Kayak fishing is preferred by most anglers because kayaks are quiet on the waters.
This makes a silent approach to fish territory ideal for getting a good catch!
That being said though, is kayak fishing safe? The answer is yes if done right. There are safety precautions that can be taken to ensure a safe fishing expedition on a kayak.
How can you ensure safety while kayak fishing?
Understand your limit and take the time to learn how to be a good angler: If you are new to angling, it is a good idea to take the time out to learn how to properly use the kayak. You need to learn how to properly get back onto the kayak if you fall out. You need to have adequate stamina to venture far off the shoreline. You don’t want to get stuck in the middle of the water because you are tired.
Wear personal floatation devices. This is important just in case you flip into the water. You need to ensure that the lifejacket is properly worn and that it fits you. As you paddle the waters, unpredictable situations may occur.
Safeguard your equipment: It is no fun to get stranded in the middle of the sea just because your paddle got lost. A paddle leash would be helpful in this situation. If your paddles have no leashes, you should invest in one. Not only paddle leashes, but you should also consider buying rod leashes if you don’t want to lose your rods.
Crosscheck the weather numerous times before setting off: Weather conditions can be unpredictable; however, if you have an idea about what to expect then you can enjoy safe fishing.
You should also pay close attention to the water temperature so that you wear the right outfit. For example, you should consider wearing a wetsuit if the water is going to be very cold.
Alert someone about where you are headed: Much as you may enjoy solo fishing, it is important to alert someone about where you are headed. Also, you may want to invest in a radio just in case you find yourself in an emergency.
Carry a map, GPS tracker, and whistle: The map and GPS tracker are useful for when you get lost. The whistle can also come in handy when you need to call for help.
Take the time out to “learn” the water
Having a decent understanding of how the water behaves may help you navigate otherwise dangerous situations.
Eat and keep hydrated
As you enjoy fishing, you have to remember to keep nourished and hydrated. Pack enough food and water to last you the time you will spend on the water. And, if you have space, you can also pack some extra just in case.
Kayak fishing can be safe if precaution is taken. Don’t go kayaking without protective gear. Ensure that you have a map, whistle, and GPS tracker for unavoidable circumstances. Last but not least, ensure that you let someone know your angling plan in case a search team needs to be sent out, and watch for sharks.