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Let's talk loadout and safefy:
I was cleaning out my fishing kayak and I realized how personal my setup was compared to others. Everyone loads out their boats in different ways, but what are the essentials?
Personally, I won’t enter the water under any circumstances without these things:
This list of kayak fishing gear is what I consider absolutely essential for paddling – it’s the equipment that will keep you safe and healthy under just about any circumstances. Make like the Boy Scouts and BE PREPARED – you are heading into nature, which is as unpredictable as it is beautiful. Ideally, you won’t need any of these things while you’re out there kayak angling, but you’d rather have them and not need them than the other way around.
Now, the fun stuff. These are the things I need for fishing:
Different seasons, weather and environments will call for different fishing gear.
The one hard and fast rule about this stuff: don’t leave anything off the first list so that you can fit more fishing gear into your kayak.
These are the things that make your kayak fishing excursion more productive and enjoyable, but they aren’t strictly necessary for kayak angling – they just make it more fun.
MULTI-DAY KAYAK FISHING TRIP GEAR
Things not pictured that only get taken on multi day trips:
Now, this list edges back towards the “essential” end of the spectrum. When you’re out in nature, especially on an overnight kayak fishing trip, you need food, water and shelter. To keep things civilized, it also helps to bring gear that allows you to cook and stay clean and dry. Above all, it’s important to have multiple ways to create potable water, whether it’s purification tablets, filters or equipment for boiling.
These items are almost always in or on my fishing kayak. I don't use a crate because I like to try to keep my loadout as modular as I can. I'm constantly swapping in different boxes and gear and DIY pieces, and I like to have the tank space for camping equipment or pelican cases for camera gear. The tackle bag fits on top of the rear hatch for easy access; inside it are more safety items, band aids, pliers, cutters, extra line, another fire starter, space blanket, paracord and another knife.
And yes - it all packs into the Vibe Sea Ghost 110 fishing kayak, with the exception of food and coolers for multi-day trips. But as for how I pack that stuff… that's a trade secret.
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