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Hi there...alot of you might know me from the reports I post, I go by joeykayaker. I think kayak fishing is really getting going I am glad noreast realized that and started a forum. I have been fishing off a kayak for about 5 year now I cant begin to tell you how productive it has been for me, and I have had boats and am a avid surf fisherman, but I have never enjoyed fishing so much when I am out there with my kayak . I really dont want to proclaim to be some expert because I am sure there are people who know more, but until there is someone who wants to be moderator i will be happy to share some of my knowledge of the sport.

I have in the past organized some kayak fishing get-togethers, I plan on doing somemore in the future, and will have demos there for people to try.
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Tog Man,
I was closer to 50 than 40 when I started kayak fishing. I agree with the others, you probably should learn to swim but jetties are far more dangerous. Ask around here, see how many guys have actually dumped their yak unintentionally, if you exclude surfing/surfers you'll find that nbr is practically zero. Be careful, learn the skills and practise, but don't give up the idea. Abd find someplace other than a 5 story walk-up to store the yak. (Whew!)
Jetties are much more dangerous than a kayak but learning to swim is a good idea and isn't hard to learn.

Tobay - The ride is a very stable kayak. Others to consider are the Cobra Fish in Dive and the Ocean Kayak Drifter and Malibu 2. All are SOTs which you sit on not in. So if you fall off its relatively easy to get back on. Other than the surf these types of kayaks are almost impossible to dump.
Hey guys-

Nice to see Nor'east finally got with the program and started this board! Many names here are familiar, so I thought I would drop in (finally). Great ideas, information and advice to be had by all those willing to ask and listen to the more experienced yak anglers out there!

Looking forward to learning and contributing as the season progresses.
GREAT TO SEE THIS ON THE WEB. Just getting started. In the process of looking for a kayak to fish and tour around in. I have plenty of info on the boats, could use some info on gear and types of clothing suitable for Kayaking (keeping dry) and getting wet and where to buy. Wetsuits are they suitable? I'll be fishing more than anything else. Also like to free dive and scuba. Soon to be paddeling out of Point Lookout Thanks 4 any Info.
why are SOTs easier to learn on, use, and more versatile? In Jamaic I played on a sit on top and didn't really care for being so exposed to water over the sides, whereas all other times i've used a "sink" with or without skirts.... so why the SOT for beginner/fishing please? (Does it have to do with being able to hang your legs over the sides? Easier to drain water?)
SB, there really isn't a learning curve on an SOT. I'm not sure which model you were in. They're alot like a bike with training wheels, hop on and paddle. Some SITs are very beginner freindly also. I know a lot of guys, in the Sound especially love the Pungo, which is a SIT. A SOT you never have to deal with water flooding the kayak. If you tip you fall off and just get back on. A SIT you're in. There are so many choices in kayaks now and many from both types fish well. If you're considering fishing the ocean at all a SOT is much easier and safer to launch through the surf.

I noticed that a question about clothing was asked. There are a lot of options. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. The only perfect system is when the water is very warm and you wear shorts.

Wetsuits are good for this time of year. the farmer john style is the best way to go as it allows freedom of movement of the arms. Most guys wear a form of dry top over the wetsuit.

Some of us wear breathable waders with a dry top. Some oeople don't think that this is safe and the waders will sink you. Last mopnth ESPN2 did a demostration that waders completely filled with water will not sink you. However bootfoot waders have the capability to take on too much water and prevent you from getting back on your kayak should you dump. I often use stockingfoot breathables with some type of bootie. The bootie depends upon what I'm doing. For sandy bottoms I wear a light one. For the north shore I like a very substantial sole. I wear a dry top and it has an excellent seal at the waste and wrists. the model I have only has a velcro seal at the neck. With a PFD on its impossible to get my head under water. The breathables actually trap air and my legs balloon up.

Very soon the water will be warm enough that the setup to wear is a dry top and a pair of splash pants. I like ones that are breathable and waterproof. I'm getting a model next week that has detachable legs so I can start off with long pants in the AM and as things warm up I'll unzip the lower part. Same thing in the evening except in reverse. I also carry a breathable, waterproof top that is very light and packs into a very small pouch. ITs perfect for summer nights.

I always carry a dry bag with me in which I put extra layers and spare clothing, just in case. I can also shed clothing and keep it dry for when things warm up.
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