Rigging Stuff Up for Outdoors and Survival Life

How to Rig a Kayak for Fishing

By on November 3, 2015 in kayaks with 0 Comments

As outdoorsy type of people many of like to fish.  Catching fish is fun, sure, but as survivalists and/or those who like/prefer to live off the land from time-to-time/most of the time we know that we have to catch fish in order to eat…perhaps, survive.

Kayak fishing is a great way to get out on the water and go to where the fish are.  No need to cast from shore and look for fish.  The kayak can bring your out into the middle of the lake/stream/bay/ocean and you can catch the fish where they are…away from the hooks.  Sure, many species like the shade and cover of bramble, bush, and limbs but others are out in the middle.  You can see them flapping out there all morning long!

A kayak needs to be rigged to be an effective fishing machine, though.  You can go “all out” or “simple” but no matter which you decide there are going to be some basic needs and ideas that are paramount to kayak fishing success.

Let’s Rig Up a Kayak for Fishing….


Here’s a basic tip:  No matter what kind of kayak, canoe, or raft you have, you’re going to need a place to put that rod.  Many people like to use a three rod holder set-up with one in front and two in the rear as spares.  Of course, this will change in the case of tandem kayaks.

Today most kayaks, especially those deemed “fishing kayaks” come with rod holders installed or have designated areas already in place for any aftermarket upgrading and installing you want to do.

The types of seats that you use can run the gamat and it all comes down to personal preference.  How much padding a seat has, the angle of the back rest, the height of the back rest…it all determines whether you have a great or miserable time on the water.  We highly recommend that, when possible, you test a series of different kayak seats with different options just to get a feeling of what works best for you.  Your style of paddling and fishing, couples with your body composition and posture, will vary from mine so the type of kayak seat that I prefer will differ greatly from one that you might like.  It’s a personal preference.


Let’s face it; there’s a limit to how much gear you can bring on a kayak.  Lures, rods, water, food, safety equipment, fish finders, paddles…it all takes up space.  Couple that with the over-whelming, constant desire to “try something new” in hopes of better and different results is always nagging at you. But you can’t just bring whatever you want.

My biggest tip would be to “go small”.  Figure out which lures work best for you and pack them all the time and then limit and additional lures you take.  Your center hatch should fit more than just your tackle.  You have to keep in mind the need for safety gear and rations.

Remember, it’s not always the most advance gear that does the job the best.  I know some people who put a milk crate into the tank well and then rig that up even further to maximize their space and organization. Check out the photo below.


It’s not easy to look through the vast collection of things called “kayak fishing accessories”, but you need to.  I can’t sugar coat it for you.  If you’re like me and you hate shopping then try doing some looking around online…even Amazon has great fishing and kayaking stuff.  Don’t waste your money.  Read the reviews.  Buy what’s right for you.  Hell, you can even get the milk crate at Amazon.

Remember, the main difference between fishing kayaks and a regular kayak is the rigging.  Knowing how to rig your kayak for the kind of fishing that you want and prefer to do, while staying safe, is what this is all about.  Even if you’re prepping and getting your kayak “good to go” for survival, then you should prepare now for every possibility and that rig you put to your kayak for fishing may be the difference between life and death later on down the road.

Rig Easy…Rig Thorough…Rig for Life.

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