Kayak Fishing Tips

Kayak Fishing Tips
When kayak fishing, rig your kayak with the gear, equipment, tools and accessories needed to keep you safe on the water in the event of a flip and also increase your potential for a strike. While the mechanics of fishing in a kayak may seem very different from that of a boat, the execution is largely the same: Find an active fishing spot where large game fish are feeding on small forage fish and drop your line for superior strikes.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Personal flotation device
  • Fishing tackle and gear
  • Fishing rod holder or fishing rod prop
  • Fish finder device
  • Anchor
  • Rope
  • Bag
  • Rocks
Step 1
Rig your kayak with fishing gear and equipment. Install rod holders or rod props, which are crafted to support your fishing rods at the center of your kayak or on the side; however, installation is required. Pack fishing crates, which serve as a storage space for fishing tackle and other essentials including water as well as paddle leases, which attach to your paddle to prevent loss during a flip. Pack at least three to four bottles of water to stave off dehydration and fatigue.
Step 2
Rig your lines before climbing into the cockpit of your kayak, if possible. Tie on your hooks, bait--which will vary depending on the application--and lead weights. Rig different reels for different water depths and different size fish. Arriving with your tackle already in order will offer greater organization on the water.
Step 3
Install a waterproof kayak fish finder, which is essential in the event of a flip to locate fish. Consider the mounting location of the fish finder head and transducer. These can be attached to the rudder or a flat area inside the hull. Choose the type of power--battery or solar--and make sure the frequency is strong enough for the water conditions in which you are fishing, such as choppy, calm or deep.
Step 4
Anchor your kayak once you find a prime fishing spot. Purchase an anchor or craft one by filling a bag with rocks and attaching a rope to it. Slowly drop the anchor over either side of the hull. If standing, grab either side of the thwarts, which are the seats that run across the width of the kayak, for balance. Keep your legs extended out across the widest part of the kayak and position both feet so they are turned in slightly.
Step 5
Pack safety equipment. Deploy a signaling device such as a flare to direct other anglers to your location if you become lost.

Tips & Warnings

Test out your kayak fishing equipment on land before use.
Always wear a personal flotation device when kayak fishing.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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