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Old 02-16-2017, 11:02 AM   #1
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Does Kayak fishing present more opportunities to catch Bigger fish? If so why? Or why not?

^^^ Ive heard many folks talk up kayaks and how its a superior platform to any other vessel. Please Share the reasons as to why "it catches bigger fish" or more fish exc exc
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Old 02-16-2017, 11:41 AM   #2
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I dunno where I come down on this. But I did look over my shoulder once and saw what had to be an 8'+ shark following me in. So I s'pose that might lean the argument in favor of opportunities to catch bigger fish from one's yak? (Maybe had something to do with the King blood dripping through the scupper holes?)
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:03 PM   #3
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I dunno where I come down on this. But I did look over my shoulder once and saw what had to be an 8'+ shark following me in. So I s'pose that might lean the argument in favor of opportunities to catch bigger fish from one's yak? (Maybe had something to do with the King blood dripping through the scupper holes?)
LOL no arguments there lol thats pretty nuts hahahaha
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:17 PM   #4
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It's just another tool is how I see it. I've been kayak fishing for long time and only in the past 4-5 yrs has it become a "better" platform, but I don't really see it that way. For some things it better and in some conditions, but like being on foot, being in a boat, being on a pier, etc; they all deliver you to fishing but sometimes aren't the most efficient vehicle.

I do love the sporting aspect and simplicity of kayaking. That's my biggest appeal. I fished offshore a lot for a while and although I still love it, the throw-and-go aspect of yakking and low cost have helped me stay in love with all forms of fishing and keeps me grounded.

If you can own a boat, a kayak, a beach cart and a pair of waders than you can fish anywhere for anything.
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I will say though, I've landed Tarpon to 160lbs, big Cobia, Snapper, sharks bigger than I cared to hook and all kinds of other sleigh ride providers so a kayak is a very economical way of getting an angler on big fish opportunities.
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:50 PM   #6
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I don't think I would say superior, but definitely more versatile. Kayaks are an inexpensive way to get on the water, and can be used in a variety of applications. From small ponds to open oceans and everywhere in between, kayaks have more applications than any other craft. However, with that versatility comes sacrifices like capacity and speed, as well as personal limitations.

Sure, I can get on the water in a kayak, but the number of spots I can fish in a day, how much I can carry, and overall distance I can travel is severely limited compared to a boat.


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That's a very broad question, Josh. If we could break that question down to a specific type of "bigger fish" then maybe we can get somewhere...

Disclaimer: I'm a kayak fisherman. I've been at it for well over a decade. I sold the boat and never looked back. I absolutely love kayak fishing.

Offshore. If anyone says kayak fishermen have ANY advantage offshore, they're flat out lying to themselves. It may be more fun, but chances at bigger fish in a kayak are totally luck-based (unless your name happens to be Chris V)

Inshore: well there's only one way I can say kayakers have a better shot at catching the big boys (girls)...and that's the skinny water. And I can only say this in comparison to boats. Waders can argue their way is better, but I can argue that yaks may be better for sneaking up on those fish.

Ultimately, as Chris hinted at, it ain't the tool that catches the fish, it's the fisherman. A skilled angler is gonna catch those big fish regardless of what he's fishing from. I prefer kayaks. It's all really just a matter of personal preference, and if anyone argues that one way is better than another, they're just trying their best to believe they're smarter than the "other guys." Seems a bit insecure to me. I don't particularly care who has a better chance at catching a bigger fish. I'm gonna catch a big enough one just doing what I do...and I'm doing it because that's the way I like to do it.
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The variety of usage, no worrying about gas/oil, no registration fee's, and a lot more stealthy sneaking up on fish...Of course a trip to the rigs is a little outta question in one!!! hahaha.... I have 2 boats and 2 yaks, and like yak fishing but like I say all the time....by the time I drive to the bay to try to yak fish, then find out its rough as crap then kick myself fer not bringing the boat!!! So I usually just haul the boat! I'd love to yak more, but it is also a pain to load them with my racks I have. If I would get the trailer hitch extension I may use them more....

All in all, it's an excellent way to get on fish!!!
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I still prefer wading...kayaking to a spot is good, but still prefer to get out and pick it apart on foot. A lot easier and a lot more efficient. To each their own, there's no right answer
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Jason bring up a bullet point I would like to expand on "Stealth"

Is a yak more stealthy? Ill touch on this later
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