Do you have a bag of tips and tricks to successfully kayak fish? Afterall, successful sports men and women across many sports usually have some tips and tricks that have enabled them succeed. To help you, we have compiled a list of 11 kayak fishing tips and tricks used by experienced anglers and hope you will find one or several of them helpful in your fishing adventures.
Our list of tips and tricks below are meant to compliment your fishing kayak , your fishing gear and your fishing accessories so that you are equipped to enjoy kayak fishing on a regular basis and be successful at it also.
1. Prepare for Kayak Fishing
You need to prepare well before you go kayak fishing. This is because it is an extreme fishing activity and you can never rule out injuries when something goes wrong.
You need to look at your clothing in your preparation. We recommend that you wear clothing that makes it easy to swim. The same clothing should also be made of a material that dries quickly.
Secondly, you need to pay attention to the type of safety equipment that you need to have.
We highly recommend that you wear a personal floating device (PDF), have a GPS device, a VHF radio, day or night flares (depending on when you go fishing), a whistle, and a waterproof torch. These are valuable accessories that can save your life when something goes wrong.
2. Master Your Paddle
It is very important that you receive some training on kayak fishing before you set out to go fishing. Although you may know how to paddle, it is only through training that you are able to paddle on one hand with a fish on the other hand.
Similarly, a paddle that you choose to use can ruin your kayak fishing experience or make it an enjoyable one. It is not ideal to settle for a paddle simply because it is cheap. Choosing a paddle that is slightly on the higher side in terms of cost provides better performance.
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3. Know the Rules on Locations Where You Will be Kayak Fishing
It is important that you are familiar with the type of water you plan to fish. If the water is privately owned, you will have to ask the owner’s permission. If the water is open to the public, there could be restrictions in place about what users are allowed to do it and the times.
The best approach might be to contact the County office of that area and ask them. Alternatively, you can contact a kayak angler club in the area and ask them also.
4. Prepare for Flipping
There is no guarantee that you will never flip your kayak. Indeed, you can be a Kayaking expert but find yourself flipping. This presents the risk of losing your fishing rods and tools.
It is, therefore very important that you prepare for whatever kind of problems you may encounter while kayak fishing. We recommend that you perform capsize drills before you head out fishing. We also recommend that you perform the drills in the company of an expert.
5. Have an Anchor on Board
Many kayak fishing experts undervalue an anchor as a valuable kayak fishing tool. An anchor becomes very useful when you are at a good fishing spot deep in the lake and it suddenly becomes windy.
You also need to know how best to use an anchor. Never make the mistake of dropping the anchor directly into a strong current. Doing so only serves to drug you and your kayak down into the water. Instead, drop it on the side of your kayak where the water appears to be calm.
6. Remain Calm in Eddie
Fishing when water current is strong can be a serious challenge, especially if you are a beginner. Some experts also do find it a challenge.
The good thing is, a kayak is able to remain afloat at the same position even as reverse currents and water swirl (Eddie) pound it. You only need to remain calm and wait to catch more fish. This is because the swirling currents literally bring the fish to you.
7. A Sit-in vs. Sit-on-Top vs. Elevated Kayak Seat?
There are sit-in and sit-on-top kayak seats. Just which one should you use? Each type of seat has its pros and cons.
For instance, a sit-in kayak seat provides enhanced stability, shelter from adverse weather conditions, and a dry fishing experience. However, this type of seat limits the kind of activities you can from a kayak.
On the other hand, a sit-on-top kayak seat makes it possible for you to undertake other water activities apart from fishing. However, the seat compromises on your stability, which increases the risk of flipping.
Using an elevated sit-on-top kayak seat will provide the added benefit of raising you higher off the water so you can have a better view around you. It surprising also provides good stability while fishing. They are stable because they are designed to be large in order to have extra bottom space. The extra space allows you to position yourself well in the seat to create a perfect balance while angling or fishing.
Because this is about kayak fishing, we recommend that you stick to a sit-in kayak seat. This is especially if you are a beginner.
8. Do Your Research
We suggest and recommend that you arm yourself with sufficient information before you set out to go kayak fishing. Undertake research beforehand to know about your planned paddle route, prevailing weather conditions, and weather forecast of the day.
We also recommend that you never go kayak fishing alone. Try as much as you can to go fishing either with your friends or be at the lake when other anglers are about to set off. Indeed, kayak fishing is a social activity and you enjoy it in the company of others.
9. Capitalize on Kayak’s Maneuverability
Fishing is generally a waiting game, which can be very frustrating. However, it does not need to be a waiting game with a kayak.
For example, you can take advantage of your kayak’s maneuverability to fish in areas where fish normally take refuge in. You can easily align your kayak to be in parallel to the weeds in order to cast on the edges.
10. Bring a Waterproof Camera with You
Kayak fishing can be fun and enjoyable with good preparation. The fun part of it should not be restricted to the act of fishing. Hauling your catch on to the kayak is one of the best moments in kayak fishing.
It is only proper, in our view, that you have a waterproof camera to capture selfies in such a moment. Such selfies are not only for sharing but will serve to remind you of your memorable kayak fishing moments. We also recommend that you have the right camera mounting equipment.
11. Remain Alert
From our own experience, it is very important that you remain alert while out on the water. You particularly need to watch out for sudden weather changes.
Sudden waves, the emergence of strong winds and heavy tides can not only ruin your fishing but be a threat to your personal safety. We, therefore, recommend that you listen in on your VHF radio for regular weather forecasts.
The above tips and tricks are certainly not exhaustive. However, they are very helpful in allowing you to have a fulfilling Kayak fishing experience. The tips and tricks also enhance your personal security while on the water.
We are curious to learn about your own tips and tricks you use for your kayak fishing!
Here is to all your success fishing.