It’s pointless to have the best kayak for fishing in the market and not have the appropriate.
Fishing accessories ensure that your expedition is hassle free and is a success.
Yes, aside from the kayak, there are essential fishing kayak accessories that you need to have.
The accessories that come with the kayak at times are not adequate.
It is also important to note that the fishing accessories vary depending on the kayak type, you as the user and the use/ aim of your expedition.
No need to worry though, we’ll describe all the essential accessories and also mention the specific items that you need to be more cautious of when buying.
You might think that this is a no brainer but many overlook the importance of a paddle. This product is not actually an accessory but a necessity.
It is a tool that greatly impacts the performance of your kayaking.
Many of the top rated fishing kayaks come with a paddle as an accessory, however, not all are the right fit.
When it comes to a kayak paddle, there are four main things to consider. They include; the length, blade, and shaft.
The length of a kayak paddle is measured in centimeters. To determine the length, the main considerations are your body type and kayak design.
Generally, a taller individual and a wide kayak design requires a longer paddle.
Thankfully, there are charts available from paddle manufacturers that offer more guidance. Here’s a sample from Werner Paddles;
The blade material determines how heavy or light it will be. There are various materials that make up kayak paddles.
You can choose between fiberglass, polypropylene, carbon-reinforced nylon, injection-molded resin and fiberglass-reinforced nylon.
Fiberglass kayak paddles are recommended since they are lighter, easier to use and are durable.
Also consider the shape of the blade. If you’re looking for comfort while kayaking long stretches of water go for a narrow paddle.
On the other hand, for speed opt for wider blades that provide powerful strokes.
The best kayak paddles either have matched or feathered blades. The matched type align with each other while the feathered ones are set at an angle to each other.
The feathered ones help to reduce resistance from the wind.
Shaft: This is the section of the paddle that holds most of the weight.
You can choose to have fiberglass, carbon fiber, polypropylene and aluminium. Carbon fiber and fiberglass are the best shaft materials.
They are affordable, lightweight and have longevity.
Aside from the material, we have the shaft design.
You have the option to choose between a bent and straight shaft. Like you have already figured out, a bent shaft has a kinked section that enhances comfort when angling.
The shaft allows you to rotate the kayak paddle making the blade matched or feathered.
Under the design of the shaft there’s also the number of shaft pieces. There’s an option of buying the paddle as a whole if you have adequate space or in pieces.
We have two and four piece paddle shafts. From our observation, two piece shafts are the best to use when kayak fishing.
They are joint at the center, simple to use, assemble and dismantle for transport.
The Shaft diameter should be small enough to allow for the right grip especially if you have small hands.
The diameter of the shaft is either standard or small, ensure that you are able to touch your index finger and thumb when grabbing a paddle.
Anchor and Trolley System
The Anchor is an accessory that enables your kayak to stay in one place.
It is a very useful section of a fishing kayak as it maximizes on fishing time by enabling you to choose the best fishing position.
In addition, the anchor system comes in handy to prevent emergencies such as heading towards turbulent areas, rocks or unstable waters.
The best part?
You don’t need a big anchor system for your fishing kayak. A kayak anchor between 1.5 to 4 lbs is adequate depending on your kayak type.
There are two main types of fishing kayak anchors- mushroom and grappling hook anchors.
The grappling hook anchors are the best type recommended for kayaks since they provide a great grip by grabbing on what they come across.
On the other hand, the trolley system is a section that works to release the anchor with ease.
There are numerous models of kayak fishing rods. That’s not to say you can’t use a normal rod used in other fishing vessels such as boats.
The main aspects when it comes to rods are the length, butt section and rod action.
The rod action simply means the deflation of the rod when in use. It enables responding to baited catch during your fishing excursion.
Fast action is important for sneaky fish such as bass while a combination of fast o medium action is best to promote responsiveness and flexibility.
The length of kayak fishing rods is shorter compared to other vessels to promote mobility. Ensure that the rod length is adequate for comfortable fishing at the same time it is able to fit in the kayak without strain.
The butt section of the rod (I know it doesn’t sound pretty) is the length of the rod that precedes the fishing reel. Keep this section as short as possible to make navigation stress free.
Finally, also check on the material making the rod. The most common materials are fiberglass and graphite.
