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Has kayak fishing died off a little? #14367788 05/14/22 05:19 PM
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Just curious. I used to be huge into It. Seems the haydays on this forum was like 2008-2015 or so. Maybe a little longer.
Now It seems dead comparatively.
Same with the Texas kayak fisherman forum.

What do y’all think?

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this year it is wind

Re: Has kayak fishing died off a little? [Re: wh2004] #14367808 05/14/22 05:47 PM
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Nah it's alive and growing. Posting boards like this are old school. FB and various social apps geared to anglers are much more popular.



Re: Has kayak fishing died off a little? [Re: wh2004] #14368202 05/15/22 01:14 PM
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I do see what you've been seeing, and it's true depending on the region you are in.
I don't do face or any other media sites other than this one, and I used to go on the TKF which is pretty much a ghost town.
I bought and sold several kayaks on the TKF site back in the early 2000's, but now they barely have a dozen listings if that.
Probably more due to covid and the supply chain shortages, ACK closed it's doors, and some manufacturers are just now catching up.
But the signs are out there, and in my opinion it has died off a little and a lot of people have a hard time justifying spending a few thousand dollars for a one man boat.


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Re: Has kayak fishing died off a little? [Re: wh2004] #14368211 05/15/22 01:35 PM
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Man I had no idea ACK closed up. I bought a lot of kayaks from them.
Just looked It up and some website called “the house” picked them up I guess. They have a statement on the website saying better selection than ACK. Just looked at the kayaks and all I saw was mostly a bunch of inflatable junk. Shame

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Yes, it's alive and growing. In fact, I've been using my kayak more this year due to high fuel cost and winds. I live in NW Houston, and I'm not ready to drag the boat to the coast until the conditions are right.

As for posting on the kayak forums; I usually get too busy for posting or do not want to post an average day on the water.

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I think it's getting more popular. The June 25th Bob Hall Pier Offshore Outing, organized by YaketyYak, has 112 WannaGos signed up, on the TKF page. I'm not one of them, but I'd like to see a video of the "Lemans Start"! Lighthouse Lakes parking lot is usually full on Saturdays. I don't do Facebook, and only do this forum and TKF(as TexasJim). Being retireded, I normally only fish weekdays, and avoid the crowds. IslandJim


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Re: Has kayak fishing died off a little? [Re: wh2004] #14368378 05/15/22 05:42 PM
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Maybe everyone is so busy yak fishing that they have little to no time to sit on the computer. noidea

Re: Has kayak fishing died off a little? [Re: wh2004] #14368385 05/15/22 05:49 PM
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I don't have any idea on whether its more or less popular.. just that the last couple of years have affected a lot of businesses and people's lives. With all the new brands out there I would guess things are still on the upswing. Miss the days when everyone was communicating in just a few of the major kayak forums. Lots of great information with lots of debate on best way to do stuff. It was more of an international flavor back then as there were lots of Aussies that posted their stuff as well as those from the UK on the forums I frequented.. Often wonder what happened to some of those guys. Back in the early to mid 2000's it was dominated by salt water fishing ... today that has been reversed and fresh water kayak fishing is more in the talk. Back then kayak safety was discussed much more than today.

Don't know why anyone would put out two lines fishing offshore or freshwater, from a kayak. roflmao


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Re: Has kayak fishing died off a little? [Re: wh2004] #14368511 05/15/22 09:09 PM
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It’s growing

Demographics—A lot of the newer kayakers are younger and are on FB/Instagram/etc.

2015/2016 was a pivotal time that created frustration
—Trinity flooded washing in grass carp into several great local fishing spots that are now devastated.
—traffic started to get exponentially worse.
—several classic kayak lakes became closed to the public or more difficult to access (Mountain Creek, Van City, etc)

Was the beginning of having to drive farther for honey holes; so with all these factors, the established kayakers became more secretive and posted less.


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Kayaking in general exploded during Covid lockdowns. Any store with kayaks sold out and supply chain issues caused a shortage of kayaks. I think kayak fishing is growing, too. The kayak bass tournament landscape is stronger than ever. I see a ton of people fishing from kayaks now, way more than two years ago when I really got dedicated.


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I fish lake Clark in Ennis and lake Waxahachie and see kayaks most every time I go to either one of these lakes.
Also still do the Brazos below PK 2 or 3 times a year.
I used to see a lot of canoes being used but now I see way more kayaks-
I fished out of a pontoon for many years, and it certainly has its advantages, but the kayak gets 90% of my fishing time now-
Not sure how much this fits in this conversation but it’s what I’m seeing, but like many others just don’t want to post what I think of “average” fishing trips.

As much as I enjoy my trips, most are not post worthy.

With that being said, I do still enjoy reading about others trips, although they may have thought of the trio “average”.

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I don't see a drop off at all along the central Texas coast. I see as many kayaks on the water as ever if not more. I think it's fair to say the activity on this and other kayak fishing forums has dropped off substantially due in my opinion to social media (Facetwitt, Instachat, etc.).


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The activity has dropped a bit, but it was very predictable. As people have become less attractive they tend to lurk more than they post. People started getting less attractive about 20 -30 years ago and as they started having children, their offspring were uglier than the parents were, It’s only going to get worse unless laws are written to only allow pretty people to mate or at least limit the number of kids ugly people can have. Before you know it, this group will only see one post a week, maybe every two weeks and eventually, it will just be a monthly inquiry about how to make a kayak trailer out of a jet ski trailer. That again goes back to my theory since jet skies generally only support pretty people.


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Originally Posted by Mudshark
The activity has dropped a bit, but it was very predictable. As people have become less attractive they tend to lurk more than they post. People started getting less attractive about 20 -30 years ago and as they started having children, their offspring were uglier than the parents were, It’s only going to get worse unless laws are written to only allow pretty people to mate or at least limit the number of kids ugly people can have. Before you know it, this group will only see one post a week, maybe every two weeks and eventually, it will just be a monthly inquiry about how to make a kayak trailer out of a jet ski trailer. That again goes back to my theory since jet skies generally only support pretty people.


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