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What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ #8514530
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Okay folks let's post up our ideas and suggestions here. This will help with the repetitive questions we see over and over.



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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8514573
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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.

Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8514620
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Pack your boat economically, there is nothing worse when fishing from a yak than clutter.
If you know what your going to be using that day take it and a few other things, you don't need every lure you own.
If you smoke (i used to) ask if people mind you smoking around them, try and stay down wind.
When it comes to safety/emergency equipment its better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Don't ever think you won't flip/turtle it can and will happen to 90% of yakkers.
Take your time when choosing a boat/paddle/pfd if you don't love it to start you probably never will.
Be courteous even if others aren't. You get more bees with honey
As my Ma always said. (although you will hear some friendly ribbing )
Don't listen to brand snobs, most of us have a brand we like or dislike. Don't listen to us or like something just because we do. Form your own opinion and let the brand snobs and haters do as they wish.
Show respect, the only way you will ever learn anything in this community is to show respect to who is teaching you, despite age or gender or anything else. I know for a fact there are some young men and women who could woop me in a second. You never know who knows what.
Hang out with everyone you can, visit other camps at Get 2 Gethers.
Just because something looks funny or goofy doesn't mean it is useless. Some of the coolest diy yak stuff looks totally goofy.
Don't be afraid to make/build it yourself and if you do share the idea around.
Most of all get out in your yak whenever you can, you'll only get better with practice but don't get cocky. Somehow the yak gods know and have a way of humbling you.
Enjoy the sport,promote the sport, and prepare for the addiction.

Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: RoadBlock] #8515310
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Some good ideas here. Its a lot of stuff to remember. Most of it just common sense, which isn't too common these days,

Thanks for the write up!!


Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8515822
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I think thats the main problem. I thought it was just my 18 year old daughter and her friends but the more i am around college students its like that whole generation hid behind the door when God handed out the common sense!

Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8515844
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oops, its a FAQ, not a place to ask questions

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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8516134
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A few safety guidelines:

You need to have a whistle, a PFD, and a fishing license. If you are paddling at night, you need to have a 360 degree light. You should turn your light on 30 minutes before the sun goes down, and in the morning, it should stay illuminated 30 minutes after the sun comes up.

Boat wakes can be tricky. The best way to approach the situation (to avoid taking on water or flipping) is to directly face the wake.

Anchors are great tools, but use them wisely and cautiously. Once you are anchored, it is hard to move your kayak.

Use a float plan. A float plan is a written outline of your intended trip. Use as much detail as possible, such as addresses and markers, and leave the information behind. I leave mine on my fridge for my wife.

While you aren't required to wear a PFD at all times, you are legally required to have one on board. Of course, it is recommended to wear it at all times. Don't rush when purchasing a vest - the idea here is to get the most comfortable vest possible. You won't be tempted to take it off.

Don't leave a stringer of fish hanging off your kayak if you are in the ocean or around alligators.

Learn how to use the various weather websites and phone apps. Staying on top of the weather is important.

How to re-enter your kayak:






Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8518444
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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8524827
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Some of the areas we launch from only have a few feet of shoreline that is suitable to back up vehicle to and launch.

Please consider someonne else may want to launch and don't leave your vehicle backed into this shoreside slot while you are on the water.

I have seen this more times than I want.

Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Yakbuzz] #8528088
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Originally Posted By: Yakbuzz
Some of the areas we launch from only have a few feet of shoreline that is suitable to back up vehicle to and launch.

Please consider someonne else may want to launch and don't leave your vehicle backed into this shoreside slot while you are on the water.

I have seen this more times than I want.


This is a pet peeve of mine and especially when there is a large parking area. Just a little common courtesy goes a long way.


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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8531857
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just a curious thought do we always have to wear our life jacket? sometime it gets annoying or i want to get comfortable that i want to take it off for a couple of hours. can we have it on the yak and not wear it? will there be a fine for not wearing but having one on deck?


Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8532118
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It has to be with you,not on you by law BUT...
I highly recommend you find a lifejacket that is comfortable enough to wear at all times. If you get hit,become unconscious, take a rogue wave you don't have time to get a life jacket or can't because you're not with it. Lives are lost every year and many more are almost lost. Sorry to preach at you but uncomfortable can usually be solved by a different jacket and is a whole lot better than dead. Ask your family. They'll agree with me.

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thanks payne!


Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8535479
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Most of what I would say is covered but a few I add from personal experience and opinion,

You are always up close and personal with nature in a kayak and accidents are eventually going to happen to you or someone with you, be prepared to handle these things. Know how to remove a hook and when you should and shouldn't remove one, know basic first aid for puncture and laceration style wounds. Be prepared to tow someone in case their injury is too severe.

ALWAYS have a first aid kit, if you get cut or a hook gets stuck in you when you are paddling you are going to need to be able to stabilize any bleeding before paddling to where you can get help. Styptic powder, gauze and waterproof dressings are 3 major necessities for this.

ALWAYS have something to cut hooks with, I keep 8" heavy wire cutters and they go through a 6/0 heavy wire hardened bass hook like butter.

ALWAYS have something to neutralize stings with, the pain from a bee, hornet or scorpion sting can sap your strength and make it easier for you to exhaust yourself. Having a tube or stick of something designed to neutralize the poison and relieve pain can easily save a day of fishing. I use stingeze and have for more than 15 years.


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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8535791
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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8537487
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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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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8581458
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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.

Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8616373
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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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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8624502
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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.


A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.

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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #8650292
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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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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: ng411] #8651259
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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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Beautiful. Thank you PayneFish!


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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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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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First aide kit
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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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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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Really nice idea here. Definitely worth sharing.


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That's a great idea using the cart to assist with loading!


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Concerning storage and transportation of plastic angler kayaks...

Most manufactures recommend you store your yak on it's side.
Climate controlled is best of course. When transporting your yak it is possible to over tighten your strape especially when securing with the ratchet type straps. This can damage your hull. There are a few YouTube videos on this damage and how to avoid.
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Yes you can over tighten the straps. When traveling you should use good rest with saddle designs being best and tie down with three to four points. Two straps across and a line off the bow. You want it snug not tight. I have been storing kayaks on the ceiling upside down with 1 inch straps for 6 years with no damage.

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i use paracord, cinch it tight & then it will blow into place once you get on the road

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More on unloading at a public ramp.

Unless you trailer or have pickup with bed extender, your kayak is usually not rigged and ready to go when you unload. Best to unload kayak, move it to shore away from ramp, move car or truck from ramp area to parking lot and then haul your gear from car to kayak...in that order. If you unload and then move your car first and leave kayak on ramp someone could back their trailer into your unattended kayak as it is hard to see. I usually take a parking spot on a back row which allows harder to manuever trailers the front row at ramp parking lots that are known to fill up or on weekends.


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We've all heard stories of people losing kayaks from roof racks and trailers. Given that most kayaks have some amount of flex and in the event the vehicle or trailer can have a sudden impact, the straps may come loose from their anchor point and the kayak becomes road kill. A couple of ways to prevent this - first, make a hard connection with the strap instead of only a tension connection. I use a high load carbiner to clip through the eyelet end on EACH side of the tie down and the securing point (ie, rack bar or trailer eyelet. The only way for a strap to fail then is to tear apart or have the buckle fail - tying off the loose end of the strap to the opposite strap can help keep a connection in place if the buckle were to fail. In addition, a hard tie off of the kayak to something that CAN'T be torn from the vehicle or trailer (such as rack, etc.) adds the second tier of safety in the event your tie downs fail and the kayak actually gets away. The hard tie offs should be such that the kayak can't make contact with the road if it were to leave the vehicle or trailer....and preferably not get dragged along. This may require a bow and stern connection and/or 2 bow and 2 stern connections to keep the kayak from falling to either side.

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Do they make yaks for a lard @ss? 430#

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Do they make yaks for a lard @ss? 430#


Yes, the Jackson Big Tuna is rated at 500 pounds actual carrying capacity.


