Is Kayak Fishing Worth It?
What is the best kayak for bass fishing? Is kayak bass fishing worth it? Is kayak bass fishing dangerous? Is kayak fishing better than bank fishing? These are some of the common questions you may have or come across when looking into the explosive new community of kayak fishing.
Lucky for us there is Matt Nelson, an avid kayak fisherman, grew up near the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota. He routinely records his kayak fishing experiences and posts them to his youtube channel, NDYakAngler. Given that both his nickname (and YouTube Channel) are NDYakAngler (“Yak” for kayak), that’s his preferred way to bass fish.
Kayak fishing is worth it. It is budget-friendly, versatile, and gives better access to fish. Fishing kayaks are also customizable, portable, and do not require any launch ramp. However, kayaking has its cons, including risks of injury from water creatures, harsh weather conditions, and backaches. Learn more about kayak fishing with NDYakAngler on his YouTube channel.
Check out a few of his videos slamming bass from a kayak.
Huge Smallmouth Bass Kayak Fishing With NDYakAngler
BWCA Kayak Bass Fishing With Matt Nelson a.k.a. NDYakAngler
Slamming Smallies With Topwater From A Kayak
Largemouth Bass Kayak Fishing
A Few Kayak Bass Fishing Strategies
A kayak can’t move as quickly or cover as much water as a powerboat. Successful kayak anglers tailor tactics accordingly.
- Use versatile, easy-to-fish lures. This reduces retying and re-rigging, which means you make more casts in the day and catch more fish because of it.
- Locate fish using search baits, like spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and crankbaits. After catching active fish, backtrack with a small jig, drop-shot, or other finesse bait to coax more bites from less active ones.
- Change tactics to target different species before leaving an area. Nelson carries three to five rod and reel combos for fast change-ups between species.
- Troll from a kayak to cover water or as an alternative to casting.
- Be sure to invest in a quality kayak cooler to keep food fresh and drinks cold. This will prolong your time on the water. You will want a cooler that has quality insulation and is portable.
Kayak fishing is a fun, relaxing way to get out there and get your line wet. If you haven’t already, give it a try.