Top 5 Essential Tools & Gear For Successful Kayak Fishing
What tools do you need to successfully fish on a kayak?
Are there advantages and benefits to different types of gear?
If you are a beginner or an experienced kayak angler, then check out the must-have kayak tools here!
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Top 5 Essential Tools & Gear For Successful Kayak Fishing [VIDEO]
- Stick It Anchor Pin
- YakAttack Leverage Landing Net
- Fish Grips
- Scotty Rod Holder
- Scotty Rod Holder Track Adapter
- DIY Paddle Holster
You may have your own preferences for what may be deemed as ‘essential’ for kayak fishing.
This video is designed to show you more tactical gear as opposed to safety gear.
1. Anchor Pin
When you are out fishing on a kayak or a paddlecraft, you are at the mercy of the elements.
That may be in the form of wind or current.
You need something that will let you stop yourself and hold your position.
An anchor pin can be extremely useful for inshore fishing on flats or areas with a muddy bottom.
The anchor pin will stop you quickly and quietly.
It is best to use anything from 7 feet and longer but nothing shorter than a 7-foot pin.
When you plant the pin into the bottom, you are losing roughly 2 feet depending on how soft the mud is.
If you have a pin that is too short, you will not be able to anchor effectively.
There are other options for anchors as well in a claw anchor or a ‘Bruce’ anchor.
You can even go as far as tying a dumbbell to a rope and dropping that to the bottom to secure yourself.
Moreover, the anchor pin can have a rope attached to it that can move freely from top to bottom.
Avoid securing the rope to the very top of the anchor pin because when you go to set it to the bottom, the rope will actually pull the pin over and you will not be anchored any longer.
Instead, if the rope is free, it will hold at water level and create a more secure connection.
Furthermore, if you have an anchor trolley on your kayak, you can adjust your position around your kayak and avoid having to pull the anchor up.
You would just need to attach the rope of the anchor pin to the trolley via a carabiner clip and you can adjust your positioning to where you want to fish.
Ideally, if you are using artificial lures, you want to be facing into the current and into the wind so you can retrieve your lure with the flow of the current.
If the wind is too strong, you want to have it at your back.
2. Fishing Net
You want to be able to land the fish in your kayak and avoid losing that fish if you have it in close.
If the fish is on the larger side, you want to be able to control it safely beside the kayak so you can release the fish.
A net allows you to keep the fish controlled in your kayak or hold the fish next to you in the water for it to calm down so you can remove the hook.
3. Fish Grips
If the fish is too large to bring into a net or your kayak, a pair of fish grips will be important.
Fish grips don’t damage the mouth of the fish and secure the fish next to you.
Be sure to have the lanyard strap around your wrist so you don’t lose the fish and your fish grips.
If needed, you can also tie off the fish to the kayak with the lanyard attached to the fish grips.
4. Rod Holder
A rod holder can be kept in front of you on your kayak to keep your rod in place.
What you do not want to do is lay your rod down on the kayak because it can either fall into the water or make a lot noise when you go to set it down.
The rod holder also allows you to go quickly from paddling or pedaling to grabbing your rod and make a cast at a good spot you came up on.
5. DIY Paddle Holster
If you prefer to stand up and paddle to fish from your kayak, you need to be able to set your paddle down quietly without spooking off fish and you want to grab your rod quickly in case there is a fish.
In the case that you don’t have a way of securing your paddle, it could make a lot of noise when you go to set it down on the hull of the kayak or the paddle could fall into the water.
A DIY paddle holster on your belt will benefit you and eliminate the need to set it down and create noise.
This allows you to quickly go from paddling to casting within seconds.
Fishing from a kayak is an excellent way of getting closer to the fish and for patrolling along shorelines and mangroves.
In order to successfully fish off a kayak, you need the right gear.
If you have the right tools, you will fish with ease and catch more fish in the process!
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