What do I need to fish from my kayak?

I live in North Carolina, and I just got a Kayak for my birthday. I’m a long time fishermen, and want to try to fish in my Kayak. Anything I should look out for, and any techniques you’d suggest?

Fishing from a kayak can be both extremely convenient and an unfamiliar adventure. There are many advantages to fishing from a kayak – it is easy to transport, it generally doesn’t weigh as much as a tin boat, it’s relatively easy to launch, and there’s plenty of room for you to carry your gear. There are also some disadvantages. Obviously, it’s smaller than a traditional boat, which means less breathing room for you. You also just need to be aware of the various currents and where you are. As I’m sure you know, the ocean can get a bit bumpy and a lightweight kayak is more susceptible to being rocked about by the water. Before you take your kayak out into the water, you’ll want to take care of a few basic things. First, you’ll need to purchase or find some really basic safety gear (such as a personal flotation device). Also, you’ll want to get some proper clothing for fishing in cold water, which includes wading boots since you’ll most likely be launching your kayak from directly on the shore. Also, make sure you get a whistle and a mirror to have with as a safety precaution. In terms of actual fishing gear, one of the first purchases beginning kayakers should make is a rod holder. Beyond that, you’ll need to just make sure you have the proper gear when you actually go out to fish. This includes a stripping basket, a lip gripper, a drift sock for slowing down the drift, sun block, and a cooler with some drinks. Then you’ll be all set!

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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