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Kayak Fishing Practices Part 2 - On The Water

Author: Tavis Kagawa

Kayak Fishing In Hawaii Best Practices

Aloha everyone! Today I will be talking about Part 2 , of Kayak Fishing Practices (Check out Part 1 Of The Kayak Fishing Tip Series if you have not already read it) and this time we will focusing on things you can do on the water. In my short time of kayak fishing, I have found that practices both out of and on the water make the biggest differences in hooking fish consistently. Practices don't necessarily relate to a specific technique or area, but instead are universal behaviors that if done consistently will make a big difference in your catches in the long run.

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1) Fish with a partner. 

It is nice to have someone else out there when you need a spare hook or even a hand. Two guys can scout ground a lot more efficiently than a solo kayak. Kayak fishing is dangerous and difficult and having someone there for back-up can make the difference when bringing in one trophy or two.

2) Committing to a technique or location.

Switching back and forth between hotspots/structure can seem like a good idea, but more often than not you were better off picking a spot and committing. Same goes with techniques. If you are going to jig, jig. Switching back and forth is like reshuffling the black jack deck after every hand. While I am not saying that you should never change things up, commitment as the norm tends to be more effective. Even if you don't get a single bite, a fisherman who is in it for the long haul can learn a lot from what doesn't work.

3) Playing the environment. 

Tides, currents, moon phases, wind, sunrise/sunset, and seasons. All things that “make a difference”. Some fishermen swear by those factors, while others don't think it matters. What is even more important is thinking about where you are going to be when these things happen. Although different factors may play the bigger roles on any given day, its better to be the guy on the hot spot than paddling to the hot spot.

4) Picking a target. 

If your fishing for fun, then I guess this doesn't matter. But at some point you want to be targeting species that you know are around. Running mono on a day where the onos are in a frenzy is sure to bring some heartbreak. It takes time to learn how to target fish, but if your not putting effort for what's around you may not be satisfied when you compare your results to everyone else who is out that day.

5) Keep your head up. 

The simplest to explain and one of the hardest ones to do, this seriously makes all the difference. It is easy to want to give up after dropping your favorite pliers in the water or getting a visit from the taxman. The only way you will never catch fish is to not be fishing. Giving up early often means that you will be watching your friends paddling in with fish on their laps.

Tight lines on your next fishing trip!

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