Kayak Fishing Techniques For Beginners
You may already have a passion for fly-fishing or what has become traditional spin fishing. Maybe you’re interest has been in the kayaking sport for some time now, and you’re fully geared up and ready to go. Awesome. Here is where we combine the best of both worlds in order to find serene places and pools of aquatic species that will let your mind run wild.
Fishing is a great activity for leisure, relationship bonding and for general therapy when relieving stress. Kayaking is not only a similar pursuit, but the physical endurance and coordination needed to maneuver successfully adds a more advanced level of outdoorsmanship and overall conditioning to the adventures that are bound to be had.
Having both is a relatively new adventure for the outdoor enthusiasts regarding its newly found popularity. This popularity is reaching heights never seen before, and rivers, lakes or reservoirs are filling up with this hybridized angler/kayaker. So if you’re interested in combining the journey of these two worlds upon the water, there are a few things you should know.
Expect To Swim
Sure, when you hit the water with your pole, lures, and tackle box, you never expect to actually end up in the water. But trust me – it can definitely happen out there! With that in mind, you need to dress with the expectation that you will end up in the water at some point. It doesn’t always happen, but you should be prepared for when it does. This means wearing clothing that you can swim in (and shoes that you won’t lose in the water) and wearing a PFD.
Prepare For A Flip
As mentioned below, it can be too easy to get off balance and flip your ‘yak. You definitely don’t want this to happen out there, but it can – so you need to be prepared. This means that anything you don’t want to get wet, like a fishfinder, needs to be in a drybag to protect it from water damage. And everything needs to be secured to the ‘yak so that you don’t lose anything if your rig flips out there.
Balance Is Everything
Whether beginning or a seasoned pro, you’ll find that management of the hull of your kayak will be one, if not the most, challenging task to this style of angling. You have to understand that you won’t be sitting balanced with oars in your hands the entire time. In fact, as you cast, you invite ample room and opportunity to “rock the boat.”
What you want to do, therefore, is take advantage of your own weight and the drift of your current positioning. For the quickest way to balance and stabilize the hull, you can easily stretch out both legs—allowing your two feet to dip into the water. You thereby extend the vessel’s surface to water ratio and improve the boat’s balance. And remember that your body needs to go where your head goes to keep the balance in there.
Maybe Use An Anchor
A more commonly used option is found in the ever useful anchor. This can be done no matter what type of design you use or have purchased. The best strategy is to take advantage of the drift where you float, place the anchor above it so that tension is made as the kayak drifts below the anchor point and then remains steady against the constant force of water and the anchor’s point of contact below the water’s surface.
Take A Paddle
Another option you have is with the handy hand-paddle. This paddle has the same head width and diameter as your standard paddle but with a short, exaggerated shaft that is long enough only to fit in your palm’s length only. The paddle of this design enables you to maneuver your kayak as best you can while keeping your hands free to net a fish, cast a line or push from shore.
Time For Casting
Once you’ve got your kayak stabilized, you want to consider the method you’re actually using for casting. You will be doing a lot of this. When sending your rubber, hard plastic, or fly lure at a prospecting location, it’s important to keep your arms moving and nothing else. Try literally casting by moving nothing else expect your arms. This, again, gives the best stability.
As you now land a few fish, keep this in mind while attempting those various activities: minimize your movement to your arms as much as possible. Repeat, steady yourself and enjoy.