Since there are many different brands of LED lights for kayaks, it’s nearly impossible to cover all the ins and outs of installing them all. Instead of trying to tackle that, I’ve opted to give you some “tricks of the trade” from a guy who has installed more than a dozen kits for different kayaks. At the end of this article, I’ll link to an installation video from one of the more popular LED companies, Super Nova Fishing Lights.
One of the most important and expensive pieces of equipment to get to the water safely is your kayak. Countless times I’ve seen fellow kayakers improperly load their kayak on top of their vehicles, where it can be either unsafe or damage the kayak. Coming up with a secure system to transport and secure your kayak is something every YakAngler needs to figure out.
Water, salt, dirt, and corrosion are the worst components for damaging your cable connectors. Unlike a motor boat where the cable connectors are typically protected from most of the harsh weather conditions, kayaks are completely exposed. Taking salty waves over our bows landing on sandy beaches and constantly getting rained on are routine. For a minimal cost you can protect your cable connectors to obtain the maximum lifespan out of these expensive cables.
When fishing from a kayak, space is always a concern. When fly fishing in windy conditions, line management is a big issue. You can always up your fly rod size and cast a lower cast, but when you’re stripping the line to the deck it can get out of control.
Each time you rig a kayak, there are new products and ideas that could be implemented to help make your human-powered watercraft catch fish - or so we think. The word that always comes to my mind when making rigging decisions is “convenience”.
All too often, we hear of kayak anglers losing their rod and reels. Most loathe the thought of having lost “X brand” reel on “Z brand” rod, and reiterate the loss by giving the cost of the setup. To remedy this, many anglers use rod leashes.
Early on in my kayak career I decided to add a fish finder. I did a little research, found one I could afford, and took it home. That’s where the problems started.
In this month’s How-To Kayak Rigging segment, Wilderness Systems Pro Staff member Bobby Clark walks you through the basics of installing a fish finder in the Wilderness Systems “Ride 115x”. Unlike many of today’s fishing kayaks, the Ride 115x makes installation a snap with a few basic tools.