KAYAK UPGRADES FOR ANGLERS
Kayaks are extremely popular with anglers. That’s because kayaks allow you to reach spots that other boats can’t. But if you’re a kayak angler, you probably already know that. You’re probably thinking, what else can my kayak do to help make my fishing experience a whole lot better? Well, let us help you with that. The beauty of kayaks is that it’s a great upgrade platform. Here are several upgrade options that you can do with your kayak.
ADDING AN ANCHOR SYSTEM
Kayaks can easily be blown off course by strong winds and waves. That’s why you need to add an anchor system to make sure you can still stay in position. More experienced anglers use the anchor system so they can position upwind and still cast to the target zone.
ADDING FORWARD FOR ROD HANDLERS
Forward rod holders are very useful for kayak anglers because you can place the rod on it when you’re unhooking a fish, retying lines or changing lures. They are more of a must-have upgrade than an option. Keep your rod angled so that you still have paddle and pedal space.
TABLET MAPPING SOFTWARE
Technology can help make an angler’s life easier. With the use of a tablet mapping software, you can see the upcoming structure before you can even position on top of it. It’s a great tool to save time because you can decide quickly if the spot is worth it or not. Make sure to use waterproof plastic holders to keep your tablet from being wet.
ADDING A STAND-UP BAR
This is a significant upgrade. A stand-up bar helps you stand and still maintain your balance. It’s especially useful if you want to cast long distances.
ADDING A STAKEOUT POLE
A stakeout pole upgrade is the easiest way to stop your kayak from moving in shallow water. Plus, it doesn’t generate that much noise (which will spook the fish) as compared to an anchor system. If you feel like you don’t want to buy one, you can make your own instead. All you need is a long enough aluminium rod and a method of fixing it to your kayak
GET A SHORT-HANDED PADDLE
Short-handled paddle or shorties as it is commonly called, are a great help if you want to manoeuvre around the docks or if you want to avoid rocks or blowdowns but still hold the rod in your other hand.
You need to show your ‘Pictures or it didn’t happen!?’ Well, you can definitely show them the pictures of your catch if you add a camera mount to your kayak. It’s a pretty simple upgrade, but it can be one of the most important if you’re into documenting your catches.
This upgrade is more of a storage upgrade. Instead of placing your kayak on the ground, why not conserve space and mount it on your instead? This is an affordable upgrade and probably the most practical one. You can even make one if you don’t want to spend money.
Kayak motors, especially electric kayak motors are an affordable way to add some stealthy power to your kayak. They are great for covering more ground.
These upgrades are probably the most practical upgrades you can do if you’re a kayak angler. But if you think you can think of more upgrades that you can add, please do. That’s the great thing about kayaks; you can do whatever you like with it. You can even add upgrades as you go along, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
Do you have any other upgrades missing from this list? Share your experience below.