Kayak Fishing unique outfitting features!! – Eddy-Gear.com

Kayak Fishing unique outfitting features!!

The Kayak‘s we use for Fishing and some unique outfitting features:

  1. Paddles
  2. Seat
  3. Rod Holders
  4. Tackle Storage
  5. Cooler
  6. Landing Nets
  7. Dry Bags
  8. Drift Chutes
  9. GPS/Fish finders, ( Electronics’)

If you’re a bank-bound angler frustrated by limited water access, it’s time to explore the world of waterborne kayak fishing.

Kayak fishing is one of the most popular fishing sports right now and it's for good reasons. We recently spent a month talking to the community of kayak anglers, kayak fishing trail and tournament sponsors, and accessories and gear manufactures trying to build an ultimate guide. And in doing so, I found the common and mutual most important points, to address kayak fishing challenges and get you started for this summer.

Ok so here we go;

PART 3: How to Outfit a Kayak for Fishing — Kayak Fishing Accessories Explained

Once you get your new fishing kayak home, the work of customizing it to make it your own begins. Keep things simple or go wild—it’s your kayak and you make the rules.

When you’re ready to start shopping for the best kayak fishing accessories, here are the essential items to include in your fishing kayak build:


  • Paddle — Your main method of transportation on your kayak. You’ll find kayak paddles at all price points, but if you see yourself sticking with kayak fishing, invest in a high-quality carbon fiber paddle from the start. For more insight on choosing the best kayak paddle for fishing, check out article’s @ Paddling. For proper technique please checkout proper paddle strokes
    • Purpose: Paddling, movement on water
    • Essential item ?: Yes
    • Price Range: $50 – $400
    • Look for: Adjustable feathering, carbon fiber or fiberglass blend


  • Seat — Most kayaks come with seats installed at the factory, but you might want to upgrade. For an added height advantage, and for better sight fishing; go with an elevated kayak seat, or for extra comfort.


  • Purpose: Support your back while fishing.
  • Essential item ?: Yes
  • Price Range: $30 – $350
  • Look for: Non-skid bottom, built-in gutters to flush out water, adjustable straps, stay comfortable under duress.


  • Rod holders — Having your fishing rods within arm’s reach, yet completely out of the way is critical for productive kayak fishing. You’ll need at least one rod holder in the cockpit area to hold the rod you’re actively fishing with, then one or two rear-facing rod holders behind the seat to hold extra rods or trolling rods. Choose rod holders based on the style of reel you’re using—fly, spinning, etc.—and the mounting system of your kayak. When in doubt, it’s hard to wrong with any rod holder made by RAM.


  • Purpose: Securing your rod to the kayak in order to go hands-free.
  • Essential item ?: Yes
  • Price Range: $20 – $150
  • Look for: An adjustable clamp.


  • Anchor systems , anchor trolley and Stake out Poles — To maintain your position in the water, an anchor system for your kayak is needed. Along with the anchor, you’ll also need to purchase a trolley system which is used to deploy the anchor from any position on the kayak from bow to stern.
    • Purpose: Maintain your position in the water, perfect for relaxing.
    • Essential item ?: No
    • Price Range: $20 – $50
    • Look for: Rust-resistant, durable marine-grade rope, folds for easy storage.


  • Leashes for paddle and rods — Accidents happen and important items go overboard. Make sure your paddle and rods make it back to shore by securing them with kayak paddle leashes.
    • Purpose: Secure your paddle with leashes.
    • Essential item ?: No
    • Price Range: $10 – $30
    • Look for: Rod holders that come with leashes.



  • Tackle storage and organization — All your hooks, lures, flies, leaders, and other tackle need to stay within easy reach while you’re seated in your kayak, also secured and dry when not needed. For one of the most utilitarian and cost-effective storage solutions for kayak fishing.


  • Purpose: Keeping tackle organized, portable, compact and tough.
  • Essential item ?: Yes
  • Price Range: $90 – $2O0
  • Look for: straps and padded skid pads, built-in retractable rod leash, removable dividers.


  • Cooler — If you plan on staying out all day, having a cooler full of ice, drinks, and food can make the trip much more enjoyable.
  • Most fishing-specific kayaks have space behind the seat to accommodate hard-sided coolers, but if not, soft-sided coolers, offer a more space-efficient option.
  • Purpose: Enjoying cold beers and deli sandwiches while fishing.
  • Essential item ?: No
  • Price Range: $50 – $300

Look for: flip-top opening, resistant to punctures, closed-cell foam, leak-proof liner.


  • Landing net, It can feel like a juggling act when you finally get that fish to the boat and prepare to hoist it aboard your kayak—a landing net makes everything easier.
    • Purpose: Enjoying cold beer, fizzy waters and deli sandwiches while fishing.
    • Essential item ?: No
    • Price Range: $60 – $150
    • Look for: forearm grip, compact and easy stowage.


  • Dry bags — If you spend enough time kayak fishing, you’re bound to take a spill at some point. Be prepared by keeping your electronics and anything you don’t want getting wet secured away in dry bags.
    • Purpose: Keeping your supplies dry while kayaking.
    • Essential item ?: Yes
    • Price Range: $10 – $2O0

Look for: light-weight design, features stabilizing construction, valve-free for easy waterproofing.


  • Drift chute — When fishing water with a current, there are times when you want to slow down your kayak but don’t necessarily want to stop moving completely with an anchor. That’s where a drift chute is useful as it drags behind the boat to slow your speed.
    • Purpose: Help you set up the proper drift in heavy wind or current.
    • Essential item ?: No
    • Price Range: $10 – $50
    • Our Preference’s Look for: Automatic opening, neat collapsing for storage, attachment to an anchor trolley or other attachment points.


  • Kayak cart — Getting your kayak from your vehicle to the water can be quite a chore. Luckily, you don’t have to carry everything by hand thanks to the wonderful invention of kayak carts.
    • Purpose: Transporting and Wheeling your kayak.
    • Essential item ?: No
  • Price Range: $30 – $200
  • Look for: A collapsible, folding cart or small cart that will fit in your kayak.


  • Fish finder and GPS — Give yourself every advantage to catch by rigging your kayak with a sonar fish finder. Get a compact unit with built-in GPS—like the Raymarine Dragonfly 4PRO —to get fish finding and navigation capabilities in one small, kayak-friendly package.


  • Purpose: Tracking location.
  • Essential item ?: No
  • Price Range: $100 – $500
  • Look for: Color touchscreen, glove-friendly touchscreen display, micro SD card slot, handheld or mountable.

We offer several packages that contain most of you anchor and storage needs

For more information and inspiration on how to rig a kayak for fishing, the guys over at the YakGear have put together a video detailing how one successful kayak angler likes to set up his ride. Super helpful! So be sure Like and follow our page and signup for our newsletter to catchup and receive all our tips, and tricks for kayaking an fishing.


 Eddy Gear

When in Doubt Paddle Out!


Please don’t forget Essential items next, in PART 5





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