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

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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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jjmorrison49 months ago
*named
jjmorrison49 months ago
I probably wouldn't trust a kayak name the SINK
jskingry1 year ago
Great instructable and very timely for me.
freeza361 year ago
At a couple of stores that I have been to recently, I have seen SOT yaks for under $500.
freeza361 year ago
http://www.instructables.com/answers/Which-Kayak-should-I-get/
jaydoo981 year ago
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.
Bruce12122 years ago
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!
eranox2 years ago
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.
zigzagchris3 years ago
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
proxfire3 years ago
Thank you! I've been looking into doing some kayak fishing. Funny, i've got the same one at home.
Dan2U4 years ago

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).
247 (author)  bicycleflyer4 years ago
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.
willgalvin4 years ago
does anyone know what kind of kayak the green and yellow ones are ?
247 (author)  willgalvin4 years ago
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
I need to try this.
dimtick4 years ago
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?
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.
247 (author)  LuminousObject4 years ago
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.
sitting in rather than on the kayak allows your center of gravity to be lower. I have a sit on top kind that's pretty stable as well though rigged with a fish finder and a trolling motor. fishing out of a kayak is a blast. nice instructible
Ah. That makes sense.
mdlmusic4 years ago
I bought a Sevylor Tahiti inflatable kayak a year and a half ago at the local swap meet for $20. I've had it on the lake about 50 times since then. I haven't tried fishing from it yet, but I plan to start as soon as I buy a license. I made collapsible paddles, a strap-on skeg/keel, and a small sail from PVC tubing and other scrap materials. The kayak handles like a dream and folds up into a 2'X3' package. Best investment I ever made.
bounty10124 years ago
XD I dont think I wanna be out on the water in something named SINK.
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