September 11, 2020
Kayak fishing allows an angler to immerse themselves in nature fully. Using a kayak, it is possible to fish remote waters, glide quietly across the water to not spook the fish, and easily navigate shallow waters. It is also a great source of upper-body exercise and is not difficult, as long as you allow for a little bit of practice and choose the right gear.
The kayak fishing adventure begins with choosing the right kayak. The kayaks used for fishing are usually between 10 and 14 feet long. Kayaks shorter than this are easier to maneuver but do not offer the space needed for gear. Wider kayaks are also better for fishing, as these provide more stability. This is key to landing a big fish and staying upright. Many anglers prefer a sit-on-top kayak because it is easier to spot fish from higher up, but ones where you sit down inside the kayak work just fine too. Anyone who would like to stand on their kayak and fish would need a sit-on-top kayak. This will take extra practice, but it is possible. A final thing to consider when choosing a kayak is finding one with ample room for mounting rod holders and storing tackle.
Once you have found the right kayak, take it out for a spin without intending to fish. It is imperative to get a feel for how it handles and practice paddling without worrying about fishing. Make sure that you are using a paddle leash so that your paddle will stay connected to the kayak while you are battling a fish. Also, practice paddling with one hand in the event you need to get out of harm's way while you have a fish on.
When it comes to loading up the kayak with gear, it is best to keep it simple. Overcome the urge to cram in every piece of fishing equipment you own and keep to the basics. Store the items that you will readily need in the cockpit and then place extra gear and accessories in the tank well. The best thing to use to keep things organized in the tank well is a milk crate insert. By utilizing, but not overstuffing these two storage areas, your kayak should stay balanced.
It is also very important to think about how to keep essential items dry in the kayak. Wear moisture-wicking clothing that will dry fast, keep an extra set in the kayak in a waterproof bag or box, and keep another dry-set in the car. Also, think about keeping your electronics safe and dry. You will certainly want to document your adventure and chronicle the enormous fish you reeled in. Plus, keeping your phone with you is crucial for safety. You never know when your kayak may flip, or water will come into the kayak. ugo™ offers the perfect products for protecting electronics. The ugo™ PHONE 2.0 dry bag featuring uZIP™ technology fits all sized smartphones and can be used without removing the phone from the bag. This bag will float, keep your phone completely dry, and can be connected to your kayak with a ugo™ Heroclip® Medium. Electronics can be submerged up to 20 feet for any length of time and still be safe. For those hoping to take their tablet along in the kayak, check out the ugo™ TABLET and the ugo™ TABLET XL.
With the right kayak, the right gear, and taking the time to practice, fishing from a kayak is a great way to get out into nature and get a workout. Take your time, do your research, and do not skimp on purchasing top quality products. The better the equipment, the longer it will last, and the better the adventure will be.