“Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.” This line from a famous poem beautifully reflects the thrills involved in kayaking. To get started, there are gear guides, how-to videos, and fishing tools available online at Nitehawk. For more information, subscribe to the natural resource magazine at dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/2012/02/kayak.htm and get ready to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.
If you are new to this adventurous sport, there are few things that you should know.
1. Inexpensive Means Of Relaxation
If you have been caught in the daily grind of life, it’s time you picked up the kayak and headed to the closest lake. This simple and inexpensive sport will relax your frayed nerves as you set about the day at your own pace.
2. Get In Touch With A Professional
Find yourself an expert who will be able to help you with the basics. The term “professional” is relative and even those with a few years of experience in this area are deemed to be knowledgeable. However, you can rely on them if you are not sure on how to get started.
3. Know Where To Catch Fish
You must learn the art of fishing smartly as it will increase your chances of catching the best fishes. Based on your paddling speed and the distance covered, you can look up places on Google and make a list of the areas. For best results, go fishing in a circular path.
4. Impact Of Weather
Before you indulge in kayak fishing, take some time to study the influence of weather and the moon on the fishes. They are known to be highly sensitive to pressure changes and cold fronts. If there is a light spell of rain or increasing barometric pressure, it repels the fishes, and you lose a chance of catching them.
At times, just go kayaking, soaking in the beauty and tranquillity, without worrying about the fresh catch.
5. Choose The Right Kayak
Before purchasing a fancy kayak and other essential gears, ask yourself these questions. Would you be kayak fishing in saltwater, lakes, or rivers? Do you prefer bay areas or small ponds? If you want to catch fish, what types are you looking at? This includes small fishes or the exotic variety.
You might be interested in everything, so it is important that you participate in kayak festivals or demo shows. In addition to these factors, consider seating, storage, and stability when you buy a kayak.
If you are buying a kayak meant for fishing, you should look for a rod holder, backrest, anchors, coolers, and spacious storage areas. One of the main challenges while customising the kayak is that all your accessories must be well within reach while you are out fishing.
Looking for a rod when you have caught a big fish only takes away the fun from the activity.
7. Handling The Fish
If you have just got lucky and caught plenty of fish, remember to practice conservation. Release the ones you are unlikely to use and store the ones that are going to make their way to the dinner plate.