Fishing Tips

Kayak Fishing the New Fishing Phenomenon

Trix visits at the Watering Hole with Neil Taylor of Strike Three Kayak Fishing.

1. Why has kayak fishing become so popular?  

It is a big combination of things, from cost to comfort to dedication to designs of kayaks specifically created for anglers.   Once in these paddle-craft, so many people realize how easy and peaceful a way this is to experience the environment and also have great success getting to catch their targeted species.

2. Is it more difficult than fishing from shore or a large boat?

It’s a little different but it’s no more difficult than any other way of fishing.   It “opens up new waters” to the shorebound angler and it gives more independence and simplicity to people who previously fished from the larger craft.

3. Is it dangerous?    Danger only exists when bad decisions are made.   Anyone who opts to get out by themselves is incurring the most risks and should wear their PFD (personal flotation device) and be sure to let people know where they are going to be and what time they expect to be back.   The conscientious, alert kayak angler doesn’t get into any bad situations but has to have “a plan” for when things do pop up unexpectedly.   

4. Are you more likely to get seasick in a kayak?

My Dad used to say my Mom “gets seasick in a raft in the swimming pool.”   I actually have heard of it happening but, “no, it’s not very likely” at all.

5. Does it get cramped sitting in a kayak for hours?

Not in the Native Watercraft boats I use.   The reason I chose this company four years ago had everything to do with the “comfort factor.”  I was intrigued by the look of their newest boat, the Ultimate back at the time.   When I sat in it “I knew.”   The kayaks I used prior to that weren’t conducive to long time periods of use.   I once spent nine hours in one of these boats without getting out of it, and I was just fine when my feet hit sand again.

6. Is it difficult to reel in a fish from a kayak?

It is not.    There are “tricks” to battling fish in every venue.   In a kayak, it is pretty easy compared to a few years ago.   The stabilty of “today’s kayak” means that an angler can do more things while fighting a fish without risk of the craft turning over.   The experienced kayak-angler has not a single difficulty at all fighting and handling fish in their kayaks.


7. Where do you store the caught fish in a kayak?

Always, always in the cooler (or if your kayak isn’t large enough for a cooler, an “insulated fish bag” will usually be an option for storing on a kayak).   Kayak anglers who utilize a “stringer” to possess a fish in Florida waters will learn the hard way that sharks eat fish.  

8. Can you fly fish from a kayak?

Absolutely.   It is very common to see fly-anglers in kayaks.   There is a rumor that I may even try this out myself in ’11!

9. Are there age or weight restrictions?

No.    There are age and weight “concerns” but not restrictions.   I have several clients who are in their 90’s and many others who are 70+ in years.  I have told several people that I didn’t think it was for them and they were appreciative of the honestly.  
Weight restrictions don’t exist, per se, but it can be a concern.    I have to match my clients with the boat that’s best for them.   Kayaks do have tested weight capacities.   To my knowledge I’ve never actually met anyone, in person, that exceeds the weight capacity for some of the “big guy” kayaks.  

10. Tell us your best fishing story

Ah Trix, but fishermen and fisherwomen lie!   So I’d be suspect!  I can’t tell just one and call it the best…

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