I've run the gamut of different systems fishing from narrow sea kayaks and although handlines work, I prefer to have a rod/reel with some give and definitely a good drag system.
I've tried multiple set ups with an assortment of rods for trolling and casting and wanted a limited size like handlines for expeditions. Now I'm using an "emrod" stainless rod and this thing is great for trips. I can use a good reel, set it up quickly and troll without it getting in the way of my paddling. I fish for salmon often and I wanted a setup that would work on a 18' sea kayak with a 21 inch beam. I've tried fighting fish with handlines and it's just not for me. The emrod takes up just as little space and offers you the the same fighting benefits as a traditional rod/reel.
Plus for bigger fish, that drag is important and when I do depend on fish to supplement my food cache on some of our trips and I can't afford to lose the fish to a tug of war/break off.
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Deck Rigging Gear
Sport Cases (Electronics)
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