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Tandem Fishing Kayaks

Tandem Fishing Kayaks for Friends

Tandem fishing kayaks While many people enjoy fishing with a friend or companion in a small boat or canoe, unless you have a tandem fishing kayak, you’re restricted to fishing alone or by using 2 single kayaks.

Tandem fishing kayaks may be the answer to this problem. A tandem fishing kayak can be managed quite well by one person but if you want to take a friend along, by having a tandem kayak, you can enjoy the company of another person such as your wife ,girlfriend, other family member or a friend.

In earlier days, tandem kayaks weren’t really designed as fishing kayaks but in more recent times, manufacturers have been designing tandem kayaks specifically for fishing.

One of the problems faced with earlier models was that they were difficult for one person to handle because the the occupant was sitting either too far forward of too far back but in more recent times, seats can be moved forward or backward to suit the most comfortable and practical position.

Problems with Tandem Fishing Kayaks

While using a tandem as a fishing kayak does have it’s problems, there are always simple solutions.

For example: Having two people sitting close together trying to fish with a rod, limits the fishing capabilities of both people because there just isn’t enough room to be casting baits or lures in ant direction you want. The solution to this is to have one person paddling while other does the fishing. You can take it turns as to who does what. If both people are paddling while moving around to try different spots, it’s a good idea to have the stronger paddler in the rear seat so he/she can control the boat more effectively by setting the paddle stroke speed and keeping in time with the person in the front.

You can’t expect a tandem fishing kayak to perform as well as a single but nevertheless you can enjoy the company of another person which can over ride the lack of performance of a single.



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Kayak Fishing on Bear Creek Lake

If you’ve ever thought about going kayak fishing, here”s a couple of things you also need to think about.

Obviously you first need to buy, borrow, beg or hire a good fishing kayak but that’s only the beginning. Secondly you’ll need some kayak fishing gear and while almost any kind of fishing gear can be used on a kayak fishing trip, there a re specialized pieces of fishing tackle designed and manufactured with the kayak fisher in mind.

The Humminbird 385CI is one of the best  kayak fishfinders and is an ideal example of my point but there other things to consider besides fitting out your kayak for fishing.

For example: Once having sorted what you need to take on your fishing kayak for successful fishing, you need to get it to the water’s edge in order to launch it.

Methods for a Getting a Fishing Kayak to the Water.

Many people who enjoy the sport actually live close enough to the water to be able to wheel their kayak to the water’s edge and the video below shows a simple two wheeled device which actually integrates with owners kayak by fitting into the scuppers while others have a trailer they can attach to the rear of their cars.

A roof rack fitted to your vehicle is also a popular method but this method must be addressed in the correct way.

For example: If your going fishing in salt water, consideration must be given to the salt water dripping from the kayak causing corrosion to the roof and panels of the car. Of course fresh water kayak fishing doesn’t present the same problem but if the kayak is used for both, residual salt can remain on the hull and so a thorough washing down with soapy water is highly recommended each time the yak is used in salt water. Many keen fishermen have a high pressure washer for this purpose. We recommend the range of Honda power washers for this purpose.

If you do decide to place your fishing kayak on a roof rack, a good idea to consider is the use of a plastic tarp in which to wrap the kayak in before placing it on the roof rack. The alternative is to wait until the water dries but this is not always practical or possible.

Another method is to use a bike trailer.

Any way you choose to transport your fishing kayak is acceptable as long as it’s safe and firmly secured.