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DEBUNKING COMMON KAYAK FISHING MYTHS

Kayak fishing has exploded in popularity in recent years. As it has become more popular and more people have taken it up, it has started to suffer from the same myths and misinformation that plagues any niche interest and hobby. It is still a relatively new application and the interest is still finding its way. Even so, some of the myths perpetuated in the community have been outright wrong. These are some common kayak fishing myths that are just not true.

PADDLING CAUSES ARTHRITIS

This is a common one. The repetitive movement of kayaking will lead to arthritis and a breakdown of the joints. This is just not true. It is absolute rubbish. Kayaking is a low impact exercise so it is actually beneficial to people with arthritis. Just ask Traci Martin from the US. She has rheumatoid arthritis and is planning to set a Guinness World Record for the furthest non-stop paddling trip in a year (at the time of publishing). She will paddle 8,600 miles. She says that her time spent on the water provides relief from the pain and helps her.

SANDING YOUR KAYAK WILL MAKE IT FASTER

Don’t do it! Sanding your kayak down won’t make it faster. It just damages the integrity of a well-designed kayak. I don’t know how this myth started but I am sure it has ruined more than one over-enthusiastic novice’s kayak.

KAYAK FISHOS ATTRACT SHARKS

The number of times I have heard this one. I swear people think kayak fishos have to navigate a swirling typhoon of Great White Sharks every time they get more than 25 metres away from the shore. I have seen one shark in all the years I have been kayak fishing and I was far more interested in it than it was with me.

YOU CAN’T TAKE TROPHY SPECIES FROM A KAYAK

I have an album of photos that shows otherwise. You can take Tuna, Sailfish and Sharks from a kayak and you have the advantage of stealth, making you even more deadly offshore.

IT’S EXPENSIVE

You can get a second-hand kayak and kit it out for any fishing application for a few hundred dollars. Besides, its far cheaper than a boat and requires much less maintenance.

BANANAS ON A FISHING BOAT WILL BRING BAD LUCK

An amusing piece of fishing folklore but, as one of the few people on this earth that suffer from banana-phobia, it is one I refuse to test personally.

Don’t believe everything you hear about kayak fishing. As the sport becomes more popular, I have no doubt more myths will spring up which require debunking. As kayak fishos, we have to stay critical to avoid getting swept up in these waves of nonsense.

There is one thing that is for sure, kayak fishing is a blast, especially with a stealthy electric kayak motor to sneak up on those fish.


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.