4 Essential Kayak Fishing Safety Tips For Newbies.
Last week, Salt Strong Ambassador Tony Acevedo posted some extremely helpful kayak fishing tips in the private Salt Strong Fishing Tribe group on Facebook.
So we reached out to him to get an extended version of his tips so that we could turn them into an article that we could share in the Fishing Tips section of Salt Strong.
He graciously created the great article that will enable those who are getting starting with kayak fishing stay safe and out of trouble while out on the water.
Note: To learn more about Tony, click here to see his Ambassador page which explains his amazing story of how he went from being brand new to saltwater fishing to consistently catching inshore slams on both coasts of FL in under 1 year.
Important Kayak Fishing Safety Tips
By Tony Acevedo
For my fellow kayak anglers and anyone who may be interested in pursuing kayak fishing:
I ran into an FWC officer (Florida Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Officer) at the launch last time I was out and we spoke for a few minutes. She was super thankful that I had my required gear and even happier to see that I had a VHF radio with me.
Apparently, they get multiple calls daily for people getting stranded out in their kayaks. The majority of these calls are from people that just don’t feel like paddling back to their launch sites because they are too tired and don’t feel like making the effort to get back and they exceed their limits.
Please be aware that kayak angling is a very physical activity. You are up against the elements at all times and a beautiful day can turn into a nightmare at any moment.
The weather in Florida can change in the blink of an eye. I myself have been in some sticky situations but have made it back safely on my own.
So here are some essential items that kayakers need to keep in mind when planning their next fishing excursion:
1. Know Your Limits & The Laws
Before you start kayak fishing, make sure you know how to kayak first. Most kayak fishermen are anglers before they are kayakers, so here’s a quick list of limits/laws you need to consider:
- Know how to re-enter your kayak if you fall out
- Know how far you can safely go:
- It may be easy to paddle 2 miles, but that can quickly turn into 5 if you don’t pay attention. And that number doubles for the paddle back to your launch
- Tip: Take your kayak out to a local lake or river and just paddle to build up your stamina
- Know what gear is required in your state (life jacket, whistle, etc.)
2. Double (if not Triple) Check The Weather Before You Head Out
You may check the weather the night before, and it’ll look perfect.
But from my experience, that can completely change the very next morning.
Make sure to always bring rain gear and have an anchor in case the weather creeps up on you… and if that happens, be quick to seek cover (nearby parks, under bridges, etc).
3. Have A Float Plan
Make a plan before you go, and make sure someone knows where you are going.
And if you decide to go somewhere else after fishing that area, call someone to let them know.
Also, it also helps to have a buddy with you.
Worst case if no one is around, then leave a note with your spouse, best friend, or roommate.
Note: Do not go out alone on your first trip. If you prefer to be alone, invest in a radio for emergency situations.
4. Bring Enough Food & Drink For The Day
This is your fuel!You need to stay hydrated and keep food in your stomach to give you the energy you need out there.
You need to stay hydrated and keep food in your stomach to give you the energy you need out there.
And keep in mind that you are what you eat. This is the personal trainer in me talking, but if you eat garbage you will feel like garbage, and that can hinder you when paddling.
Also make sure to have enough sunscreen and sun protection fishing gear while out kayak fishing. Protecting your skin is a must.
I just thought I would share this since kayak & paddle board fishing has become very popular. Many people don’t realize how physical and dangerous it can be.
And as obvious as some of these tips may seem, they certainly aren’t being considered by many kayakers given that so many distress calls get reported.
Feel free to share my friends. Fish On!
Note: Click here to see Florida regulations on kayaks and their requirements.
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