Has anyone taken their kayak saltwater fishing? I have shore/pier fished the Gulf of Mexico for a few years and I know what gear I need. I am taking my kayak to Florida and I would like to know if there are any tricks when setting a rig up? I know that saltwater fish will tear up most gear that folks use in freshwater. Will the rod holders be tough enough to handle the punishment that a Bluefish can fish out?
I am headed back to Cape Coral tomorrow. Permit, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and Speckled Sea Trout are on my list, plus whatever else comes along. I'm not sure how long I'll be there, but I do have to be back by the end of July.
Those are some really nice Sheepshead! I had to deal with the Red Tide and high winds to mess up my Sheepshead and Spanish Mackeral fishing. For Spanish Mackeral, I use a Chrome Gotcha plug. It's great for just about anything.
Fiddler Crabs and live shrimp are the best for Sheepshead. Three feet of twenty pound florocarbon leader, is good, but I use a short black steel leader, so the Spanish Mackeral do not bite you off.
Any of you yakkers out there have any tips on shore fishing in the Crystal River area? i don’t own a yak ( too old lol ) so I only shore fish or hire a charter. I’ve been out in a charter 4x now with only minimal luck: A couple of sheep’s, some undersized trout, 1 mackerel, 10 barely legal mangroves, and a ton of lady fish. We like the area and are going there in March. Thanks! CARPIO
I finally got out on the water. A bit slow, but I did manage one Spanish Mackeral, one Squirrel fish, a few Jack Cravale, a bunch of Speckled Sea Trout and a ton of Lizard fish. I will target Sheepshead, if the wind and tides cooperate.
My kayak will be in saltwater from Jan 5 to March 8,minus a few windy days. Hobie Revo with mirage drive...and outrigger and motor mount and 2.5 horse outboard. For short trips or everglades tidal creeks I leave the motor and outrigger back at camp.
Kayak purists don't consider that a kayak. "Regular" boaters usually don't consider it a boat. I have had it almost 10 miles offshore (fishing wrecks) and some folks take pictures without even saying hello. Everglades or keys backcountry kayak "eco-tours" people also aren't very friendly. Imagine being two hours paddle away from the launch - way back in some little tidal creek - and hearing the 'rrrrrrrr' of a little 4 stroke motor. Then around a bend comes some fisherman on a franken-kayak. I wave,they often don't wave back.
I have fished by the Bat House at Matlacha and the pier at Bokeelia, as well as the A, B and C spans, near Punta Rassa, plus all of the hot spots on Sanibel. All from shore. This will be my first adventure with this kayak. I intend on spending a lot of time at Nokomis, for Spanish Mackeral and Bluefish. I know the Pompano and Permit will be around and the the Sheepshead are always fun.