The Beginner’s Guide to Standup Kayak Fishing

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Kayaking and fishing are two distinct skills that need require hours of practice to perfect
individually. Standup kayak fishing is even more complex because it combines elements of these two disciplines, so it may be intimidating for any beginner to master it. Still, fishing while standing up on a kayak has its advantages, such us being able to get a better view of the water and it’s the ideal stance for hook catching. Although your success will depend on many outside factors such as your physical condition and the condition of your boat, we have some tips that will help you fish like a pro. If you havent chosen a fishing kayak yet you can check out our guide.


Practice standing up and sitting down squarely on your boat.

Be sure to keep equal pressure on both feet and avoid holding onto the sides of boat – any shift in the balance can cause you to topple over. You may do this on land before trying it out on water just to get a hang of the dimensions of you boat, but the best way to practice shifting your weight is to do it in water. Be sure that there is at least 6 inches of water under your boat when you practice.


Bring your rod with you even when you are just practicing.

Any additional load will change the way you need to shift your weight to maintain your balance on the boat. You may even try to put one foot slightly in front of the other and work out the most comfortable position. Note that the boat will move a little bit while still able to support you, so the key is not to panic and figure out the threshold at which the boat will
probably tip over.


When sitting down, remember not to turn around to look at the seat or hold on to the side of the boat.

You should have made yourself familiar enough with the boat’s dimensions during your practice session so that you can stand and sit without looking. Maintain your center of gravity with any movement you make on the boat.


Now, it’s time to practice standing up on a moving boat.

Use your paddle to move the boat forward then try to stand while the boat is moving. Be sure not to hit anything with the paddle because any sudden stop will knock you off your center of gravity and may cause you to fall over.

Try paddling while standing up, slowly and carefully so as not to hit the riverbed. Maintain a steady speed; there is no need to be in a rush especially if you are not used to the motion of the boat yet. If you need to turn your boat in any direction, keep your feet close to the center of the boat while you maneuver it with your paddle.

When casting out your rod, you may want to do this facing forward, but ideally, you should try turning backwards and facing the opposite direction. To help maintain a good casting position, you can use your rod as a kind of paddle to make your boat face anywhere you want. If you are using a high-drag lure, retrieve it with the rod properly in place so that it moves the boat in any direction you want.

If you want to turn around inside the boat, keep your feet as close to the center of the kayak as possible, then gently rotate them as far as possible before they hit the sides of the boat.



To get an even better view, try standing on your cooler. If you’re comfortable with your boat, this should be no problem with a bit of extra practice. When climbing on top of the cooler, start with one foot while putting an equal amount of weight on the opposite arm. Getting off the cooler is even easier; simply jump off and land squarely on both feet. You can also sit on it slowly then put your legs down if you’re still lacking a bit of confidence.


Wrapping Up

If you’re a big fan of fishing and would want to take your skills to the next level, doing it on a standup kayak is definitely worth a go. Not only is it now much easier because of the modern designs of the new kayaks in the market, it is also a life skill which you can be proud to master. So, cast out on your standup kayak today!

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