Why Fish From a Yak?
Why would you want to fish out of that bit’o Tupperware? As a kayak fisho it’s a pretty common thing to hear when launching, paddling around or just in general conversation. I guess it’s a pretty valid question if you haven’t at least tried yak fishing, as it does seem like a bit of a strange choice to fish out of a small plastic “toy” when you also have a well kitted out tinny sitting in the yard. Read on though and you’ll get an insight into the mind of a yak fisho… hell it might even spark something inside you to take the leap to grab your own Dream Kayak and get out there to enjoy our great waterways.
I got into kayak fishing through a mate, Deano. He knew a great little creek that held good numbers of solid bass and yellowbellies, the one downside to the creek was beside a small section of bank to fish, the main part of the creek was inaccessible due to the steepness of the bank, the thickness of the snags and the lack of launching facilities for a tinny. Hence the plan was hatched to get a couple of kayaks and see what lurked in the unreachable areas, needless to say we struck gold that day with the bass and yellows hungry and more than willing to smash our lures. What I discovered on that first trip was how different it was to tackle hard fighting fish in close quarters pretty much solo, the two main things were you have no electric to manoeuvre fish out of snags and no net person to help in the final stages, this doesn’t sound like a huge thing, but when a rampaging fish is trying to drag you and your yak into the snags and you need to fight it and paddle yourself out of danger it definitely makes for some ‘heart-in-mouth’ moments.
Since that first trip a couple of friends and I have purchased three Dream Catcher 2 kayaks from the guys at Dream Kayaks. These yaks have treated us well for a number of years now and have actually opened up new fishing areas that cannot be accessed by boat or shore, all while also providing a great platform to introduce others into our world of yak fishing and it’s not just small creeks either we’ve chased barra up north, jacks in rivers and even pelagic offshore. I guess what I’m trying to get across here is that yes it may look like a plastic “toy”, however, if you love to challenge yourself and wish to push your fishing forward then I highly recommend jumping in a yak and getting out there, I know it definitely takes your fishing skills and experiences to the next level.