Kayak fishing is a great sport, it’s easy to do as far as accessibility, but be aware of some kayak fishing precautions you should take that you might not need to think about when fishing from a power boat.

When you’re kayak fishing, you’re a lot closer to the water, which is exactly what draws many to the sport, it’s easier to see the fish, you’re closer to water, the fish don’t hear you, it’s easy to transport the kayak. There are so many benefits to kayak fishing. See some kayak fishing precautions to think about the next time you head to the water.

Kayak Fishing Precautions

  1. When thunder roars, head indoors. Don’t hide under mangroves, get to shore as quickly as you can.
  2. Always tell someone where you plan on fishing, as well as a course mapped out, and when you plan on returning.
  3. Don’t just rely on your cell phone, bring a compass and know how to use one.
  4. Wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring extra sunscreen. The sun in the Sarasota area is strong.
  5. Be aware of boaters, they should yield to you, but don’t cross their path.
  6. Always have/wear a life jacket.
  7. If you have a pedal kayak, have a paddle attached to your kayak.
  8. Practice flipping over in your kayak and getting back into it, you don’t want the first time to be while you’re out fishing.
  9. Bring plenty of water, and snacks.
  10. Don’t bleed fish and trail them behind you. The goal isn’t to attract sharks, especially in a kayak.
  11. Keep duct tape on hand in case you spring a leak, it actually works in a jam.

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