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James Lee
• Saturday, 14 November, 2020
• 12 min read

Lakes, rivers, inlets, canals, and even ocean habitats are options for kayak fishermen and women in the Sunshine State. Without giving too much away, we’re happy to share the water systems that we enjoy kayak fishing the most throughout Florida.

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The backcountry and flats to the north of these chain of islands is a unique habitat that’s perfect for kayaking. Both species are known to spook easily, and the silent approach of a kayak is an advantage we’ll gladly take.

Near Tampa, there are intracoastal waterways and mangrove islands that offer great spots for kayak anglers. Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Sarasota all have ramps and launch points that provide access to this incredible fishery.

De Soto National Park near St. Pete has both shallow and deep water spots, and is a great place to hook a shook, trout, or Spanish Mack. There’s a section of Florida ’s Panhandle that’s known as the Forgotten Coast.” It runs from Port St. Joe to East Point, near two of our favorite places to go kayak fishing.

This brackish system is helped by the freshwater from the Apalachicola River and the saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico. This part of the state is away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but I can guarantee you that we won’t be forgetting about it anytime soon.

The benefit of this kind of trip, you’ll mark yourself as a legend when you pull a monster fish from a kayak! If you don’t have your own kayak, consider heading to St. Augustine, another one of our favorite places, and book a trip.

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But we know after your trip, you’ll be heading to the local sports store to purchase your own kayak! Kayaks are now built specifically for fishing, with everything you need with an arm’s reach and storage compartments for your gear and tackle.

Kayak fishing trips are typically no longer than four hours, for good reason. Think about it, you are the power source for your vessel and after just a few hours fishing in the sun you’ll be tired.

Kayak fishing in St. Joseph Sound (Photo by Kathy Run)Years ago, before kayak fishing was cool, I had a friend who lived in Pompano Beach who would paddle out from the 16th Street Beach to the Gulf Stream and cast a line. On occasion, as the stories go, he would hook a sailfish and skim the waves in “pursuit,” hanging on for dear life as he got dragged to sea.

Bill never bragged about his adventures, at least not to me, although there were plenty of fish stories told on his behalf, if you get my drift. My immediate thoughts go to the Keys, the Ten A Thousand Islands, Tampa Bay, Indian River Lagoon, the Everglades, Mosquito Lagoon, Cedar Key and Apalachicola Bay, and there is bounty in Florida ’s many spring-fed freshwater streams, lakes and rivers, such as the St. John’s or Lake Okeechobee.

And unlike Bill’s primitive yak, many of today’s kayaks are built for fishing with rod holders, storage hatches, and some even have live wells. Lines get snagged too easily, and multiple rods interfere with your ability to follow a fish that circles your boat.

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One rod holder, either in front the cockpit or behind it, whichever is convenient and accessible. A rod holder mounted behind you also serves your trolling in transit, as you paddle to your favorite fishing hole.

A portal or hatch into which you can drop the fish below deck onto a bag of ice is best, but not all kayaks are so equipped. Due to space limitations, the cooler can also be used for beverages and frozen bait, should that be your choice.

My friend Warren Richey, an avid kayak fisherman and author of “Without A Paddle”, keeps it simpler still. “Once I was next to a guy (about 20 yards away) when he had his entire stringer ripped free by a big shark.

Other optional equipment includes a drift sock to stabilize the kayak in currents, a moderate length of line and a small river anchor so you can get out and wade. The wider the beam, the slower the kayak, but it’s more stable when you hook that fish and reel it in.

Wilderness Systems Pun go 120 Anglophobe Mirage Pro AnglerThere are many advantages to a sit-inside, not the least of which is the ease of storing your gear and your catch easily below deck. Two that immediately come to mind are the Hobin Mirage (sit-on-top) and the Wilderness Systems Pun go Angler (sit inside).

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But you can easily spend $1,000 and up for a specially rigged fishing yak, while the kayak you already have can be modified for much less and provide just as much fun. Keep in mind that your gear is going to be exposed to the elements, dropped in the water, undergo stress and more, so leave your high-end rod and reel at home.

Wear a life vest designed for fishing, with pockets for a small box of hooks, sinkers and leaders. For a rig, stick to the basics, unless you are targeting a specific species that requires special gear.

A flat line with just a hook is my preference for drifting live bait in currents. A fish finder rig, where the sinker slides on the line above the swivel, which is tied to a leader and hook, is the right choice for fishing the bottom.

If you are around oyster bars, where redfish congregate, use an Equalizer, a cork float with a one-foot leader that drifts with the current. Circle hook are also a good choice, especially if you are not quick on the draw when a fish takes your bait.

Tied to your kayak, they float behind the boat while you fish and have holes that refresh the water (and oxygen) for your bait. As I mentioned earlier, a Sabik rig with multiple miniature hooks is handy for catching small bait fish in the wild, but you need a small bucket to keep that bait alive.

