Kayak Tackle Storage

Kayak Tackle Storage Options for the Avid Kayak Bass Fisherman

First of all, bass fishing is bass fishing. There seems to be some misconception that fishing from a kayak is dramatically different than fishing from a 20-foot fiberglass boat. Granted, we cannot run at 60 mph but since a fish isn’t racing around the water at that speed; do we need to?  Today’s kayaks are extremely lean and agile fishing machines. They can access places a larger bass boat can, and places they cannot. Properly equipped they are just as, if not more, effective. Especially when looking at all of the different kayak tackle storage options!

The real limitation to the kayak is space.  The average angling kayak ranges from 10.5-14 feet long by 32-42 inches wide with most of the space occupied by the angler.  Most do not allow for deep storage compartments, or have spare cargo area. This makes it difficult to carry a ton of gear, so kayak tackle storage can become an exercise in either minimalism or creativity.

Kayak Tackle Storage Options – The Minimalist Approach

I admire the minimalists on the water. They carry a handful of tackle, a couple of rods, and head out to fish. These guys usually have a milk crate with Plano waterproof boxes (waterproof just in case you roll) and a couple of bait binders filled with creature baits or jigs. They have a cup holder filled with lures they have cut off, or plan to use soon.

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They are better managers of tackle, time, and the space available.

Just like them, my cup holder (or the cover to my Lowrance) tells the story of the day. It doesn’t seem like it should be in a discussion about tackle storage, but when space is so limited you use what is available to you.  I can reach down while loading the kayak and use that pile of lures to record what did or didn’t work for me. Unfortunately, it is all too often an indicator of how bad the day went on the water.

Kayak Tackle Storage Options – The Creative Approach

Now, to the anglers like me, we carry more than we really need and require solutions that allow us to carry tackle “just in case”. I have an Engel Dry Box filled with waterproof Plano boxes; one of each for topwater, crankbaits, jigs and a mixed box full of stuff off the floor of the kayak. The space under the seat of the kayak holds more Plano boxes or soft binders filled with Senkos, worms, creatures, bugs and one dedicated to craws. I pedal a Hobie PA14 because it also has integrated storage in the deck where I store terminal tackle, and a hatch up front allowing access for the day on the water.

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You don’t have to worry, there is no need to get a PA14 to carry everything you think you might need because you don’t have under the deck storage.

There is also no need to leave rods back in the truck to create space on your kayak. Companies like Yak Attack, Plano, Hobie; even new players in the industry have recognized that the kayak fishing community is growing.

They are delivering products like the Engel box, BlackPak, the H-Crate and Plano’s V-Crate;  giving the angler some serious choices. Many even allow for vertical rod storage and can be modified with other accessories.  

Again, bass fishing is bass fishing. Anything that can be used on a 20-foot fiberglass rig to catch ‘em can be used in the kayak… you just have to be more creative about where to store it during your trip on the water.

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Mike Cheatham


May 2016, sat in my first kayak. October 2016, skunked in my first tournament. Spring of 2017, placed 11th in the KBF Open and have chased the addiction since. Fishing is the one place my mind gets quiet, the place I have always found peace. To do it competitively with a great bunch of folks is just a bonus. To have an opportunity to combine my love for fishing with writing...I feel like I have finally found a place in this world! I do have the support of a wonderful woman who understands my need to be on the water; she supports my dreams fully....life is truly good.

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