If you've been fishing from a kayak for any period of time, you're familiar with the "You're crazy!" refrain from the public at large when you explain how you spend every free moment on the water. Kayak fly anglers likewise often get this response from other yak fishers when we reveal the long rod as our primary gear of choice.
I’ve only recently switched over and dedicated myself to fishing lures instead of live bait. I’ve also recently partnered up with a masterful angler who is willing and able to share years of knowledge with me that I’m delighted to be able to pass along to anyone who will listen. After only this spring learning to love and appreciate the versatility and functionality of the jig, and with water temperatures warming to over 70°F here in middle Tennessee it’s time to set the jig aside and switch technique.
Taking care of dry gear, be it waders, dry tops, dry suits, or even breathable rain gear, is often overlooked. They are usually tossed into the back of the truck, or in a tote, and if they’re lucky, you’ll remember to pull them out, rinse them off, and hang them up to dry. While rinsing your gear is the first step to keeping it in good shape, there are additional steps to breathe life back into these breathable waterproof fabrics.
We all have done it: started a project or hobby, only to realize that we forgot to look into or learn about one or more aspects about it. This still applies for our wonderful addiction of kayak fishing. When I first got the idea of fishing from a kayak, I immediately started to look at boats and read online reviews . I learned about the differences between kayaks, and what those differences mean to efficiency and comfort.
Dock light fishing can be one of the most productive patterns for targeting inshore species. Throughout the year, almost the entire cast of inshore players, from snook to grouper, can be found lurking around the lights waiting for an easy meal. This being the case, you can often spot me creeping around dock lights at night, flailing away with fly rod in hand. Fishing the dock lights might not seem overly complicated, but slight changes can improve your catch quantity and quality.
As the water temperatures warm to 40°F, the walleye are starting to hit on the Detroit River. Landing a trophy walleye in the 10 lb - 13 lb range is possible as females get ready to spawn. If you want to do it in a kayak, it’s not a problem.
Why is kayak fishing such a big deal? It is exciting, inexpensive, simple, and healthy sport where you set your own pace and also catch great fish. Kayak fishing is considered a frontier sport since it is still in the early developmental stages. That means there is not much information available. Here are some suggestions to help the beginner YakAngler.
Living in Southwest Nebraska for the last 31 years has provided me with some incredible outdoor experiences. The arid climate still passes through its four seasons, with winter freezing most lake surfaces which makes for some dandy ice fishing. For those who love to fish from a kayak, this makes for a long winter if there is no open water. This is where a little exploring and creativity come to play...