Fishing is one thing and kayaking is another. The only link between the two is water. But did you know you can combine them? If you want to fish through small waterways and your boat is too large or too loud, this is the perfect option.
Kayak fishing provides maneuverability in the pristine fishing areas that are not accessible to shore fishers or boaters. You can target a wide array of species while fishing from your kayak and they range from salmon and trout to pike and others that live in freshwater.
The information below will help you get started, as you need to be prepared to know what to take with you on the trip, what dangers to look out for and how to be effective on waters where fish are biting.
What to be aware of
Before you actually start your kayak fishing trip, you need to take some things into consideration. First, you should check the local fishing reports. You should know what fish are biting, the exact area and how. This is good not only for developing your fishing skills, but it is also an environmentally responsible thing to consider.
Secondly, you should check the weather reports in order to be able to find fast-forming systems. While the fog is not dangerous, it can make you lose track of your position on the water which can cause you to get lost. Strong winds can make the water choppy, which should be avoided when kayak fishing.
If you are practicing kayak fishing in the rain, make sure you take a rain jacket with you. In case the weather worsens and a thunderstorm occurs, it is advisable to get back on the shore immediately.
Other vessels can prove to be hazardous, so you should especially be aware of tanker ships. In case you encounter one, make sure you paddle toward to waves and not parallel to them, as you risk capsizing.
Safety gear should be packed for any outdoor travel adventure. It should include a personal flotation device, whistle, first aid kit, flares, paddle leash, fishing rod leash, an emergency kayak repair kit and also a headlamp.
Another very important aspect is to have food and water on you. When packing, do consider that it is possible for the trip to last more than anticipated and pack plenty of water and food with you.
Although overlooked, a kayak anchor should be with you, because a side tether can capsize your kayak.
Naturally, since you are going fishing, you need to have fish handling gear, that includes line cutters, fish grips, pliers, nets, gloves, and stringers. Also, you do not have to get the most expensive fishing rod and reel combo, just make sure they are appropriate for this type of fishing.
Last, but not least, if you want to document your kayak fishing experience, you can do so with a camera on a mount.