Basic Kayak Fishing Checklist

It seems like a week doesn’t go by without encountering someone new to the sport of kayak fishing. Most have done some sort of fishing before and are now moving into the kayak fishing realm, but many are starting from scratch and want to know where to begin. A great place to start is with a basic kayak fishing checklist and then to build from there.

A basic kayak fishing checklist can help get you jump-started and on the water for a good day of fishing.
A basic kayak fishing checklist can help get you jump-started and on the water for a good day of fishing. Photo: kayakfishingfocus.com

My friends at Bending Branches and I worked up a basic kayak fishing checklist to help jumpstart the new kayak angler.

Here is a summary of the “list” itself. The full checklist and more details are available on the Bending Branches blog, go check it out.

Basic Kayak Fishing Checklist:
  1. Stable Kayak
  2. Quality Paddle
  3. Safety Gear
  4. Tackle Crate
  5. Fishing Tackle
  6. Anchor
  7. Camera

There are many other things advanced kayak anglers use, but the list above is all you need to get the most out of a fun day on the water.

My first day kayak fishing included a cooler with some water, one fishing rod, a few lures, and a rented kayak and paddle. As I spent more time fishing and going on kayak fishing trips with others, the checklist above seems to be among the most common needs for a weekend kayak angler. Every kayak fisherman sets up their kayak and has their own checklist, so I would expect that you would do the same as you adjust to your goals, fishing destination and style of fishing.

Take a moment to read the full article on the Bending Branches website and get ready to hit the water!

 

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