There are few things in life that get me excited more than the thought of camping - the sights, the sounds, the smells... Ever since I was a very young child, my parents would take me and my brother camping. We usually went four or five times a year, and waited anxiously between campouts. The minute the truck backed into our spot and stopped, we would jump out and cover every inch of whatever state park we were visiting.
Some people put their kayaks away when the starts to mercury drop and winter arrives. However, there is still some good fishing to be found if you can get on the water. You need to wear the proper clothing and safety gear, but even if you have a great dry suit your hands still can get wet and cold. Here are some options for keeping your hands warm while still being able to perform necessary functions.
Before I purchase an item, I try my best to read reviews to see what people think about it. I like to see an item with all four and five-star reviews, but will read the low marks to see what people have to say. The examples I often see for both low and high marks make me question the future of humanity.
Before I ever load up my kayak to hit the water, I always check the weather and wind forecast. Unlike our powerboat brethren, we have no trolling motor or outboard to prevent the wind from pushing us around. That burden lies solely on our paddle, pedals, or anchor system.
We recently ask our good friends at Bending Branches what they feel is important when selecting a paddle for kayak fishing. Andrew Stern, Marketing Specialist for Bending Branches, responded with his four key paddle attributes.
For owners of the Native Watercraft's “Propel” pedal drive propulsion system, routine maintenance is an important part of keeping the unit in top working condition. Fortunately, both the system and its upkeep are very straightforward.
During a season, I will put in over 500 hours in my kayaks and cover about 1000 miles. I have three Hobie Mirage Drives: two from 2007, and one from 2013. I have only had one breakdown, during some hard pedaling against a strong current on a section of the Detroit River. At that time, I took the opportunity to upgrade my version 1 Mirage Drive to a version 2.
Kayak fishing is a way for anglers to get onto the water without a huge investment in equipment. With the skyrocketing popularity of fishing kayaks, manufacturers have pushed the envelope and are designing fishing-specific kayak models with features only dreamed of a few years ago. However, these features come at a cost (literally).