A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of simplicity in kayak fishing. “…fishing, enjoying the outdoors, relaxing, and camaraderie…guys/gals that simply wanted to enjoy the sport and each other’s company”. Although I enjoy kayak fishing on the face of it, I’d argue that the latter point has been what I value the most. And it does the most for the sport in general.
Local and regional kayak fishing clubs tend to be purely for that camaraderie and (typically) devoid of bull***t. I have met an incredible, diverse group of folks that I keep in close contact with frequently, both on and off the water. In the decade I fished from a boat, that never happened. It’s hard to describe — the mentalities are so, so different. Kayak anglers simply seem to be more friendly, more open, and more focused on the good stuff. The groups I’m a part of organize random fishing trips for fun, openly mentor each other, share tips, and hold friendly tournaments (either for the hell of it or for a charity). And that’s it.
If you’re just getting started fishing from a kayak or canoe, I can’t stress strongly enough how much benefit you’ll gain from a local group. And there are a ton of them! See our “Organizations” list for ideas. Obviously, that’s not exhaustive by any means (let us know if we should add one), so hit Google for your specific area as well!