Kayak Fishing Terminology

Anchor Trolly – A single piece of rope that travels thru two pulleys at each end of your kayak. It has a clip or a ring attached for your anchor rope to be routed thru. This allows for you to move your anchoring point from the front or rear without pulling up your anchor.

Deck Loop – An attachment made out of plastic or stainless steel that is attached to the deck of the kayak usually with stainless steel bolts. A deck loop is commonly used to attach items to your deck like a rod, or paddle leash.

Drag Chain – A piece of chain that is covered usually in bicycle innertube attached to a small diameter rope that is deployed from the front or the rear of the kayak to control the speed of the drift. The chain can vary in length and diameter. The heavier the chain the more your drift will slow. This is much less susceptible to getting snagged on cover below the surface of the water. This is great for slow to moderate flowing rivers.

Dry Bag – A canvas, plastic or other type of waterproof material bag that allows you to store items in that you want to keep dry.

Dry Box – A hard case where you can put electronics like cell phones, GPS, and other items you want to keep dry.

Eddy – Current usually behind a large rock that is usually stationary.

Hatch – This is a waterproof opening in the hull of the kayak where you can store items.

Hull – The bottom side of a kayak.

Leash – This is usually a coiled cord attached to your kayak and to a piece of gear i.e. paddles, fishing rods, tackle, or gear that you don’t want to yard sale

Lee cocking – The opposite of weather cocking where your kayak tries turning parallel to the wind.

Mother Shipping – This is where you use a larger motorized boat to get your kayak to an area you want to fish. Whether it is inaccessible by the larger boat, or you would just rather fish from your kayak.

Oil Can – Warping of the hull from improper storage or flexing associated with water pressure on thinner areas of the hull.

PFD – (Personal Floatation Device) usually a life Jacket that must be accessible whikle on your craft. In the Hull doesn’t qualify.

Scupper Hole – Holes molded in most SOT kayaks that allow water to drain from on top of the kayak i.e. seating area, and tankwell. They also serve as structural support so the kayak doesn’t collapse under the pressure of your gear, and yourself.

Scupper Plug – A plug made out of a soft plastic, or Homemade out of Nerf balls. This is a plug that allows water not to splash up thru the scupper holes. If you have them in and your kauak starts to get water in it then pull the plugs out briefly and allow the water to drain out.

Self Rescue – The act of getting back on your kayak in deeper water if you would happen to fall out. This needs to be practiced at least yearly with no gear on the kayak and in a controlled environment with others.

Side Saddle – Where you sit sideways with both legs hanging off one side of the kayak. A great way to cool your feet, get a great Trophy shot of your catch or put more resistance on a big fish due to the drag of your legs in the water and fighting the fish broadside.

SINK – Sit inside kayak. This is a traditional kayak where the lower half of your body is enclosed, and you sit lower in the water. These are mostly for touring, and racing.

Sleigh Ride – This is when you hook into a nice fish and are being pulled to wherever the fish wants to go.

SOT – Sit on Top kayak. This is usually a two piece molded kayak where your entire body is exposed and you are sitting above the water.

Stakeout Pole – A pole usually made of fiberglass, or aluminum five to seven foot long that has a point on one end. It’s driven into the ground when in an area shallow enough to allow, or into the side of the bank. Usually a tether is attached to the handle end of the pole, and the other end anchored to your kayak to hold you in place. It takes the place of an anchor when allowed. It’s also used as a push pole when in shallow areas.

Swamp Ass – This is where your seating area stays wet and chaps your butt.

Tankwell – The area behind where you sit on a SOT, this is where most people keep their tackle, and gear that isn’t currently being used. It originated from diving kayaks where divers would keep their air tanks.

Turtle – Where you flip upside down on the kayak, and the bottom is facing upward. Looks like a turtle shell.

Weather Cocking – The tendency of a kayak to turn into the wind while attempting to travel straight.

Yard Sale – All the gear that falls out of or off your kayak in the event All the gear that wasn’t leashed after the turtle – Well all the gear that floats –
floating around the kayak and bobbing up and down on display as if for sale ….. including the guy or gal that was just paddling.

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