Fishing From a Kayak

If you are taking your kayak out on the river for the first time, give yourself time to get used to the dynamics of getting in and out, paddling the kayak before collecting your gear and selecting a suitable fishing spot.

There are many articles to be found on perfecting your paddling stroke in a kayak; this can help you conserve energy. Nevertheless, as long as you can paddle effectively, you are free to begin fishing after understanding a few key principles and best practices.

Unlike a conventional boat, you will want the kayak parallel to the shallow shoreline as you are boarding and alighting. Once inside you will use your paddles or body weight to push off into the water.

Once in the water practice leaning as far to each side as you can without tipping the boat. Different kayaks are designed for different purposes, and certain designs are built for greater stability.  These are the best river fishing kayaks.

This would be a good time to practice standing and sitting in your kayak. If your kayak is not stable enough for standing, you may want to consider doing all your fishing in the sitting position, which is just fine.

Take a moment to imagine you are already fishing. As you can see the kayak has limited room to set out your fishing paraphernalia. Decide how you will best lay out all your items before you begin. Stage or stow your fishing rods along the side of the kayak. Make sure that your pliers, tackle and drinks are easy to reach. Be sure to adjust your set for optimal efficiency and plan to use the same layout or a similar one each time.

When you are all set, head out to a good spot and begin fishing. Landing a fish in a kayak is a very exciting experience and surprisingly easy as you will use the length of the rod to your advantage. Remember to keep your movements slow, smooth and fluid. Don’t excite the kayak too much or it will tip.

Bring the fish right to the side of your kayak where you can help it into the net without too much movement. Never lunge out and try to grab at a fish as this can result in the loss of fish, tackle, hat, GoPro and anything else you had on deck. Netting the fish is always the easiest way to accomplish the task in a kayak. You want to check out the Best Fishing Kayaks for information on a good boat that will help you land fish. They are also on Blogspot.

Finally, boating alone is potentially dangerous, and a buddy system is always the best way to go about it. Never head out on the water without letting someone know where you will be and when you will be back.

Halibut Fishing

Halibut are flatfish living in the North Pacific and the North Atlantic. It is a much loved food fish and also popular among sport fishers. Alaskan halibut attract fishing enthusiasts from all over the world since the Alaskan waters are home to the huge Pacific halibut, the Hippoglossus stenolepis.

Alaska halibut fishing is an important part of the Alaska tourism sector and there are many trip organizers to choose between. You can easily find a trip organizer that will cater for your specific needs and create the Alaska halibut fishing trip of your dreams; regardless of if you travel alone or is a part of a large group.

An adult Pacific halibut is brown with a speckled top. The belly is white or cream coloured. Unlike most other flatfishes, it has a characteristic tail. Other examples of Halibut species are the Atlantic Halibut (Hippoglossus Hippoglossus), the Australian Halibut (Parastromateus niger), the Californian Halibut (Paralichthys Californicus), and the Greenland Halibut (Reinhardtius Hippoglossoides). All the Halibut species belong to the family Pleuronectidae or right-eye flounders. These fishes have both their eyes on the right side of the head.

Alaska halibut fishing is popular due to chance of catching the gigantic Pacific halibut, a fish that can reach a weight that exceeds 500 pounds (230 kilograms). The length of the Pacific halibut can be more than 8 feet (2.4 meters). The male halibuts do not grow as large as the females and their weight seldom exceed 100 pounds. When you catch a really huge Pacific halibut during your Alaska halibut fishing trip, it is referred to as a “barn door”.

In the North Pacific, halibut has been commercially fished since the end of the 19th century. Halibut can be caught using a longline baited with pieces of octopus. Circle hooks are fastened to a weighted long line, commercially used longlines can extend for many miles. To ensure a large and healthy Pacific halibut population, the introduction of fishing regulations has been necessary. Halibut is not only found in the Alaskan waters; it inhabits the waters of Canada, Russia and Japan too.

The halibut fishery in the Pacific Ocean is governed by the IPHC – the International Pacific Halibut Commission. According to U.S. and Canadian regulations, it is unlawful for commercial fisher to catch Pacific halibuts smaller than 30 inches (76 centimetres). The reason behind this rule is the fact that halibuts matures slowly and must reach an age of at least eight years before they can begin to reproduce. When they have grown to a size of 30 inches, they are usually old enough to breed. Keeping a sustainable population of halibut is very important to Alaska since Alaska halibut fishing is a vital part of their tourism sector.

When halibut fishing in Alaska, sport fishers use rods and reels to catch this large fish and the line weights ranges from 80 to 150 pounds. It is important that you use high-quality equipment since the Pacific halibut is a very strong fish. It is not uncommon for sport fishers to shoot the biggest halibuts – those weighing more than 50 pounds/20 kilograms – before they are taken out of the water and into the boat. There are also other methods to subdue struggling fish.

The Pacific halibut spends a lot of time close to the bottom and is frequently found in waters no deeper than a few metres. It can dive down to a depth that exceeds several hundred meters and likes to spend a lot of time at great depths. When it is time to feed, it will usually move closer to the surface. Halibuts are opportunists and will eat virtually any animal small enough to fit into their mouths. Common preys include Trout, Salmon, Flounder, Octopus, Pollock, Cod and Crabs. In many habitats, the Pacific halibut is a top predator, or hunted by just a few species. In the North Pacific, halibuts can fall prey to Orca whales (Orcinus orca), Sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) and Salmon sharks (Lamna ditropis).

