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How to Use ANGLR to Create a Pattern While Kayak Fishing

If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you already know where I stand when it comes to the benefits of using the ANGLR app. In many of those articles, I share how I use the app to keep a historical record of trips and how the fishing was on that given day. 

Something I have yet to write about is how the ANGLR app can help you in real-time while you’re still on the water. 

I used to think that using a depth finder or any technology of that kind in a kayak was a waste of time and money. Over the years I’ve come to realize the value and power of having quality technology and electronics at your disposal. Currently, I live in New Hampshire but am part of a club in Maine. Most of the trail events are at least two hours away which I don’t mind, but it does limit the amount of pre-fishing I am able to do. To get around this, I rely on my fish finder, Google Maps, and the ANGLR app

It’s extremely helpful to be able to see a layout of a body of water that I’m about to fish. 

How I Use the ANGLR App

The ANGLR app offers some key features that allow me to figure things out and make adjustments in real-time while on the water. First, alongside the Bullseye, I’m able to see where I’ve been, where I’ve caught fish and what gear I’m using. Everyone has had those events where things just don’t add up and while you’re in the moment, it’s hard to take a step back and objectively figure out what you’re doing wrong or what should be adjusted. 

Tracking what I’m doing, using, and catching in real-time allows me to take a breath, look at the app and try to figure out what I need to change in order to turn my day around. 

A great example of this was one of my last events of this season. I had just purchased a new Bonafide SS127 along with a Torqeedo motor. This setup was very new to me and I was still getting used to how everything worked and how to best operate with that setup. I’d pull up to spots, land a fish or two then move on. Towards the middle of the day, I found myself without a limit and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. I grabbed my phone and started looking at the maps in the ANGLR app for some ideas. What I found was a bunch of lines all over the place, indicating that I had been moving from spot to spot all day without taking the time to find fish. 

After realizing that I was moving around too much, I started to take my time on spots that looked good. 

After a bit, I started catching more fish, sometimes multiple fish on the same spot. This is what I was missing while being distracted by my new boat and motor. Once you get into the habit of using the app and bullseye, you won’t even notice it and will find yourself with all kinds of helpful information that can make the difference between a good and bad day on the water.

Adam Rourke’s Top 3 Cold Water Kayak Fishing Safety Tips

With the stability of fishing kayaks constantly improving, it’s easy to feel invincible on the water regardless of the weather conditions. As Summer starts to wind down and the cool mornings of fall begin, it’s extremely important to take some extra steps to ensure your safety when cold water kayak fishing

There are many things that can go wrong when it comes to dealing with cold water, but hypothermia is one of the most dangerous. Many anglers think that just wearing additional layers and warmer footwear will be enough to stay warm and safe. In some cases this is true, but if you ever end up submerged, those layers of clothing quickly start to work against you. 

The layers of clothing hold the cold temperatures against your body while your boots fill with water turning into weights on your feet. Cold water kayak fishing is not something to underestimate, so if you’re determined to get out, here are a few tips to do so safely.

Cold Water Kayak Fishing | Tip #1: Wear Your Dry Suit

Drysuits are always something that’s on my “To-Buy” list but never happens because of the costs associated with a good drysuit. At first, the prices are off-putting but a little bit of research will quickly show you the technology that goes into these suits and how well they work. 

These suits can literally be a matter of life and death, so while it may cost you upfront, it may save your life later on.

Drysuits form a seal and keep water out which gives an angler a significant advantage against hypothermia if they happen to be submerged. The suit itself will not keep you warm but it will allow for different layers to be worn underneath, allowing you to dress for the specific conditions.

Cold Water Kayak Fishing | Tip #2: The 120-Degree Rule

Along with Drysuit and arguably before you grab a dry suit, you should be aware of the 120-degree rule. This rule allows an angler a baseline “rule-of-thumb” to go by when looking into weather conditions. The way the 120-degree work is simple and offers a quick formula for any kayaker to use before a trip. 

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What you do is take the air temperature and the water temperature and add them together. If the value of those two numbers is less than 120, a dry suit should be worn. 

If the value is higher than 120, the threat of hypothermia is lessened. This rule isn’t perfect and discretion should still be used, but it’s a great starting point whenever considering a cold water kayak fishing trip.

Cold Water Kayak Fishing | Tip #3: Don’t Go Alone

One of the advantages of kayak fishing is how easy they are to transport, which allows for some great solo trips when our pals are busy working or whatever else. The summer is a great time for solo trips, the weather is typically warm enough that we don’t have to be concerned about cold water. 

