Whether you are planning on going fishing in the ocean or just out to the lakes, you need to have a quality kayak fishing rod holder. Without these you will not be able to fish properly. Also, having the proper equipment on hand will ensure you that you get the most out of your fishing trip. You should also be aware of what type of fish you are going to be catching. This will help you be better prepared for your fishing adventure. With the right equipment on hand, it will be easier to catch the fish you are wanting.
Once all the equipment is gathered, you will need to choose the style of kayak fishing rod holder you would like to install. There are two basic styles of kayak fishing rods and they are the mounted rod holder and the freestanding or self-contained fishing holders. Which one you choose depends entirely upon your preference. You usually have to pick one from the two styles: either on the kayak itself through the hull and sit on top of the kayak deck, or on the hull through the superstructure and sit on top of the kayak deck. While on the hull, the freestanding style is best for placing directly on the boat’s deck and protrude outward, while on the superstructure it is better for mounting to the front of the kayak. Either one will work perfectly.
Some kayak fishing rod holders will have the ability to swivel. These are especially popular among tournament style fishermen. They enable you to adjust the angle of the rod so that you are at the best angle for taking that big fish. The adjustment is a twist-able feature and is normally on an easily adjustable bolt that are located near the mounting rails. The bolt can be locked to keep it in place, but this may not always be necessary.
Some kayak fishing rod holders will be flush mounted, while others will be mounted on bowsprits. Flush mounted rod holders are usually mounted inside the bow eye. On the other hand, “flush mounted” are those that sit on the outer side of the kayak and can be removed and re-installed whenever needed. This type of kayak fishing rod holders are more secure and do not move around, but they tend to be more expensive as compared to “flush mounted” ones.
Another type of kayak fishing gear holder is a gear wheel holder. This may seem like an odd selection for a kayak gear storage area, but these can provide great convenience as well as ease of navigation. There are numerous brands and models to choose from, and most retailers offer a reasonable return policy and free shipping if the purchase is made within a reasonable amount of time. It is recommended that you do some research before you make your decision so that you can find the best combination of features that are appropriate to your needs.
On the other hand, there are some plastic or metallic kayak gear holders that are not designed to attach to kayaks at all. These may either attach with only one lock or with more than one depending on how many kayaks you have. Kayak equipment storage does not need to be complex. All it takes is a little creativity and some thought about what features you need at a practical level. The following list explains the most common types of kayak storage and their corresponding locking mechanisms:
Locking Drums – These are probably the most universal form of kayak holding gear. It is the simplest to use and there is no clear distinction between paddle and rod holding. This is a very convenient style for casual and travel fishermen. Drums are available in both locking and non-locking varieties, and they can be installed in any orientation that is most convenient. Some people enjoy the additional space that non-locking holders provide, but there is often less security as a result.
Rolling Rod Holders – These types of kayak fishing rod holder are often used by fishermen who are concerned about security. In a way, this type of holder provides a kind of “home on wheels” for your rods. They are usually installed on the seat and have an anti-reverse mechanism that prevents the reel from being mounted in an unguarded manner. These Pros and Cons are similar to that of a non-rolling hold but there is a distinct advantage here – a rotating locking collar locks up the unit while you are in transport. This gives you the peace-of-mind that your investment is safe and secure while you are away from home.