It is no secret that kayak fishing is becoming increasingly popular with each passing year. When I started kayak fishing on the east coast of Ireland it was just me for the first couple of years. As time progressed the numbers of kayaks and kayak anglers that I saw starting to take their first tentative steps into the sport slowly increased. It is now a relatively common sight to see plastic boats bobbing about in the Irish Sea and along many other parts of our coastline.
With an increase in popularity comes an increase in demand for all things related to the sport. Paddles, clothing, accessories and, of course, fishing gear. Anticipating this natural progression, the development team at Cox & Rawle have been working on the design and construction of a range of kayak fishing rigs to suit a variety of species and fishing grounds. I have been lucky enough to have received some for a sneak peek and I have to say that I am very impressed.
In their packets, they are instantly recognisable as one of Cox & Rawle’s many fine products. The branding stands out well and at a glance you can tell straight away what type of rig you are looking at, its hook size and breaking strain. The range that I have been having a look at include the Kayak Rock Rig, Kayak Plaice Trace, Kayak Bass Rig and a Kayak Pulley Rig. All rigs are constructed with quality components as you would expect from this company. The knots also appear to be very neatly and carefully constructed and I would have every faith in them performing exactly as they should.
Taking a closer look at some of the finer points of the Cox & Rawle kayak fishing rigs starts to uncover the fact that these are a quality rig designed solely for the kayak angler. Kayak anglers use their kayaks to gain access to ground that boats can’t get onto and in some cases this can be very rough and hostile terrain indeed. With this in mind, 100% fluorocarbon has been used to construct the rigs. This tough material should be resistant enough to abrasive surfaces to facilitate fishing over the rock and rough grounds that so many kayak anglers and fish like to seek out. Hooks and other components are tough and rugged, well able to cope with the punishment that rough ground fishing can dish out.
One huge difference between boat and kayak angling is the available space for the angler. Being tighter for space, kayaks are not afforded the luxury of allowing you to drop your long rigs of the deck while you unhook a fish. With this in mind the development team has produced rigs that are shorter than your standard boat rig. The length and simplicity of these rigs should ensure that tangles are kept to a minimum as you unhook your personal best catch!
Safety is a huge factor in any kayak angler’s mind and these rigs from Cox & Rawle have been created with safety in mind. Standard boat rigs are made with lines that are of high breaking strains and when pulling from a snag on a boat you have the added protection of being able to spread your weight on the deck. On a kayak, with the amount of force exerted the resulting break can come suddenly and be enough to throw an angler and his kayak off balance. Allowing for this, Cox & Rawle’s rig makers in Wincanton have used 100% fluorocarbon in breaking strains that are strong enough to tackle hostile environments and fish but balanced enough to be able to lean into and not lose your balance in the case of a breakage.
Designed with kayak anglers in mind, the quality that you would expect from these rigs is present in spades. I have used Cox & Rawle hooks since childhood and these kayak rigs are a product that matches the high standards that I have come to expect from this company and their products. I would have no hesitation in recommending these rigs and I look forward to getting out onto the water to put them through their paces. If you are interested in seeing some of these rigs then please make inquiries at your local kayaking tackle shop.