You bought a kayak—now what?

If you spend any time at all perusing social media sites or internet forums, one of the top questions is always, "Which kayak is best?" Fortunately for us as consumers, there are more great options in the kayak world than ever before. As a member of the Vibe Pro Fishing Team, obviously I am a bit partial to Vibe and my Sea Ghost 130 fits my needs perfectly. However, as important as it is to find the right kayak (listen to folks when they tell you to demo, demo, demo), once you make your purchase and head to the water for the first time, this is where the love affair begins. Follow these simple tips to make sure it is a true love affair and not a case of buyer's remorse.

Like any good long term relationship, start slowly. I recommend that you take your kayak out on the water several times naked. No, YOU should wear clothes ... or at least your PFD ... but don't go crazy rigging up your kayak and tossing four or five rods into your crate for the maiden voyage. First off, no matter how much experience you have, there will still be differences in the feel of each brand and model of kayak. You want to make sure that you are comfortable in the way your new kayak handles before you start loading it up with gear. Why you ask? Well, if you turtle your new kayak loaded up with gear, you now have two issues. Issue one, getting back into a kayak that you are not 100% familiar with. Issue two, unless that gear is secured, you are now fishing for gear, not fishing for, well ... fish.

Another important aspect to remember is that if you start drilling holes for gear track, anchor trolleys, and other accessories, those holes will be there even if you decide that the gear isn't set up exactly where you want it. While there are ways to fix small holes in your kayak, most people prefer not to do repairs on their brand new hull if at all possible. There will be plenty of time for rigging gear. While there are quite a few "must have" items found on almost all fishing kayaks, rod holders, and storage crates come to mind, their placement can be highly individualized. Take myself for example. Had I followed the internet recipes for rigging my kayak, everything would have been backwards for me since I am left-handed.

To wrap this all up, kayak fishing is a great sport and a wonderful way to spend time out on the water relaxing. Relaxing is the key word here so no need to add any stress when you break the champagne bottle on the hull and head out on your maiden voyage. Take it slow, learn your kayak, and have a great time!


  1. Scott 19/07/2017 at 15:17 PM

    I have a 2017 F250 and I am looking at getting two kayaks. I will also be towing a camper. Which Yakima bars
    did you get? The 70"? Also, what do you put between the Kayak and the bars?

  2. mike 04/05/2017 at 15:51 PM

    I have 2 sea ghost 130’s. I use the Yakima rook rack system with the large cross bars,they both fit side by side
    perfect. I also tow a camper, and put a golf cart in my bed (f250). So this system works best for me.

  3. Billy Reynolds 03/05/2017 at 12:36 PM

    Do a search for roof racks for your vehicle as well as other options such as loading it in the bed. Pickup
    trucks are very popular with kayakers so there are a whole bunch of options available. A lot of guys use hitch
    mounts which allows them to mount the front of the kayak on the roof and then the overhang on the hitch
    mount. This could be an issue for you if you want to take the camper and the kayak at the same time though.
    An option that I would look at, and that seems to work well, is a utility type rack for the bed. You can then
    mount the kayak to the rack in whatever manner you want. Good luck.

  4. James 20/03/2017 at 20:32 PM

    I need advice on what would be the best roof rack for a sea ghost 130. I own a 2010 toyota tacoma. i have
    looked online but i never see comparable examples…like a sit on top fishing kayak. Does anyone have any
    suggestions on what works well for the Vibe Sea Ghost 130? My truck has plenty of roof space as it is a quad
    cab. I tow a camper with us so the hitch is otherwise employed. Thank you! – James