1. Get a comfortable PFD.
With all the options for a PFD, there’s no excuse to not have one. From inflatables, to kayak fishing exclusive options, there are many to choose from. The Stearns hybrid fishing/kayak PFD is a great option for beginning kayakers. It’s affordable, comfortable, and practical.
2. Get a quality paddle.
If you do a quick google search for “kayak paddles”, you will quickly get overloaded with a wealth of information! Start out by choosing the correct length of paddle. Bending Branches has a great chart on their website for selecting the correct length. Next, what’s your budget? Buy the best paddle that your budget will allow. A great starter paddle that is superb quality is the Bending Branches Angler Classic paddle. It’s available in snap button as well as plus ferrule systems.
3. Get a visibility flag.
Kayaks are low on the water, and sometimes hard to see from a motorboat. The best way to be seen is to add some type of flag or light onto your kayak. If you’re going to be paddling on high traffic waterways, I would also suggest wearing high visibility clothing. If you’re planning on paddling at night, you should have a coast guard approved stern light mounted on your kayak. YakAttack, as well as other manufacturers, make a light/flag combo. You can never take too many precautions to be safe while on the water.
YakAttack VisiCarbon Pro
4. Get some water sports clothing.
At the end of the day, nothing is worse than being wet and miserable! Fortunately for watersports enthusiasts, there are some very comfortable clothes available to make your time on the water more enjoyable. Things to look for when buying clothing for kayaking are, moisture-wicking, UPF sun protection, and lightweight fabric. Although it might seem silly to think about what clothes you wear when kayaking, it really can make a difference in how you feel after several hours on the water. Columbia sportswear has some great clothing available for men,women, and children.
5. Join a local kayak fishing club.
No matter how many articles you read, videos you watch, or Facebook groups you’re a part of; nothing beats actual experience when it comes to learning. One of the fastest ways to learn is by hanging out with someone who has more experience than you. The kayak fishing community, as a whole, is the friendliest, most welcoming group of individuals on the planet. Whether it’s getting together to go fishing, having a fish fry, or just getting together for some smack-talk, you’ll always learn something from fellow kayakers. To inquire about clubs in your area, check on Facebook, ask at local Tackle shops, or ask any kayaker you see. You’ll usually find out pretty quickly.
I’d personally like to welcome you to the kayaking community. Feel free to connect with me on social media if you have any questions or need some advice. If I don’t know the answer, I probably know someone who does.
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