Sometimes you just need to take 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 with no one around but you and hopefully a few fish. But people have asked me, why a kayak? Hopefully I can share a few of my reasons and honestly if you haven’t thought about fishing out of a kayak, you don’t know what you’re missing.
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 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 kayak can go is both exciting and liberating, especially for anglers who stick to the banks or larger boats. This to me is the reason I enjoy this 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 boat on the truck, grab a couple rods and tackle and be on the water, in relatively short order, allows me more opportunities to be on the water. The throw and go concept of kayak fishing means you have more opportunities to go fishing and explore, 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, 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 areas a few years ago, I was convinced were not worth the effort, there was just too much pressure from other anglers to get a consistent bite. On a kayak, that’s just not the case. Getting on these waters today, I can be relatively secluded and on fish that I didn’t know were there, on a consistent basis. It allows me to focus my strategy and more importantly, change my strategy for the environment I’m in. It also allows me to work on my skills and try new techniques. And that’s the beauty of this sport, taking an adventurist mindset to try new spots, learn what opportunities are out there and choose a strategy for catching 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 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. Kayaking 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. 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 kayak and how I target certain species in my area, 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 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!