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Thursday, 29 December 2011 01:00

My Rigged Malibu X-Factor Fishing Kayak

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My Rigged Malibu X-Factor Fishing Kayak Photograph by Gregg Crisp

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.

Some of the basic things I have added are a bow line, anchor trolley, and Scotty flush mounts all over the place. I also swapped out the factory-installed front “rocket launcher” rod holders for some Scotty mounts.

Rigged X-Factor with slider

One of the biggest additions I’ve made is my YakDaddy “Slider”. I love having all my commonly-used gear right in front of me and easy to reach. It also serves as a great place to mount electronics, like my Humminbird 385CI Sonar/GPS unit.

YakDaddy Slider FF front view

I also use the Slider as mount for my rod holder when I am trolling for stripers. I like to have the rods out in front of me rather than behind, so I can watch what is going on with the rod tip. I can see fish that are tapping my bait without taking it, or I can bounce my bait right off the bottom by making slight changes in speed or the amount of line out. You just can’t do that effectively if the rods are behind you.

Rigged Malibu X-Factor Striper

Because I like to fish at night, I have installed an LED light pole on the back of my X-Factor. The pole doubles as a safety flag pole during the day. Instead of going the regular way of a battery-powered light, I installed a regular boat light wired to a switch that is easily accessible while paddling. This allows me to switch it off to improve night vision if I am in a safe area, or to flash it on and off if I need to get someone’s attention.

YakDaddy Slider used in the J-bay kayak fishing tournament

What goes in the tank well changes almost every trip, and depends on the purpose of the outing. I have both a large and small standard milk crate set-up that I keep stocked with tackle for chasing fresh and saltwater fish. I also have a cooler that fits perfectly in the tank well. I use it when I plan to keep fish, or if we are going on family or group outing it holds food and beverages. As a top for both of the crates I have a solar panel that helps to keep my battery charged for up to a week of fishing without having to plug it in.

Rigged Malibu X-Factor

All the electronics and battery are stored in a Plano “Guide Series” box that fits neatly under the seat area inside the kayak.

Rigged X-Factor with battery box

It seems like a lot in the kayak, but it all fits and is easy to square away before I set out for a fishing trip.

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.



+2 # paddletrucker 2011-12-29 11:35
Nice set up! I'm really looking at adding another boat, and the Malibu's keep jumping up on the list!

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