Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-08 3:45 PM (EST)
Jerry White's article "Guidelines - Still Crazy After All These Years" about kayak fishing and how "Three years ago, many thought that fishing from a kayak was just a crazy, passing fad." got me thinking of how my friend and I were the first people on our beach in NJ to go kayak fishing.
In 1995, if one did not have a boat you fished either from the beach itself, or from a jetty. In most cases, the fish (fluke, striped bass, or blues) were out beyond casting range even with surf poles.
We had been kayaking for 2-3 years at this point in our Ocean Kayak Scrambler XTs, doing distance paddling and kayak surfing. As we both liked to fish, one day we took rods, bait, etc., and pushed out through the breaking waves to try fishing. We discovered something new and great and before long we fabricated rod holders from PVC pipe that fit into the scupper holes of our kayaks that did not block the flow of water out of the scupper holes.
The rod holders were mounted in front of us in the foot well. This allowed us to be able to troll as well as using the rod holder as a place to keep the rod when paddling out.
We experimented with several designs, one of which had 2 rods each held on one side of the kayak at a 90 degree angle to the boat. Like outriggers on sport fishing boats.
We regularly went 3-4 miles out from shore, to where the larger "power" boats were fishing, using their electronics to let them find the fish for us. We were able to get to the larger blue fish, albacores, and striped bass.
We were also able to go up the Shark River the the back bay and fish for the fish that stayed in the back bay in 1-2 feet of water where the normal boats could not go.
Kayak fishing has become an industry. But it did not start 3 years ago, but at least 13-14 years ago when we kind of invented a way to fish from a kayak.
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