KAYAKS FOR FISHING   Leave a comment

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Being in a kayak or canoe is a different experience than being in a bass or other fishing boat.  It is nearer the water surface.  It is quieter allowing for a nearly silent approach to wildlife or target water.

For the observant and analytical angler it offers an opportunity to gain insight into the habitat without disturbing the environment.

You can get away from traditional paths followed by power craft into the skinny water where fish often await some hapless baitfish and shelter from the elements.

Like all adventures on the water, fishing from kayaks and canoes does have its hazards.  The paddler must think out his course to make the optimum use of the water available and still not exhaust himself.  Be aware of you physical condition and stamina. An exhausted fisherman can have a tough time getting back to his launch point.  Novice paddlers probably should limit their early trips to one or two hours of travel.

It helps to plan your trip to travel with the wind as much as possible.  Keep an eye on the weather.  If it deteriorates you will not have as much time to get to shelter as with a power boat.

As is the case with most adventures, it is a good idea to leave a note as to where you will be traveling and what time you plan to return.  That way if you experience a problem and cannot meet your schedule, help will have a place to begin the search for you.  It is best to paddle with someone else.

Beware of converging currents around rocks and points.  Avoid dam areas as fast water in the tailwaters can suddenly submerge your craft.

Always wear a personal floatation device (life vest) at all times.  Other emergency equipment should include a first aid kit and whistle.  The whistle can come in handy if you are trying to attract attention should you need help.  The whistle will last longer than your voice.  If fishing in low light conditions and there is a possibility you may be out after dark, have a flashlight with fresh batteries.

Should you encounter power boats, do not assume that they will see you.  Wave your paddle until they acknowledge your presence.  And always point the bow of your craft into their wake.

Do not drink alcohol while paddling but do keep hydrated with water or sports drinks.  If you become dehydrated paddling will be nearly impossible.

Kayaks are fast becoming the choice of the angler in search of solitude and skinny water in which to fish.  Safety is a prime concern but the satisfaction of moving back into coves otherwise in accessible is awesome.

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