How To Go Kayak Fishing

Kayak fishing is one of the most popular kayaking activities. However, kayak fishing also presents one of the greatest kayaking challenges. There's no other type of still water kayaking that will test your balance and multi-tasking skills more than kayak fishing.

In addition to requiring specialized fishing skills, kayak fishing also requires specialized equipment. You'll have to be able to store your fishing rods and fishing tackle when you're kayak fishing. You also need a live well to keep your catch or bait. Some kayak fishing anglers will also equip their boats with fish finding equipment, trolling motors, and other advanced fishing electronics.

In spite of its complexity, kayak fishing can also be a great way to spend a relaxing day on the water- as long as you know how to do it correctly. Here are some tips to make sure you catch fish and stay dry.

Buy A Kayak Designed For Kayak Fishing

This kayak fishing tip isn't as easy as it sounds. A lot of kayak manufactures promote their basic kayaks as fishing kayaks. These basic kayaks appeal to a lot of new kayakers because they tend to cost a fraction of what real fishing kayaks cost.

You want a wider kayak when you go kayak fishing. Wide kayaks tend to be more stable than their narrow counterparts. Stability is important when you're kayak fishing because it's easy to throw yourself off balance when you cast. A wide kayak will prevent you from casting yourself into the water.

Live wells are as necessary for kayak fishing as they are for any other type of fishing. This fishing feature is often absent from the standard kayaks.

Work On Your Balance

Casting for the first time on when you go kayak fishing can feel awkward. The boat will rock violently and you might end up capsizing.

There's a trick to casting your fishing rod when kayak fishing. Use the whip-like motion of the rod to propel your lure. When you cast while kayak fishing, you have to keep your center of gravity over your fishing boat. That means you can't do the kind of full-body casts that you do when you cast a surf fishing rod.

I find that the best way to cast when kayak fishing is side-casting with a flexible fishing rod. All of your power needs to come from your arm and wrist. Casting like this should make it easier to keep your balance while you're kayak fishing.

Tie It Down Or Tie A Float To It

It's not a question of if you'll capsize while kayak fishing; it's a question of when you'll capsize kayak fishing. Kayak fishing requires a lot of equipment- a lot of expensive equipment. You have to make sure that you don't lose your equipment when your kayak capsizes.

It's a good idea to tie a float to the bottom of your fishing rod since it's likely you'll drop it if you capsize. You don't want to overdo the floats though or you'll end up spending hours hunting down all the little floats in the water. It's best to tie down everything you can and attach a float to everything you can't.

Kayak fishing is popular for a reason- it's a blast! Kayak fishing allows you to reach fishing spots that motorized watercraft can't reach. You'll be able to bypass all the heavily fished areas in a lake or river and focus your efforts on the hard-to-reach places that few people get to fish. That means you're fishing trips will be more productive and more fun! After all, who doesn't like catching more fish?

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