There is no denying that kayak fishing is wetter, requires more contact, and uses up a lot more energy than the comfortable, motorized boats available to anglers today. However, kayak fishing is still very popular, as it allows you to enjoy the full experience of searching and stalking your fishy prey, as you are on the same level as the fish. This can be a much more satisfying and exciting experience, plus you won’t be making a negative impact on the environment. If you have been thinking about taking up kayak fishing, but you aren’t sure whether it is worth the hassle, today, we will be taking a look at what’s involved in this sport to see if it’s something you would enjoy.
Understanding the equipment required, then purchasing it for your kayak fishing trip is the first step to getting started. As well as all the standard equipment, such as rods, lines, fishing weights, hooks, bait and a cooler, you will obviously need to invest in a kayak and safety equipment, such as a life jacket. Most kayaks will do the job, however, if you really want to get stuck in, then you should invest in a proper fishing kayak. These are usually heavier, which provides more stability. Most come with paddles, fittings for tie-downs, a live box compartment and rod holders, plus other accessories. As well as safety, comfort is extremely important when choosing a fishing kayak for your trip. This is because you will be spending a lot of time in your kayak.
There are a number of advantages to kayak fishing. Firstly, it allows you to get up close and personal with the fish you are hunting, which means you will have more control over the fish you catch. There are many mental benefits to kayak fishing because it gets you exercising more while being up close and personal with nature. Kayak fishing is kind to the environment, as you have to use your own power to get anywhere instead of pumping pollution into the waters.
Using your own strength to move the kayak, reel your catches in and to keep yourself stable and balanced during your trip will increase your muscle mass, help you to maintain your weight and build up muscle mass more than other methods of fishing. As time goes on and you become more confident with kayak fishing, you can take to rapid waters or even the sea, which is more of a challenge that comes with even more satisfaction.
Kayak fishing has a number of disadvantages that you need to take into consideration. Firstly, you will need to spend more money on equipment, such as the kayak, suitable paddles, and safety equipment. If you are a beginner, you will be limited when it comes to the areas in which you can fish. When you are kayak fishing, you are more at risk of falling into the water and facing injury if you fail to tackle a large catch or end up in unsteady waters, where you have little experience in. Kayak fishing can be a lot more time consuming and can be difficult if you want to go in a group, with young children or if you want to bring your dog along.
Weighing up the advantages and disadvantages, as well as understanding what you need for kayak fishing, the cost, and what to expect from the experience will help to determine whether or not this method of fishing is worth it for you. Everyone has their own preferences and will see the pros and cons of kayak fishing, but at the end of the day, it’s your choice. Just make sure you do the necessary research.