Kayak Fishing Tips for Beginners

Original post from: Dogtooth Tuna Company

Fishing from a kayak is one of the fastest growing sectors in all of fishing’s pastime. It is a peaceful and fun sport that you can access for a low investment. Having no motor gives fishermen the ability to catch more fish and charting smaller regions. However, having less space and the need to paddle post new challenges. If you have just entered the world of kayak fishing, the following kayak fishing tips will help you catch more fish while staying safe.

Practice kayaking before fishing: If you just purchased a kayak and had it equipped for kayak fishing. You have bought all the accessories, and you are very enthusiastic to go out and fish. And if you do not have kayaking experience, you will have to get a hang of balancing and paddling first. Take your kayak out for few times just for basic skill before trying to bring your fishing equipment.

Steady fishing: when you are in the middle of the water, it is important that you keep your kayak anchored. This will not just help you catch fish, but it will stabilise you on the water. If you are safe and steady, it will be easier for you to catch fish, since you will no longer need to focus on the kayak not tipping over.

Keep the trapdoors closed: you must ensure that the trapdoors of the boat are closed while fishing. This is a vital point that all anglers who use kayak should note.  By closing the trapdoors, you prevent water from leaking into the kayak.

Buy bright coloured kayaks: Brightly coloured kayaks are the best choice for safety because they are more obvious. It can be difficult to spot dark colours, especially blues can be difficult to spot and this can cause accidents. When buying a kayak, look for the colours green, yellow and orange to stay visible out there.

Paddle silently: This may seem obvious, but it is often ignored by beginners. When paddling, try paddling quietly to avoid splashing. The quieter you can be, the less fish you will scare away.

Always use a life jacket (Personal Flotation Device – PFD): if you are fishing on kayaks, chances are you are going to roll over at some point. And swimming accidents can occur even to the best swimmers. So, always use your PFD when in a kayak.

Make sure you secure your gear: as mentioned, there is always the possibility of your kayak rolling over. For this reason, it is important to keep all your equipment secured to your kayak using straps. Keep non-water resistant materials in dry bags.

Avoid areas with high traffic: avoid high traffic areas where you will compete with another fisherman. One of the benefits of kayaking is the ability to fish in shallow areas where power boats cannot go. So look for areas that others are not fishing, and this will give you a clear advantage.

Get a good paddle: you may want to purchase a cheap paddle to save some money, but on the way you probably regret it. The more expensive paddle is lighter and stronger. You do not want to be a mile from the beach and have your paddle break, and you do not want to take common breaks just for the comfort of your arms.

You can combine good lure fishing techniques to catch almost anything that swims: look at our beginners guide to lure fishing for more info and some good advice on using lures to target predators.

Depending on your location there should be a range of options to target on a kayak, especially if you live near the coast. Near us on the East coast of Scotland or the north of England there are loads of great opportunities to go for some big mackerel which are great sport, fight hard and BBQ really well and are a great source of healthy oils! Grab a kayak rod, reel and line (links will be below) with the right lures there are lots to catch and the season is long – appearing for the shore angler from as early as February to as late as November depending on who you ask but with a good summer you will get even more out of this season if you go out on a boat or kayak.

Fishing with bait, lures or traces are all options: I would go with single lures over traces due to the very real chance of you hooking 4 or more at a time and trying to handle them on the kayak. It can be fun or it can be stressful depending on your level of experience or expertise.

For the rest of the year you can still target flatties, cod or bass when its too cold for the likes of mackerel. The simple rules of scaling up to bigger hooks like 3/0 or 5/0 for cod and going to much smaller sized 2 or 4 for flat fish. If you are targeting bass I would suggest a single lure and swapping the treble hook for a single as it can be much easier to hook the bass, a good choice for this are these hooks.

More on the single hooks and why they work will be put onto our blog soon.