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I believe the Malibu X-Factor is one of the highest rated if not the highest at 600lbs. Always consider weight of gear and accessories that you may take along.


Specifications: Length: 14'4"á
Width: 33"á
Depth: 12"á
Weight: 65lbsá
Weight Capacity: 600lbs


If you get into the hybrids like NuCanoe, the weight capacity can go as high as 650lbs for a Frontier 12.


Frontier 10

Frontier 12



Length

10'

12'



Width

38-1/2"

41"



Height

12-17"

12-17"



Draft

3-5"

3-5"



Hull Weight

67 lbs.

77 lbs.



Seating Capacity

1-2 ppl.

1-3 ppl.



Max Weight Capacity

500 lbs.

650 lbs.

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Good info from Neumie thumb

Minimum Requirements for Kayaking

There was a recent post made about what the minimum requirements were for kayaking in Texas, so here's a list of said requirements along with the code for citation. If you feel I have misinterpreted or have something incorrect please let me know.

PFD (aka Lifevest) Requirements

You must have a Type I, II, III, or V PFD for each person on the kayak [TWSA Title 4 § 31.066(a)][CFR Title 33 § 175.15]
Children under the age of 13 must always wear their PFD [TWSA Title 4 § 31.066(b)][CFR Title 33 § 175.15(c)]
Type V PFDs must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's label to be legal [CFR Title 33 § 175.17(a)]
Inflatable PFDs may only be worn by adults over the age of 16 and weighing more than 80lbs [CFR Title 46 § 160.076]
All PFDs must be in good, serviceable condition without any cuts, tears, rotten material, etc [CFR Title 33 § 175.23]
All PFDs must fit each person properly [CFR Title 33 § 175.21]
Each PFD must be readily accessible to each person [CFR Title 33 § 175.19]

Distress Signaling Devices - Audible & Visual

On inland waters you are not required to have an audible signaling device [TWSA Title 4 § 31.073(a)]
On coastal waters you must have an audible signaling device capable of making efficient sound [USC Title 33 Chapter 34 § 2033(b)]
You are not required to have visual distress signaling devices on inland waters [TWSA Title 4 § 31.073(a)][CFR Title 33 § 175.5]
You are required to have USCG approved visual distress signaling devices suitable for night use when kayaking between sunset and sunrise on coastal waters [CFR Title 33 § 175.115]
Visual distress signaling devices must be readily accessible [CFR Title 33 § 175.120]
Visual distress signaling devices must be in serviceable condition [CFR Title 33 § 175.125]

Light Requirements

You must exhibit at least one bright light, lantern or flashlight visible all around the horizon from sunset to sunrise in all weather [TWSA Title 4 § 31.064]
All-around white lights must be visible for 2 miles [USC Title 33 Chapter 34 § 2022(c)]

Registration and Numbering

Kayaks, regardless of length, do not have to be registered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.022(c)]
Kayaks, 14 feet or longer, equipped as a sailboat have to be registered and numbered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.022(c)]
Kayaks, regardless of length, equipped with a motor (electric or gas) have to be registered and numbered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.021(a)]
If you register and number your kayak know that there are more minimum requirements that apply than listed above


Minimum Requirements Summary:
Lakes and Rivers: PFD and 360 light between sunset and sunrise
Bays and Gulf: PFD, 360 light between sunset and sunrise, sound signaling device, and night use visual signaling device between sunset and sunrise


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Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: RoadBlock] #9148769
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Originally Posted By: BassCowboy
I think thats the main problem. I thought it was just my 18 year old daughter and her friends but the more i am around college students its like that whole generation hid behind the door when God handed out the common sense!


And I thought my daughter was the only girl that acted like that!


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Why does it seem that everyone looks down on sit inside kayaks? I fish just fine with mine and catch just as many fish and maneuver just as well as anyone else does with a sit on top.


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Because once water gets inside, you stay wet. It is not that they do not work, but on a 10 hour day of fishing, i would prefer to stay dry


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I haven't bought a kayak yet. I would like to know if you have to pay to get into Lake Lavon parks with a boat ramp. Can you enter the park and launch of shores away from the ramp without paying or does the attendant automatically charge you if they see that you have a kayak?