Trout Fishing

Trout fishing is very popular and attracts visitor from all over the world. Trout is a delicious food fish, and sport fishers appreciate the good fight that it puts up when caught with hook and line.

Many different freshwater fish species are referred to as trout in everyday language. All trout species belong to the salmon family. All the true trout species are included in the subfamily Salmoninae, but the name is also casually used for all fish species belonging to the subfamily Salmo.

One of the most popular trout species caught during Alaska trout fishing is the Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). This species is also known as Steelhead trout. A steelhead trout will spend most of its life in the Pacific Ocean and only return to freshwater to breed. The Rainbow trout is a bit smaller than the Steelhead trout, and spend its entire life in freshwater rivers and lakes in North America. They are however considered to be the same species. Steelhead trouts can reach a length of 40 inches/100 centimeters, while the Rainbow trout seldom grow larger than 18 inches/45 centimeters. They Steelhead trout is also much heavier with a weight ranging from 2.5 to 10 kilograms.

Since sport-fishers love the Rainbow trout so much, it has been deliberately introduced to many countries and can today be found on all continents except Antarctica. Alaska trout fishing does, however, continue to be many anglers dream vacation due to the outstanding quality of the Alaskan trout, the pure Alaskan environment, and the amazing wildlife experience. Alaska can also boast a well-developed tourism sector where a number of trip arrangers provide fish enthusiasts from all over the world with Alaska trout fishing package trips and take care of everything, from lodging and dining to transportation and equipment. You can even go river kayak fishing in order to catch trout.

An important part of Alaska trout fishing is of course to devour the catch. The Rainbow trout is a delicious food fish that features a mild and almost nutty taste. The flesh is tender, and wild caught Rainbow trout is considered to be a much better food fish than farmed specimens. Farmed specimens will frequently acquire a somewhat muddy taste. This muddy taste can also be found in Rainbow trout found in a few North American lakes.

The Rainbow and Steelhead trouts have a coloration that can vary from blue and greenish to brown and yellow-green. They both feature tiny black spots along their back, caudal fin and dorsal fin. The Rainbow trout is decorated with a pink streak that is visible from the gill cover to the caudal fin. This streak is usually nonexistent in Steelhead trout, with the exception of very young or spawning fish.

The lifecycle of the trout is important for Alaska trout fishing, since many anglers like to catch the large Steelhead trouts that return from the Pacific Ocean to spawn. Just like its close relative, the salmon, trout return to their native waters to breed. Steelhead trout will migrate up the Alaskan rivers to find the place where they were born. When this migration occurs will depend on the specific trout population. Summer-run steelhead trout migrate from May to October, and stay in freshwater waiting for their reproductive organs to mature. They will then commence spawning in early spring. Winter-run steelhead will instead stay in the Pacific Ocean much longer and their reproductive organs will mature in saltwater. They will migrate upstream between November and April, and are generally ready to begin spawning as soon as they arrive. Unlike salmon, the trout is an iteroparous animal which means that it can spawn many times during its lifetime. It can, therefore, make many migration trips upstream and downstream.

Salmon Fishing in Alaska

Alaskan salmon fishing is a great adventure for any fisherman and is today more attainable than ever. A wide range of companies offer salmon fishing charters for all types of fishermen and budgets. If you are a novice sports fisher or an experienced fishing enthusiast, you will be able to find a fishing trip that is ideal for you. Salmon fishing in Alaska is open for individuals as well as for large groups that like to enjoy a remarkable escapade together. You will have the chance to catch Silver Salmon and Sockeye Salmon, as well as the gigantic King Salmon.

Silver salmon is also known as Coho salmon, and its scientific name is Oncorhynchus kisutch. In addition to the Alaskan waters, you will also find Silver salmon in Japan, along with the U.S east coast and around Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands in Russia. The Silver Salmon is an appreciated game fish and is caught in fresh as well as salt water. During the spawning season, Silver salmon will swim up the Alaskan rivers to mate. It is wonderful to watch as this active fish relentlessly chases baits. Silver salmon like to congregate and form large schools in shallow waters, preferably close to the beach, which makes it possible to catch them from the shore as well as from boats. Silver salmon are a delicious food fish, especially when ocean caught. The amount of fat will affect the taste, and only spring Sockeye salmon and the King salmon can compete with it when it comes to fat levels. This has made it a critical part of an Alaskan native diet. Native American tribes that inhabited the region relied on Silver salmon, Sockeye salmon and King salmon for their survival. The Silver salmon was highly regarded and viewed as a symbol of life and sustenance. The fat in the fish that you catch while fishing is the healthy kind of fat that can prevent heart conditions.

On your fishing tour, you may also encounter the Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Bristol Bay in Alaska is where you will find the world’s biggest harvest of Sockeye salmon. A Sockeye salmon can reach a length of 33 inches and weigh up to 8 pounds. It is known by many names, including Blueback Salmon and Red salmon. It is also possible to let your fishing experience in Alaska take place in landlocked bodies of water since Sockeye salmon inhabit such water too in additions to rivers and saltwater. When caught in landlocked waters, the Sockeye salmon is called Kokanee. The color of a Sockeye salmon will change as it moves from saltwater to freshwater during the spawning season. In saltwater, the Sockeye salmon features a blue and green coloration on top and is silver colored at the bottom. In freshwater, the body coloration will instead turn vividly red while the head will look pale and greenish. Females will sometimes develop yellow and green spots. Sockeye salmon is a popular canning fish since the flesh has an appealing orange color. Fresh Sockeye salmon is typically more expensive than the other types of salmon that you can catch during your Alaska salmon fishing trip.