At its core, kayak fishing is simple. All you really need to get going is a kayak and some fishing gear. That's it! With this simple setup you can go down to your local body of water, paddle out, and begin fishing. Kayak fishing is seeing huge increases in the number of people getting into the sport and this growth is leading to a boom in product development, innovation, tournaments, and at times a blurring of the lines between kayaking and boating. For me, this is an exciting time to be involved in the sport and I am always glad to see and help new anglers get out on the water.
But, let’s back up. What makes kayak fishing so great? For starters, kayak fishing is accessible to everyone. Young and old, male and female, saltwater, freshwater, and fly fishermen. Kayaks are a great platform for all types and styles of fishing. They are relatively cheap and easy to move and store. The maintenance is minimal with proper care and there are no ongoing costs such as fuel and registration fees. They are quiet, relaxing, and can get you into spots that traditional boaters can't always get to. They also offer some physical activity and are just plain fun.
I think the main reason for people to get into kayak fishing is that it is an easy way to get off the shore and out on the water where the fish are. While kayaks may not be able to cover as much ground as quickly as motorboats do, there is something extremely satisfying about paddling out under your own power and battling a fish. For many people, catching that first fish from the seat of their kayak is all it takes. They are hooked for life.
If you decide to give kayak fishing a try, be sure to wear a PFD (life jacket) and if possible go with someone who has some experience. You can also take a look at our article on kayak fishing basics, Intro to Kayak Fishing.
As always, paddle hard, fish often, and we'll see you on the water!
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