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DIY Modifications To Make Your Fishing Kayak Even Better

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Most fishing kayaks these days come equipped with pretty much everything you need to get out on the water and start reeling in some big fish. However, as with any type of hobby, there is always room for improvements or customization.

While it is probably not a good idea to start drilling holes in your brand new kayak if you don’t know exactly what you are doing, there are some things that can be done to put your own personal stamp on your gear. Whether it is increasing the usefulness and functionality of an old kayak or simply adding some convenient mods, there are plenty of options available. Here are just a couple of ideas for do-it-yourself modifications that can be done to make your fishing kayak even better.

Milk Crate

One of the most useful things you can add to your kayak is a milk crate and there are plenty of options to choose from. Instead of busting out your wallet and buying something expensive, it is easy enough to add one of your own; with a couple of modifications of course. Not only will you benefit from the additional storage options that a milk crate provides, but with plenty more. For example, check out the modded milk crate from forum user “Ksyakker” or this great guide to making your own heavy duty kayak fishing milk crate by Aliex Folgueira.

Kayak Seat

If your kayak seat is less than optimal for hours of sitting then it is probably better to replace it with a seat that is more comfortable. If this is not an option you can simply add a padded seat cushion to make things a bit more bearable. You can either use an old throwable flotation cushion, or if you want to spend a bit more money, use gel kayak seat pads for added comfort. If you are feeling ambitious, you can  even customize your kayak with an aftermarket boat seat if you are feeling ambitious. To find out how, check out this video by Joe Simpson.


Stake-Out Pole

If you are fishing in shallow water and want to prevent your boat from moving, then a stake-out pole is one of the most silent ways to get the job done. There’s no shortage of commercially made models to choose from, but why waste money when you can get away with simply using an aluminum rod. Just use an anchor trolley ring or scupper hole on your kayak to secure your rod and you can cast the shallow waters without swinging around. It’s a pretty easy modification to do yourself, but if you are still not sure then check out this video from ReXDeLReY demonstrating how it can be done with a broomstick and PVC.

For deeper water  you can also make use of a cheap anchor trolley system. Once again, this can be done DIY style on a budget, as demonstrated here by Jarid Davis Outdoors.

Hull Storage

Unless you have a mammoth kayak then storage is always a bit of an issue on a kayak. There’s just so much gear that you can take along and so little space to safely store everything. While many kayaks offer hull storage, it is not always the best solution. This is due to the fact that the hull storage is usually not waterproof and anything you drop down these storage holes are typically left sliding around inside the hull. Obviously this is not very desirable if you plan on getting your hands on whatever you drop down there while out on the water. A quick and easy modification that takes care of this can be done with stick on Velcro strips and some clip-lock containers. Once you have these, you simply attach some of the Velcro to the bottom of your hatch and some to the bottom of your containers. With a few small containers you can store your keys, phone and other items in a waterproof manner and ensure that they don’t end up on the other side of the kayak while you are fishing.

Paddle Leashes

Paddle holders are great if you want to free up your hands while angling and not have to worry about getting stuck up a certain creek without a paddle. Most good fishing kayaks have these clips, but they can also be purchased separately and are fairly straightforward to install as this video from YakGear Inc demonstrates. To be even safer, you can also make use of a paddle leash to tether your paddles to your kayak. Once again, you have the option of buying these from a store or going the do-it-yourself rout  nd fabricating some out of braided poly cord and a brass swivel clip.

The Rest

The five fishing kayak modifications listed here are some of the most common ones, but they are by no means the only ones. From rod rests to extra rod holders, camera poles, perimeter lines, bow and stern lines, and much more, you are pretty much only limited by your imagination and ingenuity. Let us know in the comments or on the forum what modifications you’ve made to your kayak to make life a little easier for yourself.

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