Okay, here's a Vibe Pro Tip for anyone who kayak fishes saltwater. Let's talk wind and tides!
While it may sound obvious, having a firm grasp of the wind direction/speed and tidal movement will always make or break your day (ESPECIALLY in a kayak). This makes it extremely important to do your research and be prepared when heading out on the water. I use wind info apps like Windfinder or Magic Seaweed to help determine where I should launch, where I should be fishing, and when I will need to be at certain areas to avoid a painful paddle. Combining this info with a quality tide chart will allow you to make a solid game plan for your trip. For tides, I use the Tides Near Me app, but there are plenty of others that will work.
Additionally, when you take the time to learn how the wind and tides will affect the area you fish, you will also learn how they impact the fish themselves. Both wind and tide are huge factors in determining where fish feed and lay up throughout the day, and you maximize your chances at success when you know how they will behave. Using this information, you can turn even windy, long days into relaxing paddling and fishing experiences. Conversely, if you don't bother to plan ahead, you might find yourself paddling several miles against the current and wind, vowing to never get in your kayak again. The image at the top of this post includes screenshots of both Windfinder and Tides Near Me for reference, as well as a sample map game plan for a recent trip I took based around tides. Now go out and cover some serious water with ease!
-Kevin Patrick Hughes,
Vibe Pro Team