Overall, it’s a good rule to always go out with a buddy, we never know what’s going to happen. 

As the fall weather starts to kick in, it’s even more important to practice the buddy system whenever you go out fishing. This ensures that if something were to happen to you or your buddy there will be someone there to help out. Kayak anglers get extremely comfortable on the water just simply from the amount of time we spend out there, but we should never underestimate it. 

We don’t know how we’ll react if we were to tip and it’s often how we’d like to think we’ll react. It’s always a good idea to have someone there who can help you just in case.

Fall Kayak Fishing | Top 5 Fall Kayak Fishing Baits

By the time fall hits, the tournament season has pretty much come to a close which means it’s time for fall fun fishing. I always get excited about this time of year because it allows me to experiment with new baits without the pressure of having to catch a limit. Of course, I have my go-to baits for the fall, but there’s usually a wildcard of some sort tied on. So, here are my top 5 baits for fall kayak fishing.

Fall Kayak Fishing Baits #1: Chatterbait

This one shouldn’t be much of a surprise, the chatterbait is one of my top baits just about year-round but when the bass start feeding in the fall, this bait my favorite. When bass are actively feeding, the “search bait” nature of a chatterbait allows you to cover a lot of water and bring your lure by as many bass as possible. When bass are actively feeding, you can find yourself on schools of bass, landing a fish every cast. 

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There’s just something about chatterbaits that actively feeding fish just can’t resist.

I used to think that because of conditions getting colder, I’d have to slow down how I fish this bait but the more I fish in the fall the more I see the opposite. Of course, when we start getting closer to freezing conditions, the bass will eventually slow down but in the early weeks of fall, the fish get really active and aggressive. I’ve had some fall days where I’ll burn a chatterbait through weeds or even in deeper water and the strikes are extremely aggressive. Throw a chatterbait this fall, you won’t regret it.

Fall Kayak Fishing Baits #2: Senko

I mean, I really can’t think of a time when a senko isn’t on my kayak and ready to be thrown. Senkos are hated by some and loved by many, myself included. Love them or hate them, senkos work year-round. 

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In the early spring and fall, things can slow down a bit and there have been plenty of instances where casting a senko and just letting it sit has been the most effective presentation. 

I’m not sure that I’m a believer that the color of a senko makes much of a difference but that being said, I’m a big fan of green pumpkin. 

Fall Kayak Fishing Baits #3: Spook

When I think about fishing in the fall, my mind almost always goes straight to thinking about colder weather. Eventually, this happens in fall but in the early days of the season, the cold hasn’t quite taken over and the water temps will remain warmer despite the air temperatures dropping at night. 

Here in the Northeast, the cold air comes in quick so it can be easy to want to throw something more subtle. The reality is, the early fall is my favorite time to throw topwater, specifically a spook. There’s something about fishing spook that is not only fun but also really satisfying when you catch a monster on it. 

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Walking a spook creates one of my favorite sounds and when that’s disrupted by a bass attacking it, things just don’t get much better than that.

Fall Kayak Fishing Baits #4: Dropshot

When the cold of fall sets in, bass can start retreating towards deeper water. Here in the Northeast, our smallmouth will start to school up in certain spots. This is where a dropshot will excel. Once you hit a school of these fish, it’s game on, cast after cast of smallmouth bass

When fall hits, I tend to change my dropshot bait up a bit. My go-to dropshot bait is the Z-drop by Zoom. I’ve had the most luck with this bait and it’s pretty much all I use when throwing a dropshot, the only thing I’ll change is the color. During the warmer months, I’ll use a green pumpkin color. 

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In the fall, I change this color to the purple smoke color. 

This color is more transparent and subtle. In my experience, it can get a bass to bite in tough conditions.

Fall Kayak Fishing Baits #5: Spinnerbait

It feels a bit like cheating to include spinnerbaits on a list that already has chatterbaits, but there are many instances when there’s just no substitute for the flash of a Colorado blade. The reality is, chatterbaits require a certain amount of speed for the lure to work effectively. Spinnerbaits can be retrieved slower, go deeper, and create more flash in the water than chatterbaits. You can learn more about chatterbaits vs spinnerbaits here

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When it comes to throwing spinnerbaits, I keep it simple, typically throwing a white spinnerbait with varying blade types and colors. 

Every so often, I’ll use a white with some chartreuse in murky water. Spinnerbaits are one of those great versatile lures that even on the toughest days will eventually catch fish.