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If you're sick of crowded beaches and piers, perhaps it's time to get into a kayak for a more peaceful fishing experience. The sport of kayak fishing is an excellent way to spend your day, but before you get started, be sure you know the basics.  

Start Simple

For kayak fishing, you'll need at least one rod. 7-foot rods are ideal because you can store them in a hatch when you launch and land, and they can be worked around the tip of the bow. With this in mind, get something you can afford to lose and abuse.

Flipping, while not likely, is an eventuality. You should have leashes for your rods and the rest of your gear; these will enable you to recover them. Dress so that you can withstand a dunking or a sudden change in weather.

Because you'll be working only inches from the water, whether you get in the water or not, you need to maintain all your gear by rinsing it off with fresh water after each use—as soon as you get home, preferably. Always use lubricant on the parts of your rod that may corrode such as the rod, reel and tackle. 

On The Water

Conservatively judge your own experience. Start out in protected areas and work your way up slowly, over a period of years. Hire a licensed, professional kayak fishing guide. And be sure you know how to use every piece of equipment you'll carry, especially your compass, GPS, and VHF radio.

Always wear your life jacket. There are models that are geared towards paddlers and even kayak anglers. Know how to re-enter your kayak with it on. 

Plan to carry the following items in a waterproof hatch:

  • Cell phone
  • Safety whistle
  • Manual bilge pump
  • First aid kit
  • Small flat tackle box
  • Extra paddle
  • Duct tape
  • Waterproof flashlight
  • Pliers
  • Knife. 

We've only scratched the surface here, but this is a good place to start as you dive into the sport of kayak fishing.

 

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