Kayak Fishing Tips to Take Home!

patiently kayak fishingHere are my kayak fishing tips that I hope will help you save some time and frustration:

A kayak can hold up to three hundred pounds of gear, and if you’re a shop until you drop enthusiast, you’ll quickly have enough gear to fill up a cargo boat.

The temptations are out there; cameras, fish finders, motors, anchors, boxes to store your camping equipment and every kind of bait and lure under the sun.

There is one minor problem; kayaks don’t have a great deal of room...

You’ll quickly discover that lugging three hundred pounds of equipment to fill your storage space is not only exhausting work, but doesn’t leave a great deal of room for you; the navigator, the captain and the fisherman. 

Keep your essential equipment down to a minimum.  That’s one of the best kayak fishing tips and I can offer you because if you’re planning a six hour trip on a shallow lake, don’t pack your kayak with all the preparations for a three day journey into deep water.

Don’t haul around a fully loaded, bulky tackle box.  Decide which fish you’re going after and prepare your bait ahead of time, keeping it in a small, water tight box.  Kayaking demands the constant use of both hands.

If you are constantly rummaging through your box, fitting new lines with sinkers, bobbers and bait, you aren’t paying very much attention to the hazards that could occur, like a motor boat swerving close by and causing enough wave to upset your balance or slide your paddle into the water.

Casting from a kayak requires a different technique than onshore fishing:

This kayak fishing tip is a problem many anglers have. Wide backward swings can catch your hook in the back deck or rudder.  Once you’ve hooked your own kayak, the only solution is to cut your line, go back to shore or get another kayaker to assist you.  For this reason, some kayak fishing enthusiasts suggest a shorter pole.

Sometimes I use one we call “the ugly” stick.  Short and compact, it casts beautifully, no matter how wild your swing, but the chances are, it won’t withstand the vigorous battle of that so desired big fish.

Imagine yourself fishing from a bank from a lot of over-hanging trees.  If you cast back too far, or too high, your hook will get entangled in the branches.  Instead, you use a side action, flicking your wrist just as the line appears in front of you so it sails out cleanly and solidly into the water.  This is much the same type of action you’ll need when fishing from a kayak.

One of the risks of hooking into a fish is the clever fellow might decide to cut a right angle escape route right under your kayak.  Unless your rod is firmly secured, it can easily take your pole with it.  Learning to swing a complete circle around with your kayak assures you of being able to keep control of your catch no matter where it runs.

Now that we covered those essential kayak fishing tips, lets talk about some of the nitty-gritty details nobody else seems to discus: hauling your fish in your kayak.

Once you’ve caught that fish, there are three ways of hauling it in:

catching fish in kayak

  • The easiest approach is with a net.  Once you see that fish swimming close to your kayak, you use one hand, while keeping your feet firmly apart for balance, to scoop up the fish while the other hand holds the line taut.
  • The second way is have your stringer handy.  As soon as the head of the fish is so close, you can reach out to grab it, take your stringer lead and run it through its mouth.  Have that stringer ready and secured to your kayak at all times, with the empty hooks open and ready to grab your fish.
  • The third method is to reel in your fish until you can drop it straight into the kayak.  This comes with some hazards.  If the fish is thrashing around enough, it could spit out the hook, landing it square in your lap.  Fishing hooks are barbed.  Securing one in your flesh is not only painful, it requires a little surgical application to remove them.  If your fish is especially large or lively, best to go with option one or two.


Kayak fishing has become one of the most popular means of going fishing.  Beside the fact that it can go into shallows and swampy areas the big boats can’t, the fact remains that fish like peace and quiet as much as we do.  Kayaks are completely silent.  If you want to return with bragging rights to a successful fishing day, stay safe, prepare in advance, and stay quiet.

I hope these kayak fishing tips helped you in some way. Please let me know by placing a comment below.

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