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Kayak Fishing Camping Trip Tips

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Whether you want to spend more time at your favorite fishing spot or finally have time to make a trip to explore some new lakes or rivers, there’s nothing quite like a kayak fishing camping trip. 

Not only do they offer a great excuse to fish to your heart’s content, but you also get to spend more time in the great outdoors. However, combining kayak fishing with camping means you need to spend a lot more time on preparation, especially if you are far from home. Unless you want to discover that you’ve left behind something essential take note of the following tips to ensure that your kayak fishing camping trip goes smoothly.

1. Do Your Research

A kayak fishing camping trip is exciting, but make sure that you do all your research before diving in headfirst. This means checking whether camping is allowed in the area you want to visit, what the best times of the year are for camping there and what the weather will be like during your stay. As disappointing as it might be, it is better to cancel your trip if stormy weather is predicted instead of thinking of just braving it.

2. Only Bring The Essentials

As important as it is to go prepared, it also doesn’t mean that you have to cart along everything including the kitchen sink. If you are camping close to where you park your vehicle, then this is less of an issue, but if your camping trip involves paddling a great distance to get to your destination then space is obviously at a premium. Make a checklist of all the essential you need for the camping trip and try to stick to it. A kayak does provide you with a little more space than when going backpacking, but this doesn’t mean you should waste it on non-essential items. One thing that you shouldn’t forget is food and water. You might be banking on feasting on a fresh fish over a campfire, but taking along some healthy food bars for in case things don’t go according to plan might be wise. Hydration is just as important, and no, beers doesn’t count. Bring along adequate water, especially if you are going to be camping in areas where a quick run to the shops is out of the question. For tips on the type of camping essentials you might need for your trip, check out the Yakangler forum where our users have posted some great ideas (http://www.yakangler.com/forum/20-water-cooler/33980-camping-essentials).

3. Stick To Smaller Bags

Not only should you use dry bags for packing all the items that you want to take along, but you should make use of several smaller ones instead of a few large ones. This makes it a lot easier to pack everything efficiently, but it also means you have to spend less time rummaging around in bigger bags to find what you need. It is also a good idea to categorize everything first before packing, so you won’t end up searching for the toilet paper in the electronics bag or have to dig in the toiletries bag looking for dry food bars. Color coding your bags works the best and make sure to distribute the weight of the bags properly when loading them in your kayak. No matter how good you are at Tetris, stacking things up on your deck is not a good idea as it causes more wind resistance and impacts the balance.

4. Pack Your Kayak At Home

Yes, it requires extra effort, but packing your kayak at home with everything you plan on taking along will ensure that everything fits. It doesn’t matter how good you think your calculations are or how well you know your kayak, it is better to find out what fits and what doesn’t at home and not when your kayak is already in the water. Don’t count on your friends helping out with your load either, unless everyone has come to an agreement beforehand about who is hauling what. Finally, packing your kayak at home enables you to figure out the proper weight distribution. If this is not done properly the kayak can end up listing to one side, which makes it much harder to paddle. Keeping the heavier items near the center and the lighter baggage at the ends typically works best. Also, remember that all fishing kayaks have a maximum weight limit, so ensure that you know what yours is and take care not to exceed it.

5. Safety Is Your Number One Priority

If you are a kayak angler then you really should already be familiar with all the safety precautions that you need to take out on the water. These include always wearing your personal flotation device, having a first aid kit on hand, protecting yourself from the elements, and taking along a GPS. Don’t take on any overnight kayak fishing camping trips that are too ambitious either. If it is your first overnight trip make sure that you are comfortable operating your kayak when it is loaded with all your gear first. You might feel silly packing everything and just going for some practice, but it can make a big difference for when you attempt the full trip. Remember to always leave a float plan with someone reliable to ensure that you can be helped if anyone does go wrong during your trip. If you are not sure what a float plan is or how to create one, visit the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary website and download the current version of their float plan (http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/). A lot of lives have been saved thanks to float plans, so don’t skimp on yours.

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