Being a part of the Plastic Navy (aka a kayak angler) is a rewarding experience. For one, it’s cheap. After your the initial investment, your only cost to go fishing is the gas to get to your launch spot and perhaps some money for bait. While some yak anglers will outfit their rig with the latest fish-finding apparatus, going without may actually be a better way to go…it forces you to connect to the activity in an almost-spiritual way.  It makes you have to think like a fish and read the conditions. When you connect, it doesn’t even matter how big the fish is.

Kayak fishing has its dangers as well, though. In this e-Poseidon article, Captain Gary Joyce gives us five great pointers for safe kayak fishing.

fishing-kayak-v1I’ve paddled Long Island waters enough in the summer to know I really like paddling in the winter when there’s nary a boat around. A conundrum, you say? Yup.

But, given that large powerboats — with inattentive types at the wheel and sailors who sail looking up at their trim and telltales rather than forward — can really ruin a yak fisherman’s day, it’s something summer SOT (Sit On Top) anglers have to take into consideration, especially as they venture farther from land … which you can, should, and will … in search of fish. Here’re some suggestions to make the exercise safer.

You’re not gonna’ like this one, but you know those orange fiberglass whips with the orange pendant that they put on kids bikes (mainly in the city where the little rascals have a penchant for popping out from between parked cars)? Mounting one on the aft of your SOT is at one good way to make you visible. A two-to-three foot sea can hide a kayak; using a flag makes you four-plus feet taller.

Photos: National Watersports Festival (top); Eposeidon (above)

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Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.