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So I may be kayak fishing for the first time this weekend with a friend and I was wondering what to expect. I typically fish from my bass boat so being so low is going to be a change of perspective. what should I expect? what to bring? Other things I'm missing out? Hoping some of you kayak vets can offer some pointers 

 

 

        Tight lines

 

             Andrew

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I don't own a kayak but had the chance to fish from one last summer. I only brought one rod, a few jigs, hooks, and soft plastics. It was awesome. Different perspective, yes, but fun. It's a rush catching bass in one. Actually had a nice 4 lb. bass pull me along. Now I want a yak.

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Done it a couple of times. Fun, but different than from my Ranger. I would limit yourself to only two rods and your "go to" baits in a 3700 Plano. Put your cell phone/keys in a ziploc bag. I recommend bringing the shorter rods because it can be difficult landing with a 7ft + rod. 

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Wind will be your worst enemy!  Will you be pedaling or paddling?

Paddling lol I'm going out on a power plant lake that I have fished from my bass boat so I'm really looking forward to a new perspective, and also what should I wear? My gortex rain gear? And obviously my PFD

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Paddling lol I'm going out on a power plant lake that I have fished from my bass boat so I'm really looking forward to a new perspective, and also what should I wear? My gortex rain gear? And obviously my PFD

 

 

 

Wear some rain gear on your legs... rain bibs or some kind of waterproof pants... that's essential. Fished out of a yak for about a year before I bought a boat. Bring 2 rods 7ft or less. Bring only a tiny tackle bag.... hooks, weights, your favorite confidence plastics and maybe a cpl crank baits. Remember, vertical hooksets! 

 

 

 

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Which lake? NAPS by chance?

 

Even though the power plant lakes have warmer water, you still need to dress for the weather conditions as well.  Rule of thumb I've always been taught is the rule of 120.  If the water and air temp combined is less than 120 degrees, then you should be wearing waterproof and insulating clothing.  I'm actually heading out to NAPS myself tomorrow in case you are around.  My cold water fishing is all about layering with the proper clothing/gear.  Hope this helps:

 

Base layer - wicking socks, tops and bottoms (cheap doesn't cut it here - think UnderArmour Cold Gear, Duofold, etc. - not cotton!)

Insulating layer - fleece tops and bottoms (you can save some money here) and high quality wool socks (WigWam, etc)

Waterproof layer - breathable waders w/ wading belt and neoprene booties paired with a splash top with gasket seals at the cuffs and neck.  I also use a drysuit which is a one piece but either approach works.

Head - wool cap

Hands - couple pairs of fleece gloves and change out once they get wet.

Boots - if you're using the wader approach with Neoprene booties, then a pair of crocs or sandals is sufficient, but if you are using a dry suit, then a pair of launch socks/boots will be needed to avoid tearing the drysuit foot area.

Extra items - Thermacare heated gel packs and hand warmer packs are life savers.  If your feet or hands are cold, you will be miserable.  Some folks even carry ski masks if it's going to be windy.

 

The biggest mistake I see people make is that they wear cotton or jean material.  Cotton kills in cold water - the material clings to your skin and doesn't dry leading to a dangerous situation of hypothermia.  Jeans are also a big no-no, because they too are cotton but also significantly heavier when wet.

 

As far as gear, keep it simple - 2 rods (1 spinning, 1 casting).  Blade baits, spoons, suspending jerk baits, shakey heads and jig-n-craws are normal.

 

Even though the power plant lakes are warmer, the water temps fall off the farther away from the discharge you get.  I know at NAPS, the water temps drop into the low 50's right past the first bridge into the second pool and Dike 2.  As you get closer to Dike 3, the water temps are in the 40's.  I'll be in pool 1 near Dike 1 most likely and the surrounding docks.  If you're out tomorrow, just look for a guy pedaling about with a lime green PFD on and hi-vis flag blowing in the breeze.  I'm easy to spot on the water!

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Which lake? NAPS by chance?

 

Even though the power plant lakes have warmer water, you still need to dress for the weather conditions as well.  Rule of thumb I've always been taught is the rule of 120.  If the water and air temp combined is less than 120 degrees, then you should be wearing waterproof and insulating clothing.  I'm actually heading out to NAPS myself tomorrow in case you are around.  My cold water fishing is all about layering with the proper clothing/gear.  Hope this helps:

 

Base layer - wicking socks, tops and bottoms (cheap doesn't cut it here - think UnderArmour Cold Gear, Duofold, etc. - not cotton!)

Insulating layer - fleece tops and bottoms (you can save some money here) and high quality wool socks (WigWam, etc)

Waterproof layer - breathable waders w/ wading belt and neoprene booties paired with a splash top with gasket seals at the cuffs and neck.  I also use a drysuit which is a one piece but either approach works.

Head - wool cap

Hands - couple pairs of fleece gloves and change out once they get wet.

Boots - if you're using the wader approach with Neoprene booties, then a pair of crocs or sandals is sufficient, but if you are using a dry suit, then a pair of launch socks/boots will be needed to avoid tearing the drysuit foot area.

Extra items - Thermacare heated gel packs and hand warmer packs are life savers.  If your feet or hands are cold, you will be miserable.  Some folks even carry ski masks if it's going to be windy.

 

The biggest mistake I see people make is that they wear cotton or jean material.  Cotton kills in cold water - the material clings to your skin and doesn't dry leading to a dangerous situation of hypothermia.  Jeans are also a big no-no, because they too are cotton but also significantly heavier when wet.

 

As far as gear, keep it simple - 2 rods (1 spinning, 1 casting).  Blade baits, spoons, suspending jerk baits, shakey heads and jig-n-craws are normal.

 

Even though the power plant lakes are warmer, the water temps fall off the farther away from the discharge you get.  I know at NAPS, the water temps drop into the low 50's right past the first bridge into the second pool and Dike 2.  As you get closer to Dike 3, the water temps are in the 40's.  I'll be in pool 1 near Dike 1 most likely and the surrounding docks.  If you're out tomorrow, just look for a guy pedaling about with a lime green PFD on and hi-vis flag blowing in the breeze.  I'm easy to spot on the water!

We are planning on going out Saturday as we both have school tomorrow, he recommended a pair of waders which I have from my fly fishing roots and I always dress warm even when I am on my boat. It does so happen to be said lake and I was bringing 3 Rods which are all under 7 foot which will cover the two primary techinques blades and drop shot. Let me know how you do tomorrow if you don't mind and I meant to stop by and talk with you at the richmond expo.

Tight lines

Andrew

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