-Always have your paddle lying at-the-ready in your lap.
-Kayak anglers are on the move, casting repeatedly to targets and often changing direction or adjusting position while fishing.
-You should practice using the paddle with one hand while holding the rod in the other hand.
- A major part of good paddling form is torso rotation. By locking your elbows at the 90 degree angle, you force your torso to provide the power instead of relying on your arms for power.
To hold one position:
Wedging the kayak is my most utilized technique. Upon spotting a good target area, I look downstream for an appropriate wedging rock. I paddle around the target area, making sure I keep my distance from the area I want to fish. Then I run up onto the wedging rock from the downstream side.
- Attempting to wedge from the upstream side frequently results in a dunking, but can be performed on rocks that have very little current flowing over them. Several attempts may need to be made to find the correct position atop the submerged object. By putting your hands on the rock, and pulling yourself up onto it, you may find a more stable position.
- Other shallow areas such as mud banks, shallow submerged timber, or gravel bars are also good places to wedge. Grass beds slow the current down and are also good places to wedge.
- The best wedging rocks or logs are completely submerged, but come within an inch or two of the surface. Kayaks with strong keel lines may wedge more securely between two shallow V shaped rocks. Experiment and learn to identify the areas that create the most stable wedge.