Kayak Fishing Tips for Newbies
Living in Florida, we are surrounded by water. Whether it's oceans, lakes, rivers or ponds we are fortunate to have plenty of opportunities for fishing. But, have you ever wanted to try fishing from a kayak? Are you a newbie to the sport? There are a few tips to keep in mind before you drop a line in the water. First and foremost, check with the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission to determine whether you will need a license. Know what fish are legal to take and what fish need to be captured and released.
Basic equipment needed will be a stable kayak, a good kayak paddle, a personal flotation device, personal fishing equipment, water, compass and some sort of distress signaling device.
The most expensive part of your equipment will probably be a kayak. You can usually rent one if you don't fish very often. Make sure that you get a kayak of a reasonable style and size to make your fishing expedition go smoothly. A Sit Inside Kayak or SINK is probably your best bet. Go for a kayak at least 12 feet in length that is wide enough and stable enough that you will be able to sit comfortably, paddle unencumbered and be able to maneuver to reach fishing equipment in front of and behind you. You don't want to have a real "tippy" yak or you may end up in the drink capsized with your equipment and catch drifting away or sinking.For fishing, you need to pick the best fishing accessories like the Baitcasting Reels then check out this blog post.
Next you will need a high quality, lightweight paddle with a leash to secure it to the boat. Believe me, it is much better to have a leash on the kayak paddle than to have to try to recover it should you knock it in the water while reeling in your catch.
For safety reasons, never leave shore without wearing an approved personal flotation device. The brighter the color of the paddling vest, the better off you will be since you will be more visible to other boaters or personal watercraft operators. Another item to consider taking in your SINK is a pole with a flag attached so that your craft is visible to others out on the water.
Other items that you should definitely take are plenty of potable water, a compass or GPS, a cellphone in a dry bag, a whistle or other signaling device and a small first aid kit.
The fishing equipment you need will depend on your personal preferences and the environment that you are fishing (ocean, lake, Intracoastal Waterway or river). Rod holders come in handy and can be rigged on the back of the kayak for trolling and another could be hooked on the front. Fishing techniques from a kayak require a bit of practicing. If you set the hook, try to play the fish directly in from of the kayak and use a net or gaff to pull it in. A soft ice chest will come in handy for keeping your catch chilled.
Fishing from a kayak enables you to get in some of the backwaters, creeks and tributaries that motor boats are unable to go. It's good exercise, great fun and may pay off in a fresh caught meal or two.