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Kayak Fishing

The first con of kayak fishing is the inevitable back aches that come from sitting for hours on end. This is not to say that the seats in kayaks are uncomfortable because they are usually very comfortable. The backaches come for sitting too long. Sitting at a desk all day has the same effect. Standing up every now and again or getting out of the kayak to stretch can alleviate this con.

The low elevation of the yak fisherman is another con when trying to sight fish. The higher the elevation of the fisherman the more he will be able to see. The close to the water stance of a yak hinders the ability to see fish. Many of the new sit on top style yaks are stable enough to allow for standing which fixes the elevation issue.

Yak fishermen can expect to get wet. Kayak fishing is a wet style of fishing. The fish will be splashing and the scupper holes allow water to flow into and out of the kayak. That is just the way it is.

Now let’s look at the pros of yak fishing.

The pros:

• Low cost barrier to entry
• Stealthy
• Launch/fish anywhere
• Anyone can do it
• Low maintenance

Kayaks are relatively cheap compared to other fishing vessels. A decent not too fancy kayak set up for fishing will usually run less than one thousand dollars. There are kayaks with pedal drive and all of the bells and whistles that may cost close to three thousand dollars but a basic fishing kayak should cost less than one thousand dollars.

The ability to be stealthy is a definite pro for this style of fishing. A trolling motor is not as quite as everyone thinks. Fish can hear very well and often are spooked by the hum of a trolling motor. Kayaks don’t have that problem and can easily sneak up on fish.

The ability to launch and fish from anywhere is a major advantage. This fisherman likes to find areas that are not pressured by other fishermen. The key is to fish where the fish are and the fishermen aren’t. Fishing kayaks are perfect for this.

Anyone without physical handicaps can fish from a kayak. The physical requirements are the ability to sit and paddle at the same time. This ranks on a difficulty scale with walking while chewing gum. Very little athletic ability is necessary for kayak fishing.

Kayaks are very low maintenance. Once a fisherman gets their kayak set up the way they like it most of the work is done. There is very little that can go wrong with a sturdily built fishing kayak.

Family Fun With Fishing

Prepare in Advance

Elaborate gear and tackle are not necessary, but make sure you have the items you need before you hit the water. Pack enough hooks, bait, line, and lures in the event that you lose some items. Have a cooler and ice on hand if you will take your catch home with you. Bring gloves, an extra change of clothes for everyone, hats, sunscreen, and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget snacks and drinks for everyone in your party, too!

Choosing Equipment

Tangled lines and complicated rods can be frustrating for young anglers.

– You can avoid many of these issues by choosing rods carefully. A spincast mechanism is the most basic design, which makes it ideal for beginners. To cast, simply press the button on the reel while propelling the line forward into the water.

– Barbless hooks will be the safest choice for youngsters. If you do choose to use barbed hooks, squeeze the barbs with pliers to eliminate them on the hooks. The absence of barbs will make it easier to disengage the hooks if they accidentally snag something or someone.

– Worms, bread, and insects make the best bait for kids. Use a basic bobber and sinker to finish setting up the rod. Although artificial lures may be tempting, it’s more difficult to fish with them because anglers must repeatedly cast to ensure that they capture the attention of the fish.

Safety Guidelines

Take steps to ensure that everyone stays safe on a family fun outing.

Regardless of swimming skills, everyone in the party should wear a personal flotation device when around deep water. This includes time spent on a boat and near fast-moving or deep water. United States Coast Guard regulations require every passenger in a boat to have a personal flotation device. Even if your excursion just involves wading, take safety precautions. Know the depth of the water and the strength of any current.

Deep Sea Fishing In Kona

Deep sea fishing is a much more complex form of fishing. As the name suggests it requires deep seas, which are located far away from land. Often referred to as sports fishing.

When you venture out to these deep seas, you travel far from the shallow waters of standard fishing. Here, it is a totally different fish game. Think about it, where do sharks swim? Deep seas. A wide array of fish species can be found in the dark deep seas. Possibilities are limitless with this style of fishing and will make for a very enjoyable trip.

Calm waters, located a short trip from land, populated with a range of species year round, is the seas you want to find. Whether you are starting out, or consider yourself a sports fishing guru, this will be the most suitable environment.

