For anyone who identifies themselves as an angler, Florida is the place to be. Fishing is a dominant aspect of life in nearly the entire state. It’s the sunshine state. There likely won’t be many days that go by without a healthy dose of sunshine allowing you a good day of fishing. I’m a Florida native from Jacksonville. It’s my home state and I love every inch of it.
The state’s warm climate encourages fish to grow very large. For many people, the best bass fishing is to be found in Florida. Everyone wants to go there, and once you have fished for bass in Florida, you will certainly want to return again and again.
The sport of kayak fishing is catching on like wild fire. In this book, Chris takes you on a tour of the sport of kayak fishing, how he got into it, and the gear and techniques needed to make it a fun day on the water.
You’ll read about the pros and cons of kayaks vs. power boats, the outfitting of fishing kayaks, and the adaptations of techniques you may need to make fishing from a kayak.
Included is links to over two hours of on demand video discussing rigging options, fishing lure types, and techniques and presentations for freshwater fishing. Included:
Gear and accessories
Lure types and techniques
Adapting presentations for different conditions
Knowing and going to where the fish are
Best lure colors
Catch, photo, and release principles
Staying in shape for kayak fishing
Fishing and boating ethics and etiquette
Kayak fishing is an excellent way for the average person to get started economically and on the water, often in places power boats can’t go, and have a lot of fun catching more fish. This is an excellent guide for the beginning or intermediate angler. This is a paperback copy.
This was the result of our trip to Aquia Creek in VA today. The mission was to catch snakehead and that’s what I did. This is my third snakehead trip and my first actual catch. I think I’ve started to figure them out now. If you ever get a chance to fish the lower Potomac River and its tributaries, be on the lookout for some snakeheads in the weeds. Throw them a frog and hang on.
The frog we used today was the Stanley Jigs Ribbit Frog
We combined that with our Kayak Fishing Rod KFS 100 medium power, fast action baitcaster with a 6.2:1 reel.
This is a great article I found about fishing grass for bass particularly this time of year. My personal favorite is weightless soft plastics with thin profiles. Or if there is a little water above the grass, a shallow diving crawfish crank bait or lipless crank.
By thin profile soft plastics, I mean something that I can cast out there and let slowly sink while my kayak is drifting downstream. The thin profile of something like a Texas rigged senko or jerk bait or small craw allows it to get down between the grass where the bass are hiding in the cover. In this case, that’s if I’m moving parallel to the direction the grass is growing. If I were to wacky rig a senko, it would cause it to ride up on top of the grass rather than pull through it. That may not be bad in some instances, but I mostly want to get it down where they are and pull through the grass. A slight twitch every now and then has been know to produce quite a strike too. Enjoy this article with other good grass bass fishing tips.
It was a good night. I think I would have gotten more if I wasn’t run off by a storm. These guys all bit either a small super shallow crawfish crankbait skimmed over the grass or a 5″ pumpkinseed (natural) senko I drifted through the grass. Here’s some video and pics below.
Get the 5″ Senko here:
All in all, it was an epic few minutes. I wish I could have stayed.
Sometimes when I’m on the water it seems like bass won’t bite anything, but a bass tube bait. Even in the midst of other more realistic baits, they may prefer the tube. It just depends on the conditions. I say it is versatile because, maybe more than any other bait except for a jig, it can be used to mimic a variety of forage. Additionally, they come in a wide range of sizes from 1″ for crappie, up to 5″ or more for large bass. Most times, a tube bait is meant to mimic a crawfish on the bottom with the tentacles looking like the claws and legs, but can also resemble a bait fish. They can be casted and retrieved, used like a jerk bait, twitched, drifted, deadsticked, even trolled. It can be rigged with a jig head, nose rigged, texas rigged, even rigged backwards with a jig head. I’ve had bass bite on all of these presentations and rigs depending on the day.
Lately over the last 2 years, it seems the wind has been really fast much more often than not. High wind days can be aggravating for kayak fishermen, but also good for fishing conditions. You just have to accept that it may ruin some of your finesse fishing techniques and, like the article below says, you’ll be fishing with search baits most of the day.
I prefer to rig up spinner baits and crank baits. Something a little on the heavier side so I can get it down if I’m on the reservoir. It also allows me to get a really long cast so I can get a crank bait deeper. Use the wind as your friend or a tool in your favor. On the river, it may present a little more of a problem. You may have swirling or cross winds while you are trying to go downstream. But, chances are you can tuck away some where or use the bank of the river gorge to your advantage to better control your kayak. You may have an upstream wind against a downstream current. This can present a good opportunity for trolling as well. You paddle upstream gently with the wind at your back assisting you. Your lure (I like to use 4″ swim baits for trolling) is slowly working its way upstream as you paddle. If your lure is heavy enough and your speed correct, you can keep a tight line and detect bites. This also works well with crank baits to keep a tight line in high wind.
So there you go, give some of those techniques a try next time you’re out kayak fishing and the wind is really kicking up on you.
This is the biggest smallie to date I’ve caught kayak fishing the Potomac River. This day was hot, but we had a nice upstream wind so we decided to take advantage of it and slowly troll a couple of baits upstream as we went up to a couple of holes at the tip of an island. The water was still hot, but a little higher than it has been due to some isolated storms that have come through the last few days. The wind at our backs pushed us up stream and I think that combined with the downstream current making the paddle tail on the minnow swim bait move, made the right conditions for this nice fish to bite. Check it out below including the video.
Cutting braided line to add or change a sliding sinker, and retying a swivel or snap can be time consuming and a pain to do while on the water in the middle of kayak fishing. I have found a way to make the process easier and quicker.
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