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#8537487 - 02/02/13 10:44 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
fishinpreacher Offline
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Registered: 04/18/12
Posts: 653
Loc: Winnie, Texas
First aide kit
Spare PFD in hatch
Spare paddle
Easy reach knife
Something 2pn
Extra rope
Stakeout pole or anchor.
Communication
Buddy up
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#8564999 - 02/08/13 07:55 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
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#8581458 - 02/12/13 04:13 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
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Registered: 09/23/12
Posts: 1332
Loc: Keller, Tx
1. When possible, sit side saddle to reach gear and equipment behind you. Twisting to reach it is a great way to flip the kayak.

2. When changing/adjusting lures, or removing debris/fish from a hook, leave a rods length of line..this will allow you to bring the fish/lure to you instead of going spread eagle to reach it.

3. Have a plan. For example - If you are in an area that is known to contain alligators, cotton mouths (all water), or boar..what are you going to do if confronted by one. This could be as simple as having the ability to quickly disconnect from your anchor and leave. Whether its surviving a night in the woods, flipping your yak, or avoiding dangerous wildlife...have a plan.

4. Tie it down or put it in a dry box.

5. Hope to stay dry, dress to get wet. If you flip the boat, end up sitting in a puddle b/c the scuppers are letting water in, or just have run-off from the paddles onto your lap..there's a good chance you will get at least a little wet. All clothing should drain quickly, and dry quickly. Also take a 2nd set of clothes and a towel with you (even if you leave them in the truck). If you end up swimming, you will be glad you have the change of clothes.

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#8616373 - 02/20/13 07:03 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
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Go barbless as much as possible. I had my share of buried barbs and had a few cut out. Since I fish offshore a lot going barbless eliminates some of the hazards. You will not lose fish without barbs with a tight line.
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#8624502 - 02/22/13 04:28 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
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Once you have a good fish in or near the boat, loosen your drag. If the fish is in the boat and flips back out it could take or break your rod. If it is near the boat and makes a quick run under you it can snap your rod. Thumb your baitcaster or palm your spinning reel.
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#8650292 - 02/28/13 11:45 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
ng411 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/12
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Loc: San Angelo, TX
This thread is PERFECT for this extremely novice (and probably naive question) -

In regards to registration, am i legally obligated to register my kayak?

I have always been a bank fisherman, so I know absolutely nothing about restrictions and regulations when registering kayaks, or any other vessel for that matter. Gracias amigos!
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#8651259 - 03/01/13 09:19 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: ng411]
PayneFish Offline
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Originally Posted By: ng411
In regards to registration, am i legally obligated to register my kayak?


The following vessels when on Texas public water are required to have current registration, including when docked, moored, or stored.


All motorized boats, regardless of length;
All sailboats 14 feet in length or longer or any sailboat with an auxiliary engine(s); and
USCG Documented vessels (New — see section below).
Exempted vessels — Non-motorized canoes, kayaks, punts, rowboats, or rubber rafts (regardless of length) when paddled, poled, or oared and sailboats under 14 feet in length when windblown. Adding an outboard or trolling motor to one of these types requires titling and registration.
An exempt boat may have previously been titled as a motorboat. You can check whether a title has been issued for free – Query Ownership

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#8651263 - 03/01/13 09:20 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
ng411 Offline
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Beautiful. Thank you PayneFish!
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#8688206 - 03/10/13 11:03 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: fishinpreacher]
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Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 2313
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Originally Posted By: fishinpreacher
First aide kit
Spare PFD in hatch
Spare paddle
Easy reach knife
Something 2pn
Extra rope
Stakeout pole or anchor.
Communication
Buddy up



What is the extra pfd for if you are wearing one? Not being a smartass, genuinely curious.

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#8695298 - 03/11/13 10:56 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: wh2004]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Originally Posted By: wh2004
Originally Posted By: fishinpreacher
First aide kit
Spare PFD in hatch
Spare paddle
Easy reach knife
Something 2pn
Extra rope
Stakeout pole or anchor.
Communication
Buddy up



What is the extra pfd for if you are wearing one? Not being a smartass, genuinely curious.


I would guess it would be like a throw bag. There are folks who don't take one and need one (or something) thrown to them when they turtle.

