Not all kayaking adventures can start at the crack of dawn and last till dark. We all love to launch and fish at our own pace and not worry about the clock. Far too often though, we are struggling with work or other commitments that demand our time and every spare moment is precious. A kayak is tailor made for those days when you only have an hour or 2 to hit the water.
For short trips, gear management is a must. I have a bag setup with those few essential rigs I just can’t be without. I will grab that bag and a rod or two and can usually be from truck to fishing in less than 10 minutes. You will probably have a better and more effective trip if you focus on a few things you do well instead of overwhelming yourself with gear and tackle.
I have a few areas that I know thoroughly that are perfect for those short days. I know what to carry tackle wise and I know the high points to hit in each spot. The ability to hit the water and be on fish quickly makes these places high on my list for quick trips. They are perfect for picking my son up from school for a fast but productive evening or when the work day has cut deep into my play time.
Quick trips are also great for bringing a youngster out on the water. It will give them the opportunity to experience the fun but won’t burn them out. The same goes for taking a fledgling kayak angler, a short trip will allow for a good time and learning without sore muscles from paddling all day.
Just a few hours on the water can clear the mind of all kinds of mess or they can just make a good day better. If you have a place you know well, keep it in mind for those days when you can’t make a full trip. I know through my busy schedule this spring, a quickie may be the only trip I get. One thing I know for sure, sitting in the yak even for just a short trip will trump not getting to fish every time!