September is finally here bringing along with it the start to the fall kayak fishing season. It’s an anglers perfect season with temperate temperatures, quiet lakes, rivers and oceans, and most of all- great fishing. Fall is also the last chance to enjoy the sport for many who will soon have to put their kayaks away until Spring. To help you prepare for this awesome time of year, I have put together three tips on how to gear up for your fall kayak fishing trips!
Layer, Layer, Layer
As we roll into the fall season paddlers will need to be prepared for the steady drop in temperature. The best way to do this is to layer your usual summer angling outfit. I recommend starting with two base layers, one to cover your arms and the other to protect your legs. The Level Six Hot Fuzz Tights are the perfect base to your summer shorts while the Bomber Gear Halo Long Sleeve Top is a great replacement to your warm weather t-shirt.
When fall and winter start intertwining, you are going to want to take extra care to bundle adequately. Splash and dry wear will be your new best friend and will comfortably fit over your base layers to keep you warm and out on the water. Our Cold Weather Paddling Layering Guide has some great tips on how to dress for the season change.
Let There Be Light
With fall comes shorter days and darker evenings. For those who enjoy a post-work paddle this makes extra lighting a necessity. If you plan on enjoying a few evening paddles then a kayak fishing light is the way to go.
Check out our kayak lighting section for a large selection of lighting options that will keep you out on your kayak hours after the sun sets. Anyone night fishing should also take time to review the laws in their area regarding watercraft lighting after dark. Many states require that you have a 360 degree white light like the Railblaza NaviLux 360 Degree LED Light.
For those of you who plan on getting out on the water during the weekends, protection from the sun will be an absolute must. Thankfully, covering up for the sun and cold weather go hand in hand.
Shop for apparel with UPF ratings on them like the Columbia PFG Bahama II Long Sleeve Shirt (which also fits great over your base layers) as well as items that will cover your hands and face. A solid hat such as the Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sun Hat will protect your face and neck from the sun when you are out on the water for a long day of kayak fishing.
If you are looking for face protection that doubles as protection from the cold Buff is one of the most popular ways to go. Their Buff Thermal Pro Hoodie is a fantastic option that will keep you comfortable, warm, and protected from sun rays while you fish.
Time To Get Outside!
Now that you are prepared with your cold weather gear, kayak fishing lights, and sun protection it is finally time to get out on your yak! Once out there be sure to note how you feel before, during, and after your paddle. Did you need more or less layers? Brighter lights? Make sure to always take care and adjust items to fit you perfectly to ensure you get the most out of your time on the water.
Think I missed something? Have some tips and tricks of your own? Comment below and let me know!
-Dayvee @ ACK