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Kayak fishing?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by MrMurphy, May 21, 2002.

  1. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    There's a bunch of rivers around here, and a friend has a kayak. Since most of them are very slow-moving rivers, I always wondered if a kayak, being balanced, and low to the water, would enable a bass fisherman to get real close to bass (like a belly boat, but much faster) on either a river or a smaller lake (few powerboats) in inlets and coves. Either an open sea kayak or a enclosed traditional type.

    What do you all think? Never heard of anyone doing it, but I think it might work. They also make no noise.
  2. mpol777

    mpol777 Feral Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Cochise County, AZ
    maybe with a sea kayak, but in a sport kayak, you'd have no place to put your gear while you paddle.

  3. Why not just use a canoe.
    They are just about as maneuverable as a kayak and they also have a much larger area for your gear.

    PACKIN' PLASTIC 4,500+ posts

    Jul 18, 2001
    Cloud Nine
    I guess it would work, but why not a belly boat?

  5. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Belly boats aren't exactly fast if you want to move around a bit (Having used them I know!) and canoes have a nasty habit of tipping over if you're not careful when retrieving a fish (have seen that happen twice). A sea kayak would put you ON the water where fish retrieval is easy and is very hard to flip unless you get a strong crosswave (nearly had that happen to me off the coast of CA in one) yet can be paddled far, quickly, and quietly with a lot of gear.

    Just a thought. One of those random "why the hell not?" things.
  6. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Problem #1. No time to fish

    Problem #2. No kayak! :) It was a fun thought though. Maybe if somebody has a sea kayak they can test it and tell us how it went?
  7. Guest

    Have been in kyaks, alot of fun and more stable than a canoe. Check out Wilderness Systems kyaks, they have an awesome fishing kyak. I think their web site is Once you see it you will want nothing less. Im still saving!! Sells for around $800 but I have seen it for less.
  8. Guest

    Wow misspelled KAYAK 3 times!! I dont deserve one, am going to sleep.
  9. flyboy5432H

    flyboy5432H Pull.Mark.Bird.

    Jan 9, 2002
    Holly Hill, Fl
    if your looking for info on kayak fishing go to, has message boards for all types of fishing.

    i personally fish both freshwater, intercoastal salt and offshore salt in kayaks. i have two, an islander ventrua and a dimension typhoon, both rigged with anchors, rod holders, live bait wells and tackle storage.

    if your want more info e-mail me at, tight lines...
  10. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    This month's (June 2002) Field and Stream magazine has a short article on Kayak fishing. Good basic info and/or food for thought.
  11. hikerpaddler


    Mar 1, 2001
    Canoes are better suited to this pursuit, but both sea and moderately rockered playboats are fine for fishing. You'll want to rig a bungee or something to secure your pole and a small box of lures. Most kayaks have a grab loop of some sort on the bow. The tip of your rod goes there, and the butt is secured however you wish near you (the lure is secured on the eyelet nearest the reel. Very peaceful, but you don't get quite as much old-school relaxation as with a canoe.
  12. flyboy5432H

    flyboy5432H Pull.Mark.Bird.

    Jan 9, 2002
    Holly Hill, Fl
    canoes are nice for storage, but kayaks have alot of advantages

    a kayak is easier to handle and faster for a single paddler. with a double bladed paddle you can turn your craft much tighter and also have more tracking, especially if you add a rudder to your boat.

    kayaks come in two main forms, sit-inside, and sit-on-top. for colder weather fishermen a sit-inside is a much warmer and dryer boat. for warmer climates or situations a sit-on-top is hard to beat. most are stable enough to stand up in when the water is calm. rod holders can be installed both flushmounted or with swivel rod holders *if you want to try trolling*. as i put up in my first reply go to for any ideas, there are kayak fishermen there from all over the U.S. both freshwater and salt. for manufactures try:

    islander kayaks
    cobra kayaks
    ocean kayak
    heritage kayak
    old town canoe and kayak
    dimension kayak
    wilderness systems
    mainstream kayak

    all have many different models to choose from. as for your trying to sneak up on bass, i use mine for sightfishing for redfish in saltwater, easily get within 20 feet without the fish knowing i was there. if your going to try kayak fishing best thing to do is to paddle the boat your interested in before making any purchase. tight lines...

    P.S. as for tipping over, i took a 70lb tarpon last fall out of my islander ventura, was a heck of a ride :)
  13. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Feb 15, 1999
    I've always dreamed of kayaking with the orca whales in the Puget Sound.
  14. I live in N Florida and always use my Kayaks for fishing the beaches under pogy schools. To date I have caught tarpon, Jacks, Macks and even a 300# spinner shark (like a mako... jumps all the time). I used tyhe Kayaks cuz I was a poor college student, but now I use it in place of the boat alot because it is really quite and MUCH more fun. If You use a sit on top they have scuppers that can be used as a rod holder when trolling. Good luck
  15. Ross Perot

    Ross Perot

    May 8, 2001
    Priced about the same as kayaks, canoes are better for fishing, and are far versatile. Kayaks give you more of a sense of freedom, though. Either way, you'll have a good time.