Top 10 Fishing tips

Buy a dozen lures and a couple of pike floats

Now that you have all the necessary gear and end tackle to start your pike fishing adventures, you just have to grab a couple of pike lures and floats before it’s time to head out to the bank. Go to the store or check around online and get the following:

  • Two 10g pike floats
  • Two 20g pike floats
  • 4 different kinds of crankbaits (4-8 inches)
  • 4 inline spinners (size 5)
  • 4 spoons (1/2-1 ounce) That’s it, really! This package will serve you well as a beginner and can most certainly catch you your first pike.

Use monofilament over braided mainline

Unlike for spin fishing, live and dead baiting actually benefit from using a monofilament mainline. The main reason for this is the mono’s stretch, which comes in handy when float fishing or ledgering for pike. The stretch’s buffering effect prevents you from pulling the baitfish right out of the pike’s mouth. It can also prevent the pike from shaking off those hooks, as the stretch, once again, acts as a buffer for those violent head shakes that the pike is known for.

Be Patient and Consistent

First, never rush your fishing trip. If you have something else to do, deal with it then go kayak fishing. An excellent angler, like a hunter, is patient. You have no idea how long it will take for you to get lucky. Be willing to wait. The more you stay in the water, the higher your chances of catching fish. Consistency. You can’t take out your kayak once a year and expect to be a pro. It takes time. You can watch all the tutorial videos and read all the guides, but practicing is the best way to learn. You will know what methods and equipment work for you. Your confidence also grows as you become more comfortable in a fishing kayak.

Utilize Technology

You use it in every other area of your life; why not in kayak fishing? Don’t be afraid to buy a fish finder or a fish tracker. There are also apps such as the FishSmart app which helps you plan your kayak fishing trips. Before you start getting all the gadgets and apps, make sure you are an excellent kayaker and angler. In many situations, your experience is more useful than technology.

Prioritize Safety

As kayaking continues to grow in popularity, more accidents are being reported. The sad part is that most of them can be prevented. People are choosing to go kayak fishing while under the influence and/or without PFDs. To be specific, alcohol use is the top cause of deaths in boating. Other causes include operator inexperience, overloading, inattention, among others. Be responsible. Do what you are required to do to kayak safely. Let people know where you are at all times. When you notice that the wind is getting powerful, paddle along the shore.

Do not use a lip grip

Never use a lip grip to land or weigh your fish. It is a rather cruel tool that pierces the pike’s lower lip and can cause serious damage and scars. Weighing a heavy pike using a lip grip also puts way too much pressure on the fish’s lip. Instead, use a net for landing the fish and a big bag or a sling, as well as a proper fishing scale in order to weigh it.

Choose Shady Spots

The most significant problem that most newbie anglers have with carp fishing is finding the fish. They are often hard to find because carp in most angler hotspots tend to choose cover over being exposed. In that case, a clever trick is to cast your line into the water directly below the shade from a tree or bush. This trick is an excellent idea because any fruit or seeds from the tree that falls into the water serves as food for the carp, making them frequent visitors there.

Pick Up On Visual Indicators

You need to pay attention to visual indicators to find the best and most productive areas to fish. So, what are these visual cues, and how can you look for them?

Fish close to vegetation

Pike love all types of vegetation. This they do for two simple reasons:

  • they offer them a perfect ambush point
  • smaller fish that the pike prey on keep close to vegetation as well When starting a session, always go for the areas with the following types of vegetation first:
  • reeds
  • lily pads
  • weeds (chickweed, pondweed)
  • grass
  • overhanging trees and bushes

Start off with a simple float rig for live bait

The easiest way to present a live baitfish is by using a float. Such a set-up allows the baitfish to move relatively freely and thereby enables you to cover a bigger area in the water. As will be explained in tip #40, it is crucial that you are using an appropriately sized float for your baitfish. Additionally, all you need is a float stop, a sinker, a swivel, as well as your wire leader with two treble hooks attached to it.