If you thought trolling with an electric motor was fun, wait until you try fishing with your kayak. Seriously. Kayak fishing is trending just as much as your average hashtag on Twitter. There are several reasons for this but the reality is that a pimped out kayak is going to cost you far less than that gas-guzzling aluminum boat and motor you got at a yard sale three summers ago.
Plus, when you fish with a kayak you can get to places those other experts can’t even imagine going with their rigs. Sure, they’ll tell you they can but when was the last time you heard a diehard fisherman tell you the truth about where they caught the big ones? You know what we mean.
So, let’s get you loaded with a number of tips on how to fish with a kayak in a lake or pond.
1. Hugging Is Fun
You could just keep struggling to paddle up current, but why would you do that if there’s a more efficient way to use your energy? Well, here it is. Stick to the shallows along the shorelines and you’ll be able to paddle with less effort. What this really means is that once you get to your preferred fishing hole, you won’t be burned out. Your arms won’t be screaming and your shoulders won’t be burning. You want to relax and enjoy fishing. You don’t want to wear yourself out before you get to the good stuff.
2. Drop Anchor
Think about this for a second. You and your kayak are far lighter than you and a boat and motor. So, when the lake or pond gets a bit breezy, you may get pushed around a little. That is unless you happened to stow away an anchor. Believe it or not, an anchor can be your best friend on a windy day. All you’ll need is a two to four pound claw anchor and that’ll keep you in place. Anchoring in a current is a whole different ball game. If you are inexperienced at it, bear in mind that if something goes wacky, you could end up pulled under the water.
3. Cousin Eddie
If you have experience fishing in currents, this tip is for you. Kayak fishing in a current is possible. That’s basically due to the size of the vessel. In fact, the word vessel is too big to describe a kayak. Regardless, because of the compact footprint you will have with a kayak, you can sit in eddies and use that positioning to your fishing advantage. The best approach for this is to actually pass the area you plan to fish and then tuck into the eddy located behind it. If you do it right you’ll be able to fish long and hard without using a paddle.
4. Use Your Cast To Steer
Here’s a cool kayak trick. Use baits that provide resistance such as spinners. The reason why we suggest this is that since your kayak is lightweight you can cast your line and thanks to the science of physics you can pull your boat into the direction you cast your line into. Here’s how it works in simple terms. You cast your line upstream. You start to reel in your line. The resistance created by the spinner bait or crank bait will gently pull you into the direction the line went. Imagine that your cast hooked on something just under the surface and you should get it.
5. Flintstone Your Way
Your feet are handy. Okay, that didn’t make a lot of sense. When in your kayak, your feet can be used as rudders to help steer your boat. They can also help anchor you in places when you are fishing on rip rap and shallow locations. All you do is stick out a foot and press your kayak against something solid like a rock, a log, a stump, a dead head, a submerged car?you get the idea. Plus, if your hands are occupied with other tasks, you can use your feet to push off of a spot and send you on your way to another interesting fishing spot.
6. With A Hand Tied Behind Your Back Part 1
Any skilled kayaker knows that being able to paddle with one hand can get you out of many a sticky situation. It also comes in handy when your other hand is busy feeding your face or juggling tackle or snapping photos of the beauty that surrounds you.
Oh, it also helps when you happen to have a fish at the end of a line that is giving you a bit of a workout and you are trying to reel it in with one hand. Don’t worry, one handed skills are valued if you are a kayaker who fishes. Try paddling with your paddle locked along your forearm.
7. With A Hand Tied Behind Your Back Part 2
Here’s where practice makes perfect. Without the stability of a boat deck or the height of a pier in your favor, casting one handed is tricky. For some, it’s pretty close to impossible. All you need to do is consider the low position you have when in your kayak in relation to the water surface.
There’s not much wiggle room however, with a dash of magic, a bit of determination and the desire to catch fish no matter what happens nor how dorky it may look from shore, the one handed cast can easily become you finishing move. Try it, you’ll see.
8. Play On The Safe Side
As tempting as it may be to pack your kayak in the back of your VW van and cruise out to some unnamed body of water, you still have to be cautious. Check the local weather forecast and learn how to read the sky. What we are saying is that not all pretty, fluffy clouds in the sky are there just to give you a hint of shade.
If the weather turns ugly, you don’t want to be out there fighting to get back onshore. So, be careful. Fish with a buddy or at least tell your buddy what your plans are and when you could be home. Safety first, kayak fishing second.
Use These Tips For Good, Not Evil
Well, actually, if your plan is to show up someone who goes on and on about their unique fishing experiences, kayak fishing could get you some extra attention. However, if your actual intent is to make use of a different watercraft to fish because your Sea-Doo keeps scaring them off, then kayak fishing is for you. Once you master some of the tricks explained here, why not make it a group activity?
Camping and kayak fishing with a bunch of friends makes your campfire stories a lot more interesting and dinner a lot better than resorting to a twig soup because no one packed groceries. We also know that once you try it, fishing with a kayak could be your next favorite way to go angling in lakes and ponds.