Ultimate Kayak Fishing Guides

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Kayak Fishing: The Complete Guide
by Cory Routh

Kayak Fishing: The Complete Guide Paperback – Illustrated, October 1, 2010 by Cory RouthIn this second edition, Cory Routh has added locations and strategies on kayak fishing in: California, Washington, Louisiana, Lake Michigan, and Canada. Routh covers everything you will need to know for safe, fun, and successful kayak fishing.While written for beginers, but includes information for those already into the sport. This book covers all of the bases and is a must read for anyone that is getting ready to plunge into the world of kayak fishing whether it be in fresh or saltwater. Routh gives all the necessary guidance on all the subjectst from kayak & paddle types, safety gear, what to wear for the different seasons, paddling lessons, fishing gear, fishing spots, how to fish in a kayak and safely land a large fish, and tips on what food to take and how to pack it.

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The Ultimate Guide to Kayak Fishing: A Practical Guide
by Joel Spring 

The Ultimate Guide to Kayak Fishing: A Practical GuideDid you know that kayak fishing has shot up in popularity over the past few years? Americans take more than 38 million kayak fishing trips every year. While most outdoors enthusiasts think of kayaks simply as boats, there are many great reasons to take up fishing from a kayak. A kayak is cheaper to maintain than a larger fishing boat; it can be launched from almost anywhere and piloted by almost anyone; and kayakers can access places larger boats can’t, opening up new fishing spots. So join in on the fun with The Ultimate Guide to Kayak Fishing.

Joel Spring guides readers through choosing a kayak from the various types, transporting it, and outfitting it with the absolute necessities. He covers vital safety information, from life-preservers and waterproof cell-phone cases to boat traffic and weather concerns. Finally, he offers key insights for a successful kayak fishing experience.

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3 Kayak Fishing: The Ultimate Guide
by Scott Null

Kayak Fishing: The Ultimate Guide 2nd Edition (Heliconia Press)With stunning new photography and contributions from 20 influential kayak angling pros, this edition provides new kayak anglers with a solid foundation of skills and concepts for a safe and comfortable entry into the sport.

Experienced kayak anglers will benefit from a wealth of tips, tricks, and advanced kayak fishing techniques.

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4 Kayak Fishing: A Practical Sea Angler’s Guide for Catching Your Favorite Big Fish from a Kayak
by Scott Parsons

Kayak Fishing: A Practical Sea Angler’s Guide for Catching Your Favorite Big Fish from a Kayak (Kayaking) by Scott ParsonsWant to learn to fish from your kayak, but don’t have a clue where to begin? Concerned that catching “the big one” will capsize your hopes for a tasty dinner? Author and expert kayaker Scott Parsons was born with a love for water-based adventure, and now Parsons’ skilled kayak fishing techniques will land you that massive fish on your very next trip.

In Kayak Fishing: A Practical Sea Angler’s Guide for Catching Your Favorite Big Fish from a Kayak, Parsons has collected all of his extensive kayak fishing knowledge in one easy-to-use reference. You’ll discover the best equipment to buy, how to reduce the cost of getting started, and how to stay safe in your kayak while fishing. You’ll learn the best sea kayaking fishing tricks and techniques to catch your fill every time.

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5Catch Fish: From a Kayak or Paddleboard
by Steven Becker

Catch Fish: From a Kayak or Paddleboard by Steven Becker Kayaks and paddleboards are not rigged for fishing. Setting up you craft with the right stuff where you need it takes experience and trial and error. We will take you through the whole process of rigging your craft for comfort and success. Paddleboards bring up a whole new problem for rigging and fishing. I’ve been fishing from mine from Mexico, Santa Cruz and mountain lakes. Learn how to choose the right board, rig it right bring the right stuff with you.
Preparation is critical for fishing from small craft. Being comfortable with your craft and it’s rigging are essential for catching fish and a good outing.