Rods made from graphite are highly sensitive and stiff while those made from fiberglass less stiff and more flexible.
Fishing reels come in handy to aid in the control of the fishing line ie how to release and retrieve.
Moreover, they have a drag system that adds pressure to the fish when baited.
There are various types of fishing reels with the two major being spinning and conventional reels.
The most commonly used are the spinning reels since they are versatile. You can check other types of fishing reels here.
A tackle crate aids in the storage of your tackle and rods to ensure accessibility and effective utilization of space.
You do not need your gear shifting from one side of the kayak to the other while in the water.
It’s advised to use a tackle crate that has multiple compartments and is watertight.
Moreover, ensure that you assign every storage compartment and clearly label to avoid mix ups.
You might find it odd that a kayak seat makes the list of the must have kayak accessories.
Most, if not all kayaks come with kayak seats.
Majority of these seats do not offer maximum comfort, especially for fishermen that spend a lot of their time on the water.
It’s therefore important to get a comfortable seat that is the right fit to support you and make the expedition enjoyable.
However, you don’t need to get a new kayak seat right off the bat, test out your seat and gauge the level of comfort.
Some of the manufacturers go out of their way to not only offer quality but also kayak seats with a number of seating positions.
A cooler comes in handy to store drinks, snacks and your catch when kayak fishing. There are two main types of coolers- a box or bag cooler.
A box cooler is recommended for large and extended period of storage while bag coolers are for fishermen looking for flexibility.
Box cooler type
Bag coolers can be comfortably shaped to accommodate what is being stored.
Moreover, most can be transported easily by converting them into carriers.
Most noteworthy, the cooler to have majorly depends on what you plan to store.
Other considerations include the material, size, color, transportation and of course cost.
Gone are the days that you have to wonder hours on end waiting to hook fish.
Kayak fish finders have come to make the fishing experience more efficient. As the name suggests they direct one to where the fish schools are.
There are two types of fish finders. The portable and fixed fish finders. Fixed fish finders come inbuilt with the kayak and can’t be removed.
Portable fish finders, on the other hand, are bought separately and attached to the fishing kayak during fishing adventures.
The paddles you found are exactly what the doctor ordered – apt size, cool texture with an impeccable finish.
You’re now ready for that scenic kayaking excursion you’ve planned for months on end.
How will you transport your new kayak?
If you’re headed out for a fishing kayak adventure, you most likely have to portage everything there. This means you’ll require transporting your best fishing kayak from one point to the next.
So, what are some of the most convenient, comfortable, and safe ways to transport a kayak?
1. Transporting a kayak by hand (portage)
Carrying your kayak by hand or portaging is considered ideal if you are covering short distances like say from your vehicle to the water’s edge.
When trying to avoid obstacles like water rapids or even a dangerous shallow section of the river or lake.
Perhaps the easiest way to transport your kayak by hand is
to have someone else help you (a friend, maybe) hold the bow while you hold the
Carrying it this way evenly spreads out the weight and
lightens the load, making it easier to move a kayak overland to a place where
it’s safer to get in and out of water.
You will find different kayaks models have different designs on them.
While some will come fashioned with grab handles for easy portaging, others won’t.
In that case, if you are transporting your kayak single-handedly, gently place it on your shoulder and move along with it.
Of course, it is enough to carry it on your shoulder if it’s not too heavy.
The market is awash with numerous shapes and sizes of kayaks for different kayaking excursions.
Always choose a yak that fits the occasion and light enough to easily carry around.
Here’s how you can carry a kayak on your shoulder:
First, get beside the cockpit of your kayak.
Squat and hold the edge of the cockpit.
Lift and place it on your thigh. Hitch it, if
From this position, hold the opposite side of
the cockpit and place it on your shoulder.
Lastly, stand up and move with it.
If you are covering a short distance, you’ll be able to move
around with your kayak comfortably resting on your shoulder irrespective of its
Your shoulders can bear the weight of the kayak and evenly distribute it on your legs to provide a strong hold on it.
So, yes it is a good position.
It is also necessary to carry a backpack to help move your kayaking gear with you. Ensure the backpack can perfectly fit all your kayaking gear.
