It’s an unavoidable fact: some people on your holiday list are easier to shop for than others. Luckily for gift givers, kayak fishing is naturally geared to the gearhead. Every year we see new, innovative accessories designed to broaden an angler’s horizons and help land that big catch. Get creative with these cutting-edge, speciality gift ideas for kayak anglers who have everything.
[This article is part of our Holiday Gift Guide series. For more great gift ideas, see our roundup of 10 Fun Fishing Stocking Stuffers.]
ResQLink 400 Personal Locator Beacon
$339 | acrartex.com
Peace of mind comes in a pocket-size lifesaver. Push a button on ACR’s ResQLink buoyant personal locator beacon and rescue services are immediately alerted to your location. The beacon sends out a GPS signal accurate to within a few feet and a signal strobe to bring help in close.
Be prepared and stay safe on the water with our guide to Kayak Safety Equipment—7 Essential Items For Your Ditch Kit.
Hunting and Fishing Activity Meter with Weather Forecaster
$37 | acurite.com
AcuRite’s smart device uses a discreet, easy-to-mount sensor to forecast the optimum time for hunting and fishing in your exact location. Find out temperature trends, weather forecast, phase of the moon and more. Features durable, weather-resistant construction.
Garage Door Fishing Rod Holder Rack, 21”
$34 | cobrastorage.com
Painstakingly designed by two NASA engineers, this clever rod rack transforms your garage door into a storage center. When the door is lifted, the rods dangle from above. Sized to fit most four-panel garage doors, the rack ships with everything needed for an easy installation.
For more options to safeguard your sticks, see our guide to Fishing Rod Storage At Home And On The Road.
Pup Floating Tow Cooler
$199 | creekkooler.biz
Forget about what floats your boat—what floats your cooler? Bring some extra storage along for the trip with the Pup. With a 15-quart capacity, it holds fifteen 12-ounce cans and ten pounds of ice. The insulated dual wall construction helps keep the contents colder for longer, plus there are two integrated drink holders.
Prefer a kayak cooler you can carry onboard? Find the option that fits just right with 5 Great Kayak-Sized Coolers For Anglers.
Chirp 2 Castable Fish Finder
$329 | deepersonar.com
Go deeper than ever with the Chirp 2. Cast the unit out to 394 feet and receive accurate readings via Wi-Fi to your iOS or Android device—even in bad weather. Works in water up to 330 feet deep, with 15 hours of battery life for all-day fishing.
Find other full-featured fish finders in our roundup of the 4 Best Kayak Fish Finder-GPS Combos.
Plastisol Injector Soft Lure Making Tool
You may have tried tying a few flies, but how about making your own soft plastic lures? Fat Fish presents a new take on the time-honored art of lure-making. Their aluminum alloy plastisol injector uses a standard 5/8-inch injector port to work with Fat Fish bait molds and others. What kind of bait can you create?
Prefer premade soft plastic lures? We review the best new big baits in 5 Large Fishing Lures To Catch Bigger Fish.
Harken Hoister For Kayaks
$117 | hoisterdirect.com
Hoist your kayak up to the rafters and park underneath with an ingenious block-and-tackle system sized for your garage. Available for loads ranging from 15 pounds up to 200 pounds. For safety, a self-locking cleat keeps the load secure if you let go of the rope.
Is storage space tight? Need a boat that will pack down and fit in your hall closet? Consult our article on The Latest In Folding And Modular Kayaks.
$19 | kayakanglermag.com
Kayak Angler is North America’s #1 kayak fishing publication. Every issue of Kayak Angler is filled with the latest fishing kayak and gear reviews, rigging and tactics for saltwater and freshwater species and much more. Your subscription also includes exclusive industry news and fishing reports on what’s biting near you.
2000 Pocket Wind and Temperature Meter
$99 | kestrelmeters.com
Accurately measure windspeed, wind chill and temperature with this rugged handheld anemometer from Kestrel. Waterproof, shock-resistant and buoyant, the device comes with protective cover and neck lanyard to go along with you wherever winds blow.
Don’t let the weather get you down. We have all the product picks you need to Beat The Forecast With Foul Weather Fishing Gear.
NK-180S Brushless Kayak Motor
$999 | newportvessels.com
Accelerate smoothly to reach a top speed of five knots with this 24V electric kayak motor, made to fit most new fishing kayaks. Comes with digital motor and battery display, plus an emergency stop key in case of capsize.
Want to buy a boat with a motor already included? We review the year’s top picks in the Best Fishing Kayaks With Motors For 2023.
HD Line Winder
$79 | pennfishing.com
Fishing is fun, but winding line can be a pain. Make the job easier with PENN’s HD Line Winder, with heavy-duty steel construction, adjustable tension and fold-away convenience. Works with a wide variety of bulk spool sizes.
Learn all about fishing line, including the pros and cons of various types, at the Angler’s Guide To Fishing Line.
RAM Tough-Pole 24” Camera Mount
$72 | rammount.com
Get great fishing footage with a universal action camera adapter from RAM Mounts. Compatible with GoPro and most other brands, the Tough-Pole swings easily and provides 360-degree rotation at the twist of a knob.
For more great ways to rig your kayak just right, see Get Flexible—6 Interchangeable Kayak Mounting Accessories.
1073 Laketroller Kayak Downrigger With Bracket Mount
$80 | scotty.com
The 1073 Laketroller from Scotty lets you set your depth with certainty. Perfectly sized for kayaks and canoes, this mini-downrigger makes trolling from a kayak easier than ever. The versatile bracket mount works both on flat decks and along a gunwale or transom.
KC10 Kayak Cart With 10” Wheels
$109 | thekayakcart.com
The KC10 from The Kayak Cart is lightweight but tough, specially designed for heavier boats like today’s fishing kayaks. With dual quick-release straps and removable wheels, this highly portable cart stows away small and won’t get in the way while fishing.
Learn more about kayak carts, trailers and tailgate extensions in 3 Options To Transport Your Kayak Without A Roof Rack.
Leverage Landing Net
$80 | yakattack.us
The bent, ergonomic handle works with one hand. Collapsible, the net folds out with a flip of the wrist. YakAttack uses an oval hoop to reduce size. The smaller model features a 12- by 20-inch hoop, while the larger model measures 20 inches by 21 inches. Foam handle extension or XL handle available.
All landing nets are not made equal. Get the right net for the job with the 3 Best Fishing Nets For Kayak Anglers.
Brass Fish Scaler
$18 | yamashoinc.com
This popular, pro-level tool from Yamasho helps to easily get the scales off with no inconvenient mess. Made in Japan, the scaler features a hefty wooden handle and heavy-duty brass head.
Get more catch-and-cook gift ideas for the seafood chef in your life with our article on How To Fillet A Fish In 5 Easy Steps.