December 21, 2020

Fishing is a wonderful pastime enjoyed by many.  The peaceful tranquility of being out on the water, immersed in nature, is a way to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.  If you are an angler, chances are you have toyed with the idea of fishing from a kayak before.  But how is this possible? How does it compare to traditional fishing from the shore line, or a boat?  Below, let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of kayak fishing.

Pros Of Kayak Fishing

Fishing from a kayak is a popular sport and pastime that enchants anglers around the world.  Below, let's examine some of the pros associated with kayak fishing.

Kayak Maneuverability

One of the biggest joys of fishing from a kayak is the ability to maneuver through tight spaces with your small kayak.  Getting into mangroves and shallow water is a breeze with a kayak which means you will be able to go into uncharted waters.  Further, you'll be able to get away from other anglers and large, loud boats which means you can find a secret waterway to fish all by your lonesome.  Kayaks also allow the angler to better maneuver from salt water to brackish, or freshwater by following the various channels and outlets through the water systems.

Quietness of a Kayak

A kayak is wonderful because the power to propel the boat is completely self made.  That means that while fishing you don't have the noisy motor running as you get to and from your favorite fishing spot.  Of course, that means that you'll have the wonderful opportunity to coast through the waterways silently, which can help to snag the big fish of your dreams.  Kayaking will also give you the opportunity to spot some wildlife along the shore line too.  

Kayak Versatility

Just because you are fishing from a small boat does not mean that you won't be able to snag a whopper.  Fishing from a kayak is extremely versatile, allowing the angler to target the size fish he or she hopes to catch.  That means that it is perfectly possible to chase after panfish, or reel in a 3 foot monster.  Fishing for large fish from a kayak does require some preparation ahead of time to make sure you have the tools necessary to stay stable, and dry.  Keep in mind that bringing in a large fish could throw off your center of balance, which can lead to personal items falling out of your kayak.  Be sure to protect your possessions like your wallet, mobile phone, and car keys with a floating, waterproof case, like the waterproof cases from ugo™.  Not only are these cases completely waterproof, but they have plenty of room inside to allow you to pack up all your personal items that cannot get wet.

Cons of Kayak Fishing

As much as people love to fish from a kayak, there are some cons to the hobby that can leave people frustrated if they are not prepared for what lies ahead.  Let’s examine some cons to kayak fishing, and offer some solutions to make your fishing adventure easier.  

Limited Space In A Kayak

A kayak is a sleek and slender boat that has a shallow bottom.  While that means you can navigate the tightest waterways, unfortunately that leaves you with very little room on the boat itself.  It can be difficult to not only stow away your big catch of the day, but also have room for your personal items and equipment.  Aside from a possible tip into the water, splashes and drips can occur from simply trying to reel in your fish.  To prepare ahead of time for limited space on your kayak, be sure to organize your personal belongings in a waterproof, safe protective case.  The iPad case created by ugo™, is extra large, allowing room for not only your iPad, but room for your necessary documents and folders too.  If your kayak tips over, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your electronics are safe and sound.  

Sun Exposure in a Kayak

Depending on how you look at the situation, a kayak is either great or terrible for sun exposure.  Yes, you get to enjoy time spent in the sunshine, but a kayak offers little protection from the elements, unlike a traditional boat.  Prepare for your kayak fishing adventure ahead of time by making sure you have plenty of sunblock and a hat to protect your skin and head from the elements.  Remember to reapply your sunblock throughout the day to stay covered and protected from dangerous sun burns.

Kayaks Are Not Self Propelled

Whichever way you look at it, powering a kayak through the water can be a lot of hard work.  For people who are looking for a relaxing fishing adventure, this might just be too much exertion.  Before you start fishing from a kayak, it is a good idea to get some practice paddling and maneuvering a kayak through the water.  It takes a great deal of strength and balance to really get the hang of it.  Reeling in a large fish with minimal kayaking experience can cause you to tip the boat over.  

For many, kayaking through the waterways is a peaceful and rewarding experience, especially if you have the opportunity to fish while kayaking.  There are several pros to fishing from a kayak which include increased maneuverability and silent mobility.  But, there are some associated negatives with the hobby, too.  Luckily, with full preparation and practice ahead of time, it's possible to overcome these negatives and find solutions for even the biggest challenges of fishing from a kayak.  

Protect Your Phone and Essentials

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. Many who fish are now using apps on their phones to see lake maps and GPS, this is the perfect way to protect your investment while still being able to use it in the kayak. 

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