Point to note: There are inflatable kayaks in the market these days. If you love the convenience and want to travel light, get one for yourself. It is simple to carry around an inflatable kayak as you can pack it up and carry it like a backpack.
2. Transporting a kayak on a trolley
If you want to transport say a bulky 16 feet long sea kayak,
you probably might want to use a trolley mainly if you’re covering a long
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But employing the use of a trolley is only suitable if the terrain to the water’s edge is easy.
A trolley is a cart with a set of wheels upon which you can place your kayak and move it around. It’s comfortable, handy and easy to use.
You can either choose a “scupper hole” or a platform trolley.
The latter is often most preferred by kayakers as it doesn’t apply extra pressure on the kayak’s body and cause it to crack.
Compared to carrying a kayak by hand, pulling a cart is a lot easier (fun, even) if the said kayak is bulk or heavy.
To evenly distribute the weight of your sea kayak (plus kayaking gear strapped to it), place it closer to the middle of the cart.
Not only will doing this maintain balance when moving, but it will also prevent your kayak from swinging out of the platform when turning a corner.
3. Transporting a kayak by car or truck
This is the easiest way to transport a kayak from one point to the next.
If you have a pickup truck you know this is true.
All you need to do is secure your kayak with some ropes in the back of the truck, and voila. Sounds easy, right? That’s because it is.
Sounds easy, right? That’s because it is.
But it’s a lot trickier if you want to transport your kayak on top of the vehicle or on its roof.
You will need a roofing system that will make transportation safer.
This can be anything from soft roof bars like the ones you find on SUVs to aftermarket rigid roof bars.
Rigid roof bars
Makes transporting large loads on top of a car simple. They can bear the weight of a kayak even make strapping its rear crossbar and its front end easy.
A rigid roof bar is also known as a roof rack. It allows for additional accessories like stacker bars and J-bars.
Both are useful when you need to secure more than one kayak on the car’s roof. Ensure your car is compatible with rigid roof bars before buying.
Soft roof bars
These bars are removable and designed out of foam pipe insulation and pool noodles hence easy to improvise and set up compared to rigid roof bars.
The only downside of a soft roof rack is, it has a small clearance between the car’s roof and the rod holders.
If the kayak is bulkier and your car’s roof is curved, the kayak can come in contact with your vehicle’s roof damaging both the vehicle’s roof and kayak.
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Transporting a kayak doesn’t need to be a challenging or stressful moment.
You can employ the use of either a trolley or vehicle to carry your kayak from one point to another.
If you’re covering a short distance say from your car to the
water’s edge, consider transporting it by hand or simply portaging it with a
friend – one holding the stern and the other the bow.
For longer distances you can transport a yak using a trolley, but only if you are on suitable and easy terrain.
A vehicle often comes in handy for longer and treacherous distances.
All you need is safely harness your kayak on top of its roof using a rigid or soft roof bar, and voila.
Whatever mode of transport you choose, remember to maintain safety while at it.
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Picture this: You are out on the waters paddling. You soon start falling into a rhythm.
With every gentle paddling, the surrounding nature’s beauty calms your soul even settles it.
Then your rhythmic body movements start to challenge your physical strength. You subdue feelings of distress on every hurdle you face – testing your endurance in the process.
That is what kayaking does to you. It engages your body and positively affects your mental, emotional and physical health, too.
Paddling a kayak is beneficial to your entire well-being, and here’s why.
1. Physical Health Benefits of Kayaking
Paddling a kayak involves exercises that enhance your body’s core strength.
These exercises employ the use of your forearms, biceps, shoulders, chest, legs, and also your back area.
Depending on the type of kayak, you will experience lots of body twists and rotations, but on a physical standpoint kayaking will, in general:
Strengthen your legs
You really can’t see what goes on inside the boat, but a kayaker often makes rapid leg movements akin to running.
Your hips and thighs are involved in making these leg movements, which strengthens your leg muscles over time.
Paddling a kayak relaxes your body. It’s an easy exercise yet it burns almost 350 calories every hour.
Do this every day, and your heart will thank you. In fact, your whole body will thank you for this simple exercise.
Because burning fats means:
Shedding excess weight
Enhancing your immune system
Lowering bad cholesterol in your body
Quick release of natural mood boosters, etc.
