If you’re looking for an exciting new hobby that will get you outdoors, kayak fishing may be a perfect fit. Still, becoming a great angler isn’t always easy. You will have to cover your bases from choosing the right kayak to securing all your must-have fishing accessories. Read on to learn more about one of the most exhilarating ways to get out on the water and catch some fish.
Fishing kayaks have specific features that set them apart from standard recreational kayaks. For example, most fishing kayaks have an elevated kayak seat with a high backrest. Sitting up higher increases your field of vision, while the backrest provides plenty of back support. They also have flush-mount rod holders, storage compartments, hatches (with dry storage), and gear tracks so that you can add a fish finder or other fishing accessories.
Most fishing kayaks are roughly 10 to 14 feet long. A short kayak is more maneuverable but doesn’t have the storage capacity of a larger kayak. A sit-on-top kayak (vs. a sit-in kayak) is ideal for kayak angling because you have more space for casting, and it is easier to stand up to cast. Sit-on-top kayaks also have more room for your tackle box and other kayak fishing gear. Another option is an inflatable kayak which is much easier to transport and store than hardshell kayaks.
Try to buy the best kayak for your budget. This way, you won’t have to upgrade soon, and you will have a solid kayak for fishing. If possible, rent a fishing kayak to get a good feel for the features you want. In addition, you might be able to find a local dealer that offers demo days, which is another excellent way to try before you buy.
Fishing kayaks tend to be wider than recreational or touring kayaks. Therefore, a longer paddle will serve you well. The best way to choose a paddle is to try some different models. Choosing the right kayak paddle is almost as important as selecting the right fishing kayak. Your paddle needs to be an excellent fit to reach the water comfortably.
Buy the best paddle that you can afford. A lightweight material like carbon is more expensive but easier on your arms and shoulders when you spend long periods on the water. Lastly, ensure the kayak paddle has features for anglers, like hook retrieval and a measuring guide on the shaft.
When choosing a fishing rod, you need to have enough room to maneuver around the kayak when a fish is on. A rod in the 6’6″ to 7-foot range is a great place to start.
Fishing rods come in different weights and actions. Choose one that feels comfortable in your hand and has enough power to reel in a big fish. In addition, the rod should have a good grip and a reel capable of handling plenty of fishing line.
Most fishing kayaks have gear tracks that allow you to add various items to the yak. One of the most important accessories is a fishfinder. A fish finder helps you locate fish underwater to target your efforts better. Feel free to add stuff like a cup holder, an action camera, or other kayak fishing gear as you see fit.
One of the fun parts of owning a fishing kayak is that you can customize the boat to suit your needs. Adjustable fishing rod holders are another great addition to secure your rods and free up your hands for other tasks, like paddling or setting up an anchor system.
Casting from a kayak can be awkward at first, and your kayak might feel unstable. However, with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to cast like a pro. One thing to remember is to keep your body loose when you are casting and trust the stability of your kayak.
Kayaks have primary and secondary stability. Primary stability is how stable the kayak is when sitting flat on the water. Secondary stability is how the kayak handles being on edge. Secondary stability comes into play with choppy water conditions when paddling hard and with movements like casting your line and reeling in a fish. Any activity that requires the kayak to lean will test the secondary stability.
When you start casting, try easy lobs to get the feel of it. With more practice, you will gain confidence. If you are a beginner, a spinning reel is easier to learn how to use than a baitcasting reel.
Fish on! Or at least that is the goal. When you finally hook the big one, it’s time to land your prize, and that’s not always easy in a kayak. WThe kayak might feel unstable when you lean to the side to land your fish, So you have to learn to trust the kayak’s stability when landing a fish.
To make this process easier, reel in the fish so it’s about an arm’s length from the end of your fishing rod. Then, pull the rod across your body with the hand furthest away from the fish. If done correctly, this accomplishes two things: draws the fish closer to you and gets the rod out of your way. You should have enough room to scoop the fish with a net or your hand.
In addition to being calm and peaceful on the water, kayaks are quiet and stealthy, making it easy to sneak up on skittish fish, a considerable benefit for kayak angling.
Kayaks are also easy to navigate through tight spots, shallow water, and around submerged obstacles. As a result, you can get to prime fishing spots that are unreachable from the shore, which is a real advantage for kayak anglers.
Whether you are bass fishing or crappie fishing, the ultimate goal is catching fish. Here are some simple tips to make your next kayak fishing trip a success.
