There are a few kayak accessories that are essential no matter what conditions you are fishing under, whether salt or freshwater, rivers or creeks, lakes and ponds, these few you have to have. The rod holder, and kayak trailer.
Will save you from so much frustration, you can’t even imagine. I prefer the RAM style, to quickly lock the rod into place, for using my hands.
is a life saver as well. I don’t mean a full sized trailer that you can pull behind your car, but a smaller cart type trailer that can hold your kayak full of gear. This makes wheeling the boat around a lot easier, saving you time, and your back.
If you are planning on going out to the big blue, there are a few ocean kayak fishing
accessories that you are going to have to have. If you are using a sit inside fishing kayak, you are going to want to get a skirt. It is almost impossible to get the water out from inside of a sink, and you don’t want to try to learn how on your first fishing trip. The skirt will keep the water out of the boat, even if you do roll over.
If you are using a sit on top fishing kayak, you don’t really need the skirt so much, but you do need to get ahold of some bungee straps. These things, along with some leashes will save your gear time and time again. Face it, it is not about if you flip the boat, but when. It is inevitably going to happen, so make sure your gear is properly secured to the boat.
River fishing kayak accessories still include the leashes and bungees, but you are also going to need to throw on an anchor trolley. This little contraption allows you to move the anchor forward and backwards, to provide precise positioning of the kayak while you are fishing, or just anchored up. The currents in the river systems, even smaller ones are enough to get the kayak moving at a nice clip, and this makes fishing a very tough, tedious task.
In my opinion, the ultimate kayak fishing accessories are the ones that you build yourself. I have seen a lot of creative ideas and photos in my day, of things that people have just come up with to modify their kayak. Where these ideas stem, is from being out on the water, and realizing that your kayak could be just a little bit better. Getting back to the house, and tearing into it full force. You are a lot prouder of your accomplishments than if you were to just pay someone to install the modification.
Some easy do it yourself kayak fishing accessories include the dashboard, anchor trolley, and the kayak cart. You can purchase plans off of the internet for these, and they are usually made out of PVC or some other similar material. You can also just use your imagination once you have a general idea of what they are supposed to look like, and how the modification is supposed to function, to just dive in and design your own. Either way, you can use these tips for kayak fishing accessories to help you along your way!
Need A Fishing Kayak Upgrade?
Not all fishing kayaks were meant to have all of these accessories some fishing kayaks just dont have the extra space for mounts. If your looking to upgrade and move up a model we have a helpful kayaks for fishing buyers guide that can be found by clicking here.
Andrew is a seasoned kayaker with 15 years of experience under his belt. He began kayaking as a way to reduce work stress but quickly became an avid kayak fisher and lure expert. He currently enjoys both lake and ocean kayaking and loves to write and share his experiences.