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What do you wish you knew when you started?
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What do you wish you knew when you started?
First off, let me say I don't know much about kayak fishing, so please bear with me. I know a little about fishing, but nothing about doing it from a kayak.

Anyway, I need to write a report about it and I want to focus on 'what I wish I had known before I started," so I thought I'd come here and ask the experts. Wink

What are one or two things you know now that would have made kayak fishing a whole easier or more enjoyable if you had known them before you started. Anything?

Thanks in advance!
07-14-2017 08:27 PM
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RE: What do you wish you knew when you started?
Less is more. Don't try to bring everything and the kitchen sink along. Pick a few things in which you have confidence will work in the conditions and fish.

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07-14-2017 08:48 PM
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RE: What do you wish you knew when you started?
Makes complete sense with the limited space on a kayak. Such a temptation to try and bring this and that along just in case...

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Larry
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07-14-2017 09:02 PM
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RE: What do you wish you knew when you started?
All ways pack before hand and double check you have every thing you need..
I had to turn around two different times.. first time Seat ... second time paddle ... yes i know...
the third time i went i got to cannonsburg an noticed i got my new anchor trolly installed and testing it out.. had the HF dog leach all ready to go and no Anchor.....
i all ways take an extra spinning rod if i got with some one else... my friend messed her rod up each time..
Make sure you got sun screen and packing less is best i learned after my fourth time out..
i cut down to two 3600 boxes and one 3500, and only take a few bags of soft plastic.. i was taking like 10 lbs of different plastics
Most of all ... if it dont float .. tie it down lol
07-14-2017 10:47 PM
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RE: What do you wish you knew when you started?
It's a fine balance between making sure you have everything you need and taking too much gear...a balance that sounds like it's different for everyone and only learned by experience. Tongue

Thanks for sharing, Dave!
07-15-2017 10:53 AM
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RE: What do you wish you knew when you started?
I've fished my entire life, some of my earliest memories are of fishing from a canoe so not a big leap into kayaks. I can't really say "wish I knew before I started" because I started when I was about 3 years old. One remark / observation to beginners though... fish if you love to fish- not because it's a cool new fad.

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07-16-2017 05:27 AM
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RE: What do you wish you knew when you started?
First one is you can always use a bigger yak. Second one make sure you have stuff ( rod leashes) to secure your stuff down. Third off all make sure you know what your doing and how strong currents can be. Little short story, had the yak in the river my younger cousin never been in one so I told him to stay close to shore out of the current. Well he thought he new what he was doing went into the current and was washed down a good distance. Had to rescue him. So that can be another thing listen to someone if they have more experience than you.
07-16-2017 11:59 AM
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RE: What do you wish you knew when you started?
We're pretty new to fishing....well, started wade fishing in the river 15 years ago. Then did the 'trout / wading' thing.... It was pretty easy to catch fish. So, water levels on the river were too high and we kinda lost interest. Fast forward to last summer (about 15 years later) - we started wade fishing again. Picked up where we left off and the fishing was just as good!!

Later last summer - we buy kayaks......and we absolutely SUCK AT FISHING!!

I wish we didn't have such a high expectation of what we THOUGHT it would be like to fish from a kayak.

I'm hearing "be patient grasshopper" in the back of my mind as I get skunked from day to day.......
07-16-2017 04:40 PM
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RE: What do you wish you knew when you started?
(07-14-2017 10:47 PM)dave jay Wrote:  All ways pack before hand and double check you have every thing you need..
I had to turn around two different times.. first time Seat ... second time paddle ... yes i know...
the third time i went i got to cannonsburg an noticed i got my new anchor trolly installed and testing it out.. had the HF dog leach all ready to go and no Anchor.....
i all ways take an extra spinning rod if i got with some one else... my friend messed her rod up each time..
Make sure you got sun screen and packing less is best i learned after my fourth time out..
i cut down to two 3600 boxes and one 3500, and only take a few bags of soft plastic.. i was taking like 10 lbs of different plastics
Most of all ... if it dont float .. tie it down lol
I forgot my rods once!

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07-17-2017 12:45 AM
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What do you wish you knew when you started?
Expect to get dumped and prepare to have all your gear get dumped also. Thinking it won't happen to you doesn't make it a reality. The kayak and the water really don't care what you think.


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07-17-2017 01:11 AM
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