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Breakdown of What's in My Kayak Tackle Box

By Chris Canning December 06, 2019

For a lot of us out there, it can be hard to leave some gear behind. But when you are using a kayak to fish, it can be near impossible to fit everything you want. Narrowing down your options to suit your storage capacity when you love lures and plastics is a tough task. I get it.

To help give you an idea of what you should perhaps focus on bringing, I am going to walk you through my kayak tackle box essentials. This is what I grab when I don't have a lot of room to spare, and I want to get on the water quickly.

This kit is built around West Coast inshore fishing.

The Kayak Box

I like to rock the simple Plano box for these trips. It allows me to organize my lures in a nice quick way. The box is lightweight, durable, and simply gets the job done without issue.

Kayak Tackle Box


I pack it full of lures and bait that I have built the most confidence in over the years. Lures that I know will perform and catch fish when others might not.

  • Lil John's
  • Mirrodine's
  • Gulp
  • Zman products
  • Goofy jigs, Speck Rig
  • Zara topwater lures
  • O.A shrimp + Live target shrimp

Leader, Hooks and Miscellaneous Other Tackle

Hooks and Tackle

  • Fishing Knife
  • Pro-Cure Saltwater Formula
  • Glow beads
  • Various hooks, circle hooks, #1, #1/0, #2, #2/0
  • Line
  • Split Shot Sinkers


That’s about it. I have other boxes with tons of gear, but this is my tried and true essentials. Mostly proven lures that can recommend with confidence.

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