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#8697152 - 03/12/13 01:09 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
fishinpreacher Offline
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Registered: 04/18/12
Posts: 653
Loc: Winnie, Texas
Originally Posted By: Rev TCF
Originally Posted By: wh2004
Originally Posted By: fishinpreacher
First aide kit
Spare PFD in hatch
Spare paddle
Easy reach knife
Something 2pn
Extra rope
Stakeout pole or anchor.
Communication
Buddy up



What is the extra pfd for if you are wearing one? Not being a smartass, genuinely curious.


I would guess it would be like a throw bag. There are folks who don't take one and need one (or something) thrown to them when they turtle.

Yep. You can take it to the bank if a group of fellas go paddling someone will forget the PFD. And, yes, great for paddle float when you use a re-entry stirrup. And then the unexpected emergency you may run up on. Be like a boy scout, stay prepared.
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#8811481 - 04/10/13 01:48 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: PayneFish]
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Registered: 01/23/13
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Loc: Grandview, TX
Originally Posted By: PayneFish
From paynespaddlefish.com

Kayak Fishing Etiquette 101: The Rules

If you are paddling near another kayaker, it is courteous to wave. Small talk is optional but almost always appreciated. If you are getting yes/no answers, say have a good day and keep paddling.

If you see someone catch a fish that you do not know, it is ok to congratulate them and engage in small talk. Again, yes/no answers mean keep moving. Do not paddle straight for them and crowd the location they are fishing.

When fishing, if you do not know the people you are fishing near, keep a distance of 50 yards. This changes on some water systems but better safe than sorry.

Observe the direction that the fisherman is moving down the bank. It is not ok to paddle 50 yards ahead of him and start fishing. Try fishing an opposite bank. If you feel you must paddle by it is expected for you to ask if you can slide up the bank a ways and fish. If allowed, make sure it is 100 yards or so up the bank. If you do start catching fish after an allowable pass, it is courteous to invite the angler to come fish that new spot with you.

If you are invited to fish a location with a local, do not give away the spots they show you. If you are the host, it is usually customary to ask the guest to not give away your spots. Set the expectation early.

If fishing in tight quarters, if you must pass between a fisherman and the bank, please ask before going through, especially if he is throwing toward the bank. The best bet is to avoid it as much as possible.

If loading or unloading on a boat ramp, please be quick and efficient. Picnics should not be on the ramp.

If you are loading or unloading with a group, offer to help others take their boats to the water or vehicle.

If you are fishing in a group it is most polite to share what the fish are biting on. If you have additional baits to share, that is a huge plus but not mandatory.

Do not disparage other kayakers if their boat does not meet your standards or brand preference.

Share ideas on rigging and compliment when you see something you like, even if it wouldn’t work on your kayak.

Always help a kayaker in distress.

If you are a spot stealer, expect to be labeled as such in the community. We may not post it publicly but we will all know and you will find yourself fishing alone more and more.

Carry extra gear if possible. 360 lights, paddles, PFDs and rope are a good start. You never know who forgot what.

General manners, like saying thank you, go a long way.

People get tight lipped around tournament time. Don’t ask. If they want to share their report, they will.

Some folks have sponsors. Some don’t. Both sides of the argument need to be ok with each other’s situation. Don’t be pushy.

There is no perfect kayak. Always remember that.

There are no perfect people. Always remember that.


This is just a start to the list and my hope is that others will add to it. I’m not the expert that decides these things, just a guy trying to help others know what some of the other folks are thinking and expecting. Feel free to chime in.

Additional submissions:

If it is dark do not leave your vehicle parked at the ramp with the lights on. It blinds other people backing down. Just leave your parking lights on until you pull out.





I do not fish from a Yak, but your advice is spot on...regardless of the type of water craft you use...thanks for a great post!

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#8819991 - 04/12/13 02:31 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
PayneFish Offline
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Thanks!

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#8829635 - 04/15/13 06:43 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
District Paddle Offline
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Registered: 03/16/11
Posts: 1634
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Really nice idea here. Definitely worth sharing.


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#8830816 - 04/16/13 01:29 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: District Paddle]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 7340
Loc: Van Alstyne, TX USA
That's a great idea using the cart to assist with loading!

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