Kayak Fishing Basics

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Kayak Safety

Make sure to wear your personal flotation device.  It can save your life.  Choose bright colors when you buy your kayak.  Bright colors stand out and it will help people notice you if anything goes wrong.  Get your local weather forecast.  Keep your valuables in a waterproof bag or container that floats.  Kayaking can be very strenuous, so it is smart to get a check-up with your doctor to make sure you don’t have any health risks.

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Know the Tides

The tides can change the depth up to 6 feet in some backwater areas.  Make sure you know what times the tides will change.  If you don’t pay attention to the tides, you can end up getting stranded as the water recedes.  You can also plan your trip based on the tides to make it easier on you for paddling.  If you are paddling with the tides, you will end up saving some time and energy.

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Paddle Leash

You can buy or make a paddle leash that connects your paddle to the kayak.  If you drop your paddle in the water, you don’t have to worry about losing it.  Just pull the leash back in and recover your paddle.

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Trolling In A Kayak

You will be spending so much time paddling that you might as well throw a line out as you are paddling to your fishing spot.  Many lures will work well when trolled fast.  Crankbaits, topwater baits and other minnow-type baits can produce a quality fish before you even get to your actual fishing spot.  Some kayak anglers use trolling as a go-to method for catching fish in freshwater and saltwater.  It’s a nice form of exercise and with the right set-up on a good fishing kayak, you can definitely catch plenty of fish.

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