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#12247243 - 05/15/17 09:13 PM Kayak newbie needed gear recommendations.
Hardline43 Offline
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Registered: 08/17/13
Posts: 21
Loc: Waxahachie TX
Looking to gear up my sons kayak. We went out this passed weekend and I borrowed a friends kayak. My son has his own. First time for me. Well he had jabbed his Abu Harcia pole down in a scupper hole and accidentally whacked it with his paddle. Needless to say he lost it. So I'm going to be rigging his kayak out with accessories he should have. Is there a brand that is recommended to seek out or any that are to stay away from. I believe in getting quality equipment and paying for it once. But I also don't believe it n paying extra for a name only. So, with that being said what should I look for. Going to need things like adding rod holders, handles, a s at and such. Thanks in advance JJ.

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#12247263 - 05/15/17 09:28 PM Re: Kayak newbie needed gear recommendations. [Re: Hardline43]
PowerLizard Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 2039
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
A couple of behind the seat rod holders from Academy, a Visipole (a night light on an elevated stick), a bungee cord paddle holder on the side of the kayak.

Things to consider later if he continues: anchor, anchor trolley, fish finder, power pole, new pickup to haul it around,

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#12247267 - 05/15/17 09:30 PM Re: Kayak newbie needed gear recommendations. [Re: Hardline43]
fshng84 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/07
Posts: 3171
Originally Posted By: Hardline43
Looking to gear up my sons kayak. We went out this passed weekend and I borrowed a friends kayak. My son has his own. First time for me. Well he had jabbed his Abu Harcia pole down in a scupper hole and accidentally whacked it with his paddle. Needless to say he lost it. So I'm going to be rigging his kayak out with accessories he should have. Is there a brand that is recommended to seek out or any that are to stay away from. I believe in getting quality equipment and paying for it once. But I also don't believe it n paying extra for a name only. So, with that being said what should I look for. Going to need things like adding rod holders, handles, a s at and such. Thanks in advance JJ.


Here is an article we posted several years ago related to trolling with a kayak... Kayak Fishing - Tips for Trolling. May have some tips that apply.

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#12247281 - 05/15/17 09:38 PM Re: Kayak newbie needed gear recommendations. [Re: Hardline43]
Vidahr Offline
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Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 47
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Depending on what he has and doesn't have I can suggest some things for you.

A dependable PFD. (He probably already has this, but a good paddler-friendly PFD is absolutely necessary.)

Flush Rod Holders (If the kayak is not equipped with them already)

Mounted Rod Holder (Scotty is a really good brand, they have a lot of quality stuff.)

Anchor Trolley (I will note that a DIY trolley works just as good and is waaaay cheaper than these kits. These trolleys make anchoring a breeze and you can move the anchor point from one end of the kayak to the other. YakGear is a solid brand.)

An anchor. (Mushroom style, or DIY. There's a lot of styles. I normally just use a stick anchor pin or a small collapsible. You don't have to get a large anchor, the small ones work wonders.)

Waterproof Cellphone/Wallet/Whatever Bags (Mega recommend these if he wants to take pictures. Don't have to worry about dropping your phone into the abyss.)

A nice seat. (There's a lot of options for this and a lot of good DIY options. Pretty much whatever works. A good seat is very important and will become a top priority if you're on the water for a decent amount of time.)

Paddle and Rod Leash (The rod ones I linked aren't long enough to use the rod and secure it. They're good for trolling with a rod while in the flush mount. The paddle leash is perfect. I usually have my rods leashed while moving, and unleash them when I find the spot. I just put the rod between my legs when readjusting between casts.)

Lanyards with Carabiners (Not necessary, but I have fishing tools attached to these on my kayak's padeyes.)

Scupper Hole Plugs (If applicable, you can buy practice foam golf balls for use as universal scupper plugs so he doesn't get wet. They're tight enough for a seal, and not too hard to get out if you need to bail some water. You can also buy commercial ones, but a pack of eight practice golf balls is $5.)

Paddle Clip (Saves a lot of time.)

Crate for Gear (Obviously you can get a cheaper milk crate, but this was just an example. Easy to carry gear and retrieve it. Usually sits on the back.)

Kayak Cart (These can be a mega life-saver when you have to move the kayak a bit of a distance, or up and over hills...)

Hope this helped!
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