Tips on Rigging a Kayak for Sight Casting

As told by Brand Ambassador Alan R – Paddling a 2014 Jackson Big Rig Rigged for Sight Casting

Yak Gear Brand Ambassador Alan R sight casting off of the new Big Rig
Yak Gear Brand Ambassador Alan R sight casting off of the new Big Rig

When rigging a kayak for sight fishing, many factors come in to play. Does your kayak provide the stability for you to stand? Are there any factory-set storage places for rod and equipment storage while standing?  What are the other safety features that cater to standing and fishing?  While these questions could be answered in depth for every kayak on the market, I want to walk you through how I turned my new kayak into the perfect platform for sight casting.

I recently received the new Jackson Kayaks “Big Rig” and immediately started to develop a rigging plan for my style of fishing. This particular kayak does provide the capability for standing.  This works well because my preferred method of kayak fishing in the local waters is sight fishing on the flats or even shallow fresh water situations.

Rigging the Lean Bar:

The Big Rig is outfitted with their “Lean Bar” which is basically a stand up grab bar for assistance when standing and sight casting.   Obviously, my first rigging step would incorporate rod/accessory bases to the lean bar at a location that would provide easy, quick access to my rods and push pole while I was standing. The bases I chose were the Railblaza 19-25 RailMounts, which are compatible bases for all the Railblaza accessories. Once I installed the RailMount 19-25’s to the Lean Bar – which was a perfect fit by the way – I would be able to mount other accessories such as the Rod Holder II’s and G-Hold’s.  Now, when I stand up, I have a rod holder and a docking point for my push pole in quick reach, as opposed to having to lean over or sit back down to grab my rod or pole.  The placement of these mounts on the lean bar allows for quicker and quieter access to my rods and push pole while standing and sight fishing.  Quicker and quieter casting and polling is a rare advantage when fishing!

The Railblaza RailMount 19-25 opens up an endless amount of rigging possibilities on the Jackson Kayak Lean Bar.
The Railblaza RailMount 19-25 opens up an endless amount of rigging possibilities on the Jackson Kayak Lean Bar.

Rigging the Tracks:

On top of having the Lean Bar come stock from the factory, Jackson has also included various tracks on the Big Rig.  As a good alternative to permanently mounting bases to the deck, I used the tracks to secure my other accessories.

I utilized the Yak Gear Track Nut Kits for these installations.  These track nuts fit most track systems and include both an allen wrench or wing nuts to slip on the socket screws for on the water adjustments.  Confident in my placement, I mounted the Railblaza bases without the wing head caps on the various tracks to handle extra rods and, when repositioned, the G-Holds on the side tracks during hunting season for an easy way to carry a shotgun during duck season.

By mounting my StarPort Bases to the tracks, I eliminated the need to drill any holes in the deck of the kayak.
By mounting my StarPort Bases to the tracks, I eliminated the need to drill any holes in the deck of the kayak.

By adding the track mounted StarPorts towards the stern of the kayak, I also mounted my 360 LED Light for visibility and the Pro Series Camera Boom 600 for photos and recording while on the water.

That’s the beauty of rigging for kayak fishing...It is 100% customizable!
That’s the beauty of rigging for kayak fishing…It is 100% customizable!

Basically, I have rigged my kayak for any situation possible in regards to my style of kayak fishing.  That’s the beauty of rigging.  It is 100% customizable!  Hopefully this information, along with the photos I have provided, can help you customize your kayak for your personal style of kayak fishing!

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