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QUICK GUIDE TO KAYAK FISHING SAFETY

When you ask many they will think a personal floatation device is all that is required for safety when out on the water with a kayak. Granted, many of us fish in pretty safe waters. We are looking to get into the places we can’t when casting from the sidelines. That doesn’t mean we should stop at the legal requirements when thinking about safety when fishing from a kayak. Before we get into safety, let’s look at some of the reasons why people get into trouble when kayak fishing.

KNOWN REASONS WHY KAYAK DISASTERS HAPPEN

Even when fishing in 18 inches of water, you can still get into trouble. Most disasters happen in the most ridiculous of situations. The main causes of kayak disasters involve the following:

Hazardous water
Operator inexperience
Alcohol

We all love a beer, but beer and kayaks don’t mix. Let’s take a look at the Quick Guide to extra safety for kayak anglers.

GOOD PFD

You need a comfortable lifejacket. A comfortable lifejacket is one you can wear all day. Some of the best lifejackets for kayak fishos have pocket that make them even more useful when you don’t need one.

HAVE A FLOAT PLAN

Float plans are not just for when you are going up a river on a kayak. Always tell someone where you are going and how long you plan to be out for. You should plan take out spots in the area so a rescue team will know where to look for you.

GO KAYAK FISHING WITH A FRIEND

While there is nothing like the serenity of kayak fishing alone, your safety increases with the number of people you are with. Buddy trips are certainly safer than kayak fishing alone.

WEATHER WATCHING

Weather apps can keep you up-to-date on the weather. Be aware of weather changes. The daily weather forecast from the TV is not considered enough.

Related: Quick Guide to Mobile Phone Apps for Kayak Anglers

DRESS FOR THE WATER

Weather can change quickly. Water temperatures can and will be much lower than when you are dry on your kayak. Even when the weather forecast says the day will be warm, the mornings and nights can be extremely cold. Hypothermia is a real risk when you are fishing on a kayak. Remember to dress for the water.

KEEP YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL

Remember you are low on the water when kayak fishing. Those on power boats are often looking at their graphs when running channels and not looking at traffic. Always keep your head on a swivel when you are in high traffic areas and cross traffic lanes as fast as you can.

FIRST AID KIT

You wouldn’t go out on a boat without a first aid kit. You shouldn’t even go fishing without a first aid kit and you definitely need one when kayak fishing.

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

Radios are just not for coastal boaties. They are extremely useful for kayak anglers. You can’t simply rely on your mobile phone. A good VHF radio will allow you to communicate with mates and allow you to call for help.

 


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Bill Matthews
bill.matthews@dinga.com.au

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