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Thread: Any kayak fishermen here?

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    Boolit Bub
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    Any kayak fishermen here?

    Just about to purchase a kayak. I live in FL and there's some great kayak fishing in the flats and inland bay areas. Any tips; do's/don't to pass along?

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    I dont but buddies do. Never forget a knife at easy access. Water proof floating radio just in case. Make sure your "empty" before your too far from shore. Wider body kayak, for when they pull to the side. You slide slip instead of tipping over.

    These guys are in shape..your gonna want a fair amount of core strength. And they are sore when they are done. These guys are middle aged construction workers in the Labor union.

    Check out those kayaks you can run with your feet. Not only does it give your arms a rest, you can change gear while moving to a new spot.

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    I have a 12' Old Town kayak all set up for fishing. I have had it for close to 8 years and use it to "workout" in the summer time. I will paddle for a bit, stop take a break, cast a line, but have yet to ever catch a dang fish lol. However I will give you some advice for kayaking open water.

    Wind, pay attention to it! Your body will act as a sail and the wind that was at your back going across the lake is twice as bad going back.
    Waves, even little white caps will make you feel like a viking crossing the ocean in a storm. Sure is a lot of fun but you will have to bale some water often.
    Boats, wont see you if they aren't paying attention. Hug the shore or make sure you are highly visible. I carry a signaling mirror to let boats know where I am at.
    Capsizes, if you flip or fill up with water stay with your kayak. Most of them have internal flotation you can perch on top of until help arrives.
    Learn the tipping point of your kayak (side to side) close to shore first.
    Water proof stuff sack for all your important stuff. Phone, keys, wallet, shoes and dry clothes.
    Invest in a good paddle. The cheap ones will work but you will instantly feel a difference when you get a better paddle. Shoot just a little bit of expanding foam into each paddle for added flotation for when you drop your paddle in the water lol.

    Have fun man kayaks are a blast.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I've done some kayaking already so I know about some of what you suggested. In FL, most people prefer the 'sit on top' type which are 'self-bailing' which is a good thing if nature calls. I'm going to buy one that has been pre-fitted for rod holders and area for stowage of small tackle containers.

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    I would make sure you have a whistle around your neck so you can warn off motorboaters if they are not paying attention. Make sure to get a nice paddler life jacket as well. Keeps you safe and ensures you are comfortable while paddling.

    I have a 12' Old Town i've outfitted for fishing as well!

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    Watch for sharks & stay away from the boaters they are equally dangerous!

    https://youtu.be/bHa9WpOUyVI

    https://www.newsweek.com/sick-hungry...-kayak-1497706

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    Have a buddy in another one so you can video each other when a big catfish gets on.

    Here; You'll see them take folks for a 'Nantucket sleigh ride' once in awhile, and its a hoot to watch.
    It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
    It was God, guns, and guts.


    OK folks. Enough of this idle chit-chat. This ain't your Grandma's sewing circle.
    EVERYONE !!
    Get back to your oars. The Captain wants to water ski.

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    not a kayak, not fishing, but I run crab traps and crab lines in the wife's 11' canoe.
    I'm in coastal georgia.

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    My Son has this one and loves it so far https://www.cabelas.com/product/boat...5.uts?slotId=4
    kids that hunt and fish dont mug old ladies

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    Academy sports .....pescador 120......it's the old wilderness systems 12 footer bought it for fishing st Andrews bay in the panhandle

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    Ive been running jugs out of my kayaks this summer. Lots of fun. Last year i did a bit of casting. Ive got sit ins that i put a couple rod holders in. I keep tackle in the well where legs are supposed to go, and my legs just sit on top. Works for me. I do want a pedal drive pretty bad though.

    For anyone wondering, i pull a second kayak filled with most of the jugs, keeping about 5 in mine. Takes a little bit over an hour to drop/check 35 jugs.
    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

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    Yep, I’ve been fishing from a poke boat for over 25 years. Perfect for trans versing the deep pools on the smaller rivers to wade fish. Good on the family fishing lakes for bream and catfish. My tackle is in my shirt pocket and I really like the simplicity and lite weight. My poke boat weighs 35 lbs, can carry it down to the water most any reasonable place.
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