Here are a few kayak fishing tips that can hopefully help you on your next fishing trip. An anchor trolley helps position your boat, so that you can apply more pressure when setting the hook. If you have the boat facing sideways to the fish, all of your energy is exerted sideways, into the water. This doesn’t provide you and leverage. However, if you have the kayak positioned with the nose facing the fish, when you set the hook, the energy travels the length of the boat, providing a lot more leverage. You can tell the difference when you put this one into practice, give it a shot the next time you are out. You gotta remember that these kayaks aren’t like the big rig boats, where you can swing for the fences when you set the hook. You have to properly position your boat to ensure the maximum power.
Since you can’t set the hook with the same power you have on big rig boats, I highly suggest using super sharp hooks. As a general rule, if the hook doesn’t stick to your skin, it isn’t as sharp as it could be. This doesn’t mean throwing a hook away as soon as it won’t stick to your skin. This does mean though, that if you can apply pressure, and it won’t pierce your skin, it won’t pierce a fishes strong mouth either. Sharp hooks also leave a smaller entry point. This heals quicker on fish, but also allows the barb on the hook to do its job. When you open up a wide hole in the fishes mouth, it takes him longer to recover, and he has a higher change of throwing the hook because there is nothing to grab onto.
The last of the kayak fishing tips that I have for you at this time, is to cover up your skin. I know you see the yuppy types in their khaki pants, blue long sleeve shirts, and hats with the drop down cloth in the back. They wear these because this type of clothing works to keep you cool, and from getting skin cancer. You will sweat, but the sweat keeps you cool, and being covered this much prevents bugs from biting at you. This all put together makes for a decent day out on the water, without dealing with the normal hassles your friends are dealing with. Yes, you are starting to look like a yuppy as well now too, but remember, what is more important? Comfort and life, or what your friends think of you?
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