Kayaking Fishing Charlotte Harbor

Kayak fishing has certainly taken off in popularity. It has grown quickly and I can see why. Compared to a power vessel, kayak fishing is very inexpensive and if you fish a lot, that's a real benefit. The environmental experience is much more complete. You're not chasing off all the wildlife and the slow, quiet speed of a kayak allows you time to take in the natural peace of the estuary.

The stealth of a kayak is it's greatest asset when fishing. With a little effort, the fish will never know you're there and that is a real advantage. You can also get in those tight areas no power boat can chance. These areas have less fishing pressure which can result in less skittish fish.

redfish kayakIt takes a little getting used to. You can't just walk up to the bow of your boat and get your favorite lure. You have to put some thought into setting up your tackle and personal items in the kayak before you leave the shore. Space is limited and maximizing it is essential. I've learned the hard way you can't be searching around for your net, gloves or de-hooker with a large fish by the boat. Once you're hooked up, things happen fast and you need to be ready.

The Boats

We have two Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5s. Actually I call them my ky-noes since they are really a cross between a kayak and a canoe. I find this to be a great fishing kayak. It has the storage, stability and comfort required in a fishing kayak. I can easily stand in this kayak when sight fishing for Reds and others on the flats and it holds everything I need and more. We also have a 12 foot Manta Ray designed for fishing by Native Watercraft if you prefer a sit-on-top.

The Cost

Join me for a morning or afternoon of kayak fishing ( 3 or 4 hours). The cost is $125. Extra persons are $60 per person. I'll supply your kayak, paddle and life vest (PFD). You supply your own tackle and anything you might wish to drink or eat. I can supply your tackle if required and live shrimp at market price. For more details, call Mike at 941 255-3686 or email us. If you haven't tried kayak fishing, It's Time.

Conservation Concerns

Always handle fish with wet hands or wet cloth when you plan to release the fish. Handling a fish with dry hands will more often than not kill them.

Remember to respect our bait resources as well as our game-fish resources. no bait, no fish. take only what you need.