The Increasingly Popular Option for on the Water Fishing
They say the worst day fishing is better than the best day working. And now that day of fishing can be even better when you fish from a kayak. Here at REEL Lifestyle, we love to get people excited about all sorts of activities that take place in, on or around the water. Kayak angling offers the opportunity to do two at once.
Having recently become popular, kayak angling offers an added level of excitement and fun to fishing that includes a close proximity to both the water and the fish you are trying to catch – which in many cases can be quite large and feisty. Whereas fishing off a boat can offer a semblance of safety and security, anglers in kayaks can easily be pulled through the water. Kayaks offer anglers the ability to get into smaller bodies of water that larger fishing boats can’t access and the absence of a noisy engine that chases the fish away.
Part of the popularity of kayak angling is how relatively inexpensive it is to get started as well as the ease of transportation and storage of the kayak.
Here are some tips for getting started:
#1 Try before you buy
Before you rush out and buy your first kayak consider renting one from your local paddle store so that you can get a feel for the different types of kayaks available. Also, while you are likely an accomplished angler, take some time to get comfortable kayaking before you add your rod and hook to the equation.
Kayaks are a blast to be on the water in but the can tip over and you can fall out. Make sure to always wear a life vest (PFD) and be sure that it fits well and stays on. You may even want to consider taking a class to make sure that you are skilled when you head out on your first fishing trip.
#3 Do your research
Now that you’re ready to buy, there are many, many options available and you can even get into one for as little as around $250.00. However, as with any purchase you get what you pay for. It is important to consider your size as you will need a good size kayak if you are a bigger person. Other things to consider are space, comfort, storage, movability and safety. Hard kayaks are always recommended for fishing over inflatable models due to the almost inevitable puncture that would be caused by a hook.
Make sure to get a great paddle as well. You want one that is light and firm as it will make paddling easier. Here is a great article on buying a kayak
Now that you have your kayak, it’s time to transport it to your first fishing spot. There are three main ways to transport your kayak: truck, trailer or roof rack. Most single person kayaks can be easily secured to a good roof rack with just a few straps, but be sure to remove the equipment inside and place in the vehicle while transporting.
Before you launch your kayak make sure you are totally prepared. Rig your rod, know where all your bait, tackle, food and drinks are so that you are totally organized. You won’t have much room to move around so make sure you think about where you want to position everything on the boat.
#6 Launching Your Kayak
Some people actually port their kayak via a fishing boat to deeper waters so that they can fish for a variety of species. But you can also launch right from the shore line or from a dock.
#7 Catching your Fish
Our friend Denis Isbister from Wild Fish Wild Places weighed in on the best approach once your about to catch a fish. “When a fish strikes, your first instinct is to give it the ole Bass Master hook set, laying into that fish with everything you got, but in a kayak this could be dangerous. Try to remain calm and keep your movements smooth. So stay steady and smooth while you REEL your fish in.” (yep, pun intended!)
We hope that you will consider expanding your fishing repertoire to include casting off from a kayak. We think you will be surprised at how exciting it is, the new waters it will open up to you and how much fun you can have.
Keep us posted on your adventures and hey, we’d love to see some pictures.