Let’s walk through a couple of scenarios here. First, you are fighting a fish and are drifting toward an overhanging tree branch. Second, a large fish pulls you into the current or towards another obstacle. What’s an angler to do?
You don’t want to put down your fishing rod to paddle out of trouble. In these situations knowing how to paddle with one hand is helpful. It’s pretty easy to paddle one-handed after you practice a bit. Lock the shaft of the paddle along the inside of your forearm. Then you can paddle and steer the kayak where you want to go.
Paddling is easy with both hands, but paddling one-handed requires some practice. When the situation presents itself, you will be happy you learned this paddling technique.
Casting with one hand is a critical skill to learn when fishing from a kayak. Unfortunately, there isn’t much room on a kayak, and the angler sits close to the water, making it tough to cast with both hands.
You don’t have the space to wind up and hurl your line in the water like you do when fishing from shore or on a stable motorboat. Casting with one hand is another great skill for an angler to learn.
One thing that is predictable about fishing is how unpredictable it can be. As a kayak angler, you need various lures to cover different depths and water conditions. You need to try other rigs and find out what fish are biting. The lure that was hot yesterday might not work today.
It’s essential to be efficient at changing lures with limited space on your kayak. Many kayak anglers carry several fishing rods rigged and ready to go to help alleviate changing lures on the fly, making it simple to change your fishing tactics quickly.
Kayaks are heavy and awkwardly shaped, making transportation and storage difficult. Fishing kayaks are no exception and tend to be heavier than your run-of-the-mill recreational kayak.
Before you jump in and buy that new fishing kayak, make sure you can transport the kayak to and from the water and that you have an excellent spot to store the kayak when you are not using it. Using a kayak trailer is a great way to get a heavy fishing kayak to and from the launch site.
Since you can’t cover as much water in a kayak as you can in a powerboat, you have to make the most of your opportunities to catch fish.
Whether you are kayak angling or just out for a leisurely paddle, safety is the number one priority when you are on the water. Always wear a life jacket (PFD) that fits you properly. Kayak fishing life jackets have pockets and other accessories specifically for fishing.
If you are fishing alone, it’s good to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Then, if something goes wrong on your fishing excursion, someone can alert the authorities if you are in danger.
It’s crucial to abide by the local regulations where you are fishing. Ensure you have an up-to-date fishing license and find out if your kayak needs to be registered or licensed. Regulations vary by region, so it’s essential to know the rules before tossing your line in the water. Take Me Fishing is a great resource to use.
Kayak fishing has grown steadily in recent years. According to takemefishing.org Special Report on Fishing, kayak fishing makes up 6% of fishing venues (boat, riverbank, shoreline, etc.), with about 3 million participants. This number is up from 3.9% in 2015.
Kayak fishing can be a challenging and rewarding experience. However, if you prepare, you can make the most of your time on the water and catch some great fish. Remember to be safe on the water and always wear a PFD.
This article originally appeared on Wealth of Geeks.
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National Canoe Federations from throughout Europe have opened their hearts to fellow athletes from Ukraine, with offers of free accommodation pouring in.
But the situation is still dire for the athletes, who have no access to funds because money transfers within Ukraine have been frozen.
International Canoe Federation President Thomas Konietzko met more than 120 Ukrainian athletes currently stranded in Turkey because of the conflict in their country.
Mr Konietzko told the group of 51 senior athletes, 51 juniors and 25 paracanoe athletes that federations had reacted generously to the call for assistance.
A large part of the team will head to Romania, where the local federation has offered accommodation and full board free of charge in their high performance centre.
Another group of athletes will head to Bulgaria, while junior athletes have been offered places in Poland, Hungary, France, Germany and Estonia.
Mr Konietzko said accommodation was still needed for 25 paracanoe athletes, five who are in wheelchairs, but he was confident the community would rally together.
“The generosity of our friends at the Romanian Canoe Federation and other federations throughout Europe is something we should all be very proud of,” the president said.
“Within hours of this crisis unfolding, offers began flooding in. It certainly brought some smiles to a group of athletes who are doing it very tough at the moment. They all have family and friends still in Ukraine, so every day is full of worry and distress for them.
“I urge our canoeing family to continue to step up to support Ukraine. Unfortunately this crisis may not be over for a long time, so we need to provide as much help as we can.”
A bank account has been established where donations can be made to assist Ukrainian athletes and their families. More details can be found here.
