Sorry it took so long to reply. I’ve been kayak fishing for about 20 years and this is what I’ve narrowed it down to for me. I fish everything from creeks to coastal waters. I keep this simple list handy when I’m leaving in the morning because you’d be surprised how many times I forgot things before I made it. Here goes: Paddle, anchor (3 lb. plastic coated dumbbell works good), fishing rod and small tackle box, PFD with whistle, boots (NRS Boundry Shoe in winter), seat pad(depending on what yak I’m in), sponge, food & water, sun glasses and small water proof gearbox. In the gearbox are emergency and everyday things that I need. In the gearbox I have: small packable rain suit, small binoculars, extra knife, small compass, waterproof head light, small container of sunblock, peroxide(a necessity in the south!), and 100% DEET, 2 mylar emergency blankets, a foot or 2 of heavy mono(for snatching hooks from flesh,works great!) spare reading glasses (I’m old!) and last but most important Toilet Paper! I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s really not. Most days I can carry all my gear in one trip to my truck, then go get my yak and I’m done! Some of these things you may not need if you stay near your vehicle and after a while you’ll figure out what works for you. Also this is a fantastic site for paddling info, but there are better sites for kayak fishing info.