The Most Important Ocean Kayak Fishing Tips!

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The ocean sparkles under the Florida sun like a smooth mirror. There is no sound at all except the gentle lapping against the kayak and the screeching of the seagulls overhead.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

It couldn’t get any better than this. They say, once you’ve done your first ocean fishing from a kayak, you’ll never go back to the standard procedure of charter boats and outboard motors. It’s true. There is a deliciousness about the taste of salt and connection with water that binds you more closely with nature than any other fishing craft can offer.

On these calm waters, a sit-on kayak is ideal. Many come equipped with foot pedals so you can head out to sea without tiring too much, or using a motor. The pedals have the added advantage of maneuvering the kayak with your hands free to pull in that forty-pound marlin.

For that deep ocean adventure, they also come equipped with GPS Systems and fish finders. Finding the right line is perhaps, one of the most important aspects of deep-sea fishing.

Monofilament fishing lineMonofilament, or mono, is the most popular fishing line for most applications. Mono is thin, strong and subtle. It is also water resistant and has good knot strength. Braided salt water line is made up of fusing several strands together. You can often get a 60-pound test strength from the same diameter as a thirty pound monofilament line.

Wire is an effective leader material when facing toothy fish. You can also use wire or lead-core line to troll a bait deep in the water. Braided wire is easy to work with and bends easily enough to be tied in knots and used as main line.

Most fishermen like to string together a variety of different types of bait when ocean fishing; a soft, squishy squid, some mackerel, a couple of lures. Small, live crabs are good, but shrimp will often be nibbled away by smaller fish before you ever get a chance to catch the big one.

If you don’t have a GPS system and haven’t invested in a fish finder, you can still scope out where the fish are biting by walking along the beach until you see fish bursting beyond the breakers.

end of day kayak fishingUse a spoon lure and paddle up and down the shoreline. This will entice bluefish, mackerel, striped bass, and any other fish feeding on bait fish beyond the breakers.

When casting large spoons out, reel them in slowly so they spend on or near the bottom. If you are using soft, plastic shrimp, jig them up and down and reel in slowly. Use a drift bag when the tide is coming in or going out to prevent drifting too fast.

While the sit-on kayak is probably the most pleasurable way to fish in calm southern waters, it is not recommended for the rough oceans of northern climes. All sit-on kayaks are molded in two parts. Also, the broad base and short hull can carry on water when the going gets tough, cracking the seams, or even creating holes in the hull. The sit-on kayak, so stable in warm water, can do a rollover in the violent waters of northern climates.

Cold temperatures are actually some of the best times to fish. Not only are the fish feeding more, the competition is a lot lighter. However, if you’re going to do a little cold climate fishing, dress in layers. A neoprene full body suit should be the closest thing to your skin, with a fleece outer layer. Put on your hip boots. The notion that you can drown if your kayak rolls over in the ocean is just a myth. Those boots might just save you from hypothermia.

Taking a roll in cold climate water isn’t frequent, but it’s dangerous and it does happen. Each year, renew your class on learning to swim out from under a capsized kayak, up righting it and climbing back in.

kayak pumpAlways carry a kayak pump. Even in warm waters, swells can sometimes flood your kayak with enough water to cause concern. If you do take a dive, swim with or across the current.

Whether you are going out in warm climate or cold, on calm waters or rough, close to the shoreline or in deep water, always wear your personal floatation device.

Taking your kayak out on the ocean should be the best adventure you’ve ever had, but it should never be your last one.

1 Comment

  1. TKR

    Just wanted to bring to your attention just how bad this sentence sounds in the context of your article: “The notion that you can drown if your kayak rolls over in the ocean is just a myth.” You might want to fix that up a little bit. Also, in an article about safety in which you suggest that kayakers should always wear life jackets, you feature a picture of a guy entering a fairly violent surf zone with a sit on top kayak (which you also said was a bad idea) wearing waders and a Jansport backpack instead of a PFD. If you meant to show a man in his last hours as a living kayak fisherman, pointing out what you shouldn’t do whilst contradicting yourself, then I apologize. I was just confused.

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