MemberDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
Hey everybody. Lurker around here for awhile. So a long while back I wanted to get into kayaking, and I happened to be at an REI garage sale and found a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Ultralite for $300. It’s a $1300 kayak. So I got it and I’ve been kayaking around and it’s great, BUT I would love to start fishing off of it.
The problem is the Pungo isn’t really a fishing kayak. It’s pretty narrow and it’s a sit-in, so it takes some getting used to to keep your balance.
So, other than the balance issues, what other things should I be worried about? What things can I get or make to help make it more enjoyable for fishing?
[Here’s](https://paddling.com/gear/wilderness-systems-pungo-120-ultralite-kayak/) the Pungo 120 UL. I also have [this](https://www.wildernesssystems.com/us/products/kayak-konsole) where I can mount rod holders.
MobyDick95GuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
Don’t worry about it, just go fishing! The fish don’t care what kind of boat you’re in
hkeyplay16GuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
I have a similar yak that I use for fishing and it’s perfect for my needs. This is a great one if you’re hitting inshore areas away from large waves and large boats
Get some yak attack mighty mounts and rod holders. Mount one on front and two on the back. One more in the middle for your fish finder. Get or make a removable battery box.
When fishing out of a recreational kayak you won’t be able to stand, but that’s fine for me. I love paddling for exercise, so I generally throw a single line out on the rod holder and troll with various crank baits. When I stumble upon a good spot I’ll give it a little more love before moving on.
Sit in kayaks are so much lighter than sit on tops.
If you’re into that casting and reeling stuff and just like to hover and sight fish, maybe this isn’t the right kayak for you. I just love my rec kayak because I can strip down all the rod holders, fish finder and anything else and have a 60 lb reasonably swift recreational kayak. Make sure you have an air bladder to keep it from sinking.
I have an old town loon 11.6
bigfatfloppyjolopyGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
Sell that thing and get a fishing kayak that is stable.
DUEFBTechGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
I see guys in milwaukee from time to time float fishing salmon and trout in them. But they aren’t casting. Just dropping it a rod length out and mending the line while drifting with the float.
A friend of mine actually trolls flicker shads in the river on his and randomly sticks a salmon or two. Watching him try land one is like a monkey humpin a football. Lol.
FermaldahydeGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
I have a Palicon100 Wilderness kayak, almost same model and the seat sucks ass!!
_fuckernaut_GuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
I see several options… you could sell it and buy a fishing kayak like others suggested, obviously. Or you could keep it as-is for a recreational kayak and buy a fishing kayak to fish out of. Or you could fish out of it as-is, just pack light… one rod and one small tackle box. If you wanted to make it a little more fishing-friendly you could install 2 rod holders behind the seat. Maybe one in front of the cockpit if you can reach that far. No matter what you do with it, it will probably behoove you to pack a bilge pump because sit-ins don’t self-drain like sit on top kayaks.
doornoobGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
The nice thing about a $300 boat is it doesn’t hurt drilling holes. For years I fished off an EMS Perception. It was as entry level as it gets- 11ft, no water tight hatches. My biggest issues while fishing were paddle securement, space, and stability.
Get a paddle leash and you need some way to secure it when your fishing. I took a 18in piece of PVC pipe, cut in half and attached it to the boat. Small bungie cords to secure it and I was in business. It wasn’t pretty but it worked. I’m sure people on YouTube can show better ways.
I built a platform I could secure a crate on. It was PVC and lumber. Had 4 rod holders a held gear, lunch and a siphon which was useful more than once. I suggest getting one.
Stability was always an issue. I built a out rigger once but it could barely move the boat with it in. I eventually put pool noodles just above the water line. It helped. The whole thing looked like shit but it can be done. Asking for advice here is hard sometimes because there are kayakers all across the spectrum. Guys saying “sell it”, maybe they rock a $3500 Hobie with all the bells and whistles. I’d suggest taking it out with a single pole and small tackle box. You’ll know what you need in 30 minutes. Good luck and tight lines.
ATWrongTurnGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
I fish in a Sun Dolphin Phoenix 10.4 so similar dilemma as you: sit inside with no fishing rod holders.
The fishing rod holders I remedied easily enough with [these](https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPT4C2T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and a dremel. If you aren’t comfortable drilling such a big hole in it there are other options which just mount to the surface but are more expensive.
For balance I just have to keep everything I bring with me inside the hull. If I put it on top it gets too unstable and I don’t feel safe. Having to sit the entire time does suck, and is one of the main reasons I am looking to upgrade, but it is definitely still manageable.
Basically in order to make my cheapo non-fishing kayak enjoyable for fishing I have to pack minimally and place things in easy to reach places. It’s kind of a pain but once you get used to your setup it isn’t bad. It definitely hasn’t stopped me from logging numerous days on the river and catching tons of fish. That said, I am definitely looking to upgrade. Mounting rod holders and nailing down my setup has allowed me to stretch out its use though. I can certainly get by with it until I save up enough money for a legit fishing kayak. Once I do that I will then have a nice spare kayak for buddies that wanna go out with me.
michigancamperGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
Simpler is better. It doesn’t take much to get out and enjoy some time fishing. Less is more sometimes. I have a Vapor10 Angler Kayak from Old Town for quick and easy fishing. I also have a 14ft Sportspal canoe for all day adventure. Both are under 60lbs. Both serve a purpose.
If I want to go out for an hour or so and just get on the water to fish for a bit I take the kayak. If I want to explore and be super comfortable I take the canoe. Can load up lots of gear and a trolling motor. Great for comfort as I can stand and move around in the craft.
With both I try to keep it simple though. It’s too easy to get caught up in electronics, gadgets, tackle, and all the other stuff.
Lemond678GuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
I have a pungo120 that I fish from. Mounted a rod holder of the front cockpit console. I just drilled into one of the recessed parts. I did cut a small rectangle wood piece a little bigger that the rod holder mount and paced it on the bottom of the console with big washers to spread out the weight. For tackle I bring a few of this flat plastic lure boxes. I also installed the wilderness system trolley kit. Using that with an anchor helps a lot while fishing in wind or slow moving water.
If you have the money there are better kayaks for fishing but it’s possible in he pungo. Just make sure your console is on tight in case you hook a big one!
darkvoid76GuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
A friend mounted a pvc pipe that had a lot of air pressure and it will stabilize it (look it up on YouTube)
Bubbas4lifeGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 11:12 am
i would suggest selling it as well, your are gonna want to stand up and fish and that boat is not gonna cut it.