Kayaks are making it easier for anglers of any skill level to get into the water. In addition to being more affordable than boats, kayaks can access the hard to reach spots that many boats cannot. Some anglers are also finding the kayak more advantageous than the motorboat. Catching a big fish from a kayak is certainly a different experience entirely. If you are ready to go fishing, below is a guide on how to use a kayak.

Safety First

When using a kayak, ensure you are safe at all times. Safety gear and a personal floatation device are mandatory. The US Coast Guard recommends anglers to carry a handheld VHF radio and a signaling device. Bring along packed food and water, and a first aid kit in case of any injuries. Sun protection gear if needed. .

File A Float Plan

Before departing, give the float plan to a friend or family member. A float plan is essential when a person is spending time in the water. The plan outlines your expected route in case of an emergency. It doesn’t matter whether the angler is an expert, or they are just learning to kayak, a float plan is a precaution that saves lives. 

Carry an Anchor

An anchor is regularly overlooked, but it is among the top mandatory equipment items. It should be tied from the bow if possible. If tied inside the kayak, the anchor can capsize the vessel. 

Carry GPS

A GPS unit, handheld or fixed on a kayak, is essential for helping the angler to navigate the waters. You can use it to plot your course in advance, but more importantly, use it to find your way back.

Check All Elements

The angler should always check the weather, temperature, and tides before planning to kayak. These elements determine if it is safe to be on the water, the gear that the angler will carry and where to go fishing. The behavior of the fish can also be predicted from the weather and tides.