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Old 04-07-2015, 06:59 AM
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A few buddies of mine and I have started to get into Kayak fishing. We mainly fish the marshes and creeks in the Morehead City, NC area. We've had successful flounder trips and a few mishaps on landing Reds. Does anyone have tips / tricks on a system of landing fish on your kayak?
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:18 AM
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I usually let the bigger ones run until they are nice and tired. Then I bring them along side and grab them by the lip or gill slit, pull them right into my lap/just in front of me. I don't have a fish box on board, so I use a stringer to keep them alive until I get home.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:32 AM
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Get yourself The Fish Grip.

http://www.thefishgrip.net/

A "must have" for kayak fishing.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:55 AM
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Thanks for the feedback gents. The Fish Grip looks like a must have & a stringer as well. In June, we'll hope to keep the flounder coming in and will try for Cobia and/or Spaniards
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:50 AM
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For smaller fish its no different than any other form of fishing other than I like to keep the deck immediately in front of my lap uncluttered for fish handling.

For bigger fish I agree with Ronyon...let them get tired. Especially if you plan on retaining them. A big fresh fish on a yak is asking for trouble.

When fish get really large you can greatly improve your stability by putting your legs over the side and straddling the kayak. This lowers your CG considerably.

If you plan on keeping them you can harpoon or gaff them and bleed them out before bring them on board. Otherwise release them alongside while keeping your weight centered.

Done correctly you'd be amazed at what you can handle on a yak.

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I mainly fish for trout and puppy drum off mine so nothing huge but a short handled net works great
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:31 AM
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Since you're close to the water nets etc can be nice and short.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:51 AM
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I have a small net like the one pictured above but use my fishgripper 9 x out of 10. I like it because I lock it on the fish's lip and since it is tethered to the boat, I can let the fish stay in the water while I secure my rod.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:06 AM
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For Me it depends on the fish and if I am keeping it. When I get into Bluefish I normally just grab the hooks with pliers and never bring them in the boat. If I am keeping the fish or Want a picture I grab them by the Mouth or gill plate and haul them into my kayak. It is a messy up close and personal experience.
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For smaller fish, I use a wet pillowcase with a rope threaded through the top as a cinch and tie it off to the yak and stow it behind me. It will keep the fish wet, and somewhat cool (depending where you are fishing) and is easier than a stringer.
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All good stuff. Thks guys!
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:19 PM
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Whatever method you choose repeat it over and over until it becomes instinctive. I always land fish on my strong side (right for me) I use shorter rods so I can sweep the rod across my chest with with my left hand while grabbing or lip gripping fish with my right hand. I always mount a 0 degree flush mount holder right where my left fist would pound the gunnel. This allows me to quikly get rid of rod with left hand so I can use my left hand to help with fish that is being held by my right hand. I like mesh dive bags for large fish storage and just throw them behind me in the well. I always have a Frabill net like the one pictured above for flounder as they are impossible to grab. Flounder get placed in a walmart frozen food zipper suitcase and placed in well behind me.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:27 PM
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You don't need to do any major rod sweeping. Simply lift the tip and the fish will come right to your side.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by sbd View Post
You don't need to do any major rod sweeping. Simply lift the tip and the fish will come right to your side.
Just be careful not to high stick and snap your fishing rod.

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Originally Posted by PP1 View Post
Just be careful not to high stick and snap your fishing rod.

One of the many reasons not to use expensive equipment when Kayak fishing.
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Old 04-15-2015, 01:37 PM
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I wouldn't recommend fighting a fish this way. If its ready to land on a kayak it needs to be tired and its not an issue.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:24 PM
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I wear em down the net them. But i fish fresh water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeUUmVf_oQ0
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I gave up on trying to net my fish in a kayak. I lost too many trying to get them in the net. I feel like I have better catch ratios by just swinging them in with a steady motion. For big reds or drum, I let them get tired first. Then I wrap my 30 lb braid around my left index finger once or twice just to hold the head still while my right slips into the gill slit.

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Old 04-22-2015, 07:08 PM
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One of my buds makes a great gaff for kayakers http://deepbluekayakfishing.com/products/
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:29 PM
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Go to Youtube and search Kayak Kevin. He has a lot of videos there and lands all sizes of fish
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