Five Kayak Fishing Tips and Techniques

Always make sure the weather is suitable before you take a kayak out on the water. If the weather is going to be rough or storms are expected you may want to postpone your fishing trip. At the very least, you need to stay close to shore so you can get out of the water quickly if the need arises.

Some of the most common bait used for kayak fishing includes minnows, shrimp, blue crab and finger mullet but you can also use a wide variety of artificial lures. When going kayak fishing, it’s recommended that you always keep the hatches closed to prevent water from seeping into the vessel and causing problems. This is something that many kayakers new to the sport tend to find out the hard way.

It can be difficult to learn how to fish from a kayak until you have some experience with it. If you have the opportunity to go out with someone who already has experience in fishing from a kayak, then you may be able to pick up some useful tips that will help you learn faster. If not, just keep in mind that practice truly does make perfect. The more you get out there and give it a try the better you’ll become.

Always put your safety first. This is very important. Going out on a kayak alone could be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Make sure that you always have your safety gear along with you. This includes a PFD or personal flotation device, a sharp knife, compass, flares, emergency whistle, waterproof flashlight and a cell phone is always a good idea. Having some snacks and bottled water is also recommended. Let someone on shore know where you are going, when you’re leaving and when you plan to be back. This way, if you don’t return on time, someone will know where to start searching for you.

When possible, take along a friend.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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