Kayak fishing is trending now, and it’s a for a good reason. Its popularity has resulted in a bunch of articles written about how to set up great fishing kayaks for camping, which kayaks to buy, and what types of accessories will help you load the boat once you’re out on the water.
Kayaks are cheaper than traditional gas-burners. It allows anglers to access the most under-fished and remote waters. Kayaks make you closer to the water, so, less stable kayaks, sitting down on them, plus the wind and current become factors that require a different approach in angling from a kayak than from a boat.
To address some of these factors, here is a guide on angling with kayaks to make you learn how to master boat control, casting, and reeling mechanics.
- Learn to Cast One-Handed
The most difficult to learn for anglers is fish from the bank or the front deck of the boat. Most of the kayaks don’t have much room between the sitting surface and the water. Majority of the time, experienced kayak anglers cast one handed. Either baitcasting or spinning tackle, it is important to gear up properly.
- Practice the One-Handed Paddle
To be an effective kayak angler, it requires skill in handling a paddle with one hand. Maintain the practice of locking the shaft of your paddle along with your forearm which serves as an anchor.
- Use your feet to steer
Kayak anglers often experience using their feet in some way while fishing. You can use your feet as rudders to steer your drift on rivers if your boat is narrow enough. It works as anchors on fishing laydowns, rip rap, or in shallow areas. Your feet also is a great way for redirecting the kayaks from a stump, log, or other obstacles.
- Cast to steer
Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and chatter baits can actually be used to help steer your kayak. It will pull your boat in the direction you’re casting. Make casts in a specific direction to adjust your kayak’s position.
- Provide eddies for kayaks
Provide eddies for your kayaks and sit entirely to prevent the boat from moving downstream, giving you much time to fish the current stream. To maximize, spot the fish you want, then tuck into the eddy behind it, and fish even without a paddle.
- Anchor at all
Don’t be afraid to anchor at all. If something were to happen, the current can actually push the whole boat under the water. Most of the kayak models, 2-4 claw anchor is already sufficient.
- Hug the shoreline
It takes a lot of effort to make any headway when it’s windy or paddling up-current. In your advantage, use the minimal draft of your kayak. Go to the shallow part instead of paddling right down the middle of the river or lake. Shoreline vegetation makes the current less in super skinny water, wind, and waves. It makes your paddle more efficient, and you’re going to have much more energy once you are in your honey hole.