- Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:00 pm
I'll second the general idea of going out "finesse" rigged, that is, as a minimalist, carrying as little along with you as practicable. You know the "season" you are fishing so often this translates into what your target species will be, you know the expected weather: temperature, cloud cover, etc., Google Earth and other maps/references should indicate ahead of time places and depths you'll be fishing, and so much more. Knowing these things means you can, and should, leave a lot of gear home. I can't imagine taking out more than 3 rods and even with 3, I rarely make it beyond using 2.
The worst feeling to me? It is getting out on the water and having so many rods and Plano lure boxes with me that I simply cannot concentrate on what I want to accomplish. And, it often compels me to change up too often, to give up on a presentation too fast. I'd rather occasionally realize "I wish" I had brought something over regretting bringing too much along and turning my trip into a junk fishing expedition.
Time, too, as expressed in how fast you can load up at home, get on and off the water at your destination, and unload back at home . . . is a big deal. The more I learn to fine tune and decrease the time and effort to go kayak fishing, the more I love it and the more often I get out. Big boats often sit in storage, not because their owners wouldn't like to be out on the water, but because they dread the routine of getting it on and off the water. Kayaks can defeat this phenomenon but we have to be careful to work our great time and convenience advantage here.
Other general "wish I knew" things:
1) Downsize rods one power from recommended sizes for various presentations when fishing from kayaks;
2) We can get up close to our targets: accuracy trumps casting distance, so go shorter on your rods;
3) A purple worm or a silver spoon is likely closer to the Holy Grail as lures go than the latest "must have" lures. Keep it simple;
4) If you paddle, a great paddle makes a huge difference.