Techniques Every Kayak Angler Should Know | Kayak Fishing Tips


This episode of kayak fishing tales is
brought to you by the ACA improving the paddle sports experience for over a
century. learn more at Americancanoe.org One of the great things about kayak
fishing is that on a very simple level, you can just slip on a life jacket, grab your tackle, and have a great time
without any prior experience. But, by taking the time to learn proper paddle
technique, not only will you be able to reach more
fishing spots but you’ll also be safer on the water because you’ll be more
prepared to handle any situation that might pop up. And so in this video we’re
going to look at three key techniques that all kayak anglers should know and
practice. The first technique we’re going to look
at is how to re-enter a kayak from the water. Regardless of what type of boat you’re
paddling it’s going to be a lot easier to re-enter kayak with a friend there to
help stabilize. You’ll start by grabbing onto the side of
the kayak and letting your legs float to the surface behind you. Then with the powerful kick of the legs
and push with your arms to haul your chest onto the kayak, keeping your center
of gravity as low as possible. You’ll then twist around and settle into
the seat. For obvious reasons, this is a technique
that you want to practice in a controlled environment and get
comfortable performing so that if you ever find yourself in the water unexpectedly you’ll know what to do. The
second technique that all kayak anglers should know is the draw stroke. Draw
strokes are used to move your kayak sideways and they’re incredibly useful
maneuvering strokes for pulling yourself up alongside something. The basic draw involves reaching out to
the side, planting your blade, and then pulling
your boat and body sideways towards it. To make the stroke most effective turn your head and upper body to face
the active blade. Then insert the blade fully into the water with your paddle
shaft as vertical as you can get it. You’ll then pull your lower hand towards your
hip while your top hand stays almost stationary acting like a pivot point for
the stroke. Now just before your blade hits the side
of your kayak you need to finish the stroke by slicing the blade out of the water
towards the stern. This is the basic draw stroke technique
but there are more advanced and powerful draw strokes that you can learn like the
sculling draw, but that’s a story for a different time. The third technique that all kayaker
should know is the sweep stroke the sweep stroke is the best way to turn
your kayak when sitting still and a good way to make course corrections when
you’re in motion. The forward sweep starts at your toes blade fully immersed with
your hands and paddle held low to the water unlike the forward stroke which gets
pulled alongside the kayak. The idea behind a sweep stroke is to
sweep a wide arching path with your blade as far out to the side of the
kayak as you can. You’ll keep sweeping the blade around until it approaches the
stern of your boat, where you’ll slice it out of the water and move on to your
next stroke. To get the most power for your sweep stroke, sit up right in your
kayak and watch your active blade throughout the arc, because this forces
your upper body to rotate during the stroke which gets all your core muscles
involved. The reverse sweep is exactly what it sounds like – the forward sweep
but done in reverse. For the reverse sweep stroke turn your upper body and look with your
eyes as you plant the paddle blade as far back as possible towards the stern
of your kayak with your blade planted deeply in the water, you’ll then sweep a wide arc all the
way out to the side of your kayak and up to your toes, keeping your hands low throughout the
stroke. So there you have it, three paddling
techniques that all kayak fisherman should know. Needless to say they’re a
lot more paddling techniques to learn, so subscribe to KayakFishingTales Youtube
channel to stay tuned for more kayak fishing tips.

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