There is no question that sunglasses and caps are "musts" for outdoor activities. They are often thought of for saltwater fishing when scouring flats for "ghosts"— bonefish or when offshore fishing for billfish. But they are equally important when bass-boating around for largemouth, wet-wading rivers for smallmouth or carefully tiptoeing through trout streams.
As kayak anglers, we are somewhat limited to the amount of water we can cover in a single trip. This in no way restricts the countless miles of waters teeming with fish that we have access to within an hour drive of our homes. No matter how great your home waters produce fish, you are cheating yourself of even greater fishing opportunities if you don’t venture out from your honey holes and take advantage of the almost endless other fisheries your area of the country has to offer.
One of the worst feelings you can have is reeling in a bait that has been "short struck" or cut off just behind the hook. I can't tell you how many times the stinger hook has saved the day when it comes to trolling, bottom fishing and light lining. It is as easy as being able to snell fluorocarbon and even seven strand cable in some cases for critters with teeth.
It’s easy to lose sight of priorities. Presentation ranks at the top of the list when it comes to catching fish. Putting a bait or lure in front of one’s quarry in a realistic manner incorporates several facets, but none more important than the choice of terminal tackle. Whenever you rig, think in terms of developing a total tackle system.
On the surface, it’s the ultimate Alaska dream trip; trophy grayling to 20 inches, slab-sided king salmon, and hooking 10 to 14-pound chum salmon, cast after cast, hour after hour. At day’s end, you strip out your flyline and let the current carry it downstream to the fish because you don’t have the energy to cast it.
Basic summer fishing can incorporate almost any type of freshwater fishing fun. It can include hard-core constant casting all day long to bass structure or sitting in a boat soaking bait for carp. I like both, with the ease of boat fishing bait for carp a leisurely way to spend a hot summer afternoon.