Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tips for Beginners
The Inuit people, who inhabited arctic regions, invented what we call the kayak for fishing in open ocean water. They used it for all types of fishing, and proved that it was a great craft for fishing. The kayak has gone through a lot of refinements over the years, but it remains a great medium for fishing. It does have a bit of a learning curve though, and you need to have the right equipment to have success and make it an enjoyable experience.
Kayaks are different for fresh and salt water fishing. Kayaks for ocean fishing are bigger and sturdier so they provide more stability. Everything concerned with a saltwater kayak – the paddles and even fishing gear – are also sturdier than those used for freshwater fishing. The longer and narrower the kayak, the easier it is to paddle. However wider kayaks are more stable on the water. You will have to find a balance between ease of paddling and stability on the water that makes you comfortable. This is why it is so important to try out kayaks before making a purchase.
The kayak offers benefits though, over more standard boats, or even over bank or pier fishing. A kayak allows for more mobility, and you are closer to the water so you might be able to have better vision when searching for fish. They are also relatively inexpensive when compared to standard boats at least, which is another advantage. They are also easier to transport. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect is that a kayak makes you feel like you are one with nature. You will be sitting at water level, or maybe even a few inches below depending on the design. It is a great way to experience nature while you are fishing.
Saltwater fishing often creates images of being out on the ocean, but there are also saltwater marshes and backwaters that have great fishing available. Often these areas can only be reached with a small craft like a kayak. Launching at high tide will give you a few hours of time to paddle around the marshy areas, and that is often a good time to fish.
To get started, it is a good idea to shop around and find the best kayak for your needs. Trying one out and getting one you are comfortable with will make the experience more enjoyable. One way to do this is to rent them, and some kayak stores will let you try one out. Another thing to do is make sure you have some sort of GPS technology. If you go far out at all, you can lose your bearings and be paddling away from the coastline instead of towards it. A GPS can keep you close and help you find your way. A third tip that is very handy is to have floatable storage containers.
A kayak can easily get tipped over, and you will have to learn how to roll the kayak to right yourself. In doing that your property may fall out. If it is not in a floatable container, it may sink to the bottom and not be retrievable. It would also be a good idea to carry some kind of communication device such as a phone and store it in your floatable container just in case you get in trouble. A life vest of course, should also be considered essential.
Also realize that saltwater fishing requires a good bit of paddling, and on the ocean it is even harder than on a smooth body of water like a lake. You don’t have to be in perfect condition, but it is a good idea to realize your strengths and weaknesses, and be sure you don’t go so far out that you cannot paddle back to shore.