So you have been kayaking now for a while and enjoy the sport but you want to give it a little bit of kick and take your kayaking to the next level. Kayak fishing is the perfect way to do this and it’s one of the most enjoyable sports out there today. Kayak fishing allows you to take the portability of a kayak and match it with the fun of fishing uniting the sports together. Kayak fishing has been around for hundreds of years the only thing that is changed is the equipment. Today were going to go through a list of tips that we have put together to help the first timer or beginner kayak Fisher get on the water and get started safely. If your still trying to buy a fishing kayak you can find a guide to the best fishing kayaks here.
Know where to kayak fish
This is very important you need to know exactly where you are kayak fishing because the location where you decide the fish will have an adverse affect on what type of fish you are catching for example if you choose the fish in a certain area of a late you may be looking for bass however if you choose to fish farther out at sea you may undoubtedly come across some larger fish on your lure.
Know the intricacies of fish species
this is very important since you need to have different techniques for different types of fish and different types of fish will appear only in certain locations. For example one thing that a fax some type of fish and their migratory habits is the phase of the moon and the weather. It may sound crazy but certain migratory periods are limited to certain exact times and phases of the moon kind of like when birds know exactly when to migrates south for the winter fish also have the same internal clock that helps them move on and lay their eggs. A more experienced Fisher will be able to tell you exactly when these times are.
Interestingly enough you can usually catch more fish when you are drifting you can control the kayak by using your paddle and putting it in the water while your fishing to slowly move you along and drift you while your fishing this causes your lure to slowly move as you move.
When you cast upwind this could definitely be a difficult and tiresome challenge the stronger the winds are the harder it it’s going to be for you to cast and fish. A good solution for this is going into vegetation this can make you more stable when there are higher winds. Also anchors are great for this.
You need to make sure that your paddle is on your lap so that you can cast with one hand and be able to change directions while your fishing. Learning how to use the paddle with one hand and the rod with the other is something that proves to be extremely useful when kayak fishing.
This is the process of you standing on your kayak and looking over the waters for the hands of fish. The process is looking for nervous water by nervous we mean water that is slowly being kept or moved by a school of fish or possibly a tale of the fish. To be able to cite fish it requires that you have some underwater visibility and can have some visual cues on the water, shallow water is a great help.
Battling a fish from the kayak
If a fish is over 5 pounds they can move usually move you around quite a lot in the kayak and the fish may have a difficult time breaking the line so it could definitely drag you a lot and you may get pulled all over the body of water dependent on the size of the fish. Usually a line that’s over 200 yards long should be fine this would be a 20 pound line and would allow you to tow your kayak for hours without any break in the line. With this 20 pound line usually a 7 foot rod or 7 ½ foot rod is the best and would allow you to be able to fight any fish except a Marlin, a tuna or a swordfish.
Cast to steer
There are many different baits and baits like crank baits that can be used to steer using the resistance of you casting and reeling in to steer your kayak and move it. With the combination of learning to cast and hold your paddle with one hand this can be very helpful for moving your kayak around.
Catch and release
A lot of people these days choose to catch and release their fish if you’re catching and releasing make sure that you keep water going through the gills of the fish while you have it so the fish survives. Another issue is if there is a lot of blood on the fish your catch is bleeding it will attract predators and chances are it may not survive so make sure to be gentle.
There are many devices out there that allow you to keep an eye on the current weather and changes such as GPS is and radios. Make sure to consult your local coast control website for the most up-to-date weather and changes these also allow you to see the different types of wind so you know how strong the wind may be blowing you can also see if there is any storms coming which may be dangerous for lightning and required you to turn back.
Exposure to the elements
If you are fishing in a colder area it may be best for you to consider investing in a kayak dry suits to make sure that you stay warm.
Predators and sharks
If your fishing from the sea some people have a fear of sharks and different predators however when you look at the statistics the overall deaths by shark make the chances of you running into one less than the chance of you being in an airplane accident so I would not put too much thought into it. Other possible predators can be an alligator or jellyfish in the city which you may touch make sure to bring a first-aid kit along for anything that may happen to you within the kayak also a radio can be a very useful tool to call for help.