Kayak fishing is a sport that is exploding in popularity. People who try it once are many times hooked, and soon find themselves shopping for a fishing kayak at the sporting goods stores. What is the draw towards this kind of fishing? There are numerous reasons, but the most popular ones are affordability, exercise, the excitement of close quarters fishing, and the fact that kayaks can be launched from and fished in just about any kind of water.
If you prefer fishing on offshore structure like weed lines, humps, and deeper reefs, then a nice cheap DI GPS combo fish finder could suit you perfectly. The GPS helps you stay over the structure you want to fish, and the DI sonar capabilities help you identify rocks, brush, and other objects you might want to cast to. If you like to fish larger lakes or even the ocean, you would be smart to consider getting a good fish finder GPS combo for your kayak. Also, the last thing you want when fishing big water is to be disoriented far from land.
This new series from Humminbird is an excellent place to start. The Helix 5 has a kick ass screen, measuring 5″, packed with 800×480 pixels. There is a Helix 5 version that could be a good match for almost anyone. This little combo unit is an excellent choice as well, with excellent screen visibility to pair with the 3D effects from the Dragonfly down imaging sonar. The Dragonfly 4 Pro has a swiveling ball joint on the mount makes it simple to adjust, and is small enough to fit on the hull of a kayak.
Bait Casting Reels
The first low-profiles were the Lew Childre-designed Lew’s Speed Spool manufactured by Shimano in the mid-70s. In 1978, Shimano’s offered its own Bantam 100. Daiwa’s Procaster hit tackle shops in the early 1980s, gradually anglers adopted the more compact designs, which were easier to palm than round reels on pistol-grip rods and the emerging split-grip and blank-through designs.
Recently on the low-profile front, there’s been a race to create the lightest reel on the market. Through creative use of aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fibers, aluminum gearing, carbon handles, and the elimination of non-essential material from the frame, guts, and spool, we’ve entered a new era. Although reduced weight aids fishability, sensitivity, and ergonomics, there’s a limit.
The focus has shifted to speed. Reels continue to get faster, with designs driven largely by tournament angler input. The rationale is: The more casts you make, the more potential for bites and the better the possibility of cashing a check. Either one of these would be great choices to choose from.