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Kayak Fishing: A Guide to Freshwater Rigging, Lures, Baits, and Techniques for Kayak Fishing Success
by Chris Lutz

Kayak Fishing: A Guide to Freshwater Rigging, Lures, Baits, and Techniques for Kayak Fishing Success by Chris LutzThe sport of kayak fishing is catching on like wild fire. In this book, Chris takes you on a tour of the sport of kayak fishing, how he got into it, and the gear and techniques needed to make it a fun day on the water.

You’ll read about the pros and cons of kayaks vs. power boats, the outfitting of fishing kayaks, and the adaptations of techniques you may need to make fishing from a kayak.

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7KAYAK FISHING: How to get started and set up your boat
by Steve Pease

KAYAK FISHING: How to get started and set up your boat by Steve PeaseI have been fishing for over 50 years and have caught thousands of fish from shore and all types of boats. Almost all of my fishing has is in fertile northern lakes with weeds and structure visible from the surface. You can fish without a depth finder and catch fish, but it is a tool worth having. It helps to be able to see the bottom with the depth finder, and it will give you the ability to eliminate even more of the non productive water of the lake.

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8Discover Kayak Fishing
by Andy Benham

Discover Kayak Fishing by Andy BenhamI have been fishing for over 50 years and The book is aimed at the angler who has taken up or is curious about kayak fishing. Experienced kayakers will also benefit from Andy’s kayak fishing wisdom. This text is aimed at the angler who has taken up or is curious about kayak fishing. Experienced kayakers will also benefit from the authors kayak fishing wisdom. Topics include: choosing your fishing kayak and equipment, practical tips on modifying your kayak and installing a fish finder, and using handheld GPS and VHF radios.

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9Kayak Fishing
by Jon Shein

Kayak Fishing by Jon SheinThis book has something for everyone. If you are new to the sport of kayak fishing or considering getting involved, the advice and information in Jon Shein’s Kayak Fishing book can save you hundreds of dollars and greatly improve your enjoyment of kayak fishing. Even seasoned veterans will benefit from useful information, amusing stories and high quality photos.

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10The Complete Kayak Fisherman
by Eric Burnley

The Complete Kayak Fisherman by Eric BurnleyA revolutionary technique is taking hold on anglers everywhere: kayak fishing. Kayaks get fishermen virtually anywhere in a craft that’s inexpensive, almost maintenance-free, completely mobile and fully rigged for fishing. Previously unreachable waters are now able to be fished–and the results are spectacular.

Here is a thorough guide to this new breed of angling, for both fresh and saltwater fishermen. Choosing a kayak, outfitting with rod-holders and electronics, storage, anchoring systems, safetly and more–plus techniques for pursuing a wide range of species from a kayak–are all covered in this book.

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11Kayak Fishing 101-Choosing Your First Fishing Kayak
by Martin Toomey

Kayak Fishing 101-Choosing Your First Fishing Kayak by Martin ToomeyAre you overwhelmed by all of the different options in fishing kayaks on the market? Are you tired of “prostaff” pushing their favorite brand on you with no regard to what you actually need? Do you want to know what kind (not brand) of kayak will work in the waters YOU fish? Here at Kayak Fishing Krew we have over 20 years of kayak fishing experience, and we’ve learned a thing or two. The most important: There are no perfect kayaks, just the perfect kayak for you! Whether you fish skinny water in the Gulf, ponds in the Midwest, big water out West, or rivers, each type of water takes a specific kayak. Here we will teach you what attributes to look for in a kayak, not brand specific. Good luck, tight lines, and we’ll see you on the water!

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Fly Fishing

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Kayak Fishing: The Complete GuideKayak Fly Fishing: Everything You Need to Know to Start Catching Fish
by Ben Duchesney

Kayak Fly Fishing: Everything You Need to Know to Start Catching Fish by Ben Duchesney

Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing segments in the sport of fly fishing. In addition to getting you away from the bank and to unpressured water, they are stealthy, easily transported and stored, and modern boats offer a plethora of options for fresh- and saltwater anglers. This complete guide to fly fishing from a kayak thoroughly covers techniques, tackle, choosing the right boat and how to rig it, and strategies.

