Kayak fishing rigs

Kayak fishing is growing in popularity due to all of the benefits it has to offer. A kayak cost much less than most other types of boats and with all the new technology available, they’re more sturdy and dependable than ever before. Kayaking is quiet so it allows you to sneak into most any area without disturbing the fish. This increases the odds of reeling in a mess of fish each time you go fishing. On top of all of this, kayaking also has many health benefits.
When you plan to fish from a kayak, you’ll need fishing rigs. Rigging a kayak is essentially adding the things you need so you can go fishing. This can be done several different ways depending on how much time and money you want to put into it. In the past, kayakers had to be creative and figure out how to use everyday items for rigging a kayak but today, there are kayaks designed especially for rigging. They already have all of the necessities so all you have to do is bring along the gear.
Some of the features these have include, high back padded seats, lightweight carbon-fiber paddles and storage compartments that make it easier to store the items you need. If you choose one of these, you’ll be all set to go but if you own an older kayak or don’t want to spend the extra money on these features, you can always do it the old-fashioned way and rig it yourself.
Rigging a Kayak
It’s important to know that every fisherman has their own idea of the perfect rig setup. This is why there are so many different ways to do it. However, the basics items are the same. It’s where these items are placed on the kayak and which ones you choose to use that change. When kayaking, you need to minimize the items that you take with you due to the limited space on the watercraft but you can still have everything you need when done correctly.
Here are some of the things that you’ll need when rigging a kayak:
* Rod holders- These are needed to secure your fishing rods when not in use and when fishing. You can place the rods in the holders while adjusting your position or unhooking a fish.
* Anchor and/or drift chute- You’ll need one of these to keep your kayak in the strike zone. The drift chute works best in deep water.
* Paddles and paddle leashes- You need paddles to move through the water and you need the paddle leashes or tethers to hold them securely next to the kayak when not in use. You don’t want to be chasing after them if you flip over or happen to drop one in the water.
* Live wells- You need a way to store the fish you catch if you plan to keep them. You can buy live wells for your kayak or you can attach a bucket or some other type of container over the side of the vessel to hold the fish. This saves on space and the fish stay in the water where they can stay fresh until you’re ready to call it a day.
* Safety equipment- Never go out on the water without your safety equipment. If anything has to be left behind, it should never be this.
* Electronics (optional) – Whether or not you choose to use electronics is up to you and it will mainly depend on where you plan to fish.
* Cooler- This is also optional but if you have room for a small cooler, it’s a good idea to carry something along with you to drink.
Making good use of your storage compartments is very important. This is where your fishing tackle, nets and other necessities will be stored. Where you place these items when rigging will depend on where you’ll be fishing. However, they should be packed in such a way they you have full access to everything you need without digging through everything and pulling stuff out you don’t need.
Tips for Preparing Your Kayak Fishing Rigs
Placement is everything when rigging your kayak. You need your items placed for convenience so you can be comfortable when fishing but at the same time, you must keep safety in mind. The extras that you need must be installed properly for your safety.
If you put too much weight on one side, you run the risk of compromising the hull and the craft can take on water. When mounting your rod holders, be sure and seal off the holes to prevent leakage. When adding electronics, run the cables through the hull and then seal off this hole. If you run them through the hatch, they can break the seal.
When packing your kayak fishing rigs, you need to place your items conveniently so you can be comfortable when fishing but at the same time, you must keep safety in mind. Come up with your own way of loading the kayak (a specific routine to follow) and this will help prevent you from forgetting something important. You don’t want to get out on the water and realize you forgot your favorite fishing rod or the tackle box.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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