|Written by Paul Lebowitz
|Friday, 30 July 2010 13:04
It’s hot and humid out, especially in Florida. Neil Taylor of Strike Three Kayak Fishing tells us how to cool off and catch more fish during the height of summer.
The Kayak Wade Fisherman, Keeping It Cool
A summer of record heat puts kayak anglers’ skills at adapting to the test. Incredible fish have been hooked and caught during this period of intensely hot, humid weather. The kayak has great appeal this time of year. At the most basic level: comfort. In the winter the theme is stay dry, stay warm, but right now the trick is to stay cool by staying wet. Our counterparts in fishing boats don’t have the ease of slipping in and out of their craft to achieve this, often feeling cooked and ready to head in early. A kayak angler can work in wade fishing and last much longer as the day heats up.
Know Your Situation
The dismount poses some avoidable pitfalls. Stingrays, oysters, muddy bottoms and water can be avoided with one simple tool. I’ll give you a hint: it’s in your hands. Utilitze the paddle to figure out if it is a safe place to dismount your kayak. It can be used to gauge the depth, the consistency of the bottom (hard packed sand is best, mud or oysters are perilous) and will frighten away a stingray that may be laying on the bottom next to your kayak.
The fish are eating but often for shorter periods and in the superheated water, the tactics resemble what anglers much do during the coldest times of the year. Slow everything down. Running lures at the minimum speed but with a realistic swimming motion is the finesse necessary to connect with the sulking fish of summertime. Be assured, they have to eat to survive but put your time in to be there when they are feeding. Times with good tidal movement when the sun is low in the sky, sunrise or sunset or even nighttime fishing trips maximize the chances of finding the fish when they are happy. Find locations that contain their food sources and this should translate to great opportunities in the heat of summer!
Neil Taylor’s Strike Three Kayak Fishing is headquartered in the Tampa Bay area. Taylor, a pro staffer for Native Watercraft, contributes to several publications including the Tampa Bay Times.