One recent trend that has taken over the fishing community is kayak fishing. Kayak fishing has never really been non-existent, but just recently it seems to have gained immense popularity. A few years a friend of mine won a 2,00o kayak in a fishing tournament. Now kayaks have been seen on the lakes and floating down rivers, but they can even be seen in the marshes of South Louisiana.
Normal kayaks are powered by a paddle and traveling long distances can be trying. The more expensive models contain a unique pedal motor system that allows the user to steer and power the craft with his feet. I have also seen kayaks with a trolling motor mounted on it. The addition of an electric motor on a kayak makes it even easier to maneuver long distances in a small craft. Fishing in a kayak, over a boat, gives you the ability to fish in some spots that full size boats can’t go. Redfish will tuck themselves into some crazy spots where you can see them, but you can’t usually get to them. Kayaking allows you to not only get to those locations, but catch those fish. Fishing bridges, docks, oyster beds, and many other structures that hold fish are always the targets of anglers.
When people replace dock pilings or docks fall, they tend to leave the old pilings sticking out of the water attracting anglers to that location to try to catch some speckled trout. When I am out on my boat, I sometimes tie up to the pilings sticking out of the water and try to work that area for some trout or flounder. I have only gone out on a kayak once so I haven’t determined whether or not it will be more beneficial than my boat so we will see how it develops over time when I make a few more trips.
Another thing I have not tried yet is night fishing. A friend of mine said he fishes at night, right off of his dock and catches limits of speckled trout. That’s another thing I have never done, caught my limit of speckled trout. If this is the case and it is common in his area, you better believe I would be doing it often! I don’t know about how challenging it really is though if you know the fish are sitting right by your dock and all you have to do is drop a lure down in the water. I get some enjoyment out of trying different areas and learning the habits and tendencies of the fish in the area. I haven’t found many areas I can’t get into with my boat, but I have definitely found a few that I would have liked to use a kayak to get back into. While I will admit that I enjoy being able to just start up my engine and power to another area, I would really enjoy the feeling of hooking a large redfish and hanging on for the ride.
You can feel the power of the redfish when you are standing on the deck of your boat, but I think you get a feel for just how much power a large bull redfish has when he’s pulling your kayak around the water. I guess this could be considered a benefit if you tighten the drag down and just let him tire out pulling you around instead of letting all of your line out and having to reel him all the way back in. You always have to look at the positive. On the other end of the spectrum I saw a man in a kayak catch a shark, and that does not really seem like a fun time to me even though the fight would be pretty awesome. Kayaks are pretty stable from what I understand. People tell me they stand up and fish from them. I have not tried it yet and you can be certain that I would not put this theory to the test, especially with a shark, of any type, on the line. You can keep that one for yourself.
I will stick to the saltwater fish that won’t try to eat me if I do flip over out of the kayak.