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Originally Posted By: dang!lost it
I haven't bought a kayak yet. I would like to know if you have to pay to get into Lake Lavon parks with a boat ramp. Can you enter the park and launch of shores away from the ramp without paying or does the attendant automatically charge you if they see that you have a kayak?


I'm hearing that they are charging everybody that launches. I generally pay anyway because the parks need the money to keep operating.


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Awesome info!

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Originally Posted By: BassMaster Payne
Why does it seem that everyone looks down on sit inside kayaks? I fish just fine with mine and catch just as many fish and maneuver just as well as anyone else does with a sit on top.



There is no perfect kayak. There are kayaks better suited to the paddler, There are kayaks better suited to conditions and there are kayaks better suited to the task at hand. There is not and there never will be a kayak that will work for everyone and every situation. A SINK can be just as efficient a fishing maching as a SOT. All depends on how you use it.

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Finally

SN at least use the proper acronym SIS.
I have never sinked either.


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Be very careful loading and unloading your kayak on top of vehicle on windy days. Its best to park vehicle directly up or downwind. When wind blows near perpendicular your kayak is more likely to be blown off vehicle before you get it strapped down as there is more surface area to be blown. I've had mine blown off of cradles and out of J racks. You're also more likely to be screwed into the ground as your kayak helicopters as you lift it overhead. When this happens its best to just toss it on the ground, jump back, and start over. rolfmao

If you insist on lifting with wind perpendicular, at least load it from the side where kayak blows off the other side of vehicle and not back on to you. Learned the hard way.


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Any one who plans on fishing marshes or bays with reeds or high grass needs to always use a flag. Especially during duck season!

There is nothing more scary than hearing a airboat headed your way and praying it doesn't hit you . A flag can save your life!

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For anyone just starting out, learn how to get in and out of your kayak under differnt conditions. Knowing where to put your hands to offset weight transfer, using your paddle to know depth and hardness of bottom where you plan to get out or get in, being extra careful not to slip when using boat ramps. Not taking out fishing equipment or minimizing what you take at first is also advised. Learn to sit side saddle so that you can access stuff that you can't reach from the normal sitting position. Crawl around cockpit to see if you can access front hatch. Knowing what you can do and being confident you can do it goes a long way towards a more enjoyable kayak fishing experience and might save you a dump or two early on.

Lots of good you tube videos under how to launch a kayak.


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Really good article here explaining some of the more scientific kayak terminology: http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2013/10/kayak-hull-designs.html

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How fast is a "fast" yak? I'm talking something you'd fish out of with same person and same paddle. Yaks in the same class to an really could be compared. I read comparos or reviews and it seems its always mentioned one is faster than the other but they never say how much faster.

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Another great self rescue/re-entry video.

CLICK HERE


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Thinking of getting a kayak soon. I'm curious as to which type of kayak tips the easiest a sit on or sit in? Not worried about getting wet just don't want to go for a swim when I go out. Sit in seems to have lower center of gravity but I would rather hear from people who know. I'm sure it depends on the kayak's design as each company's kayak is a little different. But just in general which is most stable?

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The truth is there are very stable sit in and sit on top kayaks. You will see throughout this forum that we recommend that you test paddle a number of kayaks before you buy one. That would be my suggestion once again. Pick a few kayaks that you think might be of interest and setup a demo with a local dealer where you can try them out before you invest in one.


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Originally Posted By: BKT
How fast is a "fast" yak? I'm talking something you'd fish out of with same person and same paddle. Yaks in the same class to an really could be compared. I read comparos or reviews and it seems its always mentioned one is faster than the other but they never say how much faster.

