It’s time to take your fishing kayak experience to the next level! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned kayak angler, take the opportunity to improve your results and enhance your time out on the water.
Fish like an expert with these kayak fishing accessories:
1. Fishing-Specific PFD
A life jacket designed for the angler not only offers safety, but also an added variety of storage options. Most of these PFDs will have a surplus of pockets to hold your pliers, tackle and other fishing accessories you may need near by at all times.
- Fishing Paddle
Fishing-specific paddles often come with a built in ruler and/or a hook retrieval notch to help save your lures from those dreaded obstacles . Check out our Assassin Carbon Fiber Adjustable Paddle
While they have these are subtle added features, most of these paddles are lighter weight than traditional kayak paddles, helping you spend a full day on the water without being fatigued.
- Anchor Systems
This includes both the anchor and trolley as well as aStakeout/mud-pole The full setup will make anchoring quick and easy, maximizing your fishing time. You’ll be able to use the trolley to position yourself in the best possible way in relation to your casting targets.
- Angler Tackle Crate
Keeping your rods and tackle organized and accessible is one of the most impactful aspects of kayak fishing. A crate will keep your gear typically directly behind your seat, while preventing it from sliding around the deck of your kayak.
Take some time and planning to prevent yourself, from scrambling around your kayak looking for a specific piece of gear.
- Rod Holders
Secure your fishing gear while paddling and keep it nearby for when you see that fish tailing or bait popping through the surface.
There’s a vast variety of rod holders that offer many different features. Some may offer more security while others will allow a quicker release for those moments when you need to act fast!
- Fish Grips and Landing net, retrieval gear
No one likes telling the story about the ‘monster’ they lost just inches from the kayak. Prepare yourself to land that new PB with a pair of Fish grips to help secure the fish or a landing net to give you that added reach
7. Measuring Devices, Hawg Troughs
Know the species, size limits, and restrictions in your state; and be able to record those accurately with a Fish-Stik hawg trough measuring device.
8.Rod + Paddle Leashes
If you like it, put a leash on it. You never know what situation you will be faced with that can cause your kayak to capsize. If your rods don’t have floats, or they aren’t leashed, you will indeed find yourself taking a dive or dragging a hook across the bottom hoping to catch your gear instead of a fish.
As for the paddle leash, knowing that your paddle won’t float away when you set the hook will allow you to focus on the task at hand.
9. 360º Visibility Light + Flag
Some of the best fishing days start before the sun rises and end well after the sun sets. Take the proper safety measures to make yourself as visible as possible to boaters and other kayakers.
Good to have items
- Dry Bags
This is for your personal electronics that you find necessary to take on the water. Whether it’s your phone or camera, you’ll want to keep it in a dry bag. They also help for extra layers that you want to take out on the water with you.
- Fish Bags
Unless you are practicing CPR/CR, a fish bag is essential for keeping your fishing catch fresh until you return.
- Kayak Cart
Scenario: You just finished putting all your gear onto/into the kayak and you’re ready to hit the water. Only thing is that the water is a good 50 yards away.
A kayak cart will keep you from damaging the bottom of your kayak while also keeping you from tiring yourself out before ever hitting the water.
- Personal Kayak Cooler
Coolers are a great way to store your drinks and your snacks, they are also easy to convert to a live well or use as storage for you catch.