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River Fishing Tips

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Kayak fishing in a river can potentially be more dangerous, but you can make things a little safer and improve your odds for a successful catch by making use of the following tips.One of the great things about kayak angling is that you never know what to expect. 

Different types of fish, weather conditions and locations all contribute towards keeping this hobby fresh and exciting. It also means that you always have to be on your toes when fishing in new areas or taking on new types of fish. There is definitely a difference between drifting along peacefully on a lake compared to kayaking down a river, which means it helps to always be prepared. 

Get The Right Kayak For The Job

While you could use just about any angling kayak to fish in a river, you are going to have an easier and safer time with some models. Unlike flat lakes where tracking is important you will want to look for a kayak that is easy to control and able to provide you with more maneuverability. Rivers can be filled with more obstacles than placid lakes, so being able to avoid this are a definite plus. However, fishing kayaks are designed to be able to withstand a lot of abuse, so even if you are unable to avoid all the rocks or obstacles in your way, there is no reason to panic. As long as you have a decent kayak, it should be able to survive a couple of bumps and scrapes without any trouble. One thing you are going to want to do is keep your rudder up if there are lots of rocks and obstacles just below the surface as this is one part of the kayak that can break very easily.

You are also going to need the right equipment if you want to kayak fish in a river. One of the most essential items, especially in rivers with fast moving water, is a good anchor. Sometimes you will encounter overhangs or pools in a river where there is plenty of fish, but if you don't have the ability to remain relatively stationary, then it is going to be impossible to catch anything. With a decent anchor you should be able to stay still enough to fish these spots without too much hassle. If you drop your anchor in a current, make sure to do so directly off the stern or the bow in order for your kayak to point downstream and stay in line with the current. This will prevent your kayak from being at an angle to the current, which can cause it to become unstable as the current hit the upstream side of it.

Make Sure Everything Is Secure

It is less of an issue on slow flowing rivers, but if things get a little bumpy then you are going to be glad that all your gear is secured properly. Losing gear is a risk no matter where you angle, but rivers can be especially tricky, so make sure that everything is stored properly or lashed securely.

Safety Should Be Priority

Just like any other body of water safety should be your number one priority when kayak angling on a river. This means taking along all the safety essentials, such as your PFD, but also doing your homework beforehand. If you are unfamiliar with the river where you plan on fishing make sure that you find out where it is safe to launch your kayak as well as which areas you should avoid. Typically this type of information can be found online or by talking to other anglers who are familiar with the river. It will also be very beneficial to check up on important information, such as the water level of the river and temperature before making a trip, especially if you have to drive a long distance to get to the river. Some rivers have strong hidden currents, so don't be fooled into getting lax with your safety even if things look relatively calm. Wearing your PFD at all times can save your life when you are fishing a river and end up falling overboard by accident.

Be Stealthy

If you are trying to fish rivers that are not very deep, then you are going to have to be very stealthy. Even river fish can get spooked very easily if you are not careful, which is once again where a maneuverable kayak can save the day. If you are unable to approach the fish without making too much noise, then you are going to have to opt for long casts. It also helps if you know what to look for when fishing a river. Keep an eye open for stumps or vegetation as these are often the spots where fish will seek protection from predators. Shaded areas are also good spots to check as are piles of rocks or small islands where the water tends to be calmer.

Use The Correct Posture

Using the correct posture is always important, no matter where you fish with your kayak, but it is especially important on rivers. When paddling you have to sit up straight instead of slouching or else you are wasting a lot of power. Using an incorrect posture can even influence your tracking and it is something that a lot of anglers end up doing subconsciously. When you are paddling try not to lean to either side of the kayak or you will struggle to paddle in a straight line.

Your Turn

Let us know in the comments below or on the forums what your tips are for a safe and successful river fishing trip with your kayak. What has been your most harrowing experiences while river fishing and how did you overcome the obstacles that you encountered?

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+1 # Racerx 2018-11-06 09:45
In any sort of current, I think it's important to have an anchor system that has a quick release option. It can mean a matter of life or death. I don't like having to rely on cutting my anchor line to get myself out of a harrowing situation, so the options are out there, and I'm always looking for ways that I can improve upon my design.

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