Kayak fishing for the 1st time. advice?
Posted by: old_user on Jun-22-11 1:44 AM (EST)
My wife and I purchased a couple of Sit in Kayaks from costco (equinox 10.4). We want to try fishing out of them here at the lake we live on. I do not really want to be drilling holes in our boats to attach things to them. When fishing would it be beneficial if we had anchors for the kayaks? If so, what kind? If trolling would we be able to just wedge the pole in the rear hatch so we could avoid putting pole holders on our boats? One more thing I am trying to figure out is, when we do catch a fish what should we do so that we can continue fishing and still get the fish home?
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Posted by: countykayaker on Jun-22-11 9:51 AM (EST)
One of the first things I would do is look over the Kayak Fishing section on this site there are a lot of good articles there to help you get started. An anchor is almost a must when you are trying to keep your yak positioned over an area where you are getting bites especially if the wind is blowing. I also would suggest you look into getting a clamp on fishing rod holder. If you are trolling with a sit in kayak and the pole is wedged behind you you will miss a lot of fish while you are trying to reach your pole. If you have a SOT that will not be as big of an issue for you. They also have insulated fish bags available to store your catch. The other question to consider is are you saltwater fishing or fresh water fishing that will make a difference in how you equip your vessel. Good luck out there!
Posted by: laurasautographs on Jun-22-11 10:10 AM (EST)
I would definately suggest that you get an anchor, I have found it worh it because it helps you stay in an area. Get a folding anchor if you can, I have a 3 pound and it works very well, but you can get away with 1.5 I think. It seems like getting a small hand paddle might be worth it too, because sometimes I want to just move a litte ways, and I don't want to pull out my huge paddle, however I don't have a hand paddle yet. I don't have a pole holder yet, but I think I might put one on because my pole is in the way when I get in and out. As far as keeping the fish someone told me to put them on a stringer, but I have only bass fished so far and I just catch and release.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-22-11 10:48 AM (EST)
If the water is less than 5' deep you could use a stake out stick and then attach it to your kayak with a carbiner. If your in deeper water than a anchor would be helpful. I have both on my kayak but overall prefer a little shallower and using the stake out stick.
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Posted by: Big_D on Jun-27-11 4:46 PM (EST)
I have heard of people using webbed gloves from NRS for a high tech expensive solution, and also people using a ping pong paddle for a low tech inexpensive solution. I haven't personally tried either, but the ping pong paddle is something I look for at yard sales and such.
Posted by: FishinYak on Jun-22-11 10:58 AM (EST)
Anchor - Yes, and/or stake out pole. Depending on the depth and current you plan to fish.
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-22-11 5:52 PM (EST)
I like the comments above. That said, my suggestion to you would be to paddle without thinking of fishing a few times to get a feel for the boat. Then take along a rod and some minimal tackle without making any modifications to your boat and get a feel for where you put your elbows and feet and knees and what you do with your paddle while casting and retrieving - pay attention to these things. Then begin to modify. You'll want to, whether you do now or not. And besides, holes above the waterline are not a problem. Drill only just large enough to fit a bolt through and don't have real long bolts leftover to scratch yourself on. And if you are installing something that has multiple holes (like a Scotty rod mount, which you will definitely want if you troll more than a few times), then drill one hole at a time. Do not mark all four and drill all four. Drill one hole, put in the bolt loosely. Drill the next hole, etc. It's much slower, but ignore the advice once and you'll learn how I learned to do as I suggest.
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Posted by: FishinYak on Jun-22-11 6:06 PM (EST)
your face while Kayak fishing! :-D