Rigging a SINK (sit-in-kayak) for Fishing





Introduction: Rigging a SINK (sit-in-kayak) for Fishing

About: i'm dan and i like making stuff... i'll try to post some of my idea's up to share them with the world, i hope you find my instructibles usefull!

alright, to start with, we are new to kayaks in general, although we have had a couple boats before. i don't know how we got interested in kayaks, maybe it was how i was telling my family about my canoe trips at summer gym. anyway, what's appealing about a kayak is that you need no trailer, and they are relatively cheap, and require no work. i didn't know you could fish out of them as well, most kayaks in the stores are the sinks (sit-in-kayak) style, for recreational use. the best kayaks for fishing though are the sot's (sit-on-top) kayaks. sot's are more stable, but less manuverable... they are super stable, most people will tell you they're impossible to tip. anyway, they are much more expensive. a good sot will be over $800, but you get tons more storage and things. anyway, the sink's that we got where cheap. we got them on sale at dicks sporting goods. i got a "kayak by quest" for $229, and my dad got a future beach- trophy 126 dlx for $299. his was already rigged for fishing.

the main purpose of this review is to share my rig, and hopefully give other's idea's on how to rig their sit in kayaks for fishing. i'm 15, 5'6- 110lbs, and my kayak suites me well. they're durable too. i wasn't looking for much other than something that floats and is some what stable. my dad though, got a better yak that tracks better and is more stable. but im still happy with mine.

i'd recomend you sit in the kayak before purchasing, test it out. we took ours out, making sure we didn't scratch them so if we needed to we could return them. my dad did that, started with an old town vapor 10, but ended up with the future beach 126 dlx.

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Step 1: The Front of the Kayak

i added a 5 foot rope to the front with a snap-hook and i snap it to the carry handle. this works best for tie-ing it to shore.

since im short, i adjusted my foot pedals accordingly, and i shove my tackle box up against the front. it's really easy to slide it back when i need it.

i also added some zip-ties to the elastic holes... just in case i want to tie something down i can

Step 2: The Paddle Holder

i took an old clothes hanger, and bent two hooks using the elastic holes that where already on the boat. i didn't want to drill anything, and wanted something that was easy to access. at the top i added some electrical tape for added strength.

Step 3: The Crate

i was thinking about adding two flush mount rod holders to the rear, but at $10 a piece i wanted something alittle cheaper. i ended up getting an old milk crate, the good ones (not the new junky office ones) from my grandma. i bought a 2 foot- 2 pvc pipe from home depot for $2.10, i then took and cut the pvc pipe in half- 2- 1 foot pieces. i zip tied them to the corners of the crate. then i notched the pipe for the rod handles, and used a hair band to tether them down... to a bolt. i drilled a hole and notched the crate for the two orange bungee cords. same with the back, notching it was a good idea. i took the stock elastic cord off, so i could replace it with some loops i made with rope... this is what i used to attach the bungees to. i also added the stock bungee to the top of the crate to make sure nothing would fall out in case i tipped it. i also added some rope to the crate. since the top of the kayak wasn't flat i simply added a towel to make it sit better. it worked. now i can't wait to try it on the water, although, filling the cooler will make it a bit top heavy, but the crate works well as i already tried it with a temporary rig. the bungees work best to take it off for transportation.

Step 4: Paddler's Seat

i added a free foam cushion to the seat, but this changes your center of gravity alittle, and makes the yak less stable. i took and added a mag lite box to the side by taking the seat screw out, drilling a hole in the box, and screwing the box back on. this works great for a pocket knife or lures.



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    I probably wouldn't trust a kayak name the SINK

    Great instructable and very timely for me.

    At a couple of stores that I have been to recently, I have seen SOT yaks for under $500.


    Now you are beginning to lose some stability. You should keep the weight as low as possible. Store gear inside the boat to keep it more stable in the water.

    I have been fishing in the best kayaks, and I found that no matter how good the kayak is, it doesn't improve my fishing!

    I really like your set-up! I have a Future Beach Trophy 126 DLX also, and it's by far the best kayak I've ever used. I rigged mine in a similar way to yours, but used bungee-down paddle/rod holders instead of the coat hanger things. Yours seems more convenient, and cheaper in any case.

    I have to disagree about sit-ons being more stable, though. As your center of gravity is higher, they're more prone to tip. I can tilt my SINK until water pours into the cockpit without it tipping! I've stood up in it also, although that's a recipe for eventual disaster in almost any kayak.

    I really like the accessory box with the pocket knife that you added--I'm going to have to install one! I'm thinking about adding a milk crate to the front of mine also, but that's bait bucket territory for now.

    If you ever fish in moving water, you might consider installing an anchor trolley. It's a system that allows you to move the anchor point to the front or back of the 'yak to orient yourself upstream or downstream depending on where you want to fish. I find it helps me stay put on windy days, also. You can Google them to get the general idea. A couple of U-bolts, three metal rings, and some cheap rope will put you in business.

    I'd have to say that my favorite thing on my fishing kayak is one of the most obvious, though: my stringer. I have a chain stringer (with individual snaps on it) so that I can selectively keep fish or let them go without having to unstring all the fish. The stringer snaps to my bungee, and then I use the two hooks on the end to hold my minnow net and my bait bucket respectively. At two bucks, it's still the one modification/accessory I'd keep if I could choose just one.

    for good measures you might waant a paddle leash. Iv been paddling and fishing alot this summer and i hope to combine it this week

    Thank you! I've been looking into doing some kayak fishing. Funny, i've got the same one at home.

    This was a good start, you will find there are many ways to mount a crate on a Kayak, just get started and think outside the box.
    SINK or SOT, these are simply abbreviations, SOT you sit on top SINK, you sit inside. I have an Old Town 12' dirigo 120, it is a sink, doesn't mean it will sink!!  There are air pockets built in to prevent that. SOT's are slower and more difficult to maneuver than SINK's But are a little more stable..

    I am curious, why not mount the PVC on the outside of the milk crate? This would free up some inside space. I did this with my crate and it works good. I gave each tube a slight angle (away from each other).

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    that's a good idea, but it's the only reason i have my crate. i can put stuff inside the crate, but i have to beach it to get it out.

    does anyone know what kind of kayak the green and yellow ones are ?

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    are you asking about the ones in the photo? my kayak is a "kayak by quest", doesn't have a model. my dad's is a future beach 126 trophy dlx

    great idea! I recommend adding string ties to all your loose items like the fishing poles, pocket knife, tool kits, etc so that if they get dropped overboard you can easily retrieve them.

    I've never tried fishing from a kayak, but I've seen a lot of people doing that. Do you have any idea what makes the SOT kayaks more stable?

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    Sots typically are built with float chambers towards the sides like sponsons. This puts a lot of flotation on the outer edge and makes pushing that edge down difficult.


    not sure, sit on tops are much better for fishing. the guy that we saw at the lake said he could swing his legs over the side and even stood up in it before... they are unsinkable, plus some models have storage inside the kayak, for tackle and what not. if you think about it, even though it's a 1 man ride, you can have a pretty nice rig and take it anywhere compared to a boat that costs alot now days.