9 Kayak Fishing Tips and Tricks You Need to Know
Kayak fishing is a fun and cheap way to explore your love for fishing without an expensive outdoor motor or proper boat, not to mention you’ll get a good workout at the same time. You’ll also have easy access to any lake, and can put your kayak in the water in no time. No proper boat landing? No problem, as kayaks can be put in almost everywhere. But what do you need to know to have the best experience out on the water? Here is a list of our top 9 tips and tricks you should know before taking your kayak out.
- Always come prepared.
The gear you bring is important, make sure to you have a knife and net ready to go with your rod and tackle. Consider a rod holder to free up a hand when you need it.
Also, think about what you wear just as much as what you bring. If you go in the water, you’re going to want to recover quickly, especially if it’s cold out. Hint: think easy to swim and quick drying.
- Know your paddle.
Sure you know how to paddle, but how about one handed while you have a fish on the line? Or while you’re using the net and you’re being blown into harsh terrain? Make sure that you’ve mastered this trick, and can control your kayak when it really matters.
While we’re at it, make sure you’re not just picking up the first cheap paddle of the clearance rack you see. You’ll see better performance with a more expensive paddle, and that can make a huge difference when you’re bringing in your trophy fish, or hit bad weather.
- The flip is only a matter of time.
Flipping your kayak can be a pain in the butt, and it can even ruin a trip. You can be an expert at kayaking, but that doesn’t guarantee you aren’t going to flip once in awhile.
Prepare for the worst, and keep your gear safe and your trip on track by planning for the flip before it happens. If you don’t, you might lose your rods, tools, phone (if you have a hard time disconnecting) or even your car keys.
- Anchors can be an ally.
Many of our friends in the kayak fishing world have convinced themselves an anchor is too much of a hassle. When the wind picks up, or you’re in the middle of the lake at a good spot, it comes in handy.
If you’re going to use an anchor, there is one trick you’ll want to make sure to remember; just make sure you aren’t dropping the anchor into a strong current. If you do, you could potentially drag your whole kayak under.
- Take shelter in an eddie.
Fishing in a strong current can be quite a challenge and a bit unproductive. Fishing in a kayak will give you the ability to park and fish almost anywhere, including eddies.
You shouldn’t even need an anchor if you position yourself right. Just stay put while the current brings the fish to you, and move on once you’ve made your catch.
- Sit-in or Sit-on?
It may be easier getting in and out of a sit-on kayak, but you’ll pay for it in the end. Sit-in kayaks offer more stability, shelter from unwelcome conditions, a dryer ride and extra storage.
If you already have a sit-on kayak, and want an easy trick to increase stability, try straddling. Don’t wait until you have a fish either, or you may wind up tipping in the confusion.
- Know the terrain.
If you are going to a new lake, make sure you do some research before hand. Also, if it’s remote, try and get some friends to join you on the trip.
Traveling alone? Try and meet up with some fellow anglers at the lake. Having someone that knows the terrain can help you be more successful on the lake, and it can help keep you safe.
- Life on the edge (of the weeds).
The maneuverability of your kayak is one of your biggest assets. When you have the opportunity, you’ll easily be able to line yourself up parallel with weeds. This will allow you to easily cast on the edge of the weeds, and drive those fish crazy.
- Even anglers like selfies.
Bringing in your catch may be the best part of kayak fishing, but the next best thing is showing all your friends the size of your fish. If you want to snap a pic of the moment, you’ll need to make sure you got the equipment for it.
You’ll want to bring a camera that is waterproof, or at the very least make sure your camera or phone has a waterproof case. Also, don’t forget you’ll need your hands to hold the fish, so a camera mount that can clip to your kayak is key for good pics.
Following these tips and tricks while you’re on your kayak will allow you to concentrate on what’s important, having a good time fishing.