Ive been fishing almost all of my life, avoiding pointy nosed vessels like canoes and canoes. Ive owned and fished out of just about everything conceivable, but as a result of a particularly bad event in a canoe years ago, I have just kept away from anything resembling that or anything that had to be paddled to be maneuvered. But some time back, I came to a conclusion, with my betterhalf and child that buying some canoes and passing a little time together on the water ( under perfect and calmconditions naturally ) would be useful to us as a family. My thoughts were "thats likely true if we dont all drown." What I didnt know was that the 1st time I pushed back into the water in one of those peculiar looking vessels my thinking would change forever about them and about small fishing boats generally.
With just a small amount of time on the water getting used to the odd feel of being in a kayak which reacts to each breath you take, you should be able to undertake amodest amount of fishing. This means taking a good look at your yak and deciding how much gear to take and where to put it. This is best done in the home, not when you get to the water. Because after youve gotten comfysliding thru the water without turning over, then you addfishing gear, you have a brand new set of issues. This isnt bad. Just something else that needs some practice to learn.
The Pelican Canoe I began with and still use often was a great value in an entry level canoe. It was this ship that I used to cut my teeth on kayak fishing on the White River below Beaver Lake in Arkansas. This little trout riverturned out to be just the environment to learn on with flat slow water that wasnt promising to a neophyte kayaker like me. It gave me the opportunity to get used to my equipment and get confident with my handling of theship. It was also the place I determined a bigger yak was in order if I was going to continue with my fishing journeys from these pointy gadgets.
I believe that most folks who try fishing from a kayak will wish to come back for more with the activity beingmysteriously addictive. At least it was in my case. I cannotreally tell you why that is, especially if youve been used to fishing out of larger, more comfy and stable fishing vessels. But the entire experience of fishing from canoes does something to you that just makes you need more.Having looked over and watched my mate expertly fishing out of a huge 14 foot yak, I made a decision a more stable vessel was in order, so my choice came from Outbacksystems. I custom rigged a big, wide canoe only for me and it turned out to be an excellent choice.
These gigantic kayaks can often be used to comfortably and effectively fish whole tiny lakes, trout rivers andstreams, and coves and bays of huge lakes. Today they can be rigged with just about anything possible to make successful kayak fishing easier. Fishing from them willlikely be reinforced by having some previous knowledge ofthe water you plan to fish. Having fished various lakes and waterways in bigger boats with electronics will give you awareness of how, where, and how deep to fish without having all the gizmos of a larger ship on board.
Last but not least, is the mystery of whats so satisfying about catching fish from a canoe. There is somethingprimitive about the way in which you do everything with acanoe from preparation to pulling the fish from the water. You will not typically catch as many bass from your kayak as you may from a Twenty bass ship, time on the water being equal. Because when youre kayak fishing its notjust about catching the fish but about the total experience of a fishing excitement. Without the help of motors or masses of advanced equipment, in a small, light vessel with which you have got to use manpower to push through the water, getting to and catching that fish is a total experience, not simply an individual fish. The kayak fishing experience is an expedition all its own.