If you want to take your fishing off the shore, canoeing is a great place to start. Canoes are good fishing vessels because they are relatively inexpensive, can travel through weedy waters, and provide a stealthy means of transportation. Before you grab your gear and hop in a canoe, though, check out this quick guide to canoe fishing for beginners.
Find the right canoe
Even if you are already familiar with the basics of canoeing, canoeing requires more consideration than a casual day in canoeing. It is likely that you will need to move around in the canoe more often when fishing. Therefore, it is important to find a canoe that can handle additional movement. Look for a medium-width canoe or one that is 12 to 15 feet long and about two feet wide. You might also want to consider the canoe’s makeup. A material made from lightweight materials such as fiberglass or aluminum can make maneuvering and porting easier.
Equip your canoe for fishing
Once you have a canoe there are a few things you should do to get it ready to fish. By adding and mounting an anchor, you can fish an area longer. As an anchor alternative, you can attach a rope to an eyelet on your canoe, make a loop at the opposite end and use it to attach the canoe to a stable rock or branch. Adding rod holders to your canoe can help reduce the clutter in the bottom of the canoe and allow you to draw a line while the canoe is in motion. Since canoe bottoms tend to get wet, it’s a good idea to invest in dry bags to keep important items from getting soaked. You should also use rope to secure items when not in use. Commonly used fishing tackle, such as pliers, should be attached to each end of the canoe to avoid additional movement.
Use canoe fishing techniques
Traveling to hard-to-reach fishing spots is sometimes easier with a canoe than with a larger fishing boat. Take advantage of this by getting closer to places where fish are likely to bite, such as B. streams or areas with dense vegetation. For best results, focus on throwing toward the outside edge of weed spots and avoiding fast moving streams. When fishing over clear, shallow water, throw yourself further away from the boat. In these conditions, fish near the canoe tend to creep slightly. When traveling to a new location, use enough momentum in your strokes to slide into your fishing hotspot without the added sound of paddling hitting water.
Follow safety precautions for canoeing
Only for every boating and fishing experience do you need to wear a properly fitting life jacket while canoeing. The buddy rule also applies to canoeing. Fishing with a friend allows you to maintain your position in the canoe which restricts movement, and you can also share the paddling chores. Because even the toughest of canoes can feel “tippy” on the water, set up your fishing rods before getting on the boat. This approach can be especially helpful when fishing with children. Only when you travel with the essentials will the movement of your canoe be restricted, making it safer for everyone on board. Just make sure sun protection is on your list of the most important things!
If you follow these beginner tips for canoeing, your experience on the water will be safer and more enjoyable. Have fun out there!
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Lauren Seidl blogs for budget retailer Sierra Trading Post, a partner of TakeMeFishing.org. She hikes, camps, climbs rocks and explores the Rocky Mountains as often as she can. When Lauren can’t find adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can sip on a great Colorado microbrewery.