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Kayak Fishing: A Guide to Freshwater Rigging, Lures, Baits, and Techniques for Kayak Fishing Success

Kayak Fishing coverThe 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
  • Rod selection
  • 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.


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Kayak Fishing the Upper Potomac for Big Smallies!

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.

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Get the 5″ Senko here:

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Salt-impregnatedCasts llike a bulletUnique fall when fished weightless or wacky styleTested and proven on California lunkers, Gary Yamamotos Senko has quickly become a sensation throughout the United States. The Senko is salt impregnated, has a healthy profile, casts like a bullet, and features a unique smooth-and-even horizontal fall when fished weightless or wacky style. Yamamoto Senkos are not magic, but pretty darn close.

All in all, it was an epic few minutes.  I wish I could have stayed.

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I Love Swim Baits!

A great presentation on the river for smallmouth bass while kayak fishing is a 3″ or 4″ swim bait. I like to fish them a little bit quick and aggressive in the Fall, but will sometimes slow them down to bump the bottom every now and then in other warmer months. You can fish it just like a grub. Even rig it weedless on a keel weighted swim bait hook to pull through tough cover. What’s the best color? More often than not, I like natural colors. A dark back and white or silver under belly.  A minnow profile bait like this is ideal for large or smallmouth bass.

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Visit our store to grab a bag of these awesome and versatile swim baits for when you’re out kayak fishing and check out some of the others while you’re there.

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My Biggest Smallmouth Bass Kayak Fishing the Potomac River

Best smallie on the Potomac

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.

Best smallie caught on our swim bait

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Worm Rigging Tricks – My Method to Easily Add, Swap, or Remove, Sliding Sinkers for Kayak Fishing

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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The Piedmont is Where it’s At! Specific Kayak Fishing Location Hot Spots on Potomac River.

I’m going to lay out some secrets here as well as some specific locations and experiences. After trying out a couple of spots on the Potomac not far from our regular fishing spots, I’ve determined that the Piedmont section of the Potomac River is where the action is. Continue reading The Piedmont is Where it’s At! Specific Kayak Fishing Location Hot Spots on Potomac River.

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Guy Hasn’t Fished in 15 Years and Catches 22 Fish in 6 Hours

It’s true. That guy is my younger brother, Mikey. We actually caught them together, but he caught the majority with me guiding him somewhat. Not only a total of 22 fish, but 4 different species.

Since he hasn’t fished in over a decade, we decided to get him a couple of things of his own and I’d fill in the gaps with my tackle. This day, we didn’t kayak fish, but took my canoe instead to fit 2 people. We ran by Dick’s Sporting Goods and he bought a pfd, a nice Shakespeare rod, and some basic baits he could fish the bottom, mid, and top water with.


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If You Can’t Stand the Heat…Kayak Fishing Success Even in Blazing Temeratures.

The last few days on the Potomac have been brutally hot. I don’t think I’ve sweat that much ever. We even had heat advisories locally. As a result, I think the fish were a little less active. We did catch a few fish and I got a real nice one, Continue reading If You Can’t Stand the Heat…Kayak Fishing Success Even in Blazing Temeratures.