Boatlesss Fishing? No Problem!Author: Dominick Greco | Posted: 03/26/2009
Fishing from a kayak is not hard. Being "boat-less" does not have to be a handicap. Furthermore it can provide lessons in angling that you can take to the bank. Many pro fisherman like Gary Klein who has two B.A.S.S. Angler-Of-The-Year awards, Started out fishing four to five days a week from the shore. Most of us are not lucky enough to own their own boat, or afford the gas to get it around. Catching fish without one is easy when you have a Kayak and my favorite is the Ocean Kayak Line-up!
Consider this, California's Gil Rowe holds the world record for the spotted bass with a 9-pound, 4-ounce fish. This was one of 60 spotted bass weighing 5 pounds or more that he has landed from the shore. By wading or utilizing a float tube, a low profile will allow an angler to make casts well beneath the overhanging tree limbs or past walls of trees. These places can be impenetrable from the casts of the deck of a boat. In addition, the lack of mobility in fishing from the shore can force you to fish each cove and pocket more thoroughly than most anglers in boats. Kayaks are the stealthiest way I have found to catch more fish. I personally favor the Ocean Kayak Big Game Prowler and have helped in bringing a whole line of custom accessories to the industry. www.kayak-charters.com
These tips can further your success in many ways. Dress for success! Meaning I would suggest wearing Light or camouflage colored quick dry clothing to keep cool and avoid detection. Bass and other species of fish can be very skittish, when they see flashy colors and noise from an angler on the bank, kayak or boat. I also emphasize the need for quality-polarized sunglasses, because kayak fishing places a premium on being able to see what lies beneath the surface of the water.
Carry a light load, take only the most essential tackle and lures you will need, Loading yourself down limits the advantage of being mobile in your favorite body of water. The Ocean Kayak line-up, have very large storage areas, which allows one to carry more than enough fishing gear. Plus they can be outfitted with all kinds of fishing accessories. Use quality gear since kayak fishing limits the amount of tackle on hand; it is crucial that your equipment works properly. Most kayak anglers can benefit from using 61/2 to 7 feet long rods. In addition, reels with either a wide or a long-cast spool for maximum casting distance.
The most hindering thing I can think of for the kayak fisherman is the length of his cast. The farther you can cast in certain situations will dictate your success in finding fish. Be sure that you take the time to notice the clues the shoreline can yield. Like the type of baitfish that may frequent the shallows. This will help determine what the larger predators are feeding on. This can help you select the proper color scheme to match when selecting your bait. In addition, things like water clarity can also change the feeding habits of bass and other fish. Remember to adapt and change colors after many unproductive retrieves, find the color and retrieve they want and they will eat.
About The Author: Dominick Greco
Company: Kayak Charters
Area Reporting: southwest Florida
Bio: Professional Angler, pro kayaker, kayaking fishing instructor, author, writer and guide. Host of a new TV show, Instructor for the city Of Cape Coral. Just featured on Fox4 News and The Morning Blend Morning Show here in southwest Florida. I pro staff for Bass Pro Shops, Quantum, Lamiglas, Gary Yamamoto, Plano, Aqua Skinz, Pro Cure and Skwoosh to name a few. I also have a Signature kayak Seat out with Skwoosh that I designed and Several other Signature items coming to the industry this year. We make some of the most advanced kayak accessories in the world. I am author of Bass Fishing For Women And Children selling at Barnes And Noble.Com. We have over 30 years experience in fishing and over 19 years Kayak Fishing. Check out our website for details. www.kayak-charters.com