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Kayak Fishing Practices - Part 1: On Land


Author: Tavis Kagawa

Preparing For Your Kayak Fishing Trip 

"Safety gear should be a given, but having a checklist of the rigs and terminal tackle you are most likely to use is another good idea."


For my first article I am going to be talking about fishing practices. I will be breaking it up into a 2 part article between being on land and on the water.


For most of the week, I am a school teacher, but when the sound of the school bell comes I am always rushing to get on the water. One of the things that really makes or breaks a great teacher is not the curriculum or assignments, but rather the practices that a teacher has. This would include things such as good questioning, engagement, etc. In a lot of ways this could be comparable to part of what makes a good fisherman. 


For most of the week, I am a school teacher, but when the sound of the school bell comes I am always rushing to get on the water. One of the things that really makes or breaks a great teacher is not the curriculum or assignments, but rather the practices that a teacher has. This would include things such as good questioning, engagement, etc. In a lot of ways this could be comparable to part of what makes a good fisherman. 

At first glance, it often looks like fishing is about the latest and greatest techniques, baits, lures, or even fishing the “best spots”. Sure those things are a big part and definitely make a difference, but there is a lot more going on in the mind of a sound angler. I still consider myself to be a developing fisherman and one thing always my mind are my practices. 

So what are fishing practices? It really comes down to behavior and habits. If you were to take a look at what you do on or off the water, is there area for improvement. A basic example would be something like being prepared. Safety gear should be a given, but having a checklist of the rigs and terminal tackle you are most likely to use is another good idea. There are always going to be times where you wish you brought wire leaders, jigs, or extra bait. These are things that can 100% be avoided.


So what else is there?

Every fisherman has their own style and stride. Some believe highly on tides, while others swear by the time of the day. Ultimately you have to do what works for you in the style of fishing that you are doing. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself to help develop better practices off the water.

Do you.....

  • take data?

  • have a game plan? Or a back-up plan?

  • keep up to date with the water report?

  • bring the proper equipment/tackle?

  • maintain your equipment?

  • reflect on previous trips/experiences?

  • do research?

  • network with other fishermen?

Those are a few things to consider before you even hit the water for your next trip. I hope it's a good one!

See Part 2 Of This Article!


Kayak Fishing Prep

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