Something Different - Kayak Fishing in the UK
Fishing has been a huge part of my life since I was small, I can still remember the thrill that I felt when outwitting one of the fat Rudd that lived in the village rectory pond.
One thing led to another and I was soon cycling to my local rivers lure rod in hand exploring every nook and cranny that I could find in those mysterious waterways. My preference has always leaned towards lure/fly fishing as I much prefer hunting my quarry rather than letting it come to me. Whilst I was spending a large amount of my teenage years pursuing my piscatorial pastime I still managed to find time to get involved in a vast array of other outdoor activities such as mountain biking, climbing, caving and yes you've guessed it - kayaking. It probably took longer than it should have for the penny to drop but i can still remember how excited I was when I realised just how good fishing could become from a "yak". Now this form of fishing is how I spend most of my time, searching for the same thrill I felt as that little boy by the rectory pond.
What I believe makes kayak fishing so good is firstly how close you get to the action, having fish sometimes literally jumping into your vessel in a last minute attempt to smash your fly or lure. The other great thing is the ability to access almost any waterway no matter how narrow or shallow they may be, so this gives you the chance to find and catch fish that would have otherwise been inaccessible to you!
Fly fishing from the kayak is suited very well, due to the kayaks stealth like properties the angler can get up close and personal, allowing for the fly to be placed right on the fishes noses. As I've already mentioned the takes can be exhilarating and fights nerve racking as the hooked fish surge for freedom can pull the kayak out of control and really get the heart pounding whilst trying to bring the captive to bay. Pike, chub, perch and bass can all be taken from the kayak and each provides a different challenge.
Fishing kayaks can range from a basic set up for just a couple of hundred pounds to a ultra advanced all singing, all dancing super yak with onboard fish finders, video cameras and all other kinds of hi-tech equipment, but one thing all these kayaks have in common is they are all great fun to fish from and fulfil the inner hunter in all of us!
Anyone wanting to try guided kayak fishing can contact Jonny through his website.