Kayaking is one of the most rewarding ways to fish. It’s challenging and tiring, but landing a prize fish from a kayak is an experience you won’t soon forget.
Like reels, rods, and tackle, not all kayaks are created equal. Some are made for cruising the water as swiftly as possible, while some are created solely for fishing. With that said, you need to take your time, think about your needs, and consider all the factors before purchasing a kayak.
When selecting a kayak for general paddling and cruising around, you can choose between stability and speed. For many kayakers, you can opt for speed at the expense of stability, because you’re just out for a nice trip. If you’re purchasing a kayak for fishing, however, it would be wise to consider stability over speed. You never know what you might hook, and between casting, changing rods, grabbing tools, reaching for fish, and other motions, it can be easy to loose your balance in an unstable, thin kayak.
For most anglers, a sit-on-top kayak is the way to go. As opposed to the sit-in style, where your legs and torso are in the kayak, a sit-on-top style offers more versatility and is generally easier for getting in and out. The main drawback for sit-on-tops is that water from your paddles and fishing equipment can drip into the cockpit area, but a small rag can quickly dry your boat.
Kayaks can come with a lot of features, including storage pockets, cup holders, clips for keys, dry-storage compartments, and more, but for anglers, the single-most important feature is a rod holder. You need a place to keep your rod while you paddle to the best fishing spot on the lake, so make sure there is a rod holder that you can easily reach from the sitting position.
Different anglers have different needs and preferences, so you’ll want to think about how you fish and what you want to do on the water. If you’re used to taking a boat loaded with hundreds of lures, dozens of rods, and all the latest equipment, you’ll probably want something with more storage space (and you’ll still need to cut back). If, however, you fish from the shore and fit all of your equipment in a backpack, you can probably get by with a kayak that has less space for storage.
The jury still out on whether color actually matters in the effectiveness of a fishing kayak. Biologists believe fish don’t see as many colors as humans, so don’t assume that a brightly colored kayak will scare away your catch.
In fact, there is evidence that fish respond more to shadows than actual colors; if that’s the case, it won’t matter whether you’re kayak is neon yellow or an earthy brown. Some anglers prefer a camouflage print or dark green to blend in with the surroundings, while other simply pick the color they like. You may also want to consider safety, as a bright color will announce your presence to nearby boats.
The one down side of kayak fishing is you have almost no relief from the sun. You can arm yourself with protective apparel to guard your skin from the sun. The long-sleeve fishing shirts from Huk not only keep you cool, comfortable, and dry, all while protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. Check out all of our Huk Gear and take a look at our huge selection of fishing shirts, shorts, and other performance fishing apparel.
Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.