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Reduce wear and tear of body joints
Paddling a kayak takes low effort.
But this low-impact activity on your legs benefits all your body joints.
Compared to walking and running, paddling a kayak will reduce shock on your body joints lowering chances of acquiring arthritis and other joint-related illnesses.
However, it is important to learn the proper techniques of kayaking to enjoy this benefit.
2. Emotional Health Benefits of Kayaking
Alongside positively affecting your physical health, kayaking also enhances your emotional well-being.
It develops mental toughness. It controls your feelings while you are being hurled toward edgy rocks on the crashing riptides.
But how does paddling a kayak exactly impact your emotions?
It nurtures a strong mind
When you are in the crashing waves, you are surrounded with danger.
You hence have to think clearly. This forces your mind to assimilate emotions, even calm them while you try to keep control of your kayak.
This act alone creates a strong mind.
Makes you think objectively
The simple but terrifying motions of a kayak in a gushing river will test your limits at some point. It will stress your mind even.
Controlling feelings of distress while maintaining great control of a kayak will help increase focus your thinking. This forces you to think objectively.
Even when your kayak capsizes, you will have the ability to minimize fear, capitalize on patience, and work on your next move.
Developing such great mental toughness takes your body off its emotional comfort zone. It makes you aware of your emotions, and lets you think straight.
Builds mental strength
If you are an adrenaline junkie, kayaking will challenge your character even develop it for the better.
In fact, it will build your mental strength to insurmountable levels.
There is no doubt kayaking is an activity full of adventure.
It takes you out of your comfort zone and tests your zeal, patience, and self-control.
This regulation of your emotions while controlling a kayak tames your mental strength further improving it.
3. Mental Health Benefits of Kayaking
Want to maintain good mental health? Get on a kayak.
And when it gets fun for your body, your brain will experience a positive impact, too.
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You will experience a great improvement in dealing with mental conditions (or symptoms) including stress, anxiety, depression, etc.
But how will kayaking as an exercise treat even moderate these mental conditions?
It encourages the release of feel-good hormones
Each gentle paddle on a kayak encourages the brain to relish the activity.
Your body then releases endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. When these feel-good hormones flood your brain…
The body experiences an increase in energy
Stress levels are
Self-esteem gets a boost
Brain functionality is enhanced
Focusing well becomes a norm
Positive thoughts flood your system
Improves your skills
Steering a kayak puts you on the path of obstacles.
It challenges you to maneuver through unforgiving waves, riptides, and rocks.
This takes effort.
It improves your kayaking skills in the process while inspiring you to set goals and exceed them.
Test your paddling techniques when on the waters. You can paddle faster or in short successive rhythms for longer periods.
By practicing every day and putting your techniques to the test, you will deepen your sense of achievement and enhance your paddling skills.
Encourages social bonding
There’s no better way to improve relationships than to go kayaking with friends and relatives.
The whole activity becomes fun.
And fun, when experienced with other like-minded people, creates a special bond among peers.
Cherish this new-found bond. Nurture it.
This social bond can last for years on end when well maintained through experiencing and sharing more activities together.
This sense of togetherness, brought about by kayaking activities, creates long-lasting relationships that inspire a happier, fulfilling, boisterous life.
So, there you have it.
Kayaking is laden with a plethora of health benefits. This low-impact activity strengthens most of your body muscles, improves your emotions, and boosts mental activities.
From a physical health standpoint, kayaking strengthens your
leg movement and enhances your hip movement, too. It burns body fat in a
consistent but slow process, and reduces
wear and tear of your body joints over time.
You are more likely to boost your emotional health when you
go kayaking. Because constant paddling cultivates your mind even elevates its
strength. The paddling rhythm makes you think well when faced with a challenge.
This improves your mental strength even more.
If you want to flood your system with feel-good hormones, improve your kayaking skills or create long-lasting social bonds with friends and relatives, start kayaking today.
It will greatly benefit your health. Don’t forget to use the right kayak for you to experience the mentioned benefits.
Kayak fishing is a great adventure that combines two exciting activities, fishing and kayaking.
The activity is one of the best ways to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and embrace nature.
How does this happen?
The serenity of fishing together with the ecstasy of kayaking creates the best combination for anyone searching for a mellow adventure.
