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Sometimes you just need to take a minute and look around in your own backyard. Not to get super philosophical, but there is nothing more enjoyable than being on small lake or creek in your fishing kayak with no one around but you and hopefully a few bass, trout or other fun species.
But people have asked me, why a fishing kayak?
Hopefully I can share a few of my reasons why I love being a kayak angler and honestly if you haven’t thought about fishing out of a kayak, or don't know how to, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Simplicity: We all have stressors in this world, and most of us long for the days of a slower pace or a simpler time. The ability to be in the moment and experience fishing at a deeper level while in a stealthy quiet fishing kayak is a huge driver for a good number of people looking to enter the sport. Being close to the water, in remote locations that only someone in a fishing kayak can go is both exciting and liberating, especially for anglers who stick to the banks or just stay in larger boats, whether for largemouth or smallmouth bass of other game fish. This to me is the reason I enjoy this kayak fishing sport so much and why it’s a large part of my life. Being able to come home from a day in the office, throw the fishing kayak on the truck, grab a couple rods and tackle and be on the water in relatively short order, allows me more opportunities to actually BE on the water. The throw and go concept of kayak fishing means you have more opportunities to go kayak angling and learn how to explore in a way that bass boats can't, and honestly that what it’s all about, right? More opportunities to do what you enjoy.
I’m lucky enough to live in an area that has top level fisheries nearby, bass and otherwise, and that’s pretty awesome, but what we also have, like most of you, are the “tough spots” right in our own backyards. These are the fishing areas a few years ago that I was convinced were not worth the effort, there was just too much pressure from other bass anglers to get a consistent bite. On a fishing kayak, that’s just not the case. Getting on these waters today, I can be relatively secluded and on bass, walleyes, crappie and even other fish that I didn’t know were there, on a consistent basis. It allows me to focus my kayak fishing strategy and more importantly, change my strategy for the environment I’m in. It also allows me to work on my kayak fishing skills and try new techniques. And that’s the beauty of this kayak angling sport, taking an adventurist mindset to try new spots, learn what opportunities are out there and choose a strategy for catching bass and other fish.
Quite simply, a fishing kayak is going to cast a much smaller shadow underwater than a bass boat, and is infinitely less noisy. Less shadows, less noise and less wake means more stealth. More stealth means more fish.
No matter your position on fossil fuels, gas costs money. Maintenance on motors, cost money. Big bass boats cost money, a lot of money. The list can go on and on, but fishing kayaks are the lakes equivalent to a Tesla, a true green machine since you’re relying on paddle power to get you where you need to go. Kayak angling is a relatively inexpensive sport and even if you go full tilt with accessories, you will not get near the cost associated with owning a bass boat. Again, this goes back to simplicity and knowing how to keep it simple. If you’re not shelling out money on a constant basis for gas, maintenance, etc, you can keep more money in your pocket.
So that’s it in a nutshell.
I could talk to you for days on why I love to Vibe, how I rig my fishing kayak and how I target certain species in my area like bass and walleyes, but overall it’s a love for being outside and on the water.
I read an interesting article once that referred to fish as the locals in a tourist town, which is pretty interesting if you think about it. The locals know how to get away from the crowds and most of the time this is going to be the secluded spots where few people think to go or just simply don’t have the access.
I think about the spots that I like to kayak fish, and maybe the fish and I have the right idea. So that’s the reason I Vibe, to get away from it all and enjoy nature, and most of the time it’s a lot closer than you think.
No drama, just adventure!
Stealth as well, a Kayak does not put as big of a shadow in the water.
it’s super nice being able to get away from the shore fishers…who can be super annoying at times :-)