Fishing is a very interesting and rewarding activity if you know how to go about it skillfully and with the right equipment. There are a lot of approaches to fishing which range from casual angling by the riverside to deep water fishing with huge fishing trawlers.
Our focus in this article today is just one approach or type of fishing known as kayak fishing. We will look at this and some equipment that you will require to make your fishing experience both fun and rewarding.
1. What is Kayak Fishing?
At the risk of sounding too simple, kayak fishing simply refers to a fishing activity that is carried out on-board a kayak. That’s just what it is, simple and short. You can read about it here.
Now, there are different ways you can go about this activity. You could idle in the water, angling for fish or you could opt for trolling. Either of these can be carried out adequately with the right fishing kayak.
2. What is a Kayak Fish Finder?
The name should be very self-explanatory. This is a tool that helps you locate where the fish you want to catch are located. Based on this explanation, we can therefore regard this as a fish finder specifically designed for easy use on a kayak.
3. Choosing the Right Kayak for Fishing
When searching for the ideal kayak for your fishing activity, there are things you need to consider and other things you need to be aware of. We will look at a few of these so that you will be able to make the right choice.
There are so many different types that you can consider for your fishing activities. The top recommendations according to the American Kayaking Association are sit-on-top, sit-in and canoe/kayak hybrid. Of course, you can use a few others depending on your needs.
The factors that make one more suitable for fishing than another include: amount of storage space available, flatness of the hull, amount of stability provided, availability of pole rests, pontoon stabilizers, pedal-powered water wheels and a few other features. Remember that while fishing, you will need to have your hands free to handle your fishing pole.
You should also note that where you intend to carry out your activity will also influence your choice. Fishing on a lake or some back water is not the same as on much rapid waters.
The importance of size has to do with your body size and type of kayaking experience you want. Shorter models offer more maneuverability while longer models offer more speed at the expense of maneuverability. If you are above 6 feet in height, do not bother to go for anything under 11 feet. This is a simple guide you can follow.
The width also matters. You will need to choose between stability and maneuverability. Wider ones are less maneuverable but more stability while slimmer models are more maneuverable but less stable. Consider how each type may affect your intended activity.
The storage provides a space to store your equipment and your catch. You certainly need something that can hold all you need for your activity and all you intend to catch.
4. Choosing the Right Kayak Fish Finder
There are a number of top fish finders for kayaks out there but not every one of them is right for your ‘Yak’. To help you determine which one is best suited for your use, we will look at a quick guide.
Note, the purchase of your fish finder must only be undertaken after you have purchased and already own your ‘Yak’ or the one you intend to fish with. This is a “best practice” advice as it will help you make the best choice. We will show you why this is the case shortly.
Let’s now look at some important factors that you will need to consider.
4.1 Fixed or Removable
The first question you need to answer is if you want a fish finder that will be permanently fixed on your yak or one that will be removable. A permanent one will offer some convenience as you will not need to set it up every time you want to make use of it.
On the other hand, the fact that it is permanently fixed means it will constantly be exposed to the elements. It also means that it will be more exposed to theft. Therefore make this decision with these facts in mind.
Now this has to do with the actual use of the fish finder. You need to determine the best position for the device. To do this, take your yak out on a test run and pretend that you are out catching some fish. Do everything you will usually do while doing the real thing.
As you do all of these, note the different likely positions you could keep your finder. Determine the convenience of each position both to you and with regard to the entire activity. Will the pole hit it at one position? Will it interfere with your paddling? Etc.
After going through all these, determine the appropriate location and this should give you a rough idea of the size to go for. You should also consider the wiring and positioning of the battery. Pre-determining all of these will make it easier for you to make the right choice.
4.3 Frequency Type
There are about four different frequency types you will encounter, each providing different levels of detail. If you need the highest possible grade that offers the highest detail of both the fish and the environment under you, then go for the Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse or CHIRP. Other options listed from the most effective to the least effective include: dual frequencies, high frequencies and low frequencies.
4.4 Maximum Depth
This is particularly important if you fish in really deep waters. It tells you the farthest that the finder will see into the water.
4.5 Display Screen Size and Resolution
How big do you want the screen? How detailed do you want the pictures to be? This is where you will view the result the finder will show, so choose what will be easy for you to read.
4.6 Battery Life
This is pretty explanatory. Ensure you check how long the battery will last to be sure it will serve the purpose you need it for.
This feature helps you when you need to locate an exact location. Maybe you discovered rich spot where you took a haul. A finder equipped with a GPS feature will help you mark and locate this and any other spot whenever you need to.
Like we started this article saying, fishing can be fun and interesting if you have the necessary skills and have the right equipment. We have therefore provided you with information that can help you acquire the right equipment. Make use of this information and have a lovely time kayak fishing.
Here’s to a haul!