Fishing kayaks have gained tremendous popularity in the past few years due to its plethora of advantages over traditional techniques of fishing.
The truth is that the kayak is a nature-friendly means of transportation in the sea since it doesn’t have any air or noise pollution.
While kayak fishing sounds fantastic, some things must be handled before you get into this adventure. If you’re new to this activity there are tips, tricks and safety tips to have in mind.
Don’t know where to start?
Here is a list of tips that will help you when preparing for the best kayak fishing activity.
Whether a veteran or a novice, these will be helpful to any person looking forward to enjoying the thrill.
1. Choose a Location
This is the most essential aspect to consider for a kayak fishing adventure. Choosing an ideal area to fish will save you time and guarantee the best results.
Kayak fishing is exceptionally versatile in nature because it doesn’t restrict the type of locations you can fish.
Where to fish is ideally determined by the water and weather condition, the type of kayak you have available and your fishing goals.
A common fallacy is that playing far in the sea will give better results. However, this is somehow misleading.
It is important to note that both the route and distance are vital. The best way to handle this is to do your fishing in a circular direction instead of trying to row farther.
Map out the area you intend to cover to save you time and most importantly to avoid getting lost.
2. Selecting a Kayak and Accessories
When picking a kayak, make sure you look at all the possible
prerequisites. There are some things you must consider when choosing the best
Look at the setting. Different kinds of kayaks are suitable in different types of water bodies. For example, if you intend to fish in a steady sea or deep region of a river, you will require a regular fishing kayak.
The best advice for first timers is to use a fishing line that has the same length as the rod.
It allows you to have easy work when the weeds get stuck or when you catch the fish.
The reeling off the line when you catch the fish is tedious if the length is long.
4. Sight Fishing
This is a perfect tip for fishermen who want to do something
different. Sight fishing is one way to spice up your kayak adventure. The
activity requires you to look inside the sea from a high vantage level.
However, you need to practice since you might find yourself
in danger. If doing it for the first time, make sure there is someone to watch
Sight fishing is helpful in kayak fishing if you have the courage to do it. Because of the serene nature of the kayak, fish won’t be spooked and are not frightened by your presence.
5. Use Anchors
The truth is anchors are essential tools in kayak fishing.
This is helpful if you intend to fish in an open sea.
Open water bodies and regions tend to be windy, and an anchor will help you position your boat in a specific spot and hold it there.
6. Know Your Fish
If you like fishing in a specific locality, knowing the fish life cycle comes automatically.
Conduct extensive research to see the type of species found where you want to catch.
Examine their life cycle and reproduction cycles to identify the best time to fish. So, this will assist you in knowing when the population is increasing.
Having a log will help you get more fish within less time,
and this will make your fishing adventure successful. Expand your fishing
horizon by not targeting one type of fish.
It is advisable to ensure you are skilled in the technique before going for targets. While starting, concentrate on the kayaking methods and catch any fish you find.
7. Single Hand Rowing
While this method tends to be the hardest, it is the most beneficial.
Nevertheless, the technique is something you can master if you practice.
What does it entail?
The technique is helpful if you want to get the fish with one hand while steering or maintaining the kayak in a particular position.
You won’t be able to use both hands to move the kayak when your catch is at stake. The key is to find a way to anchor the handle of the kayak with your forearm and steer with the rowing section.
8. Kayak Fishing Safety
Whenever you are on an outdoor activity, it is essential to do it with appropriate precautions.
Make sure you have the first aid kit in case of small injuries. Ensure you have a float jacket in your kayak regardless of your swimming expertise.
Furthermore, make sure you protect your skin from the sun.
Kayak fishing means you will spend a lot of time in the sun. Have your sunglasses and sunscreen on to prevent burns.
Alternatively, if ice fishing or in areas with cold weather, carry warm clothing to protect your body from numbness and freezing.
Kayak fishing is an exciting sport and gets better with experience.
Choose a fishing location before hand, use the best fishing kayak and accessories that is right for you, check the length of your line and adhere to safety measures.
You’ll learn other essential fishing tips unique to you as you encounter different water conditions.
But one thing is for sure, this adventure offers a great equilibrium of tranquility and excitement.
In addition, its ecological nature makes it the best activity among nature enthusiast.