When the reel goes off...that is the moment when every fisherman knows they are in for a good time.
Fishing while on a kayak, that seems to be the new craze that has hit the Coastal Bend in a big way. We see them in the bay or out in the Gulf, and we think how fun and easy it might be. But, what we don't realize is how dangerous it could be, especially when you are on your own.
Glenn Madden, Professor at Del Mar College and YouTube Kayak Fisherman, has plenty of videos on the web on his kayak fishing experience and what he feels are good tips and tricks for the beginner or avid fisherman. He's known as Prof. Salt to YouTubers, and while watching his videos, you can learn all you need to know about fishing out on a kayak. He talked with KRIS 6 reporter Chelsea Torres, on what he thought were smart necessities while on the water and how to be safe.
"It's an easy way to go and be able to get out on the water, it gives you a lot of freedom, and if you're like me and like to just get away from everything and have some quiet time, it's a simple way to do that," Madden says. Many fishermen like to be on their own, but something that may be a growing sport is also something that may not have as much safety knowledge.
A few of the things that Madden states as necessities are a life jacket, radio, whistle and small mirror. All things that will help the average fisherman while on the water, if they are in need of any help. Madden also says that a long rope can come in handy while keeping all of your equipment tied and close by to your kayak, in case you tip over.
A major factor to fishing on a kayak is the weather. KRIS 6 has great weather and wind chart on their website to keep up with the conditions of the weather and ocean. Madden says that if the waves are over 3 foot, then it is not smart to be out on the water. Rough waters cause for tougher kayaking days which can wear and tear on the body, especially if it is a hot day.
There are plenty of local websites and forums that anyone can go to if they have any questions. If you are unsure what kind of kayak you will need, there are plenty of shops around town that have demo days, where you can try out a variety of different kayaks to find the perfect fit.
For that fisherman that are wanting something fun and a little challenging, kayak fishing is just for you. But, be smart, and know what to bring while out on the water.