9 Best Kayak Fishing Tips

Jeff A Sep 01, 2023
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Table of Contents
  1. Tip #1: Use Versatile Lures
  2. Tip #2: Practice Casting from a Sitting Position
  3. Tip #3: Use a Paddle of Appropriate Length
  4. Tip #4: Wear Appropriate Clothing
  5. Tip #5: Prepare Your Gear for Capsizing
  6. Tip #6: Secure Gear Within Easy Reach
  7. Tip #7: Use Lures to Steer
  8. Tip #8: Pack Sufficient Water and Snacks
  9. Tip #9: Have Fun!
  10. Conclusion

First Published on 08/25/2023

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Embarking on a kayak fishing adventure demands more than just the right gear – it requires a set of strategies that can make all the difference between a rewarding day on the water and a frustrating one. From lure selection and casting techniques to essential gear preparation and safety measures, these tips will elevate your kayak fishing experience to new heights, ensuring you make the most of every moment spent on the water. So, let's dive into these expert tips that can transform your kayak fishing outings into memorable and successful ventures.

Tip #1: Use Versatile Lures

Kayak fishing requires time and effort managing gear and maintaining control of the kayak. There is also limited space to maneuver and store large amounts of tackle or even several rod and reel setups. Therefore, it is recommended to use fewer and more versatile lures that do not require a lot of attention and even less changeover. It is possible to pack several lures and spend time rotating through them, but you will likely have more enjoyment and make more casts with fewer lures. More casts means more opportunity to catch fish.

Tip #2: Practice Casting from a Sitting Position

For those fishermen (or fisherwomen) who have only ever made casts from a standing position, fishing from a kayak can take some time to adjust. Since you sit lower to the water, it is easy to dip your rod or lure into the water while making casts; especially with side-arm casts. All it takes is a little time to get used to the sitting position and adjust your muscle memory to keep your rod tip up out of the water. Practice casting from a sitting position which will speed up this adjustment period and will have you landing targeted casts in no time at all.

Tip #3: Use a Paddle of Appropriate Length

Kayaks come in various sizes and configurations. There are sit-in kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks; each sit in the water at varied heights and have varied seating positions. Each kayaker is also of varying height and size. So it is only natural that every kayaker should use a paddle of appropriate length to match their size and kayak configuration. In order to get the most efficiency out of paddling, you must ensure that your torso is straight and engaged. The paddle should cup into the water as far forward as your toes. You should rotate your shoulders and torso without arching your back; the power comes from your legs, up through your torso and shoulders, and into the paddle. A paddle that is too short or too long will cause you to lose this efficient paddling form and potentially lead to becoming prematurely exhausted or to soreness and injury.

Tip #4: Wear Appropriate Clothing

Although it may sound somewhat insignificant, be sure to wear clothing that is appropriate for the conditions. Long sleeves/pants and sunscreen can limit the effects of sun exposure. Light and breathable clothing can help manage drying away the inevitable water sprays and splashes. Wear a hat and/or polarized sunglasses to dampen the brightness of the sun and glare from the water. Following these simple tips, you will be able to spend more quality time on the water and maximize your enjoyment.

Tip #5: Prepare Your Gear for Capsizing

Each time you go out on the water, you take the risk (however small) of potentially capsizing your craft. Accidents can and will happen. Always go in with an open mindset that capsizing can happen and always practice securing your gear appropriately. Try to only bring gear that cannot be damaged by water and use bungees and straps to keep the gear secured. Pack water-sensitive gear in secure dry bags to prevent potential damage. Ensure that all of your gear is attached to your kayak so that it will not fall off or attached to buoys so that it can be retrieved.

Tip #6: Secure Gear Within Easy Reach

In addition to securing your gear to prevent losing it during an accident, position your gear so that is within easy access when needed. For instance, secure a set of pliers to your seat so that it is always within reach when needed to remove the hook from a fish. Keep a knife readily accessible for cutting fishing line or anchor rope in case of a tangle or emergency.

Tip #7: Use Lures to Steer

It is possible and sometimes convenient to use the retrieval of lures to steer and orient your kayak. This is a handy trick when you would like to reorient while having your hand full retrieving a lure. During times when your kayak is anchored, you can use the angle of retrieval to slowly rotate your kayak. Pointing your rod tip to the right of your lure during retrieval will tend to rotate the kayak counter-clockwise, pointing your rod tip to the left of your lure will rotate the kayak clockwise. You can also use this trick while unanchored but it slightly pulls your kayak in the direction of the lure. The more resistance the lure creates in the water the more your kayak will be pulled in its direction.

Tip #8: Pack Sufficient Water and Snacks

It is easy to spend several hours at a time out on the water kayaking. Make sure that you pack enough drinking water for the time that you plan to be fishing. Also take along snacks to keep you fueled for the duration. Be sure to limit your impact on the environment and leave no trash behind.

Tip #9: Have Fun!

Most importantly, have fun! Kayak fishing is a recreational activity so make certain to maximize your enjoyment while out on the water. Take in the scenery, enjoy the action, and simply have a great time. Kayak fishing is a wonderful opportunity to leave your stress behind and focus on the joys of the great outdoors.

Conclusion

In the world of kayak fishing, mastering these seven invaluable tips can mean the difference between a merely pleasant day on the water and an unforgettable angling adventure. From the strategic use of versatile lures to refining your casting techniques, optimizing your gear, and ensuring your comfort and safety, these insights are your keys to success. As you embark on your kayak fishing journeys armed with this knowledge, remember to enjoy nature and have a great time exploring the great outdoors.





Table of Contents
  1. Tip #1: Use Versatile Lures
  2. Tip #2: Practice Casting from a Sitting Position
  3. Tip #3: Use a Paddle of Appropriate Length
  4. Tip #4: Wear Appropriate Clothing
  5. Tip #5: Prepare Your Gear for Capsizing
  6. Tip #6: Secure Gear Within Easy Reach
  7. Tip #7: Use Lures to Steer
  8. Tip #8: Pack Sufficient Water and Snacks
  9. Tip #9: Have Fun!
  10. Conclusion