Blog by Lauren Chase, Staff Attorney & Offshore Oil Operations Watchdog
In October 2021, thousands of gallons of oil spilled out of a pipeline off Huntington Beach, leading to shoreline closures, fishery closures, and severe impacts on local wildlife. Since December 1, 2021, and entirely separate from the October spill, there have been five additional reports of oil sheens spotted off the Orange County coast. As of January 12, 2022, five out of the seven aging offshore oil and gas platforms in Orange County are shut-in due to equipment failure. All of this leaves the Coastkeeper community wondering… what is going on out there? Previously, we shared information about the October 2021 spill and encouraged our members to share their experiences. This blog breaks down what we know about the more recent spills.
On December 15, 2021, DCOR LLC – the operator of offshore Platforms Eva, Esther, and Edith – reported a corrosion-caused “pinhole leak” in an injection pump on Platform Eva resulting in a spill of oil into the Pacific Ocean. While DCOR reported that the 40’ by 10’ sheen “dissipated naturally,” later that day, a marine service company that provides vessel and offshore oil platform support reported a 30 yard-by-30 yard sheen that looked “like a tar” off Huntington Beach.
“As of January 12, 2022, five out of the seven aging offshore oil and gas platforms in Orange County are non-operational due to equipment failure.”
Is squeezing every last drop of oil out of these rusted relics really worth the risk to our environment?
In the following days, California State Lands Commission (SLC) – Platform Eva’s “landlord” – inspected the platform and verified the damaged pump was out of service. Meanwhile, a Unified Command consisting of the US Coast Guard, Cal Fire, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and the County of Orange conducted overflights, collected samples, mobilized beach cleanup crews, and deployed protective strategies at sensitive locations. Preliminary sampling results indicated inconsistency with natural seepage and the October 2021 oil spill. Based on no further sheening, the Unified Command removed protective strategies, released response resources, and stood down on December 20, 2021.
Two days later, DCOR again reported an oil sheen off Orange County, this time 150’ by 200’. The Unified Command reconvened, again conducted overflights, collected samples, and deployed protective strategies. Tarballs came ashore in Huntington Beach and all platform operations ceased. Platform Eva and its adjacent oil pipeline have remained shut-in since then.
Starting on December 28, 2021 (the very same day the Unified Command announced the completion of shoreline clean-up efforts from the October 2021 spill), dive teams mobilized to walk the Platform Eva pipeline 600’ in either direction of the sheen. To confirm the source of the leak, the Unified Command – including DCOR as the “Responsible Party” – flushed the pipeline on January 2, 2022. While this resulted in an anticipated oil sheen, response assets were staged and on-scene. Divers placed a pollution dome over the impacted area, though strong currents disturbed the dome on January 4, 2022, creating yet another oil sheen off Huntington Beach. On January 10, 2022, divers located and placed a clamp over a 1/8-inch diameter leak point in the pipeline.
In the coming days, weeks, and months, Unified Command expects to excavate the damaged pipeline and oversee a permanent repair plan. In the meantime, aerial overflights, 24-7 on-scene vessels, and booming will continue and response teams will be walking the beaches.
Remember, if you see tarballs, please do not attempt to touch them, but report with pictures and detailed location information to email@example.com. If you see oiled wildlife, please report to 1-877-UCD-OWCN (1-877-823-6926).
Is this a particularly bad season or are oil spills actually this common and regulators are now paying a closer eye after the October spill? What will the repair plan for the damaged pipeline look like? How are oil spills, pipeline leaks, and forced shut-downs regulated under leases and permits? What are normal “background” levels of oil and who makes that determination? And how and when can operators responsibly decommission their offshore oil and gas facilities without abandoning ship and leaving California taxpayers with the bill?
These are all questions Coastkeeper staff are asking, but we need your support to keep pushing for answers.
If you’d like to learn more about how California can provide a clear path to decommissioning its 27 offshore oil platforms, attend our Retiring Offshore Rigs Summit held on April 21, 2022.
The post Is This Normal?: A Timeline of Winter 2021/22 Oil Sheen Reports appeared first on Orange County Coastkeeper.
We got in touch with David Bain over at NRS to get some information regarding the new Gore-Tex apparel coming out in the upcoming spring season!
What new dry gear do you have coming out this year?2022 is an exciting year for NRS with the launch of our new dry wear range. This will include dry suits for whitewater paddlers, guides, and expedition boaters as well as a range of dry tops. This new line is constructed out of GORE-TEX® Pro and Cordura® which opens new levels of performance, comfort, and innovation for the company.
