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 Fishing kayaks work great in almost any conditions, but they really shine in shallow water because they can get into places power boats can’t, and their stealth let you sneak right up to the fish.
Even still, shallow water fishing fishing from a kayak has it’s challenges, and so in this video, we’re going to look at the top 5 shallow water kayak fishing tips. First off, a note about safety. Even though the water might only be a few feet deep, you should still wear your life jacket when fishing the shallows, because you’re inevitably going to cross channels of deep water.
On top of that, you’ll have to expect that you’ll be exposed to power boats and jet skis, which move quickly and sometimes unpredictably. The 2nd shallow water fishing tip is to know the area, and keep navigational tools on hand, like charts, maps, and a GPS unit.
Not only will these tools help you get home at the end of the day, but they’re invaluable for coming up with the plan, and for identifying key features, like deeper channels where fish will likely be more prevalent.
The 3rd tip for shallow water fishing, is to have a good pair of polarized sunglasses. Not only will they keep your eyes protected, they make a world of difference when you’re trying to see fish below the surface.
Standing in your kayak also makes it a lot easier to see fish, and so if this is something you’d like to do, make sure you get a sit-on-top kayak that’s designed for stand-up fishing. Just keep in mind standing also increases your profile on the water, making you more visible to the fish.
Sometimes, if you’re dealing with spooky fish, your best option is to sit down and look and listen for more subtle signs of their whereabouts. The 4th tip is to use some kind of an anchoring devices when fishing in shallow water, because one the biggest challenges you’ll face is managing your boat position in the wind.
Although you can use a traditional anchor and rope, the best shallow water anchor systems are stakeout poles that drive into the ground, because they’re quieter, quicker, and easier to manage. The final shallow water fishing tip is to be as quiet as possible, whether you’re paddling or fishing.
In particular, any banging against your kayak is sure to spook fish. As you become a better paddler, you will naturally make less noise, but one of the best things you can do is to place silent traction foam on any part of your kayak that tends to get knocked with your paddle.
So there you have it – 5 tips to improve your shallow water fishing from a kayak. I hope you found this video helpful, and if you did, please subscribe to the Kayak Fishing Tales YouTube channel, and stay tuned for more tips and tricks.
We’ll see you next time.