Kayaking is a sport which goes hand-in-hand with fishing, but it can get a little tricky juggling your gear, and for that there are fishing rod holders. You may have been trying to clumsily grip your rod while holding your kayak paddle between your legs, but by using holders, you only have to cast and let it be.
Fishing rod holders allow a single kayaking fisherman to take along multiple rods or even paddles. This allows for an easier time trolling over the fishing spots, so you can work a body of water more effectively. Not only will you catch more fish, but when you unhook a catch, the rod will be securely fastened to the rod holder.
There are multiple types of fishing rod holders, which allow you to precisely equip your kayak with. The most basic distinction is between the type that attach to the exterior, while the other type attaches to the flush. They have different functions, but work well depending on your preference and intended use.
An unattached fishing rod holder can either be straight or angled. The majority of kayaks use the angled type. With the rods veering away from your kayak, you can stroll the waters more easily than the straight type.
The straight type is used when you want to keep the rod in the middle of the kayak. They also are used predominantly with the attached style of fishing rod holder. If you have a Tower or Cobra Navigator kayak model, you may want this type.
With a little ingenuity you could make your own fishing rod holder, completely personalized for your kayak by using PVC. You could even strap a milk crate onto the kayak to use as a holder, if you want to test out how well you can do by keeping your rods secured.
One alternative way to hold your fishing rod is to use RAM tubes or Titelock. Titelock keeps the rod in place using two connecting parts which allows for a tight grip which can be released when separating them. Some brands you could look into for this are Attwood, or Scotty and Roberts.
So, never waste your time juggling your paddle and rod again, and get fishing like a pro! Even with the milk crate hack, you will find the convenience and increased success change your mind without a doubt.