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“Happiness is a day of work when the weather is perfect and the fish are biting, and you don't have to do anything except reel."
Kayak fishing is currently the growing trend in the paddle industry. This form of fishing has never been popular. The angling community’s interest in the kayaks is overwhelming that you can often see fishing kayak racks on cars nowadays. What makes it popular, really? Is it just a sport that involves rowing and paddling? Well, one thing’s for sure -- kayak fishing is a good avenue to get away from the stress and problems, and a chance to clear your mind and just relax.
You might be wondering if you can really catch more fish when Kayak Fishing using a trolling motor instead of a paddle? How? Continue reading to find out.
1. Kayak Trolling Motors Make You A More Effective Kayak Angler
Kayak fishing is the only fishing category which has seen rapid growth in recent years, while most other types of fishing have seen a plateau or decline in participation. The decline in fishing participation is likely due to the increased costs of boat ownership, on the flipside, the growth of kayak fishing is likely due to an increase in the number of solo anglers, and better access to fish. Kayak fishing allows anglers to get right on top of the fish without damaging a $30,000 fiberglass bass boat. As climate change, pollution, and other factors put increased strain on fish populations, anglers are needing to go to farther lengths to find fish. Whether this is using sonar fish finders, GPS location tracking, or other methods, the average fish caught is getting smaller and smaller, while population numbers simultaneously decrease.
Recent advancements in electric trolling motors offer kayak anglers a tremendous opportunity to catch more fish. Kayak trolling motors give fishermen the ability to silently sneak up on fish without outboard engine noise of bigger boats, and without making deck noise while juggling their paddle and rod. This stealth advantage, combined with the shallow hull profile of a kayak, allows anglers to get into shallow waters where other boats cannot safely go. The ability to get closer to the fish, or right on top of fish to make a good cast is where the real advantage of a kayak shines through. As lakes and rivers become more polluted, fish stocks continue to decrease in population, more fisherman compete for less fish each year, it becomes necessary to go where other anglers cannot.
Most experienced kayak fisherman knows what tackle and gear to bring depending on their target species, fishing location, and water conditions. Depending on water conditions, you may choose to bring your kayak trolling motor along, or leave it at the dock, it all depends on what you want in your quiver that day. The Newport Vessels Kayak Series offers two different thrust powers depending on your needs. A 55lb motor for heavy water and long passages, and a 36lb motor for calmer water. Regardless of your application, a trolling motor can greatly increase the distance you can cover in a day, improving your next day of fishing!
2. Keep Your Hands Free For Casting
Paddling a kayak is a fairly simple task, but it’s not so simple when reeling in your prized catch! Using a kayak trolling motor allows you to quickly adjust the direction of your boat without letting your catch dive back under a log or snag. The first time you land a tricky catch with a kayak trolling motor, you’ll be thankful for the help. These convenient motors allow you to keep your hands focused on fishing, and less focused on keeping your boat in safe water.
3. Electric Trolling Motors Are Silent For A Stealthy Approach
Kayak fishing is a great way to get closer to the action when fishing. We all know that when fishing on a boat, it is important to remain as quiet as possible. When you cruise into your favorite fishing spot in the lake, making all sorts of noises and causing waves, it would be difficult for you to make any catch because fish interpret danger through vibrations caused by the water.
Adding a kayak trolling motor to your setup will allow you to silently approach fishing spots, without worrying about spooking your prey away.
4. Less Time Paddling = More Casts Per Trip
Kayak trolling motors offer the angler a longer range of travel for their fishing trips. They have the ability to move from one location to another quickly - without worrying about the time or the distance. Since you no longer have to paddle out or paddle the kayak back, you have more time to cast, change tackle, and catch fish! Plus, you don’t need to worry about losing track of time while casting and fishing since you can go back easily anytime without having go through the effort of paddling back to the dock. And because you have more time to cast, you’re more likely to reel in a prized lunker!
5. Motors Conserve Your Energy So You Can Fish Longer
Kayak trolling motors allow you to reach your favorite spot faster and with less energy expended! This saves you time and allows you to focus on setting up your tackle and rod, so you don’t waste time switching lures while the fish move away. Using a kayak trolling motor gives you access to some of the most under-fished and remote waters, allowing you to catch more fish in productive waters and find those perfect fishing holes!
The energy efficient Newport Vessels Kayak Series will keep you fishing longer in fresh or saltwater. Built with versatility and durability in mind, these motor performs well when travelling through any water conditions, helping you to maximize your fishing time. With a convenient LED battery meter, you never have to worry about draining your battery before returning to the dock, that just gives you the chance to fish even longer and enjoy more time on the water!
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