Kayak Fishing.

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    Ian Sewell from Getaway Outdoors fishing in his kayak

    If you’re tired of standing on the water’s edge casting a line, but aren’t ready to invest in a boat yet, here’s two words for you: Kayak Fishing!

    Kayak fishing is the next step from fishing off the shore, and has so many benefits that you’ll wonder why you never got into it before.

    WA Fishing magazine editor Ian Sewell says there are a lot of good points to kayak fishing, but that like any sport, you’ll want to do your research before you get started.

    Kayak fishing is enjoyed by many West Aussies who like the freedom that comes with owning a kayak.

    WA Fishing magazine editor Ian Sewell says there are a lot of good points to kayak fishing, but that like any sport, you’ll want to do your research before you get started.

    “The benefit of kayak fishing is that you can get out further into the water, without the hassle of having a boat,” Ian said.

    “Having a boat is great – but when you think about it, a kayak costs so much less to buy and maintain. There’s no noisy engines; you don’t need a trailer or have to think about storage at your home for a boat; or worry about registrations.”

    “Kayak fishing is easy to get into, and you can catch just the same fish as you would off the shore or in a boat,” Ian said.

    Ian said another benefit of kayak fishing is the ability to go into waterways that are closed off to boats. He said there’s several places in fresh water waterways in WA that don’t allow boats, but that you are welcome to take a kayak, such as Logue Brooke Dam, parts of the Donnelly River, or Harvey Weir. Of course if you’re game and want to nab a big dhufish or tuna, some kayaks can be fitted with sails to take offshore too!

    If you’re starting out in kayak fishing, Ian says it’s a good thing to do your homework when it comes to buying a kayak.

    “Any type of kayak can be used for fishing, but if you’re really wanting to spend all day out on the river, you might want to invest in one that’s specifically designed for fishing,” Ian said.

    “Fishing kayaks will be kitted out with rod holders, storage lockers and adjustable seats – because when you’re out fishing for hours on end you want to be comfortable!”

    “A good brand of fishing kayak is the Hobie, because they are also designed with pedals, so that you use your feet rather than paddling with an oar. This of course leaves your hands free for your rod,” Ian said.

    Ian says an entry level kayak can cost just a few hundred dollars, but if you’re serious about your kayak fishing, a good kayak with all the bells and whistles can set you back up to $6,000.

    If your next step is getting off the shore and onto the water, maybe a kayak is your next purchase. And of course, like with all boating activities – don’t forget your safety gear and life jacket!

    For a great range of Hobie Kayaks visit getawayoutdoors.com.au

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