One of the most popular and convenient products for kayak fishing are kayak fishing rod holders. I have personally used several types of holders in the past and can say from experience that a couple of them are very good, while others require some work on your part. As in any product, you get what you pay for. Some of the more expensive brands include Sharkbite, Cabela and Pflueger. Most people end up spending a lot of time with the cheapest kayak fishing rod holders because they do not fit correctly, are poorly manufactured or do not hold their kayak well at all.
The basic design of most kayak holder systems is pretty simple. You simply strap the kayak to the holder, and the holder places the fishing pole inside the kayak. Simple enough, right? If you have ever had trouble mounting a kayak fishing rod, this is definitely the way to go. However, if you are the type of person who likes to fiddle with kayak gear settings and fiddle with various pieces of tackle, then this is not the best option for you.
I was once out fishing on my pontoon boat, and I decided to try out my new kayak fishing rod holder. This particular brand of holder has a couple of screws on the bottom of the unit. Once you remove these, you will see two plastic “arms” (to hold the fishing pole in place). I should note that you must place the kayak with the pole directly above one of the arms, otherwise the fish inside may be affected by the breeze and blow them out.
There are a couple of advantages to this style of kayak holder. To start with, the fact that it is so close to the kayak means that you can get a much better angle for fishing. This means that you will actually be able to see the movement around the boat. Some people believe that this helps them figure out the patterns of the fish and where they are eating. This way, you can actually find the best way to fish from your kayak, instead of sitting in the kayak staring at the screen in wonderment.
Another advantage is that it keeps the fishing pole out of the way, which makes things a lot easier when you are rigging or waiting for a bite. This is a real problem with fishing poles that hang from the rear of the boat. It can be hard to maneuver in tight places when they are hanging from the back of the boat, especially when there is a fish right behind you. What is great about this style of kayak holder is that it keeps the rod out of the way, so it is always in the way of your movement. That way, you can easily work on rigging, or just wait for a bite without having to worry about getting your hands around the fishing pole.
The main drawback to this style of kayak fishing rod holder is the weight. It is important to note that this is mostly an option for people who are using kayaks for sports instead of going out on a regular basis. If you are planning on fishing most of the time, then this might be a good choice for you. For those who only fish for small and medium sized fish, it may not be a bad idea, but make sure that you have some sort of support to sit in the kayak on, such as a flat bottom boat seat. This will make it easier to move the kayak from one place to another.
Plastic is by far the least expensive material for this type of holder. The reason for this is that it is very light, but it is also not very durable. This will wear out over time, which means that you have to spend more money for a new one. Many people believe that you get what you pay for, and in this case it definitely holds true. Some reviewers have even said that plastic is not the best way to go, because it tends to break easily, and then there is nothing holding the fish in place.
Regardless of what you choose for a kayak fishing holder, you will definitely benefit from using one. Whether you fish just for sport or you fish to catch fish, it is very useful to be able to hold the fish right above your head. This allows you to easily keep track of where the fish are at all times. Not only will you be able to find them, but you will also know when you have actually caught a bite. So, if you haven’t tried fishing with a kayak fishing rod holder DIY project, then you should consider doing so today!