You know, a fast stock kayak your looking at 5-6 at a short sprint. Some people go for a fast "not as stable kayak" Ie..Adventure,Tarpon, But some go for a slower kayak that's more stable. If you have ever paddled a wide kayak you will understand and "feel" of the difference in speed. It's the effort to move the kayak that can be exhausting at the end of the day. Can you go 7miles a day in any kayak...Maybe....Are there better kayak suited then others for longer a distance/speed...Absolutely...!!!
For example, go get a Native Frontier and take it out on a paddle with a group of people in Ride 135's. There is nothing wrong with the Frontier if your looking for stability. But speed might also be relevant with who your fishing with.



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I think I stay a lot drier in mi SIK
that is why I chose sit in, to duck hunt from
carry a large sponge & use that for bailing

I am going to purchase a SOT for fishing this summer, so I can get wet

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I read through all of this and didn't find anything about maintenance. What's the best way to store one, and what's the most practical way to store one (dragging a 13 foot kayak into the house and giving it it's own bedroom isn't going to happen). Anything else need to be done to it regularly to keep it in tiptop shape?


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Store inside away from sunlight; UV rays are bad for plastic.

I have three kayaks and all three are kept differently. My Search 15 is rarely used up here, so I keep it tilted up on its side against the wall in my garage. One kayak is kept right-side up on my trailer due to its hull design, the other is also kept on my trailer but is upside down (the deck is on the cross bars) because it is the best way for that hull for storage and travel.

If you are using straps to hang along the wall or to pull up to the ceiling do not suspend by the handles. Align the straps so that each strap is 1/3 of the way from the ends. (Basically you'll have the front third, then a strap, middle third, next strap, and then last third). When suspending from the ceiling it's usually best to flip the kayak upside down so that when you're looking up to the kayak you'll see the deck. The deck of the kayak is stiffer than the hull and it won't flex as much. Depending on the kayak though you may have to leave it ride -side up. DO NOT HANG FROM THE BOW AND STERN HANDLES! It will cause the kayak to banana or oil can in the Texas heat.

After fishing it's best to rinse off the kayak to remove mud and whatnot that could stain the plactic. After every few trips you can wipe it down with 303 Protectant (a UV Blocker). Also, when storing make sure to open all the hatches to allow the inside to air out, even though the kayak doesn't leak it may get some condensation so it's good to open the hatches.

I tend to replace the bungees when they show signs of wear too.

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ive taken them to the Manual car wash.
the spray gun makes quick work of all mud, slime, sand and fish scales.
a little 303 like josh says will keep it protected between washes.
mine will see the carwash at least 1 x per yr. lake water and a hand rub most times.
the more scales and slime the better wink

name brand yaks r pretty tuff.
still some brands r tuffer than others IMO.
just dont strap em down too tight or theyll warp or crack.
most manufatures will suggest u store them on their sides or stand them up.
my xfactor lays flat on the floor. usually transport upside down.


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I left my Cuda 14' sitting right side up, on a Yakima roof rack, with pool noodles on each bar. It sat there for 3 days. When I took it down, there were 2 indentations, that went right through the contours of the hull. Luckily they came out. I have a pulley system, and always hang the yak upside down.

I'm going to cut some tie downs to fit my rack, and yak. My idea is to make something with an s hook, or j hook on each end, make it with shock cord, or wide strap, and make it to a length that when stretched over the boat, it will have the correct tension to hold the boat to the rack. Custom tie downs.

Always be aware of your gear, and its positioning. If you have a rod mounted horizontally, vertically, or extending off the boat anywhere, it will invariably catch a stump, tree, overhand, dock, or bridge, as you pass by, or under. I've almost broke my entire arsenal when going under a dock, with my rods sitting vertically on my crate.

I rarely use a ramp. There's almost always a place where I can drag, or carry my boat, and gear to the bank.

USE SUNSCREN. I've found it better to wear long sleeves, sungloves, neck buff, ettc, Cover as much as possible.

Practice loading configurations that balance the load.

I don't have an anchoring system, but I will soon. The anchor need to have a quick release. A deployed anchor can create havoc in the right situations, and it happens fast, leaving you with few options.



Make sure you can pull your anchor in both directions.



I'm going to try a plow style anchor. I've had a ton of problems with the claw style, or hinged claw style.





