If you’ve never been kayak fishing in saltwater, then this post is for you! You might be the best saltwater angler in Sarasota, but kayak fishing is a whole other type of fishing! There are tips and tricks to it, and it even the most advanced fishermen hop into a fishing kayak, and are amazed at the differences they face when kayak fishing. It says for newbies, but even if you’re not a beginner, you might just learn something.
NO you don’t need the best equipment, or the best fishing kayak, but if you do have a great fishing kayak, it will make a world of difference. Hobie makes some excellent ones, like pedal kayaks, which keep your hands free making fishing a breeze, as well as getting around in skinny water.
Speaking of skinny water, when you’re paddling in and around mangroves, there will be mosquitos, so be sure to pack but repellent! You’ll be thankful you did!
Because you’re in a fishing kayak, you could catch a fish that could take you and your kayak for a ride. To help prevent this from happening, be sure to take an anchor. This could be a weight, even a literal weight, or a power pole. Just something to keep you from being dragged too far from where you started. It will also help prevent being pushed by wind and tides.
It’s important to be safe while out on the water. This includes having a PFD, radio, cell phone, sunscreen, plenty of water and snacks, and protective gear. Also, be sure to let someone know where you will be and for about how long you’ll be out that day.
Lastly, Florida weather can change in an instant. Check the weather before you go, and check it periodically while you’re out. It’s better to be safe than sorry!