How to Setup a Kayak For Fishing?

How to Setup a Kayak For Fishing?

How to Setup a Kayak For Fishing? – Many anglers have been interested in paddle fishing lately. Although a fishing kayak is not as proficient as a boat designed for fishing, it can be just as effective. Fishing enthusiasts love the idea of combining two different sports. There are many ways to make a recreational kayak suitable for angling.

A kayak is smaller than a fishing boat and has less storage space. There’s also little room to move around. A kayak can also make it more difficult to keep your gear and get wet.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable fishing trip, kayaks must be prepared.

You don’t want to waste your time pondering about how to set up a kayak for fishing. Read on to learn what you should do to get ready for your yak fishing trip.

Guide to Fishing Kayaks

Make sure your kayak is suitable

You should ask yourself the first question: “Is my kayak appropriate for fishing?

Fishing kayaks should generally be both short and long. For their ease of use and ability to turn and twist, shorter vessels are preferred. A wider vessel will provide enough stability. This is important because most fishing techniques require you to stand still for long periods of time.

It’s not possible for all vessels to be made for this purpose. If you do have a kayak you can use it as a guide. We will discuss later anchoring and storage techniques that can transform your kayak into a fishing-specific model.

On the other hand, if you’re in the process of purchasing a fishing kayak, there are a few decent options you can choose from. Many anglers highly recommend kayaks such as the “Viking Profish” and “Intex Explorer K2”.

You should choose a kayak that is stable and fast enough to handle choppy conditions. A kayak with large hatches and plenty of tackle storage is essential. If you enjoy fishing with your kids or having company, consider buying a kayak with multiple cockpits.

Your personal financial device (PFD) is important

A life jacket is a mandatory safety requirement. You should choose a lightweight, comfortable jacket that you can move and stir easily.

Consider investing in a kayak-specific life jacket to guarantee your safety and convenience simultaneously.

Paddle or motor

When it comes to kayaking, the golden rule is not to compromise on your choice of a paddle. It’s not worth wasting energy on a heavy paddle that will leave you tired for the rest.

A fishing paddle that is light and strong should have blades that are shorter than standard and thicker than regular. You’ll be able to move your kayak more easily and cover more water.

Avoid too long or too short paddle strokes. You may find your hands hitting the kayak’s edge with every stroke of a short paddle, while longer paddles can cause you to carry more weight.

There are two types of fishing paddles that I recommend: “Bending Branches Angler Ace” or “Backwater Assassin”.

Installing a trolling engine is another way to make kayaking easy. This will allow you to concentrate on fishing and not your hands.

For better control, you can also position the trolling motor in your kayak’s midsection. You can also mount it on the stern if this is not possible. You should leave enough space at the stern to store a milkcrate, or other storage container.

Turn Your Kayak into a Fishing Machine

Kayak fishing is a rapidly growing segment of the paddling industry. Kayak fishing allows you to reach waters that are difficult to reach in traditional fishing boats, and is relatively affordable. We won’t go into detail about kayak fishing history. Instead, we will focus on how to get started with three inexpensive products. It sounds simple, right? It is simple, it’s true! We assume you have already bought your paddle, kayak, whistle, and PFD.

Step 1.To keep your rods in their place, you need something. You don’t want your boat to flip, or your rod hanging up on a tree. You don’t want to lose your new rod and reel combination. Most rod holders are made from plastic and can be attached with bolts or rivets.

Flush Mounted Rod Holder – A tube that is inserted into your kayak or sometimes molded into the boat. A rod leash can be used to secure the rod end. These rod leashes are typically installed behind the top deck seat.

Deck Mounted Rod Holder – Provides a more secure hold than a Flush Rod Holder by “grasping” your rod and reel. These are usually located in the middle of the deck, between your lower legs.

Step 2.
You must be able to stop the boat. You’ll need to keep your boat still when you reach the “honey hole”, just like a motorboat fishing. Fishing is all about securing your kayak in a particular spot. There is no better way than using a small anchor and rope to do this than by attaching a small rope to the rope. You have limited space and weight so don’t buy anything heavier than 3lbs. Consider getting one with mesh bags for storage.

Folding Anchors – Folding anchors tend to be the most popular design due to their ability to provide a good hold in most environments and their portability.

Claw Anchor – If you want an anchor that can hold you in place even in the softest bottoms this is the anchor you need. Although it is not as portable as a foldable anchor, you can be sure that you won’t be moving.