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A lot of BTBers use the claw or bruce anchor like the one pictured above. If you want to set it up with a quick release, tie your rope to the hole at the end of the anchor (the little round hole at the top of the picture), put the rope next to the length of the shaft and put the zip tie through the big hole on the front of the anchor.

If your anchor gets stuck, pulling hard on your rope will break the zip tie and will allow you to pull the anchor from its rear.


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Kayak Wars... I know there is alot of people that participate but how do you go about getting into it? I thought you had to have at minimum of three man teams. Can someone give the barney style version of what needs to be done?

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Easy Question - I'm drilling the first holes in my yak to mount a scotty mount, but am unsure of the hardware needed...what kind of screws are recommended? Any silicone/sealant needed as well?

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Originally Posted By: FishDragon
Easy Question - I'm drilling the first holes in my yak to mount a scotty mount, but am unsure of the hardware needed...what kind of screws are recommended? Any silicone/sealant needed as well?


Use Marine Goop as a sealant.

What hardware to use? That depends. Are you mounting it somewhere that you have access to the underside?

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Originally Posted By: FishDragon
Easy Question - I'm drilling the first holes in my yak to mount a scotty mount, but am unsure of the hardware needed...what kind of screws are recommended? Any silicone/sealant needed as well?


Silicone isn't the best option for sealing holes on a polyethylene kayak - Marine Goop is the easiest to find safe sealant to use. Lexel is another good sealant option. Silicone is great for fiberglass and many other materials but does not play as well with polyethylene.

As a rule of thumb......If you can get inside - Nuts (Nylock nuts if possible) and Bolts with backup plates or washers are normally the strongest. Pop rivets and well nuts are reasonable options when you can't get inside to use a nut or backing. Self tapping screws are normally the least strong option though YakAttack has sourced some that are pretty darn strong when mounted properly. I think Scotty mounts accept up to 1/4" fasteners.

Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon] #10838259
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Considering only kayaks designed with fishing in mind, what makes one better than the other?


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Originally Posted By: ChuChu1
Considering only kayaks designed with fishing in mind, what makes one better than the other?



Never mind.


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This tip can save a trip. Take a small bag of instant light charcoal to make a fire on those extremely cold days. Ya know those days when your hands are so cold they feel like they are on fire..and when your bait dip net freezes as soon as it comes out of the bait tank! Anyways sure makes it easy to get sticks and logs going quickly instead of fighting with wet hands and matches and wood tender!Always carry in a high grade heavy duty ziplock to keep extra dry. And always have a five gallon bucket to wet fire after done.And in case of embers getting in dry grass.Im telling you its the best thing to save a cold day fishing.Not to mention if ya fall in a get wet!


Keep em tight!
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Lots of great info here and I need to go back and read them all.

If it hasn't been suggested, I'd think a pen/pencil and pad of paper would be a great idea. You never know when you may need to write down a note for yourself, record a boat number, or leave a note to help someone locate you.

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Jerry for president!!!! flag

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Jerry for president!!!! flag


This country is not ready for that!
I'll stick with MSKFC President for now! texas


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ok so i know im lazy so no need to point it out!!! and it takes me forever to find online!!! 2015 PA 14' with flippers
1. whistle
2. life vest
3. lights after dark? red and green front and white in the back?
4. flotation device? the seat cushion type?
????
Thank you in advance!!!


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ok so i know im lazy so no need to point it out!!! and it takes me forever to find online!!! 2015 PA 14' with flippers
1. whistle
2. life vest
3. lights after dark? red and green front and white in the back?
4. flotation device? the seat cushion type?
????
Thank you in advance!!!

You do not need the red and green lights only the 360 light on the back. Only floatation devices needed is a life vest. I heard you don't need the whistle but I've never checked because I'll always carry one. Just make sure it works after it gets wet because a lot don't. Even the water ones.

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Started kayak fishing about a year ago, and I fell in love with it immediately. I've definitely learned alot over the year and have seen me become a better Fisherman. Thanks for the tips.

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I like the yakattack anchor trolley.

