I have two kayaks that I fish from. I have a pelican 100 (10') sit in kayak and a dagger 15-6. I fish calm lakes primarily, but once in a while head out on Winnebago or Lake Michigan. On big water, I fish with just one pole. When fishing with multiple poles - if you get a strike, you may need to drop a pole quickly and pick up another- I don't like to put holes in my deck, but the deck is curved - a pole would just role off and fall in the water if you had nothing to hold it. I use a 2x4 that I attach to my X bungies with a wire-tie. I use two wall hooks (shape of a square ? where the dot is the screw). The hooks are set in such a way as to keep the whole works on top and centered (T shape). I am thinking about adding a second set of wall hooks, but worry that they may impede my paddle stroke. They'll have to be set farther forward. On my short yak, I put the 2x4 through the rope handle as well. you can drop a pole, and use the bungie to hold the handle down to the deck, or avoid the bungies by putting 4 hooks in an H shape. I also use old phone handset cords with wire-ties at the base of my poles and clips at the other end - you only need about 10-12" per pole- any more than that you constantly have to untangle. I use carbiners at the points and have a rope loop on both starboard and port to hook things on too- like a stringer, basket or even my anchor- which gives you infinite anchor points on either side. Finally, I use 2' dowels wire-tied to a milk crate - the dowels are just long enough to hook to both of my behind the cockpit X bungie. I have often drifted left with a pole out the bow, one in a holder tied to the milk crate and casting from right to left (in the direction I am drifting). Works particularly well when fishing for pan fish. I like 1 piece poles. I have an ultra-light 6' pole, and a set of 7' or 7'-6" medium action with spinning reels. I use berkley fireline crystal fused braid (several test weights) or powerline braid for bass. I usually have all of my tackle in my fly-vest, and small plano containers or in my PFD on big water. Hope these ideas on budget yak-fishing spark your interest. There is nothing more beautiful than fishing in absolute quiet on a calm lake that the motor-users can't get to. Enjoy!
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