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If you ever pulled up to shore after a long day of fishing, got out your kayak, and realized that the deck looked like a yard sell; you might need some help with organization! The rear tank well has always been one of the best places to keep your gear for easy accessibility while using a crate will guarantee your gear doesn’t wander off during your day on the water.
This year we kicked off our Junior Angler of the Year program thanks to a wonderful anonymous KATS angler that donated a fully-rigged fishing kayak! We chatted with our first ever winner Kayden Drake about all things fishing, from early memories to mentorship, to get a better picture of the guy behind the title.
So you’re looking to get into Kayak Fishing? There are some essentials you will need. You’ll obviously need your kayak, paddle and safety gear, but there are other small items needed to make the fishing experience more enjoyable.
Using a fish finder can be very rewarding. You’ll learn the lay of the land beneath the surface, begin to understand when and where fish school up, and hopefully by the end of the day, you’ll be paddling back to shore with a full stringer.
As the name suggests, sight casting is the stealthy art of glancing over the water and positioning your bait in an area where you’ve spotted fish movement. But not every kayak is designed for you to stand and cast. If you’re looking for the thrill of sight casting at fish from far above the water, you may want to consider trying out a fishing stand up paddle board!
You could technically bring a fishing rod and sit on your cooler on a standard SUP, so what makes the Kahuna a fishing SUP? As a response to growing interest in SUP fishing, manufacturers began offering paddle boards with built-in mounting options for fishing accessories, as well as shaping the actual board to be wider with a hull design crafted to allow for anglers to sneak up on fish (aka, less hull slap/noise).
If you’re fishing the Texas Gulf Coast (or any other coast) and want to use a simple yet effective technique to catch inshore species like reds, trout or flounder, then try a popping cork rig. Here’s some quick info on gathering your supplies and mastering the movement.
Barometric pressure is essentially the weight of the air; it constantly pushes down on everything – on us, on the earth and on the surface of the water. Since weather is such an influential factor when it comes to fishing, my time on the water has confirmed that barometric pressure can be very accurate.
Here’s a blog by ACK San Marcos Store Associate Alex Martinez documenting his experience fishing for white bass at Nails Creek State Park in Texas.