Kayak Front Point Of View

WHY KAYAK FISHING IS THE BEST

Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing fishing applications, and among my fisho mates here in Queensland, we have all caught the bug. I hadn’t really heard much about it until 2008. Before that, I had a boat and was quite happy. Then my mate, who was saving for a boat too, ditched the idea and bought a kayak instead. At first, I thought he was barmy. But before long, he had nudged me enough to get my own kayak and I haven’t looked back since.

LAUNCHABILITY

All you need is a few inches of water and access to the shore to launch a kayak. No more waiting in line at boat ramps in specifically designated boat launching spots. You see a cove you look the look of, provided you can get to it, the fish are all yours. You give yourself the edge on other fishos before you even cast out.

COST

I can completely understand why my mate didn’t end up getting a boat. Once he had saved all that money, faced with the prospect of blowing it all in one go, he couldn’t bring himself to do it. Kayaks are far more affordable. Grab yourself a PFD, a paddle, and a kayak and for a few hundred bucks, you are ready to fish.

YOU CAN GET AWAY FOR A QUICK FEW HOURS FISHING

Once you have set up the boat, driven to launch ramp, got it all ready, then packed it all up again, and got the boat home, half of your afternoon has been spent preparing to fish. If you only have a few hours spare, you probably won’t bother to go out at all. In a kayak, because the preparation is almost nil, you can maximise your time on the water, and nip out for a few hours fishing between work meetings.

IT’S A GOOD SOURCE OF EXERCISE

Some of my mates who recently converted did so more out of exercise than anything else. They found that telling their other halves they were going out fishing wasn’t going down too well, telling them they were going out exercising for a few hours went down much better. It is a great way of working up a sweat though.

IT’S GREAT FOR EVERY FISHING STYLE

Whether your domain is fast rivers, estuaries, lakes, and even saltwater applications, kayak fishing can be for you. I personally love getting up close to structures and hitting all the nooks and crannies you just can’t reach from the shore where the more elusive species are lurking. I find that the kayaks lower angle helps me reach more difficult spots with my cast as well. I’m becoming a dab hand at skipping a soft plastic under a dock or between two downed trees.

MINIMAL MAINTENANCE

When I had a boat, there was always some job which needed doing to keep it in good working order. Now I have a kayak I just have to wipe it down and spray it down with a product to protect it from the sun’s rays and I am done. It is very inexpensive to maintain and takes up almost none of my time.

YOU TUNE INTO NATURE

Creeping along the waterways inches above the water’s surface really puts you in tune with the fish. You sense every time they break the water, every time the wind picks up, and any change in the fishing conditions. As a result, you can modify your style and technique much quicker to keep up with the changing fish behaviour and conditions.

Kayak fishing allowed me to fish from an entirely new perspective. It introduced me to a host of new fishing opportunities and locations and is something I would highly recommend to any fisho looking to branch out and try something new.

 


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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.