Kayak Fishing Techniques – Kayak Angling Skills
Positioning of your boat:
You should always have your paddle lying in your lap, ready to go. When fishing from a kayak you will find that you are always on the move, repeatedly casting to targets and very often you will change direction or adjust your position. It will be beneficial for you to practice holding your rod in one hand while paddling with the other.
Techniques for drifting:
In general you are able to locate more fish when drifting in a kayak than when you paddle around. You can also control the direction you drift in very easily with minimum paddling. Your kayak will never stay pointed downwind and will always vary to some degree so you can just change direction from port(left) to starboard (right) with one backward thrust of the paddle on either side to steer you back in the right direction.
When fishing upwind:
Fishing or casting upwind is probably one of the most difficult kayak fishing situations you will ever encounter. The stronger the wind or the current becomes, the less efficient the paddler will be. If the wind isn’t too strong, and there is matted vegetation nearby, you can paddle onto it to keep your kayak in place while you cast. You can also use a shoreline bank as partial grounding before you advance to the next spot. Another good option is to have a stick-it pin or anchor handy and use it to keep you facing your target and the direction you’re traveling in.
Sight fishing is rarely done from a kayak as the low position of the boat makes it difficult to see below the surface, however, there are a lot of other visible cues that you can get from the presence of fish that only this lower perspective offers. “Nervous water” will appear more obvious when you are sitting low, this can be caused by a large school, or just one fish.
Often enough you will also see tails of fish visible on the surface as it appears that fish are sleeping or resting just below the surface. Tails are more commonly spotted by anglers in shallow water when fish are feeding on the bottom. Some anglers want to have the view that you get from a kayak while but aren’t willing to give up their tradition of standing to spot fish. If you wish to do spot fishing then make absolutely sure that your kayak is stable enough to handle a person standing up in it before you try and do it.
Now that your technique has improved on a Kayak you should have a look at Kayak Fishing Tips, a great article with some more amazing advice. You could also have a look at this informative article called Kayak Fishing Safety or this one Fighting Fish from a Fishing Kayak, two very informative articles.
Every Kayak Fisherman should own at least one decent Fishing Knife. To learn more about fishing knives read this article called Dive Knives, Fishing Knives and Fillet Knives.