Learning Your Local

Steel with jack

Kayaks are often associated with exploration and adventure but I want to talk about using them to really delve into learning your local waterway system.

I grew up fishing the Coomera River and being in a boat or land-based taught me how to get from A to B but it wasn’t until I started yakking that I truly began to become really familiar with my local system.

Kayaks are the ultimate tool in that it’s almost like they make you at one with the water and the way the tide pushes in and out, helping you to understand the way the tide works. It’s amazing the amount of things you notice when you’re seeing things from a low-to-water, kayaking perspective. It could be the way the water pushes around that particular corner at a certain stage of the lunar cycle forcing you to start flicking at a certain angle to make sure your lure is going through the strike zone at the right pace and depth. Observing something like this helps you plan your trip and the route you want to take through the system to avoid making your paddle harder than it needs to be. In a boat you tend to just drop the electric and use that to keep you in the position you want so you can work that rock ledge that you keep getting smoked by a good fish on. But in a yak you need to be smart to make your job easier and keep you in the area you want – the area that maximises the amount of casts you can put in before either moving on or correcting your line of path.

Not to mention the way you can see straight under pontoons. You can see what’s going on up close and intimate. Like the first time you see a jack guarding the front of his pontoon-home from any incoming bait that’s getting flushed with the tide is an amazing experience that’s sure to leave you with your lure tangled around cleats and stuck in the carpet after you get excited and rush the cast.

steele with jack

I know this one corner in my system that winds round the river and ends in a sharp point with rock shoals extending out under water straight out and on a waning gibbous moon the bream love to pile up hard against it and feed on the bait getting pushed over the shoals with the strong tide. It’s a hard spot to fish as the tide pushes you around a lot. But I’ve found if you tuck the kayak in hard against the start of the shoals on the inside, you not only get protection from the tide but you also get to put a nice straight cast along the whole length of the shoals and are guaranteed a few nice bream.

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steele's bream corner

Astute observation brings results!
steele's bream corner





I’ve been out on the water learning the way the system works purely on what I can see and feel without using a sounder and I’m glad that I did that because I learned more about my local by really thinking about my surroundings.

But… I’ve recently set up a new kayak – the Angler’s Dream 3 Pro 4m from Dream Kayaks, and I’ve mounted a Lowrance 4x Chirp on the console and I’m excited to get out there and give this new weapon a paddle and begin to learn what’s beneath the surface and maybe find some jew holes along the way.

Thanks for reading! Now get out there and learn your local!

anglers dream 3 pro 4m fishing kayak


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by Steele Petrovic

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