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When kayak fishing, there may be some species, like northern snakeheads or saltwater fish that require the use of a boga type fish lip gripper.Rapalamakes an excellent and affordable option that also includes a 50 lbs scale.
Quickly and easily lift and weigh your catch with one-hand. Pull open jaws, slip over the toothiest fish, lift and accurately measure weight on the easy-to-read spring-loaded scale. Quick release mechanism sends the catch back to fight another day. Corrosion-resistant aluminum construction will provide service for years to come. Soft-grip handle gives the ultimate in slip-resistant grip and comfort while wrist lanyard ensures only the fish goes back in the drink. Weight indicated in one pound increments.
Great combination of functionality and performance
Easy, one-handed operation to safely lift, weigh and release fish
One of the most often asked questions about new fishing kayaks is can you stand in it. It’s probably one of the top 3 criteria fishermen look for these days. And for good reason. Standing lets you get a much better vantage point especially if you’re trying to sight fish or creep up on spooky fish. It is also a more natural fishing posture rather than sitting down in a cramped cockpit with a bulky PFD on. For those on a budget, and don’t want to pay $1000 plus for a more stable fishing kayak to stand in, there is still hope.
Here are a couple of options that will allow you to add stabilizers to almost any kayak or canoe.
The Yak-Gear Outriggers increase the stability of your canoe or kayak and allow you to stand up for sight casting or just surveying the area. The outriggers help you feel more secure and stable and allow you to move around your boat, or get on and off of it easier and more comfortably. Comes with all the necessary mounting hardware.
• Includes mounting hardware
• Fully retractable arms
• Shafts inserted into Scotty 350 rod holders (included) connect the floats to the boat
• Increases you kayak or canoe’s stability
These also operate off of a Scotty base, but in a slightly lighter, less bulky package. Feel secure and stable in your kayak while fishing with the Scotty Kayak Stabilizerattached to your kayak. The Scotty Kayak Stabilizer is made with easy to inflate inner bladders which offer over 30 lb of extra buoyancy. With Scotty’s new Locking Posts, installation and removal is quick and easy!
• Each pontoon includes 4 permanently attached D rings
• Scotty adjustable mounting system for easy installation and removal.
• Each 28 inch anodized aluminum support arm includes one Scotty mounting base
• The 30″ long x 8″ diameter (zipper opening) pontoons are made of heavy PVC coate
• Includes 2 Scotty Baitcaster 280 rod holders
See the Scotty stabilizers in action.
The Hobie Sidekick Ama Outrigger Kitadds extra stability to your kayak. Whether you sail, fish, shoot pictures, dive, or just want to feel a bit more stable when using your kayak, the Hobie Sidekick Ama Outrigger Kit will do it. Light weight and simple to install. And these will work with many different kayaks, not just Hobies.
• Adjustable float height with simple twist and click
• Three positions – High, Medium or Low
• Inflate with just a few breaths – Rapid deflate
• Adventure model requires adapter plate 72062061
• Installs with 4 included bolts and expanding well nuts
• Discounts and/or coupons do not apply to this item
The Harmony SlideTrax Dashboard is the perfect companion for the SlideTrax system. This dashboard is pre-drilled so it makes an excellent mounting platform for your rod holders and fish finders without drilling a hole into your kayak. The 4 inch tall legs allow you to lift the dashboard up off the deck to give you more legroom and put your fish finders at a comfortable height. Fits all Wilderness Systems Tarpons and Rides with the SlideTrax system. Tool-less hardware included.
• Attaches to the SlideTrax system on the Tarpon and Ride kayaks with the SlideTrax system
• Pre-drilled surface for mounting fish finders, GPS units, and rod holders
• Can be drilled for custom outfitting
• 4 inch tall legs lift the dashboard off the deck of the kayak
It’s important to stay covered and protect yourself out there fishing and exposed to the elements. It might seem counterintuitive to be wearing long clothing in hot temps. I’ve had the beginning stages of heat sickness a couple of times and it’s not fun. Sometimes, your first symptom is instant puking. And, what’s worse, is that for some people, once you cross that line, it’s hard to cool off again. Columbia makes some of the lightest, most comfortable, and cooling materials I’ve seen. Additionally, convertible pants makes it easy to switch to shorts if you feel the need. These are easily an essential piece of kayak fishing gear.
The convertible version of the technical Backcast Pant featuring zip-off legs that convert to shorts, the men’s Backcast Convertible Pant is as versatile as it gets—delivering all the quick-drying performance and lightweight comfort you need for splashing through rivers, fishing off docks, and rambling down beaches. UPF 50 sun protection shields you from the sun’s damaging rays, while a partial elastic waistband and interior mesh brief provide comfort and fit.
The Ackessories Milk Crate with SlideTrax Crate Rails Kit provides you everything you need to construct the ultimate milk crate that provides tons of features for the kayak fisherman. The kit includes a 19″ x 13″ milk crate as well as a set of SlideTrax Crate Rails. These rails mount easily to the top rim of milk crate with the included hardware. These Crate Rails feature slots cut out for knives, pliers or even lures. They even provide pre-drilled holes that allow for the attachment of aftermarket gear tracks that allow the attachment of various accessories. In the corners are pre-cut holes that allow PVC pipe to be inserted to act as rod holders and the rails have even been adapted to securely hold a 5 gallon bucket.
• Industrial grade milk crate that measures 19″ x 13″
• Comes with SlideTrax crate rails and installation hardware
• Rails allow for attachment of aftermarket Gear Tracks as well as various other pieces of tackle such as pliers and knives
• Fits most tankwells on the market
Below you can see the one I purchased with extra track and a Yak Attack Screwball added. There is ample room for all kinds of rigging options. This longer crate particularly fits the Wilderness Systems Commander tankwell very well. Additionally, with the rails as a platform, there is more opportunity to run your rigging off of the crate rather than extra unnecessary drilling into your kayak hull. Things like your safety flag/light, rod holders, and other gear pouches are good that purpose. This is one of the better rigging purchases I’ve made and will last a long time.
Fishing inshore saltwater areas is a fun and affordable way for nearly everyone to experience a great day of fishing. Saltwater fishing isn’t just in the surf or miles offshore. The numerous inshore opportunities present anglers with just as many if not more chances at hooking up with game fish.
This book will guide you through the basic gear you need, types of baits to use, types of artificial lures to use, and information on targeting a variety of inshore species.
The sport of kayak fishing is catching on like wild fire. In this book, Chris takes you on a tour of the sport of kayak fishing, how he got into it, and the gear and techniques needed to make it a fun day on the water.
You’ll read about the pros and cons of kayaks vs. power boats, the outfitting of fishing kayaks, and the adaptations of techniques you may need to make fishing from a kayak.
Included is links to over two hours of on demand video discussing rigging options, fishing lure types, and techniques and presentations for freshwater fishing. Included:
Gear and accessories
Lure types and techniques
Adapting presentations for different conditions
Knowing and going to where the fish are
Best lure colors
Catch, photo, and release principles
Staying in shape for kayak fishing
Fishing and boating ethics and etiquette
Kayak fishing is an excellent way for the average person to get started economically and on the water, often in places power boats can’t go, and have a lot of fun catching more fish. This is an excellent guide for the beginning or intermediate angler. This is a paperback copy.