Learn How To Go Ocean Fishing, In A Kayak

Solitude, noiselessness, and peace are many of the benefits of ocean angling by kayak. But how does one learn how to go ocean fishing? In this article, you will discover what you need to do in order to enter the wonderful world of ocean kayak fishing.

Who can get into the sport?

Anyone. That’s right, you do not need to be a master kayaker to take up the sport. Many people who take up ocean fishing in a kayak are beginners with little to no experience beforehand. Just make sure you have the proper equipment to keep yourself safe and comfortable. Picture yourself amongst the blue seas with your line out and soaking in the sun. With enough preparation, you can get out there and see this picture into reality.

What type of skills will you need?

Just the basic paddling technique will do. The important thing to keep in mind is your safety. Remember that all human powered watercraft require that the operators are compliant with United States Coast Gaurd safety regulations. So it will behoove one to check with their local government and state to see what items will be needed to have inside their kayak. If you choose not to comply, you can face some serious penalties and fines. Other than complying with regulations, paddling in a kayak in the ocean is similar to paddling one in a lake. The only difference in ocean kayaking would be the amount of turbulence in the swells. Be sure to watch weather forecasts and get advice from local sea goers to better plan out your adventure. It is amazing the type of information people are willing to share. You might even be able to find better fishing spots from the advice since most fishermen are stuck on land away from the action.

What type of kayak will you need?

Although many different brands offer ocean kayaks, you’ll find that they cost much more than a kayak used for paddling in fresh water. But this cost is justified since the kayak will need to be bigger in size and faster to handle the power of the sea. Inform yourself by looking through reviews, online forums, and even ask local kayakers what size/brands are the best for paddling in the ocean. Researching kayaks will help you so you make the right choice and not end up with a kayak that will take unnecessary energy out of your fishing trip.

What makes an ocean kayak different? 

An ocean kayak is different from the amount of length needed to paddle through waves. A kayak in an ocean setting needs to be long and slender in order to cut over swells as they pass you. If you get a kayak too short then your paddle efficiency will be significantly hindered. Ocean kayak fishing is supposed to be fun not overly tiring. 

Now get out there! Take this information and pass it on so others can learn how to go ocean fishing.

Carla Arbuckle
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for Fishing.org and Shooting.org. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.