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Quite often, kayak fishing requires us to use and carry a lot of gear. On top of that, we end up rigging and un-rigging our kayaks at the launch and at home every time we hit the water. All this moving of gear back and forth makes it very easy to forget things. Without an efficient rigging system, including a checklist, I will very likely wind up leaving something valuable at home, or even worse, on the shore of the lake. Below is the checklist that I use to make sure I have everything I need each time I set out on the water. It’s also a great shopping list to make sure you have all the kayak fishing essentials necessary to make good use of your time on the water!
I recommend keeping a copy posted on the wall of your garage or wherever you rig your kayak for handy reference. If you find something missing from this list, add it to the comments below and I will revise the checklist for others!
Good luck and I’ll see you on the water.