Slippery Otters Paddling Club

Slippery Otters Paddling Club

Promoting paddling sports to foster an appreciation for their benefits of fun, adventure, and fitness.

Author: Mitch Hammond

My Reasons for Kayak Fishing

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…

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:

  1. Kayaks are cheaper to buy and maintain than most fishing boats (especially if they are motor driven.)
  2. Kayaks can get a fisherman/woman to spots the guys in a big boat cannot get close too.  
  3. Kayaks can be set up with most any accessory a serious angler might desire.
  4. Kayaks are a greener alternative than gas burning boat motors. Kayak fishermen experience the natural world without screwing it up in the process.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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Kayak fishing – you should try it!

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…

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 now blogging is his latest.

Kayak fishing? Well… Do you like fishing? Maybe you’ve never tried it. Do you like kayaking? Again maybe you’ve never tried it. Hi my name is Mitch. And like many others I love both fishing and kayaking. Sometimes I combine the two for an extra special adventurous treat. Now, I don’t mind admitting that I am not a pro at either fishing or kayaking. I am an amateur, but man do I have a lot of fun! I simply grab a rod and reel, sometimes a couple Rod and reels, and I load up my simple little ten foot Sun Dolphin fishing kayak. I grab a little bit of bait and off I go. Now if you own a kayak please understand it doesn’t have to be a “fishing“ kayak. I’m pretty sure that any model kayak can be used for fishing. Some differences may be stability, size etc., but it is totally up to the individual. Use whatever Kayak is most comfortable for you. Although I’m not a pro, I have learned some things through trial and error. For instance, in my opinion, and in my experience, the more comfortable you are, the more likely it is that you will be successful. Now unlike some sportsman, I don’t seek the most expensive fishing gear available. Although I am pretty sure that sometimes better equipment can mean more success, I simply cannot afford it. So, I stick with my favorite rod and reel which is the Zebco closed faced reel and rod combo. There are many models and sizes to choose from. Once again it is totally up to you. When I choose tackle once again I keep it inexpensive. Depending on whether I am going freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing determines what gear I choose for the trip. That’s right… Saltwater fishing in a kayak! I have seen lots of video footage of people catching very large saltwater game fish from a simple small kayak! The same can be said for all freshwater game fish as well. Personally, I have caught a variety of fish right out of my own little kayak including everything from Bream, Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Gar, and Mudfish. The list goes on, and I could not be happier with my own results. I highly recommend kayak fishing to anyone who enjoys nature, the great outdoors and adventure.

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