Proper planning is a key factor for any kayak fishing trip. In many cases, a simple kayaking checklist will help make the trip go smoothly.
Tackle and other gear should be kept to minimum whenever possible. Kayakers often keep a large inventory at home or in their vehicle and take only what they need for the current day’s fishing.
These are a few tips and techniques for kayak fishing enthusiasts:
– check tackle the night before; restock essential lures if needed.
– look for small ponds, creeks and other bodies of water that lack access for larger boats. Many of these smaller areas are only accessible by kayak and may contain trophy class fish.
– When fishing shallow areas, be as quiet as possible. Excessive noise can be reduced by adding padding to paddles and stowing gear securely.
– Research areas before fishing. Resources such as topographical maps or maps.google.com allow anglers to familiarize themselves with fishing areas prior to launching.
– Talk to local fishing guides. Most guides are more than happy to share local fishing information.
– Visit state Fish and Game websites to find fishing regulations, launch areas, species profiles and other information.
– Buy a field guide to freshwater fish. Kayakers often encounter lesser known species of fish while fishing.
– To save space, lunch, drinks and an ice container can all be packed together in a reusable thermal shopping bag. If fish are retained for the table, they can be stored in zipper bags inside the larger bag. A thermal storage bag is easy to stow and if properly cared for, will keep contents cold all day.
– When fishing bait, look for ways to save space and time. Nightcrawlers can be cut into sections and stored in a small container prior to launching. Other baits can be prepared in advanced and coated with kosher salt.
– When using live minnows, consider getting a minnow bucket that is designed to float. These containers can be secured alongside or left on a line and towed behind.
– When fishing in cool weather, breathable waders are popular for kayak fishing. Unlike traditional, bulky waders, these newer models provide light weight protection from the cold and wet.
– Keep a digital camera handy to capture a once in a lifetime catch, stored in a waterproof pouch or zipper bag.