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I recently bought a Condo in Navarre next to the pier and thinking about getting into Kayak fishing .I have fished offshore my whiole life but Kayak fishing is new. Looks like Pdl is the way to go. I know I have a lot to learn but you have to start somewhere. My big question how do you come back to the beach with the surf?
Is it a crash and burn thing or do you jump over and do it that way. Oh yea I plan on hiring a guide before I try it just thinking and excited .:thumbup:
 

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I'd rather fish from the yak than the boat most times. More gratifying. Exiting depends on the surf. Sometimes you can make it all the way to the sand. Other times you have to bail and swim it in, which sucks.... never try to ride the waves in, yaks will nose dive quickly and your screwed.
 

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Conditions are different all the time and beach launch or return can get hectic quick.

Big tip. Stow everything. Especially treble hooks. And anything else you don't want to lose. Like all waves, don't want to be beam to the wave and need to have bow or stern into the waves. I have hobie with flippers, so I normally stow everything and make sure stuff is leashed, then pedal closer to the breaking waves, pull the mirage drive (tethered still), pull up the rudder and skeg, then use the paddle to paddle hard for the shore ready to hop out quickly when beached hard before incoming waves.

Another method is to again stow and tether everything, then before the breaking waves hop off your kayak and swim it in (holding from stern) letting the waves pull the kayak and you in while you keep the stern/bow into the waves.

It is when you get beam to the waves that things go wrong. Type beach launch on youtube and there are plenty of seasoned folks rolling kayaks and dumping gear. Again, conditions vary. And remember that when you go out on calm water and come back in to bigger breakers. The wild part to pay attention to is where the waves break at the sand bars.
 

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Stow your gear, lay your rods down flat, you can roll even on a little bitty wave. Kayaks dont ride waves well, they tend to turn sideways and roll. When coming in I try to time my approach in between bigger waves, I paddle hard, and if a wave catches me I lean way back and use one end of the paddle like an rudder to keep me pointed towards the beach. The wave will push you one way, use the rudder to push yourself the other way.
The best way is to get out before the breakiung waves, hold the stern, and swim the yak back in.
 

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Thanks for the feed back sounds like swimming it in is the way to go if there is much surf Can I get a contact number for Nick ?
 

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I'd rather fish from the yak than the boat most times. More gratifying. Exiting depends on the surf. Sometimes you can make it all the way to the sand. Other times you have to bail and swim it in, which sucks.... never try to ride the waves in, yaks will nose dive quickly and your screwed.
Many kayakers can surf their Kayaks in it just takes practice. My fishing partner could surf his PA14 in.
 

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Thanks for the advice Ok I’m looking to buy a Titian PDL is the 13.5 footer to big to beach launch ??
 

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Thanks for the advice Ok I’m looking to buy a Titian PDL is the 13.5 footer to big to beach launch ??
No, it is not too big to beach launch (depending on many variables). But their advice to get with Nick and rent/ride in the boat yourself is golden. Aren't you curious to try one before you buy it? Not to mention the guide service to make it more fruitful. Finding out first hand is much more valuable than internet advice. All things are relative, so my "comfortable" may not be yours, etc. You are lucky to be near places that rent the kayak you are interested in.
 
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