What kind of prep work do you do to allow yourself to be a better kayaker to become a better fisherman? I know most that will read this are fisherman first and a Kayaker second and simply as a means to get on the water. While there is nothing wrong with that, it’s also important to make sure you are a reasonably capable kayaker. If you poll any amount of kayak anglers they will say they feel they are capable paddlers, and while some may be correct a lot are not. I’ve read a lot of articles on how folks have been in danger, and a lot of that could be avoidable if their kayaking skillset was at a higher level. By adding some different strokes to your paddling repertoire you will enable yourself to control your kayak better. You can probably find a local paddling club that can help you with your kayaking skills. You could also have bad habits that a qualified instructor can help you with to ensure you are getting the most out of your equipment. I see a lot of kayak anglers with bad form and at the end of the day they are sore or tired simply because they aren’t efficient with their technique. This small investment will allow you to enjoy your day more on the water, and also enable you to move around quicker. That information can also be used to help new kayak anglers with their transition into the sport we all love so much.
Make sure you have your boat properly set up so you aren’t compromising your position and increasing your chances of tipping. Some simple stretches before you go out will help you loosen up and allow you maneuver a bit better. With that said, make sure you know how to self-rescue. This needs to be practiced at the bare-minimum annually and preferably on a more frequent basis. Learn to flip your boat over so when you flip by surprise it won’t make you panic. Learn where the tipping point is on your boat. Practice paddle moves that will stop you, or at lease reduced your chances of tipping. Please ensure you also dress for the water temperature vs the air temperature.
This post isn’t meant to tell you what to do or be preachy. I’d love to see more individuals out on the water and enjoying themselves.