Fishing pros featured include Pat Cohen (upstate New York), Chris LeMessurier (Michigan), Juan Veruete (Pennsylvania), Drew Haerer, Brian Cadoret (Vermont), Casey Brunning (Louisiana), Conway Bowman (California)

Why Read it?

When readers pick up Kayak Fly Fishing, they are holding two books under one cover. Duchesney, a former web editor for Kayak Angler, covers everything to get started kayak fishing and fly fishing with practical tips for combining the two pursuits. Readers benefit from Duchesney’s experience in both sports.

In addition to running the online side of this magazine, Duchesney also worked for Postfly, the world-famous fly-of-the-month club. The book starts with chapters on choosing and rigging a boat, then the author describes the best tackle and gear for any level fly angler.

The clear, how-to information is glued together with fish stories making Kayak Fly Fishing as engaging as it is instructional.

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Bass Fishing

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Kayak Bass Fishing
by Chad Hoover

Kayak Bass Fishing by Chad HooverWhether you’re a beginner or a seasoned angler, this is the must-have book for fishing for bass from a kayak!

The world record largemouth bass was caught in a makeshift wooden boat in otherwise inaccessible water. It makes sense: Finding trophy fish in a secluded oxbow should be easier than doing the same in a heavily pressured lake or impoundment! This is just one of many reasons why kayaks are one of the most effective and versatile platforms for catching bass.

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Location-Based Kayak Fishing Books

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Kayak Fishing the Northern Gulf Coast: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana
by Ed Mashburn

Kayak Fishing the Northern Gulf Coast: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana by Ed MashburnThe Northern Gulf Coast region of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana is home to some of the best coastal fishing in the world. From redfish, speckled trout, and flounder inshore to big game fish such as mackerel, tarpon, and even billfish off the beaches, kayak anglers have a fishing paradise on these sunny waters. Use this guide to learn where to fish, how to fish, and where to eat and stay to plan the perfect fishing adventure. Best of all, it’s all based on real personal experience from the editor of Southern Kayak Magazine.

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2Angler’s Guide to Kayak Fishing Southwest Florida-Sarasota Bay to Pine Island
by Les A Beery

Angler's Guide to Kayak Fishing Southwest Florida-Sarasota Bay to Pine Island by Les A BeeryMany books have been written about kayaking and others about fishing but this book focuses on fishing from a kayak on freshwater and inshore saltwater in southwest Florida. It is a guide for visiting anglers who are new to kayak fishing, yet has useful information for those who are experienced and want to find new places to explore. This handy waterproof, pocket sized guide for kayak anglers includes detailed maps and aerial photos of our favorite launch areas here in southwest Florida. Basic tackle guidelines and tips from your guides show you what rigs to use and how to catch quality fish from your personal or rental kayak, canoe or SUP. Now you can have a great day kayak fishing in Southwest Florida.

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3New River Guide: Paddling and Fishing in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia
by Bruce Ingram

New River Guide: Paddling and Fishing in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia  by Bruce IngramThe New River is one of the most changeable and fickle rivers on the East Coast and also one of the most beautiful and rewarding. It attracts anglers, canoeists, kayakers, rafters, bird watchers, rock climbers, and those who simply enjoy the great outdoors. The New River Guide provides an indispensable overview of this untamed and scenic waterway as it winds through three states, including the bucolic South Fork in North Carolina, the ridges of Virginia, and the gorges of West Virginia. Both casual and hardcore anglers will learn of the best places to fish for smallmouth bass. Canoeists will find the most enticing sections to paddle, whether they prefer placid stretches or white water. Rafters and kayakers headed for Class IV rapids in the New River Gorge will find The New River Guide a must-read. This new edition for 2015 includes updated and expanded information on favorite float trips, fishing spots, access points, bass lines and lures, and river guides and other resources.

