For both seasoned anglers and beginners, the ability to access places bank fishing cannot, and matched with the affordability compared with a fishing boat, the kayak has become very popular among fishermen. The wide variety of gear choices of kayak fishing can seem a bit daunting, but once you hop in, you’ll see it is truly one of the most accessible activities out there. Here are 10 essential kayak fishing accessories that can directly correlate to your fishing success:
1. Buying your paddle
Choosing the proper paddle is nearly as integral as choosing your kayak. Generally speaking, a higher price means lighter weight for paddles. Spend a little more money for a paddle, the lighter paddles are worth the extra money for long days on the water.
When looking at paddles, the recommended length is based on a formula of your height, boat width, and paddling style.
There are many fishing paddles to choose from on the market and they have angler features like a tape measure.
2. Always wearing your PFD
A wearable PFD is the most important thing on a kayak. It has nothing to do with whether you can swim or swim like a pro. It’s about saving your life for emergency situations. Your PFD needs to be the right size, and it should be snug to ensure that if you would fall into the water, your PFD would actually stay on you.
3. Choosing the right Anchor
The light kayak is easily moved, so it’s necessary to drop anchor while out on the water trying to stay at the right fishing alcove. The most common anchor used in the kayak fishing community is either a 1.5 lb or 3.0 lb folding anchor.
4. Using a fish finder
Using a fish finder can be very rewarding. You’ll learn the lay of the land beneath the surface and begin to understand when and where fish school up. You can of course fish without a fish finder, but it makes your fishing trip so much easier.
5. Fishing rod holder
Fishing without a rod holder can be a major pain. Installing one (or several) rod holders is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to step up your fishing game. A good rod holder must be flexible to attach and extremely stable.
6. Landing net & Hook remover tool
A landing net is just as important as a hook remover tool when kayak fishing, which will help you to catch and release the fish safety. No one likes telling the story about the ‘monster’ they lost just inches from the kayak. You will need a larger landing net especially when fishing the saltwater.
7. Dry bag for clothes & electronics
A dry bag is for your personal electronics that you find necessary to take on the water. You never know what will happen during your day out or expedition (hopefully, you will be home without any problem!), but if something goes wrong, you need to be able to call for rescue.
8. Finger-less fishing gloves
Any kayak angler who has ever returned home after a long day in the sun will know what a pain sunburned hands can be. It’s better to wear a pair of gloves when kayaking. Most fishing gloves have the open-fingered design, which leaves the tips of your fingers free, provide you with sensitive touch and rigging dexterity when you're tying knots, rigging bait, handling fish and other fishing tasks.
9. Measuring Devices
Know the species size limits and restrictions in your state and be able to record those accurately with a measuring device.
10. Wheeling your kayak
Certainly the type of kayak you have and it's weight are going to be the determining factor in having a cart or not, but even if you have a super light boat, if you need to get to the water with a load of gear or are facing a long portage, a cart can be a big help. It will keep you from damaging the bottom of your kayak while also keeping you from tiring yourself out before ever hitting the water.
Kayak fishing is much different than fishing from a motor boat, canoe or the shore. Make an effort to connect with experienced people through local clubs or social media groups. They’re usually happy to help or meet a new fishing buddy! They can help with paddling, boat positioning, rigging, safety, and teach you how to get started.
Finally, enjoy your time on kayak.
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