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SALTWATER KAYAK FISHING ESSENTIALS FOR NEWBIES

Kayak fishing is really taking off in Australia. The low cost of entry to a whole new world of fishing is really catching on. If you are thinking about getting into saltwater kayak fishing, this piece is for you. Make the most of your first experience with these kayak fishing essentials. We’re pretty sure even seasoned saltwater kayak fishing anglers will agree with us.

GREAT SALTWATER KAYAK PADDLE

The difference between an average paddle and a great paddle is really obvious by the amount of water you can cover. You don’t need to invest in the best kayak when getting started but it always pays to invest in a quality kayak paddle. You can always take your paddle with you when you upgrade your kayak.

A great paddle will give you more speed and efficiency as well as reducing fatigue on your arms and hands.

INSECT REPELLENT

Learn this lesson before your first kayak fishing expedition. Saltwater kayak around mangroves and through estuaries provides some of the best fishing. It is also the best place to become a target yourself. Always prepare with the protection of insect repellent and have a great day.

SUNSCREEN AND FISHING APPAREL

Perhaps it is the excitement of fishing on a kayak for the first time but a lot of kayak fishing newbies forget the basics of fishing under the Aussie sun. Sunscreen is a must and you’ll be wise to wear a fishing shirt that also offers UV protection.

WATERPROOF CASING AND HAND MOUNT FOR YOUR CAMERA

Selfies are not just for girls who think they are models for Instagram. Don’t be one of those kayak fishos who loses their camera in the drink when taking a shot of a prized catch. There is nothing worse than kayak fishing alone and not being prepared to take that trophy photo. A hand mount is simply the best way to go.

FISHING TOOLS

It takes a little experience to be good at kayak fishing from simply fishing. Fishing tools to help you handle fish and manage your tackle are even more important when you are sitting in a kayak. The most important tools include a fish grip, some pliers, a fishing net, line cutters and gloves are absolutely essential.

SOME KIND OF ANCHOR

A decent fish can take you on a roller coaster ride. A power pole is the most advanced way to anchor but there are plenty of options if you want to DIY. A dumbbell is one of the cheapest ways to go. There is nothing worse than ending up in the mangroves, especially if you don’t have gloves and insect repellent.

PLENTY OF LIQUIDS

There is nothing worse than staring at all that water you can’t drink when you are thirsty. You will need a lot to drink when you are out on the water all day. Hydration packs were originally designed for hiking but are growing in popularity with kayak fishos because they are so convenient.

WATER SAFETY GEAR

Wearing a PFD is probably mandatory wherever you are. But that’s not the reason to be wearing one. The only PFD that works is one that is worn. Make sure you invest in something that is comfortable to wear all day long.

 


Is there anything we have missed? Let us know if you think there is anything else you consider a kayak fishing essential.

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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.