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4 101 Freshwater Kayak Launching Points
by Paul Batchelder

101 Freshwater Kayak Launching Points by Paul BatchelderDetailed, accurate directions, photos and other helpful information on 101 places to launch Kayaks, Canoes and other boats in Texas freshwater lakes and rivers. We ended up with more locations than expected and we have included them all in this book. Well over 101 actual locations for you to explore.

Why Read it?

If you fished two days each week, it would take almost two years to hit all the spots described in 101 Freshwater Kayak Launching Points by Paul Batcheler, Sr. The author has lived and fished in Texas for almost 40 years, exploring the best water for the biggest fish.

The book opens with chapters on safety, rigging and angling ethics. “Pick up after yourself and someone else,” Batchelder encourages in the Etiquette chapter. The bulk of the book is devoted to how to access and fish every hole and holler in the Lone Star State. Batcheler says, “We ended up with more locations than expected and included them all in this book.”

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5 Fishing Florida by Paddle: An Angler’s Guide
by John Kumiski

Fishing Florida by Paddle: An Angler's Guide by John KumiskiWhether in the cypress dugouts of the Calusa, Dimock’s wood-and-canvas tarpon fishing canoe or modern fiberglass and plastic, humans have been paddle fishing in Florida for thousands of years. Sprinkling colorful history throughout, author John Kumiski highlights the state’s best paddle fishing destinations, both freshwater and saltwater, including the bass of Farm 13, the redfish and trout along the Big Bend Paddling Trail and the snook and tarpon of the Everglades. Learn the locales and what to do when you get there, including launch points, shuttles, rentals, tackle, techniques and more.

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6 Kayak Texas
by Greg Berlocher

Kayak Texas by Greg BerlocherGreg Berlocher grew up paddling kayaks and canoes and continues to seek out new destinations to explore. From clear water streams in the Hill Country tumbling off the Edwards Plateau, to inland lakes and reservoirs, to coastal flats and marshes, berlocher has paddled across Texas and back. On most trips, a fishing rod was close at hand. Berlocher manages to keep one foot in the business world while keeping the other in the outdoors. The owner of a growing telecommunications firm, he maintains a sense of balance in his life b escaping the confines of the office to spend time paddling and fishing with his family. A third generation Texas, Berlocher has penned over 300 outdoor articles and has won seventeen awards for writing and photography. He is a past president and board chair of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association.

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7 James River Guide: Insiders’ Paddling and Fishing Trips from Headwaters Down to Richmond
by Bruce Ingram

James River Guide: Insiders' Paddling and Fishing Trips from Headwaters Down to Richmond by Bruce IngramThe James River is Virginia’s premier river for recreation, and The James River Guide is the key to enjoying it, whether you are an angler, kayaker, rafter, or bird watcher. Twenty-nine locator maps provide vital information on the river, all the way from its headwaters near Iron Gate to the dramatic fall line at Richmond. The longest river in the Old Dominion, the James offers some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the state. Spring blossoms, fall color, and the fascinating history of the batteaux era s canals lend the James a unique charm. There is something for everyone. River runners will face everything from placid stretches of calm water to white-water rapids that should only be tackled by the most experienced paddler. This new edition for 2015 includes updated and expanded information on favorite float trips, including new coverage of the marvelous Maury River, the main tributary of the Upper James; favorite fishing spots; updated access points; classic fishing lures; and directories of river guides and other resources.

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8 Kayak Fishing Metro Atlanta
by WA Ashley

Kayak Fishing Metro Atlanta by WA AshleyKayak Fishing Metro Atlanta is a collection of my favorite locations to kayak fish around Metro Atlanta. I hope that you enjoy some of the same great areas that I’ve discovered. I have included a few funny fishing stories just for fun.

