Kayak fishing has become increasingly popular as a recreational activity. It is an affordable and efficient way to experience the outdoors. Kayaking is an environmentally sound leisure activity as it does not pollute the water with gas and oil. Mangrove estuaries and grass flats provide some of the best fishing in the world and kayaks provide one of the best ways to experience it. With just a few pieces of equipment, any kayak can be turned into a fish hunting machine.
While all kayaks will effectively get you through the shallows to where the fish live, your choice of kayak will reflect your individual wants and needs. The two major types are “sit inside” or “sit on top”. The “sit on top” is commonly a little wetter but it has more storage. Most people really like one more than the other. Regardless of your kayak decision, you need to have ample space to carry your fishing gear.
Kayak Fishing Tips
Coolers have come a long way in the last few years. A cooler is a good idea when fishing. It can hold your food and drinks and if you manage to catch a fish, it can go right on the ice. Ice keeps fish tissue from breaking down before freezing or cooking so it’s a good idea. And truly the sign of an optimistic angle. If you have no cooler, keep your fish on a stringer but keep a watchful eye for sharks and other thieves.
Fishing poles just look great sticking out of a kayak. It is a good idea to have two rigs set up so you can target different fish as needed. Some kayaks come with holes or straps for fishing poles, but classy rod holders can be installed easily. If you buy an inexpensive reel, be assured you will buy another one soon. Even pricey rigs get stuck after a while, but with proper cleaning and maintenance your reel should last.
The bait net is what separates the real angler from the rest of the pack. Sometimes the best part of fishing is finding the bait. The kayak is slower when searching for bait and an utterly impossible perch from which to throw a cast net. I imagine it can be done, but not by me. Kayaks have the ability to get close to mangrove islands, sandbars, and shallow grassflats. Bait caught here is dumped in the kayak and subsequently the bait bucket.
Often, the kayak becomes a floating fishing barge, either tethered or anchored. It serves as a platform for supplies and hopefully the day’s catch. Fish can be kept on ice or kept on a line in the water. However you chose to catch the big one, a kayak will help you get right on top.