Step 3.
Grab your paddle. You’ve heard it all: “Up the creek without a paddle” — don’t do that! Installing a simple device to secure your paddle to your boat will ensure that you don’t lose it when you catch the big one.

Paddle Leash – The easiest way to attach your paddle to your kayak. The paddle shaft is attached to the one end by tying it to an accessory or piece of hardware. The leash is usually coiled or made from a “bungee” material.

You have it! You have it! There are hundreds of accessories you can use to make kayak fishing more fun. We invite you to visit any of our 5 ACK locations to look at our “rigged” display kayak. To help you decide what you need, a store associate will gladly walk you through the whole display. You can also visit our website to view hundreds of fishing accessories.

Choose a good anchoring system

The vessel’s size determines how easily it will drift with current and wind. Because of their small hulls, kayaks will drift in the water. There are many options for anchoring your kayak.

1. Trolley Anchor System

The anchoring system is composed of a loop (trolley line), a carabiner and keeper hooks. The loop (or trolley line) is attached to one side of the kayak using the keeper hooks. One hook is on the stern, and one on the bow. An anchor line runs through the loop to keep the carabiner in place.

The carabiner is activated by pulling on the trolley line. This changes the position of the anchor. This causes the kayak’s position to shift in accordance with the current and wind.

2. Anchor Pole

A power pole anchor is a pole that sticks into the mud to stop the vessel.

This method is only suitable for shallow water as it’s too short and not strong enough to handle depths of over fifteen feet.

3. Drift Chute

Drift chute (also known as drift anchor) is a parachute with a cone-shaped shape that is submerged in water. It slows down the drift caused by the current or wind.

This technique won’t stop your boat completely. It’s used mainly for soft bait fishing, where you only need to slow down your kayak to a suitable speed.

4. Handmade Anchors

There are many ways you can build an anchor yourself. You can tie a dumbbell, sandbag or other object to a rope and attach it to the kayak’s clamp.

If you are fishing near a river bank, another method is to use a rope to tie your kayak to a tree.

Rod Holders Are Important

Kayak fishing requires you to paddle, cast rods, tie on baits and handle fish all at once. You won’t have the ability to hold the rods constantly. Rod holders are essential.

Fishing kayaks are usually equipped with either removable or built-in rod holders.

For beginners, two holders can be attached to your kayak. Make sure they are not in the way of your paddle strokes.

You can also install rod holders nearer the stern of your kayak at an advanced level to increase your yield.

Make a List of The Needed Gear

Safety gear is essential when you pack for kayak fishing.

Important Items to Include:

  • Fishing trips are long-lasting, so you need water and food.
  • Spare paddle: Attach the paddle to your kayak using a leash
  • Lines and rods: At least two lines
  • Tackle bag: to store the fishing gear
  • Lure boxes: To store caught fish
  • Fish grips: To remove fish from hooks without causing injury to your hands
  • Fishing pliers: To retrieve hooks or cut fishing lines
  • First aid kit: Keep it in a waterproof bag
  • Additional change of clothes: To use in the event that your clothes get wet
  • Water removal: Bilge pump
  • Kayak repair kit
  • Buoyant torch
  • A cutting tool

The less important items:

  • To measure the fish, use the hawg trough
  • Keep your food safe with a small cooler
  • A compass and navigation map
  • VHF radio

Organize Your Vessel

As you list the gear, try to visualize how your vessel will be organized to accommodate all of it.

Keep in mind that kayak decks are small and can quickly get messy. You should arrange your tackles so that the most frequently used items are always at hand.

There are two options. You can either store them in the back hatch of your sit on top kayak, or attach a milkcrate to your seat using ties and clamps.

Many anglers use a milkcrate as a storage solution for kayaks that have limited space. A milkcrate can be large enough to hold tackle boxes and fishing nets. Another benefit is that the milkcrate’s grated sides prevent water accumulation, keeping the gear dry.


Fishfinders work by emitting impulses from transmitters that are then converted into sound waves. The monitor displays the size and shape of the object that is hit by these waves when it hits something in the water. This allows fishermen to detect areas with lots of fish.

Although it may not be essential, it can help you if you don’t know where you’re fishing.

Last words

Don’t underestimate the power and importance of organization and planning. The kayak’s small size allows you to store all your fishing gear and tackle while still having easy access.

These tips will make your fishing trip enjoyable and productive.

Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.