When you are ocean kayak fishing, remember to tell someone your planned route before you leave. Estimate your arrival time to your fishing destination, and about how long you will be fishing. Also, tell them about what time to be expecting you back. Make sure you cover this in great detail.
Bring a lot of water. Fishing out on the ocean is a lot different than kayak fishing on a lake or river. The sun and salt will tear you up. Make sure you have plenty of water and small snacks. Don’t take a 3-foot hoagie and expect to paddle back. I prefer bottled water by the 12 pack.
Carry 2-way radios while you are out on the big lake. Making sure you have a few buddies with you is a given, but carrying two-way radios are great if you get a fish hooked up each, and they take you separate directions.
Talking about two-way radios, one other accessory that you must have for ocean kayak fishing is a GPS. If you don’t have one, you could be in great trouble one day. A lot of people are good at plotting, and using a compass, but I just have to have a backup. An electronic GPS does this for me.
Required Items For Kayak Fishing
A few things that you should think about for your kayak fishing setup. These items will definitely make your life easier out on the water. From keeping the fishing kayak under control to being safe, you should think about adding a few of these to your arsenal.
Fishing Crate: This item usually includes a couple rod holders and a spot for a few tackle cases. Made out of milk crates most of the time, however, I have seen some nice ones made of PVC. Just remember that PVC cracks in the Florida sunlight.
Rod Holders: You can also add some flush mount or ramrod fishing pole holders to your kayak fishing setup. The flush mounted ones are cheaper, at wally world around $6. The RAM mounts are around $20, but you only need 1, maybe 2. I keep them on my dashboard to put the rod in while I am paddling. The flush mounts are good for trolling.
Paddle Leash: Definitely a must have. If you’ve never lost a paddle, and you don’t have one of these, plan on losing a paddle. It is that simple. You can also set the paddle down on the water while you are fighting a fish, and if you position it right, it will place itself against the side of the kayak, out of the way. Pretty slick stuff.