The new line is a step above our current, very successful, line of Eclipse dry suits and dry tops. The Crux, Pivot, and Flux models which customers have grown to trust over the last six years aren’t going anywhere!
Garry River, Calvine section, Scotland, Great Britain (near Aberfeldy)
Has working with GORE-TEX been an idea for a while?We have been developing the new line of dry wear for the past three to four years, collaborating with our athletes to refine features, testing different cuts, and working in partnership with GORE-TEX to bring out a new generation of drysuits for paddling.
GORE-TEX is the perfect partner for this range. Their experience with waterproof-breathable fabrics is unmatched by anyone and the technologies are world-leading.
What colors does the new gear come in?The men’s range comes in blue, yellow, and red for whitewater items. The ladies get a teal combination and an orange and red combination. Check out the photos!
When will it be available to purchase? NRS GORE-TEX products will arrive in Spring 2022 at retailers around the world, so you will see these items on the water really soon!
Loch Moidart, West Coast Scotland, Great Britain.
What’s the difference between the old drysuit and the new one in terms of cut?Everything! This range went through years of testing with our athletes and ambassadors. We addressed all of their concerns with the fit, down to the most minute gripes, to make sure that the new range would be as comfortable as possible.
The cut of a dry suit also massively affects the longevity and durability of the product itself, so we have taken a lot of care regarding the placement of seams, adding reinforcements to areas of high abrasion, and making sure that the design of the suit does not limit its lifespan.
Any plans for new gear in the near future we should be looking forwards to?We are constantly working on new lines to improve paddlers’ experiences on the water. I suggest you keep your eyes peeled.
Hobie QuickStart videos are intended to be an easy way to get you on the water with the basic info for setting up your Hobie pedal kayak for the first time.
This video covers the Mirage iTrek series inflatable pedal kayaks. We’ll teach you how to open and unpack your hull, how to install the cranks on your MirageDrive GT pedal system and how to inflate the kayak hull. We will also run through how to install the kayak seatback, install and adjust the paddle, and install the rudder and cup holder.
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Looking for that new and easy wing to help get you started with Foiling?Then maybe this is the one for you!
The wing market has grown dramatically over the past few years, and 2022 has seen more wings, from more brands, at all price points than ever before. But the FreeWing GO is the first wing to hit the market with performance, practicality and a good price point. The Go wing is from the brand FreeWing which is a collaboration brand between Airush (kite brand) and Starboard (SUP ,Windsurf, Foil brand). Together they are focusing on making wings for every rider at every level.
Their FreeWing Air V1 has already proven itself in our wing test, winning ‘Best Getting Started Wing’ for 2021. FreeWing have taken what they have learnt with the Air V1 & V2 to produce the GO. The GO is a wing designed for a wide range of wing disciplines and abilities. It is a very well priced wing from a main brand, so there’s no doubt that this new GO wing is going to get many people learning to wing, and progressing on the water this year.
In this episode we’re fishing from the panga at a legendary spot 10 miles down the coast from Los Buzos Resort in search of wahoo. We’re trolling a variety of lures and plugs and vertical jigging in search for one of the fastest (and tastiest) fish on planet Earth. We also get into yellowfin tuna and one kayak fisherman gets the ride of his life from a giant shark. Then, back at the lodge, we’re showing you how to cook these delicious wahoo.
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Introducing the new Lettmann Nitro, a brand new white water paddle and touring paddle.
Those who are familiar with our philosophy know: a paddle without an ergonomic shaft equals a waste of power. The reason is its unique pressure point, which is located in front of your hands thanks to the bent shaft. This does not just result in excellent acceleration, but in flutter-free strokes, too.
Now, many years after the introduction of our ergonomic shaft, we want to please those, who don’t stick with it. Therefore we created a straight shaft paddle, which comes really close to our Ergos advantages.With the Nitro, we moved the blade more forward to achieve a more efficient stroke. It also improves the pressure build-up, moves the pressure point to the front and the reduces typical fluttering of a straight shaft paddle to a minimum.
The Nitro certainly makes use of the hydrodynamic lift, which stabilizes the blades in the water and helps improve the pressure build-up making it more even and efficient. The hydrodynamic lift is enabled by the blades’ prominent profile combined with the pre-located pressure point.
Check out the white water version here https://lettmann-shop.de/en/paddles/slalom-paddles/3113/nitro-ww-lcs-70-light
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