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Good Reads

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Jonesin’ for Kayak Fishing Adventures
by Spencer Jones

Jonesin' for Kayak Fishing Adventures by Spencer JonesSpencer Jones has kayak fished across the United States over the past 6 years and has written many articles for Kayak Angler, Yakangler.com, and more. Plus he has created a mini-series showcasing his traveling adventures. Inside this book Spencer Jones shares 5 different ways to travel and kayak fish through personal stories of adventures he has taken across North America. Along with the stories he shares numerous packing tips and traveling checklists. Plus within these pages Spencer shares healthy and delicious recipes, meal plans, and shopping lists. Prepping you to have an epic adventure chasing your passions to the max!

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2Kayak Limbo: Floating On Freedom (Aftermath Survival) 
by Ron Foster

Kayak Limbo: Floating On Freedom (Aftermath Survival)  by Ron FosterLying down in a kayak to go under obstacles like a fallen tree across a creek is called doing the Kayak limbo. Our hero must access a secret saltwater canal by traveling through a bridge culvert in his kayak in order to go under a road to seek refuge from the violence of societal breakdown occurring all around him. It is said that if you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle. However, if you get stranded a thousand miles from home in the tourist section of Panama City Beach, Florida by a solar storm without a car, asking strangers to help you survive or paddle is not much of an option. Far from home without a gun to defend himself with, Bob must find a way to get food and protect his possessions from would be thieves in this post apocalyptic world. Luckily he has his fishing gear with him along with an inflatable kayak he brought on the airplane with him for recreation. Now his luggage has become his bug out gear. Others want what he has and he tries to flee the area to avoid them. Youth gangs take over the area where he resides.

This book will teach you a lot about survival crabbing as our displaced traveler practices the arts of being a master solo kayak crabber to feed himself and other survivors in a grid down world. Kayak coastal survival.

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3 The Way I Like to Fish: A Kayak Angler’s Guide to Shallow Water, Light Tackle Fishing
by John Veil

The Way I Like to Fish: A Kayak Angler’s Guide to Shallow Water, Light Tackle Fishing by John Veil There are many ways and places to fish. After 35 years of fishing, I now spend most of my time fishing with light tackle from kayaks in shallow tidal waters. This book describes the fishing gear and fishing methods I actually use. It also describes how I set up my kayak for fishing. It includes more than 275 black and white photos and 30 special fishing and rigging tips set aside in separate tip boxes. A separate version of this book is available with full color photos. The cost for that version is higher.

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4Strong is the Current – A Grieving Father’s Meditations on Life, Loss and Fishing
by Joel Spring

Strong is the Current - A Grieving Father's Meditations on Life, Loss and Fishing by Joel SpringMore than just a collection of fishing stories, in Strong is the Current the author struggles to find meaning in life after the tragic death of his 23-year old daughter due to a brain tumor in 2016. At one point during his family s ordeal, Joel promised his daughter that he would write a book in her honor. Through his informal writing style Joel shares with the reader his grief and his reflections as he fly fishes the Catskills or pursues gar, bowfin, bass, and northern pike in the tributaries of Lake Ontario where he lives. Seeking solace in the outdoors, fishing becomes his medication and his time on the water provides meditation time to put this tragedy into perspective.

The book has humor, but also sadness that can bring the reader to tears. Strong is the Current is a wonderful tribute to the author s daughter, and could provide anyone of us who has lost someone special a pathway through the darkness. Joel s openness and willingness to share his struggle is inspirational.

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Saltwater Kayak Fishing

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Saltwater Kayak Fishing: Inshore Fishing Tactics and Techniques
by Chris Lutz

Saltwater Kayak Fishing: Inshore Fishing Tactics and Techniques by Chris LutzKayak fishing inshore saltwater areas is a fun and affordable way for nearly anyone to experience a great day of fishing. Saltwater fishing isn’t just in the surf or miles offshore. The numerous inshore opportunities present anglers with just as many if not more chances at hooking up with game fish and a fishing kayak is the perfect vehicle in which to do it.

This book will guide you through choosing a fishing kayak, paddle, and paddling or pedaling techniques, the basic gear you need, types of baits to use, types of artificial lures to use, and information on targeting a variety of inshore species.

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