Ocean Kayak Fishing: How to Stay Safe, Mobile, and Mobile
Sea kayak fishing requires a certain type of craft. There are several types of kayaks such as recreation, whitewater, ultralight, and fishing. The designs vary depending on the type of water in which it is primarily used. The ocean is big and intimidating. Here are some things to consider before kayaking in the ocean:
A sea or ocean kayak must be able to remain stable regardless of wind, current, and waves. This stability will help build the much-needed confidence for sea travel. You’ll also want a reliable personal flotation device that stays visible with a flag and light and check out all your other safety tips.
Ric Burnley, editor of Kayak Angler Magazine and Paddling Buyers Guide, spends most of his time kayaking in the ocean, following the advice of another well-known kayak angler, Jim Sammons: “Rig to Flip”. Let’s say the worst can happen and the kayak rolls over. You and the kayak will remain buoyant, but you don’t want to lose all of your equipment. Take a minimum of ocean kayak accessories and secure everything with clips, bungee cords and nets. Ric’s kayak even has “a hatch big enough to hold my fishing rods in case I wipe out in the surf.”
The best ocean kayaks are designed for efficient paddling, covering long distances and moving in all marine conditions. Ric opted for an ocean kayak that was “low and lean to cut the water and duck the wind, roll over waves and I can still stand and fish in choppy seas.” Some deep-sea fishing kayaks have a peddle Propulsion, while others even have electric trolling motors so you can focus on other aspects of the fishing trip.
Before you go on a big sea kayak fishing tour, here is a quick tip on kayak fishing. First, get some kayaking experience on smaller, more forgiving waters. Neil Schulman, a sea kayaker, compares deep sea kayak fishing to alpine backpacking as he needs to be mobile, safe and have safe things. And make sure your fishing license and boat registration are up to date before embarking on one of the ultimate fishing adventures!