By Bill Schultz
So far this season I’ve talked about types of fishing kayaks, selecting the right paddle, where to fish and best spots to launch. Today, I’d like to touch on rigging your kayak for fishing success.
For me, two things are key, rod holders and some type of storage crate with rod holders behind my seat in the stearn tankwell. All my Jackson kayaks have flush mount rod holders, which I prefer, but, I also like the RAM Mount product that extends up from the kayak deck and can be attached to the track system most fishing kayaks come with. Jackson makes a great crate called the JKrate with ample extra storage and three rod holders. But, you can also go as simple as a milk crate with PVC tubes for extra rods.
After many years of serious kayak fishing, I still haven’t installed a locator. Most of my kayak fishing is in Door County, so, with the clear water and fishing shallow, I haven’t had the need. However, with the funk the smallmouth bass have be in, I’ve been fishing deeper and knowing depth, structure and water temperature would be helpful. I would suggest a locator if you are serious about your kayak fishing.
I’ve seen fishing kayaks that except for no Mercury engine, look like mini bass boats with power poles to hold you in place while fishing, trolling motors and more. The track system I mentioned is perfect for adding accessories to hold a camera, your paddle and anchor trolley to raise and lower an anchor. Other standard items can include a scale and tape to weigh and measure your catch, landing net, pliers to safely remove lures from the fish and something to cut line.
The internet is a great place to check out rigging options and how to do it. Rigging your kayak for fishing is personal as to how you fish, so, have fun and get on the water.
If you have any questions related to rigging your kayak or any other kayak fishing questions, I’m happy to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jackson Kayak National Pro Staff, Bending Branches and Aqua-Bound Pro Staffs.