Top Tips for Rigging Your Own Kayak

We love our social media fans! A couple of them generously offered their top tips for rigging your own kayak for fishing. Take a look at their advice…

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Terrell’s Top 3 Tips for Rigging Your Own Kayak

Are you getting started with kayak fishing and wondering how to set your rig? Or preparing for a kayak tournament series and fine-tuning your setup?

Whether you are a new fisherman, pro or somewhere in between, what connects us all is a love for the sport and a desire to have the gear that best suits our needs.

Here are my top three tips for rigging your own kayak:

1. Function over form

Everything you install on your kayak should have purpose. Start small and build on it. There’s nothing wrong with being a gear junkie, as long as it works. Speaking of…  

2. Find what works for you

What works for one angler may not work for another. There are a ton of accessories out there that can really enhance your fishing experience and even help put you in a better situation to catch more fish. When you are rigging your kayak, make sure it complements you and your style of fishing.

3. Field test it

Put every piece of gear to the test. Get out on the water as often as possible and test the masterpiece created in your garage. If it doesn’t work as designed, change it up and give it another shot.

Hopefully you found these tips useful, as they are what help keep me afloat! Hope to see you on the water!

-Terrell (@kboutdoors)

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Greg’s Top 3 Tips for Rigging Your Yak

1. Paddle your kayak to see what the boat needs before making any modifications

In my opinion this does a couple of things. First, it lets you appreciate the benefit that mod is giving you, and second it allows you to verify that you needed it in the first place. Once you've had a little seat time you'll realize what bungees, rod holders, or pad eyes are really needed. That will help you avoid unnecessary accessories and rigging that rarely gets used. 

2. After deciding what you want, do some mock-ups and see if it'll behave like you think it should

One of the best things about track mounted accessories is the flexibility it provides. If that fish finder you mounted catches your rod while skipping docks, move it to the other side. If you don't have the option for a track mount and have to drill, at least set it in place and go through several functions of the boat before making anything permanent.

You don't want to mount an anchor wizard out of reach but you don't want it in the way of your paddle stroke either. A few minutes of laying things out and going through the motions can save you from having to drill extra holes or patch old ones.

3. Use the resources you have available

With so many kayak Facebook groups, YouTube channels, and blogs at your fingertips, you can often find the best way to accomplish your goal without going through all of the R&D yourself. One of the best things about the kayak fishing community is we are all willing to help with pictures, replies, and even videos if needed to help you get your rigging figured out and share lessons learned.  
Ultimately you need to make sure you rig your kayak for you. Just like fishing, we all do it a little different.  
- Greg (Backwater Kayak Fishing)

Thanks to Terrell and Greg for these tips!

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