Kayak Fishing: This Is How You Land A Monster Fish
Catching big fish is tricky enough from a big boat, yet alone in a kayak. A common misconception is that if you can fish, you can kayak fish. But, kayak angling requires a heck of a lot more than having acquired fishing skills. Adding a kayak to the mix presents a few additional preparations to ensure a successful fishing excursion. Having the right gear as well as the know-how to land a big fish on open water and from a kayak requires some precision that proves challenging for even the most experienced sports fisherman. That said, below are a few ‘heads up’ tips on how to land a monster fish from a kayak accompanied by a recently submitted video of the a Cape Coral man landing in the largest kayak bottom fish ever.
Choosing The Right Kayak: To Paddle or Pedal?
Pedal. If your goal is to land a big fish, you do not want to be bothered by a paddle. There will not be anyone to assist you should you capsize, so choose wisely. You want to be comfortable and in control when fighting a monster fish. A majority of oceanic anglers choose a kayak with pedals. Why? Well, the answer is simple. The pedals can be used as resistance against the strength of the fish. While battling the big one, you can start pedaling increasing pressure on the fish, wearing it out more easily. Moreover, when you are in a pedal kayak, your hands are free. This means that you do not have to control the kayak and hold the fishing rod at the same time. Also, you won’t have to worry if you lose your paddle. The bottom line is with the pedal-controlled kayak, you have a huge advantage when battling big fish; you do not want the outcome of your fight to come down to the type of kayak you have.
Keep It Simple & Pack Lightly
Before heading out into deep waters, you need to make sure you are properly equipped. Don’t take too much stuff with you. Packing the right gear will depend on a number of things. First, only back the necessities. Think about the type of fish you are after, the type of water, safety gear and then pack accordingly. Make sure to secure everything on your kayak. Your fishing gear, your paddle, an ice box if you have it – everything needs to be tied down so it doesn’t fall out of the Kayak. Next, be sure you are wearing the right apparel. Fishing from a kayak is not as forgiving as your Huckins 45 Sportsfisherman Fishing Yacht, so you want to make sure to wear clothes that are both UV and water resistant. Some protective gloves, a hat and sunglasses are must haves as well. This should serve as a good excuse to take a trip to Bass Pro for those who see Bass Pro Shops as their second home. After you’ve packed the right gear and before heading out on your kayak-fishing expedition, the most important thing is to make sure you practice.
Hooking A Monster Fish From A Kayak: Skill & Preparation
Once you hook a big fish, be ready to act quickly as the fun has just begun. You need to think and act fast, this is why it is best to be prepared and plan your moves in advance.
So, you get in your kayak and head out. You finally get to your favorite ‘honey hole’ and toss out that perfect cast. Because you are fishing for the big one, there are a few insights you need to know before hooking your monster. First, know where to cast. You do not want to point your rod in the direction of the nose of the kayak. If you do this, and should you hook a monster, you risk getting towed or at worse capsizing your kayak. The best strategy would be to cast your rod on your side. Position the kayak so that it forms a 90-degree angle with your cast. This way, the fish will have to fight your entire body weight plus the length of the kayak. Properly positioning your cast and kayak is very important and will prove helpful in tiring the fish during battle.
Through proper positioning you will gain a huge advantage by being in full control of your fish. The fish will have no choice but to follow your instructions. Keep the tension high and make sure to not release the line. If you release the line a bit, you will create an opportunity for the fish to run and pull away. Keeping the tension while pedaling should tire the fish allowing you to bring the fish to the surface. Once you have secured your catch, that is you are sure that the fish is following your direction, you can continue the fight in more shallow water. By being in the shallow water, you will have a better chance of catching the fish and pulling it out on your kayak. Also, there is a less danger of capsizing. You do not want that to happen in predatory waters. If your out on the deep sea and you intend to keep, you will need to store it somewhere. For smaller-medium sized fish a cooler, fish bag with ice would work fine. However, bringing in a bloody monster can prove dangerous on open sea. Bloody waters and a large fish will attract the attention of sharks. It’s important to get the fish cleaned and put away in towels, netting and strap it to the deck of your kayak as quickly as possible. For longer trips or deeper waters, it’s a good idea to carry a burlap bag to keep fish wet and fresh.
Well, there you have it, a few tips on what to do when trying to land a monster fish in Kayak. Good planning and proper preparation is vital to a successful outing. Sure, sometimes fishing could be argued as a matter of luck. However, any successful angler understands that in order to land a monster fish in a Kayak, it’s likely to come down to skills and preparation versus anything else.