddle, or more importantly your propulsion.
3. Life Jacket
A life jacket is an essential piece of safety equipment. Make sure you choose one that is comfortable and that fits you properly. Most leading life preserver brands have introduced 'high back' models that eliminate the flotation from the lower back, making them well suited for kayak fishing with seats. Inflatable life jackets are also available and are becoming increasingly popular.
4. Fishing Rods
Of course, you will need a fishing rod. But did you know that there are now rods specifically designed for kayak fishing? These rods are usually shorter and more compact than traditional rods, making them easier to store and transport. Be sure to pick up some quality Fishing Rod Leashes as well... Every experienced angler has lost a favorite rod to the bottom... avoid this from the start.
There are many different types of fishing reels available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Spinning reels are the most popular type of reel, and are a good choice for kayak fishing. Bait casting reels are also a good choice, but can be more difficult to use.
Lures are what you use to attract fish. There are many different types and sizes of lures, so it is important to choose the right one for the type of fish you are trying to catch. Watch your favorite kayak angler on YouTube for a general direction on set up, and read the forums and talk to associates at your local fishing kayak retailer for the inside scope on your local waters.
7. Fishing Lines
There are many different types of fishing line available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Monofilament line is the most popular type of line, and is a good choice for kayak fishing. Fluorocarbon line is also a good choice, but is more expensive.
8. Kayak Fishing Nets & Gaffs
A net is a vital piece of equipment for kayak fishing, but usability is key. It's often better to choose a small net for ease of transport. Also consider a Kayak Fishing Gaff Hook if you're ocean going. Shorter T-handle Gaffs are preferred and easier to use when on a kayak.
9. Kayak Fishing Equipment Storage
Fishing Kayak's need better storage and a good solution is one of the most commonly overlooked accessories. An old milk crate is a time test solution and a few bungees and / or a bags will ensure you keep your gear together and with you on your trip. Also consider som Fishing Rod Wraps to keep your rods together during launch.
10. Kayak Storage
You'll need somewhere to store your kayak when you're not using it. Most manufactures will suggest you keep your kayak covered. While a tarp out back will do, better yet it in a garage or other weather protected environment. Be especially sure to keep if out of direct sunlight, as extreme heat can permanently damage your boat. Also rinse your pedal kayak down with fresh water after every trip to prevent corrosion.
This list is a good start for your next waterborne adventure.