Kayak Fishing Tips | Adam Rourke’s Top 5 Kayak Fishing Tips

As kayak anglers, we’re constantly hearing plenty of kayak fishing tips… but not all of them are in our best interest. A kayak fishing tip may work well for one angler and not for the next, keep that in mind as you read through my top 5 kayak fishing tips!

Kayak Fishing Tip #1: Fish What You Know

If you’ve been fishing for any amount of time, you know that there is no shortage of promotion and advertising for new baits constantly. With fishing growing in popularity, there is no shortage of options for new baits and techniques. This is great for anglers as we always have something new to try. As an angler, it’s essential to constantly be growing and advancing your skills. If you’re just out for a weekend fishing for fun, feel free to try new things but never lose sight of the techniques you’ve had success with.

If you’re someone who’s into tournament fishing, you’ll know that events rarely go the way you planned. I travel a lot during tournament season and often times I don’t get the chance to pre-fish before an event. With tools like Google Maps and ANGLR, we can give ourselves a bit of a sneak peek and anticipate what our plan will be but until we get there we can’t know anything for certain. During tournaments, I strongly recommend avoiding trying new baits or techniques as they can really contribute to the mind games we play with ourselves throughout the day. When fishing places you don’t know, stick to the baits you do and you’ll have much more success.

Kayak Fishing Tip #2: Surround Yourself With Supportive People

There are many local fishing clubs all over the country. One of the things I love about the kayak fishing community is how friendly and supportive people are. Get to know these people, share tips and tricks and you’ll only strengthen that community and group of people. Being involved with a great group of anglers has helped me improve so much. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t share anything that you do and keeps secrets, you’ll find yourself needing some support one day and it won’t be there.

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The community of kayak anglers is one of the things that separate this sport from the traditional bass boat communities.

Kayak Fishing Tip #3: Re-tie Your Knots

Throughout the course of a day spent fishing, it can be easy to get in the groove of catching fish cast after cast. With every cast, fish are fighting the strength of your line and also causing damage to it depending on how their hooked. While bass don’t have teeth, they do have lips that are extremely abrasive and scratch up the end of your line, especially around your knot. A good rule to practice, is to re-tie your knot after every 3 fish caught, more if possible. If you hook into a really large fish, take a second to re-tie, even if your knot still feels strong.

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There’s nothing worse than losing a big fish, so it’s good to do everything within our control to prevent that from happening.

Kayak Fishing Tip #4: Take Care of Your Gear

Now this is an obvious one, and one I need to work on the most. We spend a lot of money on nice gear and tackle and it’s crazy how little time we can spend maintaining. This tip ranges from your kayak or boat to your rods and reels. After each trip, it’s a good idea to take a look at your gear to see if there is any damage from the trip that you may not have noticed while you were out on the water. Doing this, can make sure your gear will last you a long time and is functioning properly.

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At least once a year, break your reels down, clean them and lube them up. You’ll be surprised how much this makes your days on the water easier.

Kayak Fishing Tip #5: Put in the Time

If you follow anglers on social media, it’ll seem like they’re just constantly catching giant fish. For some of them this is true but for others, this is a result of hours and hours spent on the water figuring fish out. Whenever I’m asked what people can do to improve, I always say, “Just get out there and spend time on the water.” If this sounds overly simple, it is. Anglers who have success fishing have spent hours and hours on the water, figuring out where the fish are and what they want. It may seem like some of this stuff comes easy to them but it may not have always been that way.

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We all know that person who’s always out fishing, try to be that guy.


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Adam Rourke

ABOUT Adam

Adam Rourke is a bass angler with over 10 years of tournament fishing experience. About eight years ago, he shifted his focus to the sport of kayak bass fishing which led him qualifying for the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship in 2018 and 2019.

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