One of the more fun outdoor hobbies is kayak fishing, bringing the best of two hobbies–going fishing, and going kayaking–together in beautiful simplicity. All you really need is a boat, a fishing rod, and a lake to have a good day. And when you’re done, you paddle back to the shore and display what you caught, and share the stories of what you didn’t. It’s a good time that can be easily had by anyone willing to give it a try. The following guide will help set you up for your next (or first!) kayak fishing adventure.
If you’ve never been kayak fishing before, bringing along a friend with experience in the hobby is a very good idea. Your friend can help you with a variety of choices that become easier with experience, but which can be daunting for the novice. Questions such as which boat to get, how big it should be, how much it should cost, what sort of storage it should come with, and other big and small issues can be tackled with someone who has done this many times before.
However, not everyone will have access to a kayak fishing friend. And that’s okay. Many people choose to rent a kayak from a boathouse or a sports store for an afternoon or a weekend or longer. In such cases, your choice will be limited to what’s in stock. But buying one is also an option. In this case, you will have many to choose from, from cheaper plastic kayaks that can be had for about three hundred dollars to exorbitant wooden kayaks that may cost over three thousand dollars, due to their being handmade by experienced craftspeople.
You can start with any kayak that is durable and functional, however. These will typically come in metal or vinyl. From there, you will want to spend some money on oars or paddles as well, keeping in mind that lighter paddles will be easier to paddle over extended periods of time, but will likely cost more up front. Look around for deals on kayaks, and you can usually find something good for well under five hundred dollars. If you can find one with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, you will be off to a good start. Kayak fishing doesn’t have to break the bank, and it can provide many years of rewards by getting you outdoors and giving you a workout.
Once you’ve got the kayak component sorted out, it’s time to focus on the fishing part. Presuming you’ve fished before, you will have a basic idea of what to do. If not, you will learn; don’t worry. Here, you can save time by asking people who have fished where you plan to fish where the best locations are. Paddle your kayak to these areas, drop your fishing line, and let the good times begin. You may find yourself having more success when you fish from your kayak than you have ever had while fishing on land, and you may wonder why. This is sometimes because fish are more daring in the open water, as there are typically fewer noises, people, and boats to scare them away. Additionally, creatures that prey on fish, like turtles and foxes, are usually located closer to shore, where they wait for fish to approach them. As a result, fish prefer to swim in the middle of the lake, where the water is also deepest. This is often a good place to start your fishing. Of course, you can also fish on rivers with your kayak, riding the rapids downstream!
By now, you may be itching to get to the water, and you should be! Kayak fishing is a hobby with room for everyone, no matter your level of experience with going kayaking, going fishing, or both. Just remember to stay safe, keep smiling, and have fun, and you’ll be most of the way there!