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One of the great advantages of kayak fishing is that you can also pull ashore almost anywhere to hunt bait. My favorite bait in Mosquito Lagoon, for example, are little crabs that scurry everywhere on island beaches.

Indeed, it’s always a good idea to carry some artificial in your tackle box or fishing vest pockets in case you run out of live bait. Cut the shrimp into small pieces and just tip your hook or jig.

Keep in mind that the larger the shrimp you use, the easier it is for sly prey to steal it. A kayak offers terrific access to prime, quiet areas for fly-fishing.

I’ve had huge fun catching redfish with streamers in saltwater and bass with big bugs and poppers in fresh water ponds. My standard rod for Florida fly-fishing, whether it be salt or fresh water, is an 8-weight.

It’s heavy enough to handle anything from bass to shook, yet light enough to give you the thrill of the catch. My most memorable catch on a fly rod was a bunker bass on a popper out of a remote, little-used pond.

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Don’t forget your water shoes So, you are coming up on an oyster bar and want to get out of the boat and wade. Oyster bars are prime territory, so search them out in waters that support them.

Always make a point to talk to the clerk at a tackle shop near your fishing destination. They won’t divulge the “big” secrets, but they will advise on the right bait and provide you with a general description of where the fish are likely biting.

Half the fun of kayak fishing is finding your own special spot, a prolific hole that produces the big catch. Or just a quiet day on the water, floating and fishing, enjoying the view and feeling the peace.

Now with Glide Technology, the addition of roller bearings at key friction points reduces resistance for a smooth and efficient ride. A standard accessory on most Mirage models, the retractable-rudder system is engaged and disengaged with a pull of the T-shaped control handles.

On most of the Hobin Mirage models they come standard with a built-in transducer mount and pre-installed through-hull cable plugs. The new C-135 is a quick, efficient “stand-up’ fishing kayak ready for the angler to rig to their specific needs or the casual paddler looking for maximum stability and comfort.

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It is first made into a two layer flat sheet with a “muscle” substrate and a hard abrasion and UV resistant exterior. After a strong run as the largest canoe manufacturer in the world, Old Town made its first kayak in 1940.

Get closer to the water and the action with highly customized features engineered to meet the needs of avid anglers and weekend warriors, alike. With forward, reverse and agile maneuverability, you’ll experience precise boat control while your hands remain free to focus on fishing.

The removable pedal drive installs in seconds and tips up instantly for shallow water docking. The Predator PDL’s specially-designed hull combines the perfect balance of smooth pedal stroke speed and stand-up stability.

The ACS2 seating system combined with the adjustable foot pegs allows almost any paddler to hit their comfort zone in stride. Local support Knowledgeable Staff We are very good at helping people select a Kayak on things like height, weight, when, where and how you will use it.

Huge inventory of parts and accessories, including kayak fishing accessories Huge selection of stock FREE check and tune up Flexible DELIVERY options in the Naples and Marco Island areas Options to try on the water, before you buy The Cuber 120 re-invents the fishing kayak into a feature-rich fish-catching platform that takes kayak angling to a whole new level of class-leading stability, open deck comfort, angling customization, maneuverability and unrivaled access to either ultra-shallow shoreline waters or the deepest ocean spots.

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You’ll notice Vibe's signature superior balance and stability with every cast, crest, gust, and current. You’ll also note that “ultimate sight- fishing and optimal customization for rigging has literally been redefined on the Cuber.

No other fishing kayak / SUP allows you to get so high above the waterline, nor gives you as much open deck customization, for unmatched casting precision and rigging opportunities. Due to the current CDC guidelines, our store is requiring masks and maintain 6' social distancing.

E-mail AUTHORIZED VIBE KAYAKS DEALER Since 2014 serving Miami-Dade and Broward Counties Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, our store is requiring masks and maintain 6' social distancing.

We will be available to deliver kayaks and buyers can call to set up appointment to visit the store in Miami or the warehouse in Hollywood, Fl. Call or text 786-326-0099 to make an appointment to visit the store or warehouse.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, our store is requiring masks and maintain 6' social distancing. We will be available to deliver kayaks and buyers can call to set up appointment to visit the store in Miami or the warehouse in Hollywood, Fl.

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Thank you for your patience and understanding while we experienced the 'repeated' delays in shipping your boats during the shutdown. How To Install The Bixby J-1 Power shroud Motor This is “How To Install The Bixby J-1 Power shroud Motor” by Vibe Kayaks on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

How To Install The Steering Handle This is “How To Install The Steering Handle” by Vibe Kayaks on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, our store is requiring masks and maintain 6' social distancing.

We will be available to deliver kayaks and buyers can call to set up appointment to visit the store in Miami or the warehouse in Hollywood, Fl. Call or text 786-326-0099 to make an appointment to visit the store or warehouse.

Construction Retooled single piece polyethylene 12 scupper holes (plugs included) The Sea Ghost reached speeds of about 4.5MPH+ with the #BixpyJet installed on the rudder.

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