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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:20

Rigging your kayak for a day of fishing

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You are going out on a nearby lake or pond, and need to rig your kayak for the numerous possibilities that might occur while paddling and casting for your favorite fish. By now you have a kayak that fits your type of fishing, and you are able to transport it easily to the water. Most everything you need can be preassembled so that when you arrive at your launch point, you can load and launch in less than five minutes.

Did you remember your PFD (1) and favorite fishing rod? Okay, you are just about ready! How about your paddle (2)? Got it! Okay, now you can get to the details. A fish crate (3) is something that has traditionally been a staple for the paddling angler the past few years. You might get lucky when searching to get one of those plastic crates with a metal rim, like the one shown. You can purchase many different models that come equipped with rod holders and separate storage compartments. You can also create a unique storage area using the crate you have. You need somewhere to hold your fishing rod, so it’s only obvious that a little plastic pipe (4) strapped to your crate works great. Most fishing kayaks have built in rod holders, so this shouldn’t be a problem.

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Most of what you outfit your kayak with has to do with safety or comfort. Fishing pliers (5) are a necessity, and you can keep them out of the drink by leashing them to a float (6). A pocket knife and nail clippers (7) come in handy for cutting line, etc. Other essentials include bug spray (8), sun screen (9), first aid kit (10), and a hook remover kit (11). Clear plastic lure boxes (12) can provide organized lure selection, and by labeling them you have easy access from your fish crate. A wide-brimmed hat (13) can keep the sun off your face and provide some shade out on the open water. You might bring along a camera (14) with a dry box (15) and a measuring board (16) if you are tournament fishing or looking to keep fish for consumption. A stringer (17) comes in handy for many uses, including tying on to a branch for staying on one spot. An anchor (18) can come in handy as well.

For foot protection, a set of aqua shoes (19) can save you from cuts and cooler water. A float marker (20) is handy to find your way back to your launch or mark fish on open water. A stern light (21) is the law in most states, and you can either make your own or purchase. Most states also require you to have a signaling device like a whistle (22) or air horn. Fish grippers (23) are handy for toothy fish, and your crate can be a pole saver by attaching leashes for each fishing rod you bring along on your trip.

As you can see, there is quite a bit of equipment you can rig your kayak with to provide you a safe and prosperous trip. You can also rig up a fish finder; there are many on the market that can provide you with the ability to observe structure and baitfish in the depths below your vessel. Be sure you bring along a dry bag packed with an extra set of clothes. You can also pack a headlamp, drift sock, cell phone, hand paddle (24), and GPS system. You might even bring along a compass.

Most essential is water (25) and you might bring along snacks or extra food packed in a collapsible lunch bucket (26). Where do you pack all of this gear? Most of it will fit right in your fish crate, but you can also store it below your hatch inside the hull of your kayak. Be sure to bring along a rag or towel!

Clothing should be appropriate for the season, but always beware of a storm! Have a set of rain gear or poncho handy! In cooler water, you might use a dry suit or wader pants and splash top. Kayak fishing can be a memorable experience and the ideas are limitless for your special day on the water!

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Kayakjak’s passion for fishing started as a youngster fishing small freshwater ponds in Southern California and combing the area beaches with a surf rod. Growing up as a military child often put him in new environments with unique fishing challenges. He has lived in Nebraska since 1976 and graduated from college with a teaching degree of which he has put to use educating youth the last 31 years there. He also holds a Master Degree in Educational Administration. Marty is very active helping the youth of his community with various programs including a before school program called, “Early Birds” and other various activities including a State Championship Archery team, youth football, basketball, and fishing in schools program. As Nebraska’s only kayak fishing guide Kayakjak will work hard to provide his clients with a “unique” fishing and learning experience.

Marty Hughes (Kayakjak) is a highly respected and very experienced guide with over 42 years of angling experience. He has fished from a kayak for the past 15 years in Southwest Nebraska lakes and ponds. He has been Featured in NebraskaLand Magazine April 2003 and the Omaha World Herald in June of 2005. Kayakjak’s objectives include events for wounded veterans, environmental improvements, and promoting the interest of kayak fishing in the Midwest. He has organized many kayak fishing tournaments throughout Nebraska. Kayakjak's Outfitters offers professional kayak fishing instruction for any experience level. He can tailor guided trips to meet the needs of a complete novice or more advanced kayak anglers. Guided trips include Emotion Kayaks and all the equipment a person would need for a fun, adventure filled trip! Our goal is to provide for advanced kayak fishing instruction and an excellent outdoor experience for our clients. We are very blessed to offer these services in some of Nebraska's most scenic backwaters. "A Unique Experience, Everytime!"

What others have said:

Spring time in Benkleman has its challenges when it comes to fishing. kJ, Marty or KayakJak, take your pick, he'll answer to any of these names. I'm partial to KayakJak. This is a guy who's passion for the world of kayaking and especially kayak fishing is unsurpassed!
I've had the honor and privilege to have spent 2 days kayaking and fishing with KayakJak. As noted above, spring time fishing has its challenges. I've never met KayakJac live and in person. Talked to him a couple of times on the phone and pestered him for information by email and watched several videos of him on Utube. From the first minute of meeting him, I had the feeling that we had been friends for a lifetime. That's what type of guy he is. No hype and no air about him. KayakJak is the real deal, the Indiana Jones of kayak fishing.
Being new to the sport of kayak fishing, KayakJak's approach to the "newbie" was terrific. He's very professional without the stuffyness that sometimes follows a professional guide or instructor.
Talk about going out of his way to make your trip into a lifetime memory, I swear this guy planted some fish so I could experience what it's like to catch a fish from a kayak. While giving me space to practice some of the tips he had for me, KayakJak scouted ahead and found the hiding places of the ever elusive LMB.
Geez- I've just read thru the above, kinda sounds a little hokie and like he paid me to say the things above, no I paid him! And not near enough for what I got!

Jim B.




+2 # TeamTrom 2013-04-27 11:28
One thing that is crucial but I often forget is a paddle leash. But I don't use it for my paddle, I leave it on the bow grab handle and clip the other end to my belt when wading. The one I have is made of shock cord (bungee) which is really nice because it doesn't go from slack to tight constantly like a static line.
Hate it when I forget that thing.
# bonitabob 2013-04-28 05:35
Nice write up!
# Kayakjak 2013-04-28 16:51
Yes, have one also. I should have included it in the photo. Don't really need it around here on the ponds and smaller lakes but when we paddle large lakes we take it along. Thanks for the comment!
# stratapastor 2014-02-15 00:09
great write up!
# MichChef 2014-10-22 17:14
I just bought a Jackson Big Rig and haven't even had it on the water yet. I can see that I'll be collecting stuff all winter for my crate. Great article for us beginners! Thanks.
# GeorgeB90 2015-05-16 20:10
Great article!

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