As a novice fisher, you want calm, safe seas. This way you can learn the ropes and are always a safe trip from home. With seas populated year round, you can adventure out and improve your skills any time you like,

As a sports fishing enthusiast, you want seas full with every species A-Z. This way you can discover new, and wild fish for your first time. Perfect for this competitive fishers, who desire to fish for the rare catch!

So, do these waters exist, or only in a dream world?

Yes! In Kona, Hawaii.

Famously known for their Blue Marlin, the Kona waters are the perfect destination for newbies and experienced deep sea fishers. If you are looking to catch a grander, complete in a competition or simply enjoy the experience looking for something to grill, Kona has more than enough opportunities for you to avail of.

It is advised that you purchase yourself a fishing charter when heading to Kona, to ensure the best experience possible. There are a range of options available, from half days, three quarter days and even a full day if you prefer. Whilst on board these exclusive charters you won’t require your own fishing license. Tackle, bait and ice will all be included in your package. All your fishing needs will be covered, and you may even receive lunch and drinks depending on your choice.

With up to 6 people per boats, renting a boat can provide your family or friends with a day filled of fishing fun. Maybe you want to join a competition, or host a private event with your friends on other boats? No problem! You can be sure to receive great cooperation on these charter deals, to maximise your Kona experience.

Ice Fishing

Once you are out on the ice, finding the right depth matters. Most fish will generally stay in a specific depth during the winter, which can make it easier to find them. If it is a common lake you have fished regularly during the summer months you will know all the premium spots and depths of the lake. If you aren’t familiar with the lake you can hop online and look for a map of the lake and it will show you all the different depths of the lake and you can check out the depths for the species you are looking to fish for.

Now that you have found a spot to fish, you can start drilling holes in the ice for your tip-ups, if you have some and a couple of holes to fish from while waiting on your tip-ups to go off. Remember to spread out the placement of your holes. If you put them close to each other you have the worries of them getting tangled when there is a fish on and some people say having them close together loses you chance of catching a fish as there are too much bait in one area.

You are ready to start fishing, some people say you ice fish like you are summer fishing, which isn’t true. You want to make sure you are going slow and steady as fish don’t expend as much energy during the winter months.If you are looking to give your fishing a jump start, you can always chum the hole before you start fishing. Sometimes chumming your hole can actually bring more fish to your area. You can use minnows or wax worms and let the fish go to town. Always have different types of bait with you, as you never know what the fish are looking to eat on that day. If you move your bait or jig too fast, a fish might let it go to save some energy. If you are going to be fishing for bluegills or perch, you want to fish the bottom as they love to feed off the bottom during the winter months.

Now that you have a few tips for a successful ice fishing trip. Get off the computer and put those tips to the test. Always remember to be safe and know the thickness of the ice before walking or driving out on the ice. You don’t want to start your ice fishing trip having to turn around right away from falling in.

Grab Some Fishing Gear

First things first, get yourself some fishing gear! A tackle box, a variety of supplies to fill it, and a fishing pole are what you will need to enjoy your time at the lake. Picking out these items is fun and will get you pumped up to go spend some time reeling in all types of fish! Make the choices fit who you are, the style and type of fish you are going for will help you decide. There are so many benefits to fishing that it will be sure to become one of your favorite pass times! Spending time in the outdoors with the fresh air, soaking in the beauty as you listen to the wildlife that surrounds you, it is good for the soul! And catching fish is so much fun, because there are so many varieties of fish to go for. Reaching into your personal tackle box, filled with all the fishing gear you carefully selected, along with the happy feeling of accomplishment, will have you going home with a catch to be telling fish stories about to all your family and friends!

You don’t have to start big, just get yourself a tackle box that you like, and pick out enough fishing gear to get you started. A simple fishing pole will work to get you going, and basically that is all you need! Well, also a place to go fishing, but that is part of the fun, picking out where to go! Once you have caught your limit, the nest part you get to enjoy is preparing some yummy recipes with your fish, and there are a lot of them! Experiment with it, try a few recipes and soon you will find a favorite one! Finding a favorite dish will also help you to know what type of fish you will be fishing for most often, and make it easier to pick out which fishing supplies you will want to fill your tackle box, and what type of fishing pole you will have the most luck with.

