How to Make a PVC Fishing Rod Holder For Kayak

If you”e fishing on your kayak here’s a simple way to save a few bucks on equipment. Also this fishing rod holder is easy to make. The custom design gives you features you probably can’t find in an off the shelf  rod holder.

Here is a cheap, most functional, and very easy to make rod holder for Kayaks.
If you have a Scotty Rod Holder already, You can use the existing Scotty Base and Neck. If you don’t have Scotty rod holder on your kayak, you can by the Scotty base and neck separately. I prefer the Scotty Height Extender #259. The orginal neck (stock part on Scotty Rod Holder) may not give enough height for some kayaks.
If you have a standard kayak without a rear hatch it will be hard to install rod holder behind the seat. If you have center hatch or bow hatch, You may be install this home made rod holder – which comes with two vertical rod holders and two side-pointing rod holders. This may be enough if you had no rod holder or had only one rod holder.
If you have a raised center on your kayak, this will be a good rod holder to install.

What’s The Number 1 Fishing Kayak?

The most important thing you want to know when looking for a kayak  to use fishing, is what kind of KAYAK! We all love the sporty kayaks these days, but some are definitely more suitable than others. While getting a kayak that will perform at top flight fishing holes is a necessity, we must identify the most fundamental components of kayaks, as we move toward finding the RIGHT kayak for us to fish with! So the first thing you want to identify is whether the kayak your looking at is a Sit inside Kayak (sik) or Sit on Top Kayak (sot). Fishing kayaks correspond in design according to this standard. Recreational fishing can be done with either type of kayak and true fisherman have been in love with both styles, when choosing your own style go with whats most comfortable for you. Discover your rotational pivot points and focus on what makes you happy when your spending your days in the fishing holes! Kayaks are excellent tools for getting to hard to reach spots on the water use the sitting style that will fit for the most epic of fishing battles. With Sit In Kayaks, the issue of catching big fish can lead to tips. I myself have caught big fish in sit in Kayaks, and found that when the big one came calling it was feasible to pull my whole kayak over! To fight the big ones, the mantle fish, keep this in mind. Also because fishing demands a greater degree of lateral stability mono-hull fishing kayaks are generally very wide (up to 36 inches beam) and frequently equipped with outriggers to stabilize your fishing.

Catamaran or twin hull fishing kayaks (the kind that are rougher and inflatable generally) are expanding in public favor because of their expanded lateral stability. A few models enabling the user to cast while standing and even to paddle standing while searching for fish are also rising in popularity. Fishing Kayaks are altered to fish with additional accessories as well. When looking for fishing kayaks always consider things like the amount of  pole holders you need,  as well as the fish finding equipment your going to need. Sit-on-tops are bringing in more and more popularity for fishing and have a large amount of kayak accessories available, so keep that in mind when comparing the two.

Fishing Kayaks are taking over the kayak industry right now because of there utility to fisherman though. You can arrive at shallow fishing holes with a kayak that can’t be reached any other way. Along with the exploratory function of fishing kayaks, it is also amazing the utilities that keep popping up on the newest fishing kayaks, revolutionizing the old school typical kayak. Kayaks are more maneuverable in tight spots than any other boat could never be steered easier not to mention the fact that kayaks are motor free, which removes the violent thrashing of blades which drive normal boat fisherman’s prize fish miles from there boat motors!

If you love saltwater fishing, than the utility of kayaks gives you unprecendented reach to fishing holes that were impossible to reach before, permitting reachs around rock edges and coral reef! Closed water fishing kayaks even allow exploration to  access to river or lake spots that you can’t reach on foot because of foliage and overbrush!

To find the best fishing kayak look at all the options–hull types, including rotomold, kevlar, inflatable, etc. The type of paddling you will be doing will influence your choice, of course. Consider joining a fishing club and try their fishing motors out if you want who knows what fits you best!

Finally, some attention has to paid to the details: which kayaks accept features that facilitate your fishing style. Think about storage, rod holding solutions and sounder installation compatiability. The best fishing kayak is the one that fit your individual personal needs and desires. What do you bring with you and what are you catching? Thats the essential task of decision making when choosing your kayak. Good luck, experiment and hit the waters!

Help! My Kayak Tipped Over! How Do I get Back In?

Re-entering a Sit-On-Top KayakDrawing of a capsized kayak.

How to Re-Enter Your Sit-On-Top Kayak

Sit on Top kayaks have come a long way and really compliment kayak fishing, they’re faster, more stable than the older models. Most people will never tip their kayak and with some kayaks it’s almost impossible to do so but we at KFS strongly recommend that you practice re-entering your kayak before you ever think about kayak fishing.

Of course you should practice without all gear with you but keep in mind that you should consider how your gear could hinder reentry onto your kayak. First thing you need to do if the kayak has flipped over is get it right side up, one way to do this is to reach under and grab one side of the seat and pull toward you and this should spin the kayak around. Another method is to reach over the hull of the kayak and grab the other side (handle or seat strap) and lean back and this will turn the kayak over.

Upper body strength will aid in getting you back on but mostly it is about finesse and technique. Different kayaks have different areas that might be better to balance on and also to grab while you leverage to pop back on but that is why we are practicing it and learning what method works best your kayak.

You should always practice in water that is just below your head and then work up to deep-water reentry. Here is a reentry step by step on a Prowler 15′.

  1.  At this stage you should be just getting into a position that is feel comfortable to pop up.
  2.  Here the person is grabbing the side handle, this is working with this kayak but might not work on others. You should try to get some weight on the opposite side to better balance the kayak. Allow the kayak to tip toward you. Let yourself sink deeper into the water and allow the buoyancy of your PFD and your pulling to pop you up out of the water.
  3.  Now is where you should make your move and generate some power, this can be done by grabbing and also kicking with your feet.
  4.  Once you have come out of the water, pull yourself to the opposite side until your chest is over the gunwale, but most importantly… your butt/hips are over the cockpit. This may feel a little unnatural, but you will get used to it.
  5.  Once you have centered the middle of your body over the cockpit, roll yourself around until you find yourself in the sidesaddle position.
  6.  The completed re-entry! Now that you are sitting sidesaddle, just swing your feet inside the yak and you are done!

After you go through once you will newfound confidence on the water, chances are you will never have to use what you learned but it is nice to know you can.