Kayak Fishing With Gadgets

THE BEST ELECTRONICS FOR KAYAK FISHOS

I have always been a gadget man and am constantly on the lookout for new electronics for my kayak. It started slow and for a very long time I used no electronic devices to catch fish but after I got my first fish finder, I was so blown away with the way it changed my fishing experience, I started looking around for more electronics. Now my kayak looks like the interior of the Millennium Falcon, the Star Ship Enterprise, as I call it.

So where do you start, What electronics are handy and what are a waste of money, Here is the lowdown on electronics for yak fishos.

GPS

If you are like me and are constantly exploring new places in search of bigger and more challenging fish, you should invest in a GPS. It allows you to mark the exact spot where you found that whopper, so you can revisit it time and time again. If you’ve found a particularly striking piece of structure and want to revisit it later that night, the GPS can take you there. It is a must for any night anglers or adventurous fishos looking to explore all the nooks and crannies.

FISHFINDER

Although fish finders split the fishing community, if you get your kicks from catching fish, rather than the thrill of stalking them for hours, then I would recommend a fish finder. Fishfinders come with a variety of interfaces and features and drastically range in prices. Just get something which does the job and has a large screen. The last thing you want is to spend all day squinting at the screen to make out what it is telling you. The latest fishfinders offer some amazing visuals and are worth every cent.

VHF RADIO

I am always surprised at how few yak fishos have a VHF, particularly those going offshore. It was one of the first things I bought when I was kitting my kayak out for fishing. It lets you communicate with other boats and with the coast guard in the event of an emergency. It just isn’t worth heading out without one.

PORTABLE SOLAR PANEL

I first bought a solar panel before a week-long kayak trip around the Tasmanian coastline. I figured I would want something to keep all my electronics charged while I was out on the water all day. These are handy pieces of kit to have and are surprisingly inexpensive. A 6-10 watt panel should be enough juice to keep your camera, phone and fish finder charged and won’t set you back too much.

NON-ESSENTIAL LUXURIES

SATELLITE TRACKER

If you like to get off the beaten track where your mobile doesn’t get signal, you might want to consider a satellite tracker. Satellite trackers use satellite technology rather than mobile coverage, so you’ll be able to call for assistance no matter where in the country you are.

SPEAKERS

I like to listen to the footy on my mobile while I am out fishing sometimes, so although it’s in the non-essential category, for me it is essential. A decent waterproof speaker should even survive a short stint in the drink should it go overboard.

ELECTRONIC FISH SCALE

Want an accurate measurement of your big trophy catches, Grab an electronic fish scale to document all your achievements and don’t forget to take a picture.

As you can imagine, once I have all these gadgets in, there isn’t much room for me and my tackle. Pick and choose what you need each time out on the water. Usually, I just have my fish finder, GPS and VHF. On longer trips, the rest of the gadgets come out and my fishing is all the more enjoyable for it. The only thing that you might already have and is a must have, an electric kayak motor because they offer loads of stealth, power and awesome fun for kayak fishing.


 

Can you think of any other useful electronics for kayak fishing? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.