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Best Electronics for Kayak Anglers

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While none of the electronics available for fishing kayaks are essential for catching fish, they can increase your chances of success and make the trip a bit more fun. 

Sure - you can get away with taking only a fishing rod and some lures out on your kayak to catch fish, there are also plenty of other gear you can bring along to make life easier or safer out on the water. These not only include essential items, such as a personal flotation device, measuring device and knife, but also optional gadgets. Personalizing your kayak also enables you to make your own personal stamp on it. So, if you have some spare cash you want to use on accessorizing your kayak, here are some of the electronic options available.



Some anglers enjoy the guesswork that goes with finding the best fishing spots, while for others the thrill comes from reeling in a big catch. If you fall into the latter camp then a fishfinder is the perfect gadget to take out on the water. Whether you are entering unfamiliar waters or simply want to discover every nook and cranny of your local fishing spot, a good fishfinder will get the job done. There are a variety of these gadgets and they all differ in how sophisticated they are, although more features typically also mean a larger price tag. For a fishfinder with a large screen, integrated GPS and side-imaging, there is the Helix 5 CHIRP DI GPS G2 from Humminbird. Other brands, such as Garmin with their Striker 4DV and Raymarine with their Dragonfly Pro 5 are also popular amongst anglers.

Solar Panel

While most of the electronics you can take out on your kayak have their own batteries, they will run out eventually if they are not charged. Bringing along spare batteries for all the cameras, lights, phones and other gadgets you want to load on your kayak for a long trip can be a hassle, so a much more convenient option is a solar panel. These are incredibly useful when fishing in sunny locations as they not only allow you to charge your devices, but are more portable than a bunch of spare batteries, are typically lightweight and generally quite rugged as well. Smaller 6-10 watt solar panels are generally sufficient to charge small items, such as cameras and phones while larger electronics will benefit from a 15-20 watt solar panel. Popular portable solar panels for kayaks include those from Wilderness Systems , Volataic and CT Solar.

Wind Speed Indicator

A wind speed indicator is another electronic kayak gadget that isn’t absolutely essential but can certainly come in useful depending on your location and circumstances. Most modern wind speed indicators are not just very compact and lightweight, but also quite accurate. A good indicator is able to display what the speed of the wind is in knots, miles per hour, meters per second as well as feet per minute, which makes it useful on and off the kayak. In addition, they can also display other information, such as temperature and wind chill. As you become more experienced with kayak angling, it also becomes easier to judge wind speeds without the need for an indicator, but beginners can definitely benefit from this gadget. Well known brands include WeatherHawk with their SM-18 Skymate Wind Meter, Kestrel with the Kestrel 5500 and Weatherflow with their original weather meter.

Personal Locator Beacon

While you obviously don’t want anything to go wrong when you are out angling, accidents do happen and it is better to be safe than sorry. A personal locator beacon can be a lifesaver if you go out alone on your kayak, especially in an isolated location or when kayaking in the ocean and an accident occurs. The beacon enables the user to transmit a distress signal through the use of search and rescue satellite-aided tracking. Since the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and NOAA monitors this frequency, your chances of being rescued are much better than without a beacon. Personal locator beacons tend to be more compact than emergency position-indicating radio beacons, which can be very useful if you become separated from your kayak. The best place to carry a PLB is on the shoulder of your personal flotation device so that it is easily accessible and has the best view of the satellites. Personal locator beacons that are waterproof and comes with a flotation pouch, such as the Fast Find 220, are ideal for kayak angling.


Sometimes it is nice to listen to the sounds of nature and just relax while fishing, but there are also times when you want to listen to some good tunes out on the water. Portable speakers have come a long way and it is easy to find decent ones that sound great, are portable enough to load on to a kayak and can even survive a quick dip in the water if things go wrong. For a rough idea on what speaker would be suitable for your needs, check out our roundup of the five best Bluetooth speakers to bring your tunes to the water.

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