Kayaking is becoming one of the most popular means of navigating across Bodies of water.
There are many techniques to be learned for the fullest benefit of your Kayaking adventures. Proper equipment is essential and knowing good etiquette while on the water will keep you in good graces with other kayaker's as well as boaters. Enjoy our blogs about the never ending fun- of Kayak Paddling for beginners!
First things first, you will want to be prepared for carrying your fishing equipment with you.
Rod holders are essential for carrying your fishing pole with you on your kayak.
There are various rod holders to chose from. From Flush mount rod holders to
“rocket launcher” rod holders it is good to know what kind of rod holder you want for your specific fishing reel so as not to damage your equipment, ie scratches excessive water damage.
You will want to make sure your reel is kept up out of the water. You will get water on your reels, but you want to keep it down to a minimum.
For holding your fishing tackle, your tackle box that you use on your boat or out on a pier may not work when in your limited space kayak. For sit on top kayaks a lot of people will mount a milk crate which can also be fitted with rod holders. This has proven to be an effective means of traveling with your fishing gear.
You will also want to think about a paddle leash, or paddle keeper since you will not be holding your paddle while your fishing, it would be a bad situation if you dropped your paddle while in the middle of the water.
Remember to always know where you are. It is really easy to get distracted while fishing and this makes it easy to lose track of time and placement. This may seem like an easy distraction to avoid, but very important non the less.
Now your ready to catch fish, what will you do once you have caught them.
This really depends on what kind of fishing you will be doing.
How will you store your keeper fish? One option is using a stringer, another is having a fish bag which you can find at most kayak retail outlets.
There is also of course catching and releasing the fish you catch.
Let me share with you an experience with kayak fishing I have had.
Once I started kayak fishing, I fell in love. Kayak fishing is one of my favorite things I have ever done.
Why I love kayaking!
Kayaking has also proven to be a great way to spend quality time with family and friends.
One of my favorite days out in the kayak was with my dad throwing top water plugs fishing around oyster reefs looking for redfish. As our kayaks were slowly cutting through the water stalking our prey the water was boiling from the bait jumping, every cast resulted in a massive explosion from the redfish
attacking the top water lure. We caught our limit many times over on that memorable day. That proved to be a day to remember with my dad, I'll always remember the huge smile on my fathers face since he had to move away from the coast and can no longer enjoy these days out on the water.
It has proven to be days like this that keep me coming back for more. I have passed on my passion for the water to my son. He is 6 years old and has caught more fish in his 6 short years of life, then most adults. He appreciates every moment out there and has proven to be what I had always hoped for in having a son, he's proven himself to be a true fishermen. My dad and I spent hours together on the water growing up. If ever a problem arose and we needed to talk things over, we grabbed our fishing poles, loaded up our kayaks and hit the water. It just seems like time slows down out there. Like nothing else is going on in the world, as if there are no problems. An easy escape from reality is something to take advantage of in days like what we live in today.
If you have had a secret interest in kayaking and kayak fishing I urge you to do what you can and get on the water.
When done properly kayak fishing can be one of the most enjoyable experiences you will ever have.