Why Fish From A Kayak?
The folks we talk to that try kayak fishing are hooked, literally. We think the sport is so appealing for two main reasons: cost and accessibility. Think about it! It’s much cheaper than fishing from a motor boat, and a kayak allows you access to small lakes and shallow bays that motor boats can’t maneuver in.
Other benefits to kayak fishing are that it’s easy to transport, you can launch from nearly anywhere, kayaks are easier and cheaper to store, it’s better for the environment (than gas motors), kayaks are quieter so you can potentially sneak up on fish, it’s a lot of fun, and it’s a way to get some exercise while fishing! There is nothing better than being right on the water.
If you don’t own a kayak, we suggest renting one to see which model you prefer. Your options are the recreational “sit in” kayaks or the special made “sit on top” kayaks, ideally for fishing. Once you try out both models, you can purchase the style that best fits your needs.
Local kayak shops are your best bet to try and demo different kayaks before you purchase. Make sure you are detailed in explaining all the ways in which you hope to use the kayak (recreationally, fishing, whitewater, etc.) We would also suggest seeking out a local fishing guide for tips on kayak fishing such as the best places in your area to fish, what kayak to buy, what gear to use, and the type of fish you want to catch.
After choosing a kayak, the next step is choosing the gear you need. Here are some of the basics you will need: a kayak, a paddle, a PFD (personal flotation device), a fishing rod, leashes for the rod and paddle, and a rod holder.
Kayak fishing is on the rise. Imagine reeling in your first fish from your new kayak and join in on the trend this summer. Get out and enjoy!