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Properly Securing Your Fishing Gear

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Kayak angling doesn't have to be an expensive hobby, but it can quickly become one if you become hooked on owning every new piece of gear and gadget.
Sponsored Post: It can become even more expensive if one of those high priced items transitions from your kayak to the bottom of the lake or river where you are fishing. Some common sense can be used to avoid this type of scenario, like not overloading your kayak or lugging around a bunch of unnecessary items. However, the most practical way to ensure that you don't accidentally donate valuable gear to the fishes is by properly securing everything. This shouldn't be a problem either as kayak angling has been around long enough that plenty of ways of securing your gear is available on the market.


Sometimes it is not practical to have certain tools tied down or tethered to something because of how often you have to use them. Fortunately manufacturers have come up with a way to prevent them from disappearing from sight if accidentally dropped by incorporating flotation in their design. This means that even if you drop the item in the water you will still be able to retrieve it without getting wet. This is useful for smaller items, such as lip grips and fishing pliers. The downside is that these items can still float away if you don't notice that they have fallen overboard. Flotation devices are also available for larger items such as your fishing rods. 

Holder Clips

Even if some of your gear can float, it is probably in your best interest that they do not float away from you. This is where kayak paddle holder clips are very useful as without your paddle you may be in trouble. Most of the new fishing kayaks on the market feature integrated paddle holders, but for older models you can also purchase third party holder clips that can be installed with ease. If you are not confident in your do-it-yourself skills, look for clips that can be installed without drilling holes in your kayak or using mounting screws and nuts. Holders are also available for your fishing rods. These can be used to either keep your rod secure and out of the way while you paddle or to assist with fishing in the case of pivot and swivel rod holders. Most newer angling specific kayaks have rod holders, but if you have an older or recreational kayak that you want to transform into a fishing kayak you will have to install your own. 


To keep your gear secure you often don't need anymore more complicated than a simple milk crate. Don't forget to use a bungee to fasten your crate and if there is any risk of your kayak capsizing, then a container with a secure lid may be a better investment. There are a number of kayak angling specific containers available on the market for this purpose. 

Dry Bags

Not everything that you take on a fishing kayak are designed to get wet, so for these items a dry bag is usually the best solution. You can try cheaper solutions, such as zip-lock bags or wrapping items in plastic, but few of these solutions can beat a good dry bag. Keeping a spare set of clothes handy in a dry bag will also help you out in situations where you may have been overconfident in your own balance or that of your kayak.


Another popular method of securing your gear to your kayak is with the use of leashes. There are a number of leashes available that can be used for anything from your paddle to your rods and other gear. 


Tethers are one of the most efficient ways to keep your gear secure and within reach at all times. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to tethers aimed specifically at kayak anglers, but one of the newest and most impressive offerings on the market is the Defender Tether from Gerber. This nifty tool is available in both large and compact versions, each of which is anchored by the tip control carabiner, which is made of anodized aluminum. What is great about this design is that the carabiner slips on your finger and absorbs the tension of the line. This makes it much easier to use whatever tool you have tethered.
The compact Defender is perfect for all the fishing gear you want close at hand and comes with a 36" Dyneem cable. Its compact size also means that you can attach it directly to your clothing with its threaded pin. To hold the carabiner in place when it is not in use, it features a slip lock. The large Defender is more of a workhouse, which is why it houses a 48" Dyneema cable capable of easily handling bulkier tools It features a wide body retention clip along with an integrated lanyard hole for more options when it comes to carrying it around. Another neat feature of the large Defender is its patented side release lock. When you engage this it results in the tethered tool locking in place. It does have an override feature that is activated in certain situations to protect the tether from damage. This is made possible by the dual line vises on each side of the mouth that can release tension very quickly. 

Tackle Trays

It goes without saying that leaving your tackle laying around your kayak is a recipe for disaster. Keeping all your baits neatly organized in tackle trays will ensure that you don't have to search around for them. With organized tackle trays you will also always know which baits are out of season or not appropriate for your fishing spot, which means you can leave them behind instead of lugging out everything with you all the time. 

The Bottom Line

Fishing kayaks have come a long way and compared to some of the older models you now have plenty of integrated options available when it comes to securing your gear. Despite this, it is still wise to exercise caution and make use of the options described above to ensure the safety of you and your gear out on the water.
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Last modified on Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:02
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