sea kayak fishing help?
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-17-10 7:36 PM (EST)
Has anyone tried fishing from their sea kayak? What do you use, a hand line? I want to try it this spring but have never done so before.
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I just use my rod and reel.|
Posted by: j_tuc on Feb-18-10 9:01 PM (EST)
My kayak is not a sea kayak, but the same principle applies. My kayak is a tandem rec kayak. It has one huge opening instead of two smaller ones. It is sort of a canoe kayak hybrid. I would suspect that you have some bungie cords on the deck of your sea kayak. I would just put the rod and reel under those. I'm sure you could find enough room in the cockpit for a small tackle box.
Tons of people|
Posted by: Big_D on Feb-19-10 6:42 AM (EST)
SOT kayaks are more popular, but there's a huge number of people off the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts who use sea kayaks both SOT and SinK.
Also interested to hear from those who|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-10 8:33 AM (EST)
I'm also interested to hear from those who use a hand line or the hand board shown in the video "This is the sea 3"
It's Got To Suck...|
Posted by: sing on Mar-18-10 6:34 AM (EST)
trying to pull in a keeper size striper with a "hand line..." Heck, last summer there were several occaisions, I was nervous trying to pull in 3' plus stripers even with the leveraged help of a fishing rod because I was on the edge or a channel, because the wind was blowing me towards rocky shoals, and one time because of the 3' plus wave action breaking over the reef I was fishing. I had my rod on a leash and was ready to drop it at any moment to get my hands back on the paddle.
I get it.|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-18-10 11:13 PM (EST)
I've been fly fishing for stripers for the past 15 years. Been there, done that. If I go island camping I will be packing a fly rod and using it at the island when I break camp. Even if I'm in a sea kayak during conditions when I can relax enough to focus on fishing I will use my fly rod. But I don't need ANY advice in those areas. Even if it was about a spin rod with storm lures or crap like that. Been there done that too. And I have an SOT as well that I use for surfing and bobbing around. I don't need advice about that either.
A few discussions..|
Posted by: JimMc on Mar-18-10 11:36 PM (EST)
I believe JonS and Joey...|
Posted by: JimMc on Mar-18-10 8:59 PM (EST)
are no longer affiliated with kayakfishingstuff.com
Been a while since I've been there.|
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-19-10 3:46 PM (EST)
JonS rocks. Wherever he is now is the place to go to learn about fishing from a sea kayak. Jim Sammons has a guide service, a web site, and a TV show. It's not surprising he's not spending time hanging out on a free site any more. Nevertheless, he's one of the guys who encouraged me to get into kayak fishing, though my water runs only in one direction...
A hand line would give you no drag|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-22-10 1:17 PM (EST)
If you hook a big fish you are at it's mercy dragging you around. It would not take much force to tip you out of a Sea Kayak. I watched a guy trying to land a large Yellowtail off the CA coast in his SINK. He did ok when the fish pulled straight away from him. When he got it close to the boat it wipped around behind him and over he went with all the gear.
I'll keep that in mind|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-26-10 11:40 AM (EST)
when I take my kid bass fishing :-)
the best handline advice I ever received|
Posted by: bowrudder on Apr-27-10 8:59 AM (EST)
Posted by: Big_D on Apr-27-10 10:52 AM (EST)
It's interesting to read about a completely different style of fishing. Thanks for sharing.
If you like trolling consider this|
Posted by: hal11 on May-07-10 6:05 PM (EST)
I like a Cuban Yo yo|
Posted by: FrankNC on May-14-10 12:45 AM (EST)
That's what we call a hand line rig where I grew up. At one time I had to get some and Basspro had them but I had to ask. Still have one and it still works fine.
I do it all the time|
Posted by: rtw73 on May-16-10 7:24 PM (EST)
if you have good rigging deck lines and bungees you can easily jam your rod in in such a way where you can give yourself enough room to paddle while trolling
handline from a sea kayak|
Posted by: old_user on Nov-12-10 1:15 AM (EST)
A Bit Extreme|
Posted by: jen724 on Nov-12-10 7:51 AM (EST)
I prefer fishing from my SOT, but I am compelled to carry a rod with me no matter what I'm paddling, and occasionaly fish from my Epic V10. Admittedly a bit extreme, but it can be done. I carry a micro spinning rod and a small case of lures between my legs. Since I always catch-and-release, boating a fish is not an issue. Fortunately I've never hooked anything really big - maybe a 7 or 8 pound red. Even that was an adventure. I also carry a handline (Cuban Yo-Yo)but have never hooked anything but small pan fish.
Posted by: razor on Nov-12-10 8:17 AM (EST)
I've run the gamut of different systems fishing from narrow sea kayaks and although handlines work, I prefer to have a rod/reel with some give and definitely a good drag system.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-12-10 11:55 AM (EST)
I agree. I mostly use the handline for jigging bottom fish. The fight is tough but different than salmon. I've been able to deal with 20+ pound bottom fish with ease. I find it easier to maintain my position in wind and current with the handline vs. rod & reel. I can use my paddle with the handline in my hand rather than having to store rod and reel. I spend more time fishing and less time juggling gear. If you want my in-depth take on handline fishing, check out http://www.oceanpaddlermagazine.com/current-issue.html
Short fishing rods|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-18-11 1:39 PM (EST)
You may want to check out, www.jeffstacklebox.com, and look at the emmrod line