Kayak fishing is more popular now than ever. Everywhere I go (including the farm supply stores) there are little plastic fishing kayaks for sale. There are lots of reasons for this interest:
- Kayaks are cheaper to buy and maintain than most fishing boats (especially if they are motor driven.)
- Kayaks can get a fisherman/woman to spots the guys in a big boat cannot get close too.
- Kayaks can be set up with most any accessory a serious angler might desire.
- Kayaks are a greener alternative than gas burning boat motors. Kayak fishermen experience the natural world without screwing it up in the process.
- Kayak fishing is good exercise! We burn a few calories while feeling good about being low impact. We live longer so that we can watch our kids enjoy this sport and the great outdoors.
- Kayak fishing is good for my mental health. It is my favorite way to relax, to meditate. I can picture myself right now paddling and fishing among the Cypress trees on Lake Santa Fe. The rhythm of the paddle strokes, the sound of a good cast, the bird songs, the water and wind all speak to me and I relax.
Just imagine paddling through the Cypress trees on the edge of your lake heading to your spot. It’s just before sunset, and the fish are hungry. It’s quiet. It is beautiful. There are no distractions. You are totally present. You love being right here!
What might you catch? You approach your spot, and with a final paddle stroke, you drift into place. Oh boy! Here you are, right where you have caught fish before. That familiar feeling that you are going to be lucky hits you and out of nowhere you just start grinning from ear to ear. What a terrific feeling! You ease your anchor into the water and down to the bottom as quickly and quietly as possible. The only thing left to do is bait your hook and cast.
Mitch Hammond is one of the original members of the Slippery Otters Paddling Club. He is a musician, outdoorsman, father, and friend. He is also an avid fisherman. Mitch wears a lot of different hats and is now blogging about kayak fishing for the Slippery Otters.