Thinking of purchasing a fishing kayak so you can take your hobby to a whole new level? If you have considered it a time or two before, there are some must have fishing kayak accessories that can really make the difference between having a great day on the lake or just getting frustrated more and more as the day goes on. Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of things and it isn’t like you can really fit all that much in a kayak anyway. All and all, there are five things that are really important when it comes to fishing accessories for your kayak. Aside from that, you can be as creative or is minimalistic as you want.
1) First Aid Kit
It should go without saying that you need a good first aid kit no matter where you are going or what you are doing. This is especially true if you plan on spending an extended period of time outdoors, especially where you might not be able to get help from someone else right away if something goes wrong. Your first aid kit should be relatively compact, yet have all the basics to treat minor injuries and other things such as headaches or even motion sickness. Of course, since you are on the water it needs to be watertight and you should make sure that it is in a container that floats. Otherwise, if you drop it it will go straight to the bottom.
2) Fishing Pole Mount
This makes it a lot easier if you plan on going fishing in a kayak. By putting a simple pole mount on the side of the kayak, you can have the pole safely resting beside you on the outside of the kayak as opposed to trying to find room to put it next your feet. It makes the entire trip a lot more comfortable and it gives you room to move around a little bit without stomping all over your fishing pole or bumping it and knocking it off into the water.
3) Life Jacket
If you are doing anything on the water, you need a life jacket. This is especially true on a kayak, as they can sometimes become unstable in the water. If it flips over, you have to be prepared so it is crucial that you wear a life jacket at all times.
4) Sun Protection
This one might sound a little crazy, but if you stop and think about it, it will make sense. Being out in the hot sun is bad enough for your skin but when you are out on the water, the problem is exacerbated. This is because of the reflection of the sun’s rays that bounce off the water. It is a good idea to have excellent sun protection, along with sunglasses and a hat.
5) Lip-gripping Tool
This is a great tool if you want to catch and release your fish. It allows you to do exactly that without hurting the fish in order to get the hook out of its mouth.
Now that you know what you need, go out there and have fun. By simply having the right equipment, the whole adventure becomes more meaningful. It can also help keep you safe while you are having fun.