Since the last fishing video, which was my first kayak fishing video, I've been out on super early mornings, stayed out on late evenings, been out in some passing rains a couple of times, and then chased away by big storms as well. But overall, every time, it still continues to be a fantastic reason to be out on the water. For this video, I'm putting together some highlights from recent outings, as well as some updates and takeaways.
1. Have setups that are easy to change
I tried bringing more than one rod with me to have different setups on the water quickly a couple of times. But sadly, it just didn’t work within my sitting kayak.
I had a rod holder, and things where I could try to move things around but it just proved to be too much. I ended up doing much better and having a better time whenever I streamlined and had the least amount of things with me.
What I did is I tried to have setups that were very easy to change whether you wanted to use a popping cork or not are different types of hooks or lures.
I also made my anchor pole super easy to use so that I could quickly use it with one hand, get stuck in a certain position, and then put it away quickly, to be able to move on to the next spot.
2. Don’t stay in the same spot for too long
Another thing that has worked that I had to change quite a bit (and it took me a while to realize it) was not staying in any place for too long.
If it felt like a place was the right place to hang out, and I saw bait jumping around that didn’t mean exactly that the fish that I was after were hanging out there.
And to follow up with that, sometimes I would go to a place and if I started getting bites, I would hang out there for too long, even after the bites were gone – meaning the fish had just moved on to a different place – and I kept thinking, well, maybe they'll come back to this place.
But, I had more luck just keep being on the move and sometimes coming back to it at some point.
3. Enjoy the full experience of fishing
Lastly, the biggest takeaway which came from a comment and it continues to ring true every time, is that “there's a reason it's called fishing and not catching”.
I had many days that I was out on the water and either had no bites or bites but nothing on.
But it's no big deal. It's about the full experience.
If you do manage to catch something great. If you manage to catch something to bring home even better.
I still find that in almost all of my footage, at the end of the day, every time, I keep saying just what an awesome time it was being out in the water.