QUICK GUIDE TO KAYAK FISHING AT NIGHT
If you are like most Aussie fishos, the weekends are the only time you have to go kayak fishing. The only way to make the most of your time is to fish at night as well. It’s a great excuse to make a real kayak fishing trip of it. Let’s take a look at some tips to fishing at night on your kayak while keeping it safe.
TREAT NIGHT KAYAK FISHING AS A SEPARATE ADVENTURE
If you are out all day, don’t continue fishing into the night. Plan your fishing day and night as separate adventures. Break up your day and night with a solid break and refresh yourself for night fishing.
KAYAK FISH IN FAMILIAR WATERS
You should always fish at night in waters you know well during the day. You know your landmarks and they won’t change but they will soon fade into the darkness.
SAFETY IN NUMBERS
Kayak fishing at night, while you are alone, is plain stupid. Don’t even think about it.
Plan your launch time before the light goes down. Make sure it is a place you know you can return to in limited light. A boat ramp or an area with lighting is always the best to come back to.
CARRY YOUR OWN LIGHT
The moon can provide an excellent amount of light but it is not something to rely on. Make sure you are well prepared with your own kayak fishing light. Headlamps, otherwise known as head torches, are perfect for the kayaking angler. Set up your launch with a large light and a head light.
A KAYAK LANDING NET
Landing fish on a kayak takes enough skill during the day but is quite difficult in the dark. A landing net is an absolute must.
Make sure you and your kayak have reflective markers. You want to be easily seen by others whether they are there for you or not.
TRUST YOUR GUT INSTINCT
If at any time you feel something is not right, cancel your adventure. Don’t be one of those people who didn’t listen to their gut instinct.
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