Kayak Fishing is just as the name suggests, it’s a small narrow boat you use as a means of transportation to where you can easily approach fish types such as Cobia and Flounder.
Kayak was originally invented by the indigenous people of Inuit and Anuit for transportation to hunt on inland lakes. The word Kayak originates from the seventeenth and eighteenth century from Greenland by Whalers and brought to Europe to name any boat who used the same model as the Inuit.
Today Kayak Fishing has become a sport that is also considered the most ethical and environmentally friendly way to fish. However, people have more questions than ever, these are the most common questions that this article will attempt to answer.
Whether you’re a person who has done the sport in the past a few times or someone who is considering it. You’ll gain useful knowledge on the topic by the end so without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
What is the best Kayak for me?
That completely depends on the individual, it’s like a pair of shoes, there is no one size fits all.
There are many factors to consider such as your height, weight, the water you’re going to paddle in, what you plan on fishing for and how much you want to store in your Kayak.
The best course of action is to figure that out and ask experienced paddlers in one of the many websites on the topic.
Should I take a class?
Absolutely, if you’re a beginner then investing in a class will be the best thing you can do, in some cases it might even pull you ahead of your more experienced counterparts.
One of the biggest problems with paddlers is that they are fishermen first and kayakers second, which means they have a hard time paddling correctly.
A class will teach you how to self and assisted rescue, navigate the surf zone, kayak rigging and fishing techniques specific to your area.
Do you tip over? What do you do if it happens?
The reason people fall off is because they fail to keep their head in the centerline of the boat. Wherever your head goes your body will follow so keep that in mind when you go kayaking. If you do fall off, you should know how to do a self-rescue hence why you need to take a class and be prepared. Just be careful and you’ll be alright.
• Back aches
• Hard to sight fish sitting down
• Getting wet
The first con of kayak fishing is the inevitable back aches that come from sitting for hours on end. This is not to say that the seats in kayaks are uncomfortable because they are usually very comfortable. The backaches come for sitting too long. Sitting at a desk all day has the same effect. Standing up every now and again or getting out of the kayak to stretch can alleviate this con.
The low elevation of the yak fisherman is another con when trying to sight fish. The higher the elevation of the fisherman the more he will be able to see. The close to the water stance of a yak hinders the ability to see fish. Many of the new sit on top style yaks are stable enough to allow for standing which fixes the elevation issue.
Yak fishermen can expect to get wet. Kayak fishing is a wet style of fishing. The fish will be splashing and the scupper holes allow water to flow into and out of the kayak. That is just the way it is.
Now let’s look at the pros of yak fishing.
• Low cost barrier to entry
• Launch/fish anywhere
• Anyone can do it
• Low maintenance
Kayaks are relatively cheap compared to other fishing vessels. A decent not too fancy kayak set up for fishing will usually run less than one thousand dollars. There are kayaks with pedal drive and all of the bells and whistles that may cost close to three thousand dollars but a basic fishing kayak should cost less than one thousand dollars.
The ability to be stealthy is a definite pro for this style of fishing. A trolling motor is not as quite as everyone thinks. Fish can hear very well and often are spooked by the hum of a trolling motor. Kayaks don’t have that problem and can easily sneak up on fish.
The ability to launch and fish from anywhere is a major advantage. This fisherman likes to find areas that are not pressured by other fishermen. The key is to fish where the fish are and the fishermen aren’t. Fishing kayaks are perfect for this.
Anyone without physical handicaps can fish from a kayak. The physical requirements are the ability to sit and paddle at the same time. This ranks on a difficulty scale with walking while chewing gum. Very little athletic ability is necessary for kayak fishing.
Kayaks are very low maintenance. Once a fisherman gets their kayak set up the way they like it most of the work is done. There is very little that can go wrong with a sturdily built fishing kayak.
In conclusion, kayak fishing is an inexpensive, fun and easy to get outside and catch a ton of fish. So get out there and do it.