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Tips for Kayak Fishing

Updated on July 23, 2013

It is not surprising that kayak fishing is becoming very popular. It is a relaxing sport that can be practiced in rivers, on lakes or even in the sea. The obvious kayak fishing tip it is to make sure that the kayak you purchase or hire is sea-worthy and strong. When you purchase a kayak, make sure that you purchase from a reputable dealer. Before buying your own vessel for kayak fishing it might be a good idea to hire first to find out if kayak fishing is a sport you will enjoy.

Yellow is Easy to Spot

Bright Colours

In the event that you should meet an accident or get into difficulties, you would be found much more quickly if you are in a brightly coloured kayak. Darker colours, particularly green and blue can be hard to spot on the sea. Look for a kayak that stands out from far away, bright yellow, orange, and neon colours are the best option.

Carry a Flag

When kayak sea fishing on wide open seas, you should also carry an emergency pole with you. Make a flag with a 3-foot piece of PVC piping and an orange metallic flag. You should also paint the flag pole with a metallic silver paint. The glare of the sun on the metallic paint will mean you can be seen from a greater distance.

Personal Floatation Device

Never use your kayak without wearing a personal floatation device or life jacket. This should be worn at all times when in your kayak. Even if you are an extremely strong swimmer you must never neglect to put it on before setting off. Don’t go for the cheapest life vest, but make sure that you purchase a high quality personal floatation device that will turn you face up if you were to lose consciousness. Like the kayak; make sure that your life vest is of a very bright colour.

Kayak Specs

Buy or hire a kayak of a reasonable size that is able to hold your fishing gear: A sit-in kayak of at least 12-feet is the perfect option when choosing a kayak for fishing. Remember that you will be sitting in the kayak for many hours without being able to stretch your legs, so make sure it is comfortable for long periods. You should be able to reach your equipment without straining when sitting in the kayak: A rod holder should be placed at the back of the kayak for trolling, and it should also have a rod holder at the front for the fishing rod, so you can manoeuvre the boat when necessary without having to try to support your rod at the same time.

Your Gear

Because your kayak could roll at any time, it is very important that your gear is well secured and held down with straps. Equipment that is not water-resistant should be placed in dry waterproof packs. Make sure you always have a VHS waterproof radio with you, and that you know how to use it and tune into the correct frequencies.

Take a few lessons to improve your kayak skills before you try kayak fishing
Take a few lessons to improve your kayak skills before you try kayak fishing

Hone your Kayaking Skills

Regardless of where you are fishing from; fishing skills and techniques are similar, however catching a fish from a kayak requires further skills that can only be achieved with practice. Before you try to perfect your kayak fishing techniques, make sure that you are adept in using the kayak. You will need to get the hang of paddling and balancing, so take the kayak out several times without your fishing gear until you feel confident in manoeuvring the craft.

Dress Appropriately

When kayak fishing, your clothing should protect your skin from the hot sun. You might think that wearing clothes will make you sweat more but sweat helps keep you cool, and covering yourself will also prevent you from getting bitten by bugs. You should assume that you will roll at least once during your trip, and therefore will end up completely underwater. The best type of clothing to wear is a long sleeved cotton shirt and long cotton pants as these will quickly dry in the event that you enter the water. You should also wear a hat with a hanging cloth that covers your neck, and all clothing should be worn underneath your life vest.


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