Kayak Sport Fishing Bait and Tackle Kayak Sport Fishing Bait and Tackle

Kayak sport fishing gives anglers an opportunity to fish in areas that are a challenge to reach and to catch fish that are powerful and a challenge to catch. It also makes the transportation of fishing gear much easier and more organized. Sport kayak anglers fish for large game, including marlin, king mackerel and tuna. Bringing the proper gear for kayak fishing will ensure a successful fishing outing.

Best Kayak

Choose a kayak that is designed for fishing. Many kayak manufacturers design these boats specifically for anglers. Should you be unable to locate a fishing kayak, look for one with a twin hull, a cockpit that is open and a stance that is extra-wide. It should also be equipped with outriggers, fins and beams which will stabilize the kayak in rough waters. All of these traits will also allow for a much more comfortable fishing experience.

Live Bait Tanks

While artificial lures can be used in kayak fishing, a live bait tank will also be necessary for a successful kayak fishing experience. The live bait will need to be kept alive in their own space. The bait tank should be about four gallons and should have a pump to keep the water in the tank as fresh as possible. Bait systems can be found at your local sporting and hardware stores. The most popular kayak fishing baits are mackerel, sardines, anchovies, smelt and squid. Another choice of bait is fresh dead bait. It can be more successful than an artificial lure and require less time and effort in catching than live bait. Fresh dead bait can be purchased, vacuum sealed and then frozen for later use.

Storing Tackle

Store a number of bungee cords at the front end of the kayak. These can be used to hold gear in place. Secure U mounts along the front end of the kayak with screws. Apply silicon caulk to seal the screws. Stretch the bungee cords between the U mounts. Find a crate that will fit into the area at the back of the kayak. Attach a rod holder and a tackle box to the crate with zip ties. Cut off any excess tie material. Use bungee cords and U mounts to secure the crate in the rear end of the kayak. Attach leashes to the kayak and crate for the paddle and nets. All tackle should be tied or secured to the kayak

Emergency Tackle

Be sure your kayak is stocked with all of the necessary emergency equipment. Your list should include a first aid kit, a compass, a water resistant radio, a personal flotation device, a flair and a brightly colored poncho. 

Appropriate Apparel

Kayak fishing apparel should be somewhat tight, light and breathable. Nylon and polyester are the best fabrics because they will dry fast and prevent moisture from staying on the skin. Be sure to bring along a second set of clothing in the event you become too wet.

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