man at sea fishing on his kayak

INTERMEDIATE SALTWATER KAYAK FISHING TIPS FOR MORE ENJOYMENT ON THE SEA

There is always something more to learn when you get engrossed with kayak fishing. Fishing out on the sea is just as popular as fishing in rivers and on lakes. These intermediate tips are designed for the saltwater kayaking fisho to add to his or her bag of skills and tricks.

STRADDLE YOUR KAYAK

If you are using a narrow kayak and looking for more stability on choppy waters, drop your legs into the water so you are straddling your kayak. By straddling your kayak you lower your centre of gravity and you’ll have a whole lot more stability.

GET MORE OUT OF YOUR PADDLE

Some kayak paddles have two blades for a reason. Get more out of each stroke by treating your paddle as a lever. This means you pull with one arm while you push with the other. Once you get the hang of it, you will find you can reduce the energy you use per stroke.

KEEP FACED AT THE FISH

You will have more control over a hooked fish if you keep the stern (front) of your kayak pointing towards your hooked fish. You can do this using your legs in the straddle position or with an electric trolling motor that has a FOB remote control you can use from your fishing rod.

LANDING FISH LIKE A KAYAK FISHO PRO

The trick to landing fish efficiently on a kayak is different to landing fish on a boat. Don’t reel in a fish right up to the tip of your fishing rod. Instead, leave about the same amount of line as the length of your rod and point your rod skyward so you can slide the fish right onto your kayak. As you get more skilled you will find that you can do this with better with one hand slanting the rod across your body.

LEARN TO READ THE WAVE SETS

The key to getting out to sea with the minimum amount of effort is to knowing the gap between sets of waves. Keep your nose pointed at the foam where the waves break because, with practice, you can sit in this impact zone with a minimum amount of effort until the pause between the sets gives you the chance to get out to the deeper water with ease.

Tip: Think like a surfer when you are returning back to shore. Paddle on the back of a wave set but make sure you check your back if a big wave is coming because you might need to turn around quickly if you know you can’t make it.

 


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Bill Matthews
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Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.