In Contrary Kayak Angling – Part I I alluded to the unique characteristics and advantages a kayak brings on medium to large rivers. These are characteristics and advantages that the wading angler can take advantage of to efficiently fish productive water that they otherwise could not reach, or fish productively, without the kayak.
Fishing from a boat is the norm. We kayak anglers - whether fly anglers, lure enthusiasts, or bait dunkers - routinely fish from our boats. Of course we fish from our boats. Offshore, inshore, in lakes, ponds, and rivers the water is over our head. Fishing from a boat is the most logical way to fish these types of water. But kayak anglers fishing from sit-on-tops or hybrids in medium to large rivers have the opportunity to use their kayak in a different, contrary, and unconventional way: fishing with a kayak.
My love of fishing weightless soft plastics came from pure necessity. As a kid on foot, the only lake I could get to and fish daily was ringed with an impenetrable mass of pads, weeds, and stickups. I circled that lake so many times I wore my own groove in the ground on its bank. Locals swore up and down I was wasting my time, and that the weed choked pond was devoid of fish.
Although the definition of "ultralight angling" is probably suited for a lengthy debate during the dead of winter, the most common attribute is probably "lighter than normal line for bigger than normal fish."
Have you ever opened your tackle tray and wondered why you have all these deep-diving crankbaits when you’re fishing in a grassy, five-acre pond? Most of us have had this moment. I shake my head when I see an angler load seven rods and ten trays of lures into an already-overburdened kayak.
Congratulations on the purchase of your first fishing kayak! Yes I mean “first” because you will undoubtedly get hooked on this awesome sport and purchase another kayak - or two, or three. Now let’s go over the obvious, and not-so-obvious, items you will need to ensure a good time for your maiden kayak fishing voyage.
The sheepshead is a confounding species to the new angler. These master thieves can strip a hook bare in seconds - and leave you with not only stolen bait, but also robbing you of patience! Here are a few tips for catching the wily sheepshead.
If you have tried to record audio with your GoPro while on the water using the waterproof case (which you can probably call a soundproof case), you have discovered it is almost impossible to do without using aftermarket devices to aid in getting good sound.