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Rigging a Kayak for fishing near shore waters on Lake Michigan will involve fishing in Harbors, Marinas, Tributary Rivers, River Mouth areas and other near shore areas. Angling techniques generally used are: casting lures, spoons or jigs; float fishing with bait or jigs; fly fishing; and trolling. Configuring most kayaks for multiple missions is relatively easy.

Safety Equipment: The most important piece of equipment is your PFD (personal flotation device) which is a mandatory not optional piece of equipment. Always remember that your safety comes first. The paddle should have a connecting stretch cord in case it is dropped. All tools like pliers, hook removers, landing nets, etc should also have a stretch cord attached so they are not lost if dropped. Floating tools are nice but not required.

Depth Finder with GPS: A depth finder with optional integrated GPS is mounted where it can be easily read when paddling. Understanding the depth of water and location of fish in the water column will increase your odds of catching the fish. A GPS is not totally necessary but will aid in plotting a course when trolling. A light weight Gel battery is stored in the front storage compartment with a power cord to the depth finder.

Rod Holders: Rod holders are usually molded into kayaks designed for fishing. These holders are generally located behind the area where you sit. Additional adjustable rod holders are mounted in front of the fisherman. These rod holders are used when trolling. Make sure the placement does not interfere with sitting in the kayak or paddling. The rod holder position should not be too far forward to cause an unstable movement when reaching for the fishing rod.

Landing net and additional storage: A landing net with a stretch cord attached is required. Additional storage for fishing tackle is mounted behind the fisherman.

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