Yes, you need to know these tips before you head out for fishing in your kayak. These tips will help you stay safe, fish more effectively and improve your kayak fishing skills.
A lot of people are trying kayaking for the first time and would like to know the basic to pro points and we made this list of almost every trick in the book that you need to learn about kayak fishing.
Kayak Fishing Tips
- Center the weight of anchor tackle and your self.
- Have a comfortable and well fit life jacket or wear a PFD which known as a personal flotation device.
- Carry a whistle. I keep my required whistle tethered in one of the pockets, and an extra in one of the storage compartments ( $70 fine if you don’t have one in MD). 1 whistle blast for attention/ to alert others of something 2 or 3 for help – 3 is a universal sign of distress.
- Fish grips are greater than nets on a kayak as nets catch hooks on the back cast. Though I do occasionally keep a small net at my feet, not in the rod holder.
- Always -always -always keep a knife on yourself to cut yourself free if you get tangled.
- Put a flag on the back about six feet up. Makes it easier for boats to see you. Also makes it easier for you to locate each other if you get separated. If my buddies are across the lake it’s hard to see their kayak against the background but I can always see that flag fluttering in the Wind.
- As it is sitting be aware when wearing a life jacket in current or not while flipped it can potentially keep the operator in the seat. And you should understand how to evacuate upside down in a flipped sit in with a life vest as you should always wear one.
- Crankbaits sometimes turn the kayak so don’t use them unless you get really good at kayak fishing.
- Turn into the wake as to reduce its effect on the operator
- Not necessary but look at making rod leashes.
- If you are going in the river teach yourself about how current reacts with rocks so as to land on rocks and navigate them in a safe manner.
- Check your tides and wind direction. Begin your day paddling into the wind or into the current if you plan on taking out at the same place that you put in. It makes your trip back easier if you are tired after a day of fishing.
- Do as much pre-rigging as you can before you get on the water. Practice your placement of stuff to make sure you can reach it and the kayak stays stable. Don’t want to hook a big fish and not be able to reach the net.
- Always check the weather. And keep checking it. Wind can be dangerous.
- Go to 6’ deep water and intentionally flip yourself. Then practice getting back in. Do this before going to deeper waters.
- Look out for boats in the water. Kayaks are hard to see in the water and boats knock them out so be aware of your surroundings. You cannot blame the helmsman for this, imagine the boat in big water going at fifty and there is a kayak. It ain’t much you can do apart from keeping a lookout and signaling the boat captain before they come near you.
- Carry water and some high-calorie snacks along with you, if the wind hits you. You’re going to need to have some energy to fight it.
- Let someone know where you’re headed. We go out with family and love it. Just be safe and have fun!
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