Florida fishermen and boaters can’t seem to get enough of the water. While lots of these men and ladies will be found fishing from a center console all weekend long, many of them have found themselves hopping in a kayak when a full boat trip is not warranted. A quick weekday evening fishing trip or a speedy paddle between dropping off the kids at soccer practice is ideal in a kayak.
Kayak fishing has become more popularized in recent years and truly revolutionized the South Florida fishing community. From kayak fishing groups to freshwater and saltwater kayak fishing tournaments, like the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament series, the craze for kayak fishing is not going anywhere any time soon. Let’s explore the many benefits of kayak fishing, how easy it is to get started, and why many anglers are choosing to supplement their weekend boating with kayak fishing.
Fishing kayaks are often convenient to transport. They can be loaded into a truck bed or SUV and can often be carried by just one person. Kayaks can be launched from beaches, docks, and sea walls, opening many possibilities for fishing opportunities. Launching can even be completed solo, eliminating the need to find someone to help with trailering. This is great news for those who want to fish during the week, as finding a buddy to head to the boat ramp on a Wednesday at 5:30 might be a bit tricky.
Fishing kayaks are available in many configurations. Gone are the days of paddling while trying to reel in your catch. Quite a few kayak companies manufacture models with pedal drives. Pedal drives free your hands so you can fully focus on casting, reeling, and rigging. If you prefer electric power, quite a few kayaks can be retrofitted with electric motors and batteries. Some manufacturers, such as Old Town Canoes and Kayaks, even offer kayaks with built-in electric motors.
Our in-house product specialist and local South Florida charter fishing captain, Captain Matt Webber, explains how easy it is to select the basic items you need to include in your kayak fishing setup. Kayak selection should be based on the type of fishing you will be doing and what will be comfortable for you all day. For saltwater fishing, you may want a quick pedal drive kayak, while lake fishing will require a more maneuverable vessel. There are tons of modern seats on the market that will allow you to get comfortable while paddling. Modern construction methods offer lightweight paddles to avoid fatigue.
Safety is paramount, so Captain Webber always brings along a first aid kit packed with bandages and medical supplies. These are conveniently available at any outdoors store, so you don’t have to build it yourself. Coast Guard-approved safety packages including signaling devices and life vests are also required but readily available at outdoor stores.
While safety is most important, you also want to make sure you have a successful fishing excursion. Nautical Ventures offers an array of products that you will need to get started including a net or fish grips, paddle and rod leashes, and much more. A one-stop shop makes getting a full set-up easy and straightforward.
These simple accessories will get you started all while keeping you legal, safe, and fully prepared to reel in your biggest catch yet. These items can be purchased at Nautical Ventures in Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach.
Kayak fishing is better than ever, from modern kayak construction to propulsion, and kayak fishing accessories available. Kayak fishing is highly accessible to all budgets and offers additional opportunities to get on the water. With five locations across Florida, Nautical Ventures serves your kayak fishing needs in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Sarasota, and Tampa Bay. Allow us to get you in the vessel of your dreams and help you to customize a kayak to your specific needs from offshore fishing for pelagic species to kayak fishing for bass in your local lake.
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