Kayak Fishing

Kayak Fishing

Kayaking has always been a great way to relax and enjoy the water, but now more and more people are discovering that it’s also a great way to fish. Kayaks are quiet and can get into places where the fish are hiding—some places so narrow or shallow that motor boats can’t get into. There are lots of options, from sit-on-top and sit-inside to pedal-powered and motorized to hybrid, so explore and then choose the right one for you and the fishing you do.



Types of Fishing Kayaks

Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayaks

Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayaks

A popular choice for warmer climates, sit-on-top kayaks let you feel every splash. Your legs are uncovered so it’s easier to disembark for a dip in the water and to get back on again than with traditional kayaks.


Sit-Inside Fishing Kayaks

Sit-Inside Fishing Kayaks

With your legs placed under the deck, a sit-inside kayak keeps you drier and warmer, especially if you add a skirt to cover the cockpit opening. This is a good option for places with cold water or short seasons.


Pedal Fishing Kayaks

Pedal Fishing Kayaks

Free up your hands to fish, take photos or drink that cup of coffee. With pedal-powered kayaks your hands are not chained to a paddle, so you can do more out on the water!


Powered & Motor Compatible Fishing Kayaks

Powered & Motor Compatible Fishing Kayaks

On a motorized kayak, you can go where the fish are and where only a kayak can go without worrying about paddling or peddling all the way back. You can even use reverse to fight fish and hold your position!


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Convert Your Kayak Into a Fishing Machine

Regardless of the type of kayak you own, a few well-placed accessories can make the difference between catching fish—or returning home skunked at the end of the day.

Convert Your Kayak Into a Fishing Machine

Outfit Your Kayak for Fishing

What gear do you need before you embark? Paddles and life jackets to be sure, but how about getting your kayak from the garage to the water? Dollies and car racks designed specifically for kayaks are the answer. And, when you’re out on the water, how about a third hand? As that is not actually possible, perhaps an anchor, a rod holder and landing gear would help. We’ve got all the accessories you need for epic kayak fishing expeditions.

Paddles

Paddles

Fishing Life Jackets

Fishing Life Jackets

RailBlaza Systems

RailBlaza Systems

Fishing Tools

Fishing Tools

Kayak Anchors

Kayak Anchors

Landing Gear

Landing Gear

Car Racks

Car Racks

Kayak Carts & Dollies

Kayak Carts & Dollies


Fishing Rod & Reel Combos

Fishing Rod & Reel Combos

If you want ready-to-use and out-of-the box, uncomplicated fishing, then a rod & reel combo may be the right choice for you. Consider our wide selection, which ranges from basic to top-quality packages.


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Selecting a Rod and Reel Combo

A combo is a matched rod and a reel set, configured for a specific type of fishing. We offer a wide selection, from really basic to top-quality packages featuring excellent reels by Penn, Shimano and others. All you have to do to start fishing is wind line onto the spool and add your choice of terminal tackle.

Selecting a Rod and Reel Combo

Fishfinders

A fishfinder allows you to see a graphic representation of what’s beneath your fishing kayak, so you can identify fish. To choose a fishfinder, consider the type of unit—whether it includes GPS or not, the size of the fishfinder’s footprint, the resolution of the display, how much transmitting power you need and what frequencies will work best in the inland or coastal environments where you fish.

Fishfinders

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Installing a Lowrance Fishfinder on a West Marine Kayak

Mike Montgomery shows us a clean and simple way to install a Lowrance Elite-5 TI fishfinder/chartplotter combo on a West Marine Pompano kayak. The installation took about four hours, and we had a working Elite-5 TI at the end of the afternoon.

Installing a Lowrance Fishfinder on a West Marine Kayak

Outfit Yourself for Kayak Fishing

Wearing a fishing life jacket for your safety is a given. What else should you wear if you’re planning an all-day fishing trip? Sun protective clothing. In addition to long or short sleeve shirts, we offer hats, neck gaiters, shorts and pants that provide UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) ratings of 30 to 50+. That means they absorb or block UVA and UVB radiation from the sun that not only causes skin damage and premature aging, but increases your risk of skin cancer. This is equally important on cloudy days when most of the sun’s rays still pass through the clouds. You’ll also want to apply (and re-apply as directed) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to any skin not covered by your clothing. A good pair of sunglasses will also protect your eyes from damaging UV radiation and improve visibility and comfort by filtering out glare.

Mens Sun Protection T-Shirts

Men's Sun Protection T-Shirts

Womens Sun Protection T-Shirts

Women's Sun Protection T-Shirts

Mens Sunglasses

Men's Sunglasses

Womens Sunglasses

Women's Sunglasses

Sun Protection



Sun Protection