Kayak fishing is considered a relatively new sport with most "seasoned experts" having less than 10 years of experience. The main reasons why kayak fishing has become so popular is due to its affordability and access to remote fishing areas. Beginners who want to give the sport a shot can use these tips to help them get used to the new fishing conditions:
1 - Talk To An Expert
Experts on kayak fishing have lots of tips based on personal experiences that you can use and learn from before paddling out for the first time.
2 - Map Out The Best Spots
Smart fishing is always better than paddling farther. Get to know the best fishing spots in the area so you don’t have to waste precious hours paddling farther away only to realize the fish aren’t biting.
3 - Invest In A Good Paddle
A good and sturdy paddle is one of your best friends during the trip. High-quality paddles will result in fewer blisters at the end of the day.
4 - Practice One-Handed Casting
Take your brand new Shimano Saragosa 6000 out and practice casting one-handed before fishing on a kayak. This is an important skill that you will rely on many times as you try to maintain your balance on a small kayak.
5 - Use Bug Spray
The kayak will allow you to fish in remote and secluded areas that may come with a lot of bugs. Protect your skin with bug spray so you don’t have to end the trip early because of pesky bug bites.
6 - Master One-Handed Paddling
Another must-have skill to master is one-handed paddling. Maneuvering the kayak with two hands is easy, but when you are trying to reel in a big catch and your kayak starts to drift, you have to control your kayak with just one hand.
7 - Invest In Your Own Kayak
Renting a kayak allows anglers access to the vessel without commitment. However, to be successful in kayak fishing you need to make adjustments and customizations to the boat that fits your needs. This is only possible if you invest in your very own kayak.
8 - Sun Protection
A kayak exposes you to the sun for hours. Lather on the sunscreen and wear sun protecting clothes to minimize sunburns and skin damage.
9 - Fish With A Buddy
Beginners should never attempt to go kayak fishing alone. It is always better to have a buddy with you in case of an emergency.
10 - Gear Up
Make sure you bring along a complete tackle box with all your favorite reels and preferred bait. Pack up that Shimano Saragosa 6000 and you’ll have a less stressful time on the water if you are comfortable with the fishing gear.
11 - Enjoy!
Just because you didn’t reel in a big catch or you didn’t have the best experience the first time you tried kayak fishing doesn’t mean you have to give it up. There are a few adjustments to make, but in no time you’ll be fishing like you were on a dock or on a charter boat.
The Shimano Saragosa 6000 is a mid-range sealed spinning real that delivers more than what you expect from it. Find out more at J&H Tackle today!