Why I Kayak Fish

I sometimes have to slow down and consider why I do the things that I do. Considering the root of our actions gives us insight into our very soul and brings us back to that place that we find peace. You see for me there has been allot of pressure this year from things like Huge job demands, very little time to actually get out and fish and the times that I have had the opportunity to get out and the weather and fish did not cooperate very well.

I remember after a 14 your work day, four hours of sleep and in the rush to get out and fish….leaving some gear I needed at home, needless to say I was not a happy camper and I did not enjoy my time out on the water because I was focused on the negative. I remember commenting to myself “this is not how it is supposed to be”. I have in the past always felt that my time on the water was therapeutic.

There comes a time in all of our lives when our passion can actually become a burden, whether it is because of a serious case of competitive spirit for those who like tournaments, a desire to always put clients on big fish, or even to uphold a reputation for those who endorse and sponsor us. We must be very careful to keep a balance in our lives so we continue to enjoy the things that are fun to us.

As I sit here and think about this year so far I am reminded why I love to fish, paddle and camp….because it is fun! Just getting out on the water in a kayak allows me to fish and have some peace and quiet. There are no worries about maintenance costs, motor failures, rising fuel costs, charged batteries, mortgage payments on a new glitter rocket or anything other than fishing. Kayak fishing in my opinion is the most sustainable and affordable form of the sport of fishing that allows you to actually get out on the water and pursue game fish where they are at.

Kayak fishing also forces you to become a better angler as you are limited in your range. One cannot zoom all over and cover miles to find that one magic spot that the fish are super concentrated and active. One must analyze their prey and make sound educated decisions about where and when to fish and work that area thoroughly to catch fish. 

The sense of achievement one gets when they set and achieve a goal from a kayak is awesome. Who would have ever guessed that there would be a day when men would pursue and land very large fish like Stripped bass, Tarpon, tuna, Muskie, Salmon, Northern Pike, and Red Drum from a Tupperware container as a vessel.  The important thing is that anyone can get out on our natural resources at any time with very little overhead and enjoy themselves from a kayak.

So in closing if you find yourself in a position where you really love to fish but find it a hassle to get out often, you would make a great candidate for a Kayak Angler.  You really do not know what you are missing unless you try it. 

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