So you have a kayak and you like to fish, and now you’ve decided to install a fish finder. So after picking out that cool new unit you’ve been wanting, you realize that you need to get a battery and you’re wondering what size and type to purchase. Maybe you have a basic understanding of electrical principles, or maybe you have no idea what any of those numbers mean. This article is aimed at giving you a basic understanding of what you should know.
Anchors are one of the first things people add to their fishing kayaks. There are many ways to do it, and there will be several YakAngler Workshop Episodes on the subject. In this episode, I add a dog leash type anchor setup to my Jackson “Coosa”.
I picked up a new “Ride 115” from Appomattox River Company the other day, and headed over to YakAttack's shop to do a little rigging. I was really looking forward to tossing ideas back and forth with Luther; when you get two gear heads together, you never know what you will come up with. Since I mostly fish rivers, I didn't want to do a bunch of rigging just for the sake of rigging. The last thing I need is a bunch of unnecessary stuff on my kayak.
Most “angler” edition kayaks come from the factory with flush-mount rod holders already installed. What do you do if you have a standard kayak without them, or you decided to purchase the “standard” model so you could save some coin and install them yourself? Luckily, flush mounts are easily installed in just a few minutes with some basic tools.
I use my Malibu X-Factor fishing kayak on many different bodies of water and to chase many species of fish. I paddle the cold water lakes of the Northeast looking for Smallmouth Bass and fish the salt water flats of South Florida targeting Redfish and Sea trout. I have tried to keep the rigging on my kayak very flexible so I can adapt it to the current conditions and fish I am chasing.
Man this company thinks of it all. From the maker of the YakAttack visicarbon pro, Luther Ciffers is continuing to revolutionalize the kayak fishing industry with a whole new line of mounting accessories. They are creating ways to incorporate multiple mounting systems that allow for a much more versitale approach to kayak rigging. Check out some of their mounting accessories inside this this article.
One thing many kayak fishermen have in common is the desire to customize their fishing kayaks. An easy way to add your own personal flair is by adding stickers or decals to your kayak. Many of today’s Roto-Molded kayaks have a textured surface making it hard to get the decals to stick for more than a few trips. Bill Howard shows us how to get stickers to stick to his Malibu kayak’s textured surface.
The kind of bottom surface you're kayak fishing over will determine what kind of anchor you want to use. The depth of the water will also play a role in your decision as well. The following are some personal preferences that I have acquired for the different places I fish.
OK so when I left you I was heading home from the lake after my first trip out in my new kayak, grinning from ear to ear, happy as a lark with my new Stealth 14 I had just dubbed the “Minnow”. I had work to do before my next trip to the lake. I needed a PFD, totally forgot to buy one, an anchor, and a trolley line.
After a recent conversation about installing some rod holders on a friend’s kayak, I realized that we may have done an article or two on YakAngler about a specific rod holder but never a series on the different options available. There is a crazy amount of options out there so I thought that I would at minimum break it down to Scotty and Ram mounts. See below for some options that you have when choosing Scotty Rod Holders.