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Is everyone in agreeance that we just need the 360 light on the back? The state website reads like we need the red and green lights too PLUS a lantern. Any law enforcement reading this?

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I compiled this list awhile back. The TPWD code references are up to date as of Sept 1st 2017. I think the federal regulations are still correct as well.

PFD (aka Lifevest) Requirements
  • You must have a Type I, II, III, or V PFD for each person on the kayak [TWSA Title 4 § 31.066(a)][CFR Title 33 § 175.15]
  • Children under the age of 13 must always wear their PFD [TWSA Title 4 § 31.066(b)][CFR Title 33 § 175.15(c)]
  • Type V PFDs must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's label to be legal [CFR Title 33 § 175.17(a)]
  • Inflatable PFDs may only be worn by adults over the age of 16 and weighing more than 80lbs [CFR Title 46 § 160.076]
  • All PFDs must be in good, serviceable condition without any cuts, tears, rotten material, etc [CFR Title 33 § 175.23]
  • All PFDs must fit each person properly [CFR Title 33 § 175.21]
  • Each PFD must be readily accessible to each person [CFR Title 33 § 175.19]

Distress Signaling Devices - Audible & Visual
  • On inland waters you are not required to have an audible signaling device [TWSA Title 4 § 31.073(a)]
  • On coastal waters you must have an audible signaling device capable of making efficient sound [USC Title 33 Chapter 34 § 2033(b)]
  • You are not required to have visual distress signaling devices on inland waters [TWSA Title 4 § 31.073(a)][CFR Title 33 § 175.5]
  • You are required to have USCG approved visual distress signaling devices suitable for night use when kayaking between sunset and sunrise on coastal waters [CFR Title 33 § 175.115]
  • Visual distress signaling devices must be readily accessible [CFR Title 33 § 175.120]
  • Visual distress signaling devices must be in serviceable condition [CFR Title 33 § 175.125]

Light Requirements
  • You must exhibit at least one bright light, lantern or flashlight visible all around the horizon from sunset to sunrise in all weather [TWSA Title 4 § 31.064]
  • All-around white lights must be visible for 2 miles [USC Title 33 Chapter 34 § 2022(c)]

Registration and Numbering
  • Kayaks, regardless of length, do not have to be registered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.022(c)]
  • Kayaks, 14 feet or longer, equipped as a sailboat have to be registered and numbered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.022(c)]
  • Kayaks, regardless of length, equipped with a motor (electric or gas) have to be registered and numbered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.021(a)]
  • If you register and number your kayak know that there are more minimum requirements that apply than listed above


Minimum Requirements Summary:
Lakes and Rivers: PFD and 360 light between sunset and sunrise
Bays and Gulf: PFD, 360 light between sunset and sunrise, sound signaling device, and visual signaling device suitable for night time use between sunset and sunrise


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I'm sure this is a dumb question, but as I haven't bought a kayak yet i'm gonna ask anyway. When throwing one in the back of a truck, what do you do to tie it down? A pic would be very helpful as I'm a bit slow and a visual learner.

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Originally Posted By: JohnButte
I'm sure this is a dumb question, but as I haven't bought a kayak yet i'm gonna ask anyway. When throwing one in the back of a truck, what do you do to tie it down? A pic would be very helpful as I'm a bit slow and a visual learner.


I don't have any pictures but I use 3 small ratchet straps to tie mine down. Be VERY careful to not over tighten them. you can stress the plastic and warp or even crack the hull on your kayak. Depending on the length and weight of your kayak, you might consider a tailgate extender. Just a bar that goes into your receiver hitch and T's at the end for extra support.

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Originally Posted By: JohnButte
I'm sure this is a dumb question, but as I haven't bought a kayak yet i'm gonna ask anyway. When throwing one in the back of a truck, what do you do to tie it down? A pic would be very helpful as I'm a bit slow and a visual learner.


I would avoid ratchet straps like the plague. Snug is good, too tight and the boat is damaged. I personally use these which are a cam strap style strap that also has a locking feature. I found a very good deal on them on clearance and snapped up a couple of sets. They have been working great on the trailer.

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