Kayak Fishing in The Midwest? You Bet!

Everyone knows that people living in the Midwest love to fish, and that the Midwest offers some the best fishing in America, and possibly in the world…

Yeah, but…

Midwest anglers haven’t fallen for the kayak fishing hype, and they still fish mostly out of motorboats. Dryness and comfort are important when both weather and water are not exactly as prescribed by those who manufacture and promote sit-in and sit-on-top fishing kayaks…right?  😀

And when you can’t step down from your yak into the shallow and lukewarm water to unkink, and relief to pain and fatigue in your legs, your back, and your butt, you’d better keep fishing from a real boat, and leave those extreme and experimental kayaks to others.

Yeah, but…

Having said that, kayak fishing doesn’t necessarily have to be such an appalling experience if you’re fishing out of the right kayak, and it seems like some anglers have begun to discover it, and realize there’s a third way that combines all advantages offered by the lightweight, nimble and inexpensive fishing kayak with the stability, dryness, and comfort or the traditional fishing boat , plus some new and refreshing things, such as super mobility, etc…

Here’s a section of US Fishing Kayak Magazine that talks about Kayak Fishing in The Midwest >>  The reader will there tons of info about kayak dealers, kayak fishing trip reports, rigging tips, kayak fishing movies, and fishing kayak reviews.

So, if you’re into fishing for bass, pike, salmon, muskie, trout, walleye, crappie etc. – go have a look…

Best Kayak Fishing Movie, From Texas

Here’s a Texan kayak angler who knows how to have fun, and let other enjoy his movies too: Jesse Martinez a.k.a Texas Tarheel Yakker –

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeMSf1yWho4?rel=0&w=640&h=510]

Plus this angler is seen throwing a fish net standing in a kayak!
Cool stuff!
His kids are amazing anglers and yakkers too!

Net fishing out of a kayak, Texas

Boy and girl fishing out of dad's kayak, Texas

Scratches in Your Fishing Kayak’s Hull

Your kayak’s hull can get scratched from coming in contact with oyster bars, shells, sharp rocks, glass, metal, and concrete. Those scratches are insignificant in most cases. In order to avoid getting your kayak scratched you should watch out for signs of these in the water, especially in shallow water. Fishing and paddling from a higher posture than common kayaks offer helps in detecting potential problems before hitting them. This is yet another advantage that W fishing kayaks offer. W Kayak paddlers and anglers know they need to stand up to look at the water.

Most fishing kayaks are molded from polyethylene, and fixing scratches in them isn’t hard.

Superficial scratches don’t require any attention or treatment. You can just flame the scratch with a hand-held, propane blow torch. You should apply the flame over the scratch carefully, in order not to overheat the area and cause a local deformation. Flaming alters the color of the polyethylene to a darker hue, and makes the surface smoother.
For deep scratches you can heat the tip of a metal spoon and gently apply it along the scratch, and weld the surface. Be careful not to overheat the area you’re working on, because doing so would cause the polyethylene to deform. Remember to protect your hand that’s holding the spoon with a thick glove, because metal conducts heat very well, and you might get your hand burnt.

Keep the area where you work free of flammable materials, and be sure not to direct the flame at yourself or at others. Keep children and pets away.

If you don’t have experience using a propane blow torch, you may want to reconsider such a project, since it could be hazardous.

Cracks (perforations) in a polyethylene kayaks are extremely rare, and they must be fixed well. Simply flaming or welding won’t be enough to fix a crack. You’d need to patch it – preferably with an internal patch that you weld over the entire area of the crack. This must be done because a welded hull is weaker in the cracked area, and it’s prone to reopening or leaking.
If the crack is above waterline you can reinforce the patch with rivets around it, but try not to rivet below waterline, because drilling holes in the hull below waterline is risky in the long run.