Imagine yourself, after a stressful day or week, coming home and looking forward to something that will lift your spirits, that will help you to relax, and that will give you time to reflect by yourself, or spend that quality time with important people in your life. You grab your tackle box, filled with all the gear you picked out, along with your fishing pole, and you head off to your favorite fishing spot. Your mood is instantly better, the fresh air feels amazing, and you can’t help but smile. Sound good? Give it a try, and soon you will find yourself thinking of the next time you get to go out and cast a line!

Catch a Red Fish

Florida red fish seem to be most active and ready to eat when the water temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees. They also seem to shut down their feeding when the water temperatures get below 60 degrees. So a fisherman should definitely carry a thermometer if they’re fishing from shore or a boat that doesn’t already have one.

Red drum like oyster bars. They will used their tough heads to move oyster clumps out of the way to get at the marine worms, shrimp and mud crabs that are usually under the big groups of oysters.

Another red drum haunt is grass flats. They love to forage for small fish, crabs and other crustaceans that hide in the sea grass. Large schools can be seen certain times of the year cruising the shallow grass flats around Florida. They also like to search mud flats for prey. Often they will be the first predators to venture up onto a mud flat but they will leave as soon as the first sharks appear.

In the more southerly parts of Florida, red fish can be found among the mangrove roots at high tide. They will pluck crabs, shrimp and small fish from among the roots whenever they get a chance.

Anytime a fisherman can find a red fish’s preferred prey items they can usually find red fish nearby. Large amounts of shrimp in the sea grass will undoubtedly draw the red fish in. Any large groups of fish like mullet, sardines, glass minnows, pilchards, pin fish… will also attract red fish.

The 3 best lures to catch a red drum depends upon the angler but this fisherman prefers;

• Scented plastics
• Gold spoons
• Spinner baits

Red fish have four nostrils which tells you that their olfactory system is very important to them. A stinky scented soft plastic is an excellent choice to catch a red fish with.

Gold spoons are very shiny and put out a lot of vibrations that are picked up by the lateral lines of fish. For some reason the gold spoons seem to work better than silver spoons for red drum.

A spinner bait is another great artificial lure to catch a red drum with. The spinner bait will put out a tremendous amount of vibrations attracting predators from quite a distance. The shine and movement of the spinner bait can be irresistible to red drums in shallow water.

Gone Fishing

Purchase a state fishing license

Every state has their own rules about using water for sport. There are a variety of licenses to choose from, including those for daily use, short-term, annual, and lifetime. Check the state’s fishery departments to find out if there are any specific requirements, such as age limits.

Wear boat shoes

Before stepping on a slippery boat, be sure to invest in some non-skid boat shoes. Many first time fishermen and fisherwomen make the mistake of wearing shoes that are not conducive to being on a slippery surface. Also make sure to avoid wearing shoes with a dark sole, as they can very easily leave dark colored scuff marks on the deck of the boat.

Use new hooks

Before going out on this adventure, be sure to purchase new hooks. Don’t be tempted to use old hooks passed on by a friend or family member. Not only are new hooks sharper and more efficient, they are also safer to use. Old hooks can rust and be difficult to maneuver. It could result in a painful injury when removing the fish.

Seek advice

Fishing seems like an easy sport that does not take much thought. In reality it’s a very skilled sport that takes time to master. Ask for tips and advice from those who have been fishing for a long time. This can be anyone from a friend to a professional at a tackle shop. Invited someone with experience to come on the excursion with you. Their knowledge can help you throughout the day.

About Alligator Gar

They don’t spawn until they are around 10 years old and can live several decades. On the average the males live up to about 36 years, the females up to 50 years. They can live up to 58 years, grow up to 10 feet long, and weigh up to 300 or more pounds. The young eat insects and larval fish while the adults eat crustaceans, birds, fish, mammals, rats, and turtles. Their roe, or fish eggs, are poisonous, not only to animals, but also to humans.

While they are native to the Mississippi basin, they extend into Missouri, Ohio, and Texas as well. Populations for gar are decreasing as they require very exacting conditions to spawn successfully. The water temperatures must exceed 68 degrees. Those specific conditions are not always easy to obtain. Levees that have been built have walled them off from their spawning waters.

