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Thursday, 07 January 2016 13:41

Top 10 Reasons You Should Start Kayak Fishing

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Start Kayak Fishing Photograph by Christina Weber

As falling gas prices make owning a powerboat more affable than ever, we wanted to see why we have not seen a drop in new users joining the YA Nation. We asked our users why they decided to buy a kayak and jump into the world of kayak fishing. Here are the top 10 reasons they started kayak fishing.

1 – Small Initial Investment

Kayak fishing offshore oil rigs for kingfish

Photograph by Robert Field

Kayak fishing doesn’t have to be an expensive sport. You can purchase something that is suitable to use for kayak fishing for under $400. You will then need a PFD and paddle, which can easily be picked up for less than $100. Most typical rods, reels, and lures can be used in a kayak, so assuming you already have a small selection of fishing gear that puts your total initial investment at $500.

2 – Great for Quick Trips

If you only have a few hours to fish, a kayak is a great option. It is much easier to set up and breakdown than your typical power boat. Once you get the hang of it, getting ready for a day of kayak fishing can be almost as easy as fishing from the shore.

3 – Access

Kayak fishing gives you access to virtually all bodies of water

Photograph by Joseph Harrick

Many fishing locations have restricted access and do not allow powerboats, or are just too thick with cover to get to with a typical motor boat. A kayak will allow you to go virtually everywhere a boat can go - and many places boats can't.

4 – Exercise

As Steve Burrows put it, “I started yak fishing because I'm fat and needed some exercise. Figured if I told the wife I was going to exercise she would let me go more!” Kayak fishing is a great way to get some exercise while doing something you love.

5 – Closer to the Environment

Kayak fishing gets you closer to nature

Photograph by Chris Funk

You don’t have to be a tree hugger to enjoy being close to nature. Sitting in a kayak puts you virtually at eye level with the water, making everything seem more vibrant. You feel the movement of the water, every head shake of the fish, and every gust of wind.

6 – Virtually No Maintenance

For most kayak anglers, a simple rinse down with your garden hose is all the maintenance your kayak will require. No more flushing engines, or changing the oil and plugs.

7 – A Welcoming Community

Kayak Fishing Boondoggle great community event

Photograph courtesy of Kayak Fishing Boondoggle

Unlike many sports, the community involved in kayak fishing welcomed them in with open arms. David Garner said, “The competition in my first kayak fishing tournament was fierce but the people were warm, friendly and helpful. I didn’t feel like I was going into combat like I did in the bass tournaments I used to fish.” This goes for virtual communities like our kayak fishing forum and Kayak Fishing Boondoggle events.

8 – Stealth

Kayaks can get into extremely shallow water and be exceptionally quiet. With a little skill and practice you should be able to get within feet of fish and other wildlife.

9 – Sleigh Rides

 212 lb black marlin was caught and weighed in by the big fish guru and Hobie Fishing Team Member, Devin Hallingstad

Photograph courtesy of Hobie

Nothing is more exhilarating in kayak fishing than the “sleigh ride” - when the fish you hook from your kayak is large enough to tow you around. A decent largemouth bass can give you a little tow, so just image what Devin Hallingstad's 200+lb marlin from a kayak would do.

10 – Back to Basics

Many kayak anglers are former power boat fisherman. They all attest to the simplicity of kayak fishing. There is something about having a clean and simple fishing vessel that makes you truly appreciate the sport of fishing.


Last modified on Thursday, 07 January 2016 15:08
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


# islandgeek 2016-01-13 10:49
Great points and very True!!! 8)
# Henry Carmona 2016-02-08 19:21
Great article and amazing photos!

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