A Guide on Outfitting a Canoe for Fishing

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Canoeing has long been a popular pastime in its own right, yet combine it with fishing and you have a unique way to reach those hard to fish spots where the monsters are hiding. While you can buy canoes that are designed specifically for fishing, if you already have a canoe and would like to use it when you fish, here is a guide on how to outfit a canoe for fishing.

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Attach a Comfortable Chair

While it might be fine to sit of the timber strut, if you fit a chair with back support, fishing and rowing will be much more comfortable. If you have some basic DIY knowledge, you can bolt the chair in all the right places, and even make it removable by adding a few clips.

Essential Clip-Ons

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Ideally, you want to avoid using the bottom of the canoe for your fishing equipment, and with rod holders (PVC tubing) on both sides, your fishing tackle can be kept safely while paddling. You can have one for bait and one for equipment, while you can buy FCL Labo Metal Jigs from Fish Head, Australia’s leading online fishing tackle supplier who stocks everything you will need. Clip-on cup holders are a great place to put your cold beer while casting, in fact, you can craft clip-on holders for just about everything.

Bungee Cords

If you have a variety of hooks fitted to the front and back of your canoe, keeping half a dozen bungee cords will prove invaluable. They can be used to secure any number of things, including your paddle, and by stringing one across the canoe directly in front of you, you have a line for hooking bait, lures, and other items, thus keeping them off the canoe bottom.

Waterproof Carriers

If you want to keep stuff dry, put a small waterproof carrier at each end of the canoe, and with essentials like your phone and camera safely protected, you can move around without the worry of getting your things wet. Some people like to take a good book with them when fishing and you can always designate one for your food and drink, while keeping a spare shirt, just in case.

Two Small Anchors

Rather than having a single anchor, have a small one at each end of the vessel, which will allow you a solid anchoring that will not move around. Having a single anchor means the canoe will drift across the current, as it is only holding one point, while double anchors give you front and back support, keeping the canoe in the same position. You can still use one if you wish to drift, which is advantageous at times, yet having the choice of front or back will also come in handy.

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Stability is essential when fishing from a canoe, and if your vessel isn’t very wide, consider putting an outrigger on one side, which will give the canoe more stability. Trying to fish from an unsteady platform is never fun, so choose a wide canoe if you want to adapt it for fishing.

A kayak is also a great alternative.  You can find a great kayak for fishing under $500 budget.

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