7 TIPS FOR BEGINNER KAYAK ANGLERS
With the sport taking off like never before, there has never been a better time to take up kayak fishing as a beginner. This one is for all of you fishos out there thinking of taking your craft to the yak for more fish-taking fun.
1. LEARN TO PADDLE BEFORE YOU FISH
Trying to fish before you have mastered the basic mobility movements of a kayak is a recipe for frustration. You find a great spot, full of fish, but you are fighting the wind and current are trying to pull you off it. Once you can control your kayak and make it move in the direction you want it to, then you can start incorporating fishing into your weekend paddles.
It may be worth investing some time and money in a day-kayaking course. These are designed to teach you the proper paddling technique which will help you exert your energy much more efficiently and move faster through the water. If not, expect to arrive at your chosen fishing spot out of breath and exhausted for the first few times out on the water.
2. CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION WELL
Unlike in a boat where you have a motor to take you where you want to go, kayak fishos rely on man-power alone. This means if you choose a bad location and spend a long time paddling out to it your enjoyment and energy levels will be seriously depleted. Use maps and resources like google earth to plan your route to your chosen spot and do your homework before you set out if you don’t know the area well.
3. SIGHT FISHING
When your balance on the yak is up to it, try standing up and see if you can spot any nearby fish. This is one of the advantages of kayak fishing. You can fish by sight because your slow and silent approach shouldn’t spook the fish. Look for disturbed waters and begin your stealthy approach. Once you’re in position you should be able to land your prize with a well-placed cast.
4. HAVE THE PROPER GEAR
There really is no substitute for the proper gear in kayak fishing. Safety is of paramount importance, which means PFD’s, lights if you are fishing at night, and take a method of communicating with the wider world in case you encounter difficulty.
5. HAVE YOUR PADDLE READY
When you watch an experienced kayak fisho work their magic, they are constantly casting and retrieving, tweaking their position slightly, then casting again. They seem to have mastered the art of adjusting their position with just one hand while the other hand holds the rod. Get into good habits by keeping your paddle in your lap ready to maneuver your kayak and adjust your position at a moments notice.
6. GET AN ANCHOR
While starting out, you want to be able to fish without the wind taking you out to sea or into a bed of reeds. Before you master the art of paddling while fishing, it is a good idea to get an anchor to hold your yak in position. Get an easy release 2-4lb anchor.
7. GET AN ELECTRIC KAYAK MOTOR
Electric kayak motors make for exceptional kayak fishing, not just because they free your hands from paddling, they are ultra-stealthy. Electric kayak motors barely need any maintenance, the costs are low, they are great for the environment, and again, they are oh so quiet, just perfect for sneaking up on your target.
Like any application, kayak anglers can reach an acceptable level in a short period of time, but it takes years to master. Build good habits early on by taking these tips on board, and you climb up the rungs of kayak fishing will become much easier.
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