Another reason for the reduced population is that they have been extensively fished. They were once a favorite target for bow fisherman. Plus, in the past, when gar were caught accidentally, fishermen would sometimes break their beaks as they considered them a dangerous fish to both swimmers and game fish. So the gar would starve to death, and this too reduced the population.

It seems the only redeeming quality, from a conservationist biologist’s standpoint, is that the gar eat silver carp. This is an invasive species that is multiplying. Eating silver carp to reduce those populations seems to be the gar’s claim to fame. They are also being considered in the in the fight against another invasive species called the snakehead fish.

Benefits of Fishing

Fishing is a group and an individual sport regardless of a person’s age. People are intrigued enough to gather around and watch others land fish. Companies make beginning angler kits for tots and toddlers so they can participate in the action. Additional reasons people enjoy this outdoor activity include fresh air, sunshine and vitamin D. A few of the most popular reasons are given below.

Reduce stress. Fish along the shore of a river, stream or lake. Cast out into the surf from the beach. Relax in your boat while fishing the pond. You may hear birds singing and see butterflies flit from flower to flower while you sit under a shady tree waiting for a bump or tug on the line. Enjoy a pressure-free day and have fun.

Sneak in simple aerobics and exercise. Exercise starts with moving from the vehicle to the water. You’ll probably carry a cooler in addition to your tackle box and fishing rod. Wading in the water is a form of low-impact exercise and less stressful on ankle, knee and hip joints than hiking. Casting lures is a good aerobic activity that promotes cardiovascular health!

Increase and renew agility and dexterity. Tying on a hook or lure takes skill. It also requires small, intricate movements that refresh the body’s fine motor skills. Casting the line out, reeling the line in, and moving the pole are activities that require muscles you may not use very often.

Discover your place in the environment. Outdoor skills like map reading and guiding yourself with a compass are part of the talents of an experienced angler. Learn to recognize signs that indicate pending change in weather. Fishing requires the knowledge to identify different varieties of fish, as well as learn their habitat. Participate in surveys and seminars sponsored by local groups and government agencies while you make a positive difference in the ecosytem.

Catch a Pompano

Florida pompano like the water temperatures to be between the mid 75 degrees and 65 degrees. This is when they are most actively feeding. If the water temperatures climb to above 80 degrees or down to the low 50’s they can die. One of the keys to finding where these fish are is to find the right water temperatures. They will migrate from north to south and vice versa to find the right water temperatures. They will also migrate from inshore to offshore to find comfortable water temperatures.

A fisherman interested in catching “pomps” inshore should look for sand bars or sandy spots near grass flats or deeper channels. They are sand specialists and like to feed on shrimp, crabs and small fish. They will root around in the sand to find hiding shrimp and crabs to eat which is why sandy spots are the key to finding these fish inshore.

Most fishermen catch “pomps” off of the beach. These fish can be found chasing their favorite prey item the mole crab a.k.a. sand flea. The mole crabs can be found buried in the beach sand just within the upper wave line. They stay buried until a wave passes over them and they deploy their plankton catching claws to feed themselves. This is why fishermen can catch these fish within feet of where they are standing if the sand fleas are prevalent.

They key to finding most predatory fish is to find their food sources. An abundance of sand fleas in the surf or shrimp in the grass flats or schools of small fish can often signal the presence of schools of pompano. A fisherman should use whatever lure most closely matches what they are feeding on.

The 3 best lures to catch a pompano depends upon the angler but this fisherman prefers;

• Scented baits
• White paddle tail swim baits
• Orange or pink feathers

The pompano has a much evolved olfactory system. This means that the more odor molecules your bait has, it will have a higher probability of being found. There are many different brands or scented baits on the market today. My favorite is a white, scented, artificial 3 inch plastic shrimp lure.

A white shad swim bait with a paddle tail coupled with a red jig head can be a deadly combination for unwitting “pomps”. When they are targeting small bait fish anglers should match the hatch and fish with similar looking lures.

The third type of lure is the feather jig. These fish like pink and orange colors for some reason. Maybe because it mimics the colors of the shrimp and crabs that they prey upon. When these fish are running inshore, fishermen will be shoulder to shoulder vertical jigging for these delicious fish from bridges.