No Motor, No Problem
Let’s just admit it, we have all been surprised by the number of fishermen & fisherwomen that are launching these things that look a lot like a plastic, floating coffins, the Kayak. Most days, you can hear the guys in the decked-out fishing boats chuckle a little as they pass these human-powered vessels. Now, as surprised as we are when we pass them at the launch, we find ourselves even more surprised when we return to the launch “limitless” as they are cleaning their days catch. The secret is OUT!
The Fish Agree
The kayak angler will have the advantage over the boats costing over tens of thousands of dollars, just in the stealth approach to the fish alone. The kayak is quieter and does not create the ripple a boat does that can cause the bite to turn off, until the water settles back down. Kayaks are perfect for fishing the marshes and bayous. The ability to paddle into the shallow waters of the marsh that is home to huge numbers of game fish is giving these kayak fisherman the upper hand in south Louisiana.
Most cannot bring themselves to fish that 24ft Skeeter near the launch, it just must be run for miles, using lots of expensive fuel to find fish. It just seems “right”, it is what we have always done. Well, the fish do not know where the boat launch is in the marsh, and by the winning game fish being caught by these Kayak anglers, we may be cruising right on past the best catch of the day. Needless to say, you wont be catching yellowfin tuna, from a fishing charter in the gulf, but this is a different experience.
It Just Cannot Be Comfortable, Right?
Again, as much as I may hate to admit it, the modern-day Kayaks are quite comfortable. They are equipped with seating for one or two, storage for all of your fishing gear, and the affordability is an undeniable draw. Angling Kayaks come with the built-in rod holders, ice chests, and GPS equipment. Other added accessories can include lights, live wells for bait and options for your anchor storage. Coupled with the quietness of the Kayak, it may quickly become your most comfortable choice for a day of fishing.
Gone Are The Days Of A Single Option
Today you will find there are almost as many varieties of Kayaks, and ways to accessorize them, as there are for motorized fishing vessels. Kayaks designed for fishing are similar to the sport Kayak, but will typically have a wider beam for stability. This makes the angling Kayak possible to stand up in when necessary.
A few examples of Kayaks best fit for anglers:
- The Sit-on-Top Fishing Kayaks-Best for inexperienced paddlers & those with a lot of gear to haul around. Great for the marsh & bayous.
- Tandem Fishing Kayaks – Versatile, sit-on or sit-in, for those who do not want to fish alone. Another great marsh & bayou option.
- Bass Fishing Kayaks-These come as sit-on, sit-in & tandem models. Designed and outfitted for fast moving water & ample storage.
- The Sit-In Fishing Kayak– Most often seen in the marsh & bayous. Great for feeling the fight of a mighty Red in South Louisiana Marsh waters.
- The Inflatable Fishing Kayak-The inflatable fishing Kayak are made of high quality material and construction. Fluid & comfort, affordable and offer superior portability.
Golden Rues of Kayak Fishing
The Social Club Of “Yaks”
Often referred to as “Yaks”, the Kayak angler has many options for tournaments, clubs and trips to keep them social. It is a lot easier to pull along the side of a quiet Kayak and have a conversation with your fellow angler. You can get as close as to hand each other a cocktail and a high five over the days catch. Fishing from a kayak is simply a different experience. No matter where you fish in South Louisiana these days, you will find a “Yak” or two, or three to “yak” it up with. So, as you pass these nimble anglers near the launch, gliding quietly along the water, give them a wave hi, but be courteous and try not to give them a “wave” to toss them about.