Fishing with a kayak as opposed to a motorized boat has many benefits: it is quieter and more stealthy than a motorized boat, offers greater access to remote areas, and it allows the fisherman to get more intimate with nature.
Besides the kayak, rod, and tackle, there are some more accessories that a fisherman may need if he decides to angle from a kayak. Below are several popular kayak fishing accessories used by many fisherman.
Our Recommendations for the Best Fishing Kayak Accessories
Garmin echo 300c Dual-Beam Fishfinder
The Echo 300c is the only colored, dual beam fishfinder in it’s price range (at around $150), and it’s been discontinued by the manufacturer, so get it quickly! It has a 3.5 inch colored display that’s readable in sunlight. It has HD tracking technology that will let you view into the water at an angle of up to 120 degrees and bottom detail of up to 1,500 feet. It also features a sonar history, so you won’t lose your sight history as you move through the water and the unit changes depth ranges. It’s easy to install: it takes only minutes with the quick-release tilt mount and a versatile transom. It runs with any 12 volt battery, so you don’t have to stress about buying any special kind of battery for the long days on the water.
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Carlisle Expedition Angler Fiberglass Kayak Fishing Paddle
The Carlisle Expedition paddle is a perfect paddle for anglers; the fiberglass composition makes it lightweight while efficient. Though it is $160, it is a long-lasting, high quality paddle. It also features a push-button joint that allows the blades to be feathered at 60 degrees or set inline. The paddle comes in 220 cm, 230 cm, and 240 cm.
We’ve talked to tons of people who have used this paddle. So far we haven’t come across anyone who wasn’t thoroughly impressed. Also, it’s a perfect balance of pricing. We have reviewed some paddles that were $400 +, and we have also reviewed some that were $30. This is a price that can be trusted, but it wont break the bank.
Seattle Sports Crossfire Deck Bag
This bag was designed specifically for anglers, and is the perfect size to hold all you would need for a day of fishing, but is compact enough to sit easily in your kayak. It has a spacious top pocket, and multiple organizer pockets in it’s main body. It’s a little under $65, which may seem pricey, but it’s a great bag with multiple uses. When the bag is open, it can double as a rod holder, and it comes with four mounting straps for easy mounting on your kayak. It also comes with splashproof protection, coated zippers, and a detachable shoulder strap for easy transportation.
Kayak Life Jacket: O’Neill Superlite USCG Vest
The O’Neill Superlite Vest is a soft, comfortable, and lightweight life jacket. Depending on the size, the price can range anywhere from $35 to $60. It is composed of closed cell PVC foam to maximize buoyancy and minimize bulk. It’s also durable, with a coated nylon shell that can hold up to years of heavy outdoor use. It is certified by the United States Coast Guard, and features four quick release buckles, and a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty. Some people have found that the sizing is bigger: so if you’re usually a large, it might be in your best interest to order a medium. With this vest, you can be fashionable and safe while kayaking!
Scotty Paddle Clip
The Scotty Paddle Clip is a small, simple, yet strong clip that keeps your paddles in place while fishing. Just clip it to a convenient spot on the sides of your kayak, and it will keep your paddles in place while you fish, eliminating the headache of having to constantly retrieve your paddles while fishing, for $12.
If you have a long or heavy paddle, you may need two clips to make sure that they stay secure.
Cannon Rod Holder
When fishing, or just taking a break and sitting back in your kayak and feeling the sun, you not only need to keep your paddles attached but your fishing pole as well. At $20, the Canon Rod Holder will hold and mount your fishing pole on the edge of your kayak.
It has a three position configuration for multiple uses. It also has a spring-loaded tension knob for quick and painless adjustments. It also contains 360 degree rotation so you can mount your rod on the top or side of your kayak.
Kayak Anchor: Seattle Sports Kayak Fishing Anchor Kit
The Seattle Sports Kayak Fishing Anchor Kit is perfect for anglers or recreational kayakers who don’t want to have to worry about constantly redirecting their kayak if they just want to stay put. The whole kit is under $35, and includes a 50 foot rope to anchor kayak (the length provides greater versatility to cast the anchor off at the bow or stern of the kayak,) a 1.5 pound folding anchor, a ring and two carabiners, and a drawstring bag to hold it all.
Scotty 455 Bait Board with Mount
The Scotty 455 Bait Board is a great multi-use flat top for all your gear, tackle, and tool needs. You can mount it to any post mount, and it enables you to store all your gear and access it quickly and easily. The bait board also comes with exterior tray walls so you can prep lures or cut bait in a safe enclosed area. The bait board comes with a universal post base, so you can mount it on any rod holder mount or adapter. For $25, this is a great accessory that will save you a lot of time, so you can spend more time on being out on the water!
Mustad Multi-purpose Braid Cutter, Splitring Pliers
These $8 pliers are locking split nose pliers that work great for crimping, cutting, and punching mono or braid line. They are made of a polished stainless steel that resists corrosion and has a high-impact acrylic handle with a 20 inch adjustable lanyard, or you can throw them in your tackle-box for the go. We’ve had a ton of great reviews on these, and contrary to popular belief, they are all but necessary on your yak when you go fishing. We highly recommend giving these a try!