For the longest time the kayak has been a mode of transportation across bodies of water. It has become a hobby, an exercise, and for those who can’t do it regularly, an activity to try out when visiting the beach. It doesn’t surprise me that for the last decade or so, kayak is now popularly used for fishing too.
Why the Kayak?
This is a question most people will be inclined to ask. Why use a kayak for fishing when you have power boats that automatically tread through water at your disposal? You should know that kayak has its advantages.
First, it is a light and portable boat that is very easy to handle. You can take it anywhere you want to fish.
Second, being a sleek, one-man apparatus, you can get to places a big power boat can’t. I’m talking about those hidden areas where only small boats can reach. You can even fish on shallow areas with your kayak.
Lastly, it is stealthy. Paddling can be a steady quiet job if you take your time. This allows you to move around silently, without scaring the fish away. It is also low and very near the water making it perfect for stalking.
Outfitting your own Kayak
You can always rent one, but if you can afford it and plan to stick with the hobby, you can buy a kayak and customize it. I mean, basically, you can just get a rod and paddle out. That’s already fishing on your kayak. Nevertheless, there are products available in the market that can enhance your fishing experience, make it more enjoyable. Here are some ways to personalize your own.
Rod holders are important. You can always go for just the one rod, but having three different gears is better. To organize them, you will need rod holders.
When hooking a fish, you must be still. To do this, you need anchors. For shallow waters, you can use stakes. With a small boat and an even smaller space, buy ones that weigh less than 3 lbs.
It’s best to secure a leash for your paddles. Every kayak needs one to be able to run, and holding a rod means letting go of that paddle. A leash will make sure it stays with you when you decide to stick to a place and start fishing. It’s nice not to worry about losing it while trying to relax.
Buying your own GPS or sonar unit can be helpful in finding the honey pool you are looking for.
Things to expect on your outing
Now that you have your own, personalized kayak, you are ready to dive into it. However, remember that a kayak is just a small boat and depends largely upon your paddling strength and skills. With these in mind, here are things you should think about.
Make a plan
In almost everything we do, having a plan is a necessity. This is true especially with kayak fishing. For one, fishing is not a one-hour trip, so I suggest planning on spending longer hours. Bring something to eat and bottled water to avoid hunger and dehydration.
Ease into the hobby
If you are used to paddling, kayak fishing can surprise you on your first time. With all the gears you are taking with you, it will surely be heavier than your usual sport. Before you wade into the water, make sure your boat is balanced. Arrange your items properly by placing the heaviest piece in the center. Make sure you bring only the things you will need. A heavy kayak means a lesser freeboard. When it’s time, don’t rush into deep waters. Take your time in the shallows and test your balance. Feel your boat and get the hang of it.
This is a tricky part when it comes to fishing, more so doing it on a kayak. Along with all the complexities you need to know when it comes to different casts, it will certainly be harder onboard. For one, you have to keep your boat balanced, no unnecessary movements that can flip you. This means most of your casting will be powered by your arms rather than your body. Always remember to stay upright and make sure your head is at the center of the kayak.
Tips on kayak fishing
Here are some tips you can use when fishing on a kayak.
Not to scare you away from kayak fishing, but it is important to know of the possible dangers that come with it.
Be sure to check the weather on your preferred outing date. It is better to stay dry and avoid the rainy season when on a kayak. You don’t want to be cold and shivering on top of a boat around water.
When venturing into spots for the first time, always research with the area’s regulations on boating or fishing. This will help you stay in line.
Make sure to always have your first aid kit with you. Let’s face it, there is a chance of you encountering wildlife. Because the kayak is low, fishing on areas with high vegetation includes the risk of being bitten by snakes and the like.
Remember to make use of floating devices even though you are a great swimmer. It never hurts to be prepared, and even though you know how to swim, this will make it easier for you. If, however, you are faced with a drastic condition, always save yourself first. Some might try to haul their gears, but these are replaceable; your life is not.
Kayak fishing is certifiably fun and memorable. With proper preparation, it can be a whole new level of awesome fishing.