So I finally pulled the trigger on a kayak! I'm wondering what others have learned they needed or wanted on their kayak after owning it for awhile? I'm thinking two clamp on rod holders to hold the rods in front of me and maybe a clamp on umbrella so I don't get cooked in the sun??
Kayak Accessories? What else besides the paddle and PFD?
Made by Yak Gear. Paddle just snaps in. Great when you are fishing and you don't want the paddle laying in your lap.
My Vibe already came with rod holders (package).
So my "must have" list looks like: some floats so your rods and other gear don't sink if you drop them, first aid kit (Clay34's list looks amazing so I won't duplicate mine here), white light, whistle, pliers, sunscreen and wire cutters (to cut a hook in an emergency).
Anchor wizard is the bomb!
I use a anchor wizard in the front and a homemade manual type power pole that is connected to another anchor wizard reel.
Or if you want to invest in something better a Power Pole Micro is the best you can get. The manual one is just gravity driven and does not apply downward pressure so really fast current is not advisable.
Since mine is very low to the water and blends in, I have a small flag with a light on a pole made form PVC to improve my visibility.
Mike, while I have a bilge on board, I didn't have a sponge. I've read that before so I bought one and added this to my personal list. Thanks for the reminder.
I have found it handy to keep a sponge tucked on the side of my seat. Works great for removing any water that may drip onto the floor from paddles or gear. Also keeps your kayak nice and clean.
I have anchor trollies on both side of my kayak and they come in handy.
Consider a pair of neoprene kayak booties with zippers or neoprene shoes. A cheap pair of tennie shoes will work for sure but for dealing with all the different demands of various shoreline and underwatr terrain the neoprene booties are the best and even essential if you go out more than few times a year.
Make a check list for yourself. This is mine, yours very well might be different. It's a living document and it may change . It also depends on which boat I take for the day, but I just pick and choose depending on the boat. The categories on the list focus on boat requirements and safety and the fishing equipment is minimal and it changes depending on the water and species that are targeted.Boat Related
Kayak transport cart with 2 cam-lock straps
Or Boonedox Landing Gear for Hobie
Equipment Leashes (GoPro and tools)
Paddle: Main paddling and rough use -launching
Fast water quick release anchor
GoPro and mounts
Kokatat Paddling Suit with Boots, Balaclava, Gloves
Standard Horizon HX890NB VHF radio and spare batteries
Dry bag with spare clothes
PFD with Whistle
Throw Bag (Rescue Rope)
Visi-Carbon Pro / BerleyPro Orb
First Aid kit
Thermacell / bug dope
Cooler tie down straps