Trolling from a Kayak
Posted December 17 2001 - 08:57 PM
I have no idea what is the crusing speed for a kayak. Is it possible to use deep diving lures from a Kayak.
Posted December 17 2001 - 09:30 PM
Posted December 17 2001 - 11:10 PM
#1)The amount of territory that you present your lure to is of course increased compared to casting.
#2)I know you do not striper fish much.But I am sure you have noticed how many times that a fish has followed your lure in only to turn away at the last second.In my opinion many of these fish would be triggered into hitting a lure if they had more time to follow it.I think a few other kayak fishermen feel the same way.
A good way to find out how fast you should paddle is to just put the lure over the side and observe the action.As far as depth is concerned I will paddle with jigs at a slow pace until I start to bump bottom.This gives you the starting point at what speed to paddle
To answer your question you can troll any lure that you cast including deep divers.It just takes some experimenting.
Now I ask you how the hell can I catch one of those roosterfish from a kayak?? Oh yea,maybe some tarpon and snook also......one day
Posted December 18 2001 - 01:07 AM
It was a post by Barrell that showed me just how important trolling can be. He said something to the effect that he would "never paddle from point 'A' to point 'B' without pulling something behind him." I realized at once that he was 100% correct. I pulled something behind me the very next time I went out, and was in less than halfway to my destination. I owe that fish, and many others since then, to him. (Thanks again Barrell).
FYI: The MOST productive lure in my local waters is the Storm "Big Mac" Chrome color with a Blue back. It dives to about 20' and takes Bass and Bluefish. In fact, it's downright irresistable to Blues!
Trolling was never my favorite way to fish, and still isn't, but sometimes it's downright enjoyable to forget about fishing and just paddle. When the reel sings it's song, the distraction is a pleasant one!
Posted December 18 2001 - 06:52 AM
Ditto on everything the rest of the guys have said. I have trolled everything from small spoons to 7" Bombers, all with varying degrees of success. Depending on the time of year also determines my choice of bait. In the spring it is usually Sassy Shads and other rubber lures of similar make. Very effective on the Susquehanna Flats for C&R stripers. Late summer to mid fall my first choice is usually a Rattle Trap or similar. Deadly when peanuts are making their way out into the bays. Bucktails pulled slowly along the bottom in summer are great for flounder. I like tipping them with a pork rind rather than squid. seems to cut down on the amount of skates that I catch.
Posted December 18 2001 - 07:22 AM
My 2 favorite trolling lures are some type of minnow like lure like a Mambo Minnow and plastics. These 2 lure types have accounted for most of my kayak trolled fish. Plastics trolled on a lead head are deadly. Storm just came out with some new plastics called the "Wildeye Swim Baits" which are like the ones you sent me where the plastic completely encloses the jig lead. They've got irridesence inside and terrific eyes. They'll be available from 3" to 6". They're going to be terrific kayak trolling lure. They've got a flat bottom and will fall slowly. The 5 and 6" will only be 1/2 oz.
One advantage a kayak has is the casting distance of a lure isn't important so many lures that don't cast well can be used. Also even at a high rate of paddling a kayak is slow. It is often said with stripers that you can't reel to slowly. With a kayak you cover lots of water relatively slowly so all time spent on the water is spent fishing.
Flounder, I've got some of those Big Macs. I never thought of trolling one off of the kayak. I'll have to take them along and give them a shot.
Posted December 18 2001 - 10:00 AM
What are you talking about.
I go to Florida frequently and I always speed troll for marlin and sailfish in the yak.
Granted, I have to pick up the paddle stroke ratio a bit but after a few pushups, I'm rarin' to go!!!
You should see the looks on their faces when I come barrelling through doing 10 knots with a huge blue marlin in hot persuit of my offering!!!
It's a sight I tell ya!!!
Posted December 18 2001 - 10:57 AM
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Posted December 21 2001 - 01:15 PM
Notes from the peanut gallery.
Posted April 29 2014 - 12:52 PM
Posted April 30 2014 - 07:18 AM
Hey fellas just started striper fishing from a kayak and went out for my first time this week. I got two huge bites when trolling with soft plastic storm swim bait but actually got scared of tipping so i released tension and they came off. It was the current wind chop and the weight if the fish that made me think twice about landing my first big fish. The big question i have is say you want to keep/eat the fish whats the best way to get it back if you have a long distance to go? Will leashing it off the side pull the kayak in a strange way while paddling? Do you guys have a suggestion for a low cost good quality spinning combo, I dropped mine in the water and it sank.
leash/string up and clip everything to the yak using pad eyes, handles, bungees on your yak. Even your hook remover, fish grip, knife. Anything that doesn't float! Everything on my yak that doesn't float is leashed. After cutting one gill on the fish to bleed out the fish I toss it in the back hatch. During striper season I don't use a crate so i can throw fish in the back hatch. I use a crate when i go for fluke, sea bass, tog, weakfish. Never for stripers.
I also use a fish gripper to pull the fish onto the yak so I don't lose it. Also makes it much safer for hook removal. You don't want that hook going in your thumb.