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Kayak Fishing for Bass

By Kastking | 24 August 2018 | 0 Comments

Kayak fishing is growing in popularity, and for good reason.  These light-weight, ultra-maneuverable crafts allow anglers to access waterways that would otherwise be out of reach.  There are models on the market for every budget with a wide variety of features so anglers can get just what they need for their style of fishing.  For anglers looking for stealth, or to get onto smaller lakes, rivers, or streams, this may just be the perfect form of fishing.


These smaller craft can bring a bass angler to rivers, streams, and smaller lakes where a traditional bass boat cannot go.  More than that, these waterways can be an awesome experience.  The fish there are less pressured and often more eager to bite than in bigger, more pressures bodies of water.  Due to the lack of fishing pressure, these fish can grow for years untouched by humans.   These two factors together make these smaller fisheries very tempting and a great experience for those who decide to get into them.


Many anglers believe that bass in highly pressured lakes tune in on the sound of an electric motor such as a trolling motor, and can become more reluctant to bite.  Whether this is true or not will, no doubt, be debated for decades more, but for those who truly accept that theory, kayak fishing takes the electric motor out of the equation.  There is no way to more silently propel oneself through the water than by the use of paddles.  Whether an angler opts for the traditional paddling method or for foot paddling, many believe this is less likely to spook fish.


Some bass anglers have been skeptical and have put off trying this type of fishing.  Some say they are so used to standing on the deck of a bass boat and casting that they would find it too difficult to make accurate casts to structure while sitting down.  Some kayak manufacturers have eliminated that problem, however.  Now there are several varieties stable enough to allow an angler to stand while fishing and sit to move around the lake or waterway.


Still, this form of fishing can take some getting used to.  In fact, it has been said that kayak fishing is 95% fishing and 5% swimming.  Even the most careful of anglers have gotten wet honing the craft, but once an angler gets used to this type of fishing, it can be difficult to go back to fishing from a big bass boat again.  Being so close to the action and fighting a fish from the water level can be addicting for many.  Seeing a bass jump out of the water at eye level is sure to get an angler’s heart racing.  Imagine setting a hook on a monster bass and feeling it pull back as it actually moves your boat trying to elude you.  It makes for a whole new level of fishing excitement.


There are many different companies who make good quality kayaks.  With a wide range of prices, there is sure to be one to fit most every budget.  You will get into the sport for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a big bass boat, and you’ll get all the action you can handle.  The best part is that you don’t have to leave your electronics behind to do it!  Some models from certain companies even have a place for a through-hull transducer for your electronics.  You’ll get the same picture of what’s under the water that you would in a big boat, and you can rely on the same technology to help you find fish.  Most models you will find on the market have places to mount your electronics and a variety of other fishing necessities, and many have a track system that makes mounting completely customizable.


When looking for a kayak, it may be best to start out kayak fishing by renting first or talking to a knowledgeable salesperson about your purchase.  Only you can decide exactly what you need in a rig, but you can get some great ideas by talking to people who are already enjoying this great sport.  Consider joining a group in your area, if possible.  There are also tournaments all over the country for this type of fishing, and those might be a great place to learn more about the sport.


— By Beckie Joki


Beckie Joki is an avid bass fisherman in Northern Wisconsin. She has an eye on conservation and the environment as it relates to all types of fishing. She is a member of the Hodag Bassmasters, and is a member of the Shawano Red Nek Bass Busters. She understands the importance of maintaining fisheries and looks to get younger generations into the sport of fishing. Beckie writes regularly for the Northern Wisconsin Fishing Examiner

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