Fishing from Kayaks
The kayak acts as a means of transportation, but it also aids in approaching fish like the cobia and flounder in a stealthy manner, so they won’t get spooked easily. The means of fishing with a kayak has grown more popular due to the environmentally friendly approach it takes as a healthy means of transportation, as well as the fact that it is low in cost and easy to maintain.
Both fresh and salt water has adapted the use of a kayak and it has just grown in popularity throughout the years and warmer regions find this means of fishing especially useful due to the ease of entry. kayaks are very cost effective and have low maintenance costs. Kayaks have the ability to fit into small spaces when stored and can be launched quickly. Spares such as wheels and trailers are easy to come by and many have already been customized for fishing purposes.
The manufacturers of these kayaks offer unique sporting model especially customized for fishing. They are designed with speciality hatches, things like live wells, anchor trolleys, running lights, coolers that are built in and rod holders. Specialized kayaks normally are designed with wide beams and a sit-in or sit-on-top of design to increase stability to allow anglers to stand inside the kayak without tipping over.
These types of kayaks have a lot more storage space in their hulls for rods, fishing gear, batteries, etc. It can also hold the wheels that are necessary to tow the kayak from your vehicle to the water. They also have cut-outs models with additional storage for supplies with mounts on the top of the kayak and some kayaks are even rigged with outriggers to increase stability. Most models are suited for upright fly casting and include upright braces to allow the fisherman to be able to safely stand up.
Rotationally moulded kayaks made from polyethylene is the most popular by far, these kayaks are durable and won’t break the bank. They are stable and comfortable. The newer twin hull or catamaran kayaks is quite stable enabling the fisherman to paddle and fish in a standing position and the technological development also ensures that they won’t have to sit for long hours on end without being able to change your position. It also ensures that the kayak doesn’t need to sacrifice its speed and stability.
Hands free fishing is very popular and comfortable, as such a lot of kayaks have built flippers or propellers and many also has a foot mechanism.
Kayak Fishing has become more popular in South Africa than ever before as most game fish such as the Marlin and Sailfish are caught along the coast of Durban. The kayak has also become quite the favourite in the US as it allows the fishermen to assess fishing spots in the Chesapeake Bay and Inercoastal Waterway regions.
When fishing from a kayak, most of the essential techniques are the same of that used when fishing from other boats. The main difference is how it is set up, how the equipment is fitted to the kayak and also how your movements and activities can be carried out on a kayak in comparison to other boats.
Anchor trolleys, rod holders and other after-market fishing gear can be added to the contemporary kayaks. Game fish like snook, tarpon and halibut is mostly the main target for kayak fishermen, they also fancy pelagic fish like the amberjack, tuna, king mackerel and the marlin.
For quite some time the believe has been that only high speeds will be able to catch bottom fish from small boats when trolling and jigging, however it has now become apparent that much lesser speeds are required, making the kayak a very popular choice for bottom fishing and jigging.
A lot of anglers get very excited at the idea of pulling game fish through the water from a kayak; they tend to launch the kayak from a larger boat well offshore so they can play the game fish from the kayak.
A large portion of game fish like the largemouth bass and trout are being targeted from kayaks as it has become more and more popular to fish from a kayak at freshwater lakes and rivers.
The ease of using a kayak, as well as the use of it as a means of transportation is two of the biggest benefits of kayak fishing, it is also very affordable to buy on equipment in comparison to motorized boats, and the kayak’s are also environmentally friendly and provide exercise and fun.