How to Fish from a Kayak: 7 Tips on Kayak Fishing

Kayak fishing can be great fun if you know how to do it. A kayak is stealthier than a motorized boat, so it is harder for it to spook or scare fish away. Kayaks are also cheaper with little maintenance cost, and they can be stored in small spaces. The following tips will guide you on how to fish from a kayak.

1. Select the Right Kind of Kayak

There are various kinds of kayaks available. The type of kayak you purchase should depend on factors like where you want to fish, the type of water in which you'll be fishing, the type of fish you want to catch, seating arrangement, stability of the kayak, transportation and storage, paddle type and more.

2. Practice with Your Kayak

Before going fishing with your kayak, it is important that you learn how to control it well. If you can't control your kayak, you will get frustrated when you go fishing with it. Also, practice paddling with one arm. This will help you keep control of your kayak while casting. It will also prevent you from being swept into the current by a big fish or when fighting with a fish.

3. Pack the Right Equipment

It is important that you go with the right gear for kayak fishing. You should outfit your kayak with a bait bucket, tackle boxes, rod holders, anchors, a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in case of a capsize and even a GPS.

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4. Dress for Swimming

If you want to go fishing on your kayak, you need to dress prepared to get wet. You will get wet if you are on a kayak, so it is good to wear clothes that dry quickly. Moisture-wicking clothes are perfect for this. You can also keep extra clothes in a waterproof container in the kayak.

5. Keep Your Head Centered Over Your Kayak

If you want to stay upright, you should keep your head centered over your kayak. If you lean off the side of the kayak to look around, you could fall in the water. The best means of reaching things behind you is to turn side saddle on your kayak.

6. Give Yourself a Rod's Length of Line

When you have a fish on the line, don't reel it in too close to the kayak to land it. Always leave a rod's length of line out, which will give you some slack to better maneuver the rod and the fish.

7. Stay Close to the Shoreline under Extreme Conditions

It is important that you stay close to the shoreline in areas of strong current or in windy conditions. This will make it much easier for you to navigate with your kayak.

The kayak is a unique vessel. Fishing in a kayak will be a different experience from other kinds of fishing you may have tried before. The key to enjoying kayak fishing is good practice. We hope this blog post will be of immense help to you the next time you fish on a kayak. To learn more about kayak fishing gear, different types of kayaks, and get kayak fishing tips visit

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Johana Reyes is the Digital Content Manager at Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, and thereby improve public awareness and appreciation of the need to protect, conserve and restore this nation's aquatic natural resources. She maintains the digital assets in English and Spanish for and
Comments (2)
11/7/2017 at 7:37 PM
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11/7/2017 at 7:38 PM
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