Fishing from a kayak can be a fun way to escape the crowds and save some gas money. Kayak fishing has exploded in popularity and while many kayak anglers traded in their boats for a kayak there are many bank anglers that took advantage of the low cost and simplistic nature of kayaking to explore new fishing spots offshore. The ability to throw a kayak on top of a car, pack it with camping gear and explore lakes and rivers is a definite appeal to a lot of people. If you are interested in catching some bass from a kayak read on for some great tips and tactics for kayak bassin'
There are essentially two different types of kayaks used by anglers, the sit-inside and the sit-on-top kayak. The sit-on-top kayak is the most popular for fishing and is angler friendly when it comes to adding the many accessories on the market today. Sit-on-top kayaks are usually wider than the sit-inside model therefore more stable. This stability allows the angler to stand and fish without worrying about rolling the kayak and when standing, the kayak can be either paddled or poled into position. It is remarkable, with a little practice, how maneuverable a kayak can be used for fishing.
While the sit-inside may not be the most popular to anglers when combining an overnight or even a week long camping trip with your fishing trip, the sit-inside is a little more practical. The enclosed compartments allow for a lot of room for camping gear and helps to keep your gear dry and the enclosed cockpit helps keep you dry. The sit-inside kayak is also better for rough water like large open water on windy days or river rapids.
Overnight bass fishing trips by kayak is a great way to explore new water and enjoy a weekend with fellow anglers. Planning a trip by kayak can be a daunting task on your first trip but each trip will provide valuable information that will help you with the planning process and you will learn what you need and what you don't.
You would be amazed at how few anglers use plastics in creeks and rivers. The old school mini crankbaits and spinners are the go to baits for most small, flowing water angler. Plastics work great in these small creeks and rivers and where fishing pressure is high can be the ticket to triggering slamming strikes from unsuspecting bass and big trout. Here are a few plastics that work great for creek fishing and probing those deep pools in your favorite river. One thing to keep in mind is keep the baits small for lots of action and the occasional big bite but if you target trophies only go medium or large to entice the monsters in your home waters. It all depend upon the forage in your creek or river so try to at least keep the baits close to the size of baitfish and crawdads in your waters. I prefer small baits any time I am fishing creeks and rivers so that I maximize the fun while still having a chance at landing a trophy or two.