Fishing Kayak Necessities vs Luxuries
He went around the room and identified those who have kayaks and those who do not. Secondly, he wanted to pinpoint specifically what brand and style of kayak each member had. It was a good way to evaluate the experience and knowledge of his audience so that he can educate us accordingly. The kayak spectrum went from WalMart brands all the way to high-end Hobie Pro Anglers. Kirk acknowledged that even the less expensive style kayaks are enough to get you on the water. What was interesting was that he owns two specially designed motor driven boats and he still prefers to paddle around in his kayak. His favorite is a Commander 120 by Wilderness Systems, which is a cross between a canoe and a kayak. You sit down in it. It has a double-tunnel hull so it's very stable. It's a 30 inch wide boat that he can actually stand up in. It has a lawnchair style seat with a canoe style cross bench behind it so you can fold the seat down, store it under the cross bench and sit on the cross bench just line a canoe. The advantage to that boat is that it only weighs 60 lbs. and you can stand up in it.
He brought several brochures for the following fishing kayak manufacturers:
Wilderness Systems Kayaks
and briefly explained how the rudder and peddle systems work on the Hobie Pro Angler and the advantages of a hands-free (for fishing) propulsion mechanism that allows you more casts for an increase chance of fish hook ups.
Organizing Your Space....Let's start with rod holders
This rod holder can be secured to many different spots on a kayak but is typically mounted within arms reach in front of the kayak seat. The benefit of this type of rod holder is that it can be adjusted horizontally and vertically and be easily removed all together with a quick turn of a knob.
Where to Store the Paddle
Anchors - Lots of Choices When it Comes to Anchors
Great for places with soft muck bottoms.
These can be pushed right through the scupper holes.
It can go down through a ring tied off to the side of the boat.
It can be used with an anchor trolley system.
Some that come in 8 and 10 ft can actually double as a push pole.
This is basically a pulley system.
One pulley is secured to each end of the kayak.
A thin rope is threaded through each pulley.
And the tag ends of the rope are tied to a ring.
The anchor line is also tied to the ring.
This device allows you to anchor in various positions with or against the current.
This is a device that looks like a wind sock. Kirk himself uses one to drift fish. The down-side to that thing is that a caught fish will sometimes get fishing line tangled in the sea anchor line.