This episode of Kayak Fishing Tales is brought to you by the ACA. Improving the paddle sports experience for over a century. Learn more at AmericanCanoe.org As the sport of kayak fishing continues to explode in popularity, more and more people are putting their skills to the test offshore.
And so in this video we’re going to look at the top five offshore kayak fishing tips. First off though, it’s important to establish that offshore fishing is not recommended for inexperienced kayak anglers (unless you’re accompanied by a professional guide) and it should never be done alone.
If you plan to kayak fish offshore without a guide, I highly recommend that you take a sea kayaking course, which will teach you valuable information such as paddling, safety, and rescue skills. With that being said, the 1st and most important tip is to wear a life jacket all times, there are now lots of kayak fishing specific life jackets to choose from, which are comfortable, and don’t restrict your motion when you’re paddling or casting.
They also have pockets and features for storing fishing tackle and gear that you want quick access to. Of course, a life jacket doesn’t do much good if you’re not wearing it properly, and so make sure it’s tight enough to feel snug but comfortable.
The 2nd tip, is to do some research before heading out and have a plan in mind for how to deal with the different things you might catch while you’re out there. For example, it’s important to have line cutters on hand, that are easily accessible, if you hook into something too big or toothy to land.
On a similar note, if you do find yourself fighting a big fish from your kayak, don’t bring the fish close to your boat while it’s full of energy. Be patient. The 3rd tip is to protect yourself from the elements, because when your kayak fishing offshore, there is no quick escape.
To protect yourself from the cold, bring some warmer clothes along in a dry bag. To protect yourself from Heat bring lots of water, sunscreen, and wear clothes that offer sun protection. To keep your energy up, make sure to ‘fuel up’ before heading out, and bring some high-energy snacks along on your trip.
The 4th tip is to bring some type of emergency communication device with you, and a cell phone isn’t enough on its own. I strongly recommend bringing a handheld VHF radio, because it can reach other boats in the area, or even the Coast Guard, and you can even get an up-to-date weather report.
If you’re bringing a VHF, make sure you know the protocols for using them. On top of having a communication device, it’s also important that you have other emergency signaling devices on hand, like flares, strobes, or reflectors, that you can use to get get other people’s attention in an emergency situation.
The 5th and final tip is to be sure that you can reenter your kayak from the deep water, in case you capsize or fall out. the only way to be sure you can do this, is to practice before you get out there.
So there you have it The top 5 offshore kayak fishing tips. I hope you found this video helpful, and if you did, subscribe to our YouTube channel, Kayak Fishing Tales. Until next time, I’m Jeff Herman, hoping you have a safe and successful kayak fishing trip.