Kayaking Meets Sports Fishing
Navigating Shallow Waters
Kayak fishing can give you access to shallow waters that shore anglers and power boaters can only dream of, and it can get you there quickly and quietly. That means you don’t waste half your day waiting at the public boat launch and then making your way to the fishing ground only to find that the engine noise has scared off the fish.
The merits of getting closer to the sights and sounds of the water has made kayak fishing one of the fastest growing water sports in the US, with anglers experienced in kayak fishing catching anything from white sea bass to marlin in some of the choicest territory around the Texas and Florida coastlines.
Kayak fishing gets you right into the heart of the action quickly, easily and cheaply. If you can get to the shore you can launch your kayak in about six inches of water, so you can be fishing in pristine wilderness in minutes. And it doesn’t have to be expensive to get started. Your best bet is to take some kayaking lessons initially – get to know some strokes and the feel of a kayak.
Learning the sport of kayak fishing
If you’re comfortable with this try and get some instruction from an experienced kayak angler – they’ll teach you techniques for controlling the kayak as you cast or reel in a fish and for landing large fish from a kayak. An experienced kayaker who is into sport fishing can also help you to choose which gear you’ll need and how best to load your kayak. Knowing how to position your rods and your bait for balance and easy access is essential.
If you’re hooked at this stage it’s a good point to go out and buy your own gear. Start with the essentials first – a good kayak, paddle and personal flotation device should be your first purchases. Try out your new kit and bring along an older, cheaper rod and some plastic lures to begin with. As you gain confidence and become more competent you can work your way up to multiple rods, live bait and all the high-tech gadgetry you’d have on board a motor boat.
Investing in a good kayaking seat is another wise move. If you’re planning to spend all day on the water proper back support and a cushioned pad under your butt can make all the difference to your experiences.