While some kayak anglers already know this, and yet others reading this are themselves wives that fish, I’m speaking to those of you who go fishing and leave your wife at home. “Why would I want to get my wife on the water in a kayak of her own?” you ask. There are plenty of benefits to taking your wife kayak fishing with you. Here are just a few.…
- Spending the time together will bring you closer together as a couple.
- You no longer have to beg her for time away, or postpone the honey-do list to get on the water. Once she begins enjoying the sport, she’ll actually ask you to take her fishing!
- Say goodbye to socks and underwear for Christmas or birthday gifts! Your new fishing partner will be buying you all kinds of fishing gear instead. You will also no longer be stumped when it comes to buying that perfect gift for her.
- When you catch that big fish and need a photographer… PRESTO! You have one!
How do you begin taking your better half kayak fishing - and ensure she enjoys it? Having been through this with my own wife, who now loves the sport and can’t wait to get on the lake again, I’ve come up with a few tips to help you through the process. For input on gear to buy, I’ll let you read reviews and tips here on YakAngler.com because most of it applies to all anglers. However here are just a few things that I learned for you to keep in mind…
- Buy her gear of her own. This includes everything from a good stable kayak to rods/reels, lures, net, etc. It’s important that she has “her own” gear to use, and isn’t always using your hand-me-down stuff. It allows her to feel as if they are more of an equal versus just being a tag-along on the water. It also helps increase her level of excitement. Of course, not everyone can afford to fully equip a second angler in the household, but do the best you can. Spend the extra money to buy her a high-quality personal floatation device (PFD) that is built with women in mind. Most PFD manufacturers offer models made for women, so buy her one she’ll be comfortable in and wear every minute she’s on the water. Let her pick out some of her own lures so she can learn what works - and what doesn’t - on her own. The more you include her, the more enjoyment she (and you) will get from the sport. It’s the kind of shopping you’ll both appreciate!
- Choose fishing spots that don’t require much skill to fish, such as small lakes or slow-moving rivers with little obstacles, until she gets some experience under her belt. Don’t let her first trip in her new kayak be on a large lake where dodging motor boats is the norm. Also be sure to choose a body of water with plenty of fish, even if that means panfish. Once she gets a few fish hooked and some slime in her kayak, she’ll be hooked (pun intended). It’s up to you to make it an enjoyable, safe trip.
- This next step is very important - be patient! It’s easy to get frustrated when you have to continually stop fishing to fix tangled line, unhook fish, etc. Just try to remember the first time someone took you fishing. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t be fishing today if someone hadn’t been patient with you.
- Take a good camera. Once you two start having all kinds of fun together, you’ll want to capture the memories. Also, magazines and websites are always looking for good photos of women enjoying our sport, so you just might get an image that makes you a few bucks or gets you published.
- Don’t be a know it all. Yes, you know more about fishing than she does (Now, anyway… IR), but try to help her catch fish while at the same time letting her learn on her own. If she wants to throw a lure that you know the fish won’t hit, don’t argue or get frustrated. She’ll learn, have fun doing so, and eventually come to you for some input.
- Let her do her own thing. Actually, you should suggest it! Whether she wants to fish, paddle around the lake, anchor and read a book, photograph wildlife, swim, or whatever it is that floats her kayak, let her do it while you keep fishing.
- Last but not least, show her some of the things other women are doing in the sport of kayak fishing. Bridgett Howard, Christina Weber, Ashley Rae and YakAngler’s very own Holly Noga Jones, just to name a few, are all doing amazing things in the kayak fishing world. Their articles and videos can be found on various forms of social media, magazines, TV shows, etc. Share these with your significant other, and she’ll see this isn’t just a man’s sport.
There you go - a few tips and ideas that will help you get your wife or girlfriend on the water with you. As much as I love kayak fishing with the guys, my best kayak fishing trips are those that I share with my lovely bride. So next time, try taking your wife fishing with you and share this great sport with the one you love most. Just don’t tell your buddies when she catches more fish than you do!