While fishing from a kayak may seem difficult at first, it is an experience like no other. You glide across the water as you hunt for big catches in places that would rather be inaccessible – this has attracted anglers and kayakers alike to try out this unique sport of catching fish using nothing but kayaks!
Going on a kayak fishing trip without proper knowledge is more than likely to result in your catching zilch. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you with that! We have a plethora of kayak fishing tips for beginners, and once you study them, your first angling outing will be a success!
5 Kayak Fishing Tips To Get Started
1. Invest in a proper fishing kayak
There are many different styles of kayaks for every type and need. For fishing, buy a model with a wider base that provides more stability in the water; it’ll also have built-in accessory storage spaces like tackle boxes or rod holders!
The length of fishing kayaks ranges from 10-16 feet, and you should pick one based on your experience. If you are a beginner go for something that’s wider like an 11 or 12 footer because it will be easier to maneuver in the water with less space between strokes (that way there is always someone who can help). That being said though long kayaks can make things difficult too–you might want another person tagging along if possible!
The final consideration when choosing a fishing kayak is transportation. Think of how you will carry your new favorite toy to the shoreline and if it’s going in the back on top or side with other items. If you love fishing in kayaks, but you find them too difficult to transport and store, then you may want to consider buying an inflatable fishing kayak.
2. Get the right gear for kayaking
Invest in a good kayak paddle
A high-quality paddle makes paddling a fishing kayak much easier. Go for a long paddle, preferably eight feet, that allows you to reach the water comfortably without impeding your progress. That said, the ideal length may vary depending on paddling technique, boat width, and your height. So make sure you know what factors to take into consideration when choosing your kayak paddle.
Always wear a personal floatation device (PFD)
Kayak fishing can be a dangerous sport, especially when deep-sea fishing, so it’s important to wear a kayak fishing PFD. A life jacket will keep you safe in case anything goes wrong and keep your teammates from worrying about their safety as well! Let’s also not forget to mention that it’s mandatory by law to have one on at all times.
When looking for a kayak fishing PFD, choose one with storage for small tackle such as leaders or lures. This way all the essentials you need for fishing will be within arms reach, making it a huge time-saver.
Put on the right outfit
When fishing in the open seas, wear lightweight shell pants, long-sleeve shirts, neck gaiters, and fishing gloves to reduce exposure to sunlight. Sunglasses and a hat are also essential.
When fishing in cold regions or at sea, wear a wet suit, water-resistant shell jackets, and multiple layers made of synthetic or wool material. These gear are a must to stay comfortable when fishing in cold and wet regions.
3. Apply the safety guidelines
Kayak fishing can be fun, but you have to prepare for problems that may arise. Apart from having a PFD, here are other things to consider for your safety:
- Watch the weather: As you go fishing, keep an eye on the weather. If there’s a big storm coming and your boat is small, get out of the water. If it’s sunny, carry plenty of drinking water and wear sun protection. Wear protective clothing that will protect you even when you capsize in cold water. A good tip is to check the forecast the day before your fishing trip so that you are well prepared for the elements.
- Be aware of the surrounding: When fishing in larger bodies, you should always be on the lookout for powerboats. They may not spot you, and if you are not keen, you might bump into each other. Also, avoid being in boating areas during foggy conditions or darkness and high traffic areas. At night have a 360-view light to enhance your visibility.
- Communicate: To reduce your risk of becoming lost while kayak fishing, tell someone where you intend to go before heading out, and be sure to take a friend with you if possible.
- Use anchors: The best way to stay put while kayak fishing is with an anchor. Make sure you have one in your possession because if the wind gets too strong or a current starts pulling on it then you are most likely to stay at the same spot without having to use your paddle.
- Pack safety gear such as;
- A GPS
- handheld radio
- Food and water
- Signaling device
- First aid kit
4. Keep your fishing gear to a minimum when starting out
As a beginner, you do not need to carry all the fishing gear. Start simple with what’s necessary for your first few trips and then add more as needed! The space available in any kayak is limited; if anything gets too heavy or bulky it can make operating difficult at times.
Limit yourself to:
- A couple of lure boxes
- Tackle bag
- Two rods
- Fish grips
- Hawg Trough measuring device
- First aid kit and a small cooler
A kayaker may feel like they have no control over where their craft goes when there are other items around them getting tangled up inside–especially since these factors don’t help anything move forward either way (i..e., less stability).
5. Preparation is key
Research on the following before you head out for kayak fishing:
- Kayak fishing location: In order to get good results from kayak fishing, you must research a good fishing location around your area. Knowing the right track in and out of the water and prime fishing spots will allow you to get started right away.
- Know your target fish: When fishing, it helps to research the species you will likely catch in your chosen location. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to plan a trip that best suits those fish and use the most appropriate lures and techniques.
- Look for clubs or groups in your area: Social media is a great way to hook up with other anglers and learn valuable tips and tricks. And you can fish with them and learn from their local experience.
When learning the basics of kayak fishing, it’s good to head out on your first trip with experienced anglers who can show you how to fish this way. They’ll make sure you don’t overlook important safety information and will help you get the most out of your angling experience.
About the author:
Name: Ally Mash
Bio: As an avid outdoorsman, Ally has spent much of his free time backpacking through South America and other parts of the world. He loves sharing what he’s seen with others by blogging about it on a regular basis! His goal is to get more people in the mindset of protecting our planet; which we all need if we want this beautiful earth around